Maintain Your Natural Glow + Build Immunity During COVID-19
What a crazy few weeks it’s been! While most of us are hunkering down and may have a grasp on how to navigate our new routines during the pandemic, we put together a few (hopefully) helpful tidbits on our IG Highlight “COVID19” and are transferring that info here, beefing it up, and adding clickable links access them more quickly.
As of right now, the CDC isn’t requiring we wear face masks while hitting up grocery stores. You may, however, choose to don one anyway and definitely should if you need to go to the doctors office or hospital since it is the place sick people are. A good friend of mine, fellow veteran and Momprenuer Loyisha of Anlea Essentials, is hand making masks for healthcare workers and anyone who would like to purchase one. I grabbed a few for my family - you can grab yours here:
The CDC says limit your trips outside and stay home if you’re feeling any sort of symptom no matter how small and definitely if you’re sick. We say stay your ass home as much as possible regardless of how you feel until this resolves. Don’t be that person out here talmbout “it’s just a lil tickle in my throat”. If you must go to the store, follow these preventive measures recommended by the CDC:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. You especially need to do this all the time right now as well as before you begin your skincare routine. If you don't have access to soap and water use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes in your elbow, handkerchief, or some sort of cloth, not into your hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands.
- Practice distancing by staying 6 feet apart from other shoppers.
- Use disinfecting wipes to wipe down your grocery cart, canned goods, and handles of items like juice and laundry soap.
Glow Snacks to Stock Up On
Stock up on these healthy snacks so you can still look like-a snack once covid19 lets up:
- Fresh fruit trays w hummus, guac, and/or nut butters. Fresh produce is seemingly in abundance everywhere.
- Homemade guac recipe
- Fav nut butters
- Dried fruits w no added sugars
- Canned fruit in 100% fruit juice or water. Check to make sure no sugars have been added.
- Fresh fruit like papaya, kiwi, apples, oranges, grapes, pears, and bananas. Berries are in season right now (blueberries, raspberries, cherries). Freeze for smoothies and popsicles.
- Fresh juice is clear skin food. No juicer? Check out this article on how to make fresh juice without a juicer.
- Overnight Oats
- Pouches or canned fish and chicken. Make tuna style for finger sandwiches and to dip veggies into.
- Dates stuffed with nut butters
- Canned beans like chickpeas (hummus and falafel), black beans (dips, great in tacos, and make for great brownies!).
Infusions are excellent for helping to build up the body and immune system due to the rich mineral content and are our super secret ingredient for ultimate dewy skin. Herbs are covered in boiling water, sealed closed, and steeped for at least 8 hours or overnight. Once your infusion is ready, strain out the herbs and drink the liquid portion. Your infusion is good for three days total.
- Boil about 3.5 cups of distilled water on the stove.
- In a large mason jar, take one cup of dried herb and pour water over the herbs until all the way to the brim.
- Close the jar while hot to create a seal. Once the jar has cooled, stick it in the fridge overnight.
- In the morning, strain your herbs and drink 1 to 2 cups per day.
We recommend the following herbs to infuse:
Nettles - protects against inflammation and heart disease. Reduces allergy symptoms, and is loaded with vitamin K, Chlorophyll, and minerals like magnesium, iron, potassium, vitamin B6, and phosphorus. This is one of our favorite plants to use to help to clear the skin from the inside out as well.
Red Raspberry Leaf - excellent for dental health and can also be warmed and used as a gargle. While this herb is widely recommended for pregnancy and nursing mothers, it’s a great herb all around at any time due to it having a nutrient dense profile containing vitamins A, C, E, and B. The B vitamins can help to calm and soothe the body (super important right about now) and aid in helping you to get a more restful sleep to keep your immunity up.
Blackberry Leaf - has tons of vitamin A, C, E, K, tons of vitamin C, and flavonoids which are powerful antioxidants that truly boost the immune system. These flavonoids are great for mouth and throat health and the coronavirus is getting into lungs via the throat, so drink up on this herb to keep your throat protected.
Ear and Nose Oiling
This practice comes from Ayurveda, Indian medicine that means “Of live” or “the science of life”. Using organic sesame oil, plase a few drops into each ear as well as in the nose to keep the ears and nose lubricated. This is especially helpful for those who may have drier ears and throat. This oil helps to keep the orifices lubricated helping to soften and/or release any mucus in the ears and/or throat making it more difficult for pathogens to attach and make you ill. Sesame oil can also be used to moisturize the skin on the body as well as an oil cleanser for the face that helps to reduce inflammation and blemishes. Learn more here and here.
- Probiotic - to keep the gut healthy to fight off unwanted viruses and bacteria.
- Prenatal/Probiotic for pregnant/breastfeeding mamas
- Daily Mineral Supplement - supports the body overall, helps grow healthy hair and nails.
- Trace Minerals - great for helping the body to function like a well oiled machine.
- Elderberry Syrup - Loads of vitamin C to build immune system. We like this one by Organic Olivia and this one by Mountain Rose Herbs
- B12 - We love the oral spray by MaryRuth Organics.
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Give some of these tips a try to keep your #glowgamestrong. Stay safe Beauties!!