Just let me say it one more time and I promise to stop…Spring is here!!!
We can say goodbye to the cold dark winter, officially on the 28th of March when the clock springs forward. For about 2 weeks leading up to 28th March start putting your little ones to bed 15 minutes earlier. Do this slowly, shifting the time every 3 to 4 days. The aim is to move their body clocks so they are falling asleep an hour earlier than before. And just as importantly you will also need to wake your baby 15 minutes earlier in the morning! This will help to regulate their body clock and keep your plan on course. We always try to start our morning with a breath of fresh air, and it really helps. Light is the biggest influencing factor on our body clocks and the production of melatonin, so as soon as you can in the morning get the family outside into the daylight, this will help suppress the sleep hormone and wake your little ones up.
We all know that Spring symbolizes rebirth and can be an opportunity for you to change things in your life or awaken aspects that went dormant during the winter months. The fresh air and sunshine will inspire you to enjoy spring and anticipate summer.
What I found really helpful for my skin during this period is rice bran oil. For a couple of years now, I have been using only organic products and tried to move towards a holistic way of living. It has not been easy but I can definitely see the positive results. Rice bran oil extracted from the thin bran coating of brown rice has been around for centuries. Even today, it is extensively used in many Asian countries like Korea, China, Taiwan and Thailand for cooking, particularly in Japan where it is popularly known as the “Heart Oil” because of its many cardiovascular benefits. The benefits of rice bran oil however, are not limited to the heart. As researchers across the world are discovering, rice bran oil has many nutritive and curative properties that make it beneficial for our overall health. It absorbs really quickly into the skin when applied, which makes it perfect for toddlers (they do not get oil all over your walls). Also you can combine it with aloe-vera powder to form a mask, leave it on your face for 15-20 minutes and see the immediate results.
Rice bran oil has been known as the beauty secret of East Asian women, and of Japanese, Korean women in particular. In these parts of the world, the oil not only used in cooking but also applied directly to the skin and hair as a beauty regime.
This is my number one beauty tip for beautiful Moms and babies, this Spring. Oh and also, for its skin care properties rice bran oil is also used as a sunscreen agent. 🙂
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