Feeling Rundown? It’s Time to Stop and Smell the Roses

It's high time women slow down the speed race their lives have become to take care of themselves. Let's begin by stopping long enough to find the health and relief flower-therapy provide.

The high-speed chase that describes most women's lives (running after kids, meeting deadlines and prepping meals) can easily end up in a big emotional and physical crash.

If you're overspent taking care of everyone, it's time to make yourself a priority. As the saying goes- stop to smell the roses- and it turns out that the color and scent of flowers can actually invigorate the soul, lift a sully mood or help you calm down. No matter how ragged you feel, there's a beautiful sight and smell that can help you feel better naturally. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Stop and smell the rosesStop and smell the rosesFeeling anxious or depressed?
Get a bouquet of your favorite roses, eucalyptus stems and other assorted flowers, and arrange them in a pretty vase. Then, pour some rose oil in a reed diffuser and place near the roses. The sight of the flowers plus the scent of the rose oil and fresh eucalyptus helps relieve anxiety and depression, nervous tension and emotional issues due to hormonal imbalance.

Try this delicious and detoxifying orange-ginger smoothie

Chamomile tea and lavenderAchy and unable to sleep?
Right before bed, make té de manzanilla (or chamomile tea). While sipping the tea, run a warm bath with lavender oil and crushed fresh lavender (if available). Soak in it for about 15 to 20 minutes. Get into your favorite pj's and ¡buenas noches! Chamomile not only calms the brain from racing thoughts, it also helps alleviate stomach discomfort and joint pain. Lavender, another traditionally calming flower, is well-known for its anti-inflammatory and sedative properties.

Orange blossomsNeed a pick-me-up?
Orange blossom oil will be your best ally if you need a burst of energy, and is known for its refreshing and uplifting properties. Add a drop or two to your morning tea, or smooth orange-scented lotion all over your body to feel energized and invigorated. Keep a pitcher of orange water in the fridge (water infused with 4-6 sliced oranges; serve on ice) for a great mid-afternoon energy pick-up, and say adiós to that extra cup of coffee.

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