RAW THOUGHTS

Happy Memorial Day

Today we remember all the men and women who have bravely sacrificed so we can follow our dreams. For the selflessness and commitment to the greater good and country above all else. To all the veterans and active duty military men and women who have given us the precious gift of freedom. To all who have lost their lives in times of war and peace. This Memorial Day, we thank you, we honor you and we salute you.

This pandemic has given us all a little glimpse into what life would be like without all the rights and freedoms we often take for granted. It has given us a new perspective and has changed us in a multitude of ways. It has given us all a deeper respect and appreciation for the lives we have and the rights we enjoy. For the opportunities and privileges we have because of the warriors, fighters and peacemakers that have gone before us.

Happy Memorial Day in remembrance of our greatest heroes.

Ingredient Spotlight: Eucalyptus 

We love Eucalyptus — and not just because we associate it with the adorable faces of koala bears and dreams of Australia. Eucalyptus is a purifying, cleansing, clarifying, healing, immune-boosting powerhouse that is used in everything from aromatherapy and naturopathic remedies to our Raw Men Eucalyptus + Cedar Leaf Body Wash. 

 

The scent alone is enough to hook you for life, but check out the host of other skin benefits you get from the combined advantage of having antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties. All fabulous things when it comes to getting skin that is soothed, protected and younger looking.  

 

  • It’s a phenomenal cleanser.  It cleans on a deeper level, removing dead skin cells and pulling dirt from pores.  
  • It’s a natural antiseptic. It can help heal wounds and skin conditions like acne, psoriasis and eczema. 
  • Eucalyptus oil is a powerful antioxidant. It can actually form a protective barrier against pollution, toxins, cigarette smoke, harmful UV Rays and other environmental aggressors.  
  • It’s an excellent weapon in the fight against aging. The anti-inflammotory and antioxidants properties help soothe skin and defend from photoaging.  
  • It’s a natural anti-viral. It can help inhibit the development of viruses.    
  • Boosts collagen. Eucalyptus helps generate new cell growth so it aids in collagen production which creates more elasticity and less sagging and fine lines.

5 Hacks To Be More Eco-Friendly At Home

We’ve all seen images of dolphin returning to the canals of Venice. The holes in the ozone layer closing up. The space photos of clear skies over China and Los Angeles. The environmental impact of the global quarantine has been nothing short of inspiring.  The big question will be, now that we’ve seen how the world can heal, how can we keep it going? What can we do now, while we’re staying home that will positively impact our environment.  

 

Here are a few life hacks that you can put into play right now that can have a positive impact on not only your health, but on the health of our planet.  

 

  1. Eat more plants and less meat. Eating a plant based diet or cutting back on meat can have a large impact on the health of our planet. If you have a hard time cutting out all meat, start with beef and pork as they have the greatest negative impact on the environment.  

 

  1. Shop local farmer’s markets and community farms. We’ve gotten pretty good at locating alternate food sources locally so keep that going. Buying locally grown produce not only helps your community thrive, it helps by cutting back on all the shipping and fuel used to move food around the globe. 

 

  1. Use eco-friendly products — especially high-use soaps, and laundry detergent. Now is the time to take stock of the types of products you’re using. Clean up your buying habits by making a commitment to purchasing products that don’t contain harmful chemicals and instead, focus on plant based ingredients that come in eco-friendly packaging.  

 

  1. Evaluate your buying habits and consume less. This pandemic has brought about an unprecedented focus on what, how much and where we buy products. Shortages and the fear of running into people with the virus at the supermarket have got us all asking, do I really need to go out and buy this? Usually the answer is no. Become very aware of what you really do need and cut back on the unnecessary trips and purchases. In other words, less is definitely more for the environment.  

 

  1. Unplug and use less energy. If your chargers are plugged into the wall, they are sucking up energy even when a device isn’t connected. It’s called vampire energy. Unplug anything that isn’t actively charging.

Love, Lotions & Lip Balm for Mom.

Mom is non-stop amazing these days. She’s cooking, cleaning and caring for everyone. She’s teacher, chef, stay-at-home worker, master puzzler and entertainer. She is amazing. Show her some love with some gifts that nurture her soul and care for her skin. Here are a few ideas on what to get the woman who loves you most.  

 

Special Mother’s Day Gift Sets (available at Target) 

More Sweet Ideas:  

 

Lip Love: Our Pineapple + Maqui Berry Natural Lip Balm is 95% organic and gives lips hydrating moisture with Macadamia Nut and Shea butters and nourishes them with an infusion of vitamin E and an intoxicating blend of virgin coconut, beeswax, maqui berry and pineapple extracts. 

 

 

For the sensitive type: 

Our Green Tea + Cucumber + Aloe Vera Sensitive Skin Lotion is clinically tested safe for sensitive skin so it will nourish, soothe and protect mom while making her feel loved and cared for.  

 

For a Mood Boost:  

Our Moisture Loving Watermelon + Fresh Mint Body Lotion is a burst of uplifting vibes and nourishing, organic extracts and Cold Pressed goodness.

 

Ingredient Spotlight: Rosemary

Rosemary has been used since ancient times as a cure all for everything from digestive health and muscle soothing to promoting hair growth and boosting the immune system.  And now, this garden-favorite fragrant herb has made its way into skin care health and beauty products. It’s gorgeous scent and abundance of skin healing properties make it a powerful addition to your skin care routine. It’s abundant in vitamins A + C + B,  iron and calcium and is a natural clean label preservative. Here are a few ways that Rosemary extracts help rejuvenate and repair your precious skin.  

 

  • It is antioxidant rich which may help prevent wrinkles by stopping free radicals from breaking down the skin’s elasticity. 

 

  • It’s a natural anti-inflammatory so may help soothe and de-puff irritated skin. 

 

  • Vitamins A and C work to neutralize damage to the skin and aid in cellular repair.  

 

  • It’s rich in B vitamins which rejuvenates cellular activity and promotes deep cellular repair.  

 

  • Rosemary has moisturizing and collagen-boosting properties  that work to hydrate and plump skin. 

 

  • Rosemary extracts can help prevent skin from looking damaged by tightening skin, strengthening veins and help treat signs of aging.    

 

  • Rosemary oil is a natural antimicrobial so works to kill bacteria which is ideal to help dry, irritated skin conditions.  

 

  • Rosemary can also reduce blemishes due to cell regeneration properties that help eliminate the appearance of scars, spots and sun damage. 

Ways to Protect your Mental Health During a Crisis

The first weeks in quarantine might have seemed like a nice break from reality. But as time has gone on, mental health has become a much bigger concern as emotions like fear, anxiety, uncertainty, loneliness, isolation, depression and even desperation take hold.  So what are techniques or things we can do to help strengthen our mindset, elevate our well being and keep our thoughts from falling prey to those unwanted and unhealthy emotions?  

 

Care for yourself. Make sure you are practicing the simplest self care rituals by taking regular showers, baths, getting dressed, moving, cooking healthy meals and drinking enough water or tea to keep you hydrated.  Caring for yourself subconsciously speaks to your self worth and self love.  

 

Care for others. Sometimes pitching in to help others is exactly what we need to feel connected, relevant, useful and like we are part of a solution. What can you do during this time? Can you sew masks for neighbors and friends? Deliver food to an elderly neighbor or your local senior center.  Connect someone who is depressed or frightened with community resources. When you focus on others, your own issues melt away help you focus on the greater good.  

 

Connect. Schedule a family FaceTime, call your family and your friends instead of texting. Reach out.  Real connection and honest talk allows you to communicate and share in meaningful ways that have an uplifting effect on our psyche.  

 

Make a plan. In the case of emergencies, knowledge is power. Knowing what you will do if your reserves run out will do a lot to settle general unease. Write down essential emergency numbers and make a list of your state and city provisions as well as local charities for things such as meal assistance should you ever find yourself in need of it. Sometimes just knowing it’s there will give you confidence and reassurance.   

 

Limit News and Social Media. Turning on the news or scrolling through social media first thing in the morning is a direct way to depression. Keep the news off and just check in for the day’s highlights. Listen to music. Find things to “do” other than television and if you really want an update, call a friend to discuss the day’s developments.  

 

Gratitude Journal. Gratitude journaling has a profoundly positive impact on your mental state.  Just writing three things you’re grateful for each day refocuses your brain on what it good instead of what is bad. After a while, you look for more and more to be grateful for and, amazingly, you also have more and more to be grateful for.  

 

Meditate and breathe. Meditation and breath work are powerful tools for calming your mind, body and spirit. You can start simply by getting in a quiet spot, in a comfortable position and breathing deeply and slowly in through your nose and out through your mouth. With every breath, inhale love, peace and abundance and exhale fear and negativity. Add prayer or visualization to your meditation if you wish. Visualize and feel in your heart what a perfect day is for you. Call abundance to you and picture what that means. Your mind is your most valuable tool in creating peace of mind and contentment. If you need help, there are apps with amazing guided meditations and many free online sessions during this time as well.  

 

Learn something new. Challenge yourself to come out of quarantine with a new skill or new knowledge, whether that’s learning to play an instrument, teaching yourself a new computer program,  mastering a new game, learning yoga, how to meditate, learning a new language or becoming an expert on one subject that interests you. If you are learning, you are growing as a person.  

 

Be in nature. Get out into the sunshine. Take your shoes off and walk in the grass. Take a hike. Bird watch.  Fresh air and being grounded in nature is a universal healer.   

 

 Be present. 95% of the things we worry about will never happen. Learn to let go of worrying or anxious thoughts and ground yourself in the present moment.  Take a deep breath. Explore your surroundings. Look at where you are at the moment. Ask yourself if you are safe. Do you have what you need at this moment? Put your full and mindful attention on where you are at your present moment.  

 

Get help. If you or someone you love needs greater attention, never hesitate to seek the help of medical professionals. A few online resources include: 

https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline 

https://www.nami.org/help 

https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/talk-to-someone-now/

When and how to wash your hands even in self-isolation

If you’re staying home, do you really need to be washing your hands as much?  

The answer is a resounding yes. Whether you are isolating alone or are in a houseful of people, washing at home needs to be a frequent activity that everyone partakes in.  

Simple things such as getting the mail, opening your front door, unpacking groceries, receiving packages all hold the possibility for the transmission of germs.  

 

There are no “official” guidelines on how often to wash when you’re staying at home, but even in non-pandemic times, the CDC recommends washing before you touch food, during food prep, after you’ve come in from outside, any time you go to the restroom, pet an animal, any time you touch another person and especially after you clean up or care for others who may be ill. During the pandemic add on to that any time you touch a door handle, take out trash, wipe down surfaces, touch clothing you wore to the store, bring packages inside, dispose of packages or had any physical contact whatsoever.   

 

A good rule of thumb is to simply wash every time you start a new activity of any kind or complete one. Following CDC guidelines on how to wash is important too. The longer this goes on, the less time we tend to spend with the lather, so don’t skimp or cut back on washing time now. Pump your soap into one hand, lather and wash vigorously for at least 20 seconds — or the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice — making sure you clean under nails, between fingers, both sides of hands and up to wrists. Then dry with a paper towel, and use that paper towel to turn off the water before you dispose of it.  

 

Following these general rules at home will help keep being “safe at home” truly safe. Stay healthy.  Keep washing.  

What My Dog Taught Me About Social Distancing

Last night my dog fell asleep holding in her mouth her most prized possessions: two tennis balls. I took a picture of it, and not just because the visual was so entirely endearing. I snapped the photo because of the realization that hit me moments before. Marli wasn’t hoarding bones or food or chew toys… or toilet paper. She was holding on to something that daily brought her joy—even while sleeping, just in case any human was suddenly inspired to play ball with her. At the end of the day, it was the positive connection with others that seemed to matter most.

In these crazy times of social distancing, hoarding and negative newsfeeds, I wonder if many of us are holding onto things that don’t bring us joy. And I’m not talking things like toilet paper or hand sanitizer or zinc lozenges, but the toxic stuff like distrust, fear, selfishness and anger. I wonder if as we close our eyes at night that our minds marinate more on what we don’t have, instead of who we have.

Yes, right now we need to socially distance from each other, but that doesn’t mean we have to emotionally distance ourselves. I don’t know if I’ll ever get used to people walking past (or away from) me, their eyes lowered with no acknowledgement. But I do know that I am especially grateful to those who smile at me and say “Hi.” That one ounce of human connection can turn the we’re-all-in-this-together cliché into a comforting reality—even for just a moment.

Most of us are sheltering at home, and full transparency, it’s been challenging for me as my over-achiever self is still acclimating to shifting priorities and plans. But then I look at my dog who is probably living her best life right now, with my family playing fetch with her throughout the day. It’s a reminder for me that you have to let go of things like anxiety and fear so you can hold on tightly to everything—and everyone—that can inspire joy, even with six feet between us.

 

 

Source: Cori Linder, Forbes Communications Council Member

Self Care while Self Quarantined

More self-love. Practicing Self Care may seem like a given when you’re around the house all day, but if you’re focused on news and taking care of kiddos, it can be difficult to squeeze in or muster the energy to get out of your jammies and brush your hair, let alone take a shower. The psychological effect of being in isolation is hard. It takes incredible will and mindfulness to stay positive and productive in this unprecedented time. So how do we care for ourselves during a pandemic? I think we’re all figuring it out as we go, but here are a few suggestions that may help you in your quest to keep yourself peaceful, present, centered and cared for.  

 

Keep a Schedule. 

The most important thing you can do to care for your wellbeing is stick to some sort of routine or schedule. If you maintain healthy sleep patterns, exercise, work times and block out periods for self care you won’t get to the end of the day wondering where all the hours went. If you’re quarantining with kids, you can even give each person a block of time in solitude. Even if it’s a half hour. Everyone gets refreshed and is better able to handle a household if you are given a few minutes of peace.  

 

Practice Meditation or Breathwork.

Some of the biggest brain boosts and mental health benefits come from meditation and breathwork. Both practices will ease the body, calm anxiety, increase happiness and help you find peace of mind. Meditating on, or repeating a positive mantra is also really helpful when you feel overwhelmed, such as “I am calm. I am safe and protected and I have everything I need.”

 

Treat Your Body.  

Give yourself some serious love during this time and make taking care of your body a priority.  Soak in healing, detoxifying baths, enjoy steamy showers, pack on some hair masques and moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. All the cleaning can leave your skin feeling dry so keep some deeply hydrating hand creams and body butters on hand to give yourself some lush, beautifully scented skin rejuvenation. Feeling clean and caring for yourself is a huge boost to your mood, self esteem and feeling of contentment. 

 

Turn Off the News. 

Being informed is one thing. Having the TV on 24-7 is rough psychologically and can really have a negative impact on your productivity, happiness and feeling of well being.  

Make a point to get updates, but go about your day without the news and watch how your energy shifts to a more peaceful and positive place.  

Give Yourself Grace. 
Be kind to yourself because, OMG, the quarantine snacking struggle, low energy dips and moodiness is real. Give yourself so much grace right now whether you’re feeling sad, carb loading or just can’t check in to that online exercise class –it’s all okay.

Helping Hands

Here at Raw Sugar, we are on a mission. A mission to lead with love and pay it forward.  

The very heart of our organization is our philanthropic cause, The Raw Sugar Initiative.   From day one, our Co-Founders Ronnie Shugar and Donda Mullis have been inspired to give back and express love and kindness through the accessibility to wholesome, clean products for every single person regardless of race or socioeconomic background.   The unshakeable belief that every person deserves to feel clean and beautiful is the driving force of everything we do.  

 

The Raw Giving program is centered around our message of self-love and paying it forward.  For every product sold, Raw Sugar Living donates 1 bar of soap for families in need, up to 5 million bars yearly. Every person deserves to feel clean and beautiful. Everyone deserves to feel loved whether it’s through a bar of soap, or a kind word. Let’s all pass it on.   

 

We thank all of you– Every Raw Sugar Babe and Raw Men out there buying our products, giving us a helping hand and being a part of this important mission. We appreciate you.

A little Raw Sugar Love

Crafted and produced in sunny SoCal, Raw Sugar Living is a natural lifestyle brand on a mission to promote clean and healthy living through products that are good for the body and nourish the soul.

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