Friday, September 20, 2013

The Secret To Glowing Skin Is In Your Kitchen

I make no secret of the fact I am all for natural remedies first where possible.  I don't turn away from medicine, I believe it absolutely has its place, and do use it.  However if I can maintain or return to health naturally, then that is my preference.

I could shout from the rooftops about LEMON JUICE

I first came across this little wonder a few years ago when a massage therapist suggested I put some lemon juice in my water in order to bring my body back to a more alkaline state. Huh?  I failed to understand science at school and this proves why.  How could I take something acidic to make my body alkaline?  An explanation is lost on me when I can't even get past the first molecule, so I just accepted that what she said was true and tried it.

I'd had a rash on my face as a result of taking a course of antibiotics.  It usually settles about two weeks after finishing them, but in this case, hadn't.  Fast forward three months past a dermatologist, more antibiotics and the ongoing rash to my discussion with the massage therapist.  Overnight the rash began to clear and within 48 hours was gone.  I was stunned.  Happily stunned of course with a fresh and glowing face!

I have since learned that the lemon juice helps to remove toxins from the body and does so at a pretty rapid rate.  Hence the glowing skin because you are 'detoxing' from the inside, out.  

I use a squeeze of approximately 1 maybe 2 tablespoons into just one of my bottles of water per day (I use a 600 ml bottle).  If you don't have time to squeeze a lemon, you could use the bottled lemon juice instead.  Either way, I can guarantee it will have a positive effect on your skin's appearance. 

Try it, and let me know what you think!

I will note that I am not a medical or natural therapies practitioner, and have the lemon juice with a fairly well rounded healthy diet.  

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Can Time Be Booked For Speeding?

Being only ten months apart, for two months of the year our children are the same age. Our eldest 3 year old celebrated his 4th birthday through the week with much excitement, a countdown of how many sleeps to go, lots of cake and of course presents! 

As their mum, I regularly watch in awe at both of my boys learning and growing, but this week there was a lot of contemplation about the last four years and just how quickly that time really does fly.  Everyone tells you it will and experience tells you it's true, though you do second guess just how quickly time will fly when in the midst of sleep deprived nights and days and willing your children to reach that magical age of 'sleeping through'. Then you realise it is not an age but a stage.  Everything is a stage.  Sometimes you are ready and welcome the next stage, like their first steps (and sleeping through the night). Other times the next stage appears and you didn't see it coming, like when they don't want to be held in your arms to have their bottle anymore.  I have come to realise that the stage you weren't ready to farewell as yet is ultimately replaced with a new stage that is equally gratifying.  They may not want to be held for their bottle anymore, but at that age, they can't tell you they love you either, or simply call you 'Mummy' - my best job title and role yet even though it is the hardest role I've ever undertaken!

For my son's birthday, his kindy made him a special page with his photo and his foot and hand prints.  It was a realisation of just how big that hoof is compared with the tiny newborn trotter just (what seems like) five minutes ago!  You know when you see a puppy with REALLY big paws and you just know that one day that puppy will grow into those paws and be a huge dog?  Yep, that is my son's footprint.  And yet, where I look at it now and think how big it is, when he turns twenty four, I will reminisce at how small it was.

They say that time flies when you are having fun.  I must be having a ball!  I have made a concerted effort this year to be 'in the moment' with the expectation in doing this that time will some how seem to slow down.  It hasn't.  It is satisfying living this way, I am constantly in a state of awareness.  As for time though, no, weeks and months are still zooming past at a rapid rate of knots to the point where it should be booked for speeding!

Friday, September 6, 2013

An Attitude Of Gratitude

Praises have long been sung about being grateful.  

I have started many a Gratitude Journal in my time.  I haven't abandoned them because they don't work or I wouldn't have started it up again!  I get busy, tired, lazy (I hated admitting that, but it's true) and it falls by the wayside.  You know the feeling though when a theme keeps re-occurring and you just have to sit up and take notice?  My theme of late, in various forms, has been to be grateful.  So I have begun, again, a Gratitude Journal.  It's nothing fancy and I don't even get out the 5 things I am grateful for all the time.  But it has put me into a frame of mind of noticing what I am thankful for and being aware of all the good things happening to and around me.

Like attracts like.  Being grateful will bring more for me to be grateful for.

Enjoy adding some brightness into your life and outlook with this very easy and rewarding thing to do.

Happy Friday!!