Nutrition: Our bodies prefer salt in it's whole form; sea salt or Himalayan. The minerals in whole salt allows the body to properly absorb this nutrient and combat adverse reactions caused by table salt that is bleached and contains caking agents. As with life, balance is key and proper hydration recommended. Here's more information on consuming salt Sole' for wellness.
Respiratory: Halotherapy utilizes the antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties of salt to reduce inflammation, break up mucus and detox the body. Most clients find lasting relief from an halotherapy session after the first 24 hours, but research recommends multiple sessions in a row. When did you last give yourself permission to pause?
Skin: Skin is the largest organ and protects our bodies from toxins. When toxic exposure outside or inside causes unbalance, skin disorders such as acne, eczema and psoriasis occur. Salt helps to balance the pH of our skin allowing it to heal and better protect us from environmental and internal toxins.
Grounding (walking/standing barefoot on the earth) is a popular way to connect with Mother Earth and settle the mind. The soil has micronutrients that are beneficial to our ecosystems and absorbed through dirt. Here are some additional tools for bringing peace of mind that can be enjoyed indoors:
Listen to music, dance, stretch, Qi Gong, acupuncture, journal, take a bath, watch a fire, chant or sing, pray.
Be sure to take time to really listen as well. Truly quiet. If only for 2 minutes a day, close the eyes and focus on your breath. We have so much knowledge to share with ourselves.
Dr. Joie Power, the owner of our essential oil product line, wrote a beautiful blog about winter wellness. Winter is the season of water, which governs the kidneys, adrenal and bladder. Think fluidity and stay in motion. Also, as a season with the highest Yin energy we are gifted the opportunity to go inward, seek within ourselves. In order to do this, we must slow down and quiet. Let's take a lesson from the plants and animals and bring our energy to our roots, get more rest and consume a little less.
The emotion for the season is fear, which I found fascinating, as it translates to our will to survive and ability to surrender. How does this apply to you?
I look forward to sharing the result of my inward journeying this yin winter season in the next blog and hope to see your shining face soon.