National Stress Day: 10 Natural Home Remedies for Stress

Feeling stressed? Like all the time? You’re not alone! In fact, so many Americans deal with stress that we’ve created a day for it: National Stress Awareness Day is on the first Wednesday of every November. Sadly, chronic stress can dish out some serious side effects that are harmful to your physical health and your emotional well-being. On top of that, the effects of stress can also negatively impact your appearance and self-confidence, from embarrassing acne to concerning hair loss.

Learn how to get your stress under wraps with these home remedies for stress and natural ways to reduce anxiety!

1. Make Lists

If you’re easily overwhelmed by your workload or daily tasks, it is time to start making lists. This is a highly effective way to help you organize your thoughts and break down big projects into more manageable tasks.

2. Work Out

Stress can really take a toll on your body, but the act of exercise can do wonders for reducing your levels of stress and anxiety by releasing feel-good hormones in the brain that improve your mood and enhance your state of personal well-being.

3. Less Stimulants

Caffeine, nicotine, and other stimulants are known to increase stress and anxiety. One of the best natural ways to reduce anxiety is to cut stimulants out of your diet, or at least cut back on them. Instead, use natural, more mild stimulants that can be obtained through healthy foods and exercise.

4. Take Care of Yourself

With so much to do and so little time to do it, we don’t always make time to take care of ourselves. Unhealthy diets and poor hygiene ultimately lead to more emotional turmoil when we see the results of stress effects on skin, hair, and nails. Give yourself the time you need to take care of yourself, including maintaining a healthy diet. If you simply don’t have the time to cram your daily vitamins and nutrients on the plate, take a SIBU supplement to maintain good health, like our sea buckthorn berry.

5. Unplug

Nowadays, we are so overstimulated by smartphones, apps, games, social media, computers, TV, and more. Give your busy brain a rest and unplug yourself from the digital world. Shoot for at least an hour of peace and quiet every day. As you do this, you’ll also create more time for yourself to relax or get things done.

6. Meditate

You’ve been hearing about this remedy for years now, but have you given it a chance yet? Meditation is a magnificent tool for clearing your mind and reducing stress. If you’re pressed for time, start your days with just 2 minutes of silent, relaxing meditation.

7. Sleep Better

Your brain needs 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night in order to process a whole day’s worth of mental intake and prepare for the next day. Without a sufficient amount of sleep, you’re depriving your brain of the time it needs to recalibrate and refresh before another day of errands, responsibilities, and other stressors.

8. Aromatherapy

If you’re having a particularly stressful day, some soothing aromatherapy might be just what you need to clear your mind and calm down. Light a lavender-scented candle or use some calming essential oils to reap the relaxing benefits of aromatherapy.

9. Pamper Yourself

Who says you’re not allowed to spoil yourself on the regular? Treat yourself to a relaxing massage, a long bubble bath, or a manicure at the salon. However you choose to pamper yourself is up to you; just make sure you do it more than once a year to reap the stress-reducing benefits.

10. Write it Down

Writing can be incredibly therapeutic for individuals who suffer from all kinds of emotional upsets and disorders. Dump your worries, fears, and stressors onto the page for a cathartic release. Do this every morning or night for a fresh start and a clear mind.

With these natural remedies, you can prevent stress from wreaking havoc on your life and your skin! Discover how sea buckthorn can also benefit your physical health or check out the SIBU blog for more ways to enhance your well-being in order to live a happy, healthy life!

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Pumpkin Pie Energy Balls Made with Omega 7 Pure

These healthy energy balls are, as the title suggests, full of pumpkin, spiced to perfection, and contain a great combination of cashew butter, oats, almond flour, vanilla, coconut oil, and pure maple syrup which create a delicious rich and decadent texture, but there’s one more ingredient that really takes these energy balls to the next level…sea buckthorn!

Sea buckthorn also known as sea berry, is a resilient little fruit that grows in the Himalayas containing an array of nutrients. It is known to be the world’s richest source of Omega-7, an essential fatty acid (which is hard to come by!) that promotes collagen production, healthy skin, hair and nails and has other fantastic health benefits. We always hear so much about Omega 3,6, and 9 (which sea buckthorn is also rich in), but not so much about Omega-7!

This delicious recipe was created by Nutrition in the Kitchen – Click here for the full recipe and instructions! >>>

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Travel Beauty Essentials – Fall 2018 Edition. Part 1.

Buckle up beauty lovers and get ready to amp up your immune system and arrive at your destination energized, beautified and glowing. These are your travel beauty essentials….

I absolutely love traveling. It feeds my soul, however being in a cabin for hours with circulating air (and some humans that have yet to master the art of covering ones mouth when they cough or sneeze), can test our immune system and our patience….namaste. So today the focus is on pre flight prep and in flight beauty companions.

I’ve been taking shots of SIBU Beauty Omega-7 Pure as I prepare to fly across the Atlantic. Yes I do take this super berry year round, however prior to flying I actually do a few shots a day. Sea Buckthorn (the source of omega 7) is a powerful antioxidant and fights inflammation. It beautifies by supporting healthy skin, hair and nails; I see the glow in my skin from this internal moisturizer and my hair is more lustrous. Flying can dry out our skin so this is a great preflight boost. Talking of shots I can’t get enough of the rehab shot from Juice Press (this is a New York thing, however for my beauty lovers outside of NY it’s easy to make at home). The rehab shot consists of organic ginger, lemon and cayenne and it works wonders! I take one a day for a week, especially prior to long haul flights. When flying for work I have to arrive ready to go and these pre-flight boosts help.

 

From Super-berries to super-mushrooms….nature has you covered. I am a huge lover of medicinal mushrooms. My favorite is Host Défense, please read the story behind Host Defense as they take their mushrooms seriously and their passion for what they do is inspiring (www.hostdefense.com). I’ve recently rediscovered the power of Reishi. First of all it hydrates dry, sensitive skin, perfect for flying. A fabulous internal moisturizer and remember the ultimate beauty treatments are what we put inside our body. Let’s all shout it out together – “beauty from the inside out baby”. Major bonus points include promoting hair growth and improving the elasticity and tone of your skin, slowing down the aging process and leaving you with clear, glowing skin…que the music “young forever……” I hear you Beyoncé and Jay Z….Hold up there’s more…..Reishi’s anti-Inflammatory, anti- microbial, anti-allergenic and anti-histamines properties eases skin problems such as rashes, insect bites, sunburn and wounds. So a great travel companion. For flying I’m taking the liquid option as many germs enter through the mouth and this is a great barrier….you can’t sit with us. There are so many incredible benefits to this mushroom….I can not recommended it enough.

I’m a lover of ginger and turmeric so when I recently discovered the two made love and became one in the form of My Kind Organics extra strength Turmeric I smiled. Turmeric again is a great year round herb as it’s benefits are endless and it’s a superpower for the immune system. However it is particularly good for traveling because of its natural anti inflammatory power that dramatically increases the antioxidant capacity of the body. Combined with ginger, which supports the digestive system, this is the dynamic duo for traveling.

We’re strong. We’re ready. Let’s fly. So who deserves the privilege of flying with us. Certainly the SIBU Beauty Sea Berry Seed Oil for it’s multitude of uses. Not only as a nourishing face oil but for any cuts or dry skin (think cuticles, elbows, knees). It is a very healing oil. The Organic Pure Luxe Oil is a must have for layering. This is my go to Face Oil. A detailed breakdown is in the Fall Beauty Essentials.

I love love love face sprays. The way a face spray refreshes you after flying is everything. I can feel my skin awakening and drinking the benefits of the Alteya’s organic Bulgarian Rose Water face spray. It is so deeply hydrating. And the ultimate moisturizer SkinFood by Weleda. There is only one skinfood….don’t be fooled by wannabes. I also now take SIBU Beauty Face and body bar when I travel for the hotel. As I love how this bar keeps my skin moisturized.

Wherever your travels take you….enjoy the journey…spread love on your way and create cherished memories. As my daddy always told me, “this is life – not a dress rehearsal”.

These are just a few of my in flight beauty secrets. Stay tuned for part 2…

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Beat the Flu and Cold Season with 8 Immune Boosting Tea Recipes

Flu season is upon us, which typically brings sore throats, runny noses, throbbing headaches, and an unhappy boss. Beat the flu this season with these eight immune-boosting tea recipes!

Each of these healthy and natural recipes is packed with vitamins that will reinforce your immune system and prevent you from getting sick. If you make sure to get a daily serving of vitamin-packed tea, you can remain healthy, bright, and alert all season long. As an added bonus, you get to temper the chilly days with a delicious warm beverage in your favorite oversized mug.

Sea Buckthorn Tea

Sea buckthorn berries are fully loaded with vitamin C. Use them to make tea and you’ve got a steaming cup of health! At SIBU, we’ve harnessed the wonderful immune-boosting properties of sea buckthorn in the form of juice blends, purees, and oils, all of which make for a great quick fix substitute if you don’t have the time to boil and steep a cup of tea!

 

2 cups boiling water

2 small cinnamon sticks

1 oz. Omega 7 Pure sea buckthorn puree.

2 teaspoons honey

 

Muddle the berries to release the juice, add cinnamon sticks, and pour over with boiling water. Let steep for 5 minutes before straining and then serve with a teaspoon of honey for each cup. That’s all there is to it! Sea buckthorn tea is easy and healthy!

Lemon Honey Apple Cider

According to Joy Food Sunshine, this magical elixir is great for relieving symptoms and fighting off illnesses. This drink is not only tasty, but it’s also quick and easy to make, and loaded with vitamins. It’s also very effective for soothing a sore throat.

 

1 cup boiling water

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon raw honey

 

Once you have your boiling water, add it to a mug containing the rest of the ingredients. Stir well and drink.

Cinnamon and Ginger

 

This scrumptious tea is packed with immune-boosting ingredients and more than enough vitamin C to keep you feeling your best during the flu season. Because this tea recipe must be boiled, it’s easier to make this one in larger batches. Follow the recipe below for three servings or double it for a week’s supply!

 

4-5 slices fresh ginger

2 cinnamon sticks

1/2 lemon, cut in wedges

3 cups boiling water

Touch of honey, to taste

 

In a small pot, mix ginger slices, cinnamon sticks, half of the lemon wedges, and water. Cover and boil for 20 minutes. Squeeze the rest of the lemon into tea and add honey to individual servings to sweeten according to your liking.

Burdock, Berries, and Balm

This power drink was created to benefit the immune system and the lymphatic system, which are both crucial to combating illness.

 

Boiling water

1 tablespoon dried burdock root

1 tablespoon dried elderflowers

1 tablespoon dried lemon balm

 

Simply steep boiling water with herbs for 30-40 minutes and then drink 2-3 cups a day during flu season. We found this amazing tea to boost your immune system on andreabeaman.com.

Turmeric Tea

Turmeric is well known for strengthening immunity and promoting good health. This immune-boosting tea is just about as healthy as you can get.

 

1 cup boiling water

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 inch ginger root, sliced

1 small cinnamon stick

Honey or maple syrup, to taste

 

Whisk ingredients together and cook in a saucepan over low heat for 20 minutes. If you enjoy a dairy base for your tea, feel free to use milk instead of water—just don’t allow the mixture to reach a boiling point; let it simmer.

Citrus Turmeric Tea

If you’re not a huge fan of the taste of raw ginger and turmeric powder, you can mix it with other fresh ingredients for an added health boost and an even more enjoyable taste! It’s the perfect tea to boost immune systems.

 

1 inch fresh turmeric root, sliced

1 inch fresh ginger root, sliced

1/2 small orange, sliced

1 cup boiling water

Sprigs of fresh mint

Pinch of black pepper

 

Combine the thinly sliced ingredients in a mug and pour boiling water over top. Stir in remaining ingredients. Let the mixture steep for 10-15 minutes and then drink.

Herbal Immune-Boosting Tea

If your tastes lean more toward the herbal side, you’re going to love this tasty immune-boosting tea. Mix a cup of fresh herbs for a delightful-smelling hot drink on a cold day.

 

1 tablespoon dried rose hips

1 tablespoon dried elderberries

1 tablespoon dried peppermint leaves

2 teaspoons chipped cinnamon

 

Break up the rose hips to release the sweet aroma and rich nutrients and then combine with remaining ingredients in a french press. Add boiling water and let steep for 5-10 minutes, then enjoy!

Cinnamon Thyme

This tea for the immune system tastes so fresh and is so easy to make. It’s likely that this cinnamon thyme concoction will become your new favorite hot drink.

 

4 cups hot water

2-3 small cinnamon sticks

4 teaspoons dried thyme

Sweetener of choice

 

Bring water to a boil in a saucepan, add cinnamon and thyme and then cover. Steep for 15 minutes before pouring into mugs. Sweeten each serving with honey or your favorite sweetener.

 

Want some more recipe ideas? Check out these awesome detox drink recipes!