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3 Ways To Boost Your Immune System And Fight The Flu Naturally

Spring is still a few weeks away, which unfortunately means we aren’t yet in the clear where colds and flu are concerned.

The flu is especially harsh this year and you’re going to want to try and prevent it before it can even begin.

If however, you have succumbed to a cold or flu then these tips will help to ease your discomfort and get you feeling like yourself again!

Stick to liquids

You aren’t likely to have much of an appetite anyway, but when you do eat try and stick to warming soups and broths and away from heavy solid foods that are going to use extra energy to digest.

We swear by this cold busting soup, filled with nutrients to boost your immune system and lots of heat to help you sweat your virus out.

Also be sure to stay hydrated by sipping on warm water and herbal teas throughout the day.

Add essential oils into your shower routine

The steam from the shower is just asking for an essential oil such as a spritz of our breathe spray.

This spray contains essential oils including Eucalyptus to clear up congestion and pain associated with sinus headaches, as well as peppermint to soothe a cough and thin out mucus making it easier to expel.

Be sure to spritz some around your room and on your pillow too.

Become familiar with natural antibiotics

It may be tempting to run to the doctor for antibiotics, but antibiotics prescribed by your doc don’t only kill bad bacteria, but good bacteria too putting you at risk for stomach upset and even a yeast infection, no thanks!

You may be surprised to learn that there are actually a few natural ingredients that provide potent antibiotic properties while promoting good gut bacteria and reducing inflammation in the body.

Our three favorites are turmeric, ginger and garlic! Use them to flavor your foods, in a tea or try this delicious golden milk recipe that you won’t believe you didn’t know about before now!

Don’t let a cold or flu defeat you. Follow our tips to get better in no time!

The Benefits of A Mustard Bath Soak

Although residents across the pond in England have been soaking in mustard baths for years (and in other parts of the world even longer), here in North America we’re much more familiar with mustard as a favourite condiment of choice.

Mustard baths, you say?!

More than a tasty spice to go along with your food, did you know that when you bathe in it, mustard has the power to soothe achy muscles, relieve stress, and detoxify your body.

What are the benefits of mustard baths?

After a long day at work, a tough workout, or just a stressful day overall, your body feels tired and achy and puts you at a higher risk of developing a cold.

This is where the therapeutic benefits of mustard comes in handy.

The range of antioxidants, vitamin E, and anti-inflammatory properties in mustard has been known to stimulate the sweat glands, which helps to open pores and allows the body to cleanse itself from toxins. As the toxins exit your body, your circulation will improve, and sore, achy muscles and joints will soon be a thing of the past.

Not to mention, if you’ve been feeling stuffy, mustard seed powder helps to clear the sinuses and relieve you from congestion especially during fall and winter.

If you struggle to fall asleep at night, a relaxing mustard bath can go a long way in lulling you to sleep… just don’t close your eyes in the tub, wait for your head to hit your pillow.

What about mustard for my skin?

The benefits of mustard certainly don’t stop with improving your overall wellbeing. A mustard powder bath also works to soften, fight aging, hydrate, and revitalize your skin.

Okay I’m in, but I don’t want to smell like mustard!

We know that the smell of mustard probably isn’t the most relaxing scent out there and your significant other isn’t going to be too keen on it either when you get in bed after a bath.

That’s why mustard seed powder baths are best when combined with the use of essential oils. Our upcoming Mustard Bath Soak has added fennel and sea salt to leave you with a lovely fresh, clean, and slightly spicy aroma you’ll soon be addicted to! Sign up for our newsletter and you’ll be the first to hear when it launches.

Treat Yourself To All The Benefits of a Milk Bath

It’s that time of year when the air is dry, whether you’re indoors or outdoors, and this serious lack of moisture can leave your skin looking a little dull.

If you’re sick of feeling itchy and seeing flakes every time you scratch then you need a natural remedy that will help to hydrate your skin and bring back your healthy glow!

We aren’t talking about a lotion though, but rather about a milk bath, a treatment so luxurious you’ll wonder why you’ve never treated yourself to one before now.

This ancient remedy has been around for thousands of years, with legend stating that Cleopatra indulged in daily milk baths to keep her skin soft and beautiful. Considering she was renowned for her beauty and radiant skin we’re willing to indulge as often as possible!

What are the benefits of a milk bath?

Milk is rich in fats and proteins to leave your skin feeling silky soft, while lactic acid provides a gentle exfoliation for more radiant and healthier looking skin. Milk is also wonderfully hydrating so you can enjoy the benefits of an exfoliation and moisturizer all in one.

Soaking in a hot tub can feel wonderfully relaxing, but soaking in a milk bath simply enhances these relaxation effects. The milk feels soothing on the skin and for this reason is also excellent for soothing inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema. The milk will relieve your itch while providing much needed hydration.

A milk bath is your new best friend if you’re looking to say adios to dry, flaky skin once and for all. By improving hydration levels in your skin, your skin will take on a beautiful glow and everyone will be asking you what your beauty secret is!

How to enjoy a milk bath in the comfort of your own home

Our milk bath soak is all natural with added ingredients to help your troubles simply float away.

The addition of sea salt has excellent detoxifying benefits for the body and vanilla adds a sensual aromatic scent that feels like pure decadence.

Ease Pain (And More!) With An Epsom Salt Bath Soak

When it comes to relieving issues such as chronic pain or to simply ease our stress levels, sometimes we need to go back to nature and rely on a remedy that has been trusted for centuries.

We all know how wonderful it feels to soak in a hot bath after a long day and while hot baths have incredible benefits, why not take your soak in the tub to the next level by adding in some Epsom salts?

Epsom salt is named after a bitter saline spring located at Epsom in Surrey, England, where this natural compound was first distilled from water. If you have a green thumb then you may know that Epsom salt is a natural way to increase plant growth, while athletes have relied on Epsom salt to relieve sore muscles for ages.

The benefits don’t end there though!

What Are The Benefits of Epsom Salt Baths?

There are many factors that contribute to stress and prolonged exposure to stressful situations can leave you feeling tense with sore muscles and poor sleep.

This is where the therapeutic benefits of Epsom salt comes in…

Epsom salts can be broken down into magnesium, sulfur and oxygen and this is good news for you, because by naturally boosting your magnesium levels, Epsom baths provide a heap of benefits.

Magnesium is responsible for regulating over 300 enzymes in the body, but most people are actually deficient in this important mineral. Magnesium helps to relax the muscles, increase energy production and aid in the elimination of toxins that may be contributing to physical effects including fatigue, arthritis and digestive disorders. Magnesium is also important for mental wellbeing and can help ease feeling of depression and anxiety. It will also help you to sleep like a baby!

Epsom baths help to reduce inflammation in the body which can help to ease pain and they’re also excellent for regulating blood sugar levels, thus helping to amp up your energy levels and reduce your risk of diabetes.

Why You Need To Try Our Epsom Salt Bath

We’re all for the power of essential oils here at Jane Inc, so it’s only natural we’ve added an essential oil to our all natural Epsom salt bath. Artemesia vulgaris essential oil, also known as mugwort, has herbal benefits for a variety of ailments including colds, insomnia and depression. We’ve also added sea salt and arnica powder to further detoxify and reduce inflammation in the body. You’ll be ready to take on the world when you step out of the tub!

Why Your Skin Craves The Use Of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil set the standard for oils in the beauty industry and it’s one of our favorites here at Jane Inc.

When an ingredient provides so many internal benefits, it’s only natural that you should be able to use it externally too. Coconut oil is rich in fatty acids that provide a heap of health benefits, most notably helping to keep the heart healthy as it increases good cholesterol in the body and converts bad cholesterol to good cholesterol.

So long to all those myths about coconut oil increasing your risk for heart disease!

This article is not about the internal benefits though.

Instead, we want to to tell you how applying coconut oil externally can transform your skin from blah to beautiful in no time at all!

So grab a snack (these coconut treats are pretty fitting!) and keep on reading…

Coconut Oil Keeps Your Skin Youthful

Coconut oil is well-known for its anti-aging properties and feels absolutely luxurious on the skin thanks to its rich array of fatty acids that help to smooth and hydrate the skin. Antioxidants, like Vitamin E, help to neutralize free radicals that contribute to the signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles, while helping to repair the skin and restore collagen for plump and youthful skin.

Who would have thought your best kept secret for youthful skin was sitting on your kitchen counter?

Clears Breakouts In a Jiffy and Fades and Prevents Scars

If you still believe the old myth that “oil causes more oil” than we’re here to bust that myth once and for all! Acne is a result of inflammation in the skin and the pores, but the fatty acids in coconut oil will reduce this inflammation right away. Coconut oil is also rich in Lauric acid, Caprylic acid and Capric acid, all of which offer powerful antimicrobial benefits to kill bacteria that may contribute to breakouts. Vitamin E’s tissue repairing properties will help to prevent your skin from scarring as well as reduce the appearance of any scars you may have.

Hydrates Like No Other

Finally we can talk about what coconut oil is most well known for of all; its ability to sink deep into the pores and deliver a potent dose of hydration. Medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil (MCTs) provide humectant properties. This means coconut oil will hydrate the skin, as well as prevent a loss of moisture through the pores so your skin will stay hydrated, no gimmicks here!

If you were unsure before, we hope you’re positive now that coconut oil will solve all your skin woes!