Wellness Digest #33: Energizing Herbs, Cooking Crash Course, and Alpine Body Scrub

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Welcome to this week’s digest. Wow. Has this week been stressful enough for you? I told myself I wouldn’t get sucked into the election day (week?!) news cycle. Yeah, right. The image above is what I (and I’m guessing many of you as well) need right now: a cup of tea and a good book. Simple diversions to maintain our sanity. And why not throw in some fresh lavender as well? (Deep breathing.) We’ll get through this. Here’s this week’s list!

HEALTH

After turning our clocks back last weekend, Scientific American came out with a piece about the desire of several countries to end Daylight Saving Time. Studies show that even just one hour of change to our biological rhythms can adversely impact our health from increasing heart disease risk to mild depression. Fun Fact: Hawaii and Arizona have been on Standard Time for over 50 years. Find out more.

As we move into the holiday season, many people feel like they are experiencing their own version of “Groundhog Day.” I’m a big fan of routines, but this moment in time is a bit beyond. Sometimes you feel engaged, and other times it’s just… blah. Invigorating herbs might be able to help you. I’m a fan of peppermint and rosemary, but here’s a more extensive list of herbs that can help you keep your momentum.

FOOD/NUTRITION

I just discovered these super short but helpful cooking videos on ApartmentTherapy. What I like is that the instructor is pleasant and straight to the point. You won’t feel overwhelmed by information overload either. They focus on very targeted techniques like steaming fish and salad preparation to name just a couple.

And when you’re done cooking, check out these kitchen cleaning hacks. The first one I will be implementing is adding essential oils to a cotton ball and putting it under my kitchen garbage bag to cut down on odor.

SELF-CARE

Yes, the power of herbs is a major theme this week. Here’s a great list of the best calming herbal teas. I thought I knew my way around teas, but loved discovering Scullcap tea, which is apparently great for calming anxiety. Here’s the full list.

Aesop’s Redemption Body Scrub is my new favorite indulgence. The mix of finely milled pumice, bamboo stem, sage leaf, and pine needle oil is aromatic, invigorating, and grounding. It’s like an alpine getaway. Also feels luxurious on your skin.

JOIE DE VIVRE!

Read: I’m starting a virtual book club with some family members. We’ll be meeting via Zoom and WhatsApp. As we try to figure out which book to start with, there are some new titles like Chimamanda Adichie’s new short story, Zikora. (Part of a series of original stories released on Amazon.) I also found this “book club” list on Good Reads if we need more inspiration.

Food Art: As my family and I are figuring out whether or not to actually make our pie crust this year, here’s Lauren Ko’s Instagram feed featuring her incredible pie designs! They are stunning. And her new book looks great, “PieOmetry: Modern Tart Art and Pie Design.”

Thanks so much for reading!

xoS

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