The Scoop On Salts – Dead Sea Salt

DeadSeaSalt Research has proven that Dead Sea salt is one of the most effective beauty treatments. Soaking in a bath infused with Dead Sea salt has many benefits. These salts have been found to be effective treatments for rashes, psoriasis, hives, dry skin, dandruff, eczema, acne, and dermatitis. Some claim it’s also great for hair loss, water retention, and cellulite. (more…)

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Don’t Neglect Your Neck

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Did you know that the skin around our necks show signs of aging as quickly as the skin around our eyes? So why do we spend an obscene amount of money on eye creams, yet often times completely neglect our necks?

While we can go to extremes to reverse the signs of aging around our eyes, unfortunately, due to blood vessels and the thyroid laying so close to the skin, there is nothing drastic we can do for our necks. (more…)

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The Scoop On Salts – Epsom Salt

SaltScoop Many people think of salt as just a way to add flavor to their food. This is true when it comes to iodized salt or kosher salt, but there are many other kinds of salt that are full of healing benefits, and are commonly used as ingredients in our beauty products. For the next couple of weeks I will highlight 3 of theses beneficial salts, and give you suggestions on how you may use them at home. (more…)

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A Good Night’s Sleep

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Doctors recommend we get seven to eight hours of sleep every night for energy and good health. Easier said than done, right? If you’re having trouble sleeping, here are a few tips to help you get that much needed rest. (more…)

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Skin Treatments From the Pantry

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Now-a-days getting the right skincare treatment for your skin type can take a lot of trial and error, not to mention that these miracle potions can cost a fortune, and they’re not the safest things to be putting on our skin. Why spend a small fortune on beauty product that may actually do more harm to your skin than the benefits they claim to provide. Well, guess what? Some of the most natural treatments are found right in your pantry!

Here are a few quick and easy treatments that will leave your skin looking and feeling radiant.

Oily Skin

1 egg white
3-4 drops lemon juice

Place the egg white and the lemon juice in a small bowl and whisk together. Rub the mixture onto your face. Let it sit for 15 minutes. Then rinse with warm water.

Dull Skin

1/2 oz. organic apple cider vinegar
3 oz. mineral water
5 aspirin tablets, un-coated

Dilute the vinegar with the water in a small spray bottle. Crush the aspirin with a pestle and mortar and them to the vinegar and water mixture. Apply when skin looks and feels dull.

Dry Skin

1 avocado
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1 egg white

Mix all the ingredients to make a paste. Apply to skin, let dry, then rinse with cool water.

These easy treatments will give your skin a quick pick-me-up without emptying your wallet. Leave a comment and let me know what kinds treatments you’ve found in your pantry?

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Essential Oil Basics

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Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for cosmetic purposes, as well as for their emotionally uplifting properties. Primarily extracted through careful steam distillation, but also through cold pressing, the purest essential oils are far more powerful than the botanicals from which they were extracted. Essential oils are powerful essences that can only come from nature.

That being said, if used incorrectly, essential oils can be very harmful. Essential oils should never be stored in plastic, as the oils can melt the plastic. They should be be stored in a cool dry place, in a clean glass container. I’ve even seen these oils melt rubber. So you should never use essential oils directly on your skin. Gloves should always be worn when working with essential oils. Most of these oils need to be diluted with a carrier oil (i.e. olive oil, grapeseed oil, coconut oil), before applying them on your skin.

When mixing, you should only mix what you will need for a short period of time. Essential oils do not expire, but carrier oils do. You’ll know when a carrier oil has expired by it’s rancid smell. Some carrier oils will even get a little sticky.

Essential oils are great for relieving ailments and have wonderful health benefits, but remember to always use caution when working with them.

What are some of your safety tips when working with essential oils?

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Down The Aisle

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Whether your taste is classic or neveux, when picking your processional song, choose something that you absolutely love. But if you’re having a little trouble picking something out, consider one of these song below… You can’t go wrong with any of them!

Strawberry Swing – Coldplay
Not With Haste – Mumford & Sons
Sea of Love – Cat Power
Turning Page (Instrumental) – Sleeping At Last
Expression – Helen Jane Long
Hoppipolla – Sigur Ros
Reign of Love – Coldplay
Feels Like Home (Instrumental) – Chantal Kreviazuk
Your Song – Elton John
Marry Me – Train
All I Want is You – U2
Skinny Love – Bon Ivre
First Day of My Life – Bright Eyes
Canon in D – Pachelbel
Blackbird – The Beatles
Legends of the Fall Theme – James Roy Horner

What song would you walk down the aisle to?

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