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6 Tips for Waking Up Early, Getting Sh*t Done and Being Happy. ~Mehdi René. “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” ~ Ben Franklin Whether you hate it or love it, rising early is something that we can and should all come to enjoy for its beauty and benefits.

6 Tips for Waking Up Early, Getting Sh*t Done and Being Happy. ~Mehdi René

There are countless articles written of people’s success in learning to wake around 5:00 a.m. Most have slightly different reasons and indulge in the benefits their own way, but all have commonalities that lead to their success. Waking up earlier is the most effective way to center your day. Allowing yourself time to establish your priorities, you will find satisfaction and accomplishment early on that helps stabilize and boost your mood throughout the rest of the day. John Douillard highlights the particular ayurvedic benefits of body and mind when we adjust to the natural cycles of the day.

Planning to rise with the sun is a surefire way to start slow and always have the welcoming rays greet you. Treat the sun sort of like your companion in your challenge. How to Wake Up in a Good Mood Every Morning. (This article was also featured in Popular Lately on elephantjournal.com) How wonderful is it to roll out of bed in the morning feeling fresh, fully awake, and chipper!

How to Wake Up in a Good Mood Every Morning.

Imagine waking up in a good mood every morning, open to the infinite possibilities that each sunrise brings. This is how you deserve to feel every single day. Even if you don’t believe yourself a morning person, waking up in a good mood is never out of reach. We can all be morning people if we devote a little extra mindfulness to how we greet each sunrise. Wake up by 6 am. I know this might sound daunting but waking up early is key to feeling fresh. Ayurveda teaches us that rising by 6 am imbues us with the qualities of vata energy; granting us alertness and quickness for the rest of the day. The Complete Anti-Acne Diet. In Ayurveda, we believe that the skin reflects what’s happening on the inside.

The Complete Anti-Acne Diet.

Acne and pimples are the reflection of an physical imbalance; a vitiation of the both the energetic forces called the doshas and the body tissues. I want to teach you how you can treat your acne by eating a diet that brings these forces back into balance. Without the right diet, you cannot expect healthy, lasting improvement in your skin.

This goes both for teenagers and adult women who commonly suffer from acne, myself included. In your search to cure your acne, I’m sure you’ve already read that you should lay off the sugar, chocolate, junk food and coffee. But eliminating these four foods alone isn’t enough, as I’m sure you’ve already experienced. All food affects us on a much deeper level than modern medicine credits. Instead, Ayurveda qualitatively evaluates food’s effect on the body after the process of digestion. This anti-acne diet isn’t a short list of sugars, fats and caffeines to avoid. The charcoal trend is here to stay, and we’ve found a whole new way to use it: as a bug bite remedy.

Bookmark this DIY for summer… Charcoal is having a moment, for sure. We love the crazy Japanese charcoal toothbrushes and we’ve been drinking charcoal in Pressed Juicery’s new green juice. We’re no strangers to drinking or bathing in clay either, which can draw toxins out of the gut. Stephanie at Hello Natural is walking us through a DIY for a traditional skin-healing remedy called black salve. Every summer my dad would bring out the activated charcoal when anyone got a mosquito bite or the occasional bee sting.

At first glance, this recipe seems to have an intimidating number of unusual ingredients. You know how clay is often used in face masks to draw impurities out of pores? We’ve talked infused oil before for headaches and healing, and the process is super simple. Activated Charcoal Black Salve Recipe Melt the beeswax and coconut oil together. How To Make Black Salve: A DIY Healing Balm With Activated Charcoal. Save Your Tan: This Aloe Rosewater Suncare DIY Is Our Summer Savoir. Blend up this luscious DIY for perfect summer skin.

Save Your Tan: This Aloe Rosewater Suncare DIY Is Our Summer Savoir

Lacy Phillips’ sun potion is filled with gorgeous, healing ingredients from sun-melted coconut to rose water… We’re halfway through summer and making the most of the gorgeous glow we’re getting from all that extra sun. Lacy Phillips of Free + Native Journal concocted this perfect after-sun potion to help us keep that tan as long as we can. This luxe and fragrant DIY will quench parched skin, banish burns, and help undo the damage done by a day at the beach… A custom that I picked up in Corisca, France, three summers ago, was the French love for après soleil (after-sun cream). In this formula, raw aloe leaf and lavender essential oil help to reduce swelling and cool the skin; rose water balances the skin’s pH; and raw coconut oil is the perfect antimicrobial deep moisture after any swim outing.

Aloe + Rosewater After-Sun Potion Ingredients: Directions: