Ingrid S. Greene
Communications Professional for the Wellness Industry

Ingrid@yogatohavefun.com

home solutions

Foot Soak!

I typically don’t have feet issues like fungus, bunions, or athlete’s foot, but who doesn’t love a luxurious foot soak? Recently, I got some natural salts to add to warm water that helps to refresh and clean the feet. It has tea tree oil and smells delicious. It also tingles slightly when I put my feet in the mixture.

Here in L.A., we are often in our cars more than we are on our feet, but I still like to soak my toes at the end of the day. There is something about letting the feet relax that brings relaxation to spread throughout the whole body. I highly recommend this soak as a nightly activity on your agenda!

Blocking Out Sound

Recently, my husband has had some friends over on Saturday morning to help install our new security camera system.  They are very nice, but they are also noisy.  When I am trying to get some work done, I need to have it be completely quiet.

At the same time, I know that my husband likes to go to the firing range sometimes on the weekend. My Dad has been hearing impaired since his thirties because he didn’t wear good ear protection during his experience in ROTC. Now, we’re having to deal with hearing aids and an almost complete loss of this sense.

Thus, I got a set of earblock headphones that we can both use. I use them when my husband is in the house and he uses them when he goes out!

Did You Know You Can Easily Take Your Pulse At Home?

I love this new laser technology where with a purchase of just a few dollars, you can measure your pulse at any time…just limit it to twice a day.

With these new pulse oximeters, you just stick your finger in the plastic small contraption and within a few seconds, it reads your current pulse. They say that because it reads it with a laser, it is not recommended to measure it more than twice a day.

Now, there is no more guessing if our heart is beating fast…now we know. I love technology! Here is the great one that I got: http://www.amazon.com/Easy-Home-Fingertip-Dual-Color-directions/dp/B00KGP7L38/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1438223067&sr=8-1&keywords=easy%40home+oximeter

Glorious Los Angeles Sun!

My dad is in the process of moving to southern California and I really can’t blame him.  The weather here is just fantastic.  Today, I took my new yoga pad outside and did a few sun salutations under the blue skies.  It was great.  I posted a video here:


 

When the sun is out, it truly is so much easier to get motivated and to do things.  Even if we are trapped inside the house like I am today because I’m waiting for a package, I am finding so many things to tackle. I am doing things that I have often put off when the skies are cloudy and gray…baking zucchini bread, doing laundry, and writing this post!

Fortunately, the sun is out a majority of the time here in LA and this is why I’m looking forward to having my dad here in the long term.  Washington D.C. is a beautiful place to live as well, but the snowy winters and humid summers can be left behind!

Benefits Of Dandelion

Over the past few years, dandelion has become very popular as source for improving healthy.  I see it in the grocery store in the vegetable aisle for making salads and I also have it in my tea cabinet.  I looked up the full list of benefits and this is what I found. According to the How To Herb Book Dandelion is:

  • One of the best blood purifiers and builders available.
  • High in vitamins and minerals, especially calcium.
  • Contains all the nutritive salts for the blood. Dandelion restores and balances the blood so anemia that is caused by deficiencies of these blood salts disappears.
  • The herb for low blood pressure, helps build energy and endurance.
  • Overweight people when losing weight can become over acidic. These acids in the blood are destroyed by dandelion.
  • One of the best liver cleansers. It increases the activity of the liver and the flow of bile into the intestines.
  • It is fantastic for use in hepatitis.
  • Increases activity of the pancreas and the spleen.
  • Good for the female organs.
  • Helps open urinary passages.
  • Used to treat skin diseases.

Here’s to getting on our dandelion besides just blowing the seeds around for wishes!

Finding Natural Alternatives To Pain Relievers For Aches in Joints

I recently read an article from the NIH that points to Turmeric as a way to relieve pain in osteoarthritis. Since so many of my yoga students come to class with aches in their fingers and other joints, I thought I would pass this information along.

Although Turmeric is often found in Middle Eastern dishes, it’s also available in supplement form.

Here is the quote from the NIH website (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/662.html):
“Osteoarthritis. Some research shows that taking turmeric extracts, alone or in combination with other herbal ingredients, can reduce the pain caused by osteoarthritis. In one study, turmeric worked about as well as ibuprofen for reducing osteoarthritis pain”

Getting in our fiber today! #broccoli #turmeric #totalrenu #healthyeating

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My Parents And Pesky Stains

Although my parents have been divorced for almost 30 years, I still feel like they have some interesting things in common and can see how they got together in the first place. I can also see why it didn’t last, but their interest in fashion, European living, and parenting are ones that I am sure brought them together initially and easily.

One of the other things that has commonly developed for them both individually is their amazing ability to remove stains. When they come to visit, each of them often help me review my closet and my house for items that need some upkeep. My whites always look whiter and my colors always look brighter after they leave.

This week, I discovered a new product that I am looking forward to trying when they come out next as we are all often comparing the latest soaps and technologies. I learned that lemon essential oil is a great way to take out stains. I found these directions on www.homemademommy.net and am looking forward to trying it out:

“Stain Remover Directions
Apply the Lemon essential oil (http://www.amazon.com/La-Lune-Naturals-Recipes-Included/dp/B00UK4Q762/ref=aag_m_pw_dp?ie=UTF8&m=A28IXOORA7LYQV) all over the stain. Immediately throw the item in the washing machine and wash. This does not work like other stain removers. You can use it on old dried out stains and I have done this before but the trick is to apply the Lemon essential oil right before you throw it in the washer. If you let the Lemon sit on there to ‘pre-treat’ the stain then you might end up with a bit of a yellowing effect!
– See more at: http://www.homemademommy.net/…/easy-homemade-stain-remover.…

Absent-Minded Solutions

I really wonder what is going to happen when I have children because I am already so absent-minded around the house. Although I never completely lose my cell phone, it’s about 5 times per day that I have to ask myself “where did I put it down?”.
With the rush forward of so many functions now happening via mobile, I feel I use my phone more and more. I check my online banking, I find out who has registered for my yoga classes, and I keep in touch with colleagues primarily via email and text.
Thus, I came up with a slightly goofy way this week to keep track of my phone when I’m doing tasks around the house like working in the kitchen and moving between rooms. I put my phone in a little cell phone carrier that is light and easy to carry. Here is a video of me moving through my house with it. My husband thinks I’m a total goof ball, but I love not needing to think about one more thing!

Good Day For A Car Wash!

The weather in California, as well as in Europe, has been so warm recently.  I’ve been enjoying it by going to yoga and using the heat to more easily open up my muscles and joints.  Maggie and I have taken our walks either in the morning or in the evening which has also been a nice change of pace.

I often speak to the benefit of the heat for our bodies.  I feel it’s important to sweat at least once a day for detox reasons. By nature, I don’t sweat easily so it’s important for me to do things that create that energy such as yoga and spin.

Here I am getting ready to wash my car with my new chenille gloves that are great.  Washing the car is more meditative than sweaty, but if the heat keeps up, it might be different!

 

 

Cooking Classes

I have been taking cooking classes this week and much to my suprise, they have been very fun.  The chefs introduce us to traditional techniques as well as the latest trends in cooking supplies. I created a video here of my experience which includes some of the dishes from the following classes:

-Summer Small Plates

-Italian Specialities

-Middle Eastern Cuisine


One of my favorite new tools is the silicon baking mat.  It stops me from having to use foil, parchment paper, and/or get my baking sheet extremely greasy.  It’s fantastic.

I’ve been taking classes at both Sur Le Table and The Gourmandaise School.  Both are excellent and for different reasons….Sur Le Table provides delicious meals and Nespresso coffee in under two hours.  Gourmandaise is more hands on, includes more actually teaching, and allows each person to cook their own meal from start to finish.  I’ve been trying both due to their schedule and how interesting the classes sound.

If you are thinking of taking a class, I’d highly recommend it!