Sunday, 27 March 2016

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

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

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.

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.

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.

  • Mix equal quantities of glycerin and rose water. Store this
    excellent dry skin lotion in a clean bottle and apply it on dry facial
    skin or skin of hands and feet whenever required. It is best to be
    applied after having bath for those who suffer from excessive dry skin.
    Always shake the bottle before use as glycerin settles down at the
    bottom of bottle (Mix lemon juice to this mixture if you have a mixed
    type of skin having combination of oily and dry skin).
  • Mix equal quantities of petroleum jelly and glycerin and apply it on
    your dry skin of face and body and keep it overnight.
  • Mix equal quantities of petroleum jelly, vitamin E oil and glycerin.
    Apply for half an hour over face and body before taking shower.
  • Take plain water and glycerin in the ratio of 10:1 and apply it on
    your dry skin of hand and feet before going to the bed. This will give
    you soft skin in a few days.
  • For having a special hand wash soap, mix glycerin with your liquid
    soap and fill it in a bottle. Wash your hands with this soap to avoid
    dry skin on hand.
  • Take 1 tsp each of egg yolk, rose water, lime juice, olive oil and
    orange juice and mix them thoroughly. Apply this smooth home made dry
    skin lotion to your face in the morning and wash it off after 20
  • Make a face mask by mixing honey, egg, olive oil and rose water and
    use it as dry skin facial mask.
  • Get ayurvedic massage with herbal oil (made with vata balancing
    herbs). It is good to have daily body massage for people with dry skin
    but if that is not possible, take such massages at least once a week.
  • Lavender oil and sandalwood oil are also good for dry skin for their
    soothing and cool effects. A few drops of these oils can be used in
    bathing water.
  • Mix glycerin, castor oil and rose water with 1 tbsp of 'malai' or
    milk cream. Apply this mixture on face, neck and on hands before going
    to bed. Wash it off with water in morning. This keeps dry skin hydrated
    during the day.
  • Mix ground almonds, honey and malai (milk cream) and apply the
    mixture at least twice a week and keep it for half an hour.
  • Mix 1/4th cup yogurt, 1tsp honey and 1tbsp milk powder. Apply on face
    for 10 minutes and wash it off with cold water.

Herbs for Dry Skin



Aloe Vera- Aloe vera /indian-herbs/aloe-vera.html is the miracle
herb for all skin types and not only for dry skin treatment. It has been
used since ages for wounds, minor burns, and itchy skin treatments. The
leaves of aloe vera plant contains about 96% of water and other active
ingredients like essential oil, amino acids, minerals, vitamins, enzymes and glycoproteins. All these ingredients help in providing natural glow to the skin and in retaining moisture of the dry skin even in harsh climates. Aloe vera gel directly taken from the crushed leaves can be applied on face and body.

Chamomile- Chamomile has a very soothing and anti-inflammatory
properties. As such, it is used for treating most of the skin problems
including eczema, rashes, itchy dry skin etc. Tie one or half cup fresh
or dried chamomile herb in a cloth bag and put it in tub water. Allow it to get soaked for ten minutes before having bath.

We have all heard of Aloe Vera and its amazing healing properties. We might even grow an Aloe Vera plant to make sure it is always available in cases of an emergency. But do you know that Aloe Vera is not just limited to topical use. It is even more beneficial for our body internally. You might’ve passed by the big, unappealing jar of Aloe Vera juice thinking how gross it was. Well, don’t judge a book by its cover. Forget about the sugary drinks that you are used to buying, give Aloe Vera juice a try! Why? There is a huge number of important reasons to incorporate it into our daily life. Number one, you can detoxify your body naturally with Aloe Vera juice. Thus, drinking Aloe Vera juice should become another healthy habit.
For over 6000 years Aloe Vera has been widely used to treat many health aliments.  The Egyptians called it the  “plant of immortality” because of its diverse applications for literally everything. 

Aloe Vera Juice Benefits

Aloe vera juice is a mixture of almost 70 ingredients which include:
Nearly 20 minerals are found in Aloe Vera including: calcium, magnesium, zinc, chromium, selenium, sodium, iron, potassium, copper and manganese.  These minerals act together to boost enzyme metabolic pathways. Minerals such as zinc act as antioxidants in your body’s cells and increase enzyme activity which ensures detoxification of metabolic wastes. 
Aloe Vera contains enzymes such as amylase and lipase, which when taken orally aid digestion by breaking down fat and sugars. One particular enzyme, Bradykinase, helps to reduce excessive inflammation. 
Amino acids
Aloe Vera juice has 20 of the 22 necessary amino acids required by the human body.  Aloe Vera also contains Salicylic acid which fights inflammations and bacteria (as you know aspirin was formed on the basis of salicylic acid).
Aloe Vera is one of the few plants that contain vitamin B12 which is required for the production of red blood cells. Aloe Vera contains many  more vitamins including A, C, E, folic acid, choline, B1, B2, B3 (niacin) and B6. Vitamins A, C and E provide Aloe Vera’s antioxidant activity which fight free radicals. Choline and B group vitamins are necessary for amino acid metabolism.
Aloe mucilaginous polysaccharides (AMP) are long chain sugar molecules composed of individual mannose and glucose sugar molecules connected together. Around 200 of these AMP ingredients are found in the Aloe Vera plant. They are the ones mostly responsible for the healing properties of Aloe Vera. They perform many key functions in your body. They act as anti-inflammatory agents; have an anti-bacterial and anti-viral effect; enhance immune system functions such as promoting tissue growth and improving cellular metabolism.


Aloe Vera Juice Benefits: How To Detoxify Your Body Naturally

Aloe Vera is also one of the best body cleansers. It cleanses toxic matter from the stomach, kidneys, spleen, bladder, liver, and is the most effective colon cleanser.  Multiple studies have proven that Aloe Vera juice exhibits healing and soothing properties for the relief of indigestion, stomach problems and even ulcers. Drinking Aloe juice will help your body relieve tissue  inflammation which often causes joint pain and even arthritis. It strengthens the digestive tract, skin and has a great effect on overall health. It is recommended to drink a full glass of Aloe Vera juice at least twice a day. The  juice helps get rid of any waste products, thus detoxifying your body naturally.

Not intended for the treatment or prevention of disease, nor as a substitute for medical treatment, nor as an alternative to medical advice. Use of recommendations is at the choice and risk of the reader. 

Aloe Vera – one of the more than five hundred species of succulent in the Aloe genus – has been used throughout history to treat both internal and external maladies.  Aloe Vera gel is widely recognized for its ability to soothe pain and inflammation caused by burns, or more specifically those from sunburn.  However, most people don’t recognize the full spectrum of health benefits offered by this amazing plant.  Read on for a full list of everyday uses for the awesome natural remedy that is Aloe Vera.

1. Rich in Vitamins

–        B1 (thiamin) – important for metabolic function, specifically in regards to the metabolism of carbohydrates.
–        B2 (riboflavin) – needed for synthesis of other vitamins, including many other B vitamins.  Also improves digestion and metabolism.
–        B3 (niacin) – reduces LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglyceride levels while improving HDL (good) cholesterol.  Also important for liver, kidney, heart, and intestinal function.
–        B6 (pyridoxal phosphate) – necessary for metabolism of amino acids as well as for the release of glucose from stored glycogen in liver and muscle tissue.
–        C (ascorbic acid) – functions as an antioxidant, stimulates collagen production, and plays an important role in many enzymatic reactions.
–        B9 (folate) – needed for synthesis and repair of DNA, as well as for the production of healthy red blood cells.
–        A (beta-carotene) – functions as an antioxidant, improves ocular health, and may reduce the risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

2. Excellent Source of Minerals

–        Calcium – improves bone density, mental health, muscular function, vascular health.  Also prevents osteoporosis in menopausal women.
–        Zinc – promotes stronger immune health and is essential for around one hundred enzymatic functions in the human body.
–        Copper – necessary for cardiovascular health, specifically for the transport and processing of oxygen in the blood.
–        Iron – needed primarily for the transport of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood stream.
–        Potassium – important for healthy brain and nervous system functions, as well as for regulation of bodily fluid levels.
–        Magnesium – needed for hundreds of enzymatic processes including synthesis of DNA and RNA.  Also promotes more efficient energy transfer throughout the body.

3. Contains 8 Essential Amino Acids

–        Lysine – aids in the production of elastin and collagen which promotes healthy, younger-looking skin
–        Valine – used for energy and cell regeneration in muscle tissue.
–        Methionine – essential in small amounts for liver function and cardiovascular health.
–        Leucine – stimulates increased muscle growth and improved muscular function.  (Recommended to use in conjunction with Biotin.)
–        Isoleucine – aids in the digestion of fatty acids and regulates blood-glucose levels.  (Recommended to use in conjunction with Biotin.)
–        Phenylaianine – used as an analgesic and antidepressant
–        Histidine – aids in many enzymatic functions.  Also an important component of respiration
–        Glutamin acid – acts as a key component in cellular metabolism.

4. Digestive Aid

Aloe Vera juice can help with digestive problems.  In much the same way Aloe Vera gel soothes burned skin, the juice of the Aloe plant soothes the lining of the stomach and intestines.  Aloe juice taken in moderation can help to ease disorders like irritable bowel syndrome.  It can also help be used to help heal stomach ulcers and regulate micro-flora population in the intestines.

5. Anti-microbial

Aloe Vera juice contains several chemical components which inhibit the growth of bacteria, fungi, germs, and other micro-organisms.  These include sulphur, salicylic acid, cinnamic acid, lupeol, phenol, and urea nitrogen – yet another reason to keep Aloe Vera gel in the medicine cabinet.

6. Boosts the Immune System

Aloe Vera contains several polysaccharides which stimulate increased immune function.  For this reason, Aloe Vera juice is often taken to ward off illness.
Also, as previously stated, Aloe juice contains anti-oxidant Vitamin C which further helps to strengthen the immune system against viral and bacterial attacks.

7. Fatty Acids

Aloe Vera juice contain three important plant sterols which have a positive effect on the human body.
–        Lupeol – displays anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-protozoal, anti-tumor, and chemopreventative characteristics.
–        Campesterol – reduces absorption of cholesterol in the intestines.
–        Beta-sitosterol – also reduces bad cholesterol and may aid in the treatment of some cancers.
Other fatty acids found in Aloe Vera include linoleic, linolenic, oleic, stearic, palmitic, myristic, and caprylic acids.

8. Powerful Detoxifier

Due to its gelatinous nature, Aloe Vera helps to detoxify as it passes through the digestive tract.   Also, because it contains several mineral ions which aid the body in fluid transport and regulation, consumption of Aloe Vera juice can help you to eliminate toxins more efficiently through your skin via sweat.

9. Raise Your pH

Acidosis – a disorder where the body’s pH becomes too low – can cause all kinds of health problems such as increased susceptibility to illness and infection, mental and physical fatigue, loss of appetite, and disorientation.  Acidosis may have a number of possible causes, but they all boil down to one basic solution: find a way to bring your body and blood pH back up to a neutral level.  Here is where Aloe Vera juice comes in.  Because of its high concentration of minerals, Aloe Vera is alkalizing meaning that it may be used to treat mild cases of acidosis.

10. Improve Skin and Hair Health

Aloe Vera gel offers several benefits for skin and hair.  It is a fantastic natural moisturizer that is both light-weight and non-greasy.  Anti-oxidant components in Aloe Vera also help to reduce early signs of aging.  Polysaccharides contained in Aloe Vera increase the activity of microphages in blood which fight off infection and help heal wounds faster with less scarring.  Aloe Vera gel has also been shown to stimulate production of collagen.  The high levels of amino-acids in Aloe gel also increase the amount of energy available for cell regeneration.  Aloe’s anti-microbial properties may help fight off scalp infections and prevent hair-loss.   Finally, Aloe Vera gel is full of vitamins and minerals that promote healthy skin and hair.

Friday, 11 March 2016

Did you know: that over 25% of all modern pharmaceuticals come from plants in the Amazon Rain-forest?

Did you know: that the Amazon is home to over 44,000 species of plants?
(Most ethnobotanists agree that this region is the most obvious place to look for the cure for cancer, M.S., Alzheimer’s, you name it!)
But here is the most unbelievable fact...
Did you know: that, believe it or not, only 1% of these Amazonian plants have been studied by scientists for their healing potential?
Here’s the kicker:
Even though there is documented proof that these jungle medicines are extremely effective, the research and patenting process takes so long that most of us will not live to see them used here in the modern world. That’s where my team and I drew the line. We decided to take action.
The medicines wouldn’t come to us, so we brought eight patients TO THEM in our new documentary film, The Sacred Science.
After a ton of preparation and research, we decided to bring eight people with eight different illnesses deep into the Amazon Rainforest to work with indigenous healers for 30 days. Once we put the word out to the public, we quickly had over 400 applications from people around the world, each desperate to find an answer to their illness.
The patients we chose were suffering from the following illnesses:
Parkinson's disease, breast cancer, Crohn's Disease, diabetes, depression, prostate cancer, Neuro-endocrine cancer, IBS, and more.  I won't spoil the ending but I will say this - the healing breakthroughs in this film will surprise you!
Our mission is to bring this ancient healing knowledge to the people who need it most - while at the same time, honoring the indigenous communities that still hold this sacred healing wisdom. The regions of the world where this medicine still exists are being destroyed at an alarming pace and these tribes need all the support they can get.


Thursday, 10 March 2016

Apologies don't mean anything and sorry just isn't enough,

 if someone keeps doing what there supposedly sorry for.....

People can blame their actions on a number of things,

 but, the bottom-line is people actually have to change.

 Sometimes that is beyond their capability...... and......that my friend is

when you just have to leave them

 and walk away!!

Everyone deserves a long, hot bath every once in a while…especially one that smells incredible and leaves your skin soft and moisturized. That’s where my new favorite DIY bath product comes in! This Eucalyptus Mint Bath Oil is wonderful for easing muscle fatigue and is my new bath time ritual!

Eucalyptus Mint Bath Oil

  • 2-3 ounces of carrier oil (see options below)
  • 10 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 20 drops Eucalyptus essential oil                    

  • The first ingredient in the bath oil is your carrier oil of choice.  almond oil  other great options would be fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, avocado oil, or even olive oil
  •  Put 2-3 ounces of your carrier oil in a small bottle or container.
 Next, add the Peppermint and Eucalyptus essential oils. The scent of Peppermint can pretty quickly overpower other scents, so I added twice as much Eucalyptus as I did Peppermint to balance it out.

 Once you’ve added the essential oil, place the cap on the bottle and gently shake to combine. Separation will occur, so just give it a shake before each use. Add a tablespoon of the bath oil while you’re filling up your tub for a relaxing and rejuvenating bath experience!

The power of scent is a remarkable thing. It invokes such strong feelings that once you associate a particular smell with a certain emotion (think of the feeling of warmth and security associated with Mum’s fresh baked cookies!), simply smelling it in the future can evoke those same emotions.
But the power of scent doesn’t end there! It can actually benefit our health! Our sense of smell can actually connect to the brain and affect our mood and sense of well-being!  
This is the premise behind Aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy utilizes essential oils, also known as plant hormones. The inhaled aroma from these oils stimulates the limbic system in the brain. The limbic system is a region that influences emotions and memories and is directly linked to the adrenals, pituitary gland, the hypothalamus, the parts of the body that regulate heart rate, blood pressure, stress, memory, hormone balance, and breathing. This makes the effects of essential oils immediate in bringing about emotional and physiological balance.
The array of essential oils that are available is almost mind-boggling, and each has its own healing properties, such as anti-bacterial, antiviral, diuretic, vasodilator, tranquilizing, and adrenal stimulating.

A Quick Pick-Me-Up

  • 1 drop eucalyptus essential oil
  • 2 drops geranium essential oil
  • 3 drops peppermint essential oil

Take it Down a Notch

  • 2 drops bergamot essential oil
  • 1 drop frankincense essential oil
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
To Make the Sprays
1. Fill a mini spray bottle with 4 ounces of pure distilled water.
2. Carefully put the selected blend of essential oils directly into the spray bottle.
3. Shake vigorously to combine.
Be sure to shake it before each use, as the water and essential oils tend to separate.
Of all the homemade solutions and remedies that I have made over the years using essential oils, my very favorite has to be my anti-aging facial serum. I love that instead of blowing my money on expensive night creams full of chemicals, fragrance, and things I can’t even pronounce, I can make my own serum customized for my own skin type.
Why a serum? Why not a cream or lotion? The beauty of a serum is that most of the fluid is eliminated so what you’re left with is a high concentration of ingredients that penetrate your skin faster and more effectively. That makes serums ideal for troubleshooting specific problems such as age spots, sun damage and fine lines.
The ingredients in commercial serums include things like retinol, and alpha hydroxy acids….but I prefer the simplicity of pure, therapeutic essential oils.
These are some of the best of the best for skin care:

Used to treat various skin disorders such as acne, wrinkles, psoriasis, and other inflammatory conditions, and is commonly used to speed up the healing process of wounds, cuts, burns, and sunburns. It also helps regenerate skin cells and lighten the appearance of age spots and scars.

Promotes regeneration of healthy cells and also keeps the existing cells and tissues healthy. Powerful astringent capabilities help tone and tighten skin all over your body.

Containing a complex array of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, rose essential oil moisturizes dry skin and helps refine overall skin texture; it also has antiseptic, astringent, and anti-inflammatory properties that help treat acne, redness and inflammation.

Widely used in anti-aging products, it helps to prevent wrinkles & sagging, and rejuvenates the look of older skin. It also heals and and soothes blemishes, inflamed, and sensitive skin. It will even help diminish dark circles under your eyes

Sandalwood oil is very moisturizing, and is especially useful in the treatment of dry, cracked and chapped skin. The astringent properties of sandalwood oil help it prevent oily skin and problems such as acne and scarring.

Helps regulate oil production, reducing acne breakouts. Improves skin elasticity and tightens skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Promotes blood circulation, helping to heal bruises, broken capillaries, and other skin conditions.

Because essential oils are more expensive than thickeners and additives found in commercial cream and lotions, this serum is not inexpensive to make. But it’s important to keep in mind that A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY! A one ounce container of serum should last months and it’s an investment in healthy, radiant skin!

Naturally Nourishing Anti-Aging Facial Serum

A 2% dilution (10-12 drops essential oils per ounce carrier oil) is a good dilution for daily skin care, so that is how I came up with the amounts for my serum.

  • 1 ounce (or 2 Tablespoons) of Sweet Almond oil (other good carrier oils for skin are Avocado, Jojoba, Olive, Rosehip Seed)
  • 2 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops Frankincense essential oil
  • 2 drops Rose essential oil
  • 2 drops Helichrysum essential oil
  • 2 drops Sandalwood essential oil
  • 2 drops Geranium essential oil
Add the almond oil and essential oils to a dark-colored 1-ounce glass dropper bottle and shake gently before each use

How To Use:
Wash your face and use your toner before applying serum. Add a drop or two to your fingertip and dab gently on fine lines, age spots and uneven skin tone areas. Moisturizer, if you use one, goes on AFTER the serum. REMEMBER: this will last a LONG time! So while the initial cost may seem steep, in the long run it’s a much more economical scenario than buying those high-priced brand name serums.
 just by agreeing to leave a fair unbiased review on Amazon? Its like paying with your opinion and yes it is that easy! Companies need valuable reviews for their products to boost their rankings and sales on Amazon. In turn, you the reviewer get to sample awesome products for free!
There are tons of ways to find Amazon products to review, but first, I suggest you head over to your Amazon account and write a quick review for two of your previous purchases. I was never one to review my purchases on amazon so I had a ton to choose from and I’m sure you do too. This gives companies something to look at when you apply to review their products (so make sure those reviews look good!).
While you’re on Amazon, make sure you swing over and complete your public profile. Write a little something about yourself, upload a picture, and most importantly add your email address. Some companies will look at other item reviews, decide they like the way they are written, and pitch directly to the reviewer. In order for you to receive these direct pitches you will need to have an email address so these companies will have some way of contacting you.
It is also very important to know that you are not just getting free stuff for nothing. Companies depend on you to do your part and leave your review. When leaving a review, make sure everything is spelled correctly, grammatically correct, and so on so forth. Write good, quality reviews with 5 or more sentences and be sure to include the appropriate disclaimer: “I received this product for free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.” OR “I received this product at a discount in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.” This will show them you are serious about reviewing.
If you plan on reviewing quite a few products at a time make sure you make a plan to organize your review due dates. Reviews are usually due with in 10 days of receiving your product but do vary depending on what site or review group you go through.  Just grab a notebook and write down the name of the product, order date, where it came from (site, group, email ect.), and due date. This will help you stay on top of your reviews so you don’t fall behind and risk getting removed from the place you get your product from.Amazon-Prime-boxes
The first way to grab some free swag to review is signing up with these reviewing websites below. Don’t get discouraged if it takes a few days to be approved for something. I was just approved today for something I applied for over a week ago.
  • AMZ Review Trader – This is by far one of my favorites. You can filter the products by price, date added, ect.
  • Elite Deal Club – Great one to join! They send out daily emails and there are many products to choose from.
  • SnagShout – – Sign up, choose your free or discounted deal. Once you leave your review on Amazon, you’ll be eligible to pick another deal!
  • Tomoson – Connects you with companies that want their products reviewed in multiple places (Amazon, personal blogs, etc). You apply and if you’re accepted, you get the product free shipped through Amazon.
  • Reviews 4 Free
  • BuView
  • All Star Reviews – Sign up then they will send offers to you via email.
  • iLoveToReview – Emails are sent out when new products are available.
  • Review Loop – Review Loop is an invite-only Review Community. A current member can invite you or you can fill out the form for a chance to get in.
  • Giveaway Service – Helps you connect with companies looking to get reviews on their products.
  • Etekcity – Apply and they will contact you via email if you are accepted to the Citizen Program from Etekcity then you get to pick which product you want to review.
  • Toilet Tree Product Review Club – They are full at this time but are slowly adding more people each week. Fill out the form to apply then they will contact you via email when you’re added.
  • Secret Deals Club
  • Product Review Club
  • Amazing Deals Group – Sign up and receive a DealCoin to use to get the product you want. Write your honest Product Review on Amazon. Amazing Deals Group verifies when your Review is posted. You earn a new DealCoin to get another Deal!
  • Shop With Reviews
These are just a few of the many sites available. Feel free to post any good one you find in the comments below so we can all sign up.
A second more unknown way to snag items would be to head over to Facebook and join some review groups. Each group has their own set of rules so make sure to read up on them before you opt in to anything. You can usually find everything you need to know about the group by reading the pinned post at the top of the group page. Most will require that you fill out a membership form with your amazon profile link upon joining.
If you need help finding your amazon profile link you can head over HERE and follow the step by step instructions (that even include photos!).
Again these are just a few of the many groups on Facebook and feel free to post any others you find in the comments below.
I really love being able to review products and I am sure you will too. , DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A DISCLOSURE! Amazon will reject your review and it doesn’t just hurt your review ranking but the sellers too. It can also lead to Amazon shutting your account down entirely (Yikes!).

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