Design in 2017 Will be More Authentic

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As we look in the rear view mirror at 2016 we greet 2017 with the desire to reboot, reprioritize and seek authenticity.

PANTONE understood these needs when they selected Greenery as the Color of the Year for 2017. According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, Greenery “symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.” Continue reading “Design in 2017 Will be More Authentic”

Steam Can Cure Winter Blahs

Temperatures have dropped and the East Coast is talking about the Blizzard of 2016. Unfortunately, colder weather brings dry air along with it. The resulting low humidity environment and home heating can irritate both skin and nasal passages.

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“The Healing powers of hammam were known for centuries. Famous Arab doctor and scientist, Avicenna (Ibn Sina) considered it to be one of the exceptional means of improving health and general well-being. Echoing the opinions of Greek doctors he believed that “physical exercises, healthy lifestyle and regular visits to hammam will render all medicine useless”.

Steam Therapy –

If you prefer not to take over the counter drugs to combat congestion and stuffiness, steam is a proven natural remedy. Steam loosens mucus and relieves inflammation allowing you to breather better.

Dried-out nasal passage ways are unhealthy. Your body needs moistened airways as a part of your defense system. When sinuses get too dry, the mucociliary transport system that traps and moves irritants stops working. Steam showers help promote sinus drainage, soothe a sore throat and act as a natural expectorant.

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Glowing Skin –

Outdoor winter activity and constant washing to ward off winter bugs can leave you with dry, chapped skin.

Steam opens up your pores, allowing your skin to breathe, and releases toxins promoting healthy glowing skin. For you gentlemen, steam softens up the skin making it easier to shave.

Steam Therapy for Winter | KitchAnn StyleMood Enhancer –

All this gray weather can also cause many people to experience “lower mood” and reduced energy this time of year.

There are some very effective treatments available for treating the winter ‘blahs’ – one of those is chromatherapy.

Ayurvedic medicine practitioners believe the body has seven chakras, each of which is associated with a specific color of the visible light spectrum, and a function and organ or bodily system.

Whether you believe in the deeper spiritual meanings of color or simply recognize that they have a profound effect on our emotions and intellect, incorporating color into our lives can raise our relaxation to a deeper level.

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This is why chromatherapy and steam work so well paired together. To achieve this in your home I like the iSpa Package from Mr. Steam.

The iSpa Package works with the innovative iSteam Touch Control and uses just two-gallons of water per 20-minute session.

Therapeutic Healing –

When in need of sensual renewal, why not immerse your chakras and your body in steam powered therapy with aromas too? The therapeutic properties of scent have been cultivated since antiquity.

Plus, essential oils and herbs, unlike chemical drugs do not remain in the body, leaving toxins behind and causing side affects.

Mr. Steam offers specially formulated essential oils and Chakra oils extracted from organic flowers and plants specifically to relax and revitalize the body. There’s nothing more therapeutic than aromatherapy, warmth, steam and chakra oils!

Steam AromaTherapy for Winter | KitchAnn StyleThe iSpa system includes the Mr. Steam AromaSteam system which evenly infuses oils into the steam shower via an electronic delivery system for balanced, seamless integration of aromatherapy.

I get much relief from the Mr. Steam Eucalyptus as I tend to catch colds when I travel. (Thanks, Martha a.k.a Mrs. Steam)

(Although not exhibiting at KBIS this year, Mr. Steam is a sponsor if BlogTour KBIS. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are mine.)