Updated: Jun 15
During my coaching journey I discovered that I needed ways to relax and keep positive energy.
I wanted to use more natural elements instead of medications.
I did what any normal human does and googled. I also asked friends.
I discovered that energy and mindset can be adjusted with smell, sounds and lighting.
Out of all the suggestions I was given the ones that worked the best for me have been: CBD Oil, Lavender Oil Spray, White Sage Sticks & Himalayan Salt Lamps.
Oils have become popular recently.
After seeing several specials and reading testimonials online I decided to give them a whirl.
I’ve always had troubles with insomnia. (We all know how grumpy one can be without proper rest).
I researched the best oils for sleep. One that worked well for me was: CBD Oil also known as cannabinoid oil.
It is extracted from the hemp plant and a constituent of cannabis. It is non-psychoactive, meaning it does NOT get you ‘high’ like smoking or ingesting marijuana does.
CBD oil can be used several different ways. It can be vaped, applied topically, and ingested, but the most common form is sublingual (under the tongue). The dosages vary from person to person. I use 100mg under the tongue about 30-minutes before bed.
For those that are worried about testing positive for drug screening, it is available in THC-free form. The main side effect of CBD oil is sleepiness, which is great for bedtime, but not so great for starting your day.
Be vigilant of its effects on you before operating any machinery or driving. Some people claim that CBD oil helps with anxiety, pain, and other ailments.
Just be sure to get it from a reputable dispensary/retailer as others aren’t pure. Also, before adding any new supplement to your diet, please discuss it with your doctor.
Lavender oil is derived from Lavender flowers.
Its scent is floral, clean, and fresh which has a calming effect.
It's used in bubble bath for babies to soothe them. You can dilute the oil with water and use it as a spray, or you can buy the spray form.
Don’t over do it, as too much can be overbearing, and oils are not easy to rid of.
Enjoy extra relaxation by adding a few drops of oil to lotions, shampoos, and skin care products.
Make a basic homemade body scrub with coconut oil, sugar, and Lavender oil.
Unwind with a Lavender-infused neck or back massage.
Use Lavender as part of your evening routine.
Rub oil on the bottom of your feet before bed or spritz your pillow with distilled water and Lavender mixed in a spray bottle which is what I do nightly.
White Sage Sticks
White sage is an evergreen perennial shrub that is native to the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico.
It’s used to clear the negative energy in the air.
The leaves are also burnt by many native American tribes, with the smoke used in different purification rituals. Smudging with white sage, has been adopted in some variant forms into various modern belief systems, including many forms of New Age and eclectic Neopagan spirituality, such as modern Wicca.
Burn a sage stick in each room, wave the stick around all open windows and doorways, then go to middle of room and wave the stick in circular motion.
Make sure to buy white sage from a reputable shop as only real white sage will clear the air.
Himalayan Salt Lamps
Himalayan salt is rock salt or halite from the Punjab Region of Pakistan.
Himalayan salt is chemically similar to table salt, it also contains mineral impurities including chromium, iron, zinc, lead, and copper. Some salt crystals from this region have an off-white to transparent color, while impurities in some veins of salt give it a pink, reddish, or beet-red color.
Himalayan salt lamps act as “natural ionizers.” An ionizer, in theory, produces ions, which are atoms or molecules with a net positive or negative charge caused by an uneven number of protons to electrons. Himalayan salt lamps have been said to help with the ions in the air.
They are calming and decorative as well. I use them at night instead of a night light or a lamp.
Also set the tone for meditation and yoga.
They emit “boundless amounts” of negative ions, which counter the positive ions that both surround us and make us feel bad.
Those ions increase oxygen flow to the brain which combats lethargy, gives you more energy, and causes you to be more alert and responsive to your surroundings.
The ions negate the “radioactive waves” or “electric smog” emitted by our electrical devices. The ions offer protection from airborne toxins that could be floating around us. The constant intake of negative ions makes your slumber less fitful, and helps you get more out of your rest. The ions allegedly lower high blood pressure.
The salt that is used in these lamps, Himalayan salt, contains up to 84 trace minerals that your body needs, allowing the lamp to also strengthen your bone, regulate your body pH, and balance the water content in your body.
I’m not promising that your mood will change dramatically with one use. You must implement this as a routine, lifestyle and mindset.
The oils, sage, and lamps only help enhance your mood and energy they don’t completely control it.
Keeping your stress to a minimum (I’ve discussed this in a previous blog) is huge on being relaxed as well.
The goal is to wake up refreshed and rejuvenated daily, hopefully these will help you as they've helped me.
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