Goodbyes are always tough. And they’re tougher when you have to part ways after being together for eight years. But as the time has come to say farewell to Barack Obama, our 44th President of the United States, some self-care and healing is probably what we all need for Inauguration Day.
Goodbye, Obama and hello, Donald Trump. Yeah, that hurts to say.
If you’re feeling a little under the weather during this presidential transition, here is a six-step self-healing procedure to help you move forward. These musky, healing herbs will help you purify your space and your mind, protect your body against winter ills and woes, and open your heart to a new way of living.
Step 1: Purify Your Home & Surroundings With Sage
Purify your body with sage, the plant with many therapeutic properties.
Sage has a spicy, sharp, and very herbaceous aroma that is both penetrating and powerful. With these strong characteristics, sage can change the ionic composition of the air, and can help improve the way we respond to stress.
Sage is a multipurpose plant with anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent properties. It’s used as a digestive and diuretic, and can work as a tonic. We’ll be exploring sage a lot this winter…
Suggested Practice: Burn sage in your home. For men, add a drop of sage essential oil to a handful of cool water and apply just after shaving to help soften the skin.
Step 2: Breathe, Release & Accept With Sandalwood
Out with the old, and in with the new…
Practice relaxation, forgiveness, and renewal with deep breathing exercises with East Indian sandalwood. It will promote peace, love, and ease your digestive system.
Sandalwood has a rich, balsamic and sweet aroma with delicate wood notes. Since it’s winter, sandalwood is perfect to breathe because it is used in traditional medicine to help combat bronchitis, depression, chapped and dry skin, laryngitis, oily skin, scars, sensitive skin stress, and stretch marks… you name it.
Suggested Practice: Burn a sandalwood candle before your yoga session for a more serene body and mind.
Step 3: Open Your Heart With Healing Yoga Poses
Healing your heart with chest-opening poses will improve your mood and ease tension for a calmer and happier you.
Suggested Practice: Check out Elkhart Yoga’s 7-minute yoga routine video to help you relieve muscular tension in your upper body. By relaxing your upper body, you might keep your heart “open” to the new changes that are abreast.
Step 4: Purify Your Water With Oregano
Who knows what changes could be abreast, with Donald Trump’s picks on energy and the environment. Luckily, natural plant oils, like oils found in oregano, can remove contaminants found in water. Oregano has anti-fungal, antibacterial, and anti-parasitic properties and is known to help boost immunity.
Suggested Practice: It’s a cold winter. Keep your body hydrated and purified during this transitional period by sipping on water with oregano herbs before each meal.
Step 5: Give Yourself Some Love With Coconut Oil
Before bed, give your body some rejuvenation with coconut oil, one of our favorite oils. Not only does coconut oil smell great, but it has anti-microbial properties and absorbs nicely into the skin. We could go on and on about the benefits of coconut oil… Some examples are here.
Suggested Practice: Use coconut oil for massage before bed. Massage helps with blood circulation: when your muscles are stimulated, your tissues receive a more sufficient supply of oxygen. You will feel relaxed and rejuvenated.
Step 6: Complete The Day With Meditation
Just as we take multivitamins for our body, meditation is just that for our brains. Choose your favorite meditation ritual and be present in the moment. Remember, you can repeat these steps as necessary. These steps are to be practiced in the evening before bed, after bathing.
Not sure how to start? Learn How To Meditate in 5 Simple Steps here.
This Inauguration Day, be sure to follow these 6 steps to cleanse your mind and welcome positivity all around you. And as Obama said himself, “Yes we can. Yes, we did.”
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