Now more than ever, we need to find ways to stay healthy. Stress can wreak havoc to our health and immune systems, especially in these challenging times. It’s not something you can control; a button that you can turn on and off...or is there?
Acupressure. An ancient Chinese practice which involves stimulating certain pressure points with the fingertips, has been shown to help manage pain, reduce stress and relieve anxiety.
There are a number of pressure points throughout the body associated with stress relief. Here we are sharing 7 key ones which can be easily accessed.
Similar to pressing a button, our resident GingerChi acupuncturist, Viven Eng (M.Ac., LAc, Dipl. Ac.) recommends applying firm pressure to one or several of these points for 4-5 seconds, depending on what works best for you, while taking in a few slow deep breaths.
Find this pressure point in the webbing between your thumb and index finger and massage it for four to five seconds while taking a few slow breaths. Do as many times as needed and switch hands. This pressure point is also useful for headaches, toothaches, facial pain or neck pain.
2. JIAN JING
On both hands, curve 4 fingers into a cup shape. Crossing your arms in front, place the cupped fingers on the shoulders over the point on either side. Place your thumb directly on the opposite side and give it a tight squeeze. When massaging someone else, use the thumb on the point on the shoulder and the four fingers on the opposite side. Apply firm pressure and hold for four to five seconds, taking long deep breaths, releasing tension.
To find this point, put your index finger between your big toe and second toe and slide up until you feel the “V” junction in the hollow between the bones. Apply firm pressure using your thumb and hold for four to five seconds taking a few deep breaths. Do both feet and as many as times as needed.
4. FENG CHI
This point lies right at the base of the skull, at the top of the back of the neck, in the soft depressions just lateral to the thick tendons of the trapezius muscle. Using your thumbs, follow the mastoid (ear) bone down the groove back to where the neck muscles attach to the skull and apply pressure. Hold for four and five seconds, taking in a few deep breaths. Repeat as needed. This acupressure point is particularly useful for stress, headache, migraine, eye blurriness, fatigue, low energy and cold/flu symptoms.
This point lies between your eyebrows. Sit in a comfortable position and using your index finger or thumb, massage this point with your eyes closed. Take slow, deep breaths and apply gentle, firm pressure in a circular motion for 5 to 10 minutes. Do as many times as needed.
6. SHEN MEN
This point is located in the upper shell of your ear, at the tip of the triangle-like hollow there. Hold the top of the ear between the thumbs and forefingers around the area where the point is located. Massage using small circular, pulling motions for 2 minutes. This helps to relieve anxiety, stress, and insomnia.
7. NEI GUAN
Turning the palms up, find this point on your arm, three finger widths below your wrist between the tendons. Use your thumb to apply pressure and hold for four to five second, taking a few deep breaths. This point helps reduce anxiety and relieve feelings of nausea. Do this as many times as needed and repeat procedure on the other wrist.
We hope these series of exercises can help you in these difficult times. You can always refer to these points for many other issues besides stress - headaches, insomnia, indigestion and fatigue are just a few. GingerChi Natural Stone Tools like the Guasha, the original 'scraping' tool, either heated or chilled can also be implemented to boost the acupressure benefits.
In addition, applying the GingerChi Energy Chi Boost or GingerChi All Purpose Healing Massage Oil may also increase benefits. Made with Fresh Ginger, Plai (from the Ginger family), Rosemary, Lavender, German Chamomile and other healing oils, this potent anti-inflammatory blend can be massaged into the points to help soothe muscle tension, fatigue and calm the nerves.
Now available for 25% off along with all other other Self-Care items, sitewide.
Our site-wide 25% off Sale has been extended to help accommodate you through these difficult times. We will continue to share more ways to help you find balance and remain healthy. In the meantime be well, stay grounded, and stay safe.
With love and good Chi,
Every morning upon waking, on an empty stomach and before brushing my teeth, I take a spoonful of GingerChi Oral Detox and swish around my mouth for 15 - 20 minutes or at least till the oil turns milky and thin, and then spit it out.
This process is called Oil pulling and is based on an ancient Ayurvedic tradition called ‘gundusha’. Originating in India thousands of years ago, the practice was used for to maintain oral heath and general wellness through detoxification.
You can use a variety of plant based oils like sesame, olive or coconut. For our GingerChi Oral Detox, formulated especially for oil pulling, we use 100% Organic Sunflower Oil with an abundance of Vitamin E and refreshing blend of essential oils loaded with anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties such as Myrrrh, Tea tree, Peppermint, Tea Tree leaf and Fresh ginger root oil.
When the oil is swished around the mouth, it attracts and ‘pulls out’ bacterial viruses, fungi, mucus and plaque, removing toxins that can cause cavities and gum disease. Medical studies have found Bacteria in the mouth can also seep into the blood stream and travel to your organs, joints, heart and brain, affecting the entire body, causing various diseases. Oil pulling regularly, not only maintains oral health but may also have systemic health benefits that can help cure systemic diseases.
Many who do oil pulling regularly, have documented a plethora of benefits:
From my personal experience, since I started oil pulling, I have a lot more energy, my immune system functions better as I hardly have a sick day, my teeth are whiter and gums are healthier (according to my dentist) and my skin is more balanced, softer and healthier looking. I am getting more compliments for my skin now than when I was younger (I am 67 and many people think i am in my 40’s).
Oil Pulling has been part of my daily regimen for a while now and I cannot start a day without it. Here’s how it's done:
1. Upon waking up, on an empty stomach (before even drinking a glass of water or brushing teeth) take a spoonful of GingerChi Oral Detox into mouth.
2. Swish around the mouth for 15 - 20 minutes. Do not swallow! Make sure you push the oil through your teeth and all around the gums. If you find it difficult to make it the full 20 minutes, you could start with 5-10 minutes first. There are many things you can do while you are oil pulling For example, decide what you want to wear, have a shower, check your emails, read the paper, make breakfast.
3.When the oil gets thinner and becomes milky and frothy as it mixes with saliva you can spit it out into the toilet (but not if it’s a septic tank, as it will clog) or the trashcan.
4. Rinse well with warm water. Swish a few times with warm water to get any remaining oil out of my mouth. You can also swish with warm salt
5. Brush well. You will have have experienced a cleaner, more refreshed mouth!
If you want to find out more, a great resource is “Oil Pulling Therapy” by Dr. Bruce Fife.
Want to give Oil Pulling a try? Take advantage of our site-wide sale to get 25% off GingerChi Oral Detox and other Self-care products.
With so much uncertainty around us, it’s important to be kind to yourself and find time for self-care. Anxiety, disruption to routine, and changing diets can lead to a weakened immune system and take a toll on mental health and wellness. In these times, I’ve found that adhering to a regular schedule and performing daily rituals helps me feel more grounded.
My nightly ritual of cleansing the face not only helps rids the skin of impurities but also releases any tension that has built up during the day. This simple routine based on the oil cleansing method helps skin stay in equilibrium and promotes cell growth as you sleep.
Shop all products mentioned at 25% discount with code: SELFCARE.
Stay tuned for a morning ritual based on the ancient ayurvedic practice of ‘oil-pulling.’ In the meantime stay grounded, stay safe and be healthy.
In 1950, 1.5 million tons of plastic was produced annually. By 2016 that figure soared to 320 million tons. The average person throws away approximately 185 pounds of plastic every year. By the year 2034, it is estimated the annual plastic production will reach 640 million tons.
Plastic pollution has become a worldwide crisis. Very little amount of plastic is recycled and 90% ends up choking our oceans, lakes and rivers, hurting our marine and wildlife life and piling up on land. It's not only effecting the environment but creating long term health issues.
More government organizations aware of the problem have started implementing initiatives. We as individuals can also contribute in the fight against plastic pollution. Even the smallest change can make a difference.
More than 500 billion plastic bags are produced annually with over one million used around the world daily. It is takes an estimated 500 or more years for a plastic bag to degrade. Unfortunately plastic bags don't break down completely and instead photo-degrade which means they continue to pollute the environment for many years to come. Always bring your own grocery bag (made of sustainable material) or a tote when doing the shopping.
Today there is an estimated 7.5 million plastic straws polluting U.S. shorelines and around 437 million to 8.3 billion or more plastic straws found on shorelines around the world. Fortunately, a lot more companies are now becoming aware of the problem and offering eco-friendly alternatives. For home use, glass, bamboo or steel straws are now available.
Million and million of bottles of water are purchased every year. Every second of every day 1,500 plastic bottles are discarded. Americans alone send more than 38 billion water bottles to landfills every year. Instead of buying water in plastic bottles which cost money and inevitably adds to the plastic pollution crisis, carry your own water bottle. You can find many styles and choices made from sustainable material.
Save money and protect the planet by make your own cleaning products with vinegar, baking soda and essential oils in a recyclable glass container. Instead of buying shower gel in plastic bottle, go back to basics and use good old fashioned soap. Check out companies that offer re-filling services.
It is estimated that close to 40 billion individual plastic utensils—that is 14 and 18 billion plastic spoons—are produced each year. With such low rates of reuse and recycling, most of them end up in our landfills, beaches and oceans where they are likely to remain for hundreds of thousands of years.
Plastic food wrap is non-recyclable and most likely will end up on landfill or becoming litter on land and in the sea. On landfill it will sit and possibly leach its chemicals for years to come since it’s not degradable. In can also becomes a hazard to wildlife or fish who may get caught up in it or consume it. Beeswax food wrap is a great alternative or store food in glass containers.
The EPA has estimated that there are at least 2 billion disposable razors thrown into landfill every year. You can save money and reduce waste build-up by choosing a straight blade or an old fashioned safety razor. These are made from steel and can last a lifetime. Best of all, razor blades are fully recyclable and are eco-friendly.
These are just 8 suggestions; there are so many more ways to help reduce plastic consumption. Plastic items are all around us. Everything from plastic toys to a multitude of household goods and supplies. It's in makeup, furniture and our clothes. Avoiding plastic at all costs is a near impossible task. We can however, be more mindful and think twice before purchasing a plastic item as you can always replace it with one that is made with more sustainable material.
The Ocean Cleanup organization develops advanced technologies to clean up plastic from the world's oceans. Once their systems are fully deployed, they estimate they can cleanup 50% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch every 5 years.
Every decision we make can cause a ripple effect. Whether it's bringing you own grocery bag or refusing a plastic straw, when more and more people make a conscientious effort, it all adds up to creating a more hopeful future for our planet.
At GingerChi we are committed to working towards more sustainable packaging and to reduce the amount of usage of plastic in our operations. This month we are pushing out the first of our new paper labels for the Women’s line of Nourish Oils.
Artisanal Beauty brand, GingerChi, introduced this unique jade tool to the Amazon marketplace in 2014. It soon became a hit with many beauty bloggers and icons in the beauty industry. Everyone wanted to get their hands on a jade face roller from GingerChi—and it was obvious why.
Our GingerChi Jade Chi Roller listing on AMAZON has recently been attacked by a spate of unauthorized sellers sending out counterfeit and potentially dangerous products.
At first glance, there seems to be little difference between the counterfeit items from AMAZON and our authentic GingerChi product. The counterfeiters have even included a free serum sample.
Please read on to find out the different packaging and products counterfeiters have been placing in orders.