I simply love the spring and this weekend’s weather was amazing! Temperatures were in the 80s and there was a light breeze. My husband and I spent most of the weekend working on our yard. So many of the flowers in our garden are blooming!! We have Daisies, Gerber Daisies, Lavender, Lilies and much more. The flowers are so bright and cheerful, I just had to do a post about them.
So, I hope that you had a wonderful weekend and had some time to relax!!
I don’t know about you, but I love spring! Today, my husband and I did some work in our garden and everything is starting to come back to life!! Our Crape Myrtles are starting to bud, our Irises are growing and our tulips are simply beautiful!!!
Indoors, we have several plants in our home and last weekend we got a Hyacinth from our favorite farmer’s market. We decided to leave it in our living room because not only is it beautiful but it gives off a heavenly scent.
Now gardening is something that we truly enjoy. Sometimes, one way to Achieve Complete Wellness is simply being in the moment. Doing things such as getting outside to enjoy the fresh air, gardening, baking, taking a walk or reading a good book is not only relaxing but may help boost your mood! Give it a try and see how it feels!!
One of the most amazing things as Spring approaches is seeing our garden waking up from its long winter’s nap. This weekend, we noticed that our irises are beginning to grow with their green leaves a couple inches out of the ground. Like little kids, my husband and I get so excited to see them because we know that they made it through another winter.
We also noticed that a group of irises that we divided and planted in another section of our garden are growing too!! Usually, our irises bloom in mid May and are simply beautiful.
Now there are a ton of varieties when it comes to irises. Our irises are called Bearded Irises, which come in a multitude of vibrant colors. They tend to grow 20-40 inches in height and bloom in mid spring and some rebloom in late summer. Irises do well in full sun to partial sun.
So, if you are looking for a new pop of color in your garden this Spring, wander around your garden center and take a look at irises!!!! You may fall in love with them just like we did.
One of the things in our garden that we enjoy is our lavender bush. Not only does it have the most beautiful flowers when it is blooming, it has an amazing scent that I’m sure most of you are familiar with. I love gathering some of lavender and putting it into bundles so I can hang them upside down in our home to dry. Once dry, I tend to use them as a decoration and for the scent. We also use essential oils and lavender is one of our favorites as it has so many wonderful health benefits.
So, here’s a list of some of the health benefits from using lavender:
It aids in reducing anxiety and tension.
It aids in reducing insomnia.
Reduces muscle and joint pain as it has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
It’s an effective bug repellent and reduces irritation caused by bug bites.
It can also help with nausea and car sickness.
Ways that we use lavender:
We use our diffuser and put lavender essential oil in it at night. We just add a few drops of the oil to water and turn our diffuser on.
We have also put a few drops of lavender essential oil on our pillows at night to help with sleep.
I also make a room spray using lavender oil along with a few other essential oils, add a little water to it and use it in any room for a nice, light scent.
I have placed a few drops on lava beads that I have on a bracelet so I can smell the essential oil throughout the day.
Now, I’m sure there are many other uses for lavender oil but I just wanted to share how I use it and what for. Hope you find this helpful!!
On the 15th. Anniversary of 9/11, I wanted to take a moment take pause and remember all the lives lost that day. To the families who lost a loved one, my heartfelt condolences and prayers are sent out. Today we not only honor the lives lost, the first responders who have permanent health issues from that day and those who continue to fight for our lives and freedom.
I was thing about that saying “you are what you eat” and I completely agree with it!! I worry that in such a fast paced world, many do not take the time to cook their own meals and turn to the unhealthy fast food junk that is out there and do it simply because it is “convenient.” Many do not want to take a deeper look at how their fast food, fast paced life is slowly harming them.
The same thing goes for what soaps, lotions, cosmetics that people use on their bodies every day. They head to the store, buy what is the cheapest or what it the new thing being advertised and they never take a moment to read what is on the label and what ingredients they are placing on their skin that is harmful.
Here is a list of chemicals that are found in everyday products that people use on their skin and their body is absorbing:
Amazing isn’t it?!!! Even staggering is the number of chemicals used in the cosmetics, yes, down to the lipstick, that women use on a daily basis!! It is extremely scary to me and I feel that the best way to combat this is to provide as much awareness to the subject in the hope is reaches and helps people.
So, the moral of today’s blogpost – you are what you eat and you are what you put on your body!!