The Verdant Maiden’s Julie Connor shares her secrets for living a happy and healthy life.
That’s right, I’m talking about orgasms. Orgasms have a remarkable effect on the mind and body, most notably they help promote a better night’s sleep, a happier outlook (thanks to the release of hormones like dopamine, oxytocin and DHEA), reduced inflammation in the body, as well as increased blood flow and oxygen in the body and (bonus!) a boost in collagen production. The glow is real.
2. A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP
Easier said than done, but finding a routine that works for you could significantly improve your quality of life. Try reducing tech and bright lights at least two hours before bed. Steep a cup of herbal tea with soothing herbs like chamomile, passionflower or valerian. Add a boost to your cup with a tincture of Sweet Dreams, which we have available in the shop. Create a cool and dark environment in your bedroom. If all else fails, see number one.
Prior to a bath or shower, gently guide a dry brush upward, starting at the feet, in long sweeping motions toward your heart. Dry brushing not only exfoliates, but it kick-starts the body’s lymphatic system and promotes drainage. If you’re following up the brushing with a bath, try one of four soaks available in the shop and round out the ritual with a nourishing body butter or oil.
4. BRUSH YOUR HAIR
Marcia Brady was really onto something back in the ’70s. My advice: Invest in a quality mixed-bristle brush such as our shop’s custom fern-engraved reclaimed beechwood brushes. Start by brushing dry hair a few nights a week for fifteen to twenty minutes. I recommend brushing in the evening and before washing. This brushing ritual is not only relaxing, but it distributes your natural oils from root to end, gives your scalp a little exfoliation and stimulates hair growth.
5. REDUCE YOUR TOXIC LOAD
Symptoms of toxic build-up may include digestive issues, brain fog, breakouts, bad breath and fatigue—just to name a few. Reduce your toxic load by replacing your deodorant, skincare and household cleaning products with safer, more environmentally friendly options. Drink more water (just like Mom said) and eat organic, plant-forward meals.