Positive Energy in 2016

Well, we’re into the second week of 2016 – Happy New Year!

This year is an exciting one for me – I get to marry my best friend and the love of my life :). September is the big month for us and our planning is going great!

I know you don’t have to wait for a new year to begin new resolutions or new goals, but it does feel refreshing to start off on a fresh foot in a brand new year.

I usually take the first week of a new year to think about the things I want to focus on in my life and make a plan as to how I’m going to ensure I follow my plan.

This year I’ve set out intentions to improve my mindfulness, practice yoga as much as I can, eat foods that make me feel great and surround myself with positive energy.

I’m all about energy. Whether it’s in the form of food, people, fitness, location or work – if it doesn’t feel good, I don’t want to be around it.

Sometimes negative energy is inevitable though – there may be a co-worker who bothers you, a long to-do list of items that you can’t avoid (but wish you could), or not enough time to get that ‘feel-good’ workout in. The good news is that you can balance those negative energies with positivity. A good workout, a few deep breaths during the day or even a cup of tea (or glass of wine) can help you relax and de-stress from any frustrations or negativity you felt during the day.

A few things that I love to use or do to help me become more mindful and balance out the negative energies in my life are things that I have aimed to use more of in 2016 – they me feel happy, relaxed and quiet my mind. Below are just a few:

Number one on the list is my nebulizer (which I wrote about yesterday).

DSC05156

It’s the BEST invention and my new obsession.

I don’t know how I lived without aromatherapy until a couple months ago. The AromaGem Ultrasonic Nebulizer by Saje Natural Wellness is a heat-free, oil diffuser that acts as an air purifier and humidifier. It puffs out a soft mist of healing essential oils into the air, along with negatively-charged ions that help to clean the air of allergens and bacteria…pretty cool eh?

It’s super simple to use and on the intermittent cycle (puffing out air every 10 seconds) lasts around five to six hours. There are a variety of Saje oils that can be used and each oil comes with various benefits.

My favourite oils are Yoga, Immune and Refresh. To read more about my favourite oils and a review of the ‘Best of Saje Deluxe’ blends, click here.

My next stress-busting item that I’ve been loving since the summer has been my Himalayan salt lamp. It is super relaxing and apparently it helps to neutralize the “electro-smog” in the air to reduce allergens, irritants and create a soothing atmosphere full of negative ions (just like the nebulizer). Whether it does so or not, it’s still relaxing. I love the warming light it exudes and it’s the perfect element to my yoga and mediation practice. It also makes a room feel inviting, relaxing and comforting. I got mine at a health food store – most wellness stores carry them, including Whole Foods.

Screen Shot 2016-01-11 at 10.28.57 PM

See the photo in the corner?…that’s my fiance ūüėČ

One of my newest favourite shower additions is the Eucalyptus Mint OGX shampoo and conditioner. It Screen Shot 2016-01-11 at 10.28.03 PMmakes the shower smell like a eucalyptus steam room and makes my scalp feel tingly and refreshed – I love ending my day with this before I get into bed! The conditioner is especially amazing.

Next on the list is my honey, lemon, cinnamon hot water in the morning. I boil water and add half of a freshly squeezed lemon, a tablespoon of honey and a pinch of cinnamon. It’s feels so refreshing and warms up my whole body. It makes me feel great and I love starting my morning sipping on it.

Screen Shot 2016-01-11 at 10.28.25 PMBecause I can’t take my nebulizer to work, I love spritzing the Saje ‘Arrive Revived’ mist around my desk when I need a boost. Although it’s intended for ‘jet lag and travel’, it still does the job of boosting my energy and helping me de-stress while I’m at work.

Lastly is my meditation practice. There are no props required, just a quiet room and the intent to focus on yourself for however long you wish. I was introduced to the practice of meditation last winter and it seriously changed my life. The skills I’ve learned from it have helped me learn to ease my mind in times of stress, anxiety or just daily life and have made me love myself for who I am.

The best tip I learned for meditating was that your mind doesn’t have to be 100% quiet. Unless you’re a monk or an experienced meditator, it’s very rare to kick out all the chatter that goes on in your head. As long as you can focus on breathing, a positive intention and recognize what thoughts linger into your mind as you practice your meditation, you will be fine.

Screen Shot 2016-01-11 at 10.29.11 PM

I like using this book to guide my meditation practices – there a bunch of ideas to give you meditation inspiration. There also a bunch of great YouTube sites that can take you on a guided meditation.

I’m so excited for 2016 and I also have lots of great things planned for the blog!

What are you excited for in 2016? What are your resolutions and goals?

Saje Natural Wellness – My Newest Obsession

A few months ago when I was visiting a friend in London (ON), I walked past a store called Saje – the smell emitting from the store was what lured me in. When I walked in, I learned all about their nebulizers and the benefits of essential oils and aromatherapy…but I ended up walking out empty handed as I wanted to do some more research.

A few months passed and to be honest I had totally forgot about Saje…that was until I saw a fellow blogger post something about her nebulizer. I did more research and couldn’t help but buy¬†one for myself.

I purchased the AromaGem Ultrasonic Nebulizer¬†in chrome¬†(it was the least expensive and I thought the most stylish). It’s super simple to use and it acts as an air purifier and a humidifier. The nebulizer is heat free and very safe to use – once it runs out of water it stops automatically. By a simple push of the button, the machine turns on and puffs out a soft, waterless mist of essential oils, beneficial and healthy to breathe in. I usually put my nebulizer on the intermittent setting, it puffs out mist (which is not wet at all) every 10 seconds. The website says it lasts around four hours, but mine lasts about five to six hours before I have to refill it.

Saje AromeGem Ultrasonic Nebulizer

All of the essential oils by Saje have various benefits to them. My favourites that I’ve come across are Yoga, Immune and Refresh.

Yoga truly smells like a yoga studio – it reminds me of a spa and totally relaxes me. It is meant to ‘bring balance to your day, and practice and creates an intention¬†of loving kindness’ – just like yoga is meant to do. It has notes of lavender, grapefruit and neroli and it definitely feels grounding. My favourite time to use it is after work. You know those ‘on-the-go’ days where you feel like you haven’t really stopped? After putting my nebulizer on with Yoga, I feel like I can breathe and forget about my busy day.

Immune is my second favourite (so far) – the name (just like ‘Yoga)’, does and smells exactly as it sounds. ¬†It provides an immune boosting experience and cleans the air of bacteria and virus particles. It’s super uplifting, and the air in the room feels cleansed and cool. I love turning it on before bed or during the day – the scent of eucalyptus, and peppermint makes my mind, and body feel refreshed and pure.

Refresh is like a breath of fresh air. It has notes of peppermint, spearmint, lemon, and eucalyptus and it’s supposed to “sharpen focus and keep your train of thought on track”. I haven’t used this while I work at my desk, but I do find it very invigorating and cleansing. It just makes you feel ‘refreshed’.

Refresh is also part of the ‘Best of Saje Deluxe Diffuser Blends’. The diffuser blends in this set include (and are ordered by my favourite to least favourite – Refresh being number one):

DSC05167

 

Rain forest: it smells like a rainforest. It has notes of pine, fir and mint. I like the earthy scent it brings into a room and it helps to clear the mind and make you feel grounded.

Exhale: very similar to Refresh. It has minty notes and is meant to clear the mind, and body to help renew and fresh. It’s great to have by your yoga mat as you practice your downward dog or meditation.

Liquid Sunshine: perfect to give you an energy boost. It certainly smells like every citrus fruit in one bottle – almost good enough to drink. It’s great to have on in the morning when you need to wake up, or even during the middle of the day for a boost.

Tranquility: is very peaceful and relaxing. You don’t need a lot of drops in your nebulizer as it’s very strong. You can smell notes of lavender and chamomile – it’s perfect to have on before bed.

Spa Spirit: my least favourite (I don’t like it at all)…although I thought the name would definitely make it my favourite. It’s apparently meant to bring a “healing, spa-like atmosphere in to your home” but I find it very sweet and pungent smelling. Everyone has their own preference in scents, but quite honestly this one gives me a headache.

*On the note of headaches…I’m very sensitive to fragrance. I get an immediate headache and the feeling of a drop in blood sugar when I don’t like a certain scent. These diffuser blends are 100% natural and don’t contain¬†artificial¬†fragrances –¬†I am perfectly fine with them and they don’t make me react at all.¬†

I am just obsessed with Saje. They make an amazing product and the best thing is that they’re Canadian! I turn it on whenever I can – when I’m reading a book, watching TV, practicing yoga, blogging, or just hanging out.

I already want to buy a second nebulizer and am always browsing on their website to learn more about their various blends – I can see myself filling every room in my home with a nebulizer…

Stay tuned for more Saje reviews – I know it will be a favourite on the blog!

Saje was kind enough to send me product for review, and as a disclaimer, everything I review and write about is a product I truly love.