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Natural Ingredients To Add To Your Daily Routine

If you subscribe to the long-held belief that ignorance is bliss, it will logically follow that the less ignorant we, as a society become, the less blissful we will be. Case in point: Until not long ago, we were carelessly lying in the sun, eating our McDonald’s, and using doorknobs in doctors’ offices. We now know UV light produces free radicals, our foods are packed with preservatives and artificial ingredients, and just about every surface we touch is swarming with bacteria. What’s next? Our beauty products? According to Dr. Axe, the majority of commercially available beauty products are packed with fragrances, artificial colors, stabilizers and preservatives that can be absorbed through the pores of the skin, leading to a range of potential negative long-term effects on our health, specifically hormone imbalance, and irregular periods. Luckily, there are natural alternatives to ensure your skin remains radiant while your body remains healthy.

Apple cider vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar
This inexpensive natural skin care product can help to kill pathogens, such as bacteria, and clear skin problems arising from gut issues. Apple cider vinegar was first used by Hippocrates who believed in its anti-fungal properties as a useful treatment for skin sores and ulcerations. Additionally, ACV contains beneficial vitamins, such as potassium and magnesium, which make it an excellent detoxifier when taken internally.

Raw honey

Raw Honey
Raw honey is known to reduce breakouts and scars, boost hydration, help to heal wounds, and fight allergies. Because raw honey is unprocessed, it is able to keep its nutrients intact, unlike most store bought honey. It has been used to heal everything from dandruff to diaper rash to psoriasis and can be used to treat acne when applied to the skin for ten minutes.

Sea salt

Sea Salt
You may have seen this ingredient popping up on food labels lately as a replacement for regular table salt. Sea salt is packed with nutrients like calcium, potassium, sodium, and magnesium which it absorbs from salt water. Luckily, these are the same types of mineral found in our skin, which is why sea salt is so effective in balancing, restoring and protecting our skin. It also contains anti-inflammatory properties for removal of dead skin cells, the balance of oil production, maintenance of skin moisture levels and calming of breakouts.

Avocado

Avocado
A much loved fatty fruit, the avocado contains vitamin A, D, and E, all able to penetrate the skin to soothe sunburn, increase production of collagen and treat age spots. It can be applied externally or eaten to reduce skin inflammation and combined with essential oils or honey directly to skin.

Coconut oil

Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has a plethora of benefits, including the ability to strengthen skin tissue, remove dead skin cells, and protect against sunburn. Research shows that the antibacterial and antioxidant properties of the oil can even fight skin disease and defects in the epidermal barrier. Coconut oil can be used on both skin and hair, to cleanse, moisturize, and heal wounds, and because what we put inside us can effect how we look on the outside, the oil can help keep skin radiant when taken internally to wash away toxins and help with digestive function.

Tea tree oil

Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has been used to combat redness, inflammation, and breakouts on skin for centuries. It provides a mild alternative to harsh acne treatments which can cause side effects and dry skin. Tea tree oil contains anti-fungal, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties and its phytochemicals make it one of the most effective of the skin care essential oils.

What do you think? Are you ready to scrap your serums and creams for avocados and coconuts? Let us know how you weigh in!

The Best Plant Extracts For Skin

Usually, when we think of the plights of ancient civilization, acne does not top our list. However, that does not mean skincare was not a problem for our forebears. After all, if there was a sun, was there not sun damage and, if there were pregnancies, were there not stretch marks? While we can pretty much assume our forefathers and mothers all battled with skin issues, there is a noticeable absence of the mention of benzoyl peroxide and hyaluronic acid in the history books. So what did our ancestors use to ensure skin health before the advent of “science-based skincare?” Plant extracts. And if they worked back then, shouldn’t they work now?

Let’s take a moment to investigate the best plant-based extracts for your skin that are still available.

Aloe vera

Aloe Vera
This extract has been around since time immemorial. Best known as a remedy for irritation and minor burns, this desert plant is known for its ability to fight bacteria, protect skin cells from damage, soften skin, and rebuild new tissue. Aloe is an ideal ingredient for mature skin and improves collagen levels when ingested or applied topically.

Tea Tree Oil
Ideal for moisturizing and cleansing, tea tree oils reduces sebum production in the sebaceous glands and reduces the amount of bacteria that cause blemishes to form. Its antiseptic properties make it an effective healer, it is known for its ability to safely remove dead cells from the skin and decrease the appearance of wrinkles.

Shea
Shea butter evens skin tone and protects and moisturizes the skin and scalp without clogging pores. Extracted from the nut of the West African karate tree, shea butter is naturally rich in vitamins A and E and helps restore elasticity to the skin and soothe irritation.

Shea butter

Olive Oil
Hailed as a skin care remedy by the ancient Egyptians, olive oil is still regarded as one of the most effective natural oils for skin care. It has been associated with everything from aiding in digestion to acne prevention and anti-aging. The words “Extra virgin” or “cold pressed” on the label should indicate that the olive oil contained within is the purest of all extract and have more nutritional components to improve skin appearance, but beware falsely labelled products!

Avocado
One of the finest extracts found in nature, the oil from the avocado is an extract long found in face masks, bath oils, and cleansing cream. Avocados are rich in vitamin A, which is effective at removing dead skin cells and contain amino acids which protect skin against environmental damage.

Cocoa Butter
Cocoa butter is known for the ability to reduce scars and is often recommended by surgeons to patients to reduce evidence of surgery incisions. It is credited with boosting collagen in the skin and reducing stretch marks and the appearance of wrinkles and frown lines. Cocoa butter is an active ingredient in most moisturizers and is useful in combatting rough skin where dryness is common.
Cocoa butter

Coconut Oil
Great for both hair and skin care, coconut oil is an effective moisturizer for dry skin and scalp. It can also delay the appearance of wrinkles and has been proven to be effective in the treatments of psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis. The antioxidant properties of the coconut prevent premature aging and degenerative disease and it is available in a variety of skin care products, such as lotions, soaps, and creams.

Do you know of any plant extracts we haven’t mentioned that do wonders for your skin? Let us know your favorites. We’re all ears!

Natural Ingredients That Keep Skin Soft, Flexible, and Resilient

Of course, the modern women knows that wit and ingenuity are our greatest weapons, but we also know its not a bad idea to keep a few tricks up our sleeves for when the going gets tough. Like when it comes to the war against aging skin. That’s when it time to call in the coven for a little witch’s brew. How do you think Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer and Susan Sarandon stayed so young looking for the Witches of Eastwick sequel?

When it comes to magic potions for your skin, nature is your best resource. There are plenty of ingredients bestowed by the good grace of Mother Nature that can keep your skin flexible strong, and resilient.

Coconut Oil
1. Coconut Oil
Not just for monkeys! Coconut oil’s many talents include removing dead skin cells, protecting against sunburns and strengthening epidermal tissue. In fact, research shows that coconut oil can even fight chronic skin disease and curb cutaneous inflammation. You can use this miracle of nature on your hair and skin to remove makeup, cleanse, heal wounds and scars, and prevent razor burns. When taken internally, coconut helps to bring oxygen and nutrients to the cells and wash away toxins, making it indispensable for skin health.

2. Tea Tree Oil
Also known as mealeuca alternifolia, tea tree oil has been used in Australia for hundreds of years to fight inflammation, redness, and breakouts. It is also known as a well-tolerated alternative for people who react poorly to harsh acne treatments. and its hydrocarbons contribute to its anti-bacterial properties. Researchers have found more than 100 different chemical components that are aromatic and capable of traveling through the pores of the skin and mucus membranes, which is why tea tree oil is so effective as a home remedy for acne.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar
This inexpensive skin product can kill pathogens like bacteria, and clear skin problems resulting from gut issues as well as cleanse the skin and prevent acne. It also contains vitamins like magnesium and potassium, which are can be effective detoxifying agents when taken internally because of their ability to improve liver function and balance gut bacteria.

Raw honey
4. Raw Honey
Bring on the sweet stuff for reducing breakouts, healing wounds, fighting allergic rashes, and reducing scars. This unheated, unpasteurized ingredient keep all of its nutrients intact because it is not subject to processing, like other honey. Honey is also an effective antimicrobial and can be used for dressing burns and wounds, and has been used in treatments to heal dandruff, psoriasis, diaper dermatitis and more.

5. Sea Salt
One of the more recent stars of the nutritional world, sea salt is chockfull of calcium, magnesium and potassium that it absorbs from seawater. because these minerals are the same as those found within the skin else in our body, sea salt is an excellent ingredient that can protect, balance and restore skin. Ir contains anti-inflammatory properties to fight breakouts, remove dead cells, balance oil production and help skin retain moisture.

So what potions are you stirring up this week? We would love to know!

Benefits of Tea Tree Oil

natural tea tree oil
The pharmaceutical industry is growing rapidly with new advances constantly emerging. But with side effects and chemicals in question, it’s nice to know that there is one ingredient that is all natural, can be found in many kitchen cabinets and in many skin care products, and can help with illnesses and other unpleasant conditions. That ingredient is tea tree oil.

Acne
Tea  tree oil is considered one of the most effective remedies for acne. One study found it to be just as potent as benzoyl peroxide without negative side effects such as peeling and redness.

Hair
Tea tree oil can also be beneficial for the hair and scalp. It is effective on dandruff and can even be used to remove lice. To make a shampoo, mix several drops of the oil with coconut milk, aloe vera gel and essential oils like lavender oil.

Tea tree oil Cleaning
Tea tree oil also makes a great household cleaner. It has antimicrobial properties that can kill bacteria. Mix the oils with water, vinegar and lemon juice and use it to clean your bathroom and kitchen areas.

Psoriasis and Eczema
Because tea tree oil can reduce inflammation, it can also be effective in the treatment of psoriasis and eczema.

Toenail Fungus and Ringworm
Because tea tree oil is effective against parasites and fungal infections, it’s useful in the treatment of toenail fungus, athlete’s foot and ringworm. Put the undiluted oil directly on the effected area with a clean cotton swab.

Mold
Mold grows in many homes, often without the owners being aware of it. You can buy a diffuser and diffuse tea tree oil in the air around your home to kill mold and other bad bacteria. You can also spray tea tree oil cleaner onto your shower curtains, laundry machine, dishwasher or toilet to kill mold.

Deodorant
Tea tree oil can eliminate body odor. Its antimicrobial properties destroy the bacteria that causes odor. Make a homemade deodorant by mixing tea tree oil with coconut oil and baking soda.

Cuts and Infections
Tea tree oil mixed with lavender essential oil can help treat wounds. Make sure to clean the cut with water and hydrogen peroxide if necessary. Then apply tea tree oil and cover the cut with a bandage.

Oral Health
Because tea tree oil kills bacteria and reduces inflammation, it’s a great ingredient for a toothpaste or mouthwash. It can reduce bleeding gums and tooth decay. Mix tea tree oil with coconut oil and baking soda for a great homemade toothpaste.

 

The Benefits of Natural Antibacterials

The beauty industry is constantly introducing customers to the latest and greatest ingredients, but sometimes your skin just wants something effective and gentle. If you have acne-prone skin, whether it is oily, dry or sensitive, you definitely don’t want to risk aggravating your face even further by using harsh chemicals and products to clear your skin. Fortunately, there are some natural antibacterials that are common ingredients in beauty products, and that can be used by themselves if you want to really cut down on what goes onto your skin. Our favorite three natural antibacterials, and their benefits, are below.

Natural anti-bacterials

Natural Antibacterials to Try
For a more natural approach to skincare, consider the following natural antibacterials:

  • Honey – Honey is one of the easiest and most readily available natural antibacterials. Its antibacterial property makes it especially good for acne-prone skin, and because it is a humectant, those with dry skin will love it too. Skin care products that contain honey are beneficial, but you can also incorporate raw honey into your skin care routine by itself. Kim Wallace, a natural beauty advocate, is a huge believer in honey for skin care. “Raw honey can help unclog pores while simultaneously delivering moisture to parched skin. If you’re suffering from a breakout, you can sleep with a small dab of honey on your face and awaken to less stressed skin,” says Wallace. Remember that you want to purchase raw, not processed, honey if you plan on using it on your skin.
  • Tea Tree Oil – Tea tree oil is used in a large variety of beauty products, and many of these are targeted specifically for people who have oily or acne-prone skin. Tea tree oil shampoos are very effective for reducing and eliminating dandruff and it can also reduce breakouts on the scalp. Studies have shown tea tree oil to be just as effective as benzoyl peroxide among those with acne, and tea tree oil doesn’t come with the added risks that benzoyl peroxide does. Look for products containing tea tree oil if you suffer from acne. If you prefer to use tea tree oil alone, know that it can be irritating to some skin, so you might want to dilute the tea tree oil with a bit of water before applying to your skin.
  • Aloe Vera – Most famous for its soothing after-sun products, aloe vera is an incredible skin care multitasker. Aloe vera is a very calming natural antibacterial, and it also has anti-inflammatory properties as well. Because aloe vera is so gentle, you can apply it directly to the skin without fear of any irritation. Products that contain aloe range from cleansers to moisturizers, but you can keep a steady supply of fresh aloe in your home. Simply invest in a small aloe vera plant and snip off a leaf and extract the gel from inside.

Returning to more natural ingredients can help your face recover from the irritation and aggravation of harsh chemicals. These natural antibacterials are incredible skin care ingredients, whether you use them in your favorite product or on their own.

Best Essential Oils for Women

Essential oils have been used for centuries to treat medical conditions that range from acne to childbirth. If you have never used essential oils before, you may be overwhelmed at all of the options available and the incredible health benefits that accompany essential oils. To help get you started, we’ve picked out 10 of the best essential oils for women.

Clary sage

Clary Sage
Clary sage uplifts your mood, reduces stress and anxiety and acts as a natural anti-depressant. The mellow scent of clary sage is perfect for relieving mood swings before or during your menstrual period. Clary sage also reduces blood pressure, improves breathing rates and enhances your attention and memory.

Geranium oil.

Geranium
Geranium is amazing at perfecting balance within your body. This essential oil maintains homeostasis in your body, balances your nervous system and stimulates your adrenal cortex to harmonize your fluctuating hormones. The sweet, flowery scent of geranium oil boosts your mood and soothes your nerves.

Jasmine oil.

Jasmine
Jasmine has long been used as a powerful anti-depressant, but in ancient times, this essential oil was also used as a childbirth aid. Jasmine essential oil strengthens reproductive tissues and helps with contractions to aid labor. In ancient times, jasmine was rubbed on the lower abdomen to strengthen contractions and soothe labor pains. Jasmine is also used to increase sex drive in both women and men.

Rose oil.

Rose
Rose is another essential oil that benefits the female reproductive system by strengthening it. If you have irregular menstrual cycles, rose is especially helpful because it stimulates hormonal secretion to trigger menstruation. Rose is also considered an aphrodisiac that boosts your libido.

Sweet Marjoram

Sweet Marjoram
Sweet marjoram is a natural way to fight against the pain that comes from menstrual cramps because it is a powerful antispasmodic. Like rose, sweet marjoram can also help if you suffer from irregular periods in the form of amenorrhea (the abnormal absence of menstruation). Sweet marjoram also fights headaches and constipation, both of which may occur frequently during pregnancy.

Wild orange oil.

Wild Orange
Wild orange is one of the best essential oils for reducing stress and anxiety levels, both of which are common among women. By reducing your stress and anxiety levels, wild orange also is a natural way to lift your mood. Topical application of wild orange essential oil can also help minimize the appearance of stretch marks.

Lemongrass

Lemongrass
Lemongrass provides a wide range of benefits for women from fighting acne to improving lactation. Lemongrass is a natural anti-inflammatory that also has antiseptic, antimicrobial and astringent properties that help fight acne. New mothers facing problems with lactation can also use lemongrass to enhance milk flow.

Lavender oil

Lavender
Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils and it isn’t just because of its soothing scent. This essential oil is used to promote better sleep and treat insomnia, alleviate depression and significantly lessen stress and anxiety. One of the reasons lavender is so great for women is that it has antispasmodic properties, which make it great for treating painful menstrual cramps.

Tea Tree Oil.

Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an incredible body detoxifier and is one of the greatest natural antibacterials there is. You may be aware that because of the antibacterial properties of tea tree oil, it is used in the treatment of acne but these same properties also help fight yeast infections. Tea tree oil stimulates hormonal secretions that improve your blood circulation which can weaken the pain you feel due to menstrual cramps.

Chamomile oil.

Chamomile
Chamomile is another essential oil that is well-known for its ability to soothe nerves and promote sleep, but that isn’t all this essential oil is capable of. Chamomile is another antispasmodic that can help you cope with menstrual cramps or labor pains.

Equally as important as the specific essential oils you choose to use is the proper dosage or application method. Experts suggest that some essential oils, like tea tree oil, be used with a carrier oil for topical application. Inhaling essential oils can also benefit your health and provide you a much needed moment of calm or happiness. You will love how your health and attitude are improved by the use of these 10 essential oils for women.