So the word is out! Thanks to Steve’s clever post of the photo collage, it’s finally Facebook official! We’re expecting our first baby on April the 6th.
So why the DIY epsom salt bath you ask?
I’ve been trying lots of things throughout the first half of the pregnancy to help reduce the stress and craziness of life. Things that help me (read: force me!) to slow down.
I’ve been very lucky in terms of morning sickness – very few issues in this department. We’ve had a few other things to keep our minds occupied at the beginning of the pregnancy so it hasn’t been without its ups and downs and stressful times.
Some of the things I’ve been up to while keeping the news quiet…
- Practicing yoga – with Yoga in Daily Life
- Being mindful – Listening to and implementing lots of Rachael Kable‘s suggestions from ‘The Mindful Kind’ podcast.
- Saying NO – when I can and sometimes when I just have to. This is something that’s really hard for me to do!
- Visiting a Chinese medicine practitioner for acupuncture – Silvia at Chi Temple… so lovely and helpful! She has also hooked me up with supplements and given me a multitude of suggestions and much appreciated advice throughout my pregnancy. You can also find her on Facebook here
- Using essential oils – like they’re going out of fashion (but only since I got out of the get-me-away-from-that-smell-now phase!)
- Trying to get plenty of sleep – another boon for me. Self-proclaimed night owl!
This epsom salt DIY bath is next on my list to try.
Now to make time to give it a go!
Here’s how to make a jar for yourself…
It’s as easy as mixing all of the ingredients and storing them in a random and hopefully recycled jar!
- 2 C Epsom salts
- 1/2 C Baking Soda
- 30 drops lavender essential oil
- 10 drops peppermint essential oil
- Dried lavender (optional – I only added it as I had some from mum that she dried!)
I’ll let you know how it goes when I try it!!
Adapted from a recipe shared on the doTERRA everyday blog
If you’d like a sample of Lavender or Peppermint Oil or you’re interested in purchasing, get in contact with me via message, on my Facebook page, Healthy Erin or via my doTERRA page
This past weekend I journeyed to the Yarra Valley to participate in a Yoga Retreat run by Yoga in Daily Life.
Prior to going, I considered this an indulgence. An absolute treat.
Post retreat, having left on Sunday feeling reenergised, rejuvenated and ready for reality…I’ve reevaluated my position. So often I think about giving time to myself, dedicating space, both mentally and physically, to refuel. This retreat was absolutely that. I feel like I’ve been more enthusiastic and productive this week – even more so than coming back to work from school holidays. How can that be?
The retreat focussed on a number of practices, asanas (the physical postures) and their link with the breath, pranayam (breathing techniques), yoga nidra (deep relaxation – read: tip-toe along the tightrope of a state of relaxation and sleep!) and meditation.
We also ate vegetarian, mostly gluten free and some vegan fare for the weekend. Being a vego obviously meant that this type of diet wasn’t much of a stretch for me, BUT it was really nice to not spend the weekend being the annoying one with the weird dietary requirement (aside from the fructose issue, but that’s a whole other story!) The food was delicious and steered clear of the boring typical vego options that we’re oft presented with when dining out – also Larissa’s desserts – WOW. She kindly catered for all of our strange and at times difficult requests.
If you have the opportunity to visit one of these retreats….please, DO IT! The ‘me time’ was amazing. Made all the more fabulous by the lovely ladies that were there alongside me for the ride too! All the other attendees were similarly so friendly and lovely, I’d honestly even consider going to one by myself.
I’ll make it very clear, I’m endorsing but not in any way gaining benefits from sharing this information about Yoga in Daily Life’s programs. I participated. It was amazing. I want to share. Full stop!
Have you been to a yoga retreat before? Share how it was below!!