A little imagination

Lesson 1: You can change the World!

I read this article recently and thought it was an interesting read, I am going to share it with you slowly over the next 20 weeks so tune in every Friday for the next bit of advice:

"Here are some lessons I've learned in the last 80 years. I hope to continue to practice them in the next 80...

1. Concentrate on finding a big idea that will make an impact on the people you want to influence. The Ten Surprises, which I started doing in 1986, has been a defining product. People all over the world are aware of it and identify me with it. What they seem to like about it is that I put myself accountable at year-end. If you want to be successful and live a long, stimulating life, keep yourself at risk intellectually all the time."

For me, Chasing Nirvana is my dream, it's my big idea that keeps me busy but keeps me stimulated and excited. It gets me up every morning and encourages me forward because I have a dream that I've put into action to bring yoga based wellness into the workplace.

What's your big idea? How are you planning to impact the world? What do you have to offer? We all have something special, we all have dreams and ideas, what are yours?

Coconut Oil Hair Mask

Coconut Oil, in my view, is a legit cure all, do all - love it! You can cook with it, bake with it, lather it on as moisturizer and even use it in your hair. For awhile I used it as a moisturizer. Before shutting off the shower, I would step out of the flow of water and lather the oil all over my body while I was still wet and then gently towel off. Another use, and one of my favorites, is to use it as a hair mask. I like to do it on Sunday's because I don't teach morning classes on Monday's and can take my time in the shower. 

How I use Coconut Oil as a Hair Mask

On Sunday nights, I only shampoo my hair, no conditioner. With my hair still sopping wet, I take a scoop of coconut oil which i keep in my shower and spread it into my hair. I start at the roots and work my way down. I then towel dry my hair and wrap it in a towel. One time, I did not wrap my hair in a towel and just used a rubber band to keep it up and my cat came over and started licking my hair. Now I always use the towel - lol. I sleep with the coconut oil in my hair. The next morning I jump in the shower to rinse it out. The key here is that you have to SHAMPOO IT TWICE. Both times work up a good lather and leave the lather in while you do something else like wash your face. Then shampoo again, working up a good lather and wash your body, shave your legs, etc before washing out the second round of shampoo. DO NOT CONDITION!  Squeeze out your hair - it will literally feel squeeky clean! If you blow dry and it looks a little greasy, you'll know that next time you may need a third round of shampoo but for me, two works. My hair feels so so soft, it has body, and I generally don't have to wash it again for a day or two. I will however throw in some home made dry shampoo the following day  - recipe coming soon!

Honey Face Wash

As we end of winter nears (fingers crossed), it's usually the time of year I take a look at my hair and skin and think "What happened to you?".  We all want that vibrant glow that summer tends to give us but come the end of winter, it has all disappeared. The next couple weeks of blog posts will be all about getting that vibrant glow back!

First up - Honey Face Wash

I don't mean some pre-concocted, processed face wash with honey in the name, I really mean a good ol' jar of honey. The same honey you may put in your tea, or bake with!

I started using  Crystal's Honey about 2 years ago. At that time I had mixed skin, oily and dry, and I would break out from time to time. In my late 20's this isn't ideal! So I though what the heck, I'll give it a try. 2 years later, I swear by it! 

  •  It is all natural, why put chemicals on our skin if we don't have to?
  •  My break outs stopped. 
  •  My skin feels softer
  •  I have been warned that honey "could"dry out my skin, but 2 years later my skin is still mixed.

I started using Crystals because it's what I had on hand. I like that it has a texture to it which still gives me that feeling that I am scrubbing the dirt off my face.

The benefits of using honey to wash your face

  • Honey gently removes dirt and impurities without stripping the skin of natural oils. Foaming cleansers and soaps frequently strip the skin of these protective oils and cause the skin to overproduce oil.
  • The natural antibacterial and probiotic properties of raw honey effectively reduce breakouts and prevent new acne.
  • Since it is so gentle and nurturing to the skin, it is ideal for very sensitive skin, rosacea, and eczema.
  • It works well on all skin types. It balances oily skin and moisturizes dry skin.
  • As far as excellent facial cleansers go, it is much cheaper than store bought options!
  • Although any raw honey works excellently, manuka honey boasts superior antibacterial and healing properties. It is recommended for acne-prone skin.

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How to wash your face with honey

I leave the jar in my bathtub, the heat of the shower keeps the honey from hardening but be very cautious if you are keeping a glass jar in a slippery tub. I scoop out about 2 fingers worth of honey. Wet my face in the warm shower and then scrub the honey all over my face. If I have extra time I may leave it on a bit longer while I wash my hair but if I don't have the time I'll just rinse it right off. Pat face dry as you get out of the shower and moisturize!