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Now you can wear your very own PlanetJoy space kitten t-shirt!!

Now available to purchase on Etsy: PlanetJoy space kitten long-sleeve t-shirt :)

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TJ and I both have one (I actually designed the shirt with him in mind….I didn’t expect to fall wildly in love with the shirt, myself!!)

We wore them on the same day and it was ridiculously adorable.

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The shirts are the COZIEST!! I seriously want to wear mine every day for the rest of my life….

I had them printed by ooShirts.com and they do such a super fab job!!!!

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I recommend them to everyone because the site is super easy to use (I picked them because I was able to do the entire design and ordering process right on my phone) and I will ALWAYS order from them because the shirts look soooooooo good.

So, you should buy one of these shirts. And love it. And take a picture of yourself in it! (Even better: buy another one for a friend and take silly twinsies photos like my best friend and I did!!)

All you have to do to buy a shirt is click this link!!

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A Quick Guide to 3 Ayurvedic Herbs

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Ayurveda is from India. Often in my research I will write that you should take or use Triphala, Ashwaganda, or Amalaki….these Indian herbs are probably not as recognizable to you as vitamin c, peppermint, or turmeric.

But, just because you havent been introduced yet doesn’t mean these herbs wouldn’t be beneficial to you.

Allow me to introduce you to:

Triphala (for detox and cleansing)
Used for gentle internal cleansing
Great for colon cleansing
Tonifies your GI tract
Detoxifies and improves digestion
Improves circulation
Replenishes and nourishes
Helps with weight loss
Lowers cholesterol
Builds immunity
Cleanses liver

Ashwaganda (for stress-relief)
Especially good for Vata
Improves thyroid health
Helps you rest effectively
Enhances your mood
Increases immunity
Boosts energy
Improves memory
Improves adrenal health
Stabilizes blood sugar

Amalaki (full of natural high-potency vitamin c)
Especially good for Pitta
Detoxifies and rejuvenates
Full of antioxidants
Boosts immune system
Heals scars– heals skin inside and out
Balances bowel function
Cleanses and nourishes tissues
Helps eye health

Wanna learn more about Ayurveda? Learn from the best: Monica Bloom. She is amazing and funny and makes everything very uncomplicated.

Are you ready to receive the most fun mail ever?

New service: Mailbox Magic

Everyone likes to receive snail mail. Especially when it’s wicked cool and you can hang it on your wall or use it to decorate your room.

Collage Art (made just for you–every one is different!) sent to your mailbox every month:

*1/2 year– $25

*A full year of Mailbox Magic– $98 (you’ll receive mail 2x month!!)

ALSO
Care Package Crafts

Awkward bunnies, eye masks, bath salts, sparkly stickers….

Only $24/month. Free shipping.

Sign up by emailing me at joyboardman@gmail.com.

I will send you a PayPal invoice and as soon as payment is received, you’ll be on your way to a Magical Mailbox :)

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Malady Monday: Eczema

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Atopic dermatitis AKA Eczema is always itchy

(if it’s not itchy then it’s not eczema, it’s something else called Keratosis Pilaris (KP))

It’s a chronic allergic condition characterized by areas of itchy, scaly rashes. 

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In ayurveda eczema is also called vicharchika.

There are 3 kinds:
Vata: DRY usually accompanied by constipation & anxiety; aggravated by cold and relieved with sesame oil

Pitta: INFLAMED red and burning; aggravated by heat

Kapha: MOIST cold, sticky, oozing, swollen; aggravated by dairy, oil, and sugar

Most common version is PITTA.

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What helps all 3 kinds of eczema:
Turmeric (anti-inflammatory) Sandalwood
Guggol

For chronic eczema take licorice after you have finished detoxing with triphala (take triphala at night)

Externally use ghee, aloe vera, turmeric, neem*, and tulsi

*NEEM: relieves pain and protects from secondary infection

Vata eczema
⊙Sign of dehydration

⊙Use sesame oil externally

⊙Take castor oil internally

⊙Eat sweet, sour, and salty foods

⊙Take triphala, guggol, cardamom

⊙Use ghee with triphala, neem, and cardamom

Pitta eczema
⊙Avoid dairy, nightshades, oranges, peaches, strawberries

⊙Also avoid sun and heat

⊙Eat sweet, bitter, and astringent foods

⊙Drink coconut juice

⊙Internal: burdock, neem, dandelion, triphala, gotu kola, sandalwood, aloe, and amalaki

⊙External: rose water, coconut juice, aloe, gotu kola, sandalwood oil, neem, and turmeric

Kapha eczema
⊙Sign of poor digestion

⊙Avoid heavy, greasy, and oily foods (especially cheese & yogurt)

⊙Eat pungent, bitter, and astringent foods

⊙Internal: thyme, triphala, ginger, cardamom, gotu kola, and dandelion

⊙External: turmeric, neem, and chamomile

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Did you know your skin is your largest organ of elimination? So, if you are having skin problems you need to change what is going into your body.

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⊙Perform a liver cleanse

⊙Follow anti-inflammatory diet

⊙Eat grass fed animals vs. Grain fed (acid producing)

⊙Avoid caffeine

⊙Eliminate milk which irritates your immune system

Try to get more sulfur into your diet (eczema can be caused by a sulfur deficiency)

⊙Avoid shellfish (makes you itchy), hot spicy foods (adds dryness), and excess sugar and starch (adds dampness)

You can make a homemade salt and magnesium spray (magnesium flakes + Himalayan crystal salt)
Or take baths in the same solution

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Essential Oils
Try using calendula lotion
Also try calendula tea + 5 drops of lavender oil 2x per day.

Other essential oils that can help are:
Bergamot, eucalyptus, juniper, Roman chamomile, lavender, & rosemary

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Oils and Vitamins
Add GLAs (gamma-linolenic acids) to your diet with Borage oil and Evening Primrose Oil (500mg, 2x per day)

Also add Omega-3s

Take fermented cod liver oil

Take vitamin c, vitamin d, and vitamin e

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Don’t use soap and avoid wool
Wear cotton-lined gloves when washing dishes

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Let me know in the comments some things that have helped you find relief and healing from eczema.

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A quick pick-me-up playlist for August

I listen to a lot of music while I’m doing massages and (thanks to my Songza app) I’m always getting exposed to new stuff.

So, I thought I would start sharing the love!

Here’s my August playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKcuyDIHajOQEuhqUuKB51iQ36BO4fjfX

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Malady Monday: Mucus in Your Colon

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First things first, is it mucus or mucous? I’m going with mucus….

Mucus is basically dampness in your large intestine. Forms as a defense against excessive dryness. (The body is constantly trying to achieve balance)

Even intestinal rumblings are caused by dampness in intestines.

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Usually a sign that spleen is impaired. (What is the spleen anyway?! Find out HERE.)

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What causes dampness in the large intestine?
Worry, pensiveness, and overwork
An excess of kapha and ama
*Incomplete digestion (when food stays in the intestine it ROTS….mucus=host of putrefaction. YUCKY!!!!)

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Fun Fact: Metabolism of female hormones takes place in the intestines. Imbalanced hormones occur when hormones are not broken down effectively (usually due to antibiotics usage).

What should I avoid??
Too many sweet, sour, and salty foods and drinks.

**Also try to avoid fat, milk, cheese, sugar, white flour, bread, pastries especially in the EVENING.

What can help??
Drying, astringent, and pungent foods, drinks, and herbs.

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Foods:
Quinoa, buckwheat, bulgar, pears, APPLES, cranberries, pomegranates, figs

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If intestinal mucus is a big problem for you, one day a week try to eat only vegetable soup.

Spices:
Ginger, pepper, cayenne, tumeric, fennel (very cleansing)

Drink: (drink between meals instead of with them….strengthens digestion)
Plenty of water
Warm water with cayenne, lemon, and honey
Buttermilk
Teas made from the following helpful herbs

Helpful Herbs:
Rhubarb
Senna
Chamomile
Slippery elm
Dandelion
Mint

Also Helpful:
Bentonite clay (very useful for cleansing)
Triphala
Aloe
PROBIOTICS

Helpful Acupressure Points:
ST 36, ST 40, ST 44, LI 4

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(LI 4…. BONUS: Also treats headaches)

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(Leave a comment if you find this helpful or if you have anything to add!)

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Testimonial Time: Why My Clients Love 90-Minute Massages

I asked my adorable, wonderful clients why THEY love their 90-minute massage sessions with me. Here’s what they had to say.

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Anne:
“The extra 30 minutes makes a huge difference.

It seems that it takes my body and mind 60 minutes to completely let go.

The extra 30 allows my body to experience that much more relaxation and healing while all stress is gone.”

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LeeAnn:
“I tried it because: if 60 was so great, 90 must be even better!

Makes a big difference – since starting them I haven’t experienced the pinched nerve in my neck that usually occurs every couple of months!

I would DEFINITELY recommend trying a 90 minute massage – it allows extra time to be spent on areas that need extra attention, plus it’s 30 extra minutes of JOY!”

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Lynne:
“There’s nothing like a 90-minute refreshing. Joy is especially suited for thorough massage. I like how she gives a total experience.

I schedule one every month with her year of massage.

Time to really relax and renew.”

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Allison:
“I’d never had a 90 minute massage before and thought I’d treat myself to one.

What I loved about it was that I got to enjoy a full body massage, & actually have time to also work on problem areas a little more. 

If you’re having pain in a particular area and need some attention given to it, a 90 minute massage is the best way to do that.

It also allows for a longer relaxation period.

I LOVE them!”

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If you would like to schedule a 90-min massage, feel free to contact me at joyboardman@gmail.com!

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Holistic Help for Keratosis Pilaris (KP)

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KP (keratosis pilaris)

Aka chicken skin or goose flesh

Affects 50% of adolescents–more women than men 

(usually clears up by age of 30)

Also affects 40% of adults 

Affects people who have Celtic backgrounds

Similar to eczema only not itchy

Caused by hyperkeratinization (over production of keratin: it multiplies faster than it sheds) around hair follicles on skin

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Keratin is the hard protein that strengthens hair and nails. 

KP is acne-like and accumulates on upper arms, thighs, and buttocks. 

It’s a vata, dry skin condition 

Moisturizing skin is key to treating KP

Massage with sesame oil 

Coconut oil (especially combined with ACV)

Magnesium oil 

MSM lotion (REALLY GOOD!)

Also Exfoliate

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Exfoliating improves circulation, prevents clogging of dead skin cells, and removes build up of keratin

*Do not rub hard and cause irritation (or body will protect itself by producing MORE keratin!!)

Use coconut oil and sugar to scrub body 

Also make sure to dry brush before every shower!

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Do a liver detox (liver blood is not nourishing your skin) 

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Use a humidifier in the winter

Eliminate:

Corn products

Wheat

Dairy (KP is often caused by an intolerance to casein “dairy proteins”)

Try to eliminate dairy first for 6 weeks

And then meat for 6 weeks before reintroducing 

See if you notice a difference

In body care avoid sodium lauryl sulfate 

Suppliments:

Ashwaganda

ACV (apple cider vinegar)

Magnesium (100-300mg)

*Vitamin C (reduces inflamation and ingrown hairs)

*Zinc

Borage oil 

**Cod liver oil 

Vitamin D

Vitamin K2

Most importantly:

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Vitamin A 

The most widely recognized nutritional deficiency of recent times

Take MORE Vitamin A in cold weather 

Eat cows liver & egg yolks (which also contain Vitamin D)

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Herbs:

Burdock

Marshmallow

Calendula

Drink

Plenty of water (3 liters)

1 pint of carrot juice every day

Raw milk instead of regular milk

Eat

Ghee (clarified butter)

Omega-3s (Fish oil, chia seeds, and flax seeds)

More greens (your body needs more chlorophyll)

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I have personally struggled with KP ever since I can remember so I’ve been wanting to do this research for a looooooong time.

Let me know which things help you!
Remember it’s important to heal your body from the inside out!

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Zodiac Men: Gemini

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Gemini men:
Flirty, fun, spontaneous
Can’t take everything that they say seriously
They make a lot of promises but don’t keep many
Lots of fun to play with but they won’t stick around long

Also: wickedly handsome with delicate, almost feminine features.

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Movie Monday: My Afternoons with Margueritte

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It stars Gerard Depardieu which on it’s own would be enough to win me over.

It’s about a sweet, illiterate man who befriends an old woman who lovingly teaches him how to read and what it’s like to be appreciated.

It’s a love story. Not a romance. More like soulmates.

“It’s not a typical love affair, but love and tenderness, both are there. Named after a daisy, she lived amongst words, surrounded by adjectives in green fields of verbs. Some force you yield to. But she, with soft art, passed through my hard shield and into my heart. Not always are love stories just made of love. Sometimes love is not named but it’s love just the same. This is not a typical love affair I met her on a bench in my local square. She made a little stir, tiny like a bird with her gentle feathers. She was surrounded by words, some as common as myself. She gave me books, two or three Their pages have come alive for me. Don’t die now, you’ve still got time, just wait It’s not the hour, my little flower Give me some more of you. More of the life in you Wait Not always are stories just made of love Sometimes love is not named. But it’s love just the same”

Watch the trailer for My Afternoons with Margueritte here.