Moon milk is a delicious and soothing beverage that has its roots in Ayurvedic traditions. In Ayurveda, warm milk consumed before bed is a common remedy for sleeplessness, anxiety and insomnia. Moon milk can be the simplest concoction of milk and honey or more complex such as those with a variety of spices, fruit or even adaptogens and herbs. Moon milk might be a great addition to your nightly routine if you tend to have trouble falling asleep. The adaptogens within the milk help your body de-stress and relax, plus the milk itself contains melatonin and tryptophan, two natural substances that help you fall asleep.
Here are a few moon milk combos that you cant mix and remix to see what works for you!
Now a few months back I purchased the Moon Juice combo pack and like most of my buys i tend to get distracted and never finish them up but this actually worked out well for me because Moon Juice already contain adaptogens so no need to buy any for this. Some other additive you can use in your moon milk would be CBD oil, canna butter (healthy fat), or vitamin d drop supplements.
Okay so still on my juicing journey here is an update on my experience and some recipes.
Now although I love my juicer I will say I have to manual clean this machine 2-3 times during one batch of juicing depending on the density of the pulp. Mushy fruits like banana and mangos or berries do not eject easily but the more fibrous the faster the pulp ejects into the discard bin. The assembling and cleaning process is super simple takes 2 minutes tops so this is a huge plus for me.
My favorite juices to make are my green juice and my watermelon cucumber punch. Below are the ingredients and amounts used!
I also added pure celery juice to drink in the mornings. I had a few extra pieces so I figure what the hell. The benefits of a few ounces of celery juice are : helps digestion, curbs cravings, increased mental clarity, energy, and helps weight loss! How could I pass it up.
Oh and incase you were gonna ask….you can toss the pulp and discard in a compost bin!
The word Ayurveda is Sanskrit for science of life and this is legit the best way to describe it. Its a 5,000 year old practice that focuses on bringing the body into full alignment to promote self-healing. So the focus is looking at the entire person not just the ailments or symptoms, but the root as well. The belief is that everything in the universe is composed of 5 elements : Fire, Water, Air, Earth, and Space. These 5 elements combine to create 3 bio-physical forces called Doshas.
The Doshas are Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
When the Doshas are in complete balance the person is in great health mental, emotional and physical.
Doshas Body Types
If Vata becomes imbalanced in your mind-body system, your activity will start to feel out of control. Your mind may race, contributing to anxiety and insomnia. You may start skipping meals, resulting in unintended weight loss, and your digestion may become irregular. If you notice these early symptoms of a Vata imbalance, slow down, take time to meditate, don’t skip meals, and get to bed earlier. A regular lifestyle routine helps ground Vata so you are not carried away into the ethers.
When Pitta becomes imbalanced, heat begins to rise in the body and mind. Heartburn, ulcers, hypertension, and inflammatory conditions reflect excessive accumulation of the fire element. On the level of emotions, too much Pitta manifests as irritability and anger. These symptoms are signals to “chill.” Stop packing in too many things to do in too little time. Reduce your competitive activities, spend time in the inner quiet of meditation,and go for a walk in a natural setting that is soothing and cooling.
When Kapha becomes imbalanced, however, it can manifest in your body as excess weight gain, fluid retention, and allergies. On the level of the mind, excess Kapha can lead to resistance to change and stubbornness. If you have a Kapha imbalance, you will tend to hold on to things, jobs, habits, and relationships long after they are no longer nourishing or necessary. To lighten the heaviness of Kapha, be sure to get regular physical exercise. Eat light, spicy foods, and give away things you have been accumulating that you know you’ll never use.
Here is list of morning ritual that would be a great start to get your body into alignment and balance.
Okay so todays skin talk topic is cleansing brushes! Now I can recall a time when the spin brushes were all the rage and people were so excited that they were spinning their precious faces into acne and abrasions. Daily exfoliation is a big no no the skin needs time to rejuvenate itself after and by doing it daily that rejuvenation never happens so skin just keeps getting scrubbed raw relentlessly. I dont hate spin brushes when used properly they are perfectly fine but they can be germy as hell. You wanna make sure youre changing or at the very least soaking the brush head in peroxide solution after each use. You should only be using this 2-3 times a week but the bsilicone brush can be used more due to its gentle nature. As an esthetician we use a type of spin brush in our facial protocals all the time…we make sure brush speed and pressure are closely monitored. You can purchase a 20$ spin brush no point in spending $100+ thats crazy although I do like the Mia Fit brushes they are smaller and dont spin they actually vibrate! But if i had to choose my go to….silicone facial cleansing brushes. They are super gentle and easy to sanitize. They can be as cheap as $5 and as expensive as $150. These work well with any cleanser the massaging and vibration encourage debris to gently leave pores without creating the tiny abrasions that the bristled spin brushes can cause.
If i had to choose one Id go for the silicone cleansing wand you can wet the pad without having to submerge it and Ive used every type of cleansing brush.
Below are a few options but the purple and mint green brushes are my top choices!
Okay so juicing is super popular now because everyone is apparently on a health kick and considering the state of the world not a bad idea. So I typically stay away from juice unless it one of those vitamin packed juice shots that taste like hell. I don’t drink a ton of juice because although it natural and fruit is healthy its also packed with an overabundance of sugar. Sugar is evil. We consume way too much. Sugar intake is something most people don’t pay attention to and its literally killing us. Okay moving on!
So when I decided I wanted to make my own juice shots instead of dropping $2-$4 on them daily which adds up I began my research. Im the research queen….I like making purchases based on information and not emotional. I knew that the overly cheap juicers weren’t necessarily made well and I wasn’t prepared to drop $400 and the top of the line juicers. What i learned was that there are a two different types and to maximize the nutrient extraction you need to choose the right one. The two types are centrifugal and cold press. Centrifugal juicers have fast moving blades that press fruits and veggies against a strain. Cold press has slower moving blades that crush and press fruits and veggies.
So for me personally it was no brainer to choose the masticating aka cold press juicer. The pros far out weighed the cons. The mastication juicer is more expensive and moves slower buuuuuut the slower moving blades are a plus. Because the blade move slower they dont heat up. When juicer blades heat up its destroys the nutrient and enzymes in the juice. This also speeds up oxidation and reduces the shelf life of the juice. The masticating juicer also extracts more juice and the juice doesnt seperate as fast. So considering the purpose of juicing is to drink more nutrients buying a juicer that doesnt ensure the maximum nutrient intake would simply be a waste. The only real pros for the centrifugal juicer is its price and speed…..but that speed is really a con cause it does more harm than anything.
Now when buying a juicer you want to also consider construction quality, cleaning ease, and ability to replace parts without having to purchase a new juicer. You don’t want a juicer thats a bitch to clean you’ll never use it and you don’t want a shitty juicer that will break after a few uses. Read those reviews and canvas a few buyers guides. I post some links below.
Okay so every month during my cycle I always get the urge to lament about the wonders of mentrual cups. Now before you all act grossed out by something you’ve been experiencing since fucking puberty lets approach this like adults.
I made the switch to mentrual cups almost 3 years ago randomly while shopping in one of my favorite store…Mertz Apothecary! So I had been researching them for quite sometime and I was completely over tampons and diapers….I’m sorry pads. I wanted something that didnt involve me shoving bleached cotton, cardboard, and paper products up my hoo haa every month and I absolutely hated sitting on pads cause that just cant be sanitary and it def not comfortable. So i come across the very popular Diva Cup and its like $40 (eck) but I wouldn’t need to replace it for a year so Im like not bad im actually saving money in the long run.
Now the learning curve and honest truth. Insertion takes a few tries to learn what method works for you and what method has the lowest probability of failure. My first try I can say i did have about 3 accidents where the cup didnt expand and create a suction barrier properly. Once i was able to get it up far enough for it to be comfortable and get that very necessary suction pop I haven’t had an issue since. Pop is an exaggeration its not painful of that extreme you feel a slight suction when it expands and it will properly just make you say “Oh!” followed by a shocked giggle. My insertion method is simple I squat and fold the cup in half and push up. Its soft silicone so its not uncomfortable.
What I love about this baby is its medical grade silicone, reusable, easily sanitized (I use hibiclens its a soap you use on your body prior to surgery), and allows me the comfort to forgo hideous period underwear and still sleep au naturale. Now i first purchased the Diva Cup and after year i upgraded to the Dot cause it was all black and cute and i like cute shit. You can find tons of options and designs online. Prices vary as well. Some brands include carrying pouches and their own cleansers. Any antibaterial soap works tbh. I am against boiling them cause i think it increases to possibility of creating tiny cracks in the silicone and bacteria can hide there and cause issues for your lady parts. Follow the care instruction included is your best bet. Ill leave some links below of ones Ihear good things about!
Okay so whenever I utter the words “anal bleaching” people automatically tense up and get weirdly uncomfortable but even then I can telling their gears are spinning and the idea isn’t as crazy as they let on. None of us can really see what our sphincter looks like without a mirror and some contorting so most of us dont really care if it discolored. However there is that really random not so small group of ladies and fellas that dare to glare at out buttholes and to our surprised saw it to be slightly darker than the surrounding skin. Typically this is something that isn’t even a thing unless youre in the adult entertainment industry but those beauty standards are spilling over into the lives of regular women. Is it beautiful when the color is uniform? Yep! Is it completely normal for it to be slight darker? Yep. Is it harmful to lighten your bunghole? Nope. Doctors say its unnecessary but doable. How? Stay with me here.
So the process to lift the darkness for your exit strategy is simple and you have a few options….there is laser, chemical peel, or just a cream or gel topical you apply 1-2 times a day. The most effective would be the options that involve a professional but the cream work as well just not as evasive and slowly. The key to this is not over exfoliating and being mindful no not aggressively wipe which can cause minor abrasions. You want to cleanse the area really well too (duh?). With the cream you see results as fast as 2 weeks but full results in 6-8 weeks of dilligent use. You can gently exfoliate but honestly if not careful you run the risk off making you winker raw and bleaching compromised skin is an absolute no no.
I included a few links below of some options that i read about that work pretty well. Let me know it you try anything!
Since these days a good face mask is all the rage lets discuss one of my favorite beauty products to hoard….. sheet mask! The aren’t terribly expensive and you can find one for every skin issue you may face! Dryness, overproduction of sebum, texture issues, blemishes, and anti-aging. They literally make a sheet mask for everything.
Here is a cute chart to help you figure out what sheet mask would be best for you! And remember make sure you spread that extra serum on your neck and chest….the pouch will have enough to last you an extra day or 2!