Posts tagged #sickness

Boost Your Immune System With Wellness Wraps

So, is it just me, or has everyone been perpetually sick lately?! Between working with the public, having a toddler in daycare ( can we say germ-fest?), and journeying to the grocery store and touching those delightfully contaminated carts, I can't seem to avoid the sickening.

If you're anything like me, you're in the same boat. So, when you're on the up and up and starting to feel better but need that little help over the hump, an herbal wrap can be a nourishing, new way to get your immune system back in commission. A step in the right direction toward your self-care journey, an herbal wrap warms you to the core and can boost your energy.

Though new to many people, herbal wraps are quite delightful and healing. At The Pearl, you start with an aromatherapy steam infused with your choice of essential oil  (Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Lavender, Tangerine, Basil, or Lemongrass). Our quaint steam shower increases circulation, letting you flush out toxins and get an all over, head-to-toe warm-up. The steam also warms the body from the outside to the inside, allowing you to continue to stay warm, sometimes for hours after your treatment. Though we don't recommend a steam when you already have a fever, a steam creates an "artificial fever" in the body, which is said to bolster your immune response.

A tailored blend of herbs is steeped in a hot water bath, then cloth sheets are soaked in the warm "tea" in preparation for enveloping your body in a cocoon of herbs. 

We have options, depending on your individual needs, which include the following: 

The Herbal Wrap is relaxing, hydrating, balancing, and re-mineralizing. This treatment is great for boosting the immune system and speeding the metabolism. This wrap is our most detoxifying. 

Breathe Easy Herbal Wrap
A must during the seasonal changes in weather as this will boost your immune system and decongest your respiratory system. 

Mud Wrap
Beneficial for joint pain and inflammation as well as boosting metabolic activity. This wrap uses organic thermal mineral marine mud combined with the essential oils to create an uplifting, oxygenating and healing quality.

Mint Magic Herbal Wrap
This treatment is uplifting and energizing. This is a full body wrap in muslin sheets infused with spearmint, peppermint, savory and lavender.

Tummy Tamer Herbal Wrap
An herbal wrap treatment that is both detoxifying and supportive to the digestive system. All herbs and essential oils in this treatment aid in the digestion process and help to cleanse the digestive tract and tame excited stomachs.

Seaweed Wrap
Total body contour slimming treatment for individuals in need of detoxifying and re-mineralizing. This wrap is slimming, clarifying, and mineralizing.

You then enjoy aromatherapy. Eucalyptus, which can your respiratory system, helps aid in the clearing of nasal passageways. And Rosemary, which can aid in lowering cortisol. Managing our cortisol levels is a helpful tool, because when we are more rested and less stressed, we're more likely to heal faster and avoid illness. You then get a healing and stimulating head, face, shoulder, and décolleté massage. Massage of the face and base of head, especially, support opening and release of sinus discomfort due to their reflexive properties.

To end, you will take a cleansing shower followed by a head-to-toe application of Sacred Earth moisturizing cream, then hopefully retire to the relaxing lounge to enjoy one of our delicious antioxidant teas, which further aid in your relaxation.

When I have the pleasure of giving an Herbal Wrap to a client, it's so delightful and satisfying to see them so deeply relaxed and detoxified. Personally, when I receive an Herbal Wrap I feel the penetrating healing qualities for many days after my treatment. I feel less bloated, my skin is smoother, my energy feels improved, I usually sleep quite well that night, and I just feel very warm and nurtured.

May you be well,

Lily Lunnemann

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Immune Boosting, Anti-Inflammatory Drink

On its own or as a base for recipes such as this, bone broth has many health benefits

On its own or as a base for recipes such as this, bone broth has many health benefits

The season of nasty colds, sore throats, and earaches is almost over-- but not quite. If you haven’t gotten sick yet, congratulations, keep it up! if you have, this too shall pass. No matter which camp you are in, prevention or treatment, boosting the immune system is vital. A wholesome, nutrient dense beverage  you can take on the go is this anti-inflammatory, immune boosting drink. It can serve as your breakfast, snack, or part of your lunch.

The key player is chicken broth. Now before you run away screaming, allow me to provide you with a few facts that may change your mind. Studies have shown that chicken broth reduces the number of white blood cells during respiratory infections. This magical drink contains amino acids, calcium , phosphorus,  glycosaminoglycans, and gelatin. These nutrients will not only boost your immune system but they will also support your joints, soothe your intestinal walls and help you achieve hormonal balance. The secondary players are ginger and tumeric. Both enhance the inflammatory effect the chicken broth and turn this beverage into a superfood. 

Recipe:

  • One cup of chicken broth (make your own, recipe here, or purchase a reliable brand such as Pacifico)
  • ½ tsp Grated Ginger
  • ½ tsp Grated Tumeric

One dash of sea salt
Heat the broth mix in the ginger, tumeric and salt. Can’t handle the taste? Add a ¼ cup of coconut milk for a creamier texture. The coconut milk is chalk full of medium chain fatty acids that will feed your brain and give you instant energy. Now throw it in a to go cup or a enjoy its warming effects while you read a book on your couch. Allow this traditional drink to fully nourish and repair your body.

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