“I am guided by my inner wisdom. I love, accept and trust myself fully.”
Sometimes life pulls us in so many directions, it’s hard to keep our wits about us. We feel overwhelmed, stretched too thin and depleted. Our instinct is too often to try to escape the chaos in our own heart, and to search outside ourselves for things that will make us feel better. What if the answer is simply to sit still? To tune in. To quiet the madness of our own minds to really feel and hear our own voices.
Truth is, when we are in the midst of of feeling overwhelmed, it’s hard to find clarity. It’s even harder to be present, much less to tap into our inner wisdom and fully love ourselves. But unless we stop the vicious cycle of self-neglect, the consequences can take a toll on our well-being.
It doesn’t have to be so hard. When we created Salty Bath, our mission was more than just providing amazing, pure, high-integrity bath and body products. The broader mission is to help motivate people to take better care of their bodies, in every sense of the word: physically, spiritually, emotionally and mentally.
Our experiences are especially created for people who find it hard to sit still and not feel guilty for doing so. For the multi-tasker. The crazy-busy/never-has-time person. The can’t-afford-to-go-to-the-spa person. The curious-about-meditation person. The yogi. The athlete. The chronically fatigued. The stay-at-home- mom. The stay-at-home-dad. The list of people our bath experiences helps goes on and on.
Why are we so passionate about this? Well, for starters, we have seen first-hand how being a slave to your schedule and your obligations, but not to yourself can create significant levels of stress. But when we began living intentionally – meditating, spending more time in nature, focusing on our heart’s desire, paying attention to our intuition, and dedicating time to restore our energy, for example — we noticed big shifts. Rituals and simple routines are very grounding as well as empowering. When we noticed how well our bath soaks worked and how they ticked off so many boxes for holistic health, we knew we wanted to share this experience with the world, to create something that was there for you instead of you having to go out and find it yourself. All the work, the details and the hassle have been done, so that you simply get to experience the journey. The journey though is deeply personal and rewarding because it becomes yours and yours alone. Every bath comes with a mantra/ meditation card and other spirited goods to support you on your path to serenity.
In a simple 20-minute warm soak in the privacy of your own bathtub, you will go from chaos to calm. From overwhelmed to overjoyed. From tense to relaxed. When you are in this relaxed state, you begin to get clarity and your spirit is restored. The cycle of self-neglect has been broken, and you now have an amazing ritual that centers you, heals you, empowers you.
The funny thing is, if you think just spending 20 minutes with yourself is hard or impossible, then you should check out Kyle Cease. We love Kyle’s work and impact as a best-selling author/”transformational comedian,” which has won him a worldwide cult-like following. He also advocates meditation and falling in love with your fears because that is where the gold is…and he sits quietly for 2 hours a day! We got to check out his Evolving Out Loud tour in New York last year and were completely blown away and inspired. Why not start with a warm soak for 20 minutes and see where that takes you?
Our belief is whatever you can do to truly tune in and hear your own thoughts but also conquer your fears, doubts or limitations, you should do! And what we have been learning is that so many people find it hard to just start. Our self-care packages can be a very effective tool for that, and for your own transformational journey. Or, you may be looking for a great way to relieve stress, soothe sore muscles and sleep better, in which case, you will be happy to know our soaks do that too! The fun is in the discovery — and that discovery is defined by you.
ANNOUNCING THE BOX THEME FOR JUNE
Each month, we create a new theme and a curated self-care experience. As makers of small-batch bath soaks and body products, the monthly soak is the crown jewel and the theme drives the elements of that. For June our theme is CLARITY. We have designed our exclusive BRAIN BOOSTER SOAK experience with the healing powers of mineral salts sourced from the Dead Sea infused with 5 wondrous essential oils known for their ability to enhance cognitive function and sharpen mental focus. As you soak in the warm water, this formula draws out toxins from the body, and replenishes it with vital minerals to balance and restore your energy. The essential oils further enhance your experience based on each oil’s specific properties. Leveraging the power of nature is a wholesome way to feel deeply connected to yourself and the world around you.
Our SALTY BRAIN BOOSTER features ROSEMARY oil, known for its entire body-strengthening ability and healing powers related to increasing mental energy and working wonders for anxiety. ORANGE oil promotes a feeling of happiness and warmth, relieves anger and anxiety, detoxifies the body and promotes an overall sense of well-being. Next, LAVENDER oil to help get you relaxed and in a better frame of mind, and SANDALWOOD oil, one of the most beneficial and calming oils widely known for its ability to effect a “union of the senses,” and incredibly harmonizing for the mind, helping to reduce daily stress, tension and confusion; and finally LEMON oil which is super uplifting and aids in maximum brain efficiency.
Our custom blended, natural and organic ingredients will provide you with the ultimate affordable luxury, where you not only have a spa-like experience at home, but also enjoy the luxurious benefits of our natural products without any negative side effects or harsh chemicals.
What else will our June “CLARITY” box include? Well, you will just have to stay tuned for sneak peeks, of course!
Luxuriate in all the possibilities of giving your overworked self the love it deserves. Soak away toxins, stress, pain, anxiety, and aches, while you breathe in the healing aroma of natural essences selected to transport you to sacred places filled with life’s abundance, love and prosperity. The next time you feel overwhelmed with the rigors of a busy and blessed life, take a deep breath and get thee to the tub. Salty Bath has everything you need to be the best you can be, and more importantly, to love yourself…guilt-free!
It can be hard to maintain a joyful mindset. Even if you have the cheeriest disposition, are thankful and joyful in the grand scheme of things, and commit to taking steps to find joy as a matter of everyday habit, all you need to do is go online where gloom, doom and negativity will flood your screen. Current events are volatile. Local communities are struggling. Global affairs are tenuous. At times, it’s hard to know what to believe or to be blunt: what the hell is going on.
Talk about a buzzkill for feeling joyful!
Unplugging helps. Another BIG PLUS is decluttering anything in your life that does not bring you joy. (That is another topic, entirely!) But recently, I personally wanted something to stretch me even more. So, I had to ratchet up my mindful game with some new tools — ways to not only re-focus and maintain joy, but also to help keep me centered.
I have my habitual toolkit: using my go-to essential oils, such as Cedarwood, Sandalwood and Frankincense, surrounding myself in nature whenever possible, and of course, taking warm, salty baths to relax me and help me unwind. But this time I wanted something old school to add to the mix. I like journaling, which packs many surprising benefits – it’s a great way to evoke mindfulness, it’s helpful to stay present and even helps in the healing process. But I wanted something a bit more specific, rather than blank pages for me to fill up. Something that could function as a kind of “assistant” for my mindfulness journey. And there it was, spotted on a shelf in a NYC store…
a mindfulness journal
This incredible journal is the perfect tool to extend the centering and mindful message of our our Salty Bath mantra cards. A nifty, digest-sized journal, “Do One Thing Every Day That Centers You” helps guide me on my path for creating a centered, joyful life. This dynamo is filled with inspiration from poets, writers, entrepreneurs, athletes, scientists, authors, philosophers, presidents, saints and gurus and coupled with loads of prompts and activities to “help you grow in heart, mind, body and spirit.” This felt like my partner in crime, and I was happy to read the following intro:
The word “centers” in its use today, and even in the title of this book, is a slippery one, often defined by other intangible terms — mindfulness, gratitude, wholeness, groundedness, focus, flow, serenity, self-knowledge, and self-acceptance. The best definition, however, comes not from the heady realm of ideas, but from the hands-on-world of craft. Every potter knows how difficult it is to learn how to center clay on wheel. It takes hours and hours and days and days of dedication and practice, until your hands “know” the clay well enough to center it. If you move ahead too early, your pot will be unsteady, fragile, and unattractive. But once you find the center, your pot – whatever your personal desire for it – will be balanced, secure and beautiful.
The imagery this conjured up really resonated for me.
For most people, creating a centered life, like molding that pot, requires dedication and practice.
Indeed, this handy little book stated its goal:
You will be urged to expand your knowledge and to edge it toward wisdom. You will appreciate the places, people, and experiences that give peace to to your body and meaning to your life.
As someone who not only considers herself lucky, I am also deeply grateful for the life I have (and all the people and experiences it encompasses). At the same time, the idea of taking this foundation and expanding it, deepening it, excites me. As the English poet, Walter de la Mare said “Go far; come near; You still must be the center of your own small mystery,” we can all use a bit of inspiration and prompting when we are dedicated to being mindful… or going inward. It’s so easy to fall off our center in that process.
I love that the pages in the journal are unnumbered, it’s fun to flip to a page and land on something meant to stretch you, calm you, focus you, etc. and then you can always refer back to them when you need to. Like this little gem, pictured below.
a mindful prompt
Ever have a day where, despite best intentions and plans, you feel like you are just having to react to less than ideal situations, or stuff pops up where you feel like a ship lost at sea? This is especially true for working moms and entrepreneurs who struggle with work/life balance, and for whom finding your center can feel more challenging than not. Daily life is hectic, and it’s often hard to find little opportunities to catch our breath, slow down, and get more introspective. This mindful journal is one way to help solve for that.
I also think we are way more resilient and creative than we give ourselves credit for. Having a sound body, and serene mind takes effort, sure, but exercises like this remind us that it’s also ok to recognize — celebrate, even — those times when we defy “bad weather.” It also allows us to not only feel a sense of accomplishment – but let’s face it, gives us permission to let off some much-needed steam too. That’s just one page, the book is chock-full of awesome stuff that will expand your awareness.
If, like me, your life is full and busy, you know all too well how easy it is to lose your center. Sometimes I think to myself, “why do I take on so much…I must be crazy!” But when I think about what things I should cut back on — I have 2 businesses, I’m an actress, and Mom of 3, plus 2 furry pups — I don’t want to give up anything, and especially relish my time with my kids, husband, pets and home life.
Recently, I had a conversation with someone while attending Accepted Students Day at The New School / Parsons School of Design where my son will go this Fall. Turns out, in fact, that my son is not only attending my alma mater, but has also chosen the same major I studied: Strategic Design and Management. Sitting there that day in one of the breakout sessions, I was overcome with the most surreal joy I have experienced — reminiscing about my student days there 28 years ago was pretty intense coupled with my son’s journey ahead of him. But the program director mentioned the word “multi-passionate” as a word to describe the students in the program. It was that moment that centered me in a profound way…when I realized – hey! that is me! – and also why being centered can also feel so fleeting when you are passionate about, and equally engaged in, so many things. Even with the love and support I have, there are days that make me want to pull my hair out.
As the mindful journal mentioned, it’s a slippery slope. Even the most positive, creative, successful people need guidance, tricks and tools to SLOW DOWN, and stay on the elusive path to a centered life. Getting grounded and being mindful in this crazy world is powerful and it’s healthy. So, take time to honor that. Take time (even 5 to 10 minutes will work wonders) to do one thing to center you today. If that seems like a confusing, but intriguing, concept and you don’t know where to start, use the example in the photo above… or pick up the same journal I did. This Ralph Waldo Emerson quote from the book may also help inspire you to tune in to that inner voice. “Trust to that prompting within you.” Here’s to defying bad weather … and finding joy…together!
How will you find the joy today? How will it center you?
We have been talking to hundreds of women about self-care. The good news is that more and more women are aware that they need to take better care of themselves, and getting better at it. The not-so-good news is that many are still struggling with how to find a self-care routine.
One theme that comes up a lot is: guilt! Women still have issues with taking the time they need for themselves because they feel guilty or selfish for doing so. But only when we first help ourselves can we effectively help others, and caring for yourself is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. Yet it is so easy to forget to do!
Women who neglect their own needs or forget to nurture themselves often become unhappy, have a low self-esteem, and feel resentment. They become completely worn out and run down. The stress can be overwhelming. Simply put, self-care means that you value yourself, and that you are deserving of your own love.
But it’s not a one-time deal. It’s the way you approach balancing the ongoing stress of daily life, and develop habits that help to soothe you – emotionally, physically and mentally. It’s any activity that nourishes you, and that is nothing to feel guilty about, because if you are a caretaker, then you will be in a much stronger position to take care of your spouse, kids, and all life’s obligations, when you are at your optimal health. That last point is important – soothing yourself with a pint of ice cream when the kids go to bed is not self care! Self care is about identifying your own needs and taking the steps to meet them – it’s about nurturing you, and being kind to yourself.
The key is to start to regularly include a little self care every day, and at very little to no cost, to affordable luxuries that nurture your body, mind and soul, for the longer term. Here’s a list of self-care ideas to get your juices flowing… Isn’t February a wonderful time to kick-start the new habit of loving yourself more?
Listen to music.
Take a nap.
Read a book.
Visit a museum or art gallery.
Talk with a friend.
Socialize with family.
Unplug for an hour; silence all your devices, and enjoy unstructured, uninterrupted time.
Breathe! Take a few minutes for some mindful, deep breathing exercising. Be aware of your thoughts, your feelings, and any sensations.
Declutter 5 things from your life that you no longer need.
Take a nature walk – look at the clouds, listen for sounds, birds, squirrels, running water. Connect with the earth and the world around you.
Do something just for the pure pleasure of it. Be selfish – if it makes you happy, do it!
Take a warm bath. Warm water is very soothing and relaxing for tight muscles, tension, and for quieting the mind. Better yet, make it a spa at home experience, light a candle, drink some tea and lounge in your robe afterwards, reading a magazine or a book.
Write in a journal.
Inhale an upbeat smell. Peppermint, Grapefruit and Lemon are all very uplifting scents.
Crank up the music and dance! Get your blood pumping.
Drink more water.
Commit to better eating – make one small change that you can handle for a week — eat more veggies or cut out processed foods, wherever you can add balance, add it.
Try a new class – cooking, yoga, pottery, or a new language. Anything to get you out of your comfort zone, or trying new things just for the fun of it.
Check in with your emotions. Whatever comes up, recognize it and honor it, without judging it.
Cook your favorite meal.
Connect with strangers, offer help.
Exercise – all it takes is as little as a 20 minute walk, 3 times a week.
Plant a garden, or buy yourself some flowers.
So, rejoice in the simple pleasures. Each day try a little something just for you, and when you can, schedule time with yourself on your calendar. The benefits of nurturing yourself are huge and deeply rewarding. Which one will you do today?
Sometimes we get so caught up in the whirlwind of life, it’s hard to catch our breath. If you feel like you are constantly running on fumes, the last thing you need is to head into the holidays completely depleted. The secret to getting control is actually easier than you think.
Want to be more confident and relaxed, yet still be a productive MOFO? The first step is to set intentions to help you steer your energy into a better place. Rather than a complete life overhaul, we’ve got a simple game plan that supports your vitality and growth. With just a few, easy tweaks, you will sleep like a baby, replenish vital minerals to your body so you feel more energized, and give your immune system a needed boost… starting now, just in time for the holiday season. Here’s how:
GET BETTER SLEEP: A WARM BATH WITH A CHERRY ON TOP
Need help quieting your mind, and drifting off into a deeper sleep? Studies show cherry juice helps you sleep better because the fruit is packed with melatonin. An hour before bedtime, drink an 8-ounce glass of tart cherry juice for the dreamiest ZZZs. Taking a warm salt bath is an ideal way to wash the energy off from the day, completely unwind, reduce stress, and soothe a tired, overworked, fatigued body. Combine these two and insomnia and stress have no chance!
STRUCTURE YOUR NIGHTTIME ROUTINE, AND… INCLUDE A WAKE-UP RITUAL
Turn off your devices, and make sure your bed and room are cozy. Check your thermostat. Best sleeping conditions are when the room is on the cool side, around 68 degrees. Also, most people have a better time getting proper rest when they stick to a schedule of 8 solid hours, such as 11pm to 7am. That way you can train your body’s internal clock. In the morning, wake up, stretch and drink a glass of water with lemon.
Why lemon water? It energizes you, enhances your mood and boosts your immune system, which is a great way to start your day! Lemons have strong antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting powers and considered to support weight loss because lemon juice is a digestive aid and liver cleanser. Lemons contain many substances–notably citric acid, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, bioflavonoids, pectin, and limonene–that promote immunity and fight infection.
So, there you have it. End 2016, your most rested, most confident, and most joyous and productive self, with this simple plan… and let me know how it goes! Let’s all help each other thrive, and live a good vibe life.
Essential oils can have a healing effect on us mentally, physically, and emotionally. They are known to help you relax or sleep, or improve your skin or digestion, and even improve the way your brain cells function — their benefits go well beyond a pleasant smell. That is why having an essential oil diffuser in your home is one of the healthiest things you can do for your, and your family’s, well-being. Let’s look at our top 5 uses, and our recommendations for which oils to diffuse:
RELAXATION AND SLEEP
One of the most popular uses of essential oils is due to their ability to help you relax and unwind, particularly after a stressful or long day. Having a diffuser on your nightstand is a great way to help relax your body and mind so you can get a better night’s sleep. Our picks: Lavender, Clary Sage, Sandalwood
This is one of our favorite uses for an essential oil diffuser! There are so many possibilities. Whether to energize you when you’re feeling low, or to infuse the atmosphere with festivity – think Autumn aroma of clove and cinnamon or wintry like Peppermint, White Fur and Spruce – diffusing essential oils will elevate your mood and inspire positive vibes, naturally! Our picks: Grapefruit, Jasmine, Rose, Peppermint, White Fur
IMPROVE BRAIN FUNCTION
Did you know that essential oils can super-charge your brain cells? Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities – meaning that they are soothing when you’re stressed, but they can also give you a pick-me-up when you’re feeling down or sluggish. By leveling out your mood, the oils in the air will help you to focus. Also, there are several essential oils known for their powerful ability to balance the body’s hormones. These oils, with regular use, can actually help to heal the underlying causes responsible for hampering mental function. Our picks: Peppermint, Grapefruit, Eucalyptus, Pine, Lemon, Basil, Lavender, Bergamot
WARD OFF SICKNESS
Essential oils can be used to boost your immune system, and are effective for keeping cold, flu, and other nasty illnesses at bay. They are anti-microbial and when introduced into the air in vapor form, the organic compounds within the oils come into direct contact with airborne pathogens before they invade your body. Plus, some diffusers also double as humidifiers which will help to keep your airways moist and healthy so you are less susceptible to any microbes that do make it into your body. Our picks: Eucalyptus, Clove, Lemon, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Cinnamon, Thyme
Headaches? Sore Muscles? Joint Pain? While, soaking in a warm salty bath with essential oils in the water will work wonders on pain, I extend the healing relief by diffusing oils when I’m not in my tub. Our picks: Ginger, Chamomile, Lavender, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Clary Sage, Rosemary, Bergamot
Once you get familiar with essential oils and their healing properties, you’ll find so many great uses and you will have fun taking more responsibility for your state of health and well-being. In fact, if I had to choose a basic self-care kit to keep on hand, here are the 10 Essential Oils I would stock (and do): Lavender, Tea Tree, Peppermint, Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Rosemary, Thyme, Lemon and Clove. Of course, I have so many more, but these are my constant go-to oils, plus Sandalwood, which is always my personal favorite for so many reasons beyond basic!
Living more fully can often mean working to create positive change in our lives. Whether you’re working through a rocky relationship, changing jobs, dealing with grief, deepening gratitude or seeking peace, the vibrational powers of healing crystals have helped many people experience rejuvenation. Each month, we will feature a new stone and share it’s properties with you. For a holistic approach, if you decide to use crystals try incorporating mantras and meditations; we’ll be making some recommendations for those as well.
THIS MONTH’S CRYSTAL PROFILE
Clear Quartz is a power stone, the Master Healer. Key properties include:
Purification of spaces
Amplifies energy and thought; believed to increase spiritual wisdom
Aids in creativity
Promotes confidence and clarity
Works as a master healer with any type of healing/ conditions
Cleanses and charges other crystals
Clear Quartz is a high-vibration stone. You can place this stone anywhere on the body that needs healing, carry it in a pocket, keep it in a room or space where protection or cleansing is needed. It is particularly effective when placed on the crown chakra. Adding Clear Quartz to your bath is a great way to help you tune in to your inner spirit and intuition.
Salty Bath offers a unique, monthly self-care service that is carefully designed to help you relax and rejuvenate.
Every month our subscribers receive a curated spa-in-a-box experience that lets them discover the secret to relaxation. Our all-natural and vegan bath salt blends include Dead Sea Salts, Epsom Salts and organic essential oils. Each month's box includes assorted goodies to create a restorative experience.
To find out how you can get the convenience of the Salty Bath box in your home, explore our different subscription options at SaltyBath.com.