With Mother’s Day coming up, what better time to show you care? Flowers and wine will always be appreciated (trust me 😉), but this year, why not gift something that will last longer and nurture Mum’s health and well-being? And if you’re the caregiver, it’s time to treat yourself!
Here are our top picks for the perfect wellness gift:
- Probiotic Kefir
If you’re a mama too, you know that a natural energy boost is the greatest gift you can give! Improving your gut health with a good quality probiotic is the first step towards improving energy levels.1https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4862197/
As well as reducing fatigue and boosting your ‘get-up-and-go’, Kefir can help improve your mood. Approximately 95% of total body serotonin (your happy hormone) is produced in the gut.2https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6469458/ Re-populating the gut with the beneficial bacteria found in Probiotic Kefir will keep that serotonin flowing and provide your Mum with the lasting happiness she deserves.
Ashwagandha (aka Withania somnifera) is an adaptogenic herb, popular in Ayurvedic and traditional medicine. It has been used for more than 2,500 years and extensively researched for its potential thyroid-modulating, neuroprotective, and anti-inflammatory properties, but is most well-known for its ability to help combat stress and anxiety. A 2009 study found the use of Ashwagandha comparable to common pharmaceutical drugs lorazepam and imipramine, but without the adverse effects.3https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0006628 What’s not to love?
Find out more about Ashwagandha here.
- Get Me Through The Day Tea
A caffeine-free lift for busy days! Containing vervain, rosemary, peppermint and mugwort, it’s great for naturally combating fatigue and low mood. You can see, smell and feel the quality of the herbs in this loose-leaf tea.
Learn which natural, herbal tea is right for you or your loved one here.
- Reusable water bottle
Staying hydrated is important for your whole body. Drinking enough water boosts gut microbial diversity – the more different bacteria present in your gut, the more resilient you are to infection and illness.4https://www.ncoa.org/article/10-reasons-why-hydration-is-important It will also aid digestion, increase brain performance, including cognition, mood and memory, help you lose weight and decrease joint pain.5https://www.ncoa.org/article/10-reasons-why-hydration-is-important
Encourage your caregiver, or yourself, to keep hydrated with a reusable water bottle. We like Chilly’s water bottles – they come in lots of gorgeous colours and patterns!
You can read more about how much water you should be drinking and why here.
- Soothing Kefir Lotion & Soap
Help your mother figure remove the chemical-heavy products from his/her skincare routine and switch to probiotic kefir skincare. Your skin is home to millions of bacterial ecosystems. Some of these microbes reinforce your skin’s natural barrier against bad bacteria, balance your skin’s pH levels and help prevent premature skin ageing. So it’s important you maintain a healthy level of these ‘good’ microbes and keep the ‘bad’ to a minimum. Using probiotics topically creates an optimal environment for the good bugs, swinging the balance in your favour against the bad bugs.
Chuckling Goat’s Soothing skincare range will nourish your nurturers skin and smells delicious – a spa-like scent, suitable for men and women.
Read about more ways you can nurture your skin biome here.
- Exercise class/gym membership
Exercise is an important part of leading a healthy life. Studies show that physical activity can increase your life expectancy and the risk of early death by as much as 21%,6https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/hsph-in-the-news/exercising-more-than-recommended-could-lengthen-life-study-suggests/ decrease the risk of depression and anxiety7https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/in-depth/depression-and-exercise/art-20046495 and reduce the likelihood of chronic diseases.8https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/infographic/physical-activity.htm
Help support your loved one’s physical and mental well-being with an exercise class or gym membership and JOIN THEM! Keep physically active together. This is a bit of a double-whammy gift as you’d be spending quality time together too.
Bonus: some memberships come with access to the gym spa too!
- Gratitude journal
Gratitude has been shown to be one of the three top character strengths that is most strongly correlated with positive wellbeing.9 Appreciating what you have can bring greater positivity and life satisfaction. Gift a gratitude journal to help give a quick and easy mood-boost this Mother’s Day! We like Papier – so many pretty designs and can be personalised with the recipient’s name.
To all mums, guardians and other caregivers/nurturers; we appreciate you Happy Mother’s Day!
For FREE ways to celebrate your mother figure this year, check out our blog post here.
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