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3 Natural Remedies for a Beautiful All-Natural Look

3 Natural Remedies for a Beautiful All-Natural Look

Every woman wants to look her best, at all times. For this reason, they go under detailed pampering which helps them keep enviable looks. They take care of their skin, hair, teeth, and every other part of their body. It might be time consuming, but the results end up being flawless. Ultimately, it all pays off.

However, what some women do not realize is that their lifestyle affects their looks in a big way. So, no matter how many creams you use, or how much water you drink, if you tend to drink alcohol, smoke, have irregular sleeping schedule, you will just go backwards. Therefore, think about changing this and improving your natural look.

Also, if you do not like spending a lot of money on products, but prefer something more natural and that could be incorporated in your every day life, consider using natural remedies. These could include various foods, herbs, and even exercise. With that in mind, here are a few suggestions you could try out.

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Superfoods

Superfoods are a big bunch of vegetables and fruits, rich in vitamins, proteins and many other components. They are good for your body and mind, in and out. You cannot make a mistake with them. And luckily for you, if you are a picky eater, you can choose form a vast variety. For instance, salmon is a great choice for a glowing, soft skin. You can eat it in salad, fry or cook it. It is light food that tastes delicious. Also, it protects you from the damage of sun rays. Another reason why salmon is good for you, is its effect on teeth and gums. It makes them stronger and healthier.

Almonds, another superfood, could be used for treating your skin and hair, too. Not only are they nutritious, but they could help your body against inflammations. Also, if you consume them regularly, in moderation, almonds could help your hair grow and shine. You could consume them raw, which is the best choice, or put them in meals and salads. They add an amazing flavor to them.

Other superfoods you could try: seeds, berries, grapes, tomatoes, Greek yogurt, etc.

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Herbs

So herbs are not strictly used for eating or making tea. You could use them with the intention of making yourself look naturally stunning. Without the use of any chemicals, you could make face and body feel amazing, and glow with beauty. For example, take ginseng. This special herb is very valuable and has great benefits for your health, like lowering blood pressure, boosting your memory or anti-inflammatory properties. However, it is also good for anti-aging, as it is rich in antioxidants. You would have less wrinkles and smoother skin, if you have ginseng tea on a regular basis, making it perfect for showcasing a natural look.

Another well known herb, that is of great help when it comes to beauty, is green tea. This miracle herb is amazing for so many reasons such as weight loss and sun protection. Additionally, it is great for the state of your teeth as the catechins found in green tea help fight mouth infections, which reduces bad breath, and it overall keeps your teeth strong.

Some other suggestions, when it comes to herbs, include chamomile, which has soothing effects and is good for fighting stress, too. Then, you could try witch hazel which could be used for healing wounds, sunburns and cleaning pores, among other uses.

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Exercise

Lastly, though it might seem odd, but exercise truly is a natural remedy. You do not use any chemicals to aid you with exercises, therefore, it is fully organic. No matter where you are, or how tired or how crammed your schedule is, you could always find time for working out. If you are on a lunch break, you could do it. Maybe even while working in the office, you could do squats, abs exercise, even run on a treadmill desk – if you are feeling a little adventurous.

Whatever your choice of workout, bare in mind that it doesn’t have to last for a long period of time. For instance, you could do a 5-minute ab workout, which can easily be done before going to work. Or you could opt for a daily 30-minute session, and on weekends you could go wild and exercise for how long you can. The point is, there should be no excuse for you not to do it.

Being physically active is good for you, for so many reasons. First of all, it is a great weapon against stress. Then, it could shape your body into a form that everyone would want to have. And lastly, by being active you are keeping your whole body healthy. Both your body and mind would get an upgrade. Your memory would be boosted, your skin would look spotless, and you will be able to rock a natural look with very little makeup.

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When it comes to choosing the right exercise for you, think about what best suits you. For example, you could go running. Just put on a comfortable running shoes and the road is yours. If that is not your preference, you could sign up for a gym membership. There you would have all kinds of machines, maybe a personal trainer to help you out, or even work out buddies. Finally, you could go for something more relaxing like yoga.

Obviously, there are numerous options offered to you, when it comes to picking a natural remedy. Whatever your choice, all that matters is the natural aspect of it, and the effect it would have on your looks. Your body and mind would be forever thankful for going down this path.

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Last Updated on August 13, 2020

12 Benefits of Meditation That Improve Your Body And Mind

12 Benefits of Meditation That Improve Your Body And Mind

As a mediation teacher, I am constantly confronted with these two questions regarding the benefits of meditation:

1. Why can’t I enjoy the benefits of meditation continuously?

I ask back: Is it maybe because you see mediation as a technique, performance, or some exclusive activity? The answer is: yes!

Or, because your mind is constantly evolving on the past negative attachments and traditional habits? After careful thinking they answer: yes, probably!

Although meditation is very simple and challenging at the same time, in the above mentioned case, it’s not easy to benefit from meditation, especially when approached with the idea that it has to be learned, studied, or applied. Meditation is to be seen as a natural, mental cleansing process that happens on a basis of awareness on a moment-to-moment experience. When that takes place, the benefits of meditation are continuous.

2. What is the purpose of meditation?

The purpose of meditation is to accomplish a level of consciousness for mastering the mind and uniting with the finest, deepest, and subtlest part of yourself as a being.

It is a conscious process of observation of the mind—helping the meditator to understand the structure of its mind and the quality of its content. During this process, countless benefits of a physical, mental, and spiritual/philosophical nature arise for the meditator.

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Meditation as a Fixer and Benefactor

In this article we’ll have a look at the primary and the ultimate benefits of mediation, which improve your body and mind at the same time. For the sake of clarity, readability, and tangible experience, I have separated the benefits into three groups.

You can change just about anything you don’t like about yourself (psychologically, as well as physically) through meditation. However, this is only possible with a specific approach, when your brain allows the benefits of meditation to do their work.

This means not to interrupt the benefit with other thoughts, but to let their effect implement itself in your body and mind. This approach is crucial.

The following exercises will make you feel the benefits of meditation instantly, but the continuity of the benefits of meditation on your body and mind depend on the discipline of your brain, how you manage external stimuli and your thoughts.

Less Physical, More Psychological

Even though the practice of meditation is more psychological and less physical, the first benefit we’re going to experience is both physical as well as mental.

This benefit happens literally immediately, right at the moment of meditation. It is the essence of mediation basically.

The First Benefit of Meditation

The first benefit of meditation is twofold:

  1. Improving inward attention (sharpening the mind)
  2. Relaxation of the body

Let’s do it right now. This benefit consists of only one step, and it is very simple to perform. It goes like this:

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Sit still and pay attention to your exhalation.

That’s it! Technically, the whole journey into the world of mediation begins here and nowhere else. And right here, you benefit from this step in the following way:

When you pay attention to the flow of your exhalation (gentle, deep, effortless exhalation), your body begins with the process of relaxation instantly (your heart rate slows down, your nervous system calms, and tension in your muscles is relieved).

When the nervous system calms, your mind calms down, and, more specifically, less thoughts are produced by your mind. How, exactly? By applying one of the most valuable mental skills—attention—the mind follows the breathing and has no space and time to generate any other thoughts. Only when the attention goes off the breath, other thoughts are constructed, and the mind is accelerating with thought production again.

Keeping the First Benefit Effective and Ongoing

Here you apply the approach of not letting the relaxation and attention process get interrupted; rather let the effects of these benefits implant in your body and mind as deeply as possible.

This is to say, the instant relaxation and inward attention happen at the same time when you follow the flow of your breath. Repeating this process—creating a constant rhythm out of the breathing and the attention—you create a process of meditation.

Keep your attention on the flow of your breath and see how the calmness of body and mind begin to rule your present moment. The longer you stay connected to your breathing, the stronger you’ll feel the benefit. Start with 3-5 minutes at a time without doing anything else, and increase to 10-20 minutes and onwards.

Can you think of a better, simpler and quicker exercise that can relax the body and improve attention in this way, at this speed?

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This benefit takes you to the second one.

The Second Benefit of Meditation

While still working with the first benefit of mediation, you slowly start to see the second benefit of mediation, which is fourfold. I call it the major value of mediation:

  1. Energy (physical and mental strength)
  2. Observance
  3. Peacefulness (stillness, and space of mind for deeper observation)
  4. Patience

Peacefulness is the source of a blissful life. The energy is the fuel to express that blissfulness. Whatever we want to accomplish in life we need: 1) Physical and mental strength, 2) Observance of that energy, 3) Peacefulness—the calmness and stillness that creates space for freedom of being and creative thinking, and 4) Patience for the process of accomplishment.

You can only get creative in thinking and boosted with physical and mental energy when you get in touch with the deepest levels of yourself—when you harmonize your mental and physiological activities. How do you do that? Let’s try it right now:

This step involves the observation of the two separate movements of your breath. After paying attention on your exhalation, you have prepared your body and mind to really see and feel what true peacefulness and true energy means.

1. Energy

Keep your attention on your inhalation (inhaling gently, deeply and lightly) and feel the new energy (new oxygen) flowing in your body. The inhalation is the symbol for aliveness and vitality. It is the the primary act that connects the baby’s body with the outside world after coming out of the womb[1]. Each inhalation is a new opportunity for your body to revive, regenerate, and renew itself.

2. Observance

The observance comes during the process of meditation, enabling you to see the physiological benefits of introducing new energy to your body. Use that benefit by utilizing its effects, and create deeper observation into yourself. With every single inhalation, this observation will enable you to generate even more energy, mentally and physically.

3. Peacefulness

Keep your attention on your exhalation, and feel how, out of the relaxation, peacefulness is spreading throughout your whole body. The exhalation is the symbol for relaxation and peacefulness. Only through meditation can you realize what absolute peacefulness means.

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4. Patience

The meditation delivers the previous benefits to you immediately and opens up the possibility for many other benefits and great virtues. A specific one to mention, which is essential for reaching the ultimate benefits of meditation, is patience. If you have experienced the aforementioned benefits, it means that you have invested a certain amount of patience into mastering yourself and your mind.

The Ultimate Benefits of Meditation

Patience is a key quality when it comes to the ultimate benefits of meditation.

Since the mind is the tool that reveals everything, mediation is the method for the proper utility of the tool.

The above mentioned benefits of mediation lead to the ultimate benefits of mediation—qualities that depict what makes a human being human. As you dwell in a meditative state of being, the following benefits begin to emanate:

  • Diligence: the persistence for righteous effort to reach an intrinsic value; inner strength.
  • Temperance: to express self-control and show excellence in managing the physio-biological and mental necessities
  • Courage: using righteous effort and braveness to look into the weaknesses of yourself and at the hardship of your life, endure it and patiently overcome the obstacles
  • Loving kindness and Compassion – a capacity to care, understand, and tolerate other people’s state of being, wishing them freedom from suffering.
  • Wisdom: the moment when you feel that mediation gives you the feeling and the knowledge that what you do relating to life and practical affairs is just.
  • Equanimity: that puts you in a state of composure, and you experience an ongoing blissful state of being.

These are the 6 ultimate benefits of meditation that put your body and mind in a state of health and balance.

Final Thoughts

Mediation exists to put order in your mind and awaken the best of you, to reconnect you to your goodness and your inborn intelligent capabilities.

Meditation is the window to your true Self. It gives you a panoramic view of your heart’s greatness. It shows you the true meaning of love, freeing you from the dungeons of ignorance and despair. The power of meditation dismantles the evil that’s trying to cloud the beauty of your heart.

Your heart, body, and soul are the bridge over which the challenges of life frequently carry their heavy load. Meditation is the support of that bridge. Make use of that support.

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Reference

[1] Medline Plus: Changes in the newborn at birth

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