An accessible holistic cleanse from Barbara Close, the founder of Naturopathica, who is a licensed esthetician with a masters in therapeutic herbalism, clinically certified in massage therapy and aromatherapy, and a lifelong practitioner of the healing arts. Barbara recently opened Naturopathica Chelsea, a Healing Arts Center & Spa for 21st Century wellness and holistic healing.
Spring is a time for renewal, bringing longer days, warmer weather and lifted spirits. But, sometimes it is hard to jump into spring when we’re still feeling devitalized from the cold, short days of winter. Re-boot with a few simple rituals for health and vitality, inside and out.
1. Sleep: They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing. Sleep is as essential as food, water and oxygen to the body, but many people do not experience the natural rhythms of sleep. Make sure that you get at least seven to eight hours of sleep most nights to allow your mind and body to rest and regenerate, right down to the cellular level. Try to empty your mind at night. Sketch out a list of all of the things that you have to do and the things that are worrying you to stop them from running through your mind. For restful sleep, try to incorporate calming aromatherapy into your nighttime ritual. Place two drops of a calming essential oil, like the Chill Aromatic Alchemy Blend, on a tissue and slide it inside of your pillow case to promote rest and relaxation.
2. Clean Out Your Cosmetic Cabinet: One of the best ways to feel refreshed is to clean and de-clutter your surroundings. Revisit the items in your cosmetic cabinet. Are they past their expiration date? Take a critical look at the ingredients in your personal care. Nearly one out of every two people now classify their skin as sensitive without realizing that their skin, body and hair products are full of known allergens and irritants. These ingredients lead to inflammation, the primary cause of premature aging of the skin and chronic conditions such as rosacea, acne and eczema. Start by avoiding these ten ingredients, commonly found in personal care: Parabens (preservative) , Propylene Glycol (cosmetic base), Diazolidinyl Urea (preservative), Synthetic Fragrance , Lanolin (cosmetic base), Quaternium 15 (preservative), Cinnamic Aldehyde (perfume), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Formaldehyde (preservative) , and Benzophenone (sunscreen) .* Once you’ve cleaned out the cabinet, begin adding new products one at a time. Start with the Plant Stem Cell Booster Serum, a seasonal boost of potent antioxidants to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, refresh hydration and even skin tone for radiant, fresh-faced days ahead.
3. Meditate: Meditation is everywhere these days and for good reason. From news anchors to CEOs, people are realizing that meditation goes further than just reaching the final Shavasana in a yoga practice; it also impacts work life, helping them to work smarter and more efficiently. But meditation, like going to the gym, takes dedication. You can’t go once and expect immediate results. So, use the plethora of resources now available to find an approach to meditation that works well for you. If you are in New York City, try “sitting” with MNDFL or The Path. These welcoming environments are perfect for first timers or advanced practices. If you prefer the comforts of home, use an app like Headspace to guide your practice. If you can quiet your mind, you will be better able to increase and refocus your energy on things that strengthen you as an individual, like goal setting, creativity and stress relief. In the next few months, we plan on introducing morning meditations at our Naturopathica Chelsea Healing Arts Center & Spa.
4. Move: Many of us find ourselves stuck behind a computer for long stretches of the day, leading to tension in some of our strongest muscles, not to mention a sedentary lifestyle. Regular exercise can stimulates endorphin production, which acts as a natural opiate to calm our stress-filled bodies and create a sense of well-being. This spring, take your lunch break. Step outside for a walk to raise your heartbeat and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. Put away your phone and try to focus on walking, being present with each step—the sensation of your foot as it touches the ground, your shifting weight and your breath. Notice how your body relaxes in movement as the mind becomes still.
5. Mind your Gut: Our GI tract is the seat of our immune system where almost 75% of our immune cells live. The GI tract is home to countless bacteria, both good and bad, and the gut protects us from harmful pathogens. Good and bad bacteria in the gut becomes imbalanced with stress, exhaustion and poor diets. To rebalance the gut and promote healthy bacteria, trade your morning coffee for a probiotic elixir to sustain natural energy throughout the day.
Naturopathica Energy Elixir:
225 ml Kombucha
100 ml Coconut Water
1 oz. Ginger Juice
1 oz. Parsley/Cilantro shot (using Aloe Juice as the base)
1 tsp. Lemongrass Juice
1/4 tsp. Chai Powder (made from 4 parts Cinnamon, 3 parts Cardamom, 1 part Cloves)
1/2 tsp Naturopathica Green Coffee Energy Tincture
*Source: Top 10 Leading Allergens in Cosmetics report compiled by The North American Contact Dermatitis Group