DIY All Natural Bronzer

The sun is finally shining here in Toronto and the weather is getting hot (it’s about time!).

That means I’m pulling out my summer clothes, throwing my hair up and getting my summer beauty essentials ready. This means using a little bit of bronzer. 

I don’t normally wear bronzer throughout the year (unless I’m off to a video shoot and have a fabulous make up artist apply it for me), but in the summer time, it’s the perfect time to add a little extra glow and colour to my cheeks. 

But… as you know, I’m quite particular with my beauty care products and I won’t just settle for any product. It’s got to be clean, natural, free of parabens, fragrances and EDC (endocrine disrupting chemicals). 

Remember, what goes ON the skin goes IN, and although our bodies are very miraculous and smart and can filter through toxins and not 100% of everything gets into the skin, A LOT of it does and A LOT of it is dangerous, carcinogenic and can have a negative impact on our health and hormones

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There was a time when I bought all my beauty care and skin care products from the drug store. As a young girl I could spend hours looking through all the makeup, glosses, hair products, scrubs and everything in between. 

Be sure to check out the safety of your beauty care products on the Environmental Working Group (EWG)’s Skin Deep database.

In my CleanBeautyU online program, I’ve recorded 10 simple DIY beauty care recipe videos. I’ll be teaching you how to make your own anti-aging facial oil, scrubs, whitening toothpastes, mouthwash, face masks, hair masks and so much more! Plus, you’ll have access to 6 CleanBeautyU Modules where I dive into all things gut health, detoxification, facial care, body care, hair care and dental health so you know EXACTLY what to do to heal your most pressing skin issues! Click here to learn more about this amazing program. 

In the meantime, get yourself in the kitchen and grab these “baking” essentials to make this simple and chemical free DIY All Natural Bronzer. 

Here are the highlight ingredients of this DIY Bronzer recipe:

Cinnamon – provides a gorgeous glow
Cacao – the real star of the show, this ingredient adds depth and darkness to your bronzer. Use as much or as little, depending on the shade that is right for you
Nutmeg – this ingredient is optional, but is does give the bronzer a really nice sun-kissed colour
Arrowroot, tapioca or powdered sugar – helps to lighten the bronzer overall. Use more or less depending on the colour that is right for you. 

DIY All Natural Bronzer
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Ingredients
  1. 1 tbsp cinnamon powder
  2. 1 tsp cacao powder
  3. 1 tsp nutmeg powder (optional)
  4. 2 tsp arrowroot or tapicoa powder (or use organic powdered sugar)
Instructions
  1. Adjust the levels of ingredients to your shade and mix together in a small bowl.
  2. Be sure to break up any clumps until it’s smooth.
  3. Place the powder into a clean, empty compact and pack it in firmly.
  4. Use an all natural bristle blush brush, swipe on your bronzer and viola!
Notes
  1. *Note - use the best, most natural (organic preferably) ingredients when making this bronzer. The 2 most important ingredients are the cinnamon and cacao powder (or cocoa powder), which will give your skin that gorgeous glow. If you don't have arrowroot or tapioca on hand, powdered sugar will work too!
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Ginger Lime Coconut Body Scrub

This combo of ingredients is amazing!

If you’re a fan of body scrubs (or at least picking them up in the store and smelling every one of them!), then you’ll love the aroma of these delicious ingredients and how they come together to make a skin smoothing, cellulite reducing, moisturizing scrub. 

I love making my own homemade beauty care products because that means I get to decide exactly what goes in it and can make sure all the ingredients are #qualitarianapproved!

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Unfortunately, most body scrubs (especially if you’re shopping for them in generic drug stores) carry a boat load of chemical ingredients that actually cause more damage to your skin in the long run and even dry your skin out! Not cool! 

You won’t find any chemical ingredients in this scrub here. In fact, it’s made with only clean beauty approved ingredients that it’s even edible! Yes, you can literally eat it!

So let’s get our hands dirty and whip up some homemade scrubs. I made these over the holidays and wrapped them up with pretty ribbon and gave them away as gifts. They were well received!

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Ginger Lime Coconut Body Scrub
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup brown sugar (brand I used was Wholesome)
  2. 1/2 cup turbinado sugar (brand I used was Wholesome)
  3. 1/4 cup coconut oil (not melted, not solid, just room temperature and soft. I used Progressive Organic Coconut Oil)
  4. 1 1/2 tbsp freshly grated ginger
  5. 10-15 drops lime essential oil (I used doTerra)
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Using a hand blender, combine all the ingredients. This allows it to get nice and fluffy.
  3. Transfer scrub to a wide mouth mason jar and leave it in the shower. Use it 3-4 times a week, being extra gentle if you use it on your face.
  4. Be sure to focus on scrubbing all the 'important' areas such as, knees, elbows, hips, butt and thighs.
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Vanilla Coffee Cellulite Body Scrub

Oh yes! Coffee and vanilla together!

Not to drink (although, technically this recipe is fully edible), but to slather on your skin and reap the benefits of tightening and toning. 

Crazy right? To think we can rub some coffee on our skin and all of sudden have our cellulite and dimply skin disappear? Ok, well, not exactly, but it does help. 

Coffee, in particular caffeine, dehydrates the skin, making it look tighter and toned. It’s basically the enemy to cellulite, making it the perfect addition to a body scrub. Plus, you’ll smell like a decadent latte. 

Last week on the blog, I wrote about estrogen dominance and how many beauty care products contain estrogen mimicking compounds. These compounds enter our body through our skin and wreak havoc on our hormones, increasing estrogen in our system and creating an imbalance. 

From period issues, to acne, to heavy bleeding and weight gain, especially around the stomach, hips and under the arms, estrogen dominance is no joke. However, we can eliminate our exposure to estrogen (also know as xenoestrogens) by ditching our generic make up brands and body care products (which unfortunately, contain some pretty nasty ingredients!). 

This is why making your own beauty care is so essential. Not to mention, cost effective and healthier for your body and hormones.

With a few simple ingredients and leftover coffee grounds from your coffeemaker, you can whip up this decadent body scrub that will help to banish your cellulite and moisturize skin at the same time.

Vanilla Coffee Cellulite Body Scrub
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup coffee grounds (use from your coffee maker!)
  2. 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  3. 2 tablespoons honey
  4. 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  5. 4-6 drops vanilla essential oil
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Transfer mixture to a container or mason jar.
  3. To Use - scrub onto skin before showering, focusing on cellulite prone areas. Rinse off and repeat 4-5 times a week for best results.
Notes
  1. *Feel free to use your favourite essential oil or leave it out altogether.
  2. *You can also swap the olive oil for coconut oil
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The Sun & Your Skin – 5 Myths You Need to Know (plus, DIY sunscreen!)

Guest Post: Kathrin Brunner, For the Love of Body

I am so excited to introduce you to my girlfriend and natural skin care specialist Kathrin Brunner. Not only is she one incredibly smart and talented women, but she’s also the helping hands and co-creator behind my Holistic Wellness Body Care Products. Together, Kathrin and I create all natural and toxin free beauty care that you can trust. You can check out our Holistic Wellness Shop for our all natural dental products and body butter. 


Summer is here and the sun is hot! If you’re like Sam and I, you spend as much time as you can basking in it’s rays before ‘the dreaded season we will not mention’ returns. But, being the holistic sun worshippers that we are, it’s time to talk natural sun safety and debunk some sunscreen myths!

5 Sun Myths You Need to Know!

  • Sunscreen reduces skin cancer rates – Let’s start with the most controversial myth. According to the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) review of sunscreens, our skin cancer rates are rising despite our increasing use of sunscreens. In fact, the EWG states that every major public health authority has concluded that research does not support the claim that sunscreen reduces skin cancer rates. Even worse, most chemical based sunscreens have been linked to hormone disruption.
  • High SPF means better sun protection – Continuing on our controversy train, let’s knock this one down because I cringe when I hear people say they bought SPF 100 to take to Cuba, Jamaica, the cottage . . .. Why? Because SPF values refer only to UVB rays, not UVA or UVC. That’s a problem because while UVB rays may cause our skin to burn, UVA do not and these rays penetrate deeper into the skin causing more harmful DNA damage. Many countries around the world have banned high SPF claims as being misleading, causing users to spend extra time in the sun, all the while getting high doses of UVA.
  • Sunscreens with added antioxidants are better – This one is a partial myth, it depends on the antioxidant. Avoid products that have vitamin A (or retinyl palmitate) added to them. This form of vitamin A when exposed to sunlight may actually cause an increase in tumor development.
  • Wearing oils with natural SPF is good sun protection – YIPES! As a natural skin care expert, I hate to knock natural oils, but this myth is a big no no. There are many oils that contain natural SPF. Coconut oil has around an SPF 10 while some seeds oils like carrot or raspberry have over SPF 30. That’s great, and these oils are fantastic to use regularly on your skin as a moisturizer, but they do not give you broad spectrum protection. If you are not wearing something that is broad spectrum you are not blocking all the UV, meaning that you might be getting harmful hits of UVA or UVC, the bad cancer causers.
  • Making vitamin D is protecting me from skin cancer – Is vitamin D super important for overall cancer protection? Yes! Do we make vitamin D when we are expose our skin to UV rays? You bet! Does this mean that sunbathing is a good skin cancer prevention strategy? NO! Protecting ourselves from skin cancer risk is much more than a single antioxidant. We should absolutely make vitamin D during the summer (see the Vitamin D Council’s recommendations for how much), but that doesn’t give us wide-open permission to tan irresponsibly. Make yourself some fabulous D, but then cover back up. A little sun goes a long way for vitamin D production and too much is risky.

Natural Sun Safety

The best way to stay safe is to reduce the amount of time you’re out in midday sun. Wear long, light layers that cover your skin. A hat and sunglasses will help protect your face but also your peepers from UV damage that causes cataracts. When you plan on being outside for a long period of time, use sunscreen with broad spectrum protection (see EWG’s Best Sunscreens List). Or if you’re feeling DIY, make your own with my recipe here. 

During summer months, increase your food intake of antioxidants and healthy fats to protect your skin from the inside out by eating lots of brightly coloured vegetables, herbs and fruit, and adding extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil and raw nuts and seeds. Try this tasty Mega-Antioxidant Smoothie to get started!

Mega Antioxidant Smoothie
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup raw cashews
  2. 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
  3. 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  4. 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  5. 1 lemon, zest of and flesh
  6. 1 tsp vanilla
  7. 1 Tbsp lucuma powder
  8. 2 Tbsp goji berries (or mulberries if you have a tree growing nearby!)
  9. 1 cup filtered water
  10. a few ice cubes and mint leaves for garnish
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a high speed blender, blend and enjoy!
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kat03Kathrin Brunner, RYT, CNP is a Toronto-based Nutritionist and Yoga Teacher.  She is the owner of For the Love of Body and the co-creator of several lines of natural body care products. Kathrin teaches a popular series of DIY workshops, from fermentation to soap-making. She is the clinic nutritionist at Octopus Garden Holistic Yoga Centre, a faculty member at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition, and teaches yoga classes at several locations in Toronto. In her work with clients, she uses the healing potential of food, movement and energy to restore balance and health.

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9 Uses for Lavender Essential Oil

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I’ve been using oils for years. From diffusing, to cleaning to making my own body care products, essential oils have really become a part of my daily routine. 

One of my favourite essential oils and a very popular oil people know and love to use, is Lavender. 

Dating back thousands of years ago, the Egyptians and Romans used Lavender for mummification, bathing, relaxation, cooking, and even as a perfume. 

This sweet and delicate oil is must-have to keep at home or when traveling. From sleep to bug bites and bee stings, this beautiful oil can take care of it all! 

Here are 9 uses for Lavender essential oil:

  1. Depression/anxiety– Diffuse into air. Rub onto hands and chest. Can combine with castor oil and rub onto chest or stomach. 
  2. Sleep/Insomnia – Rub 1-2 drops on bottoms of feet and/or chest. You can also add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and spray onto your pillow before bed or diffuse into your room before sleeping. 
  3. Diaper Rash– Add 1-2 drops to a tablespoon of coconut oil and rub a little on child’s rash.
  4. Sunburn/Burns– Either rub it on directly or add 10 drops to 4 oz distilled water; shake well. Spray on location to help with pain, healing and redness.
  5. Teething – Put a drop on your finger and rub it on child’s gums. Clove also works very well for this put taste wise is quite strong! 
  6. Allergies/Hay Fever – Rub on the bottoms of feet with Peppermint.
  7. Bites/bee stings – Place drop directly on the bite to reduce swelling and itchiness.
  8. Stretch Marks– Add 5-10 drops to 1/4 cup jojoba oil or coconut oil and apply to body. Keep sealed in a jar. 
  9. Pregnancy – Soothes breasts and can be used during labor on feet & hips to help with breathing and relaxation.

Always use precaution with oils. It’s important to source out quality and purity, especially if using an oil internally for teeth and gums. Typically, a pure therapeutic grade oil will be quite strong in scent and very little will be needed. 

I noticed this over the years as I continued to switch from brand to brand and testing out different companies. 

What are your favourite oils?

Have questions about using them or where to start? 

Connect with me and let me help! 

samanthagladish@gmail.com

 

 

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Are Toxins Lurking in Your Personal Care Products?

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Chemical awareness and how it all started – A while ago I took a course called Nutrition and the Environment. It was from that course, that I began to make changes in the everyday toxins that were surrounding me. I replaced my aluminum filled deodorant with natural deodorant, my perfume with essential oils, my moisturizer, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste and facial cleanser with natural ones and opted for an every day mascara free from toxins. Throughout the course I had the opportunity to write a paper that looked at all of my personal homecare products, the chemicals in them and the health impacts. It was one of my favorite papers to write and I gained invaluable insight that will last me a lifetime. I had no idea the number of chemicals I was putting onto my skin daily! I hope to now share some of this insight with you and inspire you to make some positive changes too.

What worked for me – This may seem like a ton of changes at once and the last thing I want to do is overwhelm you! So, instead I wanted to share with you what I did and am still doing. I have by no means eliminated everything from my environment yet, as it truly is a process. But, I am in the midst, and am getting closer and closer every month. I made a goal that I would pick one thing a month that I would replace and that anything purchased in the future would be free from toxins!

Dirty Dozen – David Suzuki was one of my favorite resources to use as he has a ton of information on the toxins that exist in our products. There is a list of “Dirty Dozen Cosmetic Chemicals to Avoid” and they include BHA, BHT, coal tar dyes, DEA related ingredients, dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde releasing preservatives, parabens, parfum, PEG compounds, petrolatum, siloxanes, sodium laureth sulfate and triclosan. Basically, these ingredients are potentially carcinogenic (cancer causing) and highly toxic. Check your products for the dirty dozen! You can find the link here at – www.davidsuzuki.org/issues/health/science/toxics/dirty-dozen-cosmetic-chemicals/

Daily Exposure – Just think for a moment… how many times a day do you use toxin filled personal care products? Let’s map it out; your toothpaste twice a day, perfume once a day, makeup once a day (including mascara, foundation and blush), shampoo and conditioner once a day, mouthwash once a day and hairspray once a day for example.   That means your body is coming in contact with at least 10 different personal care products a day and not to mention each product contains thousands of chemicals. This is called your barrel effect. I hear so many people say, “well, it is just a small amount, it’s not going to kill me.” However, this small amount is in hundreds of products you put on your skin or that are stashed in your home emitting dangerous chemical compounds into the air. You’re coming in contact with these daily! That is NOT a small amount anymore, now is it? Each of these “small amounts” adds up to your total barrel effect. The higher the barrel effect the higher the health risk.

Environmental and Health Impact – The impact is not only on you, but these chemicals also go into the environment and affect everything around us. These are incredibly tough chemicals that do not easily degrade and can remain in the biological environment for a very long time, having a negative impact on the environment and leaving us to reabsorb them. These nasty chemicals deposit in our bodies and are tough to get rid of. Dangerous long-term effects are really unknown at this point.

Resources – So why not commit to changing one product a month, or perhaps changing a product as soon as you run out of something? You’re probably thinking, how do I know what to buy? And, whether it’s a good healthy option? I was in the same boat. I felt overwhelmed and if I was going to be spending money on “healthier” options I wanted to make sure it honestly was free from chemicals! So, I used these resources:

  1. The Think Dirty app – I downloaded this free app onto my iphone and anytime I was making a purchase I scanned the items barcode. This app rates products in three different categories: carcinogenic, allergens and development and reproductive toxicity. It shows you what chemicals, if any exist in the product and rates it on a scale from 0-10 with 0 being safe and 10 being toxic.  
  1. EWG Skin Deep Cosmetic Database – Not every item is on the Think Dirty App, so I also used this site. You can type in any product which is rated on a scale from 0-10, with 0 being a low hazardous product and 10 being a high hazardous product.
  1. Buy from Locally or Organic Sourced Companies – Source out different companies in your city or neighbourhood that make a conscious effort to source out quality ingredients. Check out The Holistic Wellness Shop for many clean beauty products you can trust! From dental products, to body care, you’ll find non-toxic, all natural products that will not harm you or the environment! When choosing products, the ingredient list should be clear and concise. Can you even pronounce some of the ingredients? Are there loads of fillers and binders? If so, you may want to think twice about purchasing them.  

Here are a few great all natural beauty care companies that we love and trust:

1. Alfalfia – https://www.alaffia.com/

2. Zuii Organic – http://www.zuiiorganic.com/

3. Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps – https://www.drbronner.com/

4. Pangea Organics – http://www.pangeaorganicscanada.com/

5. Aura Cacia – https://www.auracacia.com/

6. Sukin Organics – http://www.sukinorganics.com

7. Living Libations – https://www.livinglibations.com/

Want to know how to make your own body care products? Join the 21-Day Qualitarian Challenge and learn how! You’ll receive a complete guide listing all your essential oils + body oils and how to mix them up to create clean beauty care! Plus, you’ll also learn how to use these ingredients to clean your house! From eating better, to creating your own beauty products, you’ll receive a ton of info helping to guide you in living a better quality life! Plus, you can follow along with our 21-day meal plan + delicious recipes. The cart closes this Friday, January 16th, so sign up today at – www.holisticwellness.ca/qualitarianchallenge

So there you have it. A few healthy options to get yourself started! If you have a direct question about a brand or product you may be using feel free to ask us below and we can give you some insight. 

Stephanie xo

 

 

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All Natural Lip Balm Recipes You Can Make At Home!

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I don’t know about you, but as soon as the cold weather hits, my lips get a little drier. 

Switching from air conditioning to heat, not getting enough sun (ie. vitamin D) and not drinking enough fluids are just some reasons why you may be suffering with dry lips that are cracking and don’t have that oh-so-smooth look.

Oh! and did you know that your generic (drug store brand) lip balm could be making your dry lips worse! Yes, its true! With fragrances, mineral oils and nasty chemical preservatives, most lip balms just don’t provide the right ingredients and nourishment that your lips really need. 

Enter my Do-it-Yourself Lip Balm recipes that are super easy to make and contain no chemical anything! They provide essential fats that help to soothe dry and irritated lips, and protect them from the dry and cold weather. 

You’ll have kissable lips in no time. Plus, you’ll smell super yummy 🙂

Time to get crafty…

Citrusy Lip Balm

Ingredients:

1 tsp apricot kernel oil
1 tsp coconut oil
1 tsp beeswax
Lemon, lime, orange or grapefruit essential oil.

Directions:

  • Choose the oil you like, you will only need a few drops, about 2 drops.
  • Melt the beeswax in a double boiler over medium-low heat.
  • Add the apricot and coconut oil to the pot.
  • Stir the whole time to maintain a smooth consistency.
  • Remove from heat, keep stirring and let it cool down.
  • Add your essential oil of choice and stir a bit more.
  • Pour into a plastic container or jar and store in a cool place.
  • You can experiment with using more beeswax so that the balm will stay more solid at room temperature.

Chocolate Mint Lip Balm

Ingredients:

2 Tbs beeswax
3 Tbs cacao butter
3 Tbs shea butter
1/4 tsp pure Vitamin E
2-4 drops of peppermint essential oil

Directions:

  • Melt the beeswax in a double boiler over medium-low and remove from heat while constantly stirring to keep smooth consistency.
  • In another bowl, melt the cacao and shea butter in a double boiler.
  • Mix the melted beeswax, shea and cacao butter together.
  • When the mixture is consistent, add Vitamin E and stir a bit longer.
  • Finally, add the peppermint oil, stir and pour into a lip balm container.
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From Boobs to Pubes: The Many Uses of Castor Oil

There’s a good chance you’ll never forget that saying: “from boobs to pubes!” Good! Because I want it ingrained in your brain 🙂 

What I’m referring to is where on your body you should be applying this magical and healing oil known as Castor Oil.

Now I’m not referring to the oil you use for your car, I’m referring to a plant oil that has miraculous healing properties and is a beautiful oil to use on your skin.

Years ago, you may have heard how women would drink castor oil to help induce labor. It’s true, castor oil can ‘get things moving’ in your system, and fast! I remember a client of mine back in the day decided to drink the oil and within 15 minutes, she went into labor! I would definitely caution against this! 

When I was studying women’s health and endocrine disorders in school quite a few years ago, I learned how Castor oil can be used to help shrink cysts and fibroids. I also learned how great it is to use over the liver for cleansing properties. In fact, its even great for inflammation and pain. Castor oil can help to dissolve scar tissue making it a great oil to keep on hand if you are an athlete or recovering from a surgery. 

Ever heard of a Castor oil pack? It’s traditionally used to help detox the liver. I used to do this regularly before bed and before I knew it I was sound asleep. Not only does the oil have an amazing affinity to help cleanse and ‘move’ toxins out through your system, but it’s also very calming. 

I want to share with you a few ways you can use this amazing oil for shrinking cysts, detoxing the liver and even for skin health (yes, that means gorgeous glowing skin!).

First up…

The Castor Oil Pack:

How-to: Take a piece of flannel, approximately the size of your hand and saturate it with a high quality cold pressed castor oil. Lay the flannel on top of your liver (located on the right side, just under your ribs) and place a hot water bottle on top. Lay down, close your eyes and breathe deeply.

Benefits: The oil actually penetrates deep through the layers of your skin to help cleanse and remove toxins from your liver. The healing components of the oil, known as ricinoleic acid, penetrate directly into your tissues. 

Add-ins: You can infuse your castor oil with dried lavender or add a few drops of lavender essential oil for an extra calming effect. 

Notes: You can use warm water and soap to wash the oil off, or if you aren’t bothered by the oil, you can leave it on your skin all night and go to bed. It can sometimes stain your clothes and/or sheets. I haven’t had a problem with this myself and just prefer to leave the oil on.  You can reuse your piece of flannel over and over and over. Store in a zip lock bag or container and add a few extra drops of oil each time you reuse it. Replace the flannel once it starts to change colour. 

From Boobs to Pubes: Cysts and Fibroids

How-to: This is my favourite way to use castor oil! With this method, I would advise that you mix castor oil with another lighter oil, such as olive oil. A mixture of 20-30% castor oil with 70-80% olive is good blend. A little bit of castor oil goes a long way. Once you’ve blended your oils together apply oil “from boobs to pubes.” Massage all over your breasts, stomach, liver and all the way down to your pubic bone and over ovaries.

Benefits: Because castor oil encourages lymphatic drainage, it can help to shrink cysts and fibroids. Application increases the efficiency of circulation to your pelvis. Good circulation is required for supportive nutrients to be delivered to the cells, and for waste products and inflammatory factors to be removed. Your liver is responsible for the metabolism of hormones, which is why it’s important to apply the oil over your liver. 

Add-ins: Just as above, you can also use dried lavender or lavender essential oil. Lavender seems to be the most popular and best choice for blending. 

Notes: Due to the oil increasing circulation, you may want to avoid using the oil during your period if you tend to have a heavier flow. Typically, the oil can help to decrease menstrual cramping and breast tenderness, so apply onto body the week prior to your period. Otherwise, be sure to monitor your flow if you do decide to use throughout your period. As noted above, I like to leave the oil on all night and go to bed. I find I sleep more soundly and it helps to relax me. However, you can leave it on your skin for at least 30 minutes, then wash off. 

Glowing Skin Oil:

How-to: When applying castor oil to your face, it would be best to mix with another lighter oil, as noted above. Olive oil, coconut or  sweet almond oil would work well in this case. A mixture of 25% castor oil and 75% olive, coconut or sweet almond will do the trick. Apply a small amount of oil to your skin and massage gently for several minutes. Soak a wash cloth in warm water, and with circular motions, gently massage your skin, working to remove the oil. Not all oil will be removed completely, however,  it will absorb into skin.

Benefits: This is a ‘gypsy’ method of cleansing the skin. Most people will tend to avoid using oils to cleanse the skin. Using pure plant oils is the most nutritive and beneficial way to clean the skin and restore radiance. Plus, using plant oils means using less ingredients, no chemical agents or toxins. Plant oils are amazing for dry, oily or balanced skin. This blend is also great for removing eye makeup. 

Add-ins: You can get creative with your blend and add in a few drops of Seabuckthorn or Rose Hip to add antioxidants and help with healing and scarring. 

Notes: For very dry skin, use less castor oil, approximately 10% of mixture.

So there you have it! The many uses of castor oil. Remember to purchase high quality oils and to also infuse your oils with organic essential oils as well. Being that the oils penetrate deep into our tissues, we want to be sure we are using organic and high quality all the time. 

I would love to hear form you and your experiences using castor oil or what blends you come up with! Share with us!

And if you haven’t yet joined my 10-Day Detox program yet, click the image below and get started today!

To Your Health & Abundance,
Samantha xoxo

 

 

 

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Make Your Own Eyeliner with Activated Charcoal

Nothing beats saving money on costly makeup and body care products!

As a woman, I have purchased my fair share of very expensive lotions, potions and make up products. Worse part is, they were all toxic! I didn’t know this at the time, but as I started learning more and more about health and wellbeing, I learned that those expensive over the counter products were truly damaging my skin and creating an internal toxic mess! Yikes!

And that’s why I love do-it-yourself beauty care projects. Cost effective and non-toxic beauty care can be made in the comfort of your own home.

Below, I share a quick how-to video on making your own eyeliner using activated charcoal!

Activated charcoal is an awesome supplement! You can find it in most health food stores for under $10! It’s typically used to help combat the stomach flu or any other stomach upsets. So, it’s definitely something I would recommend you keep on hand at home 😉

Best part is, it takes only minutes to make.

Enjoy!

Thanks for watching!

To Your Good Health & Abundance,
Samantha xoxo

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