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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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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
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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5 Natural Remedies for PMS Relief

I know many women that struggle with hormonal imbalances and dread getting their period. I’ve struggled with my own PMS issues. From headaches, to bloating, irritability and exhaustion, I used to crawl up into a ball and stay in bed for days during my period. I’m sure many of you can relate.

In my teens and early twenties, I was very disconnected from my cycle. I was on the birth control pill (hello synthetic hormones!) and not eating the type of clean, organic diet that I eat today. On top of that, I was quite deficient in many vitamins and minerals. You see, the birth control pill robs you of vitamin C and energy producing B vitamins. 

As I started to study holistic nutrition and understand the physiology of the body, I ditched the pill, starting supplementing with specific and essential nutrients and swapped my sugar and gluten for vibrant green veggies, quality protein and yummy fat. 

If my life gets really busy (hello stress) and I fall off my regular eating patterns, my pesky PMS symptoms tend to show up. As women, our cycles are very delicate and our hormones are changing all the time. Our bodies like routine. Going to bed at the same time, eating regular meals, exercising daily, staying hydrated… this is all essential for optimal hormonal balance. 

So if headaches, bloating, breast tenderness, irritability and cramping are getting the best of you during your cycle, include my 5 essential remedies below to ditch those pesky symptoms and get to feeling like your sexy and sassy self again!

  1. Magnesium – This is such an important mineral. You can get magnesium from eating lots of leafy greens, like kale, spinach and collards. Even cacao is super rich in magnesium. Nothing like a little bit of chocolate! Magnesium helps reduce cramping and bloating. Plus, it’s great for helping you unwind and relax before bed. I like to take 400mg of magnesium bisglycinate before bed. Be sure to include magnesium in your diet or supplement regime the week prior to your period to help with symptoms. 
  2. Red Raspberry Leaf – you can find this in supplement form or in tea. It’s great for reducing bloating and cramping. Plus, it’s a great fertility herb. Red raspberry leaf contains a ton of nutrients and minerals, such as calcium. I prefer to drink this in tea form. It’s great hot or cold. 
  3. Fish oil – one of the best supplements you can take for your hormones! Fish oil contains omega 3’s which are so important for heart health, brain cognition and inflammation. You see, your hormones need fat to function. Getting enough quality omega 3’s in your diet is essential for optimal hormonal health. Plus, your skin and hair will look extra beautiful as you nourish and ‘moisturize’ them from the inside out. 
  4. Maca – a peruvian herb that is great for balancing hormones, nourishing the adrenal glands and boosting your energy. You can find maca in pill, powder or tincture form. I like to use the powder and add it to my morning smoothies. 
  5. Coconut oil – delicious and nutritious! Eat it by the spoon, use it to cook your veggies or add it to smoothies. Coconut oil contains essential building blocks to balance your hormones, ease inflammation, help with weight loss and contains a ton of antibacterial properties. This is a must have!

Ok… so I know I said 5, but I can’t help but throwing one more in the mix. Often with my clients, I like to use a homeopathic blend called Pascofemin.

It acts as a hormone balancer and helps to relieves symptoms associated with menopause, PMS, and other hormonal disturbances such as hot flashes, sleep disorders, bloating, mood swings, irritability, breast tenderness, abdominal pain, headaches and estrogen dominance. 8 out of 10 women found such significant relief from their symptoms when taking Pascofemin that they continued to incorporate it into their daily supplement regime. Click here to find out more about Pascofemin.

Have questions about your period and cycle? Looking to get your cycle back on track? Have you come off the birth control pill and are struggling to get your cycle back or dealing with hormonal weight gain? Email me for a free 20 minute consult call to discuss your health and goals with me: samanthagladish@gmail.com

Cheers to happy hormone balancing!

Samantha xo

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