We know the new year, new you way of thinking, and we also know that the vast majority of the new year’s resolutions are forgotten after a couple of weeks.
We are writing this because we want to help you achieve these resolutions in a better way; it is not about the small goal but more about how to make it into a habit and a lifestyle.
Here are 5 lifestyle changes that you should be making this 2018, with this you are going to be able to achieve your resolutions and have the mindset shift you need to stick to them for the rest of your life.
1. Be open-minded and curious.
We think this one doesn’t need that much explanation, but in a world that’s so judgmental, we need more people willing to learn and listen. Talk with new people, learn from them, their culture, their thoughts, always be curious and respectful.
Don’t judge something because it is unknown, try that vegan dish that has some ingredients you have never heard of, go to the area in your city that people with different lifestyle go to, pick a book that is not your usual genre, the possibilities are endless!
Set yourself the goal of trying something different and new at least once a month and you are going to see how your life changes.
2. Be proactive
We have all fallen in the laziness and procrastination wagon; putting things off, waiting for someone to come and tell us to do something or even tell us that they are going to do it with us. Don’t do that! You are more than capable to do everything by yourself, it will bring a greater feeling of accomplishment and happiness and you are going to be able to scratch that thing off your to-do list. Noting more rewarding than that.
And we not saying that you should not ask for help if you have people around you willing to help, that’s amazing and you should be very thankful to them! But we want you to know that you can do it by yourself, you are enough and you are incredible!
3. Learn how to cook
This is something that we can’t stress more about! Cooking is so rewarding, you take raw ingredients and make them into something delicious that you are going to enjoy by yourself or with your loved ones. It allows you to get to know your body, what you like, what flavors are your favorites, it relaxes you and the accomplishment of a great meal at the end of the day is the best feeling!
Besides the fact that you are going to be able to save so much money and be more aware of what is getting into your body. You are picking the ingredients, leaving out what you don’t like or want and adding your favorites.
And if you have never made something more than cereal and are scared about burning the kitchen down, we recommend for you to start with a couple of recipes and make them throughout the week, and once you feel comfortable you are going to start adding new things and experimenting with new ingredients.
4. Plan your meals
Still, in the food topic, we think where people have their downfall with food is when snacking, you are hungry but you don’t have anything healthy near you, of course, you are going to go for convenience and grab that bag of chips. We are guilty of this, and we are not feeling guilty about that! Chips are so addictive and delicious, but we all know they are not the best for you.
Learn to make simple snacks that you can carry with you or just take the snacks mother nature has given us! Have some bananas, apples, oranges or your fruit of choice around your house and take it before you leave your house; you are going to have with you that pick me up that is going to carry you until your next meal.
Here are some snack ideas you can like
5. Find your perfect workout
Perhaps the number one resolution is losing weight/work out more, and it is most likely the one that goes out the window first as well. And this is because the first thing we do to reach this goal is sign up for a gym membership, and maybe weightlifting is not your thing, nor it is running on the treadmill for hours.
Our recommendation is for you to try new and different workouts until you find the one you love, the one that gets you excited about it, the one that you look forward. Maybe it is boxing, yoga, pilates, HIIT, or even it is training for a marathon!
There are so many possibilities and so many ways to find that workout, take classes, use an app, find free videos on YouTube, join friends in their different workouts; and we are sure you are going to find the one for you.
Now, these are our recommendations to make 2018 your year, something that you can achieve and will help you give those resolutions you have a whole new meaning. Of course, you don’t have to do all of these, pick the ones that resonate more with you and if you have any other one that we should try, leave it in the comments.
1. Teeth Whitener
2. Say bye bye to bloating
3. No more hangovers
4. Mold cleansing
5. Filtering water
6. Removal of toxins
8. Digestive health
10. High Cholesterol
Now, we are not here to scold anyone on their drinking, but rather give some facts about alcohol and how it can affect your smile.
Let’s start with some quick facts. The top five drinking days in the United States are:
- New Year’s Eve
- Fourth of July
- St. Patrick’s Day
The average U.S adult alcohol consumption is:
- Seven alcoholic drinks per week
- Men consume two more drinks than women
- 83% think more than two drinks is excessive vs. 49% thinks more than five are
Now that the facts are out of the way, don’t you want to know what are these drinks that people are consuming? As for the ladies, it is wine and champagne, but frozen margaritas are a number one when talking about cocktails. Those tiny umbrellas are too cute.
For the gentlemen, it is beer and spirits, but when asking for a cocktail it is going to be most of the times some beer-based drink, shots or on the rocks.
As for crowd favorite, we have red wine is the most popular drink by 28%, followed by Vodka 27%, beer-lagers 26%, beer-ales and white wine 24%, rum, whiskey, tequila and sparkling’s. If you are hosting any party this season, now you know what is going to keep everyone happy.
After all this drinking, you might wonder what can go bad in your body? And we know the fast side effects, headaches, dehydration, nasty hangovers and more. But if red wine is your drink of choice, you can get an extra one, that it affects your smile. This is mainly because red wine is an acidic beverage, and this allows for your teeth to get stained, due to a chemical process that encourages pigment to latch onto your smile.
If you are a red wine drinker and want to keep having a pearly white smile, these are some of your options, they range from over the counter to office visits. As for over the counter, you can have toothpaste, rinses, gels and pre-made trays. We have all tried those and they don't work as well or as fast as we want. Of course, you can always get a professional procedure at a dentist office but those are going to be pricey.
There’s also a natural way for you to whiten your smile. It is activated charcoal, it will help you get rid of stains and prevent them since it latches to the surface of your teeth preventing future stains. You have to brush your teeth with the powder and see the results for yourself. It is quick, natural, you can do at home and it works!
Now that you know how to keep your smile white and how to stock up your holiday party, please enjoy this amazing time of the year and drink responsibly.
Fluoride is one of the most toxic substances known to man, yet based on its inclusion in virtually every brand of toothpaste, the American Dental Association believes it’s okay to use fluoride for preventative dental care. Other products, such as bottled water, infant formulas, and even vitamin supplements, now contain fluoride!
In 2002, nearly 90% of the U.S. population was supplied water via public water systems, and around 67% of that number received fluoridated water. This occurred in spite of the fact, “No statistically significant differences were found in the decay rates of permanent teeth or the percentages of decay-free children in the fluoridated, non-fluoridated, and partially fluoridated areas.”
Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) typically label sodium fluoride as “…toxic by ingestion, inhalation and skin contact” and that PPE (personal protection equipment) for handling should include safety glasses and gloves. Fluorides are more toxic than lead and only slightly less poisonous than arsenic… and these toxins can enter your body from brushing your teeth or rinsing with many popular dental care products!
Fluoride compounds are still purposefully added to water in many areas (in a process known as fluoridation) and is used in most brands of toothpaste to help prevent tooth decay. However, fluoride has never been proven to significantly aid in protecting teeth from the development of cavities.
Every year Poison Control centers receive thousands of calls from people reporting excessive consumption of fluoride-containing products, such as vitamins, toothpaste, mouthwash, etc. Fluoride poisoning severely damages the body and can be fatal. This lethal chemical creates a toxic state that can cause a variety of harmful effects.
Practically all of the beverages sold in stores use tap water. The customers who drink those beverages ingest a fair amount of added fluoride. When the availability of such beverages is combined with the amount of fluoridated tap water, one can appreciate the high level of fluoride in the present-day diet.
The ingestion of these simple everyday foods can introduce an increased amount of fluoride into the body:
- Reconstituted dry food
- Food cooked in a Teflon pan
- Soup made at home and in restaurants
- Mechanically de-boned chicken
- Anesthetics used to knock you out for surgery also contain fluorides.
Potential Results of Consuming Fluorides
- Acute Poisoning
- Birth Defects
- Osteoarthritis 
- Bone & Uterine Cancer
- Perinatal Death 
- Immune System Suppression
- Gastrointestinal Disorders 
- Essential enzyme inhibition 
- Lowered IQ (especially in young children) 
- Skeletal Fluorosis (leading to brittle teeth and bones)
How Safe is Water Fluoridation?
The practice of water fluoridation has been rejected or banned in several countries including: China, Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Hungary, and Japan .
Nearly all of Europe’s water supply is fluoride-free, and thankfully, many American communities are realizing this is the healthier choice. More than 45 U.S. cities have rejected the process of water fluoridation since 1990. Now, if the remaining 30,000 will follow along, the entire nation will have access to fluoride-free water.
If you’re interested in the real truth about the dangers of fluoride, check out the documentary, Fluoride: Poison on Tap. It explains the magnitude of the fluoride situation and I was even fortunate enough to be a part of it.
Testing for Fluoride Poisoning
In a medical laboratory, technicians can measure blood levels for the amount of calcium and potassium. Both hypocalcaemia (too little calcium) and hyperkalemia (too much potassium) can indicate that a patient has been exposed to an excess amount of fluoride.
Looking for Fluoride and SLS free toothpaste? Try our all natural teeth whitening toothpaste.
- Fluoride Action Network. Dental Fluorosis.
- Schellenberg D, Marks TA, Metzler CM, Oostveen JA, Morey MJ. Lack of effect of fluoride on reproductive performance and development in Shetland sheepdogs. Vet Hum Toxicol. 1990 Aug;32(4):309-14. Erratum in: Vet Hum Toxicol 1990 Dec;32(6):527.
- Fluoride Action Network. Gastrointestinal.
- Martijn W. H. Pinkse, Maarten Merkx, Bruce A. Averill. Fluoride Inhibition of Bovine Spleen Purple Acid Phosphatase: Characterization of a Ternary Enzyme−Phosphate−Fluoride Complex as a Model for the Active Enzyme−Substrate−Hydroxide Complex. Biochemistry. 1999 July 20. 38 (31), pp 9926–9936 DOI: 10.1021/bi990446w
- Michael Connett, Tara Blank PhD. Fluoride & Intelligence: The 36 Studies. Fluoride Action Network. 2012 December 9.
- Fluoride Action Network. Water Fluoridation.
†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.
This coal-black powder holds inside-out beauty benefits—from whitening your teeth to clearing acne.
Activated charcoal is nothing new on the health scene. Ancient Egyptians used it as early as 1,500 BC (Cleopatra reportedly lined her eyes with charcoal), and women around the world have used it for teeth whitening, skin care, and natural cleansing. In modern medicine, it’s used in emergency rooms to treat drug overdoses and poisoning by attaching to toxins and preventing their absorption. The theory in beauty products is the same: activated charcoal attracts and binds to toxins, bacteria, dirt, and oil, preventing them from causing harm.
But when we say “charcoal,” we’re not talking about the stuff in the bottom of your grill left over from your last barbecue. Never use that; it’s filled with harmful chemicals. Activated charcoal is derived from wood or coconut husks, and then treated to increase its ability to bind to toxins. The result is a coal-black powder that’s available in several forms, including powders, capsules, soaps, and tooth products.
If you take it internally, drink plenty of water; it can cause dehydration without adequate fluid intake. Because activated charcoal can interact with supplements and medications, check with your health care provider before taking. And try these five ways to include charcoal in your life:
1. Detox Using Activated Charcoal
Used in hospitals and emergency rooms to counteract drug overdoses, alcohol overdose, and poisoning, activated charcoal binds to toxins and escorts them from the body. It can also be used to remove pesticides, chemicals, and other food and environmental toxins from the body, reducing inflammation and making skin clear and bright. Recommended dosages range from 1 to 3 grams before meals to much higher doses. It can be taken in capsule form, or the powder (choose one designed for internal use) can be added to cleansing smoothies, green drinks, or pineapple juice for extra detox action.
2. Activated Charcoal Soap for Acne
Activated charcoal is thought to bind with excess sebum, bacteria, and toxins on the skin that can exacerbate acne and breakouts. To banish your blemishes, use an activated charcoal soap on a regular basis; you’ll find bars combined with hemp oil, jojoba beads for exfoliating, sea salt, salicylic acid, essential oils, and other ingredients designed to combat blemishes. After washing, use an activated charcoal mask to purify skin, draw out dirt and toxins, and balance oily skin. You’ll find masks that combine charcoal with aloe vera, bentonite clay, sea vegetables, salicylic acid, green tea, and other blemish-calming botanicals.
3. Whitening Teeth and Preventing Gum Disease with Activated Charcoal
Activated charcoal has long been used to prevent cavities and gum disease, ward off bad breath, and whiten teeth. It’s thought to bind to tannins—tooth-staining compounds in red wine and tea—and lift them from the teeth. To keep your mouth healthy and bright, try a charcoal tooth powder; they’re often combined with bentonite clay—used to increase remineralization of the teeth—and may be sweetened with xylitol and flavored with essential oils. Or for an easy, mess-free solution, look for an activated charcoal toothpaste. You’ll find them combined with bentonite clay, antibacterial coconut oil, and essential oils for complete oral health.
4. Topical Use of Activated Charcoal for Bug Bites and Skin irritation
Applied topically, activated charcoal has long been used to treat bug bites and stings, rashes, and skin irritation, all of which can destroy your summer-sexy skin. To treat bites or stings, wash first with activated charcoal soap to remove any surface toxins, then combine a quarter teaspoon of activated charcoal powder with two teaspoons of olive, sesame, or coconut oil and apply liberally to affected areas. Cover with a cloth bandage to prevent staining, and reapply every 30 minutes. For skin redness, rashes, and irritation, make a soothing mask from 2 tablespoons coconut oil, 2 tablespoons aloe vera, and 2 teaspoons charcoal powder. Apply to skin and leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse and pat dry.
5. Charcoal Hair Treatment Removes Dirt and Toxins
In the summer, a buildup of chlorine, salt water, and styling products can weigh down hair and decrease shine. A charcoal hair treatment can remove dirt and toxins from hair and scalp, allowing them to be easily rinsed away. (Bonus: it’s great for treating scalp conditions such as dandruff, eczema, and psoriasis.) To remove buildup, combine 1 teaspoon activated charcoal powder, 2 tablespoons natural shampoo, and ½ cup warm water; apply to wet hair and shampoo as usual. For a concentrated scalp-healing mask, combine 1 teaspoon activated charcoal with ¼ cup almond oil. Rub into scalp and hair, cover hair with an old towel or shower cap, and let it soak in for 15 minutes. Shampoo and condition as usual for a clean, itch-free scalp and lustrous locks.
To soothe stings or rashes, combine charcoal powder with coconut oil and apply to the affected area.
You might like to describe it as somewhat cheesy or vinegary smelling and foot odor can be something seriously embarrassing. So what causes this stinky problem?
It’s all caused by a hot messy mix of sweat and the bacteria from your skin. Your feet have over 250,000 sweat glands, producing about one cup (500ml) of sweat per day, so they can really cause some serious moisture. There are also individuals that have an excessive amount of sweat glands, worsening the problem and the smells that come with the territory. The cheesy feet theory isn’t all myth either because the gases that the bacteria on the soles of your feet produce are similar to those that bacteria used in producing cheese gives off.
In essence, sweat on its own is actually odorless, it’s when it comes into contact with nasty bacteria when things go south and start getting smelly. In severe cases, some strains of bacteria can even start eating away at the top layers of your skin. Mix up a hot combo of stuffy shoes, socks and sweat on your feet and you’ve got the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive in.
The Details: Foot Odor
What exactly causes foot odor?
Simply put, wearing socks that leave no room for breathing or evaporation of sweat causes bacteria to grow due to the trapped moisture inside. Although in the early stages the bacteria might just stick to the shoes and socks alone, eventually it causes your entire foot to smell horrible. But your shoes aren’t’ the only problem though. Other contributing factors for stinky feet include:
- Hyperhidrosis, feet that sweat excessively
- Certain Medications
- Alcohol and Drug abuse
- Changes in your hormone levels
- Bad hygiene
What can I do to prevent stinky feet?
The great news is that there are several ways in which you can keep your feet smelling fresh and clean and clear up any problems with stench. Your main focus should be to keep the feet dry and cool, but we also recommend these top tips:
- Regularly washing your feet with warm water and soap (preferably mild antiseptic soaps)
- Keeping your toenails well-trimmed
- Wearing synthetic socks
- Using disinfecting spray in your shoes
- Regularly rotating your footwear and not wearing the same shoes two days in a row
- Keeping your feet as dry as possible
- Using baking powder inside of your shoes to kill of unwanted bacteria
- Using foot powders
When home remedies are not enough
There are some severe cases where the above mentioned methods of keeping your feet fresh and clean just won’t work, and it’s advisable to go see a podiatrist if this is the case. Podiatrists are doctors that specialize in feet so they know all the tricks of the trade and will be able to recommend specific problems to sort out your problem. In severe cases, they could also prescribe some foot powders, creams and ointments.
When it’s bad, it’s really bad, so can it still be treated?
Absolutely, and the methods that we’ve mentioned so far not only work as methods of preventative care but also work as treatments. If you do have a bad case of foot odor and want to see if you can get rid of the problem first before seeking medical help, we’ve got some more great tips and tricks.
Our top methods that are both cures and preventative measures are:
It has been said that soaking your feet in tea for about 30 minutes, once a day, for a week, will help to get rid of any bad smells. It’s thanks to the tannic acid found in tea, which helps to dry out your feet and prevent excessive sweating.
Salt Water Soak
Another great way of getting rid of excessive moisture levels on your feet is with a salt foot soak. You can use ½ a cup of kosher salt and 1 quart of water and then soak your feet in the mix for about 20 minutes a day. Once you’re done soaking, don’t rinse your feet though, just dry them off with a towel and tread on with your day
Sodium Bicarbonate Soak
It’s not something new; it’s just a nice little word for plain old Baking Soda. Pop 1 tablespoon of baking soda into a quart of water and then allow your feet to soak in it for at least 10 minutes a day. The baking soda foot soak gets rid of bacteria and also helps make it even harder for bacteria to grow on your feet.
Final Thoughts on Foot Odor
Your feet aren’t the only ones that smell, foot odor is actually a very common problem. The great thing is that there’s a lot that YOU can do about it before you need to get help from a medical professional. Anti-septic soaps and solutions, natural fiber socks, breathable shoes, foot powders and topical creams are great aids in the war against smelly feet, and should be used to tackle the problem.
We really hope that this article has provided you with some great insight about what exactly causes foot odor and how you can be victorious on the journey towards rectifying the smelly problem. If you need some more inspirational ideas or home remedies, sites such as Dr. Scholls or Top 10 Home Remedies have really great tips and tricks as well as general info that can help you break free from the evil clutches of the sweaty, stinky feet you’ve always been trying to run away from.
Pomegranate Seed Oil - Why You Should Be Using It, How You Should Be Using It and Where You Can Find It0 comments
It was the early 2000s when pomegranate juice became a pop culture juggernaut, its antioxidant health benefits getting touted everywhere you looked— in magazines, on television and in grocery stores. And the overnight success wasn’t an accident. In a 2006 Chowhound article titled Why Pomegranate, Why Now?, author Paul Somerson traces the fruits North American commercial success to one source: Paramount Farming. The major California-based agriculture business bought a 100-acre plot of pomegranates in the late 1980s; after some time, they realized the health (and financial!) benefits of pomegranate juice and began bottling Pom Wonderful.
Since then, pomegranates and their juice have become a staple in grocery stores (and cocktail bars!) and are no longer regulated to natural food stores or farmer’s markets. But there’s another pomegranate natural wellness offshoot that is just as beneficial to both your internal and external health— pomegranate seed oil!
How is Pomegranate Seed Oil Made?
Pomegranate seed oil is made by compressing the pomegranate seeds to extract the oils. Introducing heat to this process helps create more oil output but ultimately robs the oil of its inherent nutrients. So when it comes to pomegranate oil, our motto is simple: Cold pressed is best! Cold press seals in the seeds’ natural antioxidants, enzymes and nutrients.
How Do You Use Pomegranate Seed Oil?
You can use pomegranate seed oil two ways; either internally as a pill for internal health benefits or externally as an oil for skincare benefits.
Organic vs. Conventional Pomegranate Seed Oil
We always recommend you use organic pomegranate seed oil (as well as with any other ingredients you’re using, of course). As Somerson stated in the Chowhound article, pomegranates are susceptible to aphids, whiteflies and fungus so many plots are treated twice a year with a pesticide.
While it’s impossible to know exactly what chemicals are used in the pesticide and how harmful they are, we always recommend organic before conventional. If you can’t find organic, try and find an oil that is made from fruits at a farm that follows natural farming guidelines as much as possible.
Pomegranates: An Antioxidant Superstar
Antioxidant: it’s a major buzzword in the natural wellness space— and for good reason. Whether you’ve been on the natural wellness tip for years or you’re just getting on board, we’re pretty sure you’ve heard the term before. But what are antioxidants, exactly, and why are they so crucial to your health?
Antioxidants are naturally occurring substances found in fruit and vegetables that help stop cells from oxidizing in your body. These oxidants, or free radicals, attack healthy cells in your body which causes a chain reaction of unstable, unhealthy cells.
Antioxidants help reduce the number of free radicals in your body and have been linked in helping to prevent cancer, diabetes and accelerated aging due to pollution, smoking, radiation and herbicides.
Punicic Acid - It’s a Good Thing!
It may sound a little scary, but punicic acid is actually an Omega-5 fatty acid that may contain cancer prevention properties and pomegranates contain a high parentage of the acid in its seeds.
Pomegranates are ranked in the top 5 fruits in antioxidant levels and most of its health, skin and hair benefits are derived from these antioxidants in one way or another.
Pomegranate Oil Benefits for Health
Regulates cholesterol. Flavonoids have been shown to help lower cholesterol naturally and pomegranates are (surprise!) rich in the antioxidant.
Strengthens immunity. Pomegranates are also high in both Vitamin B and Vitamin C which help keep your immune system strong.
Fights free radicals. As we stated earlier, pomegranates are packed full of antioxidants, which are scientifically proven to fight free radicals— thus an important natural player in the fight against cancer.
Anti-inflammatory. From eczema to sunburns, psoriasis to hangovers, inflamed skin comes in a variety of forms— and severity. Red, puffy, itchy skin is both unsightly and uncomfortable and the anti-inflammatory properties in pomegranate seed oil help soothe irritated skin by accelerating cell rejuvenation.
- Aids weight loss. Flavonoids also help prevent the build up of fatty tissue so pomegranate seed oil pills are an incredibly powerful supplement for people trying to maintain their current weight or as an addition to a weight loss program.
Pomegranate Oil Benefits for Skin
- Punicic acid has natural moisture-retention properties that help keep your skin looking and feeling plump, hydrated and young. We love it as a luxe, nourishing nighttime moisturizer.
Helps balance hormones. Pomegranate oil can drastically help those suffering from acne by re-training the oil-producing glands to slow production and by balancing out-of-sorts hormones.
Anti-aging. Inflammatory responses to free radicals and collagen destruction are two major contributors to aging skin. The antioxidants found in pomegranate seed oil help quick cell turnover and reduce inflammation.
- Keratinocytes are cells found in the skin’s outer most layer. Pomegranate seed oil naturally stimulates turn over of these cells, which keeps the skin firm and young-looking (bye bye, wrinkles!).
- Sunburn relief. Like raspberry seed oil, pomegranate seed oil contains high levels of Ellagic acid which has been proven to help treat sunburns. Apply pomegranate seed oil directly to sunburned skin for instant soothing.
Pomegranate Oil Benefits for Hair
Locks in moisture. In the same way that pomegranate seed oil helps keep your skin plump and hydrated, it also helps keep each strand of your tresses moisture-rich.
Stimulates scalp health. The high levels of antioxidants and vitamins promotes blood circulation to the scalp and strengthens blood vessels near the hair follicles. Long, shiny hair starts at the roots, so a healthy scalp means healthy hair!
Accelerates hair growth. Over time, our hair’s natural oils, dandruff and hair products can clog our scalp’s pores, damaging hair follicles and stunting hair growth. Pomegranate seed oil keeps our scalp clean and free of debris so it can grow freely!
- Frizz control. Pomegranate seed oil helps tame flyaways, frizz and unruly curls by coating the hair follicles. When your hair is wet, work a couple of drops of the oil through it, concentrating on the ends.
DIY Beauty Products With Pomegranate Seed Oil
We’re not above slathering pomegranate seed oil all over our face on its own; with all the benefits we just listed above, it’s definitely a skincare all-star in its own right. But we’re also total product junkies and especially love making our own DIY recipes whenever we can.
We’ve rounded up five of our favorite DIY recipes that use pomegranate seed oil as a main ingredient. If you’re interested in making a specific recipe, we encourage you to visit the original source; we’re thankful so many natural wellness bloggers have allowed us to republished their original work here and would love for you to discover them on your own!
Geranium Pomegranate Serum Overnight Skin Treatment
Img & Recipe Credit: Jenni Raincloud
A few of the Ingredients:
- Rosehip Seed oil
- Jojoba oil
- Pomegranate Seed oil
- Geranium essential oil
This ultra-hydrating serum is an effective option for those with dry skin, especially in the winter months. It’s full of antioxidants and Vitamin C and won’t clog pores. It also minimizes wrinkles, restores elasticity, regenerates skin cells and fades dark spots. Added geranium and lavender both have anti-inflammatory properties that will help soothe stressed skin.
For the full recipe check out Jenni's blog.
Anti-Aging Rosehip Facial Oil
Img & Recipe Credit: Hello Glow
A few of the Ingredients:
- Jojoba oil
- Rosehip seed oil
- Pomegranate seed oil
- Evening primrose oil
- Vitamin E capsules
Carrot seed oil works in conjunction with pomegranate seed oil to deliver skin-healing antioxidant properties. Evening primrose oil helps fade bruises and heal eczema and Frankincense oil is hydrating and contains anti-aging properties. Add ingredients to a 1 ounce dropper bottle and shake well to combine. Apply 3 drops to your face every night to clean skin.
Want to make this? Check out the recipe and instructions on Hello Glow!
Nourishing Skin Serum
A Few of the Ingredients:
- Sunflower oil
- Tamanu oil
- Rosehip oil
- Pomegranate seed oil
- Vitamin E oil
Tamanu oil, from the Tamanu tree found primarily in Southeast Asian countries, is a rich natural oil that has been used for centuries as a topical aid for skin issues like bug bites, eczema, burns, cuts, acne scars, diaper rash, sunburn and blisters. It’s also a favorite for simply promoting healthy, clear skin— a real multi-tasker! (source). This facial serum is great as an oil or an all-over body moisturizer!
Anti-Aging Pomegranate Oil Moisturizer
- Cocoa butter
- Jojoba oil
- Pomegranate seed oil
- Aloe vera gel
If you’re looking for an all-over body lotion, this is simple to make and super hydrating. Make a big batch at once— we have a feeling you’ll be going through this one pretty quickly.
Hair Tonic for Hair
Pomegranate seed oil naturally hydrates dull, dry hair and helps keep it healthy and shiny. You can apply a few drops of pomegranate seed oil directly onto damp hair or follow the recipe for this simple hair tonic for an even more nourishing experience.
- Pomegranate seed oil
- Castor oil
- Almond oil
- Grapeseed oil
- Vitamin E oil
Mix ingredients together in an amber jar and leave in a cool, dry place for one week. Apply 5 to 8 drops in your hair 1 to 2 times a week in the shower. Let sit for approximately 15 minutes before rinsing out; shampoo and condition as usual.
Where To Buy Pomegranate Seed Oil
You can find pomegranate seed oil at most health food stores, natural grocery stores and natural beauty shops. Of course, there are also a number of online stores and brands you can purchase your oil from; we’ve rounded up five of our favorites below for easy shopping!
- Leven Rose Pomegranate Seed Oil
- Goddess of Spring Certified Organic Pomegranate Seed Oil
- Piping Rock Pomegranate Seed Oil
- Neta Cold-Pressed Pomegranate Seed Oil
- Nature’s Gift Pomegranate Seed Oil
Oils— Our Favorite Beauty Product
We’ve already waxed poetic here on our love for natural oils as an everyday part of our skincare routine. Using oils as moisturizers is such a fantastic way to keep your skin healthy and hydrated— no matter if you suffer from oily, dry or combination skin.
In fact, chronically oily skin (and subsequent acne) is often caused by you stripping your skin of any moisture at all in an effort to combat oil. It may seem counterintuitive, but your body is incredibly adaptive; when you take away moisture (in an effort to cut down on oil or acne), your sebum glands actually ramp up oil production to make up for the lost hydration. So, the more you strip, the more oil your skin produces.
It’s a vicious cycle and one that can be stopped by using natural oils like pomegranate seed oil as a skincare step. The pomegranate seed oil can help regulate your skin’s natural oil production, keeping the levels in healthy balance (and your skin looking flawless!).
Pomegranate seed oil is a wonderful addition to any natural beauty cabinet; put your bottle along side your Vitamin E, Argan oil, Jojoba and Coconut oil for a strong oil regimen that’ll get you through even the most serious skincare issues.
While we wear our “product junkie” badge proudly, sometimes there’s just nothing more effective than a single, super-skincare ingredient. If your mind immediately went to coconut oil, because of course it did, we understand.
But when it comes to our faces, we’re currently craving Shea butter to solve our skincare needs. The best part? Raw, pure Shea butter is all you need. No extra ingredients necessary.
What is Shea butter?
Shea butter is a fat derived from the nut of the Shea tree, a plant most commonly grows in west and central Africa. Extracting the butter from the nut is an incredibly labor intensive process and must be done by hand. It can take up to 20 hours to get two pounds of the butter.
Shea butter is made up of some amazing skincare antioxidants; it’s full of Vitamin A and Vitamin E, both of which help reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles, stretch marks and cellulite.
Raw Shea Butter Benefits For Skin
Non-comedogenic. Shea butter has a comedogenic rating of 0 which means there’s no risk of it clogging your pores. If you have sensitive skin or are prone to breakouts, using raw Shea butter for acne is one of the best ways to safely and effectively moisturize.
Anti-aging. Shea butter is full of Vitamin A and Vitamin E, two powerful antioxidants that fight against premature skin aging. The antioxidants help increase cell turnover and decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Hydrating. Raw Shea butter is super hydrating and is especially good to use in the winter, when the drying heaters and chapping wind can really do a number on your skin. Shea butter’s hydrating properties go deep into the skin, rather than just treating the surface, so that its moisturizing effects last much longer than many other natural lotions and oils.
Plumps skin. Vitamin A boosts collagen production which keeps skin looking plump and young. As we age, our natural collagen production starts to taper off which is why our skin begins to look more drawn and slack. Raw Shea butter helps keep that “baby face” glow as we age!
- Treats inflammation. Raw Shea butter contains cinnamic acid (also found in cinnamon) that is a natural anti-inflammatory agent that’s been proven to soothe and treat various skincare conditions like eczema, dermatitis and sunburns.
How to Use Raw Shea Butter
In its raw, pure form, Shea butter is a solid. You can easily break off pieces to melt in your hot baths, to rub onto your skin while you’re in the shower or to use as in place of lotion right after you get out of the shower. Your skin is most absorbent— and will most easily melt the butter — when its still warm and damp from the shower, so be sure to apply right after you get out.
You can also find raw Shea butter in a whipped form which keeps it in an easy to use texture. When you’re looking for raw Shea butter, be sure to buy cold-pressed; that ensures all its beneficial components are still intact and preserved.
DIY Shea Butter Recipes For Face
DIY Peppermint Lip Balm (Better Than Burt's Bees!)
Photo Credit: Revived Kitchen
- Beeswax pastilles
- Shea butter
- Coconut oil
- Sweet Almond oil
- Peppermint essential oil
This basic lip balm recipe is easily customizable; just swap out the peppermint oil for your favorite scent. For the full recipe check out this post.
Creamy & Moisturizing Shea Butter Soap
A few of the ingredients:
- Coconut Oil
- Olive Oil
- Shea Butter
- Vitamin E
If you're looking for a recipe for homemade soap that helps manage oily prone skin look no further than Tanya's Shea butter soap. You'll need to do a little bit of chemistry with this one so we strongly recommend following instructions and reading about Lye safety (used incorrectly, it can become dangerous) before you begin.
DIY Shea Butter Recipe for Acne
- Raw Shea butter
- Coconut oil
- Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is a powerful natural anti-bacterial and anti-microbial, making it one of our favorite products to fight breakouts. Because Shea butter is non-comedogenic, this DIY face moisturizer recipe is thus a perfect option for those with oily or acne prone skin.
To Recap: Raw Shea Butter For Your Face Is IT
When it comes to natural skincare, less is almost always more. There are so many safe and effective products that stand on their own without the need for adding chemicals, preservatives or other (unnecessary) ingredients. By now, we hope you consider using raw Shea butter for your face for those exact reasons— you just don’t need anything else!
At this point we think it’s safe to say that juicing is more than just a passing trend— it’s a powerful natural wellness choice that has myriad health benefits that any doctor, scientist, nutritionist or dietitian can get behind.
Juicing delivers your body an incredible amount of nutrients, antioxidants and other nourishing goodies to your system in a concentrated, pure way. Spinach, apple, celery, ginger, turmeric, kale and garlic are all popular (and super healthy!) juicing options but juicing aloe vera can be just as healthy for your body.
What Does Aloe Vera Juice Do For You?
Aloe vera juice has many health benefits for all types of ailments, both simple and chronic. Its use for health-related concerns dates back 5,000 years to ancient Egyptian times— they used the plant both orally and topically as we do today for a variety of the same concerns.
The health benefits of the aloe vera plant are vast and varied. Some of the most powerful and common include:
Alkalizing: helps restore the pH balance in our blood.
Anti-inflammatory: naturally reduces swelling and inflammation by blocking prostaglandins and histamines.
Digestive aid: since it is anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory, aloe vera juice can help soothe an upset stomach due to gas, indigestion or food allergies.
Detoxifier: once ingested, aloe vera gel helps move toxins through your system quickly. Toxins bind themselves to the gel and get flushed out of your system.
Helps hydration: just as the gel helps hydrate skin externally, it can also help promote hydrating internally.
Helps control glucose levels for diabetics: aloe helps regulate blood sugar levels so it is a powerful natural Type I diabetic helper.
Helps lower cholesterol: the soluble fiber Beta-sitosterol found in aloe vera juice is thought to help naturally lower cholesterol in your blood.
Improves oral health: again, because of its anti-inflammatory properties, aloe vera juice helps fight gum disease.
- Provides amino acids: there aren’t many plant sources with a full set of essential amino acids but aloe vera is one of them!
How To Make Aloe Juice
First, you’ll need an aloe vera plant (obviously). You can find aloe plants at any nursery or home and garden center; we suggest potting your aloe vera in organic soil and make sure you’re using a stone or clay pot since plastic can leech into the soil (thus into your plant!).
Now, on to how to extract aloe vera juice from your plant and how to make aloe vera water.
Homemade Aloe Vera Juice
- Water or fruit juice
- Lemon juice
- Aloe vera gel
If you’re looking for something a bit more satisfying, there are other options of how to drink aloe vera juice. There are actually quite a few awesome aloe vera drink recipes that will be sure to make it into your regular rotation.
Lemon and Cucumber Aloe Vera Juice Recipe
- Aloe vera pulp
Blend until well mixed and enjoy!
Healthy Aloe Juice Recipe
- Green apples
- Aloe vera pulp
Watermelon and Aloe Vera Juice Recipe
- Fresh watermelon juice
- Cold, filtered water
- Aloe vera gel
Exotic Aloe Vera Juice Recipe
- Fresh pineapple
- Green apple
- Coconut milk
- Aloe vera juice
Aloe Vera Smoothie Recipe
- Almond milk
- Juice from one medium aloe vera leaf
- Fresh or frozen blueberries
- Fresh or frozen mango chunks
- Coconut oil
- Fresh basil
- Honey or maple syrup for sweetener
- Coconut flakes
- Chia or flax seeds
- Protein powder
Green Aloe Vera Smoothie Recipe
- Baby spinach
- Aloe vera juice
- Pineapple or mango
- Spirulina powder
- Coconut water
- Ice cubes
Strawberry Aloe Vera Juice Recipe
- Almond milk
- Fresh or frozen strawberries
- Fresh or frozen bananas
- Aloe vera juice
Zippy Zinger Aloe Juice Recipe
- Ginger root, grated
- Red papaya
Not Just For Sunburns
The aloe plant is such a versatile natural health ingredient to have in your home. Not only is the juice good for your internal health, but we all know that it helps soothe sunburn and other skin irritations as well. Plus, it’s hearty and low maintenance so even those of us with a brown thumb can enjoy the benefits of the plant!
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