Day 26: Bedbound

It seems my lower back is just going to take its time to heal and I’m slowly starting to ease in. Once it starts to show signs of recovery, I’m confident I’d be able to build it up all over again (you fall, you get hurt, you accept, you adjust, you love, you heal, you put yourself together and you keep going) because I’ve done it time and again.

I might need to investigate if there’s any new injury or anything to worry about as this has been a rather severe back flare up in the last few months. Let’s hope there’s nothing new in there. I plan to get it checked in a few days, once I get through a few more sessions of physiotherapy and Ayurveda treatment to see if my back responds. I postponed getting it checked earlier because I’m aware of a couple of factors which could be hindering the recovery process.

I’m done resisting the present, hoping and expecting my back to respond just because I have a time frame in mind. I’m slowly easing in, accepting that despite my plans for January 2017, there was a need for me to slow down. And here I am finally allowing myself to. I can’t be more grateful for the support I have right now which makes it possible for me to give my back a break for the time being. I’ve dealt with a great deal of instability for years altogether and realise the importance of having support/stability AND also being grateful for whatever of it you have.

This is not to say that I can wait for too long to feel more like myself again. I feel like a zombie version of myself right now! Truth being said, nobody enjoys experiencing so much pain or dealing with limitations. I seriously despise being unable to do things I’ve worked so hard to get myself to over the last couple of years. I think it’s always good to pause as long as you don’t quit. The  present situation  calls for me to rest, to let go more so my back heals and regains its strength again. I know I’ll be back on my feet soon enough.

Love to all,

MD

❤︎

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INFUSED, by Manntra

I took my first perfume mixing class when I was 10. I remember making perfumes in beautiful bottles and attaching a tiny hand-made greeting card along with it. From what I recollect, it was probably the first time I started saving up in my little brown pouch. In my perfume mixing class, I learnt what sort of fragrances and essential oils go together and I started experimenting with some combinations of my own. I’m not sure what happened and I sort of forgot about oils for a while. Maybe I was meant to focus on something else. Much later while figuring out a pain management plan for EDS, I started mixing various oils (all over again) to help me in different situations, be it physical pain, mental stress, fatigue, sleeplessness or hyperfocus.

I personally love using oils as a part of my self-care ritual and Ayurveda routine and have seen how certain blends have helped me greatly. Combining my childhood perfume making knowledge + my understanding of oils over the last few years of reading and research, I wanted to share some of these blends with the rest of the world.

So…Here’s introducing INFUSED, by Manntra.co

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Rose + Marjoram | Body Oil

My very first mixture is a unique blend of Rose + Marjoram. This is a natural infusion of pure and organic ingredients, Rose + Marjoram + sweet almond & grapeseed carrier oil, embellished with visually soothing, dried red and pink rose petals. Rose is known for its uplifting and healing properties and marjoram for its general warming effect. Both are natural nervines (medicine for the nerves) – rose helps to calm the nervous system while marjoram helps to strengthen it. This combination also helps with muscle fatigue and restlessness. Rose + Marjoram is a great tonic for the heart-center and shouts nothing but love – love of all kinds & all things love.

Rose

  1. Antidepressant
  2. Antispasmodic
  3. Antiseptic
  4. Nervine – calming effect on the nervous system
  5. Utterly Romantic <3

Marjoram

  1. Warming effect & improves circulation
  2. Antispasmodic
  3. Cephalic – Fuels the brain and relieves headache
  4. Nervine – strengthens the nervous system

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From the samples that I gave out, the 3 most common words I received as description for this oil were – love, nurturing and uplifting – and believe it or not, that is exactly what I wanted to hear! I was going ckASJhgfihasfhkwhfkjankdam from inside, feeling extremely giggly and excited.

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Each infusion is made to order, so please allow at least 12 business days for it to be ready. It will be carefully hand-crafted, with much love, patience and care from me :) You might be reminded of a snow globe from your childhood when you receive one of these – beautiful golden-amber oil with pretty rose petals floating around – it’s magical to look at!

As of now, I’m only taking orders over email – hello@manntra.co

50 ml – SGD28

Payment will be via Paypal

You can also call me at +65 97163976 for more information.

I’ve got more blends coming up soon, but until then, treat yourself to some much needed self-care and have your mind and body thank you for your time and love ❤︎

❊ Important note – This oil is not suitable for anyone with allergies to nuts. Other options will be available soon!