Sandy's Yoga Blog

Natural Remedies

Winter is well underway, so it's a good time to talk about natural remedies. First, let me make it clear that I am not a doctor and this is not medical advice. I'm simply telling you about some things that I do to make myself more comfortable. If you are sick, have a fever, infection, etc., please go to the doctor.


Dry Skin - With little humidity in the air, many of us are suffering from dry, flakey, itchy skin. Some remedies:

-dry brushing the skin before you shower to exfoliate

-massaging sesame, olive, or almond oil into your skin and scalp before showering (be careful not to slip in the tub) and slathering on oil or another moisturizer after showering while the skin is still wet

-use natural soap, such as an olive oil or oatmeal based soap that doesn't have harsh detergents

-massage a drop or two of olive oil into your face. If skin is super dry, you can put the olive oil on top of your regular moisturizer. Use a high-quality extra virgin oil that would be good for salads or dipping bread. This can give a lot of relief and usually does not clog pores.

Please Mind the Gap

If you've been on the London subway, you've heard that oh-so-polite voice urging you to "please mind the gap," between the train and the platform as you're about to step off. Those words are fitting for my latest topic -- nothingness ... no-thingness ... the void ... the space between ... the gap. 

Every now and then we find ourselves in a gap: A place where something has ended and nothing else has yet begun. Maybe you've lost your job, have just ended a relationship, moved to a different city, just graduated from college, someone close has died. These are the biggies. Suddenly there is a void in your life -- where there was once a lot of activity, suddenly there is nothing and you don't know what to do with yourself. It's very common to rush to fill that space -- with anything, with anyone. We are uncomfortable with nothingness, with waiting, with silence. But Osho puts it beautifully: nothingness is not just nothing – it is all. It is vibrant with possibilities. It is absolute potential.

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