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Keep Calm, Spring Is On

Health & Wellness
By: Brooke R. and Olga G. May 25, 2017

The spring season is often referred to as the time of new beginnings; the fresh air is uplifting and the potential for transformation is at its peak. As the temperature begins to rise, flowers bud into lush, green plants and edibles. We reflect this natural cycle by similarly growing in our own lives, from the inside out! Summer is only a month away, but remember that it is never too late to implement any of these classic Springtime suggestions into your schedule.

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Naturally Intertwined with Nature

We often forget that we are an intricate part of life’s grand design. Nature is not something separate from us, we are part of nature and nature is part of us. So when we say that we have lost our connection to nature, we are in essence saying that we lost our connection to ourselves. With the arrival of springtime comes the gift of beautiful weather, so we highly encourage you to spend more time outside. Reconnecting with the earth revitalizes our life force energy. Carving out time for grounding can offer one of the most reliable and affordable methods of mental or emotional healing. The benefits of time outdoors are undeniably abundant:

  • Vitamin D helps your body function more efficiently.

  • Natural light normalizes your sleep schedule and helps us align with our circadian rhythm.

  • Earthing gives your brain the downtime it needs to recharge, and serves as stress relief by lowering cortisol levels.

  • Fresh air improves blood pressure balance and promotes healthy circulation.

  • Oxygen affects your sense of well-being through increased levels of serotonin, the neurotransmitter that affects your mood, appetite, memory, social behavior, and other processes.

  • Time in nature reduces inflammation, which serves as immune system boost and increases our longevity.
RAW Tip: We recommend Vivobarefoot & Earth Runners foot wear for your outdoor fun and hiking needs.

 

images by: Christoffer Relander

 


Seasonal & Local = At the Right Time & At the Right Place

Eating seasonally and locally is more than just another trend that you’d find in an urban-chic, farm-to-table restaurant. Eating foods where and when nature produces them is what people around the world have done naturally through most of history, before the industrialized way of consuming food became our norm.

Eating at the right time and place allows us to build meals around foods that have been harvested at their peak, while aligning our dietary needs to meet the required nutrition in correspondence to each season and environment we find ourselves in.  

In addition to harmonizing our biological rhythm to the rhythm of nature, eating seasonally and locally means saving money, supporting your local farmers, reducing our carbon footprint, consuming the freshest and tastiest foods available, and staying healthier overall.

Evenmore, this process connects us to the annual cycle of natural life and to one another; reminding us of life’s simple pleasures like slicing into juicy watermelon in the heat of summer, apple-picking on an early autumn day, and warming up during a cold winter evening with a hearty winter squash soup. Of course, not to forget the spring season where new commitments come to life, while walking through strawberry fields adorned with blooming white flowers and red strawberries that pick through the lush green carpet of leaves.

Seasonal Produce Calendars

 


Edible Gardening Is a Mixture of Beauty & Utility

 

When gardening comes to mind, many may first consider this craft as a means of landscaping and making a space more beautiful. Here at Raw Republic we are big advocates of edible gardening and like to think outside the box!

In edible landscaping, the same design principles as for ornamental landscapes are used, while substituting unproductive plant material with edible plants such as lettuces, berries, vegetables, herbs and fruit trees. Implementing edibles in landscape design can enhance a garden by providing a unique ornamental component with additional health, aesthetic, and economic benefits. It can also provide therapeutic qualities and develop a more intimate connection with the food you eat on day-to-day basis. This will swiftly become a great excuse to host the best dinner parties, where you can bond with your family and friends as you share your very own fresh herbs and seasonal produce.

This link is a great resource for our fellow South Florida residents! → Spring Planting Guide

DID YOU KNOW? Horticultural Therapy is an engagement of a person in gardening and plant-based activities, facilitated by a trained therapist, to achieve specific therapeutic treatment goals; these methods date back to Socrates. It has been scientifically proven that gardening reduces stress and calms the nerves. Also, has been successful therapy method for people with mental health issues, such as PTSD, depression, and anxiety. As a result, gardens have been popping up in some unconventional places, from prison yards to retirement and veteran homes to programs for troubled youth.


Medicine Cabinet Makeover

Do you need a safer, cheaper, and more effective health care? You have a choice! Is your medicine cabinet riddled with toxic name-brand items that only mask symptoms with synthetic ingredients which can cause side-effects? Imagine your home instead filled with products that encourage true healing which are powered by nature, not by their artificial copycats. Being prepared for life’s little emergencies is a major key! Take the all natural route by utilizing cleaner products such as herbs, whole vitamins, minerals, essential oils (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade only, please!)

 

The following are some categories you can consider upgrading, and a few corresponding recommendations. If you would like assistance in taking on this makeover challenge, contact our local wellness advocate (linked here!)  

 

  • Pain/headache, cold/flu, sore throat medicine, fever reducer = peppermint essential oil / proper hydration with spring water / raw honey, white willow bark (nature’s aspirin (fever reducer)) and butterburn herbs (best consumed in capsule form).
  • Allergy medication = lavender + peppermint + lemon essential oils (Extremely beneficial to have a natural option during this season!) Bromelain, quercetin and vitamin C complex is very effective at getting to the core of the issue. Stinging nettle is also considered a natural antihistamine.
  • Stress aids, sleep & anxiety aids, energy aids = valerian root, lemon balm, melissa, kava-kava, melatonin, vitamin B complex, chamomile, lavender (tincture or in herbal tea blend), vetiver, roman chamomile, or lavender essential oils.

 

Here are some other categories you can consider replacing:

Anti-acne treatment ☆ Vitamins, omegas, resveratrol, energy drinks ☆ Weight-loss aids ☆ Detox products ☆ Hormone balancing/menopause/PMS products ☆ Anti-itch, burn cream, cut/scrape disinfectant, sterilizing agents, hand sanitizer ☆ Upset stomach aid, laxative, antacids, food enzymes ☆ Muscle pain cream, joint & arthritis pain aids ☆ Antifungal cream, athlete’s foot powder, earache drops, dandruff shampoo ☆ Toothpaste, mouthwash ☆ Diaper cream ☆ After-shave ☆ Insect repellent

 


 

Organize Your Space & Organize Your Mind

Spring cleaning is a classic term but one that has lasted through the ages. The reason is simple, clearing out clutter from our lives is refreshing! Disorganization puts tremendous pressure on both the mind and our physical health by accumulating dust and adding stress factors such as not knowing where everything is. Taking the time to organize your life can lift a great weight off of your shoulders, and as the spring returns the sunshine back into our lives, it reflects that revitalizing feeling of being clean, organized and clutter-free!

  • Start your spring cleaning activities by taking inventory of your home (or office). Which rooms have the most to sort through? Take some notes and prioritize.
  • Gather any equipment you’ll need to de-clutter.
  • All hands on deck? Do you need a team of helping hands to accomplish the task, or can it be completed on your own?
  • Get to work! Turn on some uplifting music, and begin your organizing after fueling up with proper nourishment (which could include any meals or beverages from Raw Republic of course!)
  • Areas that may be on your list of reorganizing could include: closets, storage rooms, attic or basement, desk area, kitchen, or bathroom.

RAW tips: color coordinate your closet – make a visit to The Container Store to find a plethora of helpful organizational items – read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo – download the app BrightNest for personalized ideas

 


Empower Your Every-Day Life with Intention Setting

Getting clear on what it is that we want to shape our lives to become is a daily commitment. This change doesn’t have to occur only during the Spring, but this is a great of time as any to check in with our

goals, and align with our bigger visions in a practical manner.

  • Gratitude journaling is foundational for cultivating more of what you love throughout your days. Whether first thing in the morning or before you close your eyes at night, aim to note a few highlights of what you feel grateful for – perhaps you can fill up a whole page!
  • A more profound exercise would be to ask the “what, how, and why” as you visualize during meditations or through more journaling. This would be in place of the usual “I am…” prompt. The reason we would replace the classic “I am” statements (I am abundant, I am blissful, I am compassionate) is because we want to leave the statements more open-ended, to instead frame it as a question which then activates new neurological pathways and opens up radical possibilities for our transformation. Ex: “How would abundance support my goals – What role does this partner play in me feeling bliss – Why do I want to serve my community in a compassionate way?”

 


Makeover Your Beliefs, Makeover Your Relationships

Relationships defined: The way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected, or the state of being connected.

Through our five-sense faculties (visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory, and tactile) we interpret information about the world around us. Through these filters of how we perceive the world, our beliefs are formed, and we create habits that eventually become our everyday experience.

Information perceived through the sense faculties can trigger very pleasant, or strikingly unpleasant memories stored in our memory bank. This could result in a variety of behaviors but we always have the power to choose how we react.

Knowing that we are always in relationship to everything and everyone can help us make better choices as to who we choose as our partners, how we perceive phenomena, and this can even spark new neuropathic pathways which are supported by positive beliefs.

This can further empower us to shape our reality in the way we choose to, versus being in a constant battle of reactive responses and therefore, confused or depressive mental states. To conclude, we are constantly in relationship with everything that is arising inside of ourselves such as thoughtforms and emotions, as well  as outside of ourselves that we perceive as other living-beings or inanimate objects.   As the spring comes to its final days, use this momentum to bloom healthy and thriving beliefs about your relationships that, will eventually unfold as your direct experience.