As you all know I have spent the past week at home due to having reading week. I thought that instead of go out everyday with friends from home, that I would relax m body from the madness of the first semester. I dragged myself to the gym every single day with my mum as I was getting extremely bloated from the amount of alcohol and rubbish food I have been putting into my body. Every morning, mum and I would attend different classes and some days even 2, so that made me feel extremely productive. I felt that once I got my body moving it was a lot easier to get my Uni work done.
I have wanted to tell you about these ingredients for a long time. Once a week when I lived at home I tried to give myself a detox bath as it one of the easiest healing therapies that you can give your body.
Detoxification is the body’s way of removing and metabolising these dangerous compounds. It is a process the body does naturally without us even knowing it. There is an endless list of toxins that could potentially harm our bodies.
I only use 2 ingredients for my detox bath those being; Natural Lavender Oils and Epsom Salts.
Taking a detox bath will not only boost our health and well being and also strengthens your immune system and can prevent disease.
How to have a detox bath:
Add 5 drops of Lavender Oil and 2 cups Epsom salts, then add a standard tub full of warm water, it is best to have the water quite hot so that you begin to sweat. Put yourself in the water so you are soaking your whole body, all the way up to your neck, you want most of your body to be under the water. Close your eyes and soak yourself for 20 – 30 minutes. Make sure afterwards to not use any harsh products on your skin straight after as your pores will have opened and will take in any chemicals found in those products.
Once you have dried, moisturise your whole body with body butter or coconut oil, but try and avoid any lotions with chemicals. Try not to eat straight after, instead hydrate yourself with water, allow time after your bath to rest.
These baths make me feel amazing, especially after I have been to the gym. I bought the Natural Lavender Oil online and then the Epsom salts are from an organic food shop on Glastonbury high street.
After a lush week at home I am back to University. Spending the week at home means that I have completely got my life together again after becoming extremely lazy and unmotivated. I caught up with any work, went to the gym everyday and saw all my close friends. Although I was not as busy as I normally am at home, it was lovely just keeping myself to myself.
Spending time alone is extremely important. Being alone gives your brain a chance to reboot and rewind. Your brain constantly being on will never give it a chance to rest so being alone with no distractions gives you a chance to clear your mind of any distractions and then you are able to focus more clearly. Being alone will also increase your productivity, as I have found through this week.
In the long term it will also help with the quality of your relationships with others. By spending time with yourself and gaining a better understanding of who you are and what you want in life.
- Try and get up early – This week I have been awake no later than 9AM (apart from the weekend) as I have been to 1 or 2 early gym classes a day. It was the best feeling knowing that I had the whole rest of the day to get stuff done, whether it was seeing friends, family or catching up on work.
- Disconnect yourself – I can’t personally say that I am the best at this as I am addicted to social media, but set aside some time each day to unplug from others. Whether it is when you are having lunch, working or any other time. You do not need to be talking to your friends or boyfriend/girlfriend every second of the day.
- Schedule alone time – What I found so nice about being at home was the fact that I could just sit in my room, watching TV and doing whatever I wanted to do. The thing I have found about Uni is that it is extremely hard to spend time alone as you don’t want to miss out. I have come to realise that it is OK to spend time alone. I have come to love it. Sitting in my room blogging, catching up on TV or even just chilling in my bed is how I relax my brain.
I hope that all students had a relaxing reading week.
I love Autumn! Autumn is one of the most prettiest times of the year, especially in the small village that I live in. I am currently on reading week so I am spending a lot of my time relaxing at home, it has made me really appreciate the home the place that I have been brought up in.
To get into the Autumnal spirit I have created a facemask which will completely detox your skin. It is very simple.
Honey has become very popular product that beauty gurus have been talking about to treat any type of skin condition, including burns and sores. Honey helps to kill bacteria and may help reduce inflammation. Manuku honey is the best for medical use.
Cinnamon has been used to treat digestion and has been shown to have potential anti – inflammatory benefits in animals. It is extremely good for oly skin as it regulates the oil production on the face. It cleanses your pores and exfoliates the dead skin cells.
Risks: Do not create this at home if you have a honey or cinnamon allergy.
- 1 tbsp cinnamon powder
- 2 tbsp organic honey
- 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- Mix all the ingredients together, making a smooth paste and apply onto a clean face.
- Keep it on for 10 minutes.
- Wash it off with warm water.
Try and do this 2-3 times a week.
This face mask is extremely good for spots as it fights acne and pimples and exfoliates the dead skin cells. The good thing about it is that it is completely organic. I have a really bad rash on my face at the moment due to an allergic reaction from the Halloween make up, so these ingredients have helped it to heal. I have never had an allergic reaction before, so instead of sussing it out, I have just let it heal naturally. It has taken a week, but it is slowly getting there.
Cranberries are small acidic berries which grow on on evergreen shrubs in North America. The can be made into juice, jam or sauces and are also available in a dry form. Cranberry juice is my favourite kind of juice, it is dark red and made from whole berries. The best thing about this juice is that it has no added colour or flavour and offers many health and beauty benefits on account of its high nutritional value.
Health benefits of Cranberry Juice:
- One of the main reasons I drink cranberry juice is because it prevents cystitis. I used to suffer a lot from cystitis due to the lack of water I drank. When I got them in the past, I would down a huge glass of cranberry juice which would get rid of the pain very quickly. It can also help relieve or prevent any urinary tract infects tons.
- It can prevent tooth decay as it inhabits bacteria growth due to cavities.
- It can help with weight loss as cranberries are less sweet than other fruits. So the fact that cranberry juice doesn’t contain any added sugars makes it a much better drink that sodas or any other sweet juices.
- Cranberry juice helps with digestion as it has a rich fibre. This helps the digestion system function smoothly, leaving you with a happ stomach.
- A study says that cranberry juice is a good immunity booster as a daily glass can reduce colds and flus.
Cranberry juice is a very good addiction to the daily diet as I have just stated, plus it is delicious!
This years bonfire night was one of my most exciting. I spent it with all my Bournemouth girls in Poole. Unfortunately this year they stopped doing a fire work display on Bournemouth pier, so we had to travel all the way too Poole. It was very long, but was lovely to watch a good firework display with everyone. Afterwards, we were going to go on a night out, but instead decided to go for some cheesy chips, a hot chocolates and girly chatter at our closest Weatherspoons.
I have had a very busy weekend. I travelled home from Bournemouth on Friday night as on Saturday I had to attend a speed awareness course as I got caught speeding a couple months ago (I am not proud at all of it.) On Saturday night I went out with my best friend and her boyfriend before travelling back to Bournemouth for Sunday night for bonfire night and my flat mates 19th birthday. I am now back home again for reading week, which is technically my half term! I have 3 books that I want/need to read this week plus other online articles. I am studying Communications and Media so it involves a lot of English.
On Monday night my friend bought £150 worth of fireworks and invited all of our friends to the park where he set them alight. I’m not going to lie, I enjoyed them way more than the fireworks in Poole.
The best thing about Autumn has to be the oversized woolly jumpers. The air suddenly gets extremely cold, it is always dark and all you want to do is be snuggled up all day everyday. So a woolly jumper is an essential. This is my favourite jumper I have found. The colour is a dark read which fits in with the season. I love colours like red, orange and especially dark green, so this is the best time of the year to make the most of wearing them. This jumper is from New Look and is only £19.99. Definitely worth the buy!
Autumn and Winter are the months of comfort while also staying fashionable. Mom jeans are a must. I have found this pair on the Topshop website which just remind me of Autumn because of the beautiful flower pattern down the side of the leg. I know Topshop is extremely pricey for a student, this pair cost £55. There are many cheaper clothes shops that will sell mom jeans as well.
Although the air is very cold, in the Autumn you can still get away with wearing dresses/skirts as long as you layer up on your top half. You definitely need to make the most out of getting you tanned legs out from the Summer before they are put away again for another 7 months! This dress is so stunning, it would be lush for a dinner out or a weekend away. Even layered with a baggy, woolly jumper. It is from Misguided and only costs £35.00.
Biker jackets are very in fashion at the moment. This is one that caught my eye on Zara but it is £95.00 – a poor student like myself can’t afford that! But I have seen other coats very similar in places such as Primark! This is a perfect jacket for Autumn but as it is the colour ‘ice’ it will also be very good for the winter!
In the top photograph I am wearing my amazing furry jacket that I bought from Primark, only £20. It is very warm and the perfect colour for the Autumn. It is also a good price for students like myself!
I hope this is a good inspiration for all you fashionistas out there, if you enjoy posts like these comment bellow. I will be doing them a lot more often.