I always choose to blog during my most chill moods. This one comes after giving myself an olive oil self massage. I began to think about all of the DIY ways that I tend to my self care. As much as I love to try new health products and foods, I always go back to the simple basics…oils. It can often looks like something right out of a Mediterranean Vampy scene. I love sunshine BUT I’m not necessarily a fan of it for too long. It can be draining at times. The energy of the Mediterranean however always seems to come back around in my life. Call it past lives or whatever. I just love oils! The Mediterranean Diet is a great lifestyle if you do as well!
The Mediterranean Diet consists of healthy fats (nuts, olive oils), whole grains and legumes, fresh caught seafood (salmon, etc), fruit, and plenty of water throughout the day. Everything from vegan meats, red meats, white meats, and wine is taken in moderation. This can apply to moderation throughout the week, month, and/or year if you’re a fellow 90% vegan. You can determine how you want to throw in your 10% non vegan enjoyments.
The beauty of olive oil is that it can be placed onto any food to reduce inflammation and create a heart healthier meal. It’s great for food and/or seasonal histamine allergies. I love putting it on simple organic cauliflower rice veggie recipes with coconut aminos (soy free “soy sauce” alternative), organic brown rice pasta salad recipes, sweet potato and vegan sausage recipes, and organic gala apple salad recipes. Red onions are also great cancer fighters and immune boosters.
After growing tired of smoothies, my first meal often starts with the following anti aging routine…
-15 mins of olive oil or coconut oil pulling for healthy hair, skin, nails, teeth, immune support, etc. Disease often starts in the gut and mouth. The healthy antioxidants and antibacterial nutrients in oils are beneficial for swishing around in your mouth. Simply swish and rinse while tending to another morning routine.
-A glass of water in the morning prepares the body to absorb nutrients.
-Camu Camu powder in water. Camu camu powder is a Vitamin C supplement. It’s a rainforest fruit with some of the highest concentrations of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is great for immune support and collagen anti aging production. You would have to take on large amounts of oranges to get in the amount. I don’t like to have a lot of unfrozen fruit or lemon juice bottles hanging around. This is a handy off and on powder for Vit C! I sometimes mix it with collagen powder if I’m in the mood. Collagen powder is at its most potent for absorption when taken with Vit C. A weekly multivitamin and/or veggies can also assist in Vit C intakes as well.
-Breakfast or Brunch (Vamps wake up when they wake up) consists of detox foods. Fruit is often the best food to eat when you get up. I like to combine it with a packaged organic salad mix though. I simply slice up an organic gala apple (low sugar apple) and place it on top. I sometimes add walnuts for more crunch. I then top it with an olive oil dressing mixture.
My daily self care brings in my love of oils as well…
-Body wash of olive oil or coconut oil. This is sometimes combined with fine salt for a DIY scrub. Some may prefer olive oil or coconut oil soaps. I personally like oils in their natural antibacterial, anti inflammatory, and anti aging oil form. You can also take this time to give yourself a facial massage. Massage in an upward circular motion. Simply enjoy your warm steam before rinsing.
-Body moisturizer of olive oil or coconut oil. I add a little bit more onto the skin after a good pat dry. This will keep you moisturized throughout the day. I take the time to give myself a little self massage later on to further circulation. Olive oil is great as a massage oil!
-My skincare is pretty simple. Tea tree oil in a crystal container of water acts as a cleanser, toner, and mouthwash. Olive oil or coconut oil provides the toothpaste. Jojoba oil and/or rosehip oil provides the anti aging collagen booster. I create a mask using clay powder and activated charcoal powder every now and then. This can also make a great detoxing body mask for those self care spa days.
-DIY Perfumes. Vanilla extract or peppermint oil provides me with a happy mental stimulation. It’s really based on my mood. Sometimes I feel like like a cookie and other times a piece of candy. Just do you! 😉
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