Saturday, 30 April 2016

Top 8 Essential Oils to Keep in Your Home

There are lots of essential oils available out there. And I’m the first to admit that I have several. But if you’re new to essential oils or you just want to keep it really simple these ARE THE  eight essential oils a must-have in your home:

1. Lavender

Widely known as the calming oil, lavender essential oil use is pretty mainstream. And for good reason. Lavender essential oil is great for soothing you when you’re stressed, calming down crazy kiddos and helping you ease into peaceful sleep. But did you also know it’s great for burns? And that it soothes irritated skin? It even takes the sting out of bug bites and makes for some great headache relief.
Ways to Use …
  • Add 5 to 8 drops (depending on your preference) to 2 oz. of water in a mini spray bottle and spritz on pillows and linens before bed.
  • Mix 2 drops each lavender and frankincense in 1 tablespoon coconut oil and apply to temples to take away headaches and relieve stress.
  • Apply neat (undiluted) to fresh cuts, scrapes and wounds to speed healing and kill bacteria.
  • Add 5 drops to a homemade cleaner for antibacterial properties.
  • Diffuse 5 drops in your house to promote peace and calm.
  • Add 2 to 3 drops to one cup of epsom salts and stir into a hot bath for extra relaxation.

2. Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus essential oil is antimicrobial and makes a wonderful addition to any homemade cleaning recipe. It’s also used as an expectorant and can be diffused in the air for respiratory issues.
Ways to Use …
  • Add 10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil, 2 tablespoons of liquid castile soap and hot water to the mop bucket to clean your floor.
  • Add 2 to 3 drops eucalyptus to 1 tablespoon coconut oil and rub into your chest when you have a cold.
  • Add 5 drops to your diffuser to clean and freshen the air.
  • Add 5 drops each of eucalyptus and tea tree oil to a 16 oz. glass spray bottle full of water and spray down your shower after each use to inhibit mold growth.
  • Mix 3 to 4 drops into your pet’s shampoo to keep away fleas.

3. Lemon

Lemon is the ultimate degunkifier. Not only will it get the gunk off of your dishes and surfaces, but if you’ve got a congested chest or gunky throat, it will take care of that as well.
Ways to Use …
  • Add 1 drop to 1 teaspoon of honey to soothe a dry or sore throat.
  • Diffuse 5 drops in a room to kill nasty odors and to lift your mood.
  • Apply 1 to 2 drops neat to remove sticky residue (either from your hands or surfaces).
  • Use 3 to 5 drops neat to remove gum from fabric (or hair).
  • Mix 5 drops with 4 oz. unscented liquid dish soap for extra grease-cutting action.
Apply topically with caution if you’re putting it on skin that will be exposed to the sun – it may cause sensitivity.

4. Peppermint

Peppermint can be used to help relieve nausea, increase energy and ease headaches.
Ways to Use …
  • Apply 1 drop to temples and forehead to relieve pain. Don’t get it in your eyes. Trust me.
  • Add 5 to 7 drops to a 16 oz. glass spray bottle of water and use as a cooling spritz when it’s hot out.
  • Inhale deeply from the bottle to relieve nausea.
  • Apply 1 to 2 drops to the bottoms of feet to reduce fevers.
  • Add 5 to 7 drops to a 16 oz. glass spray bottle full of water and spray around molding to keep pests out.
  • Combine lavender and peppermint to make  A super simple balm.
Don’t get it in your eyes!

5. Frankincense

Yes, frankincense is a pricier oil, but there’s a reason for the saying, “If in doubt, use frankincense.” I use it regularly to relieve stress and deal with any headaches that might pop up. It also gets added to my baths with lavender and epsom salts for a super relaxing experience.
Ways to Use …
  • Apply 1 drop to minor cuts to speed healing and relieve pain.
  • Apply 1 drop to bug bites and stings for immediate pain and itch relief.
  • Apply to temples with lavender to relieve stress and headaches.
  • Apply 1 drop to the temples or bottoms of the feet daily for immune system support.
  • Apply 1 to 2 drops neat to scars on a daily basis to reduce their appearance.
  • Massage 2 drops mixed with 1 tablespoon coconut oil to soothe painful muscles and joints.

6. Tea Tree

Tea tree essential oil is a must in any home. Its antibacterial and antifungal properties make it a powerful addition to homemade cleaners. And its skin-soothing properties work wonders on rashes and owies.
Ways to Use …
  • Apply 1 to 2 drops neat around the base of the ear to treat ear infections naturally. (This is the only reason I’ll use it on my kids, otherwise I keep it out of their reach – make sure they do not ingest it.)
  • Apply 1 drop neat on skin rashes to stop itching.
  • Add 1 to 2 drops to your homemade shampoo and hair rinse.
  • Add 5 drops to cleaning spray recipes to help kill germs.
  • Apply 2 to 3 drops diluted in 1 tablespoon coconut oil to toes and feet twice a day to stop athlete’s foot.

7. Oregano

While oregano essential oil makes few appearances in our home, it’s still a must-have. Oregano has powerful antibacterial properties, and, while it will leave you smelling like pizza, it’s great at helping your body fight illness.
Ways to Use …
  • Dilute 2 drops in 1 tablespoon coconut oil and rub onto toenails plagued with stubborn fungus twice a day until its gone.
  • Dilute 2 drops in 1 tablespoon coconut oil and dab on skin tags to remove them.
  • Apply 1 to 2 drops, diluted, to the bottoms of the feet when you’re fighting a bacterial infection (every 4 to 6 hours).
  • Add 1 to 2 drops to homemade cleaners for potent germ-killing properties,
Avoid during pregnancy and always dilute before using.

8. Wild Orange

While you’d probably want to use wild orange for its amazing smell alone (I know I do), you’ll be pleased to find that it’s got a lot of great properties. It’s antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, sedative (seriously!) and used for digestive upset.
Ways to Use …
  • Mix 1 drop with 1 tablespoon coconut oil and rub onto an infant’s upset tummy for relief (a stronger mix can also be used on adults).
  • Massage 2 to 3 drops mixed with 1 tablespoon coconut oil onto the chest at the onset of a cold.
  • Diffuse 3 drops wild orange and 2 drops lavender for a soothing effect (and amazing smell).
  • Diffuse 5 drops in any room to kill bacteria.
  • Mix 3 drops wild orange, 3 drops peppermint and 20 drops liquid carrier oil in a roller bottle. and rub on the back of the neck for help with focus.
If applying to skin, wait at least 6 hours before sun exposure as it can cause photo sensitivity.

Clay As a Natural Home Remedy


 Clay is soothing and healing to the skin when used on minor kitchen burns, sunburns, etc.
clay on a mosquito bite helps to relieve the itching and swelling quickly.

The 5 Best Natural Remedies for Beginners

Are you eager to start making the switch over to natural remedies, but unsure of where to start?

I know that when you’re first getting started with the world of herbs, essential oils, alternative medicines and so on, it can feel daunting.

  Walking into a health food or vitamin store is an exercise in overwhelm. And googling what you’re trying to find out can be even worse!

I think the best course of action when you’re just starting to make the transition from pharmaceuticals to natural remedies is to pick a few simple ones with a variety of uses, and get comfortable with them, before moving on to more.
To help you do just that,

 I’ve put together a list of the 5 natural remedies that I would most highly recommend to a beginner.

1. Clay

More specifically, bentonite clay. This might sound like a bizarre first remedy (she’s recommending dirt??), but stick with me a moment, OK?
Let’s go back to that well-known pink stuff… Pepto Bismal. Any guess what’s in it? That’s right. Clay (but unfortunately, also all sorts of other ingredients your body doesn’t need).
The reason it works is that clay is able to attract toxins to itself, and draw them out of the body. It can absorb nasty stuff in our digestive systems and clear it out the other end. It can remove toxins, impurities and infections from skin. It can also be very soothing.
For all of these reasons, we use both powdered clay and liquified clay in our family for:
  • insects stings and bug bites
  • stomach upsets (diarrhea, digestive troubles, general tummy yuckiness)
  • to soothe cuts and scrapes and aid healing process
  • draw out an infection in the skin
  • detoxifying (we use it most specifically for baths)

ill post more about this the next post

2. Garlic

Not just any old garlic, but even more specifically, raw garlic.
And here’s the beautiful thing about garlic… you can buy it at any grocery store. It keeps for a long time in a cool, dark place or in your fridge. There’s no reason not to have it on hand for when sickness strikes.
there are two many things you need to remember about using garlic effectively:
  • It really needs to be raw to be truly potent, and is more active once minced or crushed in some way.
  • You can’t take it once a day like an antibiotic pill and hope for the same result. It’s not a pharmaceutical. To get great results with many natural remedies, you want to take them steadily over the course of the day, every few hours. If you take it this way, you’ll be amazed at the results!
Garlic can be used for so many things, but here are just a few to try:
  • treat ear infections
  • ward off a cold, flu or infection more quickly
  • thrush/Candida/yeast/fungal infections

look out for more infomation on next posts coming soon

3. Herbal salve

This is my wonder cream. My kids all know exactly what I mean when they have an owie of some sort and I tell them to go “put cream on it”. It’s also one of the very easiest natural remedies that anyone can start with.
Really, it’s not cream at all, but an herb-infused blend of oils that are solidified into a salve which you can rub on, like an ointment. It’s similar to using something like a Neosporin or antibiotic ointment from a tube at the pharmacy, except that it’s all natural and beyond just preventing infection, it really encourages healing.
There are many salves out there and you can even make one yourself if you prefer. I’m all for DIY
We use herbal salve for:
  • nappy rash
  • chapped lips
  • cuts and scrapes
  • minor infections
  • rashes

((((1. Fill a mason jar (you pick the size) halfway full with equal parts of the following organic herbs:
  • St. John’s Wort
  • Echinacea Purpurea Root
  • Echinacea Purpurea Leaf
  • Plantain Leaf
  • Yarrow Flower
  • Rosemary Leaf
  • Comfrey Leaf
  • Calendula blossom
2. Cover with virgin, organic olive oil and allow to infuse for 2- 4 weeks in a sunny window, shaking daily.  Alternatively, use the crockpot method to heat infuse the oils for two days.
3. Strain oil into a sauce pan and add 2 ounces of unrefined beeswax per pint of mixture and heat just until the beeswax is melted.
4. Add a few drops of vitamin E oil and grapefruit seed extract.
5. Pour into containers and allow to cool.
6. Apply to bug bites, sunburn, minor scratches, poison ivy, diaper rash, and anything else you might use an antibiotic ointment for.)))))


4. Essential oils

I’ve grown to love using essential oils more and more over the years. They’re so quick and easy to reach for, and when used properly, can be very effective. The more basic ones are also very affordable and last a long time, making them a good choice for someone just getting started.
There’s a fair bit of controversy out there over whether you should or shouldn’t ingest oils, and I would agree, it’s a murky subject which I won’t into for now.
What I will say is that there are a number of uses that I would recommend to anyone, with just a few of the more inexpensive oils out there.
Peppermint – Great for sore muscles and for headaches (particularly tension headaches). Also for nausea (smelling it helps a lot for this use, as can rubbing it on temples or behind ears). It’s a bit strong, so usually best to mix it with a carrier oil (coconut or olive oil work great) before rubbing onto the skin, since it irritates some people and don’t let it come in contact with eyes (ask me how I know).
Eucalyptus – You can make your own version of Vapo Rub with this oil

  • 2 parts coconut oil
  • 1 part beeswax
  • eucalyptus essential oil (about 10 drops per ounce)
  • white camphor essential oil (about 5 drops per ounce)
Simply melt the oil and beeswax in a pan and then add the essential oils. Pour into your metal tin(s) or other container. And that’s it!
The salve will harden within 10-15 minutes. If you find it is too soft, like the consistency of an ointment, you can scoop it back into the pan, remelt it and add more beeswax. If it is too hard, remelt and add more oil. I’ve also remelted to add more essential oil when I wasn’t satisfied with the strength of the oils.

and it really, truly works. Or, you can be simple like me and just pour a little olive oil into the palm of your hand, add a few drops of eucalyptus, and bada bing, bada boom. You’ve got “vapo rub”. Rubbing it on the chest and back works, but also, try the bottoms of bare feet, and then put socks on overnight.
Lavender – I have used this oil many times in its neat form (undiluted) when I’ve burned myself. Just rub a drop or two straight onto the burn (you wouldn’t do this with a really serious burn – it’s more for your average kitchen burn). It usually helps to relive the pain within about 5 minutes, and sometimes I re-apply it 10-15 minutes later if needed. It’s also very helpful for calming and relaxing, whether used with a carrier oil and rubbed gently on the skin, or by smelling it (a diffuser is great for this purpose).

5. Ginger

There were so many other remedies I could have chosen for this last one (probiotics, raw honey, colloidal silver and epsom salts  were all on my short list), but ginger is one of the first herbs that I really noticed tangible results with, so I want to pass it on to all the beginners out there.
First of all, it’s very accessible. You can buy fresh ginger root at most grocery stores, and certainly ginger powder in the spice section if nothing else. Secondly, ginger is absolutely wonderful for the digestive system.
I would highly recommend using either:
1. Fresh, peeled ginger (in slices or chunks) OR
2. Ginger tea (either chopping up fresh ginger and making tea with that, or using the dried power with hot water)
Both work amazingly for nausea, morning sickness, heartburn, gas, upset stomach, etc. I regularly drink ginger tea or nibble on fresh ginger while pregnant, especially in first trimester or when I have heartburn later on in pregnancy.
I’ve also found ginger to be very effective in a more uncommon use — the bath! Particularly great for chills, flus and fevers… run a hot bath and dump in 1/2 cup to 1 cup of ginger powder (beware that more will be stronger!) and less for children (maybe 1/4 cup maximum). Sit and soak in the hot ginger water.
It will increase circulation and probably make you feel a bit flushed. Make sure to drink lots of water and only stay in as long as you can (with a child, watch them very carefully if they’re looking flushed and don’t keep them in too long). Then, get out, drink some more water, and wrap yourself up in bed. This circulation boost really helps with reducing the chills and aches of a fever and in my experience, shortens its duration.

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All-Natural Anti-Bacterial Spray

The truth is that manufacturers of commercial cleaning products play on our fears of hygiene issues by convincing us that we need the latest and greatest spray that miraculously “kills 99.9% of bacteria” in our home.

 Umm, excuse me?!? 99.9% of bacteria? No thank you!

The introduction and widespread use of anti-bacterial products for home use has inevitably led to drug-resistant bacteria. That’s right, bacteria that has mutated and become completely immune to antibiotics. Not only that, but these products also kill the good bacteria that are supposed to keep the bad bacteria under control.
Of course, anti-bacterial products have their place in society; they were originally used exclusively in hospitals and other healthcare settings, where risk of infection is very high. However, now that they’ve made their way into ordinary households, their use and overuse is doing much more harm than good.
bleach is a popular brand of antibacterial spray and I’d venture to guess that your kitchen or bathrooms have been graced with its presence at one point or another. In reality, sprays with bleach are very hazardous to our health. They can  contain ingredients like formaldehyde, hydrochloric acid, and phenylphenol, a skin, respiratory and mucous membrane irritant, according to the CDC.

What Are We Supposed to Use?

Good old soap and water is just as effective at killing germs – and it’s cheaper, less hazardous, and doesn’t require the use of protective gloves or safety goggles.

But when you need to quickly spray down your counters or other surfaces, making a homemade, all-natural “antibacterial” spray is the way to go. Instead of nasty, toxic chemicals, I like to harness the powers of essential oils. The oils I use each have individual properties which make them great choices for an antibacterial spray:
  • orange: anti-infectious, anti-septic, anti-viral
  • lavender: anti-infectious, anti-septic, anti-viral, anti-bacterial,
  • eucalyptus: anti-infectious, anti-septic, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal
  • tea tree: anti-infectious, anti-septic, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal
Make sure you use 100% pure essential oils (NOT just scented oils). You can find essential oils at your local health food store, or you can purchase them online from Amazon

Below is the recipe that I’ve formulated, but feel free to play around with it to suit your own tastes. Some find the strong scent of tea tree or eucalyptus oils to be a bit overwhelming, so you may want to decrease the amount you use in your spray (or eliminate them completely).

  1. 1 cup water, distilled or filtered
  2. 5 drops orange essential oil
  3. 3 drops lavender essential oil
  4. 2 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  5. 2 drops tea tree oil
  1. Add all ingredients to a spray bottle.
  2. Shake well before use.
  3. Spray on counter tops and other hard surfaces and let air-dry.
  4. Store in a cool, dark place.

Sunday, 27 March 2016

my Homemade Shea Body Butter Recipe

This all natural body butter recipe is the perfect remedy for dry, scaly skin, and it’s incredibly easy to make!

I love homemade skincare products because I know exactly what goes into them; no chemicals for me! Remember, your skin is your body’s largest organ, and it will absorb anything it touches. So instead of absorbing all those chemicals in store-bought lotions and creams, why not try this all natural body butter recipe instead?!

This body butter recipe contains  Lavender essential oils, so besides leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth, it also helps heal and repair damaged, scaly skin!

 Lavender is also anti-fungal and antiseptic. These oils both help promote tissue regeneration and prevent scarring. Perfect for dry, scaly skin that needs a bit of rejuvenation!

Homemade Whipped Body Butter Recipe

Here’s what you need to make your own natural shea body butter:

  • 1/4 Cup coconut oil 
  • 1/4 Cup  almond oil 
  • 1/2 Cup shea butter 
  • 16 drops  Lavender essential oil 

Coconut oil and shea butter are both solid at room temperature, so the first step is to melt them down into a liquid. Place the coconut oil and shea butter in the top of a double boiler, turn the heat on, and stir until melted.
Remove from heat and let the liquids cool down for half an hour.
After half an hour, stir in the almond oil and essential oil. Then place the mixture in the freezer to chill.
This step is SUPER important! The oils have to just barely start to solidify again so that you can whip the body butter to the correct consistency.

Leave the mixture in the freezer until the edges just start to solidify, anywhere from 10-20 minutes.
Once the edges have started to solidify, remove it from the freezer and whip until the whole thing is smooth like butter. This piece of the process reminds me of whipping egg whites until they form “stiff peaks”; you basically want to keep whipping the mixture until it thickens and forms peaks that can stand up on their own.

Once you have stiff peaks, transfer the body butter into a clean glass jar

 and enjoy!


Sunday, 20 March 2016

my 10 Best remedies using aloe vera

1. Sunburn Remedy: Grab an ice cube tray and fill it in with aloe gel and freeze. These aloe vera ice cubes are great after too much sun exposure, bug bites, poison ivy, and even psoriasis. They provide extra relief from pain, redness, inflammation or itching. Applying the cooling aloe vera cubes to the bug bites or sunburn is definitely a relaxing and soothing experience.

2. Dandruff remedy: Mix a tbsp of lemon juice with 2 tbsp of pure aloe vera gel and use it as a hair mask. Apply the mask to the roots of your hair and let it sit for 30mins before you rinse off.

3. Reduce annoying pimples and help treat acne problems. Apply pure gel on your pores and skin after washing.

4. Razor burn: Aloe Vera is the best remedy to get rid of razor burn. The cooling properties of aloe vera helps soothe the razor burn instantly. You can apply aloe Vera gel on the affected places and also works as an aftershave agent.  

5. Tame frizzy Hair: Smooth a small amount of aloe vera gel on damp hair to tame frizzy hair and add an instant shine and softness to your hair.

6. Stretch Marks: The healing and soothing properties of aloe vera is effective in getting rid of stretch marks.  It will help in increasing cell growth that helps in the reduction of stretch marks. Apply pure aloe vera gel and massage it daily over the affected skin.

7. For dry, cracked feet: Try this ultimate beauty ingredient into a foot mask that makes dry, cracked feet baby soft. Mix together 4 Tbsp aloe vera gel, and 2tbsp of lemon juice. Rub all over tired feet until well exfoliated. Sit for 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water.  

8. Aloe vera Wrinkles Treatment: The aloe vera plant contains malic acid that helps reduce wrinkles by improving the elasticity of your skin and keep your skin hydrated.

9. Aloe Vera Dark Circle Cure: Aloe Vera has nourishing agent to condition and lock in moisture whilst helping to reduce puffiness and dark circles. Mix 2tbsp of aloe vera gel with a tbsp of almond oil and tore it in a small jar. Before bed, apply the gel under the eyes and let it work on the under eye circles overnight.

10. Aloe Vera Hair growth:  One of the most effective hair growth tips is to use Aloe Vera. Massage Aloe Vera into your scalp. Leave it on for an hour and then rinse with warm water for growing amazing long tresses.


Aloe Vera Soap Recipe



  • 14.9 oz coconut oil
  • 13.4 oz olive oil
  • 10.5 oz lard
  • 2.5 oz shea butter
  • 9.6 oz g aloe gel
  • 6.7 oz lye
  • 9.9 oz water
Follow standard soap making procedures: carefully add lye to the water and while it cools, heat up the oils until melted. When roughly around the same temperature, add the lye mixture to the oils, then add the aloe gel before trace. Mix well until the mixture thickens to the point of trace. Pour into mold, insulate and let it set for 24 to 48 hours.

 Unmold cut and let the soaps curing in a cookie rack for at least 4 weeks

Note: If you use aloe from your own plant – be sure to harvest only the clear gel from the leaves!


Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Homemade Foundation

Do you know what chemicals are in your makeup? When you find out you will definitely be making your own why not start with homemade foundation.
Phthatale family or di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP) and di(2-ehtylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)
  • Can result in: endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCS) and carcinogen linked to birth defects; premature breast developments; lowered sperm counts; testicular injury; damage to reproductive organs; lung, liver and kidney cancer
  • Why used: makes plastic soft and malleable.
  • Found in: nail polish, hair-straighteners and sprays, body lotions, and deodorants.
  • Banned in: Europe
Lauryl sulfate(SLS), Sodium laureth sulfate(SLES) 

  • Can result in: suspected carcinogen linked kidney and liver damage; nervous system disruption; damage to eyes leading to cataracts; eczema and dermatitis, known to inflame skin layers.
  • Why used: foaming agent and emulsifier.
  • Found in: toothpaste, shampoo, bath salts, body and shower gels.
  • Banned in: Europe and Central America
Paraben preservatives or alkyl-p-hydroxybenzoates (methyl, propyl, butyl, and ethyl)
  • Can result in: hormone disrupter, estrogenic (mimics natural estrogens that leads to cancer); linked to breast cancer; skin rashes.
  • Why used: germicide and preservative.
  • Found in: conditioners, hair styling gels, nail creams, foundations, concealers, mascara, facial masks, skin creams, and deodorants, sunscreen, hair-coloring.
  • Banned in: Japan and Sweden. Under review in the UK
Formaldehyde family or Diazolidinyl urea, 3-diol Imidazolidinyl urea, DMDM Hydantoin , Quaternium-15, Nitropropane-1, Formalin , Methanal , Methyl aldehyde, Methylene oxide, Morbicid acid, Oxymethylene
  • Can result in: carcinogen, causes allergic reactions and contact dermatitis; headaches; irritates mucous membranes; damaging to eyes; linked to joint and chest pain; depression; headaches; fatigue; dizziness and immune dysfunction.
  • Why used: disinfectant, germicide, fungicide, defoamer and preservative, cheap and mixes easily with water.
  • Found in: shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, liquid antiseptic hand wash, skin lotions, bubble bath, hair care products, antiperspirants, nail polishes, talcs; mascara, mouthwash, make-up remover.
  • Banned in: Europe
Amine family Diethanolamine (DEA), triethanolamine (TEA), amonoethanolamine (MEA)
  • Can result in: hormone disrupter; carcinogen linked to liver and kidney cancer; irritant to hair and skin; corrosive to eyes; causes contact dermatitis; react with other chemicals to form carcinogenic nitrosamines.
  • Why used: emulsifier, pH adjuster, and preservative, foaming agent added to coconut oils.
  • Found in: shampoos, soaps, hairsprays, sunscreens, foundations, concealers, eyeliner, talc, face powders, shaving creams, hair colouring products (women and men), hair sprays.
  • Banned in: Currently under review in the USA, UK and Europe
Propylene / Butylene Glycol (PG)

  • Side Effect: linked to possible brain, liver, and kidney abnormalities respiratory and throat irritation, central nervous system depression, pulmonary oedema, brain damage, hypoglycaemia, skin rashes and dermatitis, neuro-toxin that weakens protein and cellular structure.
  • Why: cheap substitute for glycerine, Humectant (retains moisture).
  • Found in: deodorants, body lotions, body washes, hair conditioner, hair gel, creams, hand-wipes, lipsticks.
  • Banned in: Europe(1)

DIY Homemade Foundation

Base: Arrowroot powder
Color: Cocoa powder, cinnamon, nutmeg
1. Start with a base of arrowroot powder (1 tsp. for dark skin – 1 Tbs. for light skin)
2. Slowly add in one or combination of the cocoa powder, cinnamon, or nutmeg until you reach your desired tone.  Not a lot of precise measuring just play around until it fits your skin tone.
3. Use a brush to apply foundation. Make sure to tap off excess before swiping face.
Want to turn it into a cream foundation? It’s super easy.

Homemade Foundation Cream

Use powder from recipe above, add a few drops of one of the following liquids (start with one or two drops and add slowly after you mix):
  • olive oil
  • jojoba oil
  • sweet almond oil
You can push this into a compact and use a brush like you would normally, or you can add more to create a liquid.

Natural Remedies For Dark Spot Removal

Over- secretion of melanin is known to cause dark spots or pigmentation.   Some of the causes of this type of condition include:   hormone imbalance, pregnancy, menopause, intake of certain medications, vitamin deficiency, mineral deficiency, intestinal disorders and stress.   Severe dark spots all over the body need to be appropriately diagnosed by a doctor, as there could be underlying problems.
Many of the bleaching products that are available at medical stores and chemist shops contain bleach mixed with lubricating cream.   In the end this may prove harmful to your skin.   On the other hand, there are several home remedies that can (over time) achieve the same effect as those that can be found in the pharmacy.

  The beauty of home remedies is that they are cheap and they have no side effects. 

1. Lemon/Lime Juice
Lemon and lime juice is strongly acidic, and the juices from both are very popular in home remedies for bleaching out dark spots.   Both the juices of the lemon and lime can be used by itself to the affected areas.   However, using other juices and can enhance the bleaching effect.   These remedies can take up to a week or more for any discernible results to be seen.
  • Lemon and honey rubbed on the dark spots and as face masks.
  • Lemon juice, cucumber juice and rose water on affected areas.
  • Lime juice and turmeric applied as a paste on face can fade suntans.   This mixture can also be placed on elbows and knees.

2. Turmeric
Turmeric is another popular skin lightening agent.   It is said to effectively remove suntans and fades dark spots quickly.

  • Turmeric, Milk and Lemon Juice applied to areas where there are dark spots.
  • Turmeric, honey and olive oil- gently massaged on the face and leave on 15 minutes.

3. Papaya
Papaya contains papain, an enzyme that exfoliates the skin, encouraging production of new, fresher-looking skin.   Papain also inhibits the enzyme tyrosinase, which pigment-producing skin cells use to make melanin.   Green papaya contains more papain than the ripe ones.   However, it stings a bit when applied to skin.   The ripe papaya works just as well though, so if that is all you have access to, you can use it and expect results.
  • Papaya pulp rubbed on affected areas can be applied on the skin; this will remove whiteheads on skin.
  • The skin of the papaya also makes for an excellent scrub for knees and elbows.
  • Green papaya and lime juice pureed.   Applied to dark spots and left to sit for 15 minutes.
4. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is exceptional when it comes to skin regeneration.  That is why it is so popular as a treatment for burns, stings and scrapes.   The plant is also very effective when it comes to the fading of dark spots.
Put pure aloe juice on the affected skin twice daily.   Leave the juice on for at least 45 minutes with each treatment.   Dark spots should fade within a month.
5. Buttermilk

Buttermilk contains lactic acid, which is an alpha hydroxy acid.   This natural acid is good for skin as it removes dead skin, dirt and excess oil.   Once the top layer of the skin is removed, the skin appears lighter.
  • Apply buttermilk directly to dark spots using a cotton ball.
  • Mix equal parts buttermilk with lemon juice and apply as a face mask.
6. Vitamin E Oil
Vitamin E is an antioxidant and it has complex effects on wound healing.   Studies suggest that it can penetrate the dermis and it stabilizes collagen production.
  • Vitamin E oil mixed with castor oil and applied on pigmented areas to reduce dark spots is also an effective treatment.
  • Vitamin E oil and aloe gel as a face mask will also work.
1. Avoid using soap too often as it has a tendency to dry the skin.
2. Drink plenty of water and eat fruits and vegetables as part of your daily diet.
3. Address the underlying cause of your dark spot condition.   If your problem is acne, stress, constant insect bites or excessive sun exposure, take care of these issues before trying to remove the dark areas, or they will recur.
4. Limit sun exposure while using natural fade treatments, but discontinue use if you notice skin irritation.   Have irregularly shaped dark spots checked by a doctor to rule out melanoma.

Home Remedies for Lips

Lip Home Remedies

Some of the common issues that affect our lips include chapped or flaky skin, cracked lips, dryness, sores, and signs of aging [1]. For women, the issues go beyond health concerns and enter the world of beauty. Little tricks and tips for achieving a sexy pout and making lipstick last can become a cost-efficient lifesaver. When looking to maintain, heal and treat your lips well, consider the following home remedies for lips:

a) Toothbrush: 

If you’re looking for pouty lips without the chemicals, get in the habit of gently brushing your lips, which gets the blood moving to the region and results in a pumped-up look. The toothbrush will also remove flaky skin from the lips.

b) Baby Oil:

Before going out into the cold, moisten the lips with baby oil for protection.

c) Petroleum Jelly:

To avoid dry lips in harsh weather conditions, rub in petroleum jelly, which helps keep them moist.

d) Fruit and Honey Toothpaste:

The combination of antioxidant-rich fruit and healing honey helps enhance the results of any toothpaste. Mash enough avocados to produce one tablespoon. Add one tablespoon of shredded mango, and combine until the two ingredients become a creamy mixture. Add the fruit, one tablespoon of honey, and ¾ tablespoon of any toothpaste to a blender. Mix well for one minute. Soak a cosmetic cotton pad in the mixture for 10 minutes. Apply the pad to the lips for 20 minutes to moisturize.

e) Apple and Butter:

To moisturize before going to bed, massage your lips with a slice of green apple for five minutes. Follow up by applying one teaspoon of butter to the lips. Do not wash anything off and leave the remedy on overnight.

f) Tea Bags:

Steep a tea bag in boiling water and allow to cool until it is a suitable temperature to place on your lips. Leave on the bag for 10 minutes and repeat the process three to four times a day to treat swollen lips.

g) Olive Oil, Honey, Sugar and Lemon Juice:

For smooth lips, you can combine one teaspoon of olive oil, one teaspoon of honey, two teaspoons of sugar, and ½ teaspoon of lemon juice in a small bowl. Apply the remedy to your lips, and leave on for 20 minutes. Wash off. The sugar in the recipe will help exfoliate your lips – getting rid of any flakiness.

h) Epsom Salt and Petroleum Jelly

Remove dry skin from your lips and enjoy a plumping effect by applying a mix of Epsom salt and petroleum jelly. This remedy works because the salt retains water and adds moisture to lips.

i) Pineapple:

The enzyme bromelain and antioxidants found in pineapple possess healing powers. Before going to bed, rub a slice of pineapple over your lips. Do not rinse off, but instead, cover with petroleum jelly. This remedy will soften lips and add a bit of plumpness with vitamin C that increases the production of collagen.

j) Beet Juice:

To liven up plain lip balm, add a few drops of beet juice to create a tinted gloss.

k) Carrot Juice and Honey:

To create a homemade lip stain, boil two to three large carrots in a pot, and when they are soft – add to a blender. Puree the carrots and then mix in 4 ½ tablespoons of honey. Gently apply the concoction to your lips and wait 10 minutes. Use cool water to rinse off the residue.

l) Lighten Your Color:

If you are worried about highlighting wrinkles in your lips, choose lighter or nude colors instead of darker, bold shades of lipstick.

m) Foundation:

If you wear foundation, you can use it to enhance the lasting-power of lipstick. Apply foundation to your lips with a bit of powder. Apply your lipstick and a little more powder on top. Apply another layer of lipstick to enjoy color for hours.

n) Pill Container:

If you’ve broken your favorite lipstick, there’s no need to toss it away. Store the broken part of the stick in a pill container by smashing it inside.

o) Cucumber:

Promote healing of chapped lips by gently rubbing with cucumber slices [3].

p) Kick the Habit:

If you have a habit of licking your lips, you will worsen chapped lips and prolong the drying effect, as the repeated exposure to saliva robs the skin of moisture. Also, biting your lips when nervous or anxious will remove the protective covering and cause dryness.

q) Limit Intake of Certain Foods:

To make sure your chapped lips are on the road to recovery, limit the consumption of foods known for their harshness, such as orange juice, hot sauce, mustard, pepper, and alcoholic beverages that can dry out the lips.

r) Vitamin A:

Vitamin A encourages the repair of skin. Increase the number of foods rich in vitamin A that you consume, such as carrots, tomatoes, green leafy vegetables, and whole grains.