After arduous months of work, we all dream of that moment where we disconnect from work, stress and routine life, after all…
Who doesn’t want a well-deserved vacation?
Sunbathing on a Caribbean beach, walking through an old town, getting to know different cultures, going camping with family or friends or watching a series marathon non-stop for days. Yes, vacations are necessary in the life of the human being and should almost be a medical prescription to enjoy good health and quality of life. Even more so after 2020, when we want to live something different and start traveling, eating, drinking, enjoying, laughing… resting.
But what happens after that break, that many of us find it hard to start up again?
Many experts say that suddenly returning from an emotional state of rest to the complete opposite can affect our health, emotionally and physically. Mental exhaustion, low energy, dark circles under the eyes, dry skin or hair and difficulty adjusting our sleep schedule may be just some of the symptoms that many people share when returning from a period of calm.
If you are one of them, in this blog you will discover 5 home remedies that you can do from the comfort of your home so that returning to the routine does not affect your mood, your energy, even your personal care.
NOTE: Remember to consult your doctor before taking any ingredient that can harm you, do not take any of these remedies if they are in bad shape and, of course, refrain if you suffer from any allergy. These remedies do not replace a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
Energize yourself with this DYNAMITE SMOOTHIE!
Have you ever had the feeling of being more tired when you came back from your vacation?
I imagine you’ve also found it harder than ever to get out of bed and get back to work. It’s not you… it’s all of us. When it’s late at night, you’re sleep deprived and you know you’re getting less and less hours of rest, and finally … you manage to fall asleep, but when the alarm goes off and you feel you’ve slept only 5 minutes all night: “NO WAY, I have to go to work in half an hour” Your energy is down and you know you won’t perform as well.
Why not try something other than caffeine that may be better for your health?
Preparation time: 3 minutes
- 5-10 Blueberries
- 1/2 Green Apple
- ½ Avocado
- 2 tablespoons of oatmeal (flaked or ground, as you prefer)
- 1 small spoon of honey (If it’s natural, even better!)
- 1 banana
- 1 glass of milk (lactose-free, soy, or almond milk, according to your preference)
- Extra ingredients: you can add nuts, sweetener or other fruit if you prefer.
Whisk all the ingredients until you get a homogeneous mixture. Drink it in the morning for a few days and you will see how your mood begins to change. Chill to taste.
If you need to relax at bedtime, put 3 drops of lavender oil on your pillow.
Get away from your cell phone, take a deep breath and… rest.
REFRESH YOUR SKIN!
You’re back from the beach, you bring your hand to your face and your skin feels dry and wrinkled. Don’t worry, cucumber and Aloe Vera will be your new best friends.
They are considered two of the TOP ingredients for beauty treatments since they are mostly (more than 95%) composed of water. You can get different treatments in any drugstore, but with your sensitive skin, it is better to avoid irritation and go natural.
Preparation time: 5 minutes
- Aloe-vera (Approximately 2 large leaves)
Peel the cucumber and aloe until there is no trace of their peel. Cut them into small pieces and leave them in the refrigerator for a while. When you feel them a little cold (but not too cold), put them in the blender and with a strainer, squeeze as much of their juice as you can.
Voila! You’ve created yourself a fantastic face cleanser that will be the gateway to your flaky skin. Use the water to wash your face every time you want in the next few days, there is NO LIMIT.
You can reuse what’s left over from the strainer by making some small pancake-like doughs. Store it in the fridge and put it on your eyes in the evenings and mornings. This will help to cool and deflate the sensitive eyelid area.
HELLO AGAIN… GASTRITIS.
It is no secret that a large part of traveling means subjecting ourselves to a nutritional imbalance. Eating a dish with unfamiliar spices, having the occasional piña colada on the beach or a small Whisky in the mountains, tasting a dish overflowing with oil or going hours without being able to eat in the time we are used to. Upon returning from vacation, many people experience a change in their appetite, stomach pain, constipation and perhaps more serious ailments. Here’s a grandmothers’ remedy that can help get your stomach back to normal.
Preparation time: 5-7 minutes
- 1 potato (average size, not too small but not too big).
- ½ teaspoon of honey
Peel the potato completely until it is skinless. With the smallest part of the grater, grate the whole potato and strain it so that all its juice comes out. Add half a teaspoon of honey. VERY IMPORTANT: Take it on an empty stomach, at the same time for 7 days. You will notice the radical change in your body.
You can complement this remedy with an infusion of anise before going to sleep.
And say goodbye to heaviness!
For many of us, hair is our personal presentation. We try to cover it with products, dyes, accessories -among others- and in the end this ends up taking its toll. And during the vacation season, you must have received a lot of sun, breeze, blow-dryer… and not so much love, right?
It’s normal, your hair can suffer a little and no matter how much you bathe it with your shampoo for dry and broken hair, it’s not the same. Take advantage of your day off and help your hair restore itself with natural ingredients that will make it look like a movie (and not a horror movie).
Preparation time: 40 minutes
- ½ avocado
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1 egg (if your hair tends to be oily, remove the yolk)
- 1 banana
Mash all the ingredients until you get a mask. Apply it on your hair from means to ends and put on a shower cap for 30 minutes. Wash it off with your shampoo and when your hair is dry, you will notice that it is softer and more hydrated than before. Repeat the procedure 2 times a month and you will have healthy hair!
BRITTLE AND DRY FEET?
How many of us have come back from a hot, dry summer, and our feet are so brittle and cracked that by the time we realize it, they’re completely neglected? It is very common that our feet are one of the parts of our body that we neglect the most. So, try this home remedy and feel more comfortable with a firm step! In addition to being a very effective remedy, it is a necessary relaxation technique before returning to the routine.
Preparation time: 15 minutes
- 1 small spoon of apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 2 tablespoons of Baking Soda
- Pumice stone (optional)
Mix the vinegar, honey and baking soda to create a thick paste. Soak your feet in a bowl of hot water (as hot as you can without burning yourself). After 10 minutes, apply the paste you have created by massaging it into the skin. Wash your feet again, dry them a bit leaving them a bit damp and rub them with the pumice stone. Tip: you can soak them in water for a longer period of time. Remember that baking soda is one of the most effective components to treat calluses, bad odor and skin roughness.
You can complement this remedy by applying a considerable amount of petroleum jelly on your feet before going to bed, put on socks and the next day your feet will feel much softer and fresher.
Coming back from summer can be exhausting, but if you’ve rested and want to get back into action more refreshed, rested and looking better than ever, always remember that Mother Nature provides you with little helpers. And the best part, all you have to do is go to your kitchen to find them.
Remember, there is no medication or natural remedy that will replace a balanced and healthy life.
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