Hey Radiant Rebels, I got lots more on the subject coming your way, but now..
A quick little overview of some of the oils I hold near in my arsenal for peri menopausal relief. (listen up if you are 40 plus years old). These combined with good sleep, exercise, stress reduction, nutrition, herbs etc...can be a game changer.
Digest Zen/ The first think I noticed after I turned 40 was that my digestion became wonky. Food intolerances and nutrient deficiencies. Also emotionally I felt overwhelm trying to process and digest life transitions. The simple practice of rolling digest zen over my abdomen followed by a little self massage in the circular direction of the digestive track has brought me some sweet relief. The key ingredients in the blend of peppermint, cardamom and fennel are also useful for relief from hormonal/menstrual issues.
Clary Sage/ Probably the most highly regarded when it comes to all things hormonal; from pms to menopausal symptoms. CS has been shown to be more effective than acetaminophen for menstrual pain. It may have a balancing effect on estrogen (as a phytoestrogen) & on thyroid hormone levels. Research has shown that CS reduces cortisol levels in the body by 36% (up-level your mood!) I like to apply it right over my ovary area.
Ylang Ylang/ Hormonally supportive throughout entire cycle and particularly useful for mood & emotions. When I get out of the shower I do a quick round of dry brushing followed by self massage (feet to neck) with ylang ylang, geranium & clary sage in coconut oil- particularly just before & during my period. It’s a gorgeously sensual oil that induces relaxation and combats low libido (that may or may not be apparent in your midlife marriage...get it girl!)
There are several other specific oils that I use as a self-care ritual throughout my monthly cycle to help mitigate symptoms throughout the follicular & luteal phases (which have become absolutely bananas in my late 40’s). A lot of this practice is awareness of what-in-the-heck is likely going on in our bodies literally from week to week and what it needs to ride that wave.
Will share more in weeks to come for both young lassies and for saucy older broads like me!
Sassy Raw Valentine Squares
OK so we had a lot of macarons and Stubbes chocolate around the house today but Mama needed something special that was VERY lightly sweetened and without colouring.
The solution was a raw whole food dessert with lovely juicy raspberries and cashew cream.
Taking a bit outa these beauties….well my heart is a glow with love and my mouth, well, #mouthgasm
This one is a must for all the Radiant Rebels out there.
-1 cup raw almonds
-1/3 cup raw cacao powder
-3tbs melted raw coconut oil
-pinch of sea salt
-10 x Mejool dates (pitted)
Blend in Vita Mix till a fine crumbly & sticky
press into a pan
place in freezer for an hour or so
-2 cups raspberries (fresh or frozen)
-2/3 cup total soaked cashews & macadamia (just cashew or macadamia is just fine)
-3 tbs shredded unsweetened organic coconut
-maple syrup to taste ( I used a tbs)
-1tbs melted raw coconut oil
-2 drops doterra lemon EO
-2 drops doterra tangerine EO
Blend in Vita Mix till smooth and deliciously creamy
Layer over the base and restore back in freezer (2-3 hours or so)
-1/3 cup raw cacao powder
-1/3 cup raw coconut oil (mixed with cacao butter is very lovely if you have it, which I did)
-maple syrup to taste
-pinch of sea salt
Pour over dish as the top layer - should have three gorgeous layers
** Store in the fridge in an air tight package** = HEAVEN!!
Stealing some time for a little self care is just a bloody-well FANTASTIC idea!
Today that looked like exercise & sweat, a face mask, and a dog walk. (with a guided meditation playing through my earphones)
We’ve all got a ton going on, some are dealing with chronic stress, illnesses, work, financial stuff, family stuff, ‘adulting’ and trying to be a good human in the world.
Carving out a few moments, or maybe an hour, to care for your body & mind is important as all heck!
I have to remind myself sometimes that if I am too busy for a little time out ...well that’s often when it is the most needed!
So here I am with a rather fun and delicious ‘honey matcha facial mask’. There’s just something about applying a face mask that says ‘mama it is time to RELAX’.🙂
So here’s what I did; to my dōTERRA clay mask I added 1 tbs matcha powder + 1tbs honey and a drop of geranium EO. I love honey for facial care, it’s antibacterial and leaves my skin really soft. Geranium is excellent for skin health & mood, and Matcha (think green tea)is high in antioxidants.
Plus I love the colour:)
My mug felt exfoliated and soft as a baby’s...but most importantly I felt centred & relaxed.
I refrained from posting yesterday about mental health, guess I am not too comfortable with #bellletstalk putting its stamp all over our awareness.
Did you know that BELL makes it hugely difficult for incarcerated people to call, and to talk with, their families? Making loved ones rack up colossal phone bills...not cool.
Also mental health is not a one day thing, it’s an everyday struggle for many.
With that said, I am so glad folks are talking.
As a teenager in the 80’s these conversations were hard to come by.
During those years I experienced intense panic attacks on a regular basis. I had no idea what they were for five years until finally reading an article about them in the newspaper.
Till that point I had felt out of control and utterly alone. But reading other people’s experiences with this thing called panic disorder that afternoon changed everything. No I wasn’t the only one, and yes our minds can get sick.
Panic attacks, anxiety, depression, knowing about it, talking about it, and receiving cognitive behavioural therapy would have been a big help to me back then. Perhaps my recovery would have been a heck-of-a-lot swifter.
This photo is from several years ago in my early 40’s when I was knee deep in the ‘sandwich generation’ caring for my young kids and simultaneously caring for both my non ambulatory parents living with dementia.
Did anxiety & panic make a comeback - you betcha!
Did I ask for help - nope. Should I have? Oh Hell YES!
Being human is such a wild, beautiful adventure and I most certainly have zero time for stigmas and am raising my girls not to either.
So, REMINDER to self - it’s OK to ask for help...in fact it’s a really, really great idea. 💡
(thanks to Katia Taylor Photography - Toronto Wedding & Portrait Photographer for the impromptu capture of my loves)