Do-It-Yourself

Seven Best Plants for Skin Care

Here is my list of the seven best plants for skin care, most of which we use during facials and waxing at the Cinta Aveda Institute.

Aveda Plant Ingredients

  1. Aloe Vera is the top medicinal plant on my list. It is common in lotions. Aloe soothes and hyrdrates. The gel of an aloe plant contains nutrients vitamins A, C, and E; folic acid; zinc; and potassium.
  2. Lavender works to soothe your skin. It also has antiseptic properties that make it great for cleansing.
  3. Roses do more than smell good, they also boost the health of your skin. Rose is good for hydrating skin and it also helps soothe overworked skin. Rose is a great toner and can ease redness and irritation from breakouts.
  4. Calendula can relieve dryness and make your skin look and feel more hydrated. It also boosts blood flow and is used to treat burns.
  5. Tea tree oil is an ideal choice for treating acne. You can also use it as an alternate to deodorant. At the Cinta Aveda Institute, we use it after we wax a body part, to prevent breakouts and ingrown hairs.
  6. Witch hazel is great for cleansing your face. It helps clear away dirt, bacteria, and debris that can lead to breakouts. It’s also great for relieving skin irritation and fighting inflammation.
  7. Neem oil can help if you suffer from chronic skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis, or recurrent breakouts. Neem oil has a lot of antioxidants, which means it supports healthy, youthful-looking skin.

Commercial Deodorants Have Chemicals

Homemade Deodorant

How is your Deodorant working for you? Do you use a commercial deodorant product advertised on television?

How would you feel if I told you that most of those deodorants contain cancer-causing ingredients? Well, it’s true, they do. Many contain preservatives called parabens that cause hormone disruption—specifically, they mimic estrogen—and can cause DNA damage that could lead to breast cancer. You can recognize parabens in the ingredient list: methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, or benzylparaben.

And do you think it’s good for your armpits not to sweat? No it’s not good. If you’re using an antiperspirant, it blocks your sebaceous glands from producing the sweat that should to help cool the body. You may think you will sweat more if you don’t use an antiperspirant; at first you will, but once your body becomes regulated and back to its natural state, you will not sweat as much and the odor will reduce.

When you decide to do the switch, you will notice changes. Aluminum is the main antiperspirant ingredient in almost all deodorants. Aluminum-based compounds are used to plug up sweat glands. Aluminum may be harmful when placed on to the skin or the breast; it also mimics estrogen-like cells that cause a hormonal effect which may contribute to breast cancer.

Now, remember, what you eat comes out through your pores. So even if you’re using a natural deodorant, if you eat greasy fast food, you’ll most likely still have an odor. Your body cleanses by expelling the toxins through your pores as well as your digestive tract. So eat healthier and you won’t have as much odor. A natural deodorant can mask the occasional scent.

Chlorophyll is also a natural plant-derived ingredient. Chlorophyll can be found in plants and gives them their green color, and it may help protect the body from cancer from the inside out. When ingested, it helps oxygenate the blood and cancer cells don’t thrive in oxygen. So eating a lot of leafy greens will help and act as an internal deodorant.

So which natural deodorant should you use? That all depends upon you. What scents do you like? Are you sensitive to certain oils or plants? If you’re still not sure, make a list of your likes of herbs and oils that help as a natural deodorant. You can even make your own; it’s very simple and cheap and you can have a lot left to make more in the future.

Here is a simple recipe that I use:

  • 1 cup coconut oil (antibacterial)
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ¼ cup arrowroot powder
  • 10 drops tea tree oil

Just put it all in a cup and mix it all together and you will have a natural, healthy, safe, deodorant!

You can put it in a jar and use a scoop to get it out and rub onto your under arms.

Remember that it will take about 12 days to acclimate your body to the use of natural deodorant. So, be patient, and know that you will be reducing your risk of breast cancer by switching over to natural deodorant.

Golden Milk

Turmeric - Curcuma longa Roots

Turmeric is a spice that has been used in India for a long time. It is what gives curry and mustard their yellow color. Not only is it used for food, but also as a medicinal herb. The main active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin which is an antioxidant. Curcumin has anti inflammatory effects and fights free radicals in the body. It also increases the antioxidants in the body. Curcumin is more easily absorbed into the body with the aid of piperine in black pepper. There have been studies showing that turmeric can prevent or delay arthritis, cancer, and Alzheimer’s.

There are many ways to incorporate turmeric into your diet—of course, the easiest way is to sprinkle some on your food. My favorite way to take turmeric is by making Golden Milk. It is a drink made with any warm milk that you like, turmeric paste, black pepper, and an oil of your choosing. This is a great drink to have before bed due to its relaxing and immune boosting properties.

Turmeric Paste

  • ½ cup turmeric powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1½ teaspoon ground black pepper

Cook turmeric powder and water together over low heat, constantly stirring until a thick paste has formed. More water may be needed. Add black pepper, stir to incorporate. Allow to cool, then store in a glass jar.

Remember that turmeric stains, so avoid plastic containers.

Paste is best for 2-3 weeks.

Golden Milk

  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric paste
  • 1 cup almond milk, soy, coconut, or hemp milk, or a combination
  • 1 teaspoon Udo’s or coconut oil
  • Honey, maple syrup, or agave syrup

Cook all the ingredients, except the honey or syrup, together in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly until the ingredients are mixed well, do not boil. Add honey or syrup to taste and enjoy!

Homemade Bath Products Using Aveda

Since schooling at Cinta Aveda institute, I have been inspired to integrate more clean and natural products—and ways of life—into my daily routine. I decided to make the beauty and skincare products that I use at home. The recipe below has been one of the most successful of my endeavors, and the most fun as well. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Happy bathing!

Aveda Bath Bombs

  • 8 ounces baking soda
  • 4 ounces cornstarch
  • 4 ounces Epsom salts
  • 2 teaspoons of organic turmeric1
  • 4 ounces citric acid
  • ¾ teaspoon water
  • 2 teaspoons Aveda Singular Note [I used Ylang Ylang]
  • 2 Tablespoons Aveda Composition Oil [I used Beautifying Oil]
  • Dried flowers or herbs of your choosing [optional]
  • Equipment: plastic craft ornaments as molds. Use the type that have two halves that snap together which makes beautiful perfect sphere shapes. Depending on the size of your molds, you’ll need three to six of them. You’ll also need gloves for hand protection—citric acid is abrasive.
  1. Mix all the baking soda, cornstarch, Epsom salts, and turmeric in a large mixing bowl.
  2. In a separate small bowl, mix the water, and oils. If you are using an optional liquid natural dye, add it here.
  3. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. At this point, your mixture should resemble wet sand. Adding the natural coloring helps you figure out if it’s well-mixed: an even color means a good mix. When you squeeze some in your fist, it should hold together. If it doesn’t, add water a few drops at a time until desired consistency is reached.
  4. Put on gloves, and add the citric acid and mix again. Citric acid is abrasive, so don’t skip the gloves.
  5. Tightly pack the mixture into your mold. Let it dry for 24 hours.
  6. Carefully remove the bombs from molds and let them dry another 24-48 hours before packaging. Make sure to store in a dry area.
  1. The turmeric adds a yellow tint to my bombs. You could use another natural dye depending on your desired scent.

Makes 3 to 6 bombs depending on size of your molds

Contouring and Highlighting One Size Doesn’t Fit All

1uVBfE6s4yzRNvysUIs4ChCegntz24rLNbxsZ6yD5LoMy face shape is certainly not a lovely, perfect oval. I have a pronounced forehead and long jawline. (Think Sarah Jessica Parker, here). I have a prominent, slightly crooked nose. I never thought my face looked right when it was re-shaped with cookie cutter darks and lights, following a standard diagram because unfortunately, all these diagrams are designed for a single, perfect face shape.

To say the least, I was extremely discouraged, because I couldn’t seem to grasp the concept of H&C in-depth.

Though it took me some time, I then realized, that not everyone else on the planet has a perfectly proportioned oval face either.

So I practiced. I figured out where and how to customize placement of highlight, and where to shadow to perfectly emphasize an individual face.

Everyone is unique, and contouring and highlighting isn’t strictly black and white. Our noses, foreheads and cheekbones, don’t come in a cookie cutter fashion.

Eventually, I got tired of contouring and highlighting. It became more work than was worth it. I learned to embrace my flaws, because they gave my face a bit of character. Sure, I can still emphasize what I need to, if I want to. I just choose not too.

4 Types of Honey Masks to Try at Home

Honey masks are not only amazing for your skin but also all natural! Here are four different types of honey masks to try with different skin types :

1- Honey face mask for acne-prone skin

•3 teaspoons raw honey

•1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

Mix honey and cinnamon together, and apply to your face. Leave the mask on for 10-30 minutes. The antibacterial properties of both honey and cinnamon are especially beneficial for acne-prone skin.

2- Honey face mask for dry skin

•1 teaspoon mashed avocado

•1 teaspoon plain whole milk yogurt

•1 teaspoon honey

Mix ingredients in a small bowl until smooth. Spread the mixture over your face and let it sit for 20-30 minutes before washing it off. The fats in the avocado and whole milk yogurt are deeply moisturizing to the skin, while the lactic acid in the yogurt smooths your skin, refines pores, and stimulates collagen production.

3- Honey mask for sensitive skin

•2 teaspoon of raw honey

•1 teaspoon aloe Vera gel

Stir the aloe and honey together and apply over your face. Leave it on for about 10-20 minutes. Aloe soothes inflammation and calms your skin, perfect for those with sensitive, irritated skin.

4- Honey mask for scars and dark spots

•2 teaspoon of raw honey

•1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Combine the lemon juice and honey, and apply the mixture to your face. Allow it to sit for 20-30 minutes. Lemon juice exfoliates your skin, brightens dark spots and fades scars. Your skin will feel smooth and soft right away, but it may take a few applications to notice a real difference in scars and spots.

How to Find the Right Eyeshadow Color to Accentuate Your Eyes

S6uagQ_9ihQKHl6M1byp3UPNk4bw1N3vYgq9bM6MhNkFinding the right color eyeshadow can seem difficult for some people, but it is really quite simple. First you want to get a color wheel and locate your eye color on the wheel. Directly across from your eye color is your complementary color that will instantly accentuate your iris hue.

Best complimentary color for blue eyes:

•gold

•bronze

•copper

•champagne

•yellow-beige

•peach

Best complimentary color for brown eyes(Brown looks good with mostly every color):

•bronze

•peach

•purple

•navy

•teal

•green

Best complimentary colors for green eyes:

•sepia

•rust

•purple

•pink

Complimentary colors for hazel eyes:

•Browns

•golds

•greens

Hopefully this can help you achieve the right color for your eye and help make your eye color pop!

How to Make a Papaya Refinement, Avocado Honey, and Lemon Mask

avocado_papaya (2)You never know what produce may be lying around your kitchen that can bring wonders to your skin. One of my Instructors informed me of the amazing benefits that Papaya has when you combine the seeds with apple cider vinegar. It can make an amazing refinement for the skin. I just happened to have a papaya in my kitchen and added it to my juice because it has great internal benefits. I tried the papaya refinement and followed with an avocado and honey mask and it left my skin feeling very soft and glowing.

Papaya is a great source of Vitamin A and helps in the removal of dead skin cells along with breaking down the inactive proteins. Papaya seeds like the fruit itself are high in proteolytic enzymes, which have wonderful medicinal values. Apple cider vinegar has innumerable healing and curative powers and is also antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties.

Here’s how to make the refinement and mask:

Ingredients:

1) 1/2 papaya

2) Papaya Seeds

3) 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

4) 5 tbsp of water

Slice the papaya in half, scoop out pulp and seeds, add a couple of table spoons of apple cider vinegar and grind the refinement in a blender of your choice until it reaches a pasty or cream like consistency or a consistency that allows you to apply the refinement all over the skin (You can also include the peel of the papaya as it has some amazing benefits to the skin such as it is also rich in Alpha-Hydroxy Acid that offers great anti-aging benefits)

Apply for 25 minutes on your face and then rinse off. This will help with reducing all those unwanted pimples and inflammation. Follow with the Avocado and honey mask for hydration. Avocado is loaded with vitamin E, healthy fats and antioxidants to help keep the skin smooth; the lemon juice contains citric acid, which may help “brighten” the skin, and the honey helps brighten the skin and also thoroughly cleanse with natural antibacterial/antimicrobial properties to it.

Avocado and Honey Mask:

Ingredients

1) ½ Avocado

2) 2 tbsp honey

3) 1 tbsp lemon

Simply mash and combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and apply to your face. Be careful around your eyes (as with all products). Let the mask sit on your face for about 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Follow with your favorite moisturizer. (I Recommend the Aveda All sensitive moisturizer or Tourmaline Serum)

Try adding papaya to your juice or eating it, it makes an even bigger impact on your skin because you are treating the internal parts of your body. One step at a time while taking care of the external parts of our skin and incorporating a healthy diet will achieve greater results.

10 Veggies and Fruits to Juice for your Skin

juice (2)When you take a sip of a delicious glass of juice it can make you feel as if the world has stood still for a moment. At least that is how it feels for me. My father introduced me to juicing when I was kid and it was something I became fond of, until he started mixing greens into my juice. I sometimes couldn’t stand all the concoctions of strong fruits and veggies (example: ginger, beet, kale, grapefruit mixed in with apples, berries and bananas) because all I wanted was apple or orange juice. As I got older I started to realize how important all of those nutrients were and how beneficial those fruits and vegetables are for the body.

What we put into our bodies is just as important if not more than what we put topically onto our bodies. In my opinion juicing is a great way to get the nutrients not only your body needs but your skin needs too. I recently invested in a Ninja Bullet not too long ago and I am having a blast making different recipes for masks to treat my skin and for juicing and I must say I have noticed a significant difference. I have also been eating a much healthier diet and what I have learned is in order to achieve amazing skin you have to take into account the internal and external factors to get the results you want.

Listed Below are 10 of the best veggies and fruits to juice for your skin

1. Carrots are a powerhouse of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

2. Beets are one of the most effective cleansing vegetables available for your liver, and beet juice is even said to help regenerate damaged liver cells. In the long run, anyone looking for how to get perfect skin cannot ignore the importance of the liver. Drinking fresh beet juice mixed with other vegetable juices regularly is one of the simplest ways to heal this vital organ.

3. Celery juice is highly cleansing, alkalizing and detoxifying to your body. It is especially rich in silica, a trace mineral needed for beautiful skin and healthy hair and nails.

4. Kale is one of the most powerful vegetables around and definitely benefits your skin with its high levels of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.

5. Cucumber is an extremely hydrating, cooling and alkalizing vegetable for eliminating toxins. It is high in silica and other beneficial trace minerals for reducing inflammation and improving the softness of your skin and the strength of your hair and nails.

6. Pineapples are a sweet and delicious source of antioxidants like vitamin C for better skin. It’s important to juice pineapples with their cores as this part contains the enzyme bromelain which helps breakdown undigested proteins – a potential source of liver stress and skin problems.

7. Tomatoes are classed as a fruit and their juice is rich in the skin protecting antioxidant lycopene. Also highly beneficial for your heart, tomato juice is especially good to have before going out in the sun for long periods as it helps protect your skin from UV damage.

8. Papaya juice ( as I mentioned in my last blog ) is a tropical tasting shot of vitamin C, vitamin E, lycopene, beta-carotene and various minerals and micronutrients. Papayas also contain a similar digestive enzyme to pineapples called papain that assists in breaking down inflammatory foreign proteins. Highly recommended for soft and beautiful skin.

9. Lemon juice has many health benefits, including assisting digestion, detoxification and elimination, providing alkalizing minerals and antioxidant vitamin C and helping your liver to produce more bile to digest fats.

10. Apple is actually an extremely healthjuice (2)y fruit, high in antioxidant flavonoids like quercetin, kaempferol and myricetin.

These fruits and vegetables are not only beneficial for your skin’s appearance, but they also reduce the risk of skin cancer.

3 Treatments for Your Puffy Eyes

water (2)If you’re tired of looking sleepy or under the weather, there are plenty of things you can try to give your eyes a lift. Here are some quick fixes:

1) Drink several glasses of water. Eyes tend to get puffy due to water retention, which is caused by a high concentration of salt in the area around the eyes. If you ate a very salty dinner or cried before bed you might notice increased puffiness in the morning. Drinking plenty of water flushes the area and causes the swelling to go down.

•On particularly puffy days, keep drinking water all day long to keep yourself hydrated.

•Avoid substances that tend to dehydrate you, like caffeine and alcohol.

2) Apply something cold to your eyes. Eye puffiness is a buildup of fluids in the tissues around your eyes, and like other types of swelling, it can be reduced with the application of a cool compress of some kind like cucumber slices or cooled tea bags. Both work well to temporarily reduce puffiness. All you have to do is lie back and place them over your closed eyelids for 15 minutes or until they grow warm. Or you can go old school by putting 2 metal tablespoons in the fridge and apply them daily by placing the backs against your eyes.

3) Put potatoes over the puffiness. Potatoes are said to have natural astringent properties.

•Peel raw potatoes. Cut in half. Place the halves over your eyes for 10 minutes. The potato will cool your eyes and any swelling will decrease.

•Try grated potato.

Simply grate a fresh potato and apply it to your eyes for 15 minutes, then rinse.

Other possible causes of puffy eyes include:

Lying down for several hours in a horizontal position and then standing up can lead the fluid that was resting under your eyes to suddenly be pulled down by gravity. Try using an extra pillow while sleeping so that the fluid is not as drastically drawn down when you get up to reduce the puffiness. If you don’t sleep horizontally, and instead sleep on your stomach, try to move toward sleeping on your back instead. Stomach sleepers tend to have the puffiest eyes, since this position allows fluid to collect there. Determine if you have a condition associated with puffy eyes. Sometimes the swelling is a side effect of another condition. Getting treated for the condition may help cure your puffy eyes. Here are a few conditions that commonly lead to eye puffiness: pregnancy, hormonal variation in the menstrual cycle, dermatitis (sensitive skin is more likely to swell in response to irritants), allergies, mononucleosis (puffy eyes may be an early symptom of infection, medication (puffiness or water retention could be a side effect), or other more serious medical conditions.

3 DIY Recipes for Makeup Removal and Brush Cleaning

Who hates washing their makeup brushes? *Raises hand* meeee! It’s like washing dishes, but hey, it must be done! After using your brushes, your brushes can contain oil, dust, dead skin cells, and bacteria–all of which can cause you to break out the next time you use your brushes. Did you also know that if you use your brushes on clients, you could potentially give someone pink eye or herpes with dirty brushes? You can spot-clean your makeup brushes after each use or you can do a deep cleaning for all your brushes every two weeks. It really depends on how often you are using your brushes. I know some of these makeup brush cleaners can add up, especially if you’re cleaning your brushes often. Below are recipes for DIY makeup brushes spot cleaner, deep cleaning, and makeup removal.

Spot Cleaner

1) 3 ounce spray bottle

2) 1 part tea tree oil

3) 2 parts witch hazel

Pour the tea tree oil and witch hazel in the bottle. Make sure to shake the bottle before use.

Deep Cleaner

1) 1 part extra virgin olive oil

2) 1 part Dawn diswashing soap

Wet your brush and grab a little bit of oil and soap with your brush. Swirl and clean your brush, then rinse with water. Avoid having water enter the ferrule because this can loosen the bristles and ruin your brush. Lay your brush at an angle so that the water doesn’t go towards the handle of the brush.

Makeup Remover

1) Push-down bottle dispenser

2) 1 part witch hazel

3) 1 part extra virgin olive oil

I provided this recipe because you already have the ingredients if you went with the first receipe, so why not? Add the witch hazel and the oil into the dispenser. Shake the bottle before using. Use a cotton ball, dispense the solution, and remove stubborn eye makeup.

These recipes allow you to be hygienic without the cost! Your guests will thank you, and you can save the money to invest in more brushes or makeup! Enjoy!

Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water

Glasses with Lemon Water

I love lemon water! I love it not only for its taste but also for its benefits. Most people don’t really know how great lemon water is for you.

Lemons are packed with nutrients such as vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and fiber. It’s interesting to realize that they contain more potassium than apples or grapes!

Some of the benefits of lemon water are:

  • gives your immune system a boost with the vitamin C
  • excellent potassium for your heart’s health
  • aids digestion
  • cleans your system by flushing out the toxins
  • helps freshen your breath with citric acid
  • keeps your skin blemish free with antioxidants
  • helps you lose weight because of the pectin fiber in the lemon
  • reduces inflammation
  • gives you an energy boost
  • helps to cut out caffeine
  • helps fight viral infections

Not only are the benefits of lemon water endless, but it’s one of the most substantial yet simple changes you can make for your health.

Ways to Use Essential Oils

When I started making my own natural hair products, I read an article about essential oils and learned that they have so many different uses. It’s interesting what you can do with a few different oils!

Generally

  • Natural all-purpose cleaner—Add a few drops of lemon oil and tea tree oil to warm water and use to spray counter tops to naturally disinfect.
  • Natural mosquito repellent—Rub one drop each of lemongrass oil, citronella oil, and eucalyptus oil together with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil to make a natural bug spray.
  • Sports gear—If your kids play sports, add two drops of tea tree oil, two drops of lemon essential oil, together with baking soda to jerseys, cleats, and other sports gear.
  • Homemade peppermint patties—Use peppermint oil, coconut oil, dark chocolate, and raw honey to make real peppermint treats.
  • Washing machine—Add 10 to 20 drops of your favorite scent per load.
  • Vacuum cleaner—Add 5 to 10 drops of your favorite oil in the vacuum bag.
  • Homemade sunscreen—Mix coconut oil, zinc oxide, Shea butter, helichrysum oil, and lavender essential oil and store in a squeeze bottle to make homemade sunscreen.
  • Eliminate shower curtain scum—Using a 16-ounce spray bottle, use four drops of eucalyptus essential oil and four drops of tea tree oil together with warm water and spray onto your shower for natural mold killing action.
  • Clean burnt pans—Use lemon oil and boiling water to help remove burnt food from pots and pans.
  • Wonderful smelling home—Diffuse clove, rosemary, and orange essential oils when guests come over and they will talk about how amazing your house smells.
  • Carpet cleaner—Mix 20 drops of tea tree oil with Borax for homemade carpet powder.
  • Eliminate mold—Add tea tree oil to a diffuser to kill mold in the air and other pathogens.
  • Reduce anxiety—Diffuse lavender essential oil around your home to reduce feelings of stress and tension.

Beauty

  • Reduce cellulite—Mix five drops of grapefruit essential oil with two teaspoons of coconut oil. Massage into dimpled areas.
  • Acne face wash—Mix tea tree oil with raw honey and rub on face. Then rinse off with water.
  • Homemade shampoo—Mix lavender oil, rosemary oil, aloe vera gel, and coconut milk.
  • Sugar scrub—Mix a few drops of an essential oil with almond oil, and rock salt or sugar to make your own salt or sugar scrub.
  • Homemade toothpaste—Combine sea salt, baking soda, coconut oil, xylitol, and peppermint essential oil
  • Body spray—Add 5-10 drops to four ounces of water and use as a fragrant body spray.
  • Itchy scalp—Add lavender, cedar wood, or basil to shampoo to reduce itch.
  • Thicken hair—Add rosemary to your shampoo to naturally thicken hair and increase volume.
  • Strengthen nails—Mix 10 drops of frankincense, myrrh, and lemon into two tablespoons of vitamin E oil, rub on cuticles.
  • Reduce wrinkles—Mix three to five drops of sandalwood, geranium, lavender, and frankincense with an unscented lotion and apply to face. Avoid getting in your eyes.
  • Teeth whitener—Combine lemon essential oil, coconut oil, and fresh strawberries then rub on teeth. Rinse after two minutes.
  • Cure dandruff—Mix five drops of rosemary and lavender to three tablespoons of unscented oil. Massage into scalp and leave on for 10 minutes. Shampoo mixture out.
  • Reduce stretch marks—mix five drops of frankincense, myrrh, and grapefruit with coconut oil and apply to stretch marks.
  • Reduce age spots—Put on frankincense essential oil three times daily directly on skin to improve sunspots and age spots.
  • For oily hair—Mix 10 drops of ylang ylang, lime, and rosemary oil with two ounces of unscented oil. Massage it into the scalp two to three times per week. Wash out as usual.
  • Heal dry cracked feet—Add three drops of lavender oil to two tablespoons of coconut oil. Apply to feet at night and put on socks.

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  • Body butter lotion—Mix coconut oil, Shea butter, magnesium oil, and essential oils for moisturizing body lotion.
  • Homemade lip balm—Combine coconut oil, beeswax, and lavender oil for an amazing healing balm for chapped lips.
  • Relieve tension—Help to relieve anxiety by using a single drop of lavender oil on your hands, rub them together, and cup your hands to your nose, and let the smell flood your senses.
  • Massage therapy—Use a few drops of cedar wood or lavender oil, mixed with an unscented lotion during a relaxation massage.
  • Immediate relaxation—Apply two to four drops of chamomile, lavender, and peppermint essential oil to the temples for a cooling effect and immediate relaxation.
  • Detox bath—Mix lavender oil, Epsom salts, and sea salt to a warm bath to cleanse and rejuvenate body.
  • Sauna therapy—Add two drops of your favorite essential oil into two cups of water in a sauna.
  • Calm upset child—Help sooth and calm children by adding lavender or chamomile to their stuffed animals.
  • Foot bath—Add a few drops in a large bowl of warm water. Lemon or eucalyptus oil works great.
  • Improve depression—To boost mood and relieve depression, add rose oil to baths, inhalations, and diffusers to improve mood.
  • Yoga and Pilates—To relax during yoga or meditation, inhale lavender or sandalwood before class. Also, mix clove and citrus essential oil to clean yoga mats.
  • Mint chocolate cocoa—Add two to three drops of peppermint oil to hot cocoa for instant minty chocolate.

Manuka Honey: The Miracle Ingredient

Honey in JarsManuka honey is known all over the world for its soothing, healing, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties. It is produced from the nectar of wild manuka trees in New Zealand. The manuka tree is also known as the tea tree, which many people know of for the powerful anti-inflammatory oil that it produces.

Manuka honey has been known to heal acne as well as wounds and even stomach ulcers. Manuka Honey is also a humectant, meaning that it helps the skin retain moisture, making it perfect for dry, flaky, irritated skin including eczema. It also helps balance the skin’s pH and contains amino acids that help to exfoliate the skin. In recent studies, Manuka honey has been shown to promote healthy structural growth collagen in skin cells, making it ideal for aging skin.

This honey is a jack of all trades, great for dry skin, inflamed skin, aging skin, and acne-prone skin types. It is different from other raw honeys because it has stronger antibacterial properties. Manuka honey contains an enzyme called glucose oxidiase, which produces the antibacterial, antimicrobial ingredient commonly known as hydrogen peroxide.

Manuka honey comes in different bioactivity strengths ranging from 5 to 25. The higher the strength, the stronger the antibacterial properties. It is best to use a strength of 12+ or above when using the honey topically on the skin. It is also best to use raw, organic, and non pasteurized honey because pasteurization kills the enzymes that make it good for the skin.

Manuka honey can be used in many ways. It can be used as a face wash, or as a masque, or a spot treatment. When used as a mask, it is best to apply and leave on face for 20 to 30 minutes. Or spot treat and leave on overnight.

Twelve Uses for Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a cactus plant that is very well known for its skin healing properties. The plant secretes a clear gel from its leaves that has multiple uses. I have listed twelve ways Aloe Vera can be useful in your life.

Aloe Vera Leaf

  1. It is soothing and can treat burns from hot tools, the oven, or sunburned skin.
  2. It can treat cuts due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-biotic, anti-bacteria, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties.
  3. All those “anti” properties above can also help with oral health such as bleeding gums and mouth ulcers.
  4. It can heal skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.
  5. It helps with stretch marks by repairing the skin.
  6. It is a moisturizer. It is fast-absorbing and hydrates the skin well.
  7. It helps with the itchiness from insect bites
  8. It improves digestion when taken internally. It helps with issues such as constipation or diarrhea.
  9. It assists in detoxifying the body by absorbing toxins in the intestinal tract, which can speed up the body’s metabolism.
  10. It is high in vitamins and minerals and can naturally increase what the body is lacking.
  11. It not only helps repair dry and damaged hair, but also with building strength in the hair.
  12. It improves elasticity and has antioxidants to battle free radicals which slows the aging process.

Food Used for Beauty

One of the most surprising things I learned while in school is how food can be used in your skincare regimen.

  • Tea: Cold compresses made out of tea bags can relieve pain and reduce redness from a sunburn and calm down allergic reactions. Earl Grey tea bags are great for the eye area. The caffeine helps to shrink blood vessels underneath the skin and eliminate darkness around the eye area. Spray cool green tea onto your face twice a day to draw out impurities, shrink large pores, and get a healthy glow.
  • Lemon: For brighter, softer skin, use fresh lemon juice on any area of your body, including the knees, elbows, and face to brighten up and soften your skin. Make a moisturizing mask for dry skin by mixing equal amounts of honey, lemon, and olive oil. Apply the mixture to dry areas on the skin and allow it to dry for about 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Take a lemon and slice it in half, rub the juice all over your face, and wait five minutes before rinsing it off with cold water.
  • Lemons have antibacterial properties, making them a perfect blackhead fix. Blackheads are caused by clogged pores, and the acid from the lemons helps to exfoliate the skin.
  • Coconut Oil: For softer, smoother, shiny hair, simple apply coconut oil throughout your hair, then go to bed and rinse out the following morning. Coconut oil can also be used as a moisturizer or lotion on rough spots.

At Home Skincare—The Lemon Yogurt Honey Mask

Honey is a great cure for acne and other blemishes. Though it can used along with oatmeal as a facial mask, honey itself is also sufficient. A honey mask is especially helpful for those with sensitive skin that can’t tolerate chemical treatments. Without using harsh chemicals, honey cleans out the pores and prevents microbe growth that typically promotes acne. In addition to healing blemishes, honey’s natural properties can lead to a smooth, soft face, its stickiness grabbing dead skin and dust from the surface while also acting as an exfoliant.

For the mask, one would just use honey and apply an even layer on their face. When used frequently, this natural method is able to successfully clear acne, dark spots, and blemishes.

To supplement the honey, lemon and yogurt can also be used effectively. Lemons have two great components actively working to cure acne: citric acid and L-asorbic acid. Citric acid is best for smoothing the skin’s surface while L-asorbic acid dries out oily acne when applied appropriately. Because lemons are incredibly acidic, it’s best to use the juice in small amounts or paired with other ingredients like yogurt and honey. The live cultures and nutrients in yogurt also helps gently cleanse the pores.

The Lemon Yogurt Honey Mask is a combination of milk, honey, lemon juice (from a lemon), yogurt, and lukewarm water. After mixing them together sufficiently, one applies a single layer of the mixture, and eventually rinses it off once it has dried completely. The most successful approach is to apply another layer after each rinse until the entire batch has been used.

The Power of Lemon Water

When people try to find cures for certain conditions, or just try to prevent problems and reinforce their existing health, usually their first thought is to buy expensive products. I don’t blame them; this is an understandable response to our massive consumption of goods and services. But there are natural and simple solutions that are not only cheaper, but also have amazing benefits. Our bodies will be extremely thankful in the long run.

One example is lemon water. Drinking lemon water is an easy and tasty substitute to more caloric beverages. And the reduction in calories is just one of its many benefits.

Lemon is a popular fruit for its therapeutic properties. By drinking a glass of warm lemon water each morning, you provide your body with all the goodness lemon can bring to our health. Here is a list of its incredible benefits:

  • Maintains your immune system because of its high concentration of vitamin C. Vitamin C supports our bodies by fighting the terrible effects of free radicals. Free radicals are well known to be harmful to us in many ways and accelerants of the aging process.
  • Contains fiber, which is very beneficial for digestion and colon health.
  • Boosts your metabolism and prepares your body to receive nutrients throughout the day.
  • Balances the pH level in the body. Our bodies need to maintain a balanced pH to better fight disease-causing microorganisms.
  • The potassium content in lemon helps people having heart problems and helps nourish brain cells.

These are plenty of powerful reasons to start packing your mornings with this healthy and simple option. Lemon’s cleansing and healing effects will have positive and visible results on your overall health in the long run. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain!

DIY Brightening Face & Body Scrub

Lemon, Sugar, Olive Oil, Honey are the ingredients of this scrub.

I know we can always buy scrubs at a store for convenience but it’s always fun to do it yourself from time to time. And also, a lot of times, you don’t really find that one scrub or product you are looking for. So here is a quick and easy lemon and sugar face and body scrub for you to try.

This is what you’ll need:

  • ½ fresh lemon
  • ½ cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of organic honey
  • 1 medium-sized Tupperware bowl with lid

Add lemon juice and olive oil into a bowl. I like to use glass Tupperware as it makes for easy storage.

Add the honey and whisk or stir quickly until the ingredients bind together into a medium thick consistency.

Add in the sugar and mix. If you sense that there is not enough sugar to get the scrubbing done, add a bit more. Again, this is a personal preference.

You can add or subtract the amount of olive oil and honey that you use depending on how thick you want your scrub to be. I would keep the lemon to the juice of one half of a freshly cut lemon for every ½ cup of granulated sugar.


Benefits of the Ingredients:

  • Lemon—A natural source of Vitamin C; an ingredient commonly used to lighten sun and age spots and even out skin tone; A natural astringent that tightens pores and brightens the complexion.
  • Sugar—A natural exfoliator; a natural source of glycolic acid which evens out skin tone, cleans pores, and improves overall skin texture by removing dead, dull skin cells.
  • Olive Oil—High in Vitamin E which soothes and heals skin; a natural moisturizing ingredient often used for its anti-aging benefits.
  • Honey—A natural source of anti-oxidants making it a perfect ingredient for age prevention; a natural humectant so it locks water into the skin keeping the complexion hydrated; the antibacterial properties benefit acne-prone skin by reducing breakouts.

Well, now that you’ve gotten the ingredients and the great benefits, I hope you try it and enjoy making it. It sure saves you a whole lot of money!

How to Protect Your Skin with Natural SPF Oils

Natural sunscreen oils are much better to use as sun protection compared to artificial sunscreen creams. These oils contain Sun Protection Factor (SPF) that helps to protect the skin from darkening. The SPF number gives you the estimated amount of time that you can stay exposed to the sun without getting burned. For example, an SPF of 15 would allow you to be exposed to the sun fifteen times longer than you could without protection. Some oils have a natural SPF in them and most of these natural sunscreen oils also have other benefits on the skin.

  • Almond Oil—SPF 5

    Almond Oil

    Almond oil can give your skin a lot in terms of nourishment. Almond oil is rich in Vitamin E which keeps your skin soft and supple.

  • Coconut Oil—SPF 8

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    Coconut oil is one of the most versatile natural oils. You can cook with it, and apply it on your skin and hair. Coconut oil provides sun protection to your skin and it also protects your hair from nasty sun damage.

  • Raspberry Seed Oil—SPF 30

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    Raspberry seed oil is an essential oil that is rich in both Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids. Aside from providing sun protection, it also helps prevent stretch marks on your skin.

  • Carrot Seed Oil—SPF 40

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    Carrot seed oil is a vegetable oil that has the maximum amount of SPF. It is also rich in antioxidants and has very good antiseptic properties.

  • Avocado Oil—SPF 15

    Avocado Oil

    Avocado oil has a high percentage of mono-saturated fats. These fats form a protective layer over the skin to prevent sun tanning.

  • Olive Oil—SPF 8

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    Olive oil is the healthiest oil for your heart. Even when it comes to your skin, olive oil can provide limited sun protection and unlimited antioxidants to repair cellular aging.