Stay healthy. Stay safe
The pandemic has turned our world upside down and while most of our days are spent staying home and staying safe, our routines have also had to evolve. As we work from home, it is also important to engage in self-care. We at The Earth Reserve believe that nature provides us with the best ways to stay healthy, both physically and psychologically. Here are some ways you can help yourself be productive as well as take care of yourself while staying at or working from home!
1) Nature’s Own Oils – Essential oils have multiple uses and the wide varieties that are available can naturally elevate your mood, relieve stress or even make you feel focused and energetic. Based on what you need and what time of the day it is, a specific essential oil or a combination can help work wonders to make your day a holistic one.
Tea Tree Oil – Products that are infused with tea-tree oil can be beneficial as it has anti-inflammatory properties and even fights off germs and infections.
While you can use tea-tree oil in its natural essential oil form, you can also find glycerin-rich soaps that you could use to start your day off on a fresh and healthy note.
Ylang-Ylang Oil – Ylang ylang oil is known for its ability to promote relaxation, lower blood pressure, stimulate growth of new, healthy skin cells and that possesses anti-microbial properties.
A few drops of ylang ylang essential oil can be added to a diffuser placed in your bedroom or your workspace. Alternatively, you can use ylang ylang oil infused shampoos or face washes to relax and rejuvenate yourself from the comfort of your home.
Ylang ylang oil can often be combined with tuberose essential oil to form an ethereal blend and to enhance the therapeutic and relaxant qualities of both.
Lavender Oil – Derived from the beautiful and fragrant lavender plant, lavender essential oil is one of the most popular and versatile essential oils. It is enriched with anti-oxidants and is known to counteract the effects of insomnia, foster a sense of calmness, promote deep sleep, and is also known for its anti-ageing properties.
A couple of drops of the plan essential oil can be applied on your temple or added to your bath at the end of a long day of working from home to unwind and de-stress. You can also use natural body care products such as shower gels or soaps.
Lavender Oil infused with Turmeric oil can make for a great concoction to reveal stress and keep you healthy in body and mind.
2) Bath Salts - The pandemic has most of us hunched over our laptops, working from dawn to dusk. While regular stretching and exercise might temporarily help sore muscles but the pain may persist due to internal inflammation.
A Warm Bath with Healing Salts- Salts, specifically Epsom salt that can be found in any medical store, can be added to a warm bath or soak to help reduce the inflammation. Couple it with any of the essential oils mentioned above or turmeric powder, or use glycerin-rich soaps to create a self-care haven for yourself.
A pedicure to unwind- You could also add fragrant bath salts to warm water to soak your tired feet and ready it for a relaxing pedicure. Not only will it keep your feet and nails looking healthy and beautiful, it will help in distressing as well.
3) Masks and Scrubs – With no spa or salon visits, you may be missing out on your monthly spa-day. Create that spa-like feeling at home with your own DIY masks and scrubs.
Honey, Coffee and Rosewater Scrub - Honey, coffee and rosewater along with tea-tree oil can be mixed to make a quick face and body scrub. The ground coffee granules help gently exfoliate the skin, removing dirt and dead cells. Rosewater helps clean the skin, while honey keeps it moisturized.
Coconut Oil, Aloe Vera Gel And Turmeric - You can even use a little coconut oil, aloe vera gel and turmeric and leave it on as a mask before scrubbing it off, giving your skin a gentle exfoliation.
Use these natural exfoliators and then follow it up with a rich body butter to make your skin and yourself feel invigorated.
4) Beat the blues! – Blue light emitted from the screens of our gadgets can make our eyes feel and look tired long after we’ve kept our screens away. Our consumption of the internet is greater now more than ever before so we need to be mindful of taking care of our tired eyes.
Cool cucumber slices - Using cool cucumber slices or ice cubes wrapped in cloth, on our eyes, can help cool and reduce the puffiness and instantly reduce eye fatigue.
Tea Bags for the Eyes - You can also freeze some green tea bags in the fridge and place them under your eyes.
Turmeric powder - Turmeric powder can also help brighten under eye dark circles and reduce inflammation.
We hope this helps you care for yourself! Comment below and let us know what you tried and mention your recommendations too!