For our KCO team, as well as pretty much everyone in the world - the topic of health has been at the forefront of our recent conversations. With Kettle Care being a small, local business - we've crafted a very close-knit team of employees that takes active care in each other's well-being. After the Kalispell Costco ran out of toilet paper and paper towels this past week- (and after we had a good laugh at how absurd this situation is) - we decided to fuel the fire of taking our health seriously instead of fanning the flames of panic. This care and concern has led to each of us sharing our ideas for how we can optimize our health, so we can continue our day to day body-care manufacturing without any illness interruptions!
We’d like to pass these ideas along to you all, as we believe that together we can create a wonderful offense by creating a collective defense!
Note: If you are finding yourself looking for accurate medical information regarding the spread of viruses, we highly recommend you take a quick trip to the CDC website to answer any questions or concerns you may have. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
That all being said, we hope you enjoy our collective KCO Team tips & tricks for optimizing seasonal wellness!
1: Purify. Proper hygiene and regularly washing our hands is a baseline for optimal health. To take the next step, we suggest utilizing the many benefits of powerful essential oils. The ancient Thieves/Robbers’ Oil Recipe (read more/DIY recipe here- https://blog.mountainroseherbs.com/four-thieves-essential-oil) has been used for centuries to help protect the population from illness. In short, this essential oil blend is said to have protected grave robber’s from the Bubonic Plague in the 15th Century, and it’s the inspiration behind KCO’s Robber’s Room Mist. Our customers love its complex formulation of 15 purifying essential oils due to its effectiveness. We like to use this highly concentrated formula to purify all surfaces- hands, vehicles, countertops, bathrooms- you name it! Also, a few spritz in a diffuser can maximize the benefits in large spaces such as offices, living rooms, and waiting rooms.
2. Air out your space. Whether you’re at home or at work, we believe it’s crucial to keep the space you’re in as fresh and clean as possible. We recommend airing out your home for 10 – 15 minutes per day. We like to start by opening all the windows in order to allow the fresh outdoor air to flush out the stale, old air.
3. Brisk walk in fresh air. Additionally, taking a brisk walk after work or dinner can be so beneficial to clearing your mind and your body at the end of the day. You’d be surprised how invigorating this can be, especially after a long day at the office. It also invigorates the lymph flow in your system, which helps the consistent detox of your body. We are so lucky in Montana with our bountiful wilderness - get out, let the fresh air circulate in your lungs and really breathe in the goodness of nature to protect and soothe your body from the inside out.
4. Practice healing from the outside in. We recommend a nice long soak in an Epsom Salt bath - 2 cups Epsom Salt + 2 TBS of our Aromatherapy Mineral Salt Bath. The magnesium in Epsom salt is extremely effective at reducing stress and the essential oils in our Mineral Salt Baths promote a relaxed mind & body. Our favorite for periods of sickness is our Under the Weather Mineral Bath – formulated with oils of Peppermint, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Thyme, and Myrrh to support your immune system and clear your sinuses.
5. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Staying hydrated during the day and before bed is essential to maintaining optimal health and wellness. As Penny Capps likes to point out, just a little dehydration slows down the lymph flow and thus greatly compromises our daily detox system. We like to have a pitcher of hot tea ready to go in our office, and frequently enjoy infused waters to help encourage proper hydration! You can even take your favorite tea bag flavor and add it to a cold water bottle, shake and leave for a few minutes and you have a wonderfully refreshing, cold infused tea! Here’s a great link from the Whistling Kettle that lists some of the best teas for natural immune boosting. https://www.thewhistlingkettle.com/a/info/wellness/eyesight
6. Balanced Diet for a Balanced Life. Of course, proper health isn’t limited to baths, brisk walks and staying hydrated! Maintaining a balanced and varied diet of high quality foods & supplements is extremely crucial to everyday health. One of the best balanced foods when it comes to acidity/alkalinity balance is an organic apple. Thus the saying ‘an apple a day keeps the Dr. away’.
7. Sleep well. Try and maintain a good sleep schedule, limit blue light exposure - especially 1 hour before bed - and try to care for your liver (the largest detoxing organ) by keeping your toxic load as low as possible. Avoid coffee and alcohol whenever possible, and double check the ingredients on your skincare, to ensure you aren’t providing unnecessary toxins to your body through the skin!
At Kettle Care we strive to create our skin-care as natural as possible because we know that healthy skin is a large part of living a healthy life. With skin being your largest organ, it’s crucial to use products with only the best ingredients. Our products are concentrated and highly effective, so along with being good for you and your skin, they also aid to protect against harsh environmental factors. Youthful beauty comes from taking care of your skin and your health as best as possible!
We hope these tips provide you with a gentle reminder to care for the well-being of your body and skin. Our health is our most prized possession, and far too often we ignore feelings of exhaustion, and keep going even when we shouldn’t. We urge you all to take time for yourself and really give yourself the care you need. Try to reduce any unnecessary stress in your life, and enjoy the beauty around you as much as possible. And why not this weekend, try a day of ‘Doing Nothing’.
Check back in and follow our short series of Journals these next weeks where we share our tips of well-being with you.
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