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!