Exploring Holistic Wellness

Holistic wellness, a term you may have heard. It is where everything interconnects - your mind, body and spirit. It's all about aligning all of them together to live a healthier and happier life.

Modern health care that we are used to treating us when we are unwell, is scientific genius but most of the time focuses only on the body and lacks noticing other aspects of us. A holistic wellness approach on the other hand is a way to keep us at our healthiest by methods of prevention.

If something hurts in your body, health care only concentrates on treating that one thing, however holistic wellness will look at everything as a whole and find the root cause of why you're feeling sick, whether it be emotional or even spiritual.


What are some healthcare practices that are often found within the realm of holistic health?

Holistic nutrition
Aromatherapy
Herbalism
Massage therapy
Reiki, also known as energy work
Acupuncture
Physical therapy

When all of these therapies come together for holistic healing, a person is much more likely to experience overall wellness on a deeper level that allows for healing to take place and truly a healthy way of living.

In a way, a holistic health approach gives us the opportunity to take our health into our own hands and allows us to see our bodies as an interconnected system that works synergistically.


So what are some habits that you can start if you want to live in a more holistic way?

Being Present and practicing gratitude

To be the observer of your thoughts and your surroundings truly brings you to the current moment, to the here and now. A way to do that is to focus on what is closest by such as observing your surroundings, smells, sounds. Take it as another form of meditation. Studies have found that meditation can reduce mind-wandering and improve our ability to solve problems. Gratitude practice is also another very positive way of living, raising your vibration and feeling of happiness.

Writing a daily journal

It's a great way to take care of your mind, learn about your feelings, express gratitude, and get to know yourself on a deeper level each day. A few journal questions you can ask yourself are:

“What's one good thing that I can do for myself today?”

“What makes me happy?”

“Why am I feeling this way? What can I do to overcome this?”.

Reducing your toxic load

Did you know that on average we put 168 different chemicals on our bodies every single day? Most of these are synthetic chemicals that do more harm than good so reading the ingredients and understanding them is a great start in reducing your toxic load.

The most commonly used chemical which is found in cleansers, shampoos, shower gels, toothpaste, household and industrial cleaning products all contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). More than 90% of personal care products that you find at your local grocery shops contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate! This foaming agent has been known to irritate and dry out the skin by damaging the protective outer layer.

It’s not just our cosmetics and hygiene products, it's also our household cleaners, detergents and synthetic smells that are leaching harmful toxic chemicals into homes and our bodies.

Some are known to be skin irritants, neurotoxins and endocrine disruptors.

The best option is to either make these products yourself from what you can usually find around the house or thoroughly read the ingredients so you can choose the least harmful products for yourself and your family.

A QUICK DIY - all purpose cleaner

You will need:

Spray bottle

1 cup of water

1 cup of white vinegar

2 tablespoons of castile soap

5 – 10 drops of selected essential oils such as tea tree, lemon, peppermint, pine.
(Please make sure they are high quality and completely natural.)

When cleaning: spray the surfaces thoroughly, let sit for 10 minutes, and then wipe clean.

Common toxic ingredients it is best to avoid

Phthalates

A family of industrial chemicals used to soften polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic and as solvents in cosmetics and other consumer products, can damage the liver, kidneys, lungs, and reproductive system.

In cosmetics, you’ll find phthalates in parfum, nail polish, hair spray, cleansers, and lotions. 

Parabens

Propylparaben and Iosbutylparaben are the ones to really keep an eye out for. Both should be avoided at all costs because they are known to cause cancer.

Synthetic fragrance

It can be irritating and cause allergic reactions. Plus, there may be even more harmful ingredients like phthalates which are endocrine disruptors hiding behind the word ‘fragrance’.

Also try to avoid PEG (Polyethylene Glycol), Aluminum salts, Formaldehyde and SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate).

Reducing inflammation 

Ever heard the phrase “you are what you eat’? Well then you definitely know that what we eat affects how our bodies function. Most importantly our gut, which is considered to be our second brain. This is because there lives a vast ecosystem of microbes, when out of balance due to high amounts of sugars and lack of nutrients can make us feel sluggish, lacking energy, moody and craving for the foods that make us feel terrible in the first place. 

As you start consuming better quality, unprocessed and nourishing foods, and start to replace processed foods with nutritious alternatives you will start to see a shift in your mood and overall wellbeing as the good bacteria start to thrive. Another helping hand is high quality pre and probiotic foods and supplements.

Spend money consciously

This one’s quite an outside of the box holistic wellness point. But we think it’s quite an important factor for our overall well being. What are you spending your money on? Is it something that contributes to your health and wellbeing? Practice having a budget, planning what you'll be buying, so there's no unnecessary waste in today’s mega consumerist world. 

And remember that money is a form of energetic exchange, so be mindful about where you spend that energy.

Natural supplements

Taking natural and high quality supplements can contribute to your overall health and mental wellbeing. Notice the phrase high quality? Well what is written on the front of the box may not necessarily reflect in the ingredients list. 

Today our diets are rather insufficient and lacking in nutrients, so supplements are a perfect way to show your body some extra love. Now supplements just have to be all capsules and pills, superfoods such as spirulina or maca, adaptogens such as lion’s mane and ashwagandha are also considered fantastic supplements. Beneficial spices such as turmeric and ginger. Oils such as CBD which is a great one to add if you’re looking for something to boost your immunity, improve your sleep quality and get rid of anxious thoughts: CBD Oil Drops Raw (10%) - Biomedicanna

Nurture positive relationships, say goodbye to negative ones

To lead a positive, healthy life you need positive energy around you, people that you can exchange energy with. If you feel like someone is rather draining your energy, try to spend less time with them and allow yourself to set healthy boundaries. Listen to what your heart truly wants.

Move your body in a way that feels good to you

Find a way to move your body daily that's enjoyable for you. It could be daily walks, yoga, running, pilates, dance, find what is the most effortless and fun for your body, so that it would be easy to make moving a habit. Movement is essential to our health as it allows for our lymphatic system to move around the body better which in return prevents disease.

What happens when you start living in a more holistic way?

Feeling overall healthier
More energy and motivation
More positive outlook on life
Improved sleep quality
Increased creativity
Stronger immune functions
Deeper connection with oneself

What are your holistic habits?

Getting your body ready for spring

It’s been a long winter. No basking in the sun, less activities outside, lots of pale colors outside.   It may have left us with vitamin deficiencies, feeling a little miserable and overall lower immunity.

Now as the spring approaches it’s time to get our health in peak condition. Strengthen our immunity, move more, spend more time in daylight and lift up our moods.

Let’s talk about how to take control over your body, mind and overall wellbeing this spring:

Taking care of gut health

Healthy gut means no inflammation in the body. Which helps lower depression, anxiety, autoimmune disorders and your overall health. 
Healthy anti-inflammatory foods are a great way to increase the abundance of diverse microbes and reduce inflammation. 
Some anti-inflammatory foods are green leafy vegetables, walnuts, berries, olive oil, garlic, fatty fish, coconut and so many more whole foods. So for a healthy gut make sure to eat them daily.
On the other hand, alcohol, refined carbohydrates, too much sugar and any processed foods are what causes inflammation. It’s recommended to eliminate them from your diet or eat as rarely as you can.

Probiotics

It’s a must have all year long since gut bacteria are key players in our mental health. If your gut microbiome is imbalanced then your overall mood may be affected, however if your gut bacteria is healthy and balanced they can relieve the symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress.
You can either take probiotics as supplements or include lots of fermented foods to your diet, such as kimchi, kombucha, kefir, sauerkraut or miso.

Prebiotics

Once you’ve upped your probiotics game, don’t forget that to absorb all their health benefits, you need to keep them nourished.
That’s where prebiotics come in, they are substances found in plant-based foods which maintain beneficial gut bacteria. Prebiotic fibers, polyphenols, and resistant starches all nourish gut bacteria which in turn transform them into good things like short-chain fatty acids (SCFA’s) and vitamins.
Prebiotics come as supplements or can be found in foods such as garlic, onion, green tea, apples, legumes, seeds and more.

Vitamins & minerals

After winter our bodies might be in real need of vital vitamins and minerals. Since we are not getting enough sunshine in winter most people have Vitamin D deficiency, so it’s a great idea to take supplements, eat oranges, fatty fish and mushrooms since these foods are great sources of Vitamin D.
Vitamin C is perfect for boosting immunity and can be found in kiwi, lemon, strawberries, bell peppers, tomatoes and leafy greens.
If you're feeling weak and tired you might not be getting enough Iron. Make sure to eat lots of spinach, pumpkin seeds, bananas, shellfish and legumes. Pro tip: Vitamin C helps your body absorb iron, so it's perfect to mix food that contains both.
Omega 3 is also essential, you can find this in fatty fish but if you aren't able to eat it daily, high quality supplements are also a great option.
Some other vitamins & minerals that you should check on are calcium, magnesium (also helps get better sleep), zinc and potassium.
It’s best if you eat a healthy diet that includes lots of different veggies, fruits, nuts and seeds, then there will be less of a chance that you’re at any vitamin deficiency.

CBD and CBDA for improved mental health and healthier body

CBD and CBDA both activate 5-HT1A Serotonin receptors. Why is that good? Because serotonin receptors and serotonin imbalance are linked to anxiety, depression, nausea, issues with sleep, and gastrointestinal problems. CBD and CBDA are great for treating any of these and also have anti-inflammatory properties.

Get some daylight

Now that the days are getting longer try to spend some time outside, take more walks, let your eyes and body absorb the daylight.
Daylight in general is associated with improved mood, enhanced morale, less fatigue, and reduced eye strain.
So when you wake up in the morning try to make sure that daylight is the first light you see, rather than your phone screen or any other artificial light, it will help feel better throughout the day and fall asleep faster when the night comes.

Self Care - Mind Body Soul

Self-love is what will empower you and help you heal. It's the key to having a healthy body, a peaceful mind and a fulfilled soul.
Self-care is crucial in loving yourself. To really be loving to yourself and the world around you, you have to start taking care of yourself first.

As they say, you can't pour from an empty cup, right?

So today we are talking about self care - for your mind, body & soul.

Your body is your safe space - take care of it

Keeping your body healthy is one of the most beautiful forms of self care. When you wake up feeling great you can do so much more for yourself and others, imagine your day feeling energized, yet at peace, your head doesn't hurt, your stomach is comfy, your mind is calm and happy, you're feeling motivated and simply enjoying all the daily tasks.
Feeling healthy and comfortable in your body might just make this all possible.

Here are some ideas what you can do to take care of your body:

Learn about gut health

Why gut health exactly? Well, if your gut isn't happy, your body isn't either, and neither is your mind, even anxiety and depression can be linked to it.
A healthy gut on the other hand, contains healthy bacteria and immune cells that ward off infectious agents like bacteria, viruses and fungi. A healthy gut also communicates with the brain through nerves and hormones, which helps maintain general health and well-being.

Take care of your mind

Practice gratitude, the more grateful you are, the more miracles you'll attract. It's not just about manifesting, it's all about being thankful for waking up, for your breakfast, people in your life, your puppy, a sunny day...
When it comes to gratitude you can practice it by simply thanking for everything throughout the day, but if you feel like you need a little push, or want to dive deeper, one of great ways is to start journaling, simply start a journal where you write 5 things you're grateful for today. Make that a ritual when you wake up or before bed. You will notice how wonderful it is to wake up and go to sleep with a heart and mind full of gratitude.
Have phone free mornings, instead meditate, stretch, massage your belly, take some mindful breaths, have a glass of water, it can be anything really, just let yourself be with your own mind for a little while.
If you ever want to go an extra mile, try social media detox for one day a week, and you might just like it a lot.

Healthy boundaries

Do you ever tolerate something that is draining you? Say yes to a gathering you don't even like going to? 
Love yourself enough to set boundaries, with yourself and with others, ask yourself what really lifts you up and what drains you, then decide according to that.
Not everyone needs access to you, remember that. Your energy is currency, so spend it wisely

To nourish your soul

Observe the sky, watch the sunrise, sunset, gaze at the stars.
Take a nap while it’s raining.
Spend time outside, connect to nature, walk on the grass with bare feet.
Do what makes you laugh from all your heart.

Burning incense

Keep an eye out for more ideas on self care ♥

Have a Safe Christmas and a Healthy New Year from Biomedicanna!

Last year, our international cannabinoid-wellness team wished you positivity, health,
love, peace in life, happiness, and the fulfilment of all your wishes. We don’t know if all the
wishes come true, but they were the sincerest.


Let the most beautiful and cosy holidays crown the problematic years and leave all the
challenges we faced behind our backs. On Christmas Eve, greet the people closest to you.
While sitting at the festive table, remember those for whom the year was impossible. May
Christmas morning surprise you with generosity and that innocent childish belief that
miracles are destined to come true. Spend New Year’s Eve with a group of friends and start
the following year by promising the most unexpected things to yourself and others.


We promise to pay even more attention to your well-being and its enrichment with
natural solutions. Biomedicanna team wishes you a bright and warm holiday and a safe
upcoming year!

Hello? Sunshine is Calling – Come Outside!

Going outside and having more sunny days than before are associated precisely with spring. When greyish snowy clouds scatter, and the first flower blossoms show, you may know that you are about to spend a lot of time outdoors. Maybe you will be playing basketball with friends, riding your bike in the village, jogging in a park, walking a dog or quietly reading a book on a lakeshore – the spring is lovely for so many reasons that it would take too much time just to try and list them all. What unites these activities is fresh air and sunshine leading your every step and ensuring only the best emotions. However, every minute spent outdoors can be overshadowed by bright sun and heat. How can we prepare for it and face every adventure as bravely as could?

Some say they can sunbathe for hours and it would still not be enough, while for others, five minutes spent in the sun is already too much. Sunbathing, no matter how fun it may sound, is a very responsible activity because sun rays affect us and our skin even when the weather may look cloudy. To protect you from painful experiences, today we will talk about the sun and sunbathing's three significant problems – sunburn blisters, skin pigmentation, and heatstroke.

Why Little Sunburn Blisters Hurt So Much?

Rising temperatures mean more time spent in the fresh air and lighter and more comfortable clothing. Although winter or autumn clothing can also be comfortable, in the spring, we all enjoy wearing short-sleeved shirts; we start pulling dresses and skirts out of our closets and say goodbye to jackets and coats for at least half a year. No matter how much fun it is, this time also means that our skin will be more exposed to the sun, so the joyful moments outside can end up in unwanted tan lines, usually accompanied by painful sunburn blisters. 

Sunburns are pale-coloured blisters on the skin's surface that occur from a few hours to a day after sun exposure. Although it may not seem so scary, we start to feel pain around the burnt areas, which is difficult to bear after at least a day. We then struggle to find a comfortable position to sleep or sit; we experience pain while putting on clothing and having any other skin contact. After a while, the skin begins to peel off, and sunburns start to fade and heal. However, if the sunburn is more dangerous, it will be more painful – it means you will probably have watery blisters and bursting them can lead to an infection. In this situation, the healing process would be much more complicating, and there is a greater chance of having scars. 

It is essential to understand that sunburns are often accompanied by certain health complications – vomiting, pain, chills or fever, dizziness, and more. On the other hand, sunburns are relatively easy to prevent – more about this at the end of this blog!

How and Why our Skin Change Colour?

It is widely acceptable to distinguish people into several races by their skin colour. However, there are many different skin tones among more than seven billion humans – after all, even in cosmetic shops, we see many different tones to suit clients' needs. But now, let's ditch cosmetics and talk about something more serious. Intentional sunbathing and frequent visits to the solarium force our skin cells to produce more melanin – a natural skin pigment responsible for our eye and hair colours. Therefore, the more time we spend in the sun, the more melanin is produced and the more tanned we get. 

The overall process now seems quite simple; however, there are two different types of melanin. Eumelanin gives the skin so much wanted brown shade and tan, while pheomelanin production results in red burns and is far from what we would like. The oddities do not end here either, as after sunbathing, we can see different skin colour patches – pigmentation differences. One of the possible causes of skin pigmentation is the production of melanin, but in many cases, it can also mean the growth of bacteria, blood vessel changes, inflammation, etc. For this reason, it is essential to look at sunburns and skin discolouration responsible as more prominent and more noticeable pigmentation patches, for example, can mean a higher risk of getting cancer. 

We must mention that a change in body colour is more of a cosmetic thing than negatively affecting physical health, but it is always better to be safe than sorry.

How Does the Sun Penetrate our Bodies and Heads?

Staying in the fresh air and engaging in various activities is fun until we start to feel the harmful effects of heat and sun. One of the most relevant problems and, sadly, one of the least understood by society is heatstroke. People of all ages can experience a heatstroke, while considered the most dangerous for children, the elderly and those with heart problems. Heatstroke happens due to prolonged exposure to high temperatures, resulting in the body's inability to control its internal temperature. Elevated body temperature can lead to pain, dizziness, vomiting, disorientation, cramps, fainting and even a severe loss of consciousness. 

Heatstroke is not a simple problem like sunburns and blisters that can be solved on your own – once you feel the symptoms of a heat stroke, you should immediately end whatever you are doing and visit specialists. While it is quite a severe problem, it is relatively easy to recognize the upcoming threat and prevent it from happening. Symptoms of heatstroke include non-sweating despite high temperature, weaker and more dull breathing, muscles pain, etc. We have already mentioned that after having a heat stroke, the body is unable to control its internal temperature – due to that, our internal organs start to heat up and shut down. In general, not paying attention to the symptoms can be very painful and lead to complex and long-term health problems.

Nevertheless, it is pretty simple to avoid such things – one needs to drink more water, cover the head with a hat or a scarf, from time to time spend some time in shadows, and spend time outdoors when the sun is least active, in morning or afternoons. At noon the sun is at its highest point, so we feel the most extraordinary heat – we advise everyone to have a little siesta after eating lunch and plan activities in less sunny hours.

What's the Secret of Enjoying Sunshine?

From what we have told you today, it is easy to understand that the sun is both a positive and a negative thing. To enjoy its rays so that you do not regret it after, we must face it prepared. We already mentioned drinking loads of water and enjoying the sun in later hours, but in addition to all this, we need to take care of our skin as for it, the UV rays are the most damaging.

The skin needs to be taken care of before sunbathing, during, and after. Before spending time in the sun and wanting the most beautiful tan, dermatologists advise moisturizing the skin as much as possible because dehydrated skin is more exposed to UV rays. You may use creams and lotions to help restore and strengthen the protective layer of the skin. Secondly, you should exfoliate the skin to get rid of dead skin cells. However, it is important not to overdo it as the skin can become irritating – consult your cosmetician before the sunny season to have the most fantastic skincare products waiting to be used. What else can be done? You should include as much carotene and Vitamin E in your daily diet as you can eat. Choose orange vegetables and fruits, have carrots, sweet potatoes, and pumpkins for lunch and mangoes for a healthy snack. Vitamin E can be found in vegetable oil, almonds, nuts, so sun protection is essential and really tasty.

Diving into adventures sounds like a lot of fun as you are excited to know where they would take you. On the other hand, sunburns and blisters are the exact opposite, and although extreme, the pain can be unbearable. To have a beautiful tan and avoid blisters' formation, you need to expose yourself to the sun progressively. Therefore, few shorter sessions are better than one long. At the same time, dermatologists advise smearing the skin with a high protection level sunscreen, which will lessen harmful UV rays and guarantee an even tan. Do not forget - it is better to hide in shadows from time to time than to lie in the sun all the time.

To protect the skin after sunbathing, you need to use nourishing cream, body butter or lotion – our cream is perfect for that! It will cool the skin after heat, allow it to relax and restore moisture levels. Besides, the cold shower works as well as applying aloe vera gel! However, if safe sunbathing techniques have not worked as you wished them to and you have burns on your skin, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about the treatment and use our balm to speed the healing process.

Spring and summer are great times for adventures, but like any of them, your need to be prepared and think before doing. Be aware of sunny dangers to avoid regretting your decisions later. Enjoy spending time in the sun!

Less Is More - Welcome Minimalism into Your Life

Many different changes are continually taking place in nature every single day. Here at Biomedicanna, we believe that people are only a part of this unique system, so we must respect all the natural processes around us and change our lives accordingly, with the goal of not to interfere but to adapt. As we are stepping into spring, we dedicated an entire month of March to highlight the importance of preserving the most precious things and dropping off unnecessary and excess practices. Today we will share our insights on making specific changes both at home and in your lifestyle and focusing only on those things that are really worth it.

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We consider spring a perfect time for changes – as nature is waking up, we also have to wake up after three long months of winter laziness. However, this does not mean a simple getting out of bed in the morning; emotionally, waking up means making necessary and healthy changes. Some of the things that require the most changing and renewing are our homes after the winter, yet we are certainly not talking about layers upon layers of dust or those nasty cobwebs hanging in the corner. There are vast amounts of unnecessary things in our homes that used to cost us a lot of money and now are just hindering our lives. After all, it is very challenging to say goodbye to them, donate them, sell them, or generally get rid of them.

Nevertheless, these positive changes are necessary, and it is better to make them sooner than later as minimal life is much healthier. Minimalism is a lifestyle that frees us from clothes, appliances or goods which make us feel depressed and emotionally drained rather than joyful. Although minimalism has become more and more popular lately, a much more critical philosophy lies behind this trend – how can giving up things help us feel the fullness of life?

Minimalism - Passion, Mission, or else?

For quite a long time, Minimalism was known as an art, music and architecture style that opposed abstract expressionism and promoted objective, logical, and schematic solutions. Clean lines, geometrical shapes and repeating patterns all moved the focus from work itself to the environment in which it gets positioned, played, or demonstrated. Soon enough minimalism was thought about as modernism as the majority of minimalistic art creations were made out of such materials as concrete, glass, metal, etc. Minimalistic movement gradually grew into the worldwide notion that less is more and throughout the years it, of course, crushed all of the borders and dominated more areas than just visual and performing arts. 

Fashion was one of the first areas to which the minimalistic virus spread. Designers soon started to position fabrics and forms over the functionality (these scales later shifted significantly) and create clothing using only monochromatic tones: black, white, grey. Massive social and political changes accompanied the fashion industry’s shift from an overload of accessories to simplifying everything that gets on the runway or in high-street shops. While we are not going to focus on different perceptions of minimalism in fashion, we definitely must highlight its influence on widely acceptable social practices. With growing consumerism and massive amounts of trash and non-recyclable materials accumulating each day, minimalism has also become a way of life destined to have as little belongings as possible and discover many more noble things.

Minimalism - Emotional Attachments and Decluttering

Minimalism from one perspective may seem like complete nonsense, yet from the other, it is a way to help the planet while at the same time helping ourselves. Being generally described as a way to find freedom, the minimalistic approach suggests people live with as little belongings as possible because it allows them to live in a more spacious environment directly and figuratively. Minimalists refuse to own any excess stuff and choose to invest in themselves and their families, friends by creating precious memories rather than holding onto meaningless possessions.

Nevertheless, this lifestyle does not mean disowning everything or being altruistic - minimalists advocate for a simple but not dull environment. You can still have some necessary belongings, yet you should be willing to get rid of things you have not been using for more extended periods. As nowadays we can rent almost anything for as long as we need, the whole idea of owning those things and paying full prices is just silly.

Many people, not only minimalists, know that personal possessions often cost us tremendous headaches and other problems. Our belongings trap us in a vicious circle of indecision, and the more we own, the more helpless we are. The truth is that unnecessary things clutter both our living space and mind, making us worry and overthink as we cannot think straight about organizing them in real life and our minds. Things around us distract us from everyday tasks and, of course, from quality self-care, making us more prone to depression and other mental illnesses.

Getting rid of everything we have to carry on our shoulders will increase our happiness and free our time, but this process is complicated even for professional psychologists. We are struggling to say goodbye to our belongings as we have individual relationships with them. We emotionally attach to things that we link with emotions and experiences when we should either carry those emotions in our hearts and thoughts or get rid of them at all. It takes a lot of time and courage to cut the chains connecting us to our possessions, but in a longer perspective, it is worth it. 

Minimalism - a Mental Shield from Acquiring Too Much

Minimalism is both a way of thinking and a way of like, because in both cases, we detach ourselves from the unnecessary and leave only those who are worth it and enrich our lives. Yet, we would not have so many things if we did not acquire them in one way or another. Many people still think it is appropriate to bring bulky household items or useless souvenirs as gifts - such pieces will only accumulate dust and use space, but their value is little to none. It is quite hard to say goodbye to gifts from our family members, friends or colleagues as we mentally link such items with the love we get and fear to lose these connections while getting rid of things we neither use nor need. In such situations, we must live as an example as we start gifting others our attention, positive emotions and experiences rather than useless stuff. 

Next, we can buy such unnecessary items ourselves. While we are digging the hole and cluttering our lives, it is much easier to come out of the mentioned situation when compared with getting rid of gifted items. We tend to buy things impulsively without thinking about whether we need them or not. After such shopping sprees, we quickly start to regret purchasing something, yet we stall from returning or regifting items as we link them with our labour efforts to earn money in the first place. Secondly, we start to think we may need such things in the future, so it is better to be safe than sorry and have them despite not knowing exactly when we will use them if we are going to use them. 

Minimalism is an approach condemning consumerism, which is fed to humanity every day through different channels. Various marketing strategies get into our heads and make us think we need each and everything we see in stores or online. However, there are several ways to shield ourselves from acquiring too much stuff, which would eventually complicate our lives. Firstly, we have to shop responsibly and quit making impulsive decisions. Therefore, you should think before buying any more expensive item at least for a week before making a purchase; a week is usually enough to rethink our priorities and make some changes to our shopping lists. If you still feel a great desire and need for a specific product after a week, you should make a purchase, yet if you do not have those feelings, you should leave the item sitting on a shelf in a shop. Secondly, have a monthly or weekly budget and do not dare to go over it! As we shop to mask our emotions, we should wait until we have our emotions and feelings under control to avoid impulsive shopping and unnecessary belongings in our home.

Minimalism - a Way to Say Goodbye and Improve

Not acquiring useless things or trying to do so is one thing and getting rid of them is another. Minimalism, however, takes care of both and highlights the importance of saying goodbye to things you will not need from now on to the future in a very focused and respectful way. You may have seen some videos where influencers share their experiences after rummaging through their belongings and choosing what to keep, sell or donate, and get rid of completely. Even if it may sound like a minimalistic approach, we still are left with plenty of stuff that will not bring any value. It is encouraging to donate particular possessions before paving a way to a landfill for them. It allows us to live more sustainably and eco-friendly; selling things before getting rid of them helps owners gather funds to invest in experiences and emotions worth more than silverware or clothing. 

The minimalistic approach to getting rid of new things is to own as less as possible but still meet your needs. One of the best ways to limit yourself to a certain number of belongings is to gather them all into one place as if you were packing and moving out, and throughout a week, only take what you need leaving unnecessary items in a pile. After a week or one and a half, take all that you have not used and get rid of them – sell, donate, or generally get rid of it if their condition does not allow them to be used for one or another. You will be surprised by how little items you are regularly using versus how many just take up space without doing anything useful. Remember, you should not limit yourself to a hundred or fifty belongings just because professional minimalists do so – start by making small steps to achieve significant results both emotionally and physically. 

Minimalistic approach frees us from unnecessary items which haunt us every day – be brave to say goodbye to them once and for all. Carefully plan and rethink your priorities to live more happily and healthier. Mental freedom is just as important as decluttering your physical environment, yet the first is sometimes harder to achieve. We encourage you to try our products to relax and help yourself develop better and more valuable solutions for your outer comfort and inner peace. 

Valentine Day is Over - Love for Yourself Goes On

Here at Biomedicanna, we work long hours to ensure thousands of loyal customers' health and happiness. We dedicated this entire month to remind everyone how important it is to love themselves in many different ways, both emotionally and physically. Even though loving yourself and others are the noblest actions we take daily, we may sometimes run into difficulties and forget what matters the most. Today let's remember what ideas and tips both of our interview heroes have shared about loving others and yourself and how our products can help you love more deeply and passionately.

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Love has many faces and expressions, yet not everyone can experience them equally as love is a very intimate emotion. Each of us has a different relationship with love; thus, we may devote our time and attention to entirely different aspects of our lives. At the same time, love means enjoying joyful moments with others, even if it is a time well-spent pampering ourselves. We can see that love is quite similar to a vast palette of colours, which mix to create one large painting – a happy, healthy and prosperous life. February's interview heroes Dominyka and Dainius both shared their ideas about love. As they come from two different sectors, not surprisingly, their views on love are quite different. 

Dominyka Mikstaite is an owner of brand artumè, which combines healing methods and practices from Tibetan and Western Medicine to help people prevent diseases and preserve and nurture longevity and inner happiness. She understands love as having two components: 'mommy love' means altruistically accepting and unconditionally loving yourself. 'Daddy love' means having the necessary life skills to adapt to all live twists and turns to live to the fullest. 

Dainius Jakucionis is a doctor psychotherapist, who besides helping people solve their psychological and emotional issues, is often a guest speaker in various training and public conferences. He also understands love as two different types: firstly, it is an emotional feeling, which people may have or may not. Secondly, love is an action and, despite knowing the first type of love or not, we can all do something for ourselves each day to show that we care about how we feel.

Despite coming from two entirely different sectors and expressing different approaches towards the same love subject, both Dominyka and Dainius shared similar tips towards achieving health, happiness and purposeful life. Their advice includes spending time in nature, sleeping for at least eight hours each day, creating and maintaining a daily routine that would provide joy rather than sadness and planning little breaks to spend time for yourself only. Besides, both interview heroes highlighted the importance of eating healthy - we tried to cover this topic in our previous blog dedicated to loving yourself through food. We even included a fantastic recipe for delicious pancakes to encourage you to start this tasty journey as soon as possible.

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Interview with Dainius: Love is Being Responsible for Yourself and Others

Here at Biomedicanna, we celebrate a healthy lifestyle and, of course, healthy relationships, but both of these essentials do not come easy. We dedicated the whole of February to encourage everyone to love themselves and others in every way possible. Today we invite you to rethink your priorities and invest in the most valuable things despite misfortunes around. Stay safe and experience the fullness of life!

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At the second week of February, we offer to read our conversation with Dainius. Dainius Jakucionis is a doctor psychotherapist, who has helped people solve their psychological and emotional issues for several years now. Besides his professional experience, Dainius is a frequent guest speaker in various training and public conferences, where he’s sharing his knowledge with hundreds of people eager to change their lives and relationships for the better.

-Dainius, tell us a bit more about yourself, and why you chose this professional path?

-I knew I wanted to be a doctor for many years, yet I was not sure whether I wanted to be a psychotherapist. The desire to work with the human mind and psyche arose in the second year of medical studies. One of the professors started teaching us about the human mind, how things go there, how some mental illness occurs, and that was so fascinating! It was a eureka moment, - I realized I want to go this way rather than choose to pursue a career in this field; saying ‘career’ doesn’t fit my experience. I was planning to further enrol in psychiatry studies but turns out you don’t need to be a psychiatrist to be a psychotherapist. Due to this, I chose family medicine and worked as a family doctor for about four years. Only recently – well, in 2018 – I started to work as a full-time psychotherapist, and other activities came along, various mental health-related projects and training.

-Psychotherapy is one of those areas that only people with the need to help experience it, and people who don’t have any mental health needs do not know anything. Why did you decide to share the knowledge with the latter group of people as well? Why you participate in various discussions, training, projects?

-To tell the truth that’s a complicated question as no one knows what motivates them for one thing or another. There is one straightforward and superficial answer that everyone often says – they want to help people. Why do they want to help people? It’s indeed the nice-looking answer, and it might as well explain why I consult people about their mental and emotional issues. Another explanation is the desire to earn more as various conferences and training can be worth more than the whole day of consultations. The third answer is that people may be motivated by honour and glory, they want to feel popular and enjoy those rays of fame, and they think they‘re best because everyone is talking about them. All of those arguments interact with each other, and I discovered them already while working as a psychotherapist, attending psychotherapy courses, and analysing myself.

If looking at what helps me decide whether to accept one project and give up another, is self-preservation. After all, you don’t have to take everything, think about everything or participate everywhere, because you can burn out very quickly and then it will be complicated to live. But if you look at what motivates me, it’s like a mission or desire that the children who are now growing up, would be happy and mentally healthy. Of course, these two aspects sort of overlap. However, to achieve this, the parents of the children also need to be mentally stable. My current goal is to help as many people as possible discover their inner harmony, and in the process, children will be happier, and they will not need me or my colleagues’ services. Maybe after a while, I will not have to engage in consulting or mental illness treatments, but everything I do will be prevention and education. The current desire is for people to feel calmer and reach happiness if they want to look for it, of course, and live more stable life. 

- Is it more of a goal to help the people now or raise the generation who doesn’t need your help?

-You know, I am a limited person, my validity will expire at some point, and that’s fine. My generation will still need me, just as the current Z generation will need me, but I hope that later generations will not. My goal as a doctor was to engage in prevention so that doctors would do nothing, and all their patients would be healthy and never actually go to the doctors. It’s paradoxical, but I know that it will take a lot of work for both my colleagues and me until we achieve this goal. Despite that, having such a vision is fun, so why not?

-Your words take us to wonder what loving others mean, but before that, how do you understand the love for yourself?

-There are two types of loving yourself. The first is when people say they feel that they love themselves, so it’s more of a feeling, but some people may have it, and some people may not. Those people who cannot feel that sense may not have had as much love in their childhood as they could have, thus stopping them from learning to feel love for themselves. In that case, the behaviour is more important than feelings. I look at love for myself more through behaviour – what do I do to show myself that I love myself? Actions are easier to measure and easier to achieve because when people say they do not love themselves, the only advice we can give to them is to love themselves. 

What does it mean to love yourself? I define the love for myself with actions. For me, it is meditation in the morning and exercise, in the evenings going for a walk and reading a book, well, and protecting myself from burnouts. Everything else that happens between – whether it’s activities or work, they do not matter, because the most important thing for me is to perform those morning and evening rituals. They depend on nothing else, only I can control them, and it shows me that I love myself.

-What about loving others?

- When it comes to loving others, I think we should consider turning a love for yourself upside down. If we feel something that might be love, we often find ourselves stuck because we don’t know what exactly love is. Same with happiness, what is it, how can we achieve it? Love for others and love as a word means action – love is to do something. If I love, then I take care of my loved ones, ask them how they live, help them when they need it, protect them from misfortunes, give them something. These all are small things that express warmth, closeness, and they all form love in one way or another. 

Love is essentially a word, and some may need to hear it, some may need actions, maybe others need gifts to feel that they are loved. All these are okay, but it seems that if you love someone, you should do something for them, sacrifice your time or instead prioritize it, spend more time with your loved one than others, and thus show that they are essential to us.

-No wonder you mentioned time. Almost a year ago, we faced quarantine for the first time, which was accompanied by huge uncertainty. From one perspective, we had plenty of free time, but from another point of view, we had none. As you relate time management with loving yourself and loving others, how these relationships changed during quarantine?

- It seems to me that nothing is too different, nothing has changed. Quarantine is just a circumstance, a certain twist in life. It’s just like someone would have an illness, experience a job loss, or get a new job. Those twists and turns come and go, and they don’t change anything too much. If people devote their time to other people, they will continue to dedicate it regardless of their circumstances. We could always find some excuse – it’s quarantine, we can’t meet eye-to-eye, but relationships don’t have to be live all the time. 

We can stay connected in any way, no matter how far we may be from each other, we still can create a connection. Any kind of reminder of yourself and your relationship is a connection anyway. Some people may feel that communication change as it will be harder for them to keep in touch because it naturally takes time to get used to those technologies. It really wasn’t hard for people my age to keep connections alive, and quarantine did not affect that. 

Those people who have taken quarantine as a difficulty to overcome limit themselves and reduce their own freedom of actions. Such an interpretation is neither appropriate nor useful, but it is enough to change the attitude in many cases. If people don’t like the way they are forced to communicate with other now, but that doesn’t mean that such communication is bad or worse than before the quarantine – it just changed a little, so we should not emphasize the change. What is the difference in maintaining the connection through a computer or phone camera? Even though you can’t touch a person you talk with, you can still stay in touch with them. Of course, live chat is much more valuable than online, but times of uncertainty will pass, and we will return to live communication.

Those who used to have a hard time keeping in touch with others will still have a hard time doing then when everything goes back to normal. People who had less social support before quarantine, they redeemed it by work and communicating with colleagues. They may not have had so many friends, but the workplace was the environment people surrounded them, so they naturally received social support. Now that it is impossible to go to work, they can only communicate with those people only on work issues, so it is even more difficult.

-Have you noticed those communicational and emotional changes in your patients?

-Only a tiny proportion of my patients had difficulties dealing with the current situation. There were even those who enjoyed it too because then they didn’t need to go somewhere or interact with someone. However, those were also a small proportion of my patients, so I cannot make assumptions about everyone. There were indeed many people who experienced difficulties, insecurity at work, in relationships, being at home alone, with a partner or with children, studying or working remotely. Among my patients, there are no people whose psychological situation has dramatically deteriorated.

-How was your quarantine experience?

-Quarantine was neither a positive nor a negative phenomenon for me. I adapted to it, got used to having to communicate with patients online. Now a lot of events take place online, which saves me loads of time. I can take part in one event and can consult the patient two minutes later. Before quarantine, I would have needed half an hour to go to the venue, an hour to give out my presentation, and another half an hour to come back to my office or home. Quarantine saves me time, but I miss communication at live events, just because contact with people is different. In consulting patients, I don’t see much difference whether we meet live or online, so I guess my quarantine experience falls in the middle between positive and negative.

-It’s quite surprising you mentioned two points of view, since a substantial proportion of people associate quarantine with the collapse of the established order. Now, we are on the verge of possible falling back to the former and familiar practices. How should we evaluate these two events emotionally?

-No doubt, it became more difficult for people because they have never experienced it before. It was new, and strange things are often considered dangerous and threatening. Moreover, there is also a feeling of uncertainty as we do not know how long the situation will last; we do not know whether the predictions will come true. We are not and cannot be sure that there will be no new strains of the virus for which existing vaccines will not be suitable, and new ones will have to be developed every year. However, I would emphasize the ability to adapt to the various situations because the world is changing, and the feeling of insecurity is becoming the new norm. We don’t know what will happen, and we need to accept it and learn to survive. 

-What advice do you give to your patients to improve their emotional health?

-Each of my patients has their own needs and problems, so their advice is quite individual. I would instead look at the general state of how I can help myself psychologically, so that help would come through three things – sleep, physical body, and what we pay our attention. Therefore, to achieve psychological balance, we must first ask ourselves whether we sleep regularly and for the required number of hours a day. 

Next comes the question do we use our physical bodies and how we use it, how often we exercise, play sports, go for a walk, etc.? During quarantine, we are forced to work remotely, so we spend even more time sitting down. As we had gone to work before, we literally had to go, either to the car or walk around the offices. There was more movement than working from home where it only takes five steps to go from one room to another. We need to move more because it helps stabilize a person’s psychological state and stimulates various brain processes. 

The third aspect is attention management; what information do we use and how much real-time we spend resting? It’s not healthy to work at a computer for eight hours a day and then spend the other eight using the same computer or other smart devices. In such cases, our attention is restricted to one object only, and we are unable or unwilling to release it. To overcome this, we need to learn to relax and take regular breaks from tasks we usually do. It is excellent if we can combine two or more activities into one. For example, when we go for a walk, we focus our attention elsewhere and move the body, but breathing fresh air contributes to better mental health. 

We could also add food to these three aspects, but I think this point is already quite essential and well-known. Eating healthy and natural food also contributes to our well-being, so even when we are at home, we shouldn’t eat fast food alone only because we can. It’s okay to eat burger or fries from time to time, but there is no need or value to make junk food part of your daily diet. 

-You mentioned exercising and meditating in the mornings. Which of three previous aspects your mornings empower? Attention management perhaps?

-It is indeed attention management, but it’s more about devoting time to spend with myself. It seems to me that most people, when they go to work, think that they are working not for themselves but others, only to make money and buy something that would not inspire them but other people. For this reason, meditation and exercise are for me only; it is not interesting to anyone else; it does not impress them. In parallel, others may feel some benefits. If I meditate or do exercise, I feel more refreshed, but how it is possible to know that it was influenced by my morning exercise, meditation, or because I slept well? 

It is more to show myself and my mind that I care for them, that I make a special effort to help and serve them, to show that I love myself. For me, twenty minutes spent exercising and twenty minutes spent meditating is not much, maybe for others that may appear as such, but for me, it is a way to show my love and responsibility to myself. The morning ritual can be fundamentally different for each person, but it is essential to find the most appropriate one and do it regularly, every day. In this way, every day you do something for yourself, and even if you do nothing useful all day, you will have a good and valuable day for yourself, your body and mind. 

-You also mentioned going for a walk in the evenings and reading books. Maybe you have some book recommendations for our readers?

-Part of what I read, I doubt it will be useful and understandable to readers. I will share a few book recommendations right away, but I have a few reading tips to share before that. It is always most valuable to read books that are of interest to the person himself. When reading professional literature, it is necessary to realize that it is not a recreational reading, but an improvement, thus, the reading is not for ourselves but more for others. I really like novels, but most recently, I read a few books on writing books on creative writing. I read them, and a fire ignites inside me.

My recommended books are not from self-help shelf in the library, they are interesting to me from a Buddhist perspective, so reading them at least once would not hurt anyone. One is ‘Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality’ by Anthony De Mello; although the book reads as Buddhist, its author is an Indian Christian priest. Nevertheless, the book itself is a lot of fun; it makes you laugh and think, how do the author himself can have such thoughts? Also ‘Already Free: Buddhism Meets Psychotherapy on the Path of Liberation’ by Bruce Tift; this is a book on Buddhism and psychotherapy, there are many useful connections between these two topics revealed. Another one is ‘Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha’ by Tara Brach; it is a book about the acceptance, the whims of which have come in part from Buddhist thought. It is full of advice on how to accept yourself and those around you, the environment. 

If you want more fun and too non-binding literature, during January I read ‘Big Magic’ by Elizabeth Gilbert and Seth Godin’s newest book ‘The Practice: Shipping Creative Work.’ Both books are for creators, basically for all people, because the main idea of both is that we all can create; thus, these books are more inspiring, motivating to do that.

-While listening to your book recommendations, I got a clear view of the importance of Buddhism. Whether that influence is visible only when taking a look at your bookshelf, or in other areas of life as well?

-Actually, almost everything we talked about today is coming from Buddhism, which is very strongly associated with cognitive behavioural therapy. In psychotherapy, we emphasize that if there is a problem, we then solve it, and if we cannot solve it, we change our attitude to it. Buddhism also speaks similarly, saying that it is necessary to live here and now, because the more we think about the past and the future, the more we will suffer in our lives. We can choose to feel suffering or not, but who needs all of that? 

Of course, sometimes we cannot choose that, I – like everyone – think a lot about what’s coming, maybe I think less about the past. Simultaneously, I need to accept mindfulness, accept the present as good, and Buddhism teaches a lot about that; the second book I recommended sends that message. When we live under the illusion that we will achieve something in the future, we lose today and replace it with tomorrow, losing the chance to feel the moment. 

We can look at quarantine from the same perspective – we will not change it, so there is no need to get nervous and pass the anger on to the whole world. We need to accept today because we don’t know what will happen in a minute; we just hope that our wishes about what can happen will come true in a minute, but we cannot be entirely sure about it. We are the people who believe in their ability to control everything, but Buddhism teaches us not to rule but to accept as it is. If we want to change the things going on, we can change them, but the babbling hasn’t helped anyone yet. Trying to change for yourself what is happening around is taking responsibility and eliminating suffering because suffering is essentially accusing others of our failures. Some people are just scared to take responsibility for their own lives, so thinking about everything we chatted today, taking responsibility is similar to loving yourself. 

-Thank you, we are more than glad that you agreed to share your experiences and knowledge with our readers. 

Interview with Dominyka: Friendship Between Tibetan and Western Medicine

Here at Biomedicanna, we believe that the most remarkable journeys start with taking the smallest steps. Therefore, success in life begins with us and our relationship with our surroundings. We dedicated an entire month of February to encourage everyone to love ourselves and others so that each of us will be able to thrive, feel the best and succeed in every task we do. This month we will invite you to be more attentive to your own needs and build healthy relationships with your own body and the people you care about the most. Stay safe and authentic to yourself!  

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Let’s start the last month of the winter season from our chat with Dominyka. Dominyka Mikstaite is successfully steering her brand artumè, which combines healing methods and practices from both Tibetan and Western Medicine to help people prevent the occurrence of diseases and preserve and nurture longevity and inner happiness. Thanks to Dominyka’s therapy sessions and body procedures, many people have already discovered the harmony of their thoughts and body.

-Dominyka, tell us a bit about yourself and your way of life.

-Several years ago, I started my life project, which is called artumè. I provide direct help to people daily, helping them balance their lives as I have once been taught by Tibetan medicine and its elder practitioners. Guided by Buddhism's wisdom, I listen to what people themselves and their bodies say to me, I take care of them and provide a complex therapy and self-care session. I talk with them about nutritional and psychical procedures, external and emotional practices, which apply to specific personality types and fit their needs. Regardless of each case, I adopt a holistic approach and seek the balance of body, mind, and spirit, but the harmony can only be reached when the person itself wants to improve its wellbeing. 

However, Tibetan medicine is only one side of the coin as in my everyday life I combine such a way of thinking with Western medicine practices. Not long ago, I joined the Lithuanian Association of Massage Therapists. Also, I am about to finish learning how to do medical massages to help rehabilitation patients and those who have not yet heard any medical diagnoses and want to improve their life quality and find their inner peace as the current situation in our country could be majorly improved. I believe that we all are connected and influence each other's decisions and both traditions help me share those clean and intelligent thoughts, that knowledge that runs through me and help people reach their harmony.

-It’s incredible to hear you talk this passionately but, correct me if I am wrong, all this knowledge and passion did not come in the blink of an eye, or it did?

-Oh, definitely! During my childhood years, I was that type of kid who enjoys spending time in nature, feeling the grass and seeing, hearing all the animals. I still call my younger self a gooseberries’ kid - it now seems that I spent all those years wandering in the forests and through meadows. Sadly, once I reached my teen years, the desire to be in the city with other people defeated nature, and I quickly forgot who I was at that time. I was not myself; I did not know who I wanted to be; I was not able to distinguish myself from the others, nor I was able to truly listen to what my body and mind have to say and even if I heard them, I was ignoring all those alert messages – those were dark times for me. At this challenging time, I discovered books about the human subconscious, I was amazed by what I read, but I held all those impulses and thoughts for myself not daring to share with anyone else especially my friends.

‘What could be better than to live surrounded by nature, wake up in the morning from the chirping of birds, after a sweet sleep drink a glass of warm water and humbly go for a swim in the lake or river, all at 5 o’clock in the morning?’

After finishing high school, I moved to the capital city to study, - difficulties hit me once again; only this time, they were more powerful and affected me more deeply. I soon developed specific symptoms that led to me being diagnosed with mental disorders. Of course, I tried to help myself by turning to Western medicine practices, but they were not much of a help and only made me feel better for a short time. Pills and medicine helped me, but I felt like I was missing something – I missed out conversations and could not freely talk about what I am going through at that time. Those mental issues are even harder to overcome for young persons who still have not yet figured themselves out if they have no one to talk to freely. Therefore, I started asking myself what was wrong, why those symptoms left that much of a footprint on my personality and wellbeing. I started digging deeper and found out about Buddhism, Tibetan medicine, and holistic approach towards a human being which made me realize that Western medicine is beneficial, yet it is not enough. 

-Were those experiences the main reason you now have a different relationship with yourself and happier every day?

- Well, yes. Buddhism and Tibetan medicine encourage everyone to find their law of causes and consequences – it means finding reasons why you experience something and improving the situation by removing those triggers from the equation. It involves being close to, listening to and loving yourself. I think that loving yourself has many different components but only two phases or expressions, one which resonates with mom loving her kids. Another one is something equal to dad teaching his kids necessary life skills. The 'mommy love' means altruistically accepting your true self no matter what – just like the mother accepts the children, and unconditionally loves them. The 'daddy love' means being able to look for self-favourable solutions, ability to adapt and live life to the fullest. 

Loving yourself means that the two inseparable – creative and logical – potentials teach you how to listen to your body, feelings, subsequent thoughts, and emotions. When one of them is lost or too powerful, we lose the balance, harmony, and it seems like everything we have created till now is falling apart. Likewise, we do not need to hold them too tightly in our clenched fists – we need to ask ourselves what those potentials are trying to tell us. Usually, they reveal unpleasant emotions and help us understand that acknowledging them is the first step towards solving them; therefore, they are paving our way towards a pleasant, joyful and healthy life for us. 

-How loving yourself is different from loving others, creating and maintaining a healthy relationship with them?

-Loving others is mostly influenced by loving yourself. When we listen to ourselves, improve on various value, self-love, and harmony levels, we naturally grow those love fruits and can share them with others, with people who need them. In any case, we strongly influence each other; however, the most important thing is to purify those aspects yourself first. Loving others is far less intimate than loving yourself, but the trick here is to leave enough room for the other person and ourselves to grow and make personal decisions. 

-Do the same words apply and describe your relationship with the people you help?

-Yes, if they would not, I probably would not even be here. artumè means being close to others and ourselves first; therefore, my lifestyle is intertwined with my professional path. Even though helping others means being responsible, I love to live a vibrant life and experience some positive changes from time to time. I love not having to count my life ‘Monday-to-Friday’. I am happy I once seek complicated answers as they allowed me to connect with others. All people that one moment or another was in my path have created me as I am today. 

When I help others create themselves, I give my all and leave egoistic emotions behind. There is a person in front of me who is lost – with my hands, I help them find the right places for different pieces of their soul, mind, and body. I help them feel safe; I thank them for trusting me to lead them into an intimate journey called self-acceptance, love, health, happiness. I once experienced the same emotions, and tried to answer the same questions they are dealing with today – as I have a right to choose, I choose to give others pleasure, leading to deep self-knowledge. I am not planning to stop my mission or suppress my passion; I hear my clients saying those body procedures have a calming effect on them, lead them to harmonious life, and create a safe space to fall back to themselves. It would be unwise to stop, so the only way is to go forward.

-Tell us, what methods did you once use to help yourself which you use now to help others?

-I can only help the other person if he or she is willing to experience some changes. At first, I ask the person I will consult to make sure they have at least several hours of free time and do not rush anywhere as those factors can put an entire process at risk of failure. Once we met in person or online, we drink herbal tea – from natural dried herbs I picked myself – and talk about their feelings, emotions, and the signals their body is sending them. After that, we begin more serious work with a person’s body and massage muscles. One like to call it massage, for others, it is a body procedure, but for me, that is a general re-alignment of the whole organism. 

After the therapy, me and a person I just helped stay to discuss new, emerging emotions and feelings. I also give them some herbal teas, hydrolats and phytol to use at home – when smells and tastes person experienced during the therapy, visits him or her at home. It allows them to rewind the time and go back to that exact moment even if I am not beside them.

-What are the most important tips you give to the people you help? Can you share them with our readers?

-I am one of those people who must try everything themselves before recommending it to others. Even though my dynamic personality does not allow me to stick to the same practices for long periods, some wellbeing rules must never be changed by anyone. Nature, sun and water are those three things that helped people improve their energy levels and general wellbeing for ages. However, one of the most constant nature’s principles is that nature cannot be called constant. Both Western and Tibetan medicine traditions say that seasons are critical for us to ensure health. We must be aware of seasonal changes and change our everyday practices accordingly. 

As we live in a colder climate, we need to consume fatter and warmer foods, which would generate more energy and not let us get cold. Our all meals must be followed by a glass of warm water, to which we may add some honey or ginger – this mix allows us to maintain a healthier and more balanced metabolite system, stomach especially. Various beverages also help to increase our memory and brain functions. 

Besides, during the winter season, we lack sunshine; thus, we lack vitamin D, we get tired more quickly and experience some severe mood swings. Sauna and massages with warm oil work together perfectly to relax and calm the central nervous system, improve the immune system and ensure that all other organs and bodily systems work continuously and up to speed. Of course, do not forget to dress for the weather and wear your scarf, hat, mittens, and warm socks during winter. 

Nature is one of the most significant additions – even the shortest walk in a park improves health as it improves cardiovascular and lymphatic systems. Being in nature allows us to breathe more freely and supplies the brain with more oxygen; therefore, after spending our time in the fresh air, we feel relaxed and have plenty of great ideas.

We must also not forget to sleep! Getting around ten hours of sleep is useless if we sleep at the wrong time; each night from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. is the best time to sleep as it is when the hormones responsible for our growth regenerate. Try meeting your sleeping schedule by getting around eight hours of sleep – you will instantly feel better, stronger, less stressed, and have more energy to take care of ourselves and the others.

-Thank you, we are more than glad that you agreed to share your experiences and knowledge with our readers. 


New Year, New Skin – Leave Bad Skincare Routine in 2020!

New year, new life! - sounds like a perfect New Year’s resolution and, yet the chances to accomplish it are at all a time low. We now have been under quarantine restrictions for almost a year, thus our lives are limited within the scope of four walls. Of course, national lockdown does have some advantages – more time for us, and for the family, time for our hobbies and new things, new pets and new tasty home-made dishes, etc. On the other hand, we haven’t seen our friends eye-to-eye for a long time, we had to celebrate the biggest celebrations alone, and some people even lost their jobs due to the ongoing pandemic. 

The situation is far from perfect, and the worst thing that it does not come alone – it brought us depression, anxiety, and overall sadness… Forced closure changes not only our souls but also our appearance, and, sadly, our sensitive skin suffers the most. How can we improve our skin’s wellbeing and overall beauty? What methods work best to recover damaged and irritated skin?

Skin’s Secrets – Things You Did and Didn’t Know Before

Skin is no doubt the most exposed organ of our bodies – and the biggest as well! Around two square meters of flesh performs several functions: it protects us and our internal parts from physical threats, thus acting as an immunity shield; it regulates the internal temperature and cools the body by protecting it against overheating; it allows us to sense everything around us by containing a sizable network of nerve cells. Significant skin functions evolved so that humans – and animals – could fully function in an unpredictable world. Speaking of evolution, it did not spare our skin change - modern human predecessors are known to be covered in hair from head to toe. Now, enough though our whole skin surface is still covered with hairs, some are very tiny and almost invisible for a naked eye – hair eventually started to lose its heating need as the climate got warmer.

Despite the weather and climate conditions, each skin deserved proper care, and while there are several different skin types, their all have their traits and needs. For example, a normal skin type is the easiest to take care of as the skin is neither dry nor oily, and the surface is smooth. On the other hand, people with oily skin type are a few times more likely to get pimples and blackheads, thus needing special cleansers and toners to reduce skin’s greasiness. Dry skin is flaky, yet the pores are barely visible; however, this does not protect the skin from various irritations, and such skin type is often associated with redness and blushes. Combination skin type has both dry and oily skin types traits, so, usually, people with such skin type have to use numerous products every day to treat different skin areas. 

What My Skin Does and Doesn’t Like?

This question is easy and tricky to answer both at the same time. To make things more understandable, we should think of skin as a mirror, which exposes our good and bad habits – skin will lose its elasticity after years of smoking, and it will look younger when drinking loads of water and eating healthy foods. It may sound like skin kind of loves stability as it should eventually get used to the usual routine. However, any skin type hates things that last for too long, especially an unsuitable environment.

We intentionally first talked about the lockdown and being at home for long periods because dry indoor air, heating, and wintertime are skin’s worst enemies. Cold season suggests temperature fluctuations when it comes to outside and inside – our skin experience severe stress as a result and may show negative symptoms such as irritation, redness, dryness, or rash. Moreover, a cold period means warm yet dry premises – when surrounding air lacks humidity, skin starts to dry out as well; this usually leads to skin flaking, painful cracks, and chapped lips, various allergies. 

Besides, we tend to associate the pandemic lockdown with tiredness and laziness – for this reason, we do not want to do anything and abandon ourselves both internally and externally. At first, we are several times more likely to order fast-food than to cook ourselves, and this habit leads to consuming large amounts of calories and nowhere to use them. Worthless nutrients accumulate in our bodies and eventually penetrate the surface of the skin in a form of painful acne and blackheads. Secondly, with nowhere to go, we tend to spend our days in comfortable pyjamas without washing our hair and, of course, without taking proper care of our skin. Even though we encourage everyone to stay natural, it’s not great to leave our skin alone in the fight for its beauty. The abandonment of our usual skincare routines occurred around the same time last year, and such a long period of neglected skin can often be the cause of various rashes, allergies, irritation, etc.

How I Can Help My Lovely Skin Recover?

We would not surprise anyone by saying that the first thing that leads to nice skin is proper hydration – drink enough water regularly no matter it is a lockdown or not. One of the most obvious ways to treat dry skin is to cover it with a protective layer. Extra-rich face and body cream work really well:

We encourage you to try cream with full-spectrum CBD that is safe for all skin types, gently pampers skin, ensures its nutrition and revitalization, and provide excellent antioxidant protection! 

If you want something more than just a cream to help your skin recover from the lockdown and regain its beauty, try using air humidifiers and long-lasting masks. While the previous will help you maintain the optimal level of indoor humidity, the latter will help your skin absorb all the necessary materials and lock them inside of your skin ensuring the best possible result! Of course, you are more than just two square meters of skin – the lockdown is no reason to forget to take good care of your hair, nails, and, most importantly, the soul. Since there is a lot of free time left under quarantine conditions, spend it wisely: eat quality food and avoid sugary sweets (stay tuned for our newest product!), get regular sleep, if possible, take a walk outside in the fresh air, devote time to your hobbies and self-care. 

The skin needs to be cared for in various ways, yet the best way is to combine internal and external skincare. Since appearance is the best business card for each of us, skin also shows how you feel deep inside – make sure you feel amazing!

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