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July 02, 2020

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Ideal Tips and Tricks for Nail Care in Lockdown

 

Nails in need of some R & R? 

Trips to the nail salon, which we use to take for granted - now has sadly left nail care regimen in our own hands. But don’t fret, this may even be a good thing.

Cracked brittle nails, dry and peeling cuticles, hands feeling like sandpaper has become a problem for all of us during the pandemic due to constant hand washing. Not to mention alcohol-based hand sanitizers stripping your hands and nails of their natural oils.

With an indefinite lockdown and all the extra time (on your hands), why not give your nails some TLC and a much needed break from the never-ending cycle of dip, grow, soak, repeat?

A good manicure is hard to come by, but with no one to impress with your French tips, isolation is perfect for getting your nails back to their original healthy state. But with all the hand washing, sanitizing, cleaning and our poor hands and nails a little worse for wear….what’s a gal to do?

 

Try these 7 at home Beauty Tips for Healthy Nails

 

1. No cuticle cutters required

One of the most important things you can do for healthy nails is to not to cut your cuticles. Cutting cuticles can make the skin grow tougher and more jagged (leading to more hangnails). Instead of cutting them, apply cuticle oil regularly and gently push them back into the nail bed.

 

2. Cuticle Oil is Your BFF

Cuticle oil is to nails what water is to your skin. Absolutely essential! And we have the best. We'll reveal why later. After too much hand washing, cleaning, cold weather, hot water… our skin dries out and our nails become brittle. Dry skin leads to hangnails, chipped nail beds, breakage, and inhibits growth. There’s no better time than now when your cuticles are craving for some TLC to massage in a few drops of your our cuticle oil and slip into a pair of gloves and continue on with your best quarantined life (We'll be showing you how).

 

3. It's better with Glass 

Unlike regular nail files which can rip and leave nail edges rough, we recommend glass ones which have a gentler grit, are safer on nails, and are easier to handle. File in a single direction. Filing your nails regularly keeps the edge of the nail smooth and less likely to catch, tear, or rip during everyday activities. With glass nail files you can also easily wash and sanitize between uses.

 

4. Working while you sleep

The nighttime hours are perfect for locking in moisture, making your nails not only looks better, but also grow faster, and break less. After dispensing cuticle oil, slip into a pair of gloves (and socks! don’t forget your toes!) and let the magic happen while you dream away.

 

5. You are what you eat

We understand. It’s lockdown, social distancing and we’re all getting cabin fever but you know what they say – you (your skin and nails) are what you eat. Nails are made out of keratin (the same as your hair) so look for foods that enhance and strengthen keratin growth. Fruits, lean meats, leafy greens, salmon, eggs, nuts, and whole grains can all improve the health of your nails, and as an added bonus, will also help your hair!

 

6. Keeping It short

Sacrilege for some! I know! But it’s lockdown and Zoom is from the neck up. Having short nails reduces the likelihood of germs collecting under the nails.

 

7. NAIL IT with this simple treatment!

We’ve put together a Nail Repair Kit, which will have you staring in awe at your healthy glistening tips as you text the day away. For a limited time only, this exclusive set includes our potent GingerChi Nail & Cuticle Repair, a pair of cotton gloves and a bonus 1oz jar of Coconut Ginger Sugar scrub. All housed in a handy drawstring cotton travel bag!

Whenever you have some time on your hands - during a long zoom meeting, a webinar or catching up with a binge worthy series, this Nail Spa Treatment is easy to do and will provide amazing results. For 'wow' factor, we suggest an overnight treatment. Getting a good night's sleep while you beatify your hands - now that's multitasking perfection!

1. Soak your hands in a bowl of warm water for 5 to 10 minutes, in preparation for the treatment.

2. Scoop a dollop of Ginger Coconut Sugar Scrub and massage into your hands to take off dead skin cells. The scrub contains natural organic cane sugar, which has glycolic acid to help to break up layers of dead skin while the sugar granules gently exfoliates. Meanwhile, the coconut oil infuses into the deep layers of your skin leaving your hands soft and intensely moisturized.

Alternatively - you can try our new Rice Bran Cleanser/Masque with antioxidants and gentle exfoliating rice husks. Usually applied to the face, Forbes lists it as the best ancient traditional remedy for dry hands!

3. Rinse off scrub/masque with clean, warm water and dry hands and nails.

4. Dispense 1 or 2 drops of Nail& Cuticle Repair onto each nail. Massage well into cuticles and nails. Apply a few drops of oil to hands as well. Rub hands together, making sure your hand and nails are well lubricated.

5. Slip your emollient rich hands into the cotton gloves and let your freshly resurfaced skin start to soak in all the beneficial ingredients.

TIP: With your nails and cuticles in top form, don’t let them fall back into a state of disrepair. The Nail and Cuticle Repair Oil also comes in a handy roll-on form that dispenses just the right amount of oil which you can should ideally apply every time after washing your hands! I like to keep an extra roll-on by the sink for convenience.

 

Why the GingerChi Nail & Cuticle Repair Oil is the best

Our GingerChi Nail and Cuticle Repair Oil is formulated with the best essential oils for nourishing nails and cuticles - Hemp Seed Oil is rich in essential fatty acids and heals dry and damaged skin and nails. It also has a strengthening effect and is ideal for irritated, sensitive skin especially around the cuticle area. Fresh Ginger Oil has natural anti-fungal properties and is great for improving nail strength. Pumpkin Seed Oil, high in beta-carotene, Vitamins A and B, Omega Fatty Acids encourages cell turnover and promotes skin renewal and speeds up wound healing. Myrrh Essential Oil works to heal damaged skin while decreasing inflammation.

 

Let us know what you think! 

 

Be well and stay safe. With love and good Chi,

 

Anna xoxo

 

 

 

June 09, 2020

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Aromatherapy in the time of crisis

We are living in unprecedented times.

There is powerful I-Ching proverb about change that I reflect upon when times are difficult:

“When change has run one course to its extreme, then it changes and by changing is able to continue and by continuing it achieves longevity”

Change is inevitable and before things get better, change is necessary in order for us to get to a better place. In the meantime, how do we cope?

Studies have shown Aromatherapy, the practice of using essential oils for therapeutic benefits can help manage some of the symptoms of our collective anxiety — including stress, insomnia, and sadness. 

What is aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is the use of the volatile constituents from aromatic plants to promote health and well-being. Oils may be distilled, extracted or expressed from the flower, leaves, wood, bark, roots, seeds, or peel. Each essential oil has its own unique chemical makeup, which determines what it is useful for.

The highly concentrated oils may be applied to the skin through massage, lotions or bath salts or inhaled directly or indirectly. The Inhalation of scent molecules in essential oils has shown to stimulate the olfactory system and limbic center of the brain. The latter is a complex system of nerves that control basic emotions such as fear, pleasure, anger, and sadness.

How aromatherapy works through inhalation and topical

Recent studies in the benefits of this ancient remedy

With a growing body of research, there is evidence that aromatherapy can reduce the stress hormone, cortisol, and increase a sense of well-being. 

Aromatherapy Research

Marian Reven, a Ph.D. student of the West Virginia University of Nursing, conducted a research whereby nurses wore an aromatherapy patch infused with lemon, orange, mandarin, pink grapefruit, lemongrass, lime, and peppermint for four-to-eight hour stretches. After 8 weeks, the nurses reported feeling significantly less anxious and fatigued. Levels of anxiety and fatigue had fallen by 40 percent and stress levels and feelings of being overwhelmed, decreased by half.

Reven noted as a nurse who spends a lot of time at the bedside of very ill people, she is often very sad watching the suffering, and found aromatherapy helped with her resiliency.

A clinical study conducted on 72 patients before heart and abdominal surgery, showed significantly decreased levels of anxiety with the group exposed to Lavender Essential oil, over the group with placebo,

Robert Tisserand, renowned expert on essential oils research and author of Essential Oil Safety Guide, recently stated that while currently there is no research showing the effect essential oils may have on the coronavirus - he does go on to suggest the use of lavender and citrus essential oils, such as sweet orange or lemon for their effectiveness in reducing situational anxiety.

 

What are the best essential oils for reducing stress and anxiety?

Choice of Essential Oils on shelf

LAVENDER

The aroma from the oils of the lavender plant is believed to help promote calmness and wellness. It’s also said to help reduce stress, anxiety, promote sleep, and fight insomnia. Lavender has an overall balancing effect on the mind assisting with renewal. The calming and relaxing notes of lavender help reduce anxious feelings, calms strong emotions, and eases tension.

We use Lavender Essential Oil in most of our Face and body products.

LEMON

The tangy notes of Lemon essential oil are known to be a natural stress reliever. Researchers have found that inhaling the aroma of lemon essential oil improves mood and promotes relaxation as it stimulates serotonin and dopamine production, contributing to decreased anxiety.

Lemon Essential Oil can be found in our Argan Treatment roll-on, Juniper Body Oil, Woman’s Tummy Tone, and Stress Relief roll-on.

SWEET ORANGE

Called the "happy oil",  Sweet Orange essential oil has a cheerful and uplifting scent that simultaneously relaxes and has a soothing effect that helps lower your heart rate, reducing anxiety.

We use Sweet Orange in our Hydrating Coconut Oil.

CHAMOMILE

For anyone that is under stress (all of us!), is going through a period of depression, loneliness, anxiety, or PTSD, chamomile essential oil can help bring a sense of calm. Chamomile can also bring immediate relief to angry or irritable flare-ups, both of which are inevitable while living in lockdown with so much uncertainty.

Chamomile can be found in our Chi Mist, Eye Oil and our Pain Relief Oil.

PEPPERMINT

Emotionally, peppermint oil is stimulating, clears the mind, and energizes the body. The crisp cool notes of peppermint stimulate and awakens the nerves and the brain, helping to enhance alertness and stamina. It is also helpful in enhancing concentration, quickly alleviates mental fatigue, and provides an energy boost. 

Peppermint is present in Energy Chi Boost, Oral Detox, Woman’s Tummy Tone, Sugar Scrub and Bath & Shower infusion,

ROSEMARY

Rosemary essential oil is stimulating to the circulatory and nervous systems. The sharp herbaceous scent offers an immediate pick-me-up for those suffering from mental and physical fatigue!

Rosemary is present in Energy Chi Boost, Hair and Scalp Oil, Nail &Cuticle Oil, Bath & Shower Infusion, and Woman’s Breast oil.

GINGER

Our personal favorite, ginger oil, is known as “the oil of empowerment,” bringing on feelings of courageousness and self-assurance. Believed to enhance energy levels by inspiring positive and hopeful feelings and promoting a balanced and grounded mindset, it improves a negative mood and low libido. It also can help facilitate the onset of sleep and improve sleep benefiting those suffering from insomnia. 

Fresh Ginger Essential oil can be found in almost all our products.

 

How to use essential oils in Aromatherapy

Home Diffusers

Essential oils are usually dispersed into the air, with a diffuser. Popular types of essential oil diffusers can be ceramic, electric, candle, and lamp rings. You can place these in and around the home to enhance the mood of your space.

Aromatherapy Pendants

GingerChi Aromatherapy Pendants

Portable Diffusers! A few drops of essential oils are dispensed into an attractive Aromatherapy pendant which holds an absorbent felt ball. The aromatherapy  benefits of the Essential Oil blend immediately takes effect and will last 3- 4 days. We call it Chi on the go! - getting the benefits of Aromatherapy wherever and whenever you want while wearing a beautiful piece of jewelry. What's not to like?

Aromatherapy Roll-Ons

Where to apply aromatherapy roll on

The best places to apply essential oils are pulse points. This is the area where your blood is closest to your skin allowing for fast absorption and quick results! These areas are the inside of the wrists, behind the ears & temples, back of the neck, forehead, and temples.

The soles of your feet are also an excellent application point. With larger pores, your feet can more easily absorb essential oils through the skin and into your bloodstream.

Stress Relief Duo offer

Aromatherapy can be considered as an aid to wind down, relax and calm the nerves in preparation for a good night’s sleep

Extensive studies have shown that a good's night sleep can help you stay healthy, reset the brain and body to tackle the day ahead with more clarity and energy. Try our "Sleep Well Set" which includes the GingerChi Stress Relief Roll On, a silk Pillow Case and Silk Sleep Mask.

GingerChi Sleep Well Set

Before sleeping, apply Stress Relief Roll On over temples, on the back of the neck; pulse points on the wrists, hands and the bottoms of feet.

Lay down on the silk pillow case and pull the light weight silk mask over your eyes. Empty your mind and take in a few long, deep breaths. Let the soothing aromas waft over you as you drift off into a calm deep sleep...

Be well. Stay safe, With love and good Chi,

Anna xxx

 

 

May 19, 2020

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The Japanese Beauty Secret Revealed - At Home Rice Bran Beauty Spa Treatments

Rice. This ordinary grocery item is much more than a food staple. In Japan, rice bran powder has also been considered a staple skincare ingredient for centuries. In order to maintain a smooth, supple, luminous skin, Geishas were known to use leftover water from washing rice to then wash their face. Check out our blog on how to use rice water for beautiful skin and hair.

Can you imagine a cleanser/face mask that not only gently exfoliates but also moisturizes, brightens — especially discoloration left behind by breakouts, promotes cellular turnover and targets fine lines? Introducing the brand new GingerChi Gentle Exfoliating Rice Bran Cleanser/Masque. Using high-grade rice, we mill it down to finely ground rice bran powder with gentle exfoliating rice husks, and then added the antioxidant properties of ginger; our new multi-tasking product is quickly becoming everyone's favorite products!

Even Forbes Magazine mentions the Gentle Rice Bran Cleanser as the best ancient tradition to remedy dry hands! They got the idea.

 

Packed with beneficial skincare ingredients

Rich in Vitamin B and Vitamin E, Rice Bran known as an old Japanese secret for smooth, soft skin can help to fight skin inflammation and even decrease signs of acne and other skin conditions like eczema. It also act as a natural anti-aging nutrient, improving the moisture in your skin as well as its elasticity. 
Too good to be true? Not at all! and It gets even better :) When testing the new rice bran powder with our current GingerChi face products, we discovered even more ways to pamper, revitalize and treat our skin — seeing results in as little as a week with daily use! 

Start incorporating the Rice Bran Cleanser into your everyday routine as a gentle exfoliator with the GingerChi Purifying Cleanser or dissolved in water as a clarifying brightening treatment for dark spots and uneven skin tone. Or experiment with your own GingerChi products and let us know what works best for you!

In the meantime, there’s no better time to keep staying inside and try out some of the new easy-to-do treatments for an amazing at-home spa experience with the new GingerChi Gentle Exfoliating Rice Bran Cleanser/Masque <3 


All you need is:

Rice Bran Cleanser/ Masque

Purifying Oil Face Cleanser

100% Organic Muslin Face Cloth

Regenerating Face Serum

Hydrating Chi Mist

 

To make it easier for you to get started, for a limited time only, we are offering 20% off in our Radiance Spa Set which includes all these items. 

 

 

Get ready for your spa-at-home treatment.

Firstly, get yourself in the mood. Light a candle, put on your fave Spotify chill playlist, turn on Do-Not-Disturb on your phone and clear your mind of your everyday stresses. The thoughts in your head can affect your skin, so shut them out, relax, and treat your skin and body to the gentle luxury you truly deserve.

Whether you do one of these treatment or four, you will see how easy they are to incorporate into your daily beauty regimen. Over time you will see noticeable difference. Enjoy!

 

Cleanse and Exfoliate

  • Mix ¼ teaspoon into a paste with water (or combine with the GingerChi Purifying Cleanser).

  • Massage with small circular motions concentrating around the nose and chin area, wherever you feel unevenness and rough skin.

  • Rinse well — we find our 100% Organic Muslin Cloths dampened with warm water works well.

  • Spritz face with Chi Mist. Pat lightly into skin

  • Apply Regenerating Face Serum and massage over face and neck.

 

Quick Brightening Treatment 1

  • Mix 3 heaped teaspoons of GingerChi Rice bran in a bowl of lukewarm water.

  • Splash over face and neck.

  • Rinse with clear warm using Muslin Face Cloth.

  • Spritz with Chi Mist and apply Face Regenerating Serum.

 

Brightening Treatment 2

  • Lay the muslin cloth over a medium-sized bowl. Spoon 4 -5 heaped teaspoon of GingerChi Rice Bran powder in the center of the cloth.

  • Take opposite corners of the cloth and tie together. Take the alternative corners and tie together forming a small pouch.

  • Knead the pouch of GingerChi Rice Bran in a bowl of warm water. Squeeze out excess water,

  • Gently rub the pouch over the face and neck in slow circular upward motions.

  • You can continue applying the pouch over hands, arms and elbows.

  • Untie the pouch and empty contents into the bowl of warm water and rinse out the Muslin Cloth and hang out to dry.

  • Use the rich nourishing milky water to wash over face neck, hands and arms.

  • Rinse with clear lukewarm water and towel dry. Apply toner and moisturizer or GingerChi Chi Mist and Regenerating Face Serum or GingerChi Juniper Body Oil.

 

Hydrating Facial Masque

  • Mix 3 teaspoons of GingerChi Rice Bran with GingerChi Chi Mist and a few drops of Regenerating Face Serum into a thick paste.

  • Apply a thick layer evenly over face. With fingertips massage gently over fine lines and wrinkles.

  • Leave on for 10 – 15 minutes or till paste dries before washing off with lukewarm water and Muslin Face Cloth

  • Rinse well and apply Chi Mist and Regenerating Face Serum. We recommend doing this for a weekly hydrating facial masque.

For a limited time only, when you purchase the GingerChi Gentle Exfoliating Rice Bran Cleanser/Masque, we will include a FREE 100% Organic Muslin Face Cloth. 

We hope you enjoyed our at-home spa treatments. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us via the contact page. We would love to hear from you.

When we finally open again, we would like to welcome you to the GingerChi Therapy Room for a Spa Treatment you truly deserve!

With Love and Good Chi,

Be well and stay safe!

Anna xoxo

May 19, 2020

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A guide to the ancient tradition of using rice water for beautiful skin and hair.

Growing up in a Chinese household, I can remember my mother always washed rice before cooking it. Not a one to waste, she then kept the rice water to wash her face or to pickle vegetables.

In fact, rice water has many properties that make it an excellent addition to our skin and hair care regimens.

The use of rice water for skin is now fast becoming the latest Asian beauty hack to take over beauty-guru blogs. For centuries, Asian women have used rice water to brighten, soothe, tone, improve texture, and minimize fine lines and wrinkles. Now — as we’re stuck inside in isolation — it’s gaining popularity as people search for new beauty treatments that are both inexpensive, and don’t require leaving the house.

Gentle on skin, rice water is known to help with skin irritation caused by sodium laurel sulfate, an ingredient found in many commercially produced personal care products. It is also effective in soothing skin conditions like eczema, hives, and rashes.

So if you have sensitive skin, combination skin, or want to try a new beauty hack for less than $5… read on!


What is rice water?

Rice water — the water left over after you wash or soak rice — is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that are essential for healthy, glowing skin. It also contains the nourishing antioxidant, ferulic acid, as well as allantoin, a rich emollient compound that soothes and heals skin.

Despite many real benefits, there are some claims about rice water that science hasn’t fully proven. We recommend it for external use only and discontinue use if you experience any adverse effects. 

 

HOW TO PREPARE RICE WATER

Pick your rice, any rice! We like the one in our cupboard the best ;)

Soaking rice water

This is by far the most popular method as it doesn’t require much effort at all. Start by using ½ a cup of uncooked rice and rinse thoroughly to remove dirt and external impurities. Next, add 2 cups of water and let sit for 30 minutes. Strain the rice and water through a sieve into a jar, or sealable container for storage. Rice water can be stored for use in the fridge for up to 7 days.

Boiling rice water

First, rinse your uncooked rice to remove dirt and external impurities. Next, using a 4-1 water-rice ration, add water, and bring to a gentle boil on the stovetop. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Strain rice through a sieve into an airtight container. Discard the rice and store the rice water in the fridge for up to 7 days. Rice water made with this method should be diluted with plain water before use on the face.

Fermented rice water

Use the soaking rice water method to prepare. Instead of refrigeration, leave the sealed jar at room temperature for 1-2 days. Open to check the fermentation process — when it begins to have a light, sour smell, place your jars in the refrigerator. Dilute with plain water before use on the face.


HOW TO USE RICE WATER

Rice water can be used directly on your skin or hair. You can experiment by adding fragrance or other natural ingredients to it, but we prefer it in its original, almost scentless form. 

If you used the boiling or fermentation method, always dilute with plain water before application!

 

Facial cleanser and toner

The most popular way to use rice water! Pour a small amount of rice water from the jar into a shallow dish. Soak a cotton ball in the water and apply evenly over your face. Rinse off if desired, or leave on for a gentle mattifying effect.


Damaged hair treatment

If you regularly color your hair, the inositol in rice water can help repair damaged hair follicles from within, and prevent future damage from coloring, air pollutants, and the sun. Apply rice water to clean, dry hair, fully dampening it. Massage deeply into your scalp and work your way to the ends. Wrap your in a shower cap and leave on to absorb for ten minutes. Rinse out with cool water.

To make shampoo for regular use, add some liquid castile soap to fermented rice water, plus your choice of essential oils for scent. We recommend chamomile or aloe or additional hydration.


Relaxing bath soak

Take your spa experience to the next level. Light some candles, put on a Spotify chill playlist, dissolve Epsom salts in hot running water, and pour in a few cups of rice water for a soothing bath soak. For a truly luxurious soak, add some coconut and ginger oils for an aromatic experience.


FINAL THOUGHTS

Rice water is worth the hype, and for less than $5 it’s not a big expense to try something new that you might fall in love with! It may be a bit messier and more time consuming than ordering something online, but we love trying new beauty hacks — that’s how we come up with some of our best products at GingerChi! As with all beauty treatments, it’s not one-size-fits-all, so experiment with preparations, applications, and the amounts you use before deciding it isn’t for you. 

But! If it all seems too hard, check out our GingerChi Gentle Exfoliating Rice Bran Cleanser/Masque which has all the goodness of rice water dried into a powder for easy use ;)

We hope you will try these Rice Water Recipes. Let us know how you like them. 

With Love and Good Chi,

Be well and stay safe!

Anna xoxo



April 12, 2020

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Selfcare Series # 4 - How to improve sleep and boost your immune system

Depriving our body of quality sleep can wreak havoc on our immune systems. With routines disrupted, economic and social stressors rising, and a general feeling of anxiety blanketing our communities, getting a good night’s sleep seems nearly impossible.

Extensive studies have shown that a good night’s sleep can help you stay healthy, reset the brain and body to tackle the day ahead with more clarity and energy. 

Here are some ways to help you get those much needed quality zzz's 

Environment: Your Bedroom

Your Bed: Your bed has a main purpose: for sleep. While we’re all stuck inside, we may be repurposing our beds as a place to work, snack, hide from roommates and family… but all these may be giving our brains a message that it’s another place to be awake and active. It may not be possible to completely close off your bedroom during the day, but at least try to only get into bed when it’s time to actually be horizontal.

Clean sheets make all the difference in the world! A few drops of lavender or chamomile essential oils dispensed over fresh linens can calm the senses and help you get into a relaxed state more readily.

Change your sheets at least once a week, and pillowcases more frequently for clear skin.

Always make your bed in the morning! It is a marker of your first accomplishment of the day; it’s time to live, not sleep. 

Your Bedroom: Your room should be as dark as possible. Light is one of the most limiting external factors that can affect the quality of your sleep. It does so both directly, by making it difficult for people to fall asleep, and indirectly, by influencing our circadian rhythms.

Disruption to our circadian rhythms, which tells the brain whether it's night or day, when to optimize neurons for work or to power down for sleep can ultimately devastate healthy sleep patterns. 

Use light-blocking curtains or shutters to protect your bedroom from streetlights or other light sources. Heavy curtains can also help minimize sounds that may disrupt your sleep. Turn off or cover any electronics that emit light, including using small pieces of tape for indicator lights that stay on even when a device is powered off (not to be used on smoke alarms!).

Wearing a sleep mask like the GingerChi 100% Mulberry Silk Mask. It's light and comfortable and can help block out disturbing light sources that may keep you awake.

Keep your room cool. As you sleep your body temperature lowers naturally. Introducing your body to a cooler environment helps stimulate sleep and allows you to cycle naturally though the sleep stages. The ideal temperature for healthy sleep is 68-70F. Temperatures outside this range can disrupt the restorative REM (rapid eye movement) phase, causing you to feel tired and as if you haven't slept enough.

 

The Importance of Routine:

Routines are important because our brain learns to anticipate the patterns of our daily schedule. Setting up a sleep routine and avoiding certain behaviors can dramatically affect the quality of your sleep.

Eating or drinking:  Avoid eating or drinking two hours before going to bed. 

Exercising: Schedule your workout for no less than two hours before bed.

Watching TV or Looking at a Screen: Many studies demonstrate that light, particularly LED light from TVs and smart devices, interferes with the sleep-wake cycle. 

Taking a hot shower or bath: This may help to relax the body but bathing raises your core body temperature. Allow a period of two hours after a bath before you go to bed.

Drinking alcohol: While alcohol may act as a sedative for some people and help you fall asleep, it can also affect your sleep architecture and interfere with restorative sleep.

Laying in bed before you’re ready: Only get into bed when it’s time to sleep.

Don’t force it. If you are unable to fall asleep after 30 minutes, get out of bed. Go to a dimly lit room and do something non stimulating like reading something uninteresting, knitting, or drawing or doodling for 20 to 30 minutes. Then return to bed and try again. Repeat the cycle if needed.

Get up! Resist the urge to snooze your alarm, or to set several alarms because you won’t get up with the first. Unsettled snoozed sleep can make you more tired during the day. It’s best to get up, make your bed, and get your day started to jolt your brain out of sleep fog. 

Struggling to get up in the morning? Try using alarms designed to wake you during your lightest sleep period. There are several alarm apps that monitor your sleep patterns through your nighttime movements and are able to use that information to wake you when your brain is most receptive. 

 

What we recommend:

Breath-work and acupressure: Techniques like focusing on your breathing while stimulating a few acupressure points to calm the nervous system (as mentioned in our blog for acupressure) and prepare you for sleep.

Weighted Eye Mask: The same way a weighted blanket uses Pressure Therapy to envelops you in a hug, a weighted mask, like the GingerChi Jade Mask placed over the eyes can provide an immediate relaxing effect on the body — just the way we want to feel before drifting off to sleep!

Before placing over the eyes, the jade mask may be heated in hot water (check the temperature before placing it on your face) or can be chilled in the refrigerator. Try pairing the jade mask with our Eye Oil Concentrate  for fine lines and puffiness to wake up refreshed and glowing.

Avoid jet-lag syndrome: Sticking to a sleep schedule helps regulate your internal body clock. ⁠

Get a dose of Vitamin D: Just like cats stretching, or plants growing towards the sun, people naturally crave Vitamin D. Getting some fresh air and sunlight daily helps regulate our body clocks.

Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows: Pillows getting hot in the night? GingerChi 100% Mulberry silk pillowcases are luxuriously soft, hypoallergenic and breathable. Unlike cotton, the natural weave of silk keeps your skin cool, retain its natural moisture and reduce irritation to enhance the quality of sleep.

 

Aromatherapy: Research has shown aromatherapy can alter brain waves and behavior. Certain essential oils like lavender and sweet orange have shown to reduce the perception of stress, increase contentment, and decrease levels of cortisol, the “stress hormone.”

 

The GingerChi aromatherapy pendant designed to diffuse beneficial essential oils to help you with your Chi levels throughout the day can be included in your nighttime sleep ritual. Gently inhale before placing the pendant by your bedside for continued aromatherapy results through the night.

We hope this information has been helpful to you in attaining quality sleep much needed in these troubled times. We will continue to share ways to help you find balance and remain healthy. In the meantime be well, get a good night's sleep and stay safe.

With love and good Chi,
Anna xxx

April 04, 2020

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SELF CARE SERIES # 3 - Acupressure Points to help you manage stress and reduce anxiety.

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.

 

 7 key Acupressure Points for Stress Relief.

1. HE GU

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.

 

3.TAI CHONG

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.

 

5.YINTANG

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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,
Anna

 

March 29, 2020

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SELF-CARE SERIES #2 - Start the day with Oil Pulling

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:

  • Strengthens teeth, gums and oral health in general
  • Cleans and the teeth, removing plaque
  • Removes stains
  • Eliminates bad breath
  • Cures arthritis
  • Improves the health of sinuses
  • Reduces headaches
  • Benefits skin and blood disorders
  • Benefits hormonal balance
  • increases metabolism
  • Reduces chronic inflammation in the body, thereby benefiting heart and brain health.

 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. 

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