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Comments Off on Time for a Detox? Try a Gentle Dandelion Detox

written by Raulla S. Mitchell

Have you ever thought of trying a “detox”?  It’s a pretty loaded word – there are lots of different kinds of detoxes or cleansing programs.  Natural, holistic, or integrative healthcare practitioners may custom design a detox program for you based on the state of your current health.  There are endless books on the topic.  Detox packages may be purchased OTC at health food co-ops, spas offer “detox” on their menus, and you’ll find DIY detox tips on Pinterest boards.

Some are gentle though deliver effective long lasting results while others fall into the overhaul category, and may not be as safe, particularly if changes are abrupt and extreme.  It comes down to the question of how you look at your well being and lifestyle long term.

I fall into the kinder, gentler camp when it comes to integrating dietary and lifestyle modifications. I think incorporating elements of a gentle detox regime into your daily life is an excellent opportunity to shift into healthier living without disrupting your body chemistry or bringing about short term results only, and at risk that I regard as undesirable.  For example, results such as immediate weight loss related to detox may be initially thrilling, but cannot be maintained long term, and in fact, may be in part responsible for the weight gain subsequent to coming off a detox regime.  Then you’re back somewhere behind square one!  No one wants that.

So, let’s assume we don’t suffer from any major chronic illnesses that require supervision by a medical professional, and we’re going for a gentle detox, one that we can begin now, and continue on a regular basis if we choose to.  Nature’s seasonal transitions (spring and fall) are ideal times for detoxification to cleanse mind, body and spirit from

dietary toxins: refined foods and carbohydrates, hydrogenated fats, alcohol, caffeine, processed sugar, high fat meat and dairy, etc. environmental toxins: in our air, soil, water, cleaning and personal care products, clothes, etc. emotional and psychological toxins: chronic stress, anxiety, worry, juggling too many balls in the air, lack of relaxed “down time” and regenerative sleep

Detoxification is best supported synergistically from the inside out and the outside in. Gentle modifications to our diet and lifestyle have the potential to create the canvas for a healthier you.  When we cleanse our liver, kidneys and skin, we cleanse the body’s primary organs responsible for the elimination of toxins.

What is one very simple dietary treat we can add to facilitate our body’s own capacity to detoxify? 

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Comments Off on The Best Bath Ever!

written by Raulla S. Mitchell

Take a bath tonight, cherie.  For those of you who know me well, you know this is my modus operandi for just about everything.  And, I love to share it with everyone I truly love.  So here goes…

The bath is your isolation tank. It’s where you keep it real!  An oasis to reconnect with your genuine self. Let go of all the stuff that you won’t remember next week.  Feel work, family and worldly you melt away, leaving only the real you that deserves the best bath ever!  Create this super fab bath just for YOU.   → Read more

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Comments Off on Discover YOUR Springtime Bliss

written by Raulla S. Mitchell “All is a miracle. The stupendous order of nature, the revolution of a hundred million worlds around a million stars, the activity of light, the life of all animals, all are grand and perpetual miracles.”   Voltaire (1694-1778, France)

Bliss is a perpetual miracle. And what’s so fab about bliss is that we can discover it everyday within ourselves!

We cannot help but be reminded of the veracity of Voltaire’s eloquent expression, particularly after months of nature covered in snow and ice, green begins to expose itself once again, the initial sign of nature’s powers of miraculous rejuvenation and rebirth.  April’s wet grass, blossoms beginning to form in May, fruit growing on trees, and moisture in the air tells us that spring has returned. We are part of the cycle of nature, and follow her revitalization.

Even if Mother Nature decides to snow flower-sized snowflakes in Minnesota this April, we know from experience that they’ll quickly melt when the sun comes out.  Just a little reminder to be grateful for the spring when she comes to stay!

When I was a child, my grandmother used to call each April 1st with the same line “Look out the window, it’s snowing.”  I’d say “Grandma, it’s not snowing, don’t you know it’s April!”  She’d insist, so finally I’d put the phone down, go to the window, and when I’d return to the phone, she’s say the inevitable “April Fools.”  I miss her calls every April 1st.  I’ve always thought Mother Nature and my grandmother were conspiring to make me truly appreciate the beauty of spring.

What better place than a warm fragrant bath to discover your blissful rejuvenation this season? Your bath is a sanctuary for undisturbed reverie and meditation. Release all winter’s cares to be swept away by the uncontrolled beauty of your thoughts, feelings, emotions and sensations.  Give in to wherever they lead you…Your bath is your bath.  I’d say your bath, your rules, but it’s more your bath, no rules sort of thing, a rule-free zone.  Your isolation tank or a shared space, whatever you’re in the mood for.  → Read more

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Comments Off on Beauty Sleep

written by Raulla S. Mitchell

If you feel as if you’ve been hibernating most of the winter, the last thing you may want to think about is making sure to get enough sleep now that spring is here.  You’re ready to burst forth and enjoy, greet your neighbors, catch up with friends over outdoor lunches, and spend evenings out after bitter chills and early sunsets have kept you indoors for too long.

I dream of taking my beloved ’98 S70 lipstick red Volvo out for a spin, give her a turbo thrill anywhere but 30 mph Valley View Road (and I don’t mean 32 or 35 mph which is pushing a speeding ticket).

This I can no longer do.  She was forced into retirement last May when one of her cylinders unexpectedly went down.  I was in deNile, in part because everything else about her was perfect.  I don’t want to believe she’s gone.  Even now, I sometimes look for her in parking lots, wondering who might have brought her home, fixed her up, and now takes her out for a spin.

I wanted her back the moment I felt with little choice but to replace her with a computerized black Volvo S60 that has a bazillion features (of which I still have minimal comprehension), and lacks her colorful personality.  Without my Mimi magnets, I feel a little guilty saying this, but she’d be just another black car in a sea of black cars, undistinguished from all the others.

She’d been huffing and puffing (running rough they call it) for about a week before I took her in to Borton, thinking she might need new spark plugs. Don’t all of us older gals need new sparks from time to time?  Made sense.  Unfortunately, the problem lay deeper.  When we’re not on all cylinders, it’s a serious problem, one I wasn’t prepared to face.

Dan at Borton Volvo service told me to have a stiff drink and say goodbye.  She was no longer safe.  She could blow at any moment.  What does that even mean I remember wondering.  Would she just stop without warning on the freeway?  Would she blow up?  I didn’t feel she’d betray me in that way.  She’d give me a few signs.  Dan continued to impress upon me the severity of the safety risk.  It could be a day, a week, a month, maybe a year.  I didn’t want to let her go, but I couldn’t continue to hold on.  I drive my daughter around town.  Safety’s a big deal.

So, I took photos.  I stood next to her.  Wherever she went from the Borton Volvo lot, she remains ever in my heart.  I’ve not yet had the stiff drink, and don’t really think it would have worked anyway.  She was bigger than that.  She grows more special in her physical absence from my life.

I’ll never feel the same about another car.  She was my first Volvo, my signature red, a boxy handmade Swedish girl who developed a distinct personality with age, and carried on even after I blew out her ignition one winter, and someone pushed her gently in a parking lot, leaving a subtle barely remarkable dent in her otherwise perfect frame.  She proudly wore my kissing Mimi magnets till the end.

One never knows, but I can’t imagine ever feeling quite the same about my new (to me) Volvo S60 on whom Mimi blowing her kiss to passersby seemed sadly faded.  My new Volvo demanded new magnets. That’s the thing about changing one thing – other things seem suddenly old.  And who I am to judge.  I’m getting older too.  My parts will wear out.  Where will I go?  She deserved better.  I acted in haste.  I wished she were back.  It was too late.

I digress.  Besides, if I count out the years, I’ll have a few more Volvos enter my life.  Or I’ll leap into a hybrid.  Just must remind myself to get ready and prepare for it emotionally next time.

Back to our theme of beauty sleep.  Cherie, now is when you need your sleep more than ever, to handle the ups and downs of life, hopefully more ups…

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Comments Off on Jump into Spring Colors

written by Raulla S. Mitchell

Winter drab be-gone. Perk up your thoughts, dreams and creative imagination with beautiful spring floral colors from palest pinks, roses, lilacs, mints, sea foams, melons, butters, and cocoas to the brightest fuchsias, limes, cherries, sunshine yellows and tangerines. Your favorite fresh spring colors are all here!   → Read more

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Comments Off on Seasonal Skincare Transitions – Winter into Spring

written by Raulla S. Mitchell

Transitions are a natural part of life. Acknowledge and embrace transitions and the changes they bring as part of the mystery of life that offer you an opportunity to expand your horizons, try new things, learn and grow.  Remember last week’s blog post about jumping into new experiences and changes without fear?  Mother Nature herself is changing it up and setting the example for us to follow! → Read more

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Comments Off on DIY Skincare Fun: Neroli Geranium Fresh Skin Toner

written by Raulla S. Mitchell

Super easy to make Neroli Geranium Toner.  Essential oils of neroli (citrus) and geranium (floral) bring you dreams of spring and summer whatever the season!  Refreshes and keeps your skin moist and hydrated like the beautiful floral essences from which it’s made!  After you cleanse your face, spritz 10 times over forehead, cheeks, nose and chin.  Watch your skin glow and look completely refreshed and youthful.  Apply moisturizer to still damp skin to lock in water and your skin’s natural moisture. → Read more

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Comments Off on It’s Time for Love – Take a Bath Tonight Cherie

written by Raulla S. Mitchell

The Ritual of the Bath…

is inextricably connected to love and romance, for yourself and those with whom you share your life.

Keep your promise to take time out of your scheduled day for self care: pause, slow down, unwind, relax and treat your mind, body and spirit to luxurious nutrient-rich ingredients that rejuvenate your skin and luscious fragrances that celebrate your spirit.

This isn’t about putting on your oxygen mask before assisting others.  Don’t even think of anyone else right now.  We’re calling out to YOU – to your inner spa queen, dreamer and sensualist only!

Did you know the bath solves nearly all problems, conundrums, worries, concerns, and offers amazing answers to your “what should I do now” moments?

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Comments Off on Skincare Resolutions – Are they still relevant?

written by Raulla S. Mitchell

Are you thinking about New Year’s resolutions for 2021?  Have your promises to revolutionize life, love, work, and everything in your personal universe gone into hiding, in temporary isolation like you, OR are you dreaming big with news of widely distributed COVID vaccines sometime within the first quarter?  Has this global pandemic and time away from the rapidly spinning wheel we call life led you to make one or two changes that may change so much more in your life and the world?

I know, I’ve been thinking about how I want to feel in 2021.  I want to feel calmer, more rested, happier everyday, less frazzled, less self-rewarded for doing too much too fast, checking off items on longer and longer detailed daily lists, leaving precious time gone, gone, gone (because that’s all we really have when you think about it) without the reward of feeling peaceful and happy as a human being in a human(e) world.

How about you?  Do you love writing down a to-do list of resolutions, or would you prefer to dream about how you’d love to feel in an ideal world of your own making, and then take baby steps, or leaps if you like, into creating that world?

Whatever makes your heart happy – make some dreams come true in 2021!

If resolutions work, super!  If a modified mindset, looking at your life from a fresh perspective or reflecting upon how you want to feel, and then taking actions to make you feel this way seems intriguing, why not try it on? I think a lot of us will be trying on new ways of looking at things, doing things, and seeing if we feel better, more genuine, happier, more peaceful, as we come out of a global pandemic that most of us would have believed to be unimaginable before it became all too real.

Here’s a couple of my thoughts:

Celebrate the beauty of who you are, inside and out.  Mostly inside. Be compassionate with yourself, how you look and feel, and all else will fall into place. → Read more

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Comments Off on Holiday Stress and Your Skin

written by Raulla S. Mitchell

Want to shine, shimmer and dazzle this season, but feeling like you’re sliding into overdrive or pandemic sadness?  Thanksgiving travels, or family in from out of town?  Or not, this year with the global pandemic?  Many of us are deeply missing our families who live far away from us, and choose to stay put, and not risk air travel at this time.  Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday,…what’s next…marketing names and games to get you out of the house and into the stores (or on-line as many of us are doing to stay safe) for uber holiday shopping.  Entertaining family and friends, and parties that normally sweep you away on a magic carpet of energy and excitement may be replaced by smaller nuclear family celebrations, and many of us may be alone this year, and may understandably feel lonely, sad, disheartened.  All of these emotions can also leave your  your skin fatigued and stressed out.

Skin, the largest organ of your body will show the first visible signs of lifestyle imbalance including excessive dryness, inflammation, acne, eczema, itchiness and irritation. Beautiful skin, at its foundation, begins with healthy lifestyle choices. Your skin is effected by every thought, feeling, emotion and action. If you are stressed out trying to do it all or feeling sad or depressed for any reason (in a seemingly effortless manner), chances are, so is your skin.

Your mind can be comfy in de-Nile, but your skin will tell the truth.  Listen to your skin.

10 Ways to reduce and manage stress naturally this holiday season with healthy lifestyle choices (we’re talking big rewards for just a few common sense easy ideas, no major overhaul):

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