Why runners experience faster recovery with Whole Body Cryotherapy?

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Traditionally, improved recovery meant ice baths to heal quicker from injuries, run faster and increase performance. The problem with ice baths is that the cold you experience in them is an unrelenting, painfully penetrating physical cold. You also need to stay in an ice bath for 15-30 minutes for it to be effective. 

Furthermore, exercise is not recommended for at least another 12 to 24 hours. Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) is very different. Not only are WBC sessions no longer than 3 minutes and you can return to exercise immediately afterward, but they also reach lower temperatures. Additionally, the comfort level is much higher as the delivery of the cold air is dry. 

How Whole Body Cryotherapy Improves Running

The reason WBC may help you to improve your running performance is that it decreases recovery time, increases athletic performance and boosts the body’s metabolic rate.  A study published in the International Journal of Sports Physiology in 2015 showed WBC enhanced acute recovery of running performance in well-trained athletes.

The results showed cryotherapy improved acute recovery during high-intensity intermittent exercise and that the improvements might be induced by enhanced oxygenation of the working muscles, as well as a reduction in cardiovascular strain.

What Happens During a Cryotherapy Treatment?

In a WBC session, the body is exposed to extremely low temperatures of up to −180°f for up to 3 minutes. During this time, the average skin temperature drops to near zero whilst the core body temperature remains unchanged.  Once you are in the Cryosauna your head and neck area are not covered by the chamber and so are exposed to room air temperature above the device. Nitrogen vapor then fills the chamber and the sudden exposure to extreme cold causes a major vasoconstriction of blood vessels in the dermal layer of the skin.  A trained operator stays with you throughout your treatment.

During your session, blood is directed away from the skin and targeted to protect the vital organs. This stabilizes the body’s core temperature and also enables blood to enrich with hormones, oxygen and enzymes. As soon as you finish your treatment, your blood vessels then do the exact opposite – they dilate.  Enriched blood then flows back to the rest of your body.  Your blood flows faster and this assists the lymph system to work more effectively.

How Many Treatments Should You Have?

In order to achieve the maximum sports improvement results with Cryotherapy, in addition to a healthy nutrition and training plan, it’s recommend that you book for a minimum of 10 sessions within a 2-3 week period and it’s safe to have a Cryotherapy session every day.  After your first few sessions, your increased metabolic rate tends to last longer between treatments and therefore the benefits are cumulative.

Feel Exhilarated and Run Faster

Cryotherapy will not only improve your running performance but the experience will make you feel renewed. The additional rush of ‘feel good’ endorphins helps combat the effects of fatigue leaving you feeling refreshed and exhilarated.  It’s possible to feel like this for up to 8 hours after a 3 minute WBC treatment.

Morristown's best Cryotherapy Facility

SUMMUS Cryo is Morristown's best recovery facility, offering more than Whole Body Cryotherapy. Enhanced results come from Local Cryotherapy, Normatec Compression, and Bemer Therapy to name a few of our additional modalities. We have packages to suit all needs and are ready to talk to you about a program that suits your goals. Reach out today and start your recovery journey!

VIDEO: CRYOTHERAPY BENEFITS W/ JOE ROGAN AND RHONDA PATRICK

The benefits of cold therapy are tremendously powerful. Ranging from pain relief (multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, joint pain, back pain for starters) to treating inflammation, boosting metabolic rate, decreasing overall recovery time, and increasing circulation.

Cryotherapy constricts blood vessels which causes a release of anti-inflammatory proteins into your blood stream. Your blood also becomes infused with nutrients and enzymes while releasing endorphins that reduce pain perception. The result? You leave the cryosauna feeling totally refreshed, rejuvenated, and energized.

EPISODE #012: CHRIS CIVELLO

 
 
 
 

One of my dear friends and coaches, the deep and powerful Chris Civello discusses his experience with Sheep Dog Response, Tim Kennedy's recent training at Sakura Jiujitsu and more.

Father, Husband, founder Sakura BJJ, Marcello Garcia Black belt, professional drummer, professional tattoo artist, leader, straight edge, vegetarian. 

intro: 2 min

interview: 11min

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EPISODE #011: JOHN ALVINO

 
 
 
 

Family, blood work, hypnosis, mindset and more. John Alvino and I share an extremely special history and bond which we discuss on the podcast. He is a Strength And Conditioning Coach, Fat Loss Coach, Vegetarian, Fitness Author, MMA Junkie, and Pit Bull Advocate. He is the owner of "The Warrior Gym" which specializes in unique, hardcore, and insanely effective strength and conditioning programs. 

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EPISODE #010: PETER MT. SHASTA

 
 
 
 

Peter has been in meditation up near Woodstock, NY for the last two plus years writing another book. He stopped in to spend some time with us on his way back to Mt. Shasta. I will tell you ahead of time that Peter’s story is extremely unique to say the least. As always I do my best to let got of my current belief system and focus on the embedded teachings that are transmitted. In my experience the information is powerful and transformative. Peter is a wise dear friend and his energy is absolutely nothing short of clear & loving. 

 

I had the good fortune of being introduced to Peter about four years ago while in Mt. Shasta. During our time together I made a few quick videos for Peter. They are embedded further down on this page and I encourage you to watch them. He has authored a number of books detailing the training and lessons that he has received. They can all be found on his website IAMteachings.com

 

Peter Mt. Shasta’s mission is to spread the teachings of the I AM Presence. To show others how to bring its power, dominion, and wisdom into daily life through self mastery and observation. Peter is a former engineering student, commodities broker, pilot, and wall street financial analyst that realized early on the emptiness of life without self knowledge. He began a quest for this self knowledge that took him to many different parts of the world including India, Egypt, and Tibet to name a few. He has studied with many great “saint’s and sages”. Enjoy!

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EPISODE #009: OMNI KITTS FERRARA

 
 
 
 

This girl kicks ass! I can’t say enough wonderful thing about this powerful, intelligent, articulate, energetic woman. Omni is a plethora of information. I love spending time and building with her. She is truthful, sincere, a great friend and teacher. She is the owner of Yoga Mechanics and a teacher here at Summus. I am proud of what we have created together thus far and for what we get to create moving forward. Thank you everyone for your support. 

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EPISODE #008: MICHAEL PELLEGRINO

 
 
 
 

First off, Michael is a tremendous human being…, I love when Michael and I have an opportunity to get together and connect! I’m promise I’m working on getting him to bring his microscope up next time for some live cell analysis.

This episode is PACKED with knowledge. So much so that Michael has agreed to come back up so that we can create some frameworks and starting points on which to build on for the student base. 

Michael is a Clinical Nutritionist & Herbalist and an associate at Princeton Health Integration Center. He is the protege of Dr. Van, my Holistic and integrated Dr. for the past 15 +/- years. Contact Michael here. Peace!

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EPISODE #007: Abraham AWAD

 
 
 
 

Abraham Awad is a personal friend and BJJ coach. He is a leader of @subforcebjj and co-founder of @showtheartx. Abe also hosts the successful podcast @showtheartpodcast, where he is normally the one conducting the interview.

I thought it would be cool to interview Abe so his audience could have insight to the behind the scenes creation of the above-mentioned brands and their respective stories.  To enable fans to gain an understanding of him as a coach, artist, entrepreneur, husband, brother, and the many other hats that he wears. How dedication to a childhood passion can be turned into a lifelong journey and career.

Abe decided that it would be cool to release half of the interview on his platform and the other half here so that both audiences could start to connect and have exposure to the interview and one another. Enjoy!

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EPISODE #006: UDO RAMME

 
 
 
 

Udo resides in his native country Germany. He has built a a successful business out of his passion for travel. His adventure starts as a young teen, traveling the world, selling cars to get by, rocking out and leveraging his contacts in the hardcore music culture. He now runs a recognized yoga retreat organization with his girlfriend Erica Jung. They offer immersion trips and trainings around the world from Iceland, Peru, Jordan, Thailand, and of course India to name a few. Udo is also a DJ with a deep love for eclectic world music. If you are lucky enough you may find yourself in a picture perfect scene, located in a foreign city, listening to him spin, setting the perfect vibe as you dine with your friends. Check him out @wasntborntofollow or his upcoming travel log bit.ly/2tg0W7u

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EPISODE #005: TONY BLACK

 
 
 
 

After a long hiatus, I catch up with my friend and mentor of fifteen years, Tony Black. Tony comes to visit, jumps in the float tank, and as soon as he's out we turn on the mic's and speak for the first time in five years. About 9 minutes in, after describing his experience the interview gets flipped on me in typical Tb fashion. A great episode to get to know us both more and gain a deeper understanding of SUMMUS.

Tony Black is a Grammy-winning music producer, mixer/engineer & songwriter/musician. He has contributed to recordings totaling more than 50 million units sold or downloaded. He won a GRAMMY AWARD for his contribution to the album “THE DIARY OF ALICIA KEYS” for BEST R&B ALBUM. He also mixed and recorded  “RIDE OR DIE” on the Grammy-winning album  JAY-Z “HARD KNOCK LIFE VOL.2”. 

*Note: I have the same kink here that I thought I resolved with Cam's podcast, so the video cuts off again. I have a great new setup being configured. Thanks again for your patience. 

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EPISODE #004: CAMERON SHAYNE

 
 
 
 

No hype. The information embedded in this podcast is priceless. I asked Cam to elaborate on key points he made throughout this past weekends BDK immersion. Get your notebooks out and be sure to listen all the way through. Pay close attention..., lots of layers to peel back. 

I'm honored to be a part of the dissemination of this information.

*Note: We are still in limbo with the studio set up but we were able to make it happen. The video cuts the stream of Cam and I off at around 40 min, the logo and audio are still there for your convenience.  Thanks for all of your support while we work out the kinks. 

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EPISODE #003: ERICA JUNG

 
 
 
 

I am so glad Erica and I were able to hang and record this podcast before she left for her next journey across the world. I believe an extremely different level of understanding one another has emerged and our connection deepened.

As per Erica:

"What came out was raw, deep, thought provoking, and perhaps for some, perspective shifting.

Amongst talking about the meaning of life, being zen all the time, and human conditioning, we spoke about terrorists and terroristic acts and why personally I see or feel anyone is motivated to do harm and how to respond to it.

It couldn't be more aligned with recent events and how the world is currently shifting, so please, take a moment to throw this on in your morning commute and let the conversation flow.

What can we do within ourselves to make our world more whole?"

I enjoyed the space Erica holds and it was a wonderful exchange and conversation. We explore many different topics and share some great realizations and experiences. I definitely cherish what came up. 

Erica Jung and I have been friends for years. She has known my wife even longer (they were roommates). My wife loved playing Erica's harmonium, and it meant so much to her that I bought it from Erica as our wedding present.

Erica has all the high quality yoga credentials one would expect, down to the life altering trip to India. She continues to travel the world and owns Trepta Yoga in Far Hills, NJ.

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EPISODE #002: CHRIS REITZ

 
 
 
 

Chris Reitz is dear friend and teacher of mine. In this episode we discuss our interpretation of the current state the "yoga" industry IS IN, SOLUTIONS, AND OUR PLANS TO DISRUPT IT.

Chris has taught at and managed two of the largest studios in NYC and on the East Coast; PURE Yoga and Yoga Sutra NYC. He is owner of backbone yoga and a teacher at summus body | Mind.

he is a competitive martial artist with an extensive stand-up and ground game pedigree.  He holds black belts in TKD and Kempo, a brown belt in Judo, a brown belt in BJJ from Subforce, and has received numerous accolades in SAMBO grappling. Chris received his teaching certification (500 hrs) from Guta Hedewig of the Yoga school of NY in the Krishnamacharya Tradition.  

The faculty included Edwin Bryant, Srivatsa Ramaswami,  Chase Bossart, amongst others at the forefront of yoga education.  Chris has studied with other renowned teachers such as Isaac Pena, Jonathan Nosan, David Regelin, and Terrence Monte.  

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EPISODE #001: VAUGHN PATRICK

 
 
 
 

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Vaughn is a thought leader in the community and one of my most trusted friends and coaches. He and I discuss the importance of OUR upcoming workshop with Cameron Shayne, "INTIMIDATION", AND BRIEFLY DIVE DOWN SOME OTHER INTERESTING RABBIT HOLES WORTH EXPLORING FURTHER.

If you wish to sign up for the workshop I embedded a button at the bottom of this page. 

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What is Ashtanga Yoga?

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The system of Ashtanga Vinyasa is a style of yoga popularized by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in the 1940's. Ashtanga literally translated means eight limbs, of which asana (yoga posture) is just one limb and breath control (or pranayama) is another. The first two limbs - Yamas and Niyamas - are given emphasis to be practiced in conjunction with the 3rd and 4th limbs (asana and pranayama).

Sri K. Pattabhi Jois began his yoga studies in 1927 at the age of 12, and by 1948 had established the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute for teaching the Ashtanga method.

"Power yoga" or "Vinyasa yoga" are terms that refer to a type of aerobically vigorous yoga exercise derived from Ashtanga yoga.

The method of Ashtanga Vinyasa begins with five repetitions of Surya Namaskar A and five repetitions of Surya Namaskar B. It is then followed by a progression of standing poses and once these are complete the student then begins one of the six series. The practice is completed by a closing sequence.

The Primary Series, also known as Yoga Chikitsa (or Yoga Therapy) is the most widely practiced amongst the rest. View the postures in their sequential order here.

The Ashtanga method emphasizes linking breath (specifically Ujjayi pranayama) with movement, otherwise known as Vinyasa. In the words of Pattabhi Jois, "Vinyasa means 'breathing system'. Without vinyasa, don't do asana. When vinyasa is perfect, the mind is under control".

Additionally, a gazing point (or drishti) is assigned for each posture to encourage one-pointedness and meditation.

When a student attains the correct breath, posture, and drishti it is called Tristhana: The three places of attention that cover the three levels of purification: the body, nervous system and the mind. 

Alongside breath and drishti, bandhas are also a key principle. Bandhas are energy locks and emphasized in order to control prana (life force/energy) in the body and achieve greater control. The bandhas are:

- Mula Bandha: Root lock located at the pelvic floor (drawing in the perineum)

- Uddiyana Bandha: Slightly drawing the abdomen back towards the spine. This bandha is said to be located about  2 inches below the navel

Jalandara Bandha: Throat lock. (lowering the chin slightly while raising the chest towards the chin) This bandha is not practiced in all postures unlike the other two.

The format of Ashtanga yoga always remains the same; always beginning with Surya Namaskar, concludes with rest, and the various asanas gradually fill the space between these two sides. Learning yoga in this traditional manner benefits the student on many levels. It is possible for one to gain independence and confidence in their sadhana (spiritual practice), as well, something truly becomes one’s own when they learn it by heart. It is through the daily practice of Ashtanga Yoga that we draw it into ourselves, understand it, and become proficient in its methods, thereby reaping its wide range of benefits. For this to be accomplished, a slow, dedicated and patient approach is best.*

Traditionally, the Ashtanga method is taught directly and progressively from teacher to student in a style called "Mysore". In a Mysore Ashtanga class, students are practicing on their own with individual instruction from the teacher. All students begin their Ashtanga practice being taught Surya Namaskar A, followed by Padmasana (lotus pose), proper breathing, and a few minutes of rest to conclude their first day of practice. The next day after Surya Namaskar A, Surya Namaskar B is taught, and one then again finished in the same way as the previous day. After both of the Surya Namaskar have been practiced correctly, each of the following postures are added one by one. When one posture is correct, the next one is taught. Depending on the age and ability of the student, it can take anywhere upwards of 3 months to learn the primary series.

There are Led Ashtanga classes widely offered in which the entire (or most) of the Primary Series is taught in a group setting and the class follows the instructor together. This can be beneficial to learning the entire series. 

Parampara is sanskrit word that denotes the principle of transmitting knowledge in its most valuable form and from direct experience. The yoga tradition exists in many ancient lineages, but today some are trying to create new ones, renouncing or altering their guru’s teachings in favor of new ways. Surrendering to parampara, however, is like entering a river of teachings that has been flowing for thousands of years, a river that age-old masters have followed into an ocean of knowledge. Even so, not all rivers reach the ocean, so one should be mindful that the tradition he or she follows is true and selfless.*

 Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, NYC 2001

Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, NYC 2001

 

*quoted from KPJAYI

REVOLUTION 2017

In my opinion "resolution" is putting the cart before the horse. It is the tail end of the process needed to create lasting change in one's life.

Imagine this. You have an old computer sitting on your desk from when you were a child. Maybe for some reading this computers weren't around when you were younger. Even better. Then visualize your encyclopedia Britannica set.

Now imagine going out and buying the latest and greatest software for your desired area of growth. Now take it home and run it on your old encyclopedias or your first computer you ever had. Absurd right? Waste of money and time? Well that's what we as a society are doing when we set resolutions without upgrading our belief systems.

What if you were still using the old books or your old computer? How about your first phone? You wouldn't even be able to browse on the latest version of your favorite search engine and have access to new information. You literally couldn't keep up. This is what happens with our belief systems. They limit our perception. They form a selective filter and what get's through is based solely on what you believe to be real. Imagine using old outdated encyclopedias to search for growth? It's possible that you wouldn't even know that apps exist or that other resources were available simply because you don't have the means or ability to see them.

Let's take a look at "Resolution".

 

Resolution- noun

1. To resolve or the act of resolving. Complete. Make a firm decision.

Based on what belief system and running on what software?

2. To find a possibility or solution to something?

How did the vantage point change? What was the shift? Where is the awareness? What was the root of the problem?

3. Resolution music- the tone or chord to which a dissonance is resolved.

Again the progression has already taken place and is to now be resolved with a tone or chord. (We can also use the word "vibration" here. I will expand on this another time). How do we change the initial progression that needs resolution?

4. The degree of sharpness of a computer-generated image.

Sounds like vision to me. What forms our vision? Our filter. What forms our filter?  Our belief system. So then nothing has changed. We will continue to see what we always have.

Now let's take a look at "Revolution".

 

Revolution - noun

1. A sudden, complete or marked change in something.

Ok. Now we have the words complete and change in the definition. It could be sudden it could not, the speed of change will be relative to each individual situation.

2. A procedure or course, as if in a circuit, back to a starting point.

Interesting. Now a certain path or progression is acknowledged, traced back to the beginning, and is likened to electrical current.

3. Astronomy.

  1. the orbiting of one heavenly body around another.

  2. a single course of such movement.

This is literally "New Years" what we are basing our year upon. The Earth's trip around the sun.

The first step is developing the awareness of self. Put systems and practices in place that provide clarity and lead to discernment of your patterns and behavior. There are many paths up the mountain that lead to the top. Your yoga practice and float experiences are a great place to start.

Identify if these patterns and behaviors are serving you or if they get to change. 

Trace back and identify the root cause or event that formed the belief system. This is what triggers the behavior.  Once identified, alter the past by changing your perception or vantage point of the event.

This will “upgrade” your entire software and change your default settings. All programs written after said event that held the code as truth will automatically be upgraded in time.

May you experience your highest self this revolution of 2017.

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
— Alvin Toffler

Tristhana: A Three Fold Method

A consistent yoga practice isn't always easy. Life is filled with endless distractions and responsibilities to lure us in the opposite direction. As if that wasn’t enough, the mind has this amazing ability to drift and procrastinate. Once we make it to the mat, the idea of ‘quieting the mind’ can sometimes seem simply impossible. 

The Ashtanga Yoga method approaches the practice with three elements to release distractions and focus the mind. This is what sets Asthanga Yoga apart from other systems of yoga. This focused energy is the gateway to the depth of the practice. Thus, leading students on the path to Self-discovery.

The three elements are known as Tristhana. They are the posture, the breathing system, and the gazing point. Performed correctly, tristhana also covers the three levels of purification: the body, nervous system and mind. They are always performed in conjunction with each other. This method creates a deep internal space of focus and clarity. 

The postures (or asanas) are used to purify, strengthen and give flexibility to the body. The breathing (or ujjayi pranayama) is steady and even. The length of the inhale should be the same length as the exhale. Breathing in this manner purifies the nervous system. The audible sound of Ujjayi heats the body and controls the breath from becoming erratic. The gazing point (or drishti) is the place where you look while in each posture and stabilizes the mind. There are nine dristhis: the nose, between the eyebrows, navel, thumb, hands, feet, up, right side and left side. 

Through this method practitioners develop control of the senses and peel back the outer layer of the self into the deeper awareness within; inner sensations, emotions and workings of the mind. Instead of being distracted and drifting off in yoga, a student should use the tristana method as a road map for the practice. Following this map transforms the asana practice into a moving meditation, thereby helping practitioners achieve the equanimous, one-pointed mind that is the beauty of yoga.

Recipe: Potato-less Potato Salad

I totally get that the potato is the best part of the potato salad. That starchy carby comfort sucks you right in! This is my attempt however to come up with a potato salad that I could eat more of and not feel the guilt. Many people with gluten-free diets also steer clear of nightshades as well in order to keep inflammation down. Many people following a paleo diet also stay away from potatoes. Whatever reason you would want to steer clear of potatoes, this is the perfect recipe to satisfy that craving.

The trick? Cauliflower. Once steamed, this hearty veggie is equally as comforting as our starchy friend. Mellow flavored, soft and tender, cauliflower is very low in fat and cholesterol and rich in vitamin C, folate, and Omega-3's to name a few. 

This salad has all the right components, textures, and flavors to knock your socks off. Bon Appetit! 

Ingredients:

  • 1 large head cauliflower cut into florets
  • 2 hard boiled eggs
  • 1 cup finely chopped celery
  • ¼ cup capers
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh dill
  • 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp. chopped garlic
  • salt + peppe 

Directions

1) Steam cauliflower. In a large bowl place cauliflower in the fridge and allow to cool.
2) To make the dressing, combine olive oil, mustard, lemon juice, and garlic in a blender and pulse until garlic is completely minced and dressing is emulsified. Season with salt+pepper.
3) Chop up the egg & add to cauliflower florets along with celery, capers, and dill. Add the dressing and toss to combine. Serve & enjoy!

4 Home Remedies to Beat Holiday Stress

We get it.

The shopping, the crowds, the back-to-back diet-breaking parties. We get how easy it is to feel not so wonderful at this most wonderful time of the year.

That's why we've rounded up just a few ways to kick off the holiday season to help you stay happy, healthy, and energized...

 

1) Hydrating Strawberry Facial

 Adapted from the Strawberry and Bee Pollen Facial at the Spa at Andaz Wall Street, in New York City.

Adapted from the Strawberry and Bee Pollen Facial at the Spa at Andaz Wall Street, in New York City.

Strawberries not only are rich in vitamin C but also contain alpha hydroxy acids, which exfoliate the skin. The grainy texture of the bee-pollen granules helps to exfoliate, allowing the honey (a potent humectant) to better penetrate the skin’s surface. Olive oil moisturizes and is infused with antioxidants; mayonnaise softens the skin while giving the whole shebang a rich, creamy texture. The germanium? Pure aromatherapy.

What you need: 

  • 10 fresh strawberries
  •  ¼ cup bee pollen;
  • 3 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil mayonnaise
  •  a few drops of germanium oil.

 

Combine all the ingredients in a blender. Apply to the face, avoiding the eye area. Relax for 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Do not get in your eyes!

*My experience*... After blending I let the mask cool in the fridge which felt really nice on my skin when applying. I kept the rest in the fridge for two days. It really leaves a healthy glow and moisturizes the skin beautifully!


2) Pomegranate, Mint, + Lime Elixir 

A refreshing blend of ingredients that are super high in antioxidants, help digest those heavy meals, reduce inflammation, and has a clearing effect on the mind.  This is super the day after those holiday gatherings.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 10-12 sprigs mint
  • Pinch of salt (pink salt)
  • 1 tsp honey or rose water
  • 2 cup cold water
  • 8 ice cubes for garnish

Combine all ingredients except ice cubes into food processor or blender and combine. Strain the juice before serving and garnish with some lime wedges and fresh mint leaves.


3) Ginger + Turmeric Tea

Stress can come from two places: the inside (inflammation) and the outside (too much to do). Sipping this tea can help ease both. The anti-inflammatory herbs turmeric and ginger offer a tangy, slightly sweet flavor that will hit the spot. Lemon balm has been found to have antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti-anxiety properties.

Ingredients

  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated or chopped
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2 drops food-grade lemon-balm extract (also called Melissa)
  • 1 sprig rosemary, optional

1. In a small saucepan over high heat, cook the lemon peel, ginger, turmeric, and 1 cup of water until the water just begins to boil, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
2. Stir in lemon juice, honey, and lemon-balm extract, and then strain into a mug.


4) Wrinkle Smoothing Red Wine Facial

 Adapted from the Harvest Facial at the Calistoga Ranch, in Napa Valley, California

Adapted from the Harvest Facial at the Calistoga Ranch, in Napa Valley, California

Resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant found mostly in red wine but also in smaller amounts in white, may help to repair the damage caused by sun exposure that can lead to wrinkles and sagging, according to a growing body of scientific research. Kaolin clay draws out impurities, the grapeseed oil moisturizes and hydrates, and the oat flour gently exfoliates. It made my skin feel soft and tight. Definitely did the trick!

What you need:

  • ¼ cup wine
  •  ¼ cup kaolin clay (sold at health-food stores)
  •  2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  •  1 tablespoon organic oat flour

Combine all the ingredients. Apply to the face, neck, and décolletage. Rinse with warm water after 10-15 minutes.

 

Going to give 'em a shot? Let us know your experience in the comments below!