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2 Simple Ways To Take Your At Home Yoga Practice To The Next Level

If you’re like most at home yogis, you turn to your daily yoga practice to clear your head.

When life gets especially overwhelming though, it can be easy to skip time on the mat and instead cocoon yourself in a cozy blanket for the day. This is usually the time when you need yoga the most, and could actually benefit from taking it to the next level.

When you’re struggling to find fresh inspiration in your moving meditation and want to expand your yoga home practice, here are two helpful ways you can take it up a notch (or two!).

Create a Calming Atmosphere

Before you hop on your mat and dive into your first vinyasa, it’s important to set the mood by creating an atmosphere that will support your practice. By spritzing some of our Less Stress spray into the air and taking a few deep breaths, your mind will start to clear, your heart rate will slow down and you’ll ease into your practice in the best way possible!

Also be sure to practice in a room that feels relaxing for you. We recommend a room with no clutter, lighting a few candles and perhaps even playing some soothing music in the background. Your yoga practice is time for you so be sure to enjoy every minute of it.

Upgrade your Savasana

We all look forward to a good savasana at the end of a sweaty (or calming) practice. This is the time for you to allow the nutrients of your practice to set in and it sets the tone for the whole day ahead. Of course you may be practicing at night, in which case your savasana sets the tone for a great night’s rest!

This pose may seem super simple, but it’s actually one of the most challenging for the simple fact that you have to completely relax, and unfortunately many of us are not wired this way. To help you stay in the present moment and get the most out of your savasana, we recommend placing one of our incredibly soothing eye pillows gently over your eyes. By blocking out light and allowing the soothing aroma of lavender to fill your nostrils, you’ll soon feel completely relaxed.

These tips may seem too easy, but small things like this can really make all the difference. Give it a try and share your results with us!

4 Of The Best Essential Oils For Congestion In A Refreshing Spray

We may still be enjoying warmer temps, but that doesn’t mean a cold can’t creep up and take us by surprise.

Many of us assume that colds and flu plague us only around the winter months, but in fact, there are many factors that can contribute to the sniffles. Stress and poor diet are two big causes so by addressing lifestyle factors, you’ll really help to boost your immune system so that you can avoid weeks off work, or being homebound while your friends enjoy that tropical vacay!

Life happens though, so if you do find yourself feeling under the weather, be sure to have our breathe spray handy in your handbag! Filled with a complex and very effective blend of ingredients that will provide almost instant relief, this is one product that will soon become a staple in your life.

Keep reading to find out a little more about some of the wonderful essential oils for congestion in this refreshing spray.


Eucalyptus

The strong, refreshing scent of eucalyptus will provide almost instant relief from congestion and pain associated with congestion, such as a sinus headache.

It’s the most effective oil for any kind of cold or respiratory infection and will also help to protect against future viruses. Just a whiff of this powerful oil will do the trick, so spray some of our oil in a tissue throughout the day and inhale the scent whenever you need some quick relief.

If you have more time, we especially recommend spritzing some in the shower so that your shower can fill with the soothing steam!

Lavender

This herb is known for its soothing and calming properties, just what you need to help you drift off in the midst of an annoying cold. Lavender is also wonderful for relieving sinus congestion making this one ingredient you want on your side when you don’t feel your best.


Bergamot

Avoid antibiotics from the doc and try natural alternatives instead!

Bergamot has potent natural antibiotic, antibacterial and antiseptic properties making it ideal to treat your cold fast. The scent of this lovely oil will also help to quell feelings of anxiety to relieve your tension and leave you floating on air.

All you have to do now is get cozy in bed with netflix and some lemon and honey tea of course!


Peppermint

The scent of peppermint takes us right back to Christmas and candy cane hot chocolate!

This delightful oil is more than just a happy and comforting scent though. Peppermint will help to clear congestion and a stuffy head, as well as ease a cough. Menthol, the active ingredient in peppermint, has been known to thin mucus making it easier to expel. Peppermint is also perfect for clearing your head and helping you stay alert if you do find yourself having to head into the office.

Don’t let colds and flu get you down, get on top of them by using our breathe spray as a preventative measure too. Spritz some in the shower and be sure to keep some in your handbag, ready to whip out at the first sign of a tickly throat or blocked nose!

How To Use Lavender Essential Oil In Your Hectic Life

Ask anyone what their favorite herb is and don't be surprised if you hear lavender as the answer more than a few times, and for good reason...

This fragrant aromatic has been used for hundreds of years in various natural remedies, but most people know lavender for its soothing and calming properties that reduces stress and aids in a good night's rest. Just a whiff of this herb can calm the nervous system and transform your whole day.

Now that's what we call powerful!

Keep reading to learn a little more about how we used lavender in our products here at Jane Inc, as well as the incredible health and skin benefits it offers.

Where We Source Our Lavender From

We source our lavender from beautiful Provence, where lavender blooms from June to August creating lavender fields that are quite a sight to behold!

These rippling purple fields create a fragrant and calming atmosphere and is one of the summer Must-Sees in Provence. If you ever find yourself there, also be sure to try the cuisine where lavender features as a key ingredient in honey and sorbets.

Lavender sourced from Provence is light and sweet and you'll be hard pressed to tear your nose away from our lavender infused products!

We also use lavandin, a type of lavender especially prized for its powerful aromatic properties, in our essential oils. This variety of lavender not only soothes and calms, but it's also excellent for relieving sinus issues and may help with snoring issues too.

A Few Ways You Can Start To Enjoy The Benefits of Lavender

As a Bath Tonic

Try our Sleep Bath Tonic which contains lavender and will help prep you for a wonderful night’s rest. A few drops in a warm bath is all you need to activate the comforting blend of essential oils.

As a Soothing Mist

Fill the air with the soothing scent of lavender, lemon and bergamot and be amazed at how much calmer you feel when you spritz our Sleep Spray in the air.

By Inhaling its Scent

Just a whiff of this powerful herb is all you need to lower your blood pressure and help you feel more grounded in challenging situations. Our smelling salts are just what you need, and you can even take them on-the-go!

In an Eye Pillow

Meditation will really change your life and help you to feel calmer, happier and more grounded.

To take your meditation practice to the next level, lay back and gently cover your eyes with one of our luxurious silk eye pillows. Filled with a blend of flaxseeds and dried lavender flowers, our eye pillows are perfect for when you just need to relax.

These are just a few ways you can enjoy lavender from the comfort of your own home. Don’t underestimate the potency of this gorgeous herb, its effects are incredible!








 


 


 


 


 

2 Little Known Benefits Of Calendula For Skin Protection And Radiance

Calendula is a vibrant orange-gold flower native to the Mediterranean and part of the daisy family. Also known as 'pot marigold,' this popular annual flower can commonly be found in herb gardens and is well known for its pleasant taste in soups and salads.

Internally this happy flower can soothe gastrointestinal discomfort, but it's what it can do for the skin that really has our antennae on high alert!

Calendula has been used for centuries to treat a variety of skin conditions so with centuries of use backing it up, you bet we decided to add this beautiful ingredient to our products here at Jane Inc!

Keep reading to learn a little bit more about how you can take advantage of the calendula benefits for skin.


Antioxidants Prevent the Signs of Aging

Ever since we learned about antioxidants, we've made a point to include them in our daily lives.

From those superfood smoothies to our night time serum, we just can't get enough! Not only are antioxidants important for protecting the body against disease, they are vital for keeping the skin youthful and glowing.

The bright hue of calendula is due to a class of antioxidants called carotenoids. These carotenoids help to protect the skin against environmental aggressors that may contribute to aging. The outer layer of skin naturally contains carotenoids so by using skincare formulas rich in calendula you may help to improve your skin's overall appearance.


Hydrating Properties Prevent Dehydration

By now you're well aware that hydration is the key to youthful skin, but it can be difficult finding products that live up to their promises.

You can trust calendula, as it is all natural and provides soothing hydration to eliminate dryness and calm sensitive skin. In fact, calendula can even be used on infants to soothe dry skin or irritation such as diaper rash.

By adding hydration to the skin, calendula also helps to promote the formation of collagen to ensure the skin stays plump and youthful.

 

How To Use Calendula in the Comfort of your Home

Now that you know Calendula is more than just a pretty flower, you’re sure to want to experience the benefits for yourself!

If you have time to truly pamper yourself, then try soaking in our delightful Calendula and Geranium Pharmacie Soak while you lay back and cover your eyes in one of our incredibly soothing Eyestea bags which includes Calendula flowers to help you relax and to reduce puffiness around the eyes. You will emerge with glowing skin and bright eyes, ready to take on anything! Of course it wouldn’t hurt to sip on some tea containing calendula too!

Learn To Understand Your Skincare Labels With These 3 Pro Decoding Tips

What we put on our bodies should be just as important as what goes in them considering that our bodies absorb at least 60% of all topically applied ingredients. Yet most of us peruse the aisles of our local drugstore and nonchalantly toss bottles into our cart simply trusting the products we have used for years, but have you ever taken a moment to skim over the label? If you have you may be surprised at what you find.

Big name companies don't care as much about your skin and your health, as they do about that one thing that makes the world go round; those dollar bills. Nasty synthetic fillers and preservatives are added to products to extend the shelf life so that products can be mass produced. The result is a product that offers no real skin benefits and even puts your health at risk.

Fortunately, we have put together a few tips to help you decode your skincare labels like a pro to ensure you protect your skin and your health.

Learn the Basics

Skincare ingredients are always listed in descending order with the largest amounts being at the top of the list and then going down from there. So if water is listed as the first ingredient then the base of the product is water. However, don't worry if your active ingredients are listed towards the end of the list, as only small concentrations of active ingredients are needed to be effective for your skin!

Avoid Toxic Ingredients

While it's impossible for us to list every harmful skincare ingredient, there are obvious ones you should always look out for. If you see words like "sulfates," "parabens," or "fragrance" then you want to avoid the product at all costs. As a general rule of thumb, the foreign sounding ingredients are usually ones you want to avoid. If you aren't sure though, don't be afraid to ask.

Be Aware of Sneaky Marketing Tactics

Companies are allowed to advertise their products as "natural" even if there are only two natural ingredients in the product so it's best to opt for a 100% natural product.

Also, preservatives can often be disguised behind other names such as "fragrance." So do be skeptical if a conventional product touts its products as "preservative free."