Everything Hurts


EH Reviews: Treat Your Mind + Body

chronic pain, pain, shopping, eh reviewsAmanda VinciComment

1st rule of Chronic Pain Club: take care of yourself. Soothing your pain is both a physical and mental process. It's so very important to include self care and relaxation into your daily routine, which is easy to remember to do when you've got help from these products by Miss Violet Lace.

Miss Violet Lace PINK SEA Detoxifying Bathing Salts

Miss Violet Lace PINK SEA Detoxifying Bathing Salts

Miss Violet Lace hand-makes an amazing assortment of natural beauty products. The ladies behind the brand are both Fibromyalgia fighters, and know just how important relaxation is in managing pain. Many of their products are designed to offer an olfactory sensory experience, helping to quiet the mind.

MVL shared three of their lovely botanical blended items with EH, hand picked to best serve someone suffering with chronic pain. And when the packaged arrived at my doorstep, I could smell it's wonderful aroma in the air before I even bent down to pick it up. Seriously, no lie.

Miss Violet Lace DREAMER Mist and CALM Mood Tincture

Miss Violet Lace DREAMER Mist and CALM Mood Tincture

Each Miss Violet Lace item I received smells and feels incredible, and has beautiful, thoughtfully designed packaging to boot.

PINK SEA Bathing Salts – Now, I have like, 10 different kinds of bath salts in my closet... but these are something else. A little bit goes a long way during your hot soak. The detoxifying properties help draw out excess oils, leaving your skin feeling clean and smooth. The bathing salts have over twenty essential minerals that treat, detoxify and cleanse the body. That's a whole lot packed into a little salt. And not this isn't just any salt, this salt comes from the Dead Sea, widely known for it's healing properties.
CALM Mood Tincture & Perfume – The other night I was uncomfortably the fourth person in the backseat of my car that barely fits three. As my friends and I got cozier than we usually care to, everyone started to comment on how good I smelled. Damn right I smelled good. Before I left the house I dabbed on this tincture, which is now my new favorite perfume. Even after seeing a movie, eating dinner and going for drinks, the smell of Calm still stuck around, helping me to feel at ease throughout a pretty busy night out. What I really love to do is dab it on my neck right before getting into bed... the smell is so soothing when trying to fall asleep, it really eases your mind and helps you forget about what's currently hurting.
DREAMER Mist – Another new pre-bed ritual for me has become spraying this Dreamer Mist on my pillow, face and chest. The combination of organic vanilla cream, jasmine, and rose extracts with rosewood and patchouli essential oils act as a natural antidepressant, and encourage sleep. The change in weather and old NY heaters tends to dry out my skin, and this mist also helps to refresh and nourish.

On their own, these products are powerful, but when combining all three before heading to bed – let me tell you... I have never felt more relaxed when hitting the hay. Be sure to browse through all of the wonderful items Miss Violet Lace offers on their Etsy shop, there are so many more that I would love to try. Go on and support some fellow spoonies and get some for yourself, I promise, you'll be hooked.

Coupon Code: Enter EH10PERC for 10% off your entire order (exp. 1.31.16)
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Just Add Water

Amanda VinciComment

When everything hurts, and all else fails... take a bath.
Usually this simple at home retreat is just the thing to help take the pain away – but hot water alone won't just cut it. These are some of my favorite bath buddies for making the most of my time in the tub.

LUSH Big Blue, Wiccy Magic Muscles & Golden Egg
When you walk into LUSH, it's hard not to feel like a kid in a candy shop. Their brightly colored, fresh, handmade cosmetics are 100% vegetarian and oh so addictive. The wonderful sales person at the store told me about the Wiccy Magic Muscles massage bar, when I told her I was looking for some pain relieving products. I rub it on wherever I'm aching, as soon as I leave the bath. It's made of a mix of essential oils and cocoa butter, with aduki beans on one side, which help to loosen you up. The Big Blue bath bomb was also recommended to me for muscle pain and ridding the body of toxins. It certainly is soothing, making you feel as if you are drifting in the warm waters of the Mediterranean. I left my bath feeling so refreshed. I also picked up a few Golden Egg bath bombs around Easter time, just for the fun of it. Check out all their awesome products, they won't disappoint.

The classics: Dr. Singha's Mustard Bath, Aztec Secret, Dr. Teal's
These 3 soaks are tried and true. They may not be as glamorous as bath bombs, but they are powerful and reliable. Dr. Singha's Mustard Bath is so good I had to buy a great big tub of the stuff. Add a scoop to your bath water and you'll immediately feel it getting to work – relieving aches and pains, opening pores and detoxifying the body. Aztec Secret Healing Clay claims that almost every mineral on earth can be found in their clay. I can't say if I know that's true, but I will swear by it's deep cleansing ability. It does not relieve pain, but this ancient remedy calms irritations often caused by autoimmune disease. If you're going to buy one product to add to your bath, it should be Epsom salt. Its magnesium sulfate content helps to relieve aches and pains of all kinds, improves sleep and decreases stress. I'm a big fan of Dr. Teal's Epsom salt, they offer a nice variety of products, and are available in most drug stores. 

Those little sacks with red string?
I received these Lollia In Love Sea Salt Sachets as a gift at work, and couldn't wait to give the cute little salt sacks a try. They don't have any healing powers, but if you add them to a bath with some of the heavier products, such as the mustard bath, they balance out nicely. I'm a sucker for good packaging, but they don't just look pretty, they smell pretty too.

I'm always on the hunt for great bath products, and I'll be sure to share them as I find them. Get to soaking, spoonies!