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Mothers Day is May 13

The first Mother’s Day in the United States was celebrated in 1908 in West Virginia, and Woodrow Wilson declared the second Sunday in May as a national holiday honoring mothers in 1914. Mother’s Day is a day dedicated to the celebration, remembrance, and honoring of mothers, motherhood, and the supreme influence of mothers in our personal lives and society at large. This year, Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 13, 2018.

Motherhood is a very powerful archetype in human culture. So powerful, that major religions are strongly infused with the mother image and their importance in the world is undeniable. For those that claim the title of mother, we know that there is no other job in the world that carries the gravity of motherhood. Being a mother is a role from which there is no reprieve. It has been touted as the most thankless and rewarding job at the same time. I have found that the easiest part of being a mother is the love that one feels for their children. The rest of it can be challenging, especially when external influences and parties want to dictate a right and a wrong way to be a mother.

I have a wonderful mother. She has always been there for me and my sisters whenever we needed her. She has gone out of her way over the years to teach us valuable lessons, provide a helping hand, and to show us acceptance and love. She has offered us advice, space, and options. She has allowed us to grow into the individuals that we are and has loved us through our awkwardness and rebellion, even when we made bad decisions. That doesn’t mean that she hasn’t struggled in her role as mother.

I did not fully appreciate this aspect of motherhood until I became one myself. Being a mother is about making hard decisions for the development and growth of another human being. Sometimes it means making the wrong choices and having to say “I’m sorry”. Oftentimes, it results in massive eye-rolling directed at you, or even the occasional “I hate you” as a result of disciplinary action. It involves a lot of tears, a lot of sweat, and a lot of laughter. It involves thinking outside of the box in order to see that your child can function within it.

Being a mother is not an easy job.

This is why I celebrate Mother’s Day. To me, Mother’s Day is a special day dedicated to recognizing the impossible task that is parenting and sharing my appreciation and adoration of the woman that took on that mission on my behalf. I can choose to celebrate that day by taking her out to dinner or bringing her flowers. But I know deep down that the only thing she cares about is having her children around her on that day, enjoying life as it is. After all, that is why we do what we do as mothers.

This year, give your mom (or mother-figure) the gift of self-care. Let her know that you support any time she takes for herself because she deserves it. Ancient Aromas has a wonderful selection of all-natural body care products that are perfect for indulging. Click on the SHOP button on our web page to see all that we have to offer. Feel free to email us for ideas and customized gift baskets. And you have permission to indulge for yourself, too! Order by Wednesday, May 9 for guaranteed delivery or take advantage of our local pickup option for central Kentucky residents.

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Getting Started with Self-Care

I like keeping it simple and when it comes to self-care, it’s as simple as doing what makes you feel good. What makes me feel good and what makes you feel good can be very different. It’s just a matter of deciding what that is for you.

It is of the utmost importance to practice the art of self-care on a regular basis. We live in fast-paced society that demands a lot from us. On top of the imposed expectations, there are those that we put on ourselves. After running ragged from home to work, grocery to the kitchen, and with friends and family when is there time for self-care?

I can’t tell you exactly what you need to do to take care of yourself, but I can give you some ideas on how to get started and easily incorporate small actions that have a big impact. The point of self-care is to treat yourself with the same love and respect that you give others throughout the day. It takes a lot to meet the needs of our families, fulfill our responsibilities at work, and be an otherwise productive member of society. We manage to squeeze out the minimum amount of time required to shower, cook meals, and rest around our demanding work schedules and other responsibilities.

What makes you feel good about yourself? Maybe you wish that you had time for a yoga routine. Give yourself 5 minutes a day. Is the only quiet time you find in your day when you lock yourself in the bathroom? Take an extra 5 minutes and soak in a hot bath with your favorite bath bomb or salt soaks. Pump up your after-shower moisturizing routine with your favorite fragranced body butter. Or you could simply diffuse your favorite essential oils right before bed. Taking care of yourself could simply be making your favorite foods for dinner or knowing that you are truly taking care of your body with a fresh and natural diet.

Treat yourself. A mani/pedi or massage. A new outfit. Drinks with your friends. Just treat yourself and allow yourself to feel good. Feeling good will help combat the stressors of life and allow you to give your best in all you do.

Get started with self-care and increase the time spent on you gradually. Regular self-care practices can help us create new habits. These habits influence how we see the world and interact with it. Self-care specifically can influence the way we see and interact with ourselves. Handle yourself with care and respect and you may find that life becomes a little more pleasant all around.

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What Gets Under Your Skin?

Let’s chat a moment about the largest organ of the human body – your skin.

Covering your entire body, your skin is indeed an organ that performs extremely important functions. The most notable of those functions is protection. Without skin, your internal organs would be completely exposed to the world. Your skin provides a barrier that helps mitigate what enters and exits the body.

Let’s think about the things that our skin is exposed to on a daily basis. The air, water, clothing, and anything we apply to the skin are just a few examples. Taking these, we can break it down even further and get specific about what we are putting on our skin. The air contains the usual oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, and carbon dioxide components, but it also holds the chemicals that are released from automobile exhaust, industrial pollutants, and electromagnetic waves emitted from our technology (WiFi, microwaves, ultrasounds, x-rays, etc.). Our water is polluted with chemicals that are added (intentionally) as well as things like hormones, antibiotics, and other chemicals that are excreted into our water sources from waste and improper disposal of certain products. Some things, like hormones, cannot be removed from the water using the treatment methods of most municipalities. When it comes to our clothing, what is in them largely depends on the fabrics used and the methods that were used to make the fibers. More importantly, there are residues from our laundry detergent that remain in our clothes and are transferred to our skin whenever we wear them.

Think about all the products that we use daily on our skin: soap, shampoo, lotion, perfume/cologne, deodorant, shaving cream, aftershave, cosmetics, hair dye, fingernail polish, and many, many others, depending on your routine. Many of the name brand products that we use are full of artificial chemicals that our body does not need and that can actually be harmful. Check out the ingredients in any of these products. You will find that most of them cannot be pronounced by normal, everyday people. What is sodium lauryl sulfate anyway? Does the body really need aluminum to keep from smelling bad?

Not only does our skin protect our insides, but it is also permeable. This means that substances can pass through the skin and enter our bloodstream. Just as we sweat to cool our bodies or get rid of impurities, so our skin can absorb substances. There have been many studies showing that aluminum is toxic to the human body and it has been implicated in cases of Alzheimer’s and breast cancer.

This is why Ancient Aromas is producing chemical-free products made from all-natural ingredients. Just as we should be cognizant of the things that we put into our bodies, it is just as important to know what we are putting on our bodies. There are thousands of biochemical reactions and processes occurring within us all the time. These happen and we are not even aware of it. Illness is the body’s way of letting you know that something is not right. Sometimes it is a result of injury, but oftentimes it is due to toxic and foreign particles interfering with this natural biochemistry. We need to clean ourselves regularly and we want to look, feel, and smell our best. So why not do it naturally with products that will support your natural biology rather than disrupting it?

Here at Ancient Aromas, we believe that taking care of yourself and feeling good are super important and we want to support your efforts in a healthy and natural way. Our products are designed to promote self-care, reduce toxic exposure, and make you feel and smell good all day long. We encourage you to do your own research and take control of your health and happiness in subtle, yet powerful, ways. It can truly be life changing!