Have you or would you have microblading done?
Me? Well, I’m just not into that kind of pain 😉
Have you or would you have microblading done?
Me? Well, I’m just not into that kind of pain 😉
The health benefits of eating salad every day are just countless. Not only will salad help you lose weight, but also it’s extremely beneficial for your hair, skin and general health and well-being. If you need to be more convinced to prepare a bowl of salad, here are ten reasons why you should eat salad every day.
Yes, salads help sharpen your eyesight. Spinach, red lettuce and a few other veggies, are loaded with vitamin A carotenoids, zeaxanthin and lutein. These nutrients help in preventing your body against high-energy light that may have caused eye damage.
Vision are very important in our daily life, without it, we would be troubled when doing the activity that requires us to see in a long distance. Nowadays young people eyesight becomes bad because of too much playing in front of their gadget.
It’s hard to believe that something we can’t even digest can be so good for us! Your body does need a lot of fibre. Salads add fiber to the diet, this in turn reduces cholesterol levels and prevent constipation. High fiber salads eaten before a meal helps you in consuming higher calorie foods served afterward.
Eating a fiber-rich salad before your entree will help you to feel full faster, so you’ll consume less calories than you might when a meal is served without this appetizer. The more raw vegetables you can incorporate into your salad, the greater the potential positive effects will be.
The best way to boost your immune system and keep yourself free from diseases is by eating salads. Eating salads regularly is a great way to not only increase your vegetable intake but the antioxidants present in the salad also boost your immune system.
Low vitamin K levels have been linked with low bone mineral density in women. For healthy bone growth, a recommended full daily serving can be found in just 1 cup of watercress (100%), radicchio (120%) or spinach (170%).
The nutrients found in spinach not only help to build strong bones, they also help to improve the performance of the mitochondria – little structures inside our cells that help to produce energy, as well as inform and power our muscles.
Salad is awesome for everything about your health but in terms of a beauty investment this one offers a motherload of benefits for such an easy dietary addition.
The high levels of water found in salad veggies improves hydration in our bodies, which is necessary for youthful skin tone and various basic bodily functions.
Chlorophyll contents can inhibit the body’s absorption
|With crocus’ flowering, it’s a sign that winter is coming to a close
Image: Crocus ‘Ruby Giant’ by Thompson & Morgan
February might be the cold, tail end of winter, but springtime is only around the corner. There are plenty of flowers, fruits and vegetables to sow and grow this month. Here are our top picks:
|Give your begonias a head start by planting them in a frost-free position
Here are the flowers that can be most successfully sown and grown in February:
|Grow your own herbs to adorn your dishes
Image: Fausta Lavagna
You can really get cracking in the vegetable garden this month. Here are the crops to focus on:
|Varieties of early carrots can be sowed in February
Image: Audrius Merfeldas
|Create your own orchard by planting stone fruit trees in February
Image: Apricot ‘Flavourcot’ by Thompson & Morgan
February is a good time for planting the following fruits:
READ MORE HERE: https://www.thompson-morgan.com/what-to-sow-and-grow-in-february
Let’s be real, there’s nothing sexier than a plump pout – just take a look at famous bombshells Angelina Jolie, Naomi Campbell, and Marilyn Monroe, they all have full AF lips. But just because we weren’t all blessed with a naturally voluptuous pout, doesn’t mean we can’t work our magic with makeup and a few quick DIYs to create the illusion of a fuller pout. You just need to know the right makeup tricks and hacks, and of course, we’re here to share all of them with you.
The smoother, more hydrated your lips, the better your products will apply and look. Start by using an exfoliating scrub, and then follow with a hydrating lip balm. One of our fav hacks to exfoliate our lips is to use a toothbrush and sugar – all you need to do is wet the toothbrush slightly and dip it in sugar (we love coconut sugar), then brush your lips gently in circular motions. Wash off with warm water and follow with a hydrating lip balm, we like the Aquaphor Lip Repair + Protect, Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $6.
Before your lip color, prime your lips with a concealer or foundation like the Huda Beauty #FauxFilter, to create a base layer. This will give your lipstick a more even finish and will allow the true color to show through, while also making it last longer. It’ll also act as a blank canvas if you want to overline your lips for added volume. You can even apply concealer around the edges of your lips after lipstick to neaten the lines and make your lips pop.
Contouring is one of our all-time favorite makeup hacks, as you can easily manipulate the dimensions of any area of your body; so you could make your forehead look smaller, make your cheekbones pop, and of course, make your lips look bigger. By adding either a dusting of ashy colored contour or a creme contour underneath the center of your bottom lip and above the tops of your lips, you’ll create a subtle shadow – just make sure you blend, blend, blend! This added dimension will immediately make you lips look fuller.
Highlighter isn’t just for your cheekbones – if you add a little shimmer to your Cupid’s bow, it will open up your lips, making them look more voluptuous. We normally opt for a champagne-toned highlighter as it’s the most natural match; either apply it with your finger along the Cupid’s bow or use a soft fluffy brush. If you’re feeling extra, you can even add a little to the center of your lower lip to make it appear fuller.
One of the easiest ways to make your lips look bigger is to overline your lips – makeup
If you know what I’m talking about when I talk about reiki, you likely feel strongly about it. Maybe you describe it as the life-changing saving grace to your chronic back pain, or maybe you’re certain it’s quackery capitalizing on people at their weakest. At least for those moved to write about it on the internet, there’s little middle ground.
For everyone else, a brief explainer: Reiki is a spiritual healing practice which originated in Japan in the early 20th century, and is built on the belief that the body is innately able to heal itself. The word “reiki” loosely translates to “universal life energy” — an energy which practitioners believe exists within, and surrounds, each body — and the practice involves transmitting or balancing that energy, through the specific placement of hands on or above a recipient’s (fully clothed) body. Most commonly, reiki is used to ease pain, anxiety, fatigue, and depression, but since at its core is the conviction that the body in its natural state can heal any ailment, the applications, theoretically, are endless. However, the few, small studies on the practice have yet to yield much evidence of its efficacy (though the research has also found that it doesn’t appear to be harmful).
Six months ago, when I walked into my first reiki appointment at a Santa Fe oxygen spa, I had only ever heard the word in passing, and I didn’t really know what to expect. The spa’s description spoke vaguely about healing and relaxation; I thought I’d paid for a massage. What I got was one of the strangest experiences of my life: an hour in which my practitioner waved his hands over me and blew smoke across my body, to which my body responded with warm tingling in my arms and hands, mysterious pressure on my chest, and uncontrollable tremors in my legs. It was unexpected, a little scary, and definitely not relaxing.
According to my practitioner, these sensations indicated an energy blockage being released; they were merely signs that the session was working. He told me my body was returning to its natural state, i.e. “nearly orgasmic” energy. But it didn’t feel orgasmic. It felt crazy. I tend to be a cautious believer, but even I couldn’t accept this as the cause and effect. I needed to know: what had happened to my body?
What complicates discussion of reiki is that, unlike alternative medicines which have become more integrated into Western medicine such as acupuncture and chiropractic, reiki is unregulated. The result of this is a proliferation of many and varied manifestations of the practice, influenced by different historical traditions and lineages, and often linked by little other than the practitioner’s calling it reiki. This dispersal of technique can be a source of frustration to those who’ve trained in the specific method as developed by the man generally accepted as the founder of modern reiki, Mikao Usui.
So far, the research cautions that reiki should be used in conjunction with, and never instead of, conventional treatments for conditions like pain, anxiety, or depression. But if reiki is to be used with conventional medicine, then there first needs to be clarity around what, precisely, reiki even is. Practitioners going rogue, blending multiple spiritual practices into something new and naming it reiki, muddies the already sparse data. One person who is working toward a singular definition of the practice for patients, practitioners, and medical professionals is Pamela Miles.
Miles, author of Reiki: A Comprehensive Guide, is the unofficial leader of the movement to legitimize reiki in the mainstream. Having practiced and researched reiki for over 31 years, Miles has published in multiple peer-reviewed medical journals, collaborated on NIH-funded medical research, taught reiki at medical schools, and spoken about reiki in the media. Though she doesn’t necessarily advocate for uniform regulation of the practice, she does emphasize the importance of continued research on its effectiveness, and for the education of those receiving it. When I described my experience to Miles over the phone, she wasn’t entirely convinced she’d call what happened “reiki” at all.
“I cannot speak to any particular experience, but the kinds of things you described sound more like an energy medicine, a shamanic approach, where the practitioner was moving the energy, clearing the obstacles.” I was confused. Isn’t that exactly what reiki is?
Ideally not, according to Miles. When practiced according to its origins,
Pele is the fiery Hawaiian volcano goddess. The daughter of the earth goddess Haimea, Pele came to Hawaii on a boat. Killed in a fight with her sister, the ocean, sho took refuge in the glowing cauldron of Mount Kilauea (this is the volcano that had the major eruption in July 2018 – a link will be below) where she receives the souls of the dead and regenerates them with fire. In a tempestuous relationship with Kamapua`a the ferocious pig god, she is portrayed as a jealous goddess, her rages manifesting as volcanic eruptions. Revered by Hawaiians even today, she carries the force of the volcano, with its molten lava flow, which even in destrud=ction creates new land. Pele stands for the molten, fierce aspect of life that is unable to do anything halfway. She reminds us that even in the midst of fiery eruption there s creation and new life.
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