February has been a time of refreshment, clearing and awakening for me, of shifting my ideas around my work and purpose and of waking up to an inborn impulse to surrender to my gifts and innate abilities.
I love to try new products that support my health as well as rediscover those I have previously enjoyed and forgotten about or was unsure of and now feel called to use again. Whether these are beauty items, food products, homewares, self realisation books or recordings, I think it is helpful to share what I have come across as it might speak to or inspire a need or want in your life. *Some products have affiliate links. °Some products in this post were gifted.
Here is what I have been loving in February:
I believe that when we are tuned into and curious about the messages and information we are always receiving from our bodies and intuition, we are guided to be well. This month I have been eating goji berries almost daily in a smoothie with baobab, dates, lucuma and oranges and have enjoyed the powerful benefits of these super berries.
Rich in minerals, vitamins and antioxidants, goji berries are a superfood shown to balance blood glucose, support immunity, enhance mood, regulate cholesterol, act as a liver tonic, boost skin health and protect against UV damage.
Sweet, fresh and clean, this 100% lemon essential oil from Tisserand has been brightening my days ahead of spring, used in home aromatherapy and beauty products as well as just mixed with water and sprayed around our home.
Made from cold pressed lemon peel, lemon essential oil reduces free radical damage, supports healing, balances sebum production, nourishes skin, brightens and tones whilst its fragrance is energising and uplifting. Lemon essential oil is used in aromatherapy to support immunity and healing, alleviate nausea, increase energy and freshen an environment.
Recently my skin has been in need of a lot of extra support and as I explore different products to provide it, I have been using simple ingredients to create my own skin care as well as use alone. This pomegranate seed oil is deeply moisturising and hydrating, antioxidant rich, anti inflammatory, antimicrobial, promotes healing and regeneration and soothes flares up whilst softening skin.
Rich in fatty acids including omega 5, pomegranate seed oil supports and encourages cell rejuvenation and collagen production, reducing sun exposure damage and preventing premature ageing. Cold pressed, unrefined, vegan friendly, GMO and hexane free, this oil is rich and nourishing. I have been using it alone as an eye serum and mixed with moisturiser at night.
Sodasan make eco friendly and ecologically sound environmentally friendly and socially conscious cleaning products. Oxygen bleach is a compound of natural soda crystals and hydrogen peroxide that breaks down to soda ash and this EcoCert certified oxygen bleach brightens and removes stains from material as well as porcelain whilst being free from enzymes, preservatives, fragrance and chlorine releasing bleaching agents. Dermatologically tested, it is cruelty free and certified vegan.
I add this to the washing machine directly with sheets on a pre wash or soak items before washing for stain removal and extra brightening. This bleach also works brilliantly on porcelain and can be used in dishwashers. It is so important that we make conscious choices with all lifestyle products as they do not just affect us directly but our wider environment as well as those who produce them.
I really enjoy well made and beautiful products. I enjoy the air of ritual and sacredness they add to everyday activities such as enjoying a warm drink and although I have had these porcelain Kinto tumblers for years now, this month I have been especially enjoying them.
I don’t think that mindful living means always living slowly, I think it means living as we feel called to in every moment in a way that allows us to adapt to our environments and circumstances in an intelligent and common sense way. So I don’t always meditate over a cup of tea or slowly sip an elixir but I always enjoy the ritual of drinking them from something beautiful.
A year or so ago we decided to only buy cut flowers on occasion because of their carbon footprint as well as issues with working conditions and pesticide use. At the time I bought different dried flowers and made my own bouquets but couldn’t source any grown or transported ethically.
Dried flowers are beautiful, fun to arrange and rearrange and there are now many beautiful options available. Arena Flowers, rated the most ethical florist in the U.K., offers dried bouquets at certain times of the year. Buying direct from Fairtrade farms and focusing on reducing the environmental impact of transport and waste, they aim to make their international and domestic supply chain kinder to people and the environment.
An award winning public radio show and podcast that investigates what it means to be human, how we want to live and relate to each other, Krista Tippett, founder and CEO of the On Being Project, explores the intersection of spiritual inquiry, science, social healing, community and poetry in a series of thoughtful and thought provoking conversations.
It is so fantastic to be alive and such a gift to be able to listen to and consider other people’s perspectives, insights and experiences. I think it is important to make ourselves available to hear other voices than we may already enjoy or be tuned into so that we can broaden and expand our view and understanding.
Often I buy books only to read them years later which is the case with this. A fascinating account of the experience of having a stroke by a neuroscientist, Bolte Taylor describes the effects of losing her left brain abilities, the spiritual bliss this allowed, the recovery of neural activity lost as well as her choices and decisions to not recover certain personality traits and neural circuitry related to them as she recovered her left brain’s ego centre.
Inspiring and honest, this is a firsthand account of a brain scientist’s insight into inner peace, how we create our experiences and the power we have to change the way we think and feel about life and how we take part in it. A story that demonstrates how healing requires kindness, conscious awareness and patience on the part of the caregiver, it encourages us all to be gentler with and more respectful of each other.