Holistic living is a way of life where the decisions we make and how we act honours our higher being and has a positive impact on the environment and our community. It is where our body, mind and spirit are in sync and the earth benefits from our existence.
Maintaining a holistic lifestyle is achievable through the continuous practice of mindfulness. When we are mindful, every decision we make is a conscious, considered one.
Practicing mindfulness encourages us to question why we decide to act the way we do and consider the impacts of our actions in a selfless way.
Living holistically means making ethical choices that are beneficial for you, the community and the environment.
Living holistically means taking care of you by nourishing your body with unprocessed foods full of nutrients. Your body is your temple, your vessel in this dimension. If you want your mind, body and soul to connect you need to respect your body. This also goes for exercising. Our physical form is not meant to remain stagnant for long periods of time, nor is it designed to endure hours of high intensity physical activity. Everyone’s body is different, to know what foods and the type of exercise that best suits you, practice mindfulness and listen to your intuition.
A great way to add mindfulness to your daily routine is by adding a meditation to your schedule in the morning or at night. Reflect on your feelings and thoughts, and allow negative energies to detach and flow through with ease.
Take part in sacred relationships
Connect with your family and friends on a genuine level. Don’t be afraid to let them know about changes in your lifestyle and your reasons for doing so. Not everyone will agree with the changes you’re making, but by being genuine to your friends and family, you honour yourself.
This also attracts the right people into your life, and can even encourage friends and family to live more holistically too.
Nurture the environment
Mother earth is an amazing life force full of wonders. A noticeable attitude shift as you progress on your journey of holistic living is a new found gratitude of the beauty of all natural living things. There is no right or wrong thing here; it is up to you to choose how you want to honour the environment. Some choose to go vegan and others choose to create a self-sufficient garden and mini-farm and live off their own land. Others simply trade in walking on the treadmill to go hiking the bush track, as just being in nature is enough.
We would love to hear how you live holistically. Feel free to share your lifestyle choices in the comments section below.
For more from this author, Carmel Crinnion, visit sanctumhealing.com.
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You don’t have to spend a fortune to attend a weekend wellness retreat where you’ll relax in a stress-free environment and be pampered from head to toe.
Believe it or not, you can easily create the same atmosphere at home.
Creating your own peaceful and serene oasis can be done right in the comforts of your own home.
All you need to do is follow these simple tips to have your own rejuvenating retreat without ever leaving your home:
Many weekend wellness retreats offer guests a place to meditate and ease their mind from draining thoughts and their body of unwanted stress. You can easily incorporate a few minutes of mediation by sitting in complete silence in a comfy position with your eyes closed.
Focus on your breathing and clear your mind. Make it a point not to think of anything other than your breathing.
Sip on herbal and green tea
Tea is the beverage of choice for many retreat centers, so head to your local store and pick up some tea. Brew a cup in the morning as soon as you get out of bed to start the day off right. A cup of green tea can improve your physical performance and brain function, as well as aids in weight loss and fighting off infections.
Go for walks
Take a 30-minute walk in the morning and then take another one in the evening when the sun sets. Go around your neighbourhood and just take in the beauty of it all, while letting the worries of the world slip away with every step you take.
Reading can really relax your body and take your mind off things. Spend an hour reading that book you’ve been dying to start or choose a contemplative book that will help you get closer to your dreams in life.
Take a long bath
Soak in a hot bubble bath to relax just before bedtime. Put on some soft music and dim the lights – use candles to really set the mood. Bring your book in with you or just sip on a glass of wine with your eyes closed and just let everything else fade away.
Give yourself a manicure and pedicure at home and use your favourite nail polish colour that makes you feel strong and sexy.
There are many other things you can include to create your own wellness retreat at home, but as long as you get some peace of mind and relax, that’s all that matters!
Do you have any other tips to add to the list? Please SHARE in the comments.
About the author:
Mel Driver is the owner and creator of the award-winning natural beauty product company Embalm Skincare. Mel is passionate about empowering women to make the right choices when it comes to looking after their skin, so they can avoid being exposed to health risks associated with many leading cosmetic brands. Her passion for healthy living led her to extensively research holistic nutrition and ways to use the power of nature, to enjoy beautiful skin without sacrificing your health.
Today, Mel has created a 100% natural skincare range that is attracting interest from all over the world, as well as recognition by “Nature & Health” magazine as one of the best natural beauty products for 2016. Created with love and care in Tasmania, Australia, Mel’s products are available in selected stores and from her website www.EmbalmSkincare.com.au.
Your skin іѕ аn incredibly unique organ. Often wе forget hоw muсh оur skin асtuаllу dоеѕ fоr uѕ оn а day-tо-day basis. Aѕіdе frоm thе obvious sense оf touch, іt аlѕо protects uѕ frоm harsh environments, regulates оur body temperature, аnd helps to excrete unwanted substances.
Okay enough with the science-y stuff. In short, our skin is important so we should take really good care of it. Yоu саn nеvеr bе tоо ѕurе аbоut thе beauty products you purchase at the shops. Go to your collection of beauty products and check out the ingredients list. Unless you’re a chemist, you probably don’t understand what the ingredients are. While there certainly are some great organic and natural products out there, why not go that one step further and ensure you know what you’re using.
Adding everyday grocery items іntо уоur beauty routine is a fantastic way to provide your skin with а holistic treatment. There are many items that are gentle аnd natural fоr уоur skin аѕ opposed tо thе harsh chemical based products thаt аrе manufactured іn labs.
Bеlоw аrе 5 everyday items thаt саn bе оf great hеlр tо уоur skin and your budget too.
Avocadoes аrе an amazing source of so much goodness including Vitamins A, D аnd E. Bесаuѕе оf thеіr ability tо easily penetrate thе skin thеу are amazing when it comes to hеlр soothe that nasty sunburn, increase thе production оf collagen іn thе body аnd аlѕо hеlр tо treat agespots.
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Tо reap thе benefits, separate thе whites frоm thе yolks оf twо eggs аnd thеn whisk thе whites untіl thеу аrе frothy аnd apply to уоur face. It sounds gross but trust me on this one.
Lemons аrе rich іn Vitamin C аnd citric acid, ѕо thеу саn hеlр brighten аnd lighten уоur skin whеn uѕеd оvеr time. Vitamin C іѕ а great antioxidant fоr neutralising free radicals аnd boosting collagen production. Thеу саn hеlр lighten age spots, dark spots, оr а fix that fake tan of yours that has gоnе wrong.
Cucumber can help to reduce swelling аrоund thе eyes and eliminate dark circles. Simply do what they do in the movies. Cut two slices, put them over your eyes and relax. Cucumbers are also proven tо bе vеrу uѕеful іn thе treatment оf mаnу skin problems.
Despite looking prickly and nasty aloe vera have wonderful healing properties. The leaves of the plant produces twо substances; gel аnd sap which are used to treat sunburn, cuts, stings and even acne. You’ll also find those smoothie connoisseurs mixing aloe vera into their morning brew!
As always, each item outlined above will have different effects for everyone. I encourage you to give them ago and see just how wonderful they can help you look and feel. Who knows, you may end up with the best, healthiest looking skin you’ve ever had.
When you are short on space but oozing enthusiasm, creating a vertical garden is not only a super creative way to enjoy a world of greenery but is so very simple. Use a range of household items, a pre-designed kit or scour the gardening section of Gumtree for heaps of inexpensive goodies to get you going.
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It all starts with a frame
Just as you would mark out the boundaries for a normal garden bed, you need to consider the shape and dimensions of your vertical garden. There are so many ways to create a framework within which your masterpiece will grow.
• Picture frames: Have any old picture frames that you no longer need? Repurpose them with ease. Attach some chicken wire to the frame, add a backing board and fill with soil.
• Ladder: An old wooden ladder placed against a wall makes for a perfect trellis and minimizes the need for any additional wall mounting requirements.
• Old building materials: If you are feeling creative, why not gather a selection of pipes or metal rods and construct a frame, which can be attached to your wall and be used as a great basis to build upon.
What are suitable plants?
There really are no limitations to your plant selection when designing a vertical wall garden. You could choose a selection of herbs, grow vegetables, flowering greenery, vines or simply use succulents.
The only consideration is the weight of the soil and ensuring your frame can support any plant that needs to climb.
Not your ordinary pot
When it comes to your pot selection, this is your chance to be as unique as you can.
• Baskets: Lined with plastic, woven baskets become a fabulous alternative to a traditional pot and can be attached to a frame with a hook.
• Household items: Consider using old metal jugs and containers as planter pots too. You could even use a shoe caddy…now that’s creative!
Create unique art
Your vertical garden does not need to be completely covered in plants. Wall art is also very popular so dust off your creativity and paint a mural. If you have some old tiles lying around in the shed, consider using them to create a mosaic.
Keeping plants fed and watered
Since your new vertical garden is not in the ground, you’ll need to pay extra attention to keeping them healthy. Regular watering and nutrients are essential.
You could consider repurposing kitchen scraps and making your own compost. Not only is this economical but a great way to reuse what may normally be thrown away.
Consider a DIY vertical garden for your home. It will definitely add a wow factor and help create a lovely piece of nature without taking up any space at all.
When it comes to choosing cleaning products for a home or office environment, the decision can be rather difficult because of the large range of both commercial and natural or home made varieties available. All promise to lift stains and tackle grime on a variety of surfaces, however which are best? Let’s have a look at the features of each and help take the guesswork out of reaching for a miracle solution.
Homemade cleaning products
Natural or homemade cleaning products are very often a product of choice for those who seek not only a cost effective solution, but also one that will minimise chemical use and ensure safety for pets and animals in the home. There are many recipes available online which advocates swear by as the only product you’ll ever need.
Typically, they use common household ingredients including baking soda, vinegar and citric acid, however as with all product, it is wise to test a small area first because some natural alternatives work perfectly on certain surfaces, while others may cause more damage. When mixing ingredients at home, research is imperative to ensure accurate ratios are used otherwise the mix may prove to be unsafe after all.
Commercial cleaning products
Store-bought commercial cleaning products are manufactured to strict guidelines and whilst they can contain harmful ingredients, they are included in minimal amounts that allow them to be sold to consumers. The biggest benefit of buying commercially is that there are clear instructions provided on how, when and where to use the solution. This takes away any potential confusion and ensures that the right product is purchased for its intended use.
The active ingredients used are often difficult to source individually, so replicating them at home can be hard. Even if it was possible, for safety reasons, the correct ratio is critical.
Which products are better?
The choice to select natural over commercial is growing in popularity as people lean towards opting for homemade alternatives, particularly with respect to household cleaning. In recognition of this, many commercial organisations have adapted common products and turned them into eco-friendly varieties, which give consumers a green alternative whilst still providing confidence of a superior clean.
The choice of homemade versus commercial has to come down to personal preference and consideration of the area that requires cleaning. There is nothing wrong with using a mix of the two and stocking a laundry cupboard with a range of alternatives to cover all surfaces and stains.
When it comes to pest control, it’s always a good idea to consider chemical free options particularly when you have children and pets in the home. When we are faced with uninvited guests such as mice, ants, and fruit fly, luckily there are safe solutions available and a professional pest control company just a phone call away. Here are a few ways we can prevent pest infestations and solutions to ensure our children and pets are safe.
Maintain a clean environment
Most common household pests such as ants and flies are attracted into our homes by food that has either been left lying around or not tightly sealed. By making a conscious effort to ensure that our living environment is regularly maintained, we are giving them the hint to go elsewhere. With kids, it is often very hard to pick up all food crumbs, all the time, however we should try our best and remember to remove pet food bowls off the floor once eating time is over. When we empty rubbish bins regularly and keep food preparation areas wiped down, we are well on
Ants find their way in our houses via the smallest of cracks and gravitate to anything sweet. There are many of store-bought ant powders which are effective at stopping them in their tracks, however if you are seeking a natural alternative, consider sprinkling talc, cinnamon or even ground coffee beans across their trail and along the windowsills and doorways. Diatomaceous earth also works really well to keep ants away and it’s non-toxic. If you are partial to the scent of peppermint, put a few drops of peppermint essential oil onto a cotton wool ball and wipe everything down (door frames, cabinets, counter tops, floors, etc.)
One useful way to deter mosquitos is with the scent of essential oils. Citronella and lemongrass are two commonly found immersed in candles, which release the scent when burning. You can also hang a mosquito trap near your doorways, which are also very effective. Attracted by warm light, the insects are lured in and trapped. Both of these methods are great ideas and don’t add any chemicals to our environment.
Seeking rats and mice running in your garden or worse still, in your home, is a creepy feeling. Even if your windows are sealed and doors closed, they can make their way into wall crevices and thrive off access to a food and water supply. If it is save to do so, start by lying some traps as long as they have locks or seals, which prevent them from being tampered. You can also lay steel wool along any access points, as they cannot chew through that. A few drops of peppermint essential oil mixed with a heavy carrier, like castor oil or coconut oil, is a great natural solution. Strategically place soaked cotton balls in places where the mice are and it will be a great deterrent.
If you have a few issues to tackle and you are not sure where to start, contact the experts in pest control in your local areas so help you and ensure you keep your home, pets and family safe.
Do you have natural pest control solutions to share?