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Goddess Nectar with Apples and Honey

Goddess Nectar with Apples and Honey

Treating our skin with amazing all natural organic foods is what I like to call Goddess Nectar.  And two super foods that have a significant historical records from folklore, legends, stone images on carved tablets, tomb offerings, and overwhelming numbers of references from Hebrew Bible scriptures are Honey and the Apple.  Enjoying Honey and Apple reminds us of our historic connection with the ancient ancestors.

The Ancient world of Honey

Honey was found in the ancient tombs of Pyramids, including the famous grave of Tutankhamon approximately 3,000 years ago and still considered perfectly edible. The secret behind honey’s eternal shelf life is a range of factors: Hydrogen peroxide, acidity and lack of water work together to make this sticky substance last forever.  The ancient Egyptians used honey for a multitude of purposes including as a sweetener, a gift for the gods and an ingredient in embalming fluid.

However the oldest honey was discovered in ancient Georgia in the Borjomi Region. The archeologists found two potteries with the human remains in the mounds.  Georgian Archeologists think the Georgian honey is two thousands years older than the Egyptian honey found in Tutankhamon’s tomb.  As in ancient Egypt, ancient Georgia also prepared honey for people’s journeys into the afterlife.  Including more than one type of honey such as linden, berry, and a meadow-flower variety.

According to the researches, the Georgian honey dates 5500 years, while Egyptian dates just 3000-3500 years. According to the scientists the human remains, that were found in the grave, was the first be-master woman. There was found different species of honey in the grave. It gives the terms that Georgia was declared as ‘The Land of Honey.’

Honey Benefits on the Skin

Honey is just an amazing element with several benefits to the skin. It not only moisturizes skin but it’s also an antioxidant and anti-fungal. If you have issues with Acne, honey will assist with acne prevention. It also enables the pores to open for proper cleansing. Honey has specific enzymes of which the skin will absorb. Honey offers strong antibacterial and antimicrobial benefits as a natural antioxidant to aid in healing skin abrasions. Honey can also sooth the skin to counteract any irritation.

The bees swarm their environment and collect the sugar-rich nectar of a variety of flowers. That’s why it’s highly encouraged to treat yourself with local honey so you are in contact with these varieties and help lower any possibilities of affecting allergies.  Nutritionally, 1 tablespoon of honey, approximately 21 grams, contains 64 calories and 17 grams of sugar, including fructose, glucose, maltose and sucrose.  And it contains virtually no fiber, fat or protein.  Honey is made up of bioactive plant compounds and antioxidants. Darker types tend to be even higher in these compounds than lighter types.

High-quality honey contains many important antioxidants to help with several health factors. These includes phenols, enzymes and compounds like flavonoids and organic acids.  The benefits include lowers heart disease by improving the bad for you cholesterol.  Through it’s assistance with atherosclerosis, which is the fatty buildup in the arteries that can lead to heart attacks and strokes.  Interestingly, several studies have shown that honey reduce the LDL “bad” cholesterol, while significantly raising HDL “good” cholesterol.

Honey also helps those concerned with elevated blood triglycerides, which is another risk factor of heart disease.  Triglyceride levels tend to increase on a diet that is high in sugar and refined carbs which is why honey is often referred to replace sugar in recipes.  In fact, studies have linked regular honey consumption with 11-19% lower triglyceride levels, especially when it is used to replace sugar.

Honey may also help the arteries as the heart dilates or pumps by increasing blood flow to the heart. Plus honey may also help prevent the formation of blood clots, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

Studies also show honey as an effective alternative for respiratory conditions where over the counter or prescriptions are not utilized.

The Ancient world of the Apple

Going back to the ancient days of Egypt and Persia, archeologists uncovered petrified remains of apple slices that were found in a saucer of an ancient Mesopotamian tomb of a royalty burial site dating back to 2500 BC in southern Iran.

We see this amazing fruit of paradise recurs in the history of many other ancient civilizations.  Historical instances on the existence of apple trees are documented from folklore, legends, stone images on carved tablets, petrified slices of apples on plates for tomb offerings, and overwhelming numbers of references from Hebrew Bible scriptures.   One of the earliest archeological evidences of apple tree fruit comes from the remains of excavations from Jericho, Jordan, that has been dated 6500 BC by radiochemical analysis of carbon atoms.

The interest shown in apples by the Greek and Roman philosophers, poets, historians, and literary masters was even extended to Renaissance painters, royal chefs to the Tsars of Russia and too many other references to mention.

In ancient times apples were considered so special that individuals would use a sharp utensil or their nails to hand-carve their personal hopes and prayers into the apple skins before they were eaten. And the Zohar, a 13th-century Jewish mystical text, states that beauty – represented by God – “diffuses itself in the world as an apple.”

Benefits of Apples on the Skin

Apples may mitigate the effects of asthma, brain health, bone health, pulmonary function while promoting anti-cholesterol, blood oxygenation, red blood cell count, proper digestion and even weight loss. Apples are high in fiber and Vitamin C, low in calories, have only a trace of sodium, and no fat or cholesterol. They are high in minerals and polyphenols, which function as antioxidants.  Apples are extremely rich in important antioxidants, flavanoids, and dietary fiber. The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease.

Goddess Nectar with Apples and Honey

Combining Apples with Honey is just a special treat and should be taken on an empty stomach. If you treat yourself to desert, wait about 30 minutes before indulging as it can disrupt the digestion if eating high protein meals.

Be sure to seek out local organic apples with the brightest red version you can find.  Also seek out the same for your honey, raw organic and local.  Ensuring organic means that less toxins would be infused in your nectar.   Also be sure to wash your apples throughly to ensure any environment elements are removed before consuming.

Simply slice the organic local apple into small slices and drizzle with local organic raw honey. Serve at room temperature or slightly warmed for a delicious treat.  If you are serving for a group and want the apple slices not to brown, squeeze lemon juice on them to retain the color and enhance the flavor.

And most importably, enjoy!

Get your skin’s PH level back to Normal

Get your skin’s PH level back to Normal

Your skin can easily tilt off its normal pH level, certain products, foods, environmental elements, sleep and stress are just a few to produce wrinkles, inflammation, rashes, sensitivity, or acne.  The science behind it is simple, pH stands for “potential hydrogen” and is used to describe the acid-alkaline ratio of a substance. The range is from the most acidic or 0  to the most alkaline or 14.

Your body’s overall pH level is about 7, so scientists consider the body to be basic. However, your skin’s pH is slightly lower at a level of about 5.5. This means that your skin is slightly acidic. Common soaps and cosmetics are closer to 8-10 PH, which is alkaline.

Get your Skin ph Level back to Normal

The skin’s barrier, which is known as the acid mantle, is responsible for keeping in lipids and moisture while blocking germs, pollution, toxins, and bacteria.  If the acid mantle should becomes too alkaline, skin becomes dry and sensitive causing extreme sensitivities like inflammation, rashes or even eczema.  On the other hand if skin becomes acidic, the skin twill lead to breakouts.

Ensuring the skin’s barrier function is working properly, regular balancing can be necessary especially as we age.  Every decade of life our skin becomes more alkaline, resulting in a variety of undesirable changes and skin disorders ranging from wrinkles to pigmentation and even acne.

Alkaline conditions within the skin harness acne causing bacteria and as alkalinity increases with age, a complexion previously unmarred by breakouts might experience problems later in life.  Monthly alpha-hydroxy-acid-based facials can boost your overall skin texture, pump up cell turnover, and keep the acid mantle in check. Use a low-strength salicylic acid like 12% or higher for taking care of minor wrinkles at 20%.

If you are unsure of what would work best for your skin, then start with the lower percentages and work higher.  Two great ways is with honey mask and an apple cider vinegar toner.  Start including these into your skin routine every few days to keep your skin’s ph level normal.

Get your skin’s PH level back to Normal with Honey

The sweet nectar has an average pH of 4.0. Using honey as a cleanser or doing a honey masque has many benefits to the skin. Honey is known for its antiseptic and antibacterial properties, and it is a humectant—meaning it attracts water and retains it in the skin, keeping the skin smooth and protecting it from dryness and premature wrinkles. It’s also a great source of antioxidants to protect your skin from harsh UV rays. So eating honey and using it on your skin as a wash or a masque is a great way to support your glow and keep your skin pH balanced! Remember, using raw, organic honey is important—processing honey removes all the beautiful phytonutrients.

 

Simple Honey Mask Recipe

  • One teaspoon of high quality raw organic honey (preferably local).
  • Use both hand’s finger tips to gently rub together to warm for a minute.
  • Gently spread over the entire face and neck.  Be careful not to get into the eye.
  • Let the honey mask honey mask set for least 15 minutes or max of 45 minutes.
  • Gently rinse with lukewarm and pat face dry.
  • Follow with a toner and moisturizer.
  • Follow with SPF if daytime.

 

Get your skin’s PH level back to Normal with Apple Cider Vinegar

This magical kitchen ingredient is wonderful for the skin and for general health as well.  Apple Cider Vinegar will keep your skin healthy and pH balanced. Using a diluted solution of apple cider vinegar on your skin after your shower not only balances your pH, but it also eliminates odor-causing bacteria!  Apple Cider Vinegar Toner will improve overall skin complexion, plus help lighten those stubborn sun spots and even out skin tone.  It can also reduce the appearance of pores and can be added to your home remedies for acne, as it helps prevent acne breakouts and scarring.  Here’s a super simple apple cider vinegar toner recipe that will help your skin retain it’s natural ph level.

Simple Apple Cider Vinegar Toner Recipe

  • In a glass jar or bottle with sealable lid, pour one part Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar.
  • Add 4 parts distilled or filtered water to the glass jar or bottle.
  • Place the lid tightly and shake the jar or bottle a few times to throughly combine the mixture.
  • Let the mixture settle.
  • Test a small area of your skin, if the mixture is too strong add another part of water until you are comfortable with the mixture.
  • After cleansing the skin, apply the toner using a cotton ball or pad, avoiding the eye area completely.
  • Allow the toner to dry on your skin, within a few minutes.
  • Apply your usual, daily moisturizer and SPF if it’s daytime.
  • Shake well before each use. Store in a cool, dry, dark place (No need to refrigerate).
  • The mixture should be good for at least 45 days if you do not touch the liquid doesn’t become contaminated by oils of the skin, sunlight or other environmental elements.

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Coconut Oil Multi-tasking Beauty Enhancer

Have you ever seen someone’s skin that has a illuminating silk sheen?  You can bet they are wearing coconut oil to give their skin that amazing glow.  And it’s such an amazing product to use for not just your skin but your hair and nails, and that’s why I call it the multi-tasker as it has so many wonderful uses to enhance your beauty needs. Plus Coconut oil does not become rancid like many other oils so it’s safe to use no matter the conditions. It can solidify and liquify with changing temperatures, but pure organic coconut oil will still retain the same quality.

Coconut Oil Multi-taking Beauty Enhancer on Hair

In ancient Egypt, women used coconut butter and oils in their hair to give it a silky sheen appearance and to also help with styling.  Coconut Oil can penetrate into the hair like no other oil as the oil actually bonds with the keratin and helps to increase the shine and moisture while improving the overall health.  Adding just a bit to the hair after styling will help smooth the flyways and prevent split ends.

The vitamins and essential fatty acids naturally found in coconut oil nourish the scalp, help to remove sebum build-up from hair follicles, smooth the hair strands, locks in moisture and prevents dandruff.  And because of this, Coconut oil on hair can actually helps your hair grow longer, thicker, and even faster.  If you are worried coconut oil will weight down your hair, just applying before bed and shampoo it out in the morning.  An ideal hair mask with Coconut oil should be on the hair for at least 60 minutes to allow the nutrients to work their magic.

Coconut Oil Multi-taking Beauty Enhancer on Skin

Coconut oil is widely used in many natural beauty products because of it’s naturally antibacterial and anti fungal properties.  It work well due to the saturated fats that helps the skin stay moisturized while sealing the moisture with out loss through the skin’s pores.  Coconut oil can give your the skin a healthy glow, smooth and even tone.  After a shower, rub the oil to your body for all day moisture retention.

The anti-fungal aspects of coconut oil can reduce acne and other chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.  The protein found in coconut oil actually replaces the damaged cells with healthy ones to actually treat the infection.  Other medicinal uses include healing cold sores, stretch marks and sunburn.

You can add a bit of oil to the under eye area through out the day to control the visual appearance of wrinkles as normal eye cream dissipates through the day.  And even adding a bit to the lip makes a perfect lip balm.  Coconut oil can also be used to take off stubborn makeup, just follow up with your facial cleanser to remove any last traces of dirt or makeup.

Coconut Oil Multi-taking Beauty Enhancer on Nails

Coconut oil is also fantastic at nursing your cuticles. Because of it’s anti-fungal property, it helps protects your nails from fungal infections. Plus it moisturizes and strengthens the cuticles, and can make your nails stronger, healthier and shinier with regular use.  The emollient nature of coconut oil also helps to prevent your nails from getting dry and brittle.

Coconut Oil Multi-taking Beauty Enhancer is great to use all year round and for so many uses that this is a must have for your beauty routine!

 

Coconut Oil Multi-taking Beauty Enhancer

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Luxurious Lavender Bath Bomb

If you are looking to self pamper yourself with an amazing experience, look no further than to create your own Luxurious Lavender Bath Bomb.  This DIY Bath Bomb will not only smooth your skin, but it will relax you and help your overall wellness.

Bath Bombs are great treats as they help with all sorts of conditions.  Mixing Epsom Salt with Lavender will enhance the benefits to to relax, sooth and pamper yourself.

Epsom Salt has several amazing benefits:

  • Relieves pain and muscle cramps
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Helps muscles and nerves function properly
  • Soothes sprains and bruises
  • Helps prevent hardening of arteries and blood clots
  • Makes insulin more effective
  • Relieves constipation
  • Eliminates toxins from the body
  • Helps absorb nutrients
  • Eases migraine headaches
  • Treats congestions

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Lavender Essential Oil Benefits:

  • Relaxes and Calms the Overall Body, relieves stress and anxiety
  • Alternative treatment for insomnia or sleep aid
  • Regulates heart-rate variability
  • Inhibits the bacteria, helping with minor cuts and acne
  • Pain relief formuscles and joints
  • Stimulating effect on urine production
  • Improves respiratory issues
  • Stimulates hair growth
  • Improves circulation
  • Improves digestion

Mixing these two essential ingredients together help improve your overall wellness and produce silky smooth skin and hair.  It’s an excellent reward for personal relaxation or a necessary need for an extreme day of exhaustion.  Either way, it’s a gift to yourself and should be an honored tradition.

Luxurious Lavender Bath Bomb Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Baking Soda
  • 1 cup Epsom Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Lavender Essential Oil (usually around 30-40 drops)
  • 1/2 cup citric acid
  • 4 ounces corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons of cold pressed carrier oil (Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Rose Hip Oil, Olive Oil or Grape Oil)

Luxurious Lavender Bath Bomb Tools:

  • Large non-metal bowl
  • Small non-metal bowl
  • Gloves if you have super sensitive skin
  • Spray Bottle (non BPA)
  • Bath Molds to shape your ball (or just use your hands)

Luxurious Lavender Bath Bomb Directions:

  1. Combine all dry ingredients into the large non-metal bowl and mix together well (baking soda, salt, citric acid, and cornstarch).
  2. In a small non-metal bowl, combine the oil, witch hazel and vanilla extract and stir well. Add the essential Lavender oils one drop at a time.
  3. Add all the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients large bowl in small drops at a time. Mix well with hands (wear gloves if you have sensitive skin).
  4. Mixture should hold together when squeezed without crumbling. If you do not have this consistency, use a spray bottle to incorporate more water into the mixture.
  5. Quickly push mixture into molds, greased muffin tins or any other greased container. Press in firmly and leave at least 24 hours (48 is better) or until hardened. It will expand some and this is normal. You can push it down into the mold several times while it is drying to keep it from expanding to much. Using the metal molds will create a stronger and more effective final bath bomb.
  6. Once the mold is dry, remove and store in air tight container or bag. The bath bomb will be fresh for up to 14 days.

Luxurious Lavender Bath Bomb Application:

 

  1. Fill your bath with warm water
  2. Once you are ready drop the Luxurious Lavender Bath Bomb into the bath water
  3. Allow the fizziness to bubble up
  4. Get in and relax for at least 20 minutes before proceeding with any soaps or shampoos.
  5. Remember this is an honored gift and to allow yourself to enjoy and reap every minute of it.  Think of how the ancient Egyptians, Romans, Turks, and Greeks utilized baths as sacred rituals that only the elite could perform.  And yes you are worth it.
  6. After the bath, rinse your tub as the oils may leave residue.

Luxurious Lavender Bath Bomb

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Rosy Organic Lip Plumper

One of the many bummer things about aging is thinning lips!  As the skin thins, the lips thin as well.  But no worries, there are easy ways to plump up the lips and display amazing luscious lips!

First let’s talk about the how,  there are two common ways to plump up the lips:

  • Irritation – Literally a slight irritation can swell the lips just to give enough to make more volume within the lips.
  • Vasodilation – This occurs when the blood vessels widen and blood flow will increase and provide more volume within the lips.

The good news is that you can control how much of the ingredients to use to make your perfect

lip volume.  Each of our skin will react differently so it’s best to test this on a small area before applying all over your lips.

Base properties of Rosy Organic Lip Plumper – This is can be oil or solid depending on your preferences.  Oils can include olive, almond, grape or vitamin E. Solids can be made from Coconut Butter, Shea Butter, or Cocoa Butter.

Active Ingredients of Rosy Organic Lip Plumper – Cinnamon oil or Cayenne Powder

Color – You can include lip stick of your own into the base to add a bit of color. Or stay organic and include Alkanet Root Powder.  Alkanet Root Powder is an organic material will help naturally soothe irritated sensitive skin and will provide beautiful shades of pink, blue, and purple, depending upon the amount used.

Combine the ingredients by melting them together through the emulsion process by mixing the oils, waxes and water together in a water bath.  Create a water bath by placing the oils, powder, wax and butter together in a glass bowl that is larger than a sauce pan. Place enough water in the saucepan to cover the bottom of the glass bowl. Gently heat up the ingredients to allow them to blend easily together.

Once the ingredients are mixed thoroughly together take a spatula to help gather each ounce of the mixture to place in a glass sealable jar using the funnel.  Allow the mixture to set at room temperature before the jar is sealed. This can be stored for up to 30 days on the shelf.

Rosy Organic Lip Plumper Tools:

  • 6 small jar or container for the balm
  • 1 small glass bowl
  • 1 small saucepan
  • 1 glass dropper
  • 1 small plastic or metal funnel

Rosy Shea Butter Lip Balm Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon Shea Nut Butter
  • 1 tablespoon Almond Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Cinnamon Oil
  • 1 teaspoon alkanet root powder (this adds the subtle rose color, use more or less to get your preferred shade). Or leave out for no color!

Rosy Organic Lip Plumper Directions:

To create the Rosy Organic Lip Plumper, melt together the oils through the emulsion process by mixing the oils, waxes and water together in a water bath. Create a water bath by placing the oils, powder and butter together in a glass bowl that is larger than a sauce pan. Place enough water in the saucepan to cover the bottom of the glass bowl. Gently heat up the ingredients to allow them to blend easily together.
Once the ingredients are mixed thoroughly together take a spatula to help gather each ounce of the mixture to place in a glass sealable jar using the funnel. Allow the mixture to set at room temperature before the jar is sealed. This can be stored for up to 30 days on the shelf.

Rosy Organic Lip Plumper Storage:

Place your container of Rosy Organic Lip Plumper in a cool dark place. It will keep up to 3 months when using all organic ingredients.

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Aloe Vera Mask for healing Sun Kissed Skin

Aloe Vera Mask for healing Sun Kissed Skin

If you’ve had too much fun this summer and need a mask to cool and sooth your sun kissed skin, look no further than this amazing mask!

Aloe Vera gel contains glycoproteins that can relieve pain and inflammation while reducing swelling, as well as polysaccharides that help repair damaged skin cells and trigger new ones to form. Aloe vera gel even contains lidocaine, a well-known ingredient for relieving pain. It also helps to form a protective layer over burned, peeling skin, while hydrating it and holding that moisture in.  Aloe vera gel also contains two hormones: Auxin and Gibberellins. These two hormones provide wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation. It is effective in soothing the skin.  in Ayurvedic medicine, Aloe is used to effectively heal chronic skin problems, such as psoriasis, acne and eczema.

This amazing recipe uses the healing, soothing properties of aloe vera with coconut oil’s super moisturizing abilities, as well as lavender essential oil, which is known to reduce redness and the sting of a sunburn.

The Lavender Essential oil will add a pleasant fragrance to the moisturizer and help in soothing and cooling the skin.

Aloe Vera Mask for healing Sun Kissed Skin Recipe:

  • Cup of unrefined coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons of Organic Aloe Vera Gel
  • 5 drops of Lavender Oil
  • 1 TSP of Vitamin E Oil

Aloe Vera Mask for healing Sun Kissed Skin Directions:

  • Mix together the coconut oil and aloe vera gel gently with a  whisk until the mixture is warmed through the mixing process and begins to soften.
  • Add in Lavender Oil and Vitamin E Oil
  • Mix until the ingredients are intermixed and the texture becomes more like a lotion.

Aloe Vera Mask for healing Sun Kissed Skin Application:

Apply the mixture to your skin for at least two to three times a day for three days.  Store the mixture in a lidded container in the refrigerator as coconut oil will harden when it cools.  You will need to mix the ingredient up again before re-applying.

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Cinnamon & Honey Facial Mask to Combat Acne

Cinnamon & Honey Facial Mask to Combat Acne

In the ancient world, Cinnamon trade was huge as it was extensively used for ritual and mundane purposes.  The trees are native to Sri Lanka but today, different species and cultivars are now grown all over South East Asia.  The Egyptians used it for embalming potions, perfumes, incense and oils. It is also mentioned in the Old Testament as sweet cinnamon is the second ingredient in the holy anointing oil.  In Exodus chapter 30:30-34, the holy anointing oil included the the finest of spices myrrh, sweet-smelling cinnamon, fragrant cane, cassia, and olive oil.

The word ‘Cinnamon’ is derived from the ancient Hebrew word ‘kinnämön, which in turn probably originates from the Malay or Indonesian term ‘Kayumanis’, meaning ‘sweet wood’. Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner barks of the trees belonging to the Cinnamomum plant family.  True Cinnamon is native to Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon and the south-eastern coast of India, while the closely related Cassia is native to China.

Cinnamon combats acne because of the board spectrum of antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, microdermabrasion, and antioxidant properties within the plant.  These include cinnamaldehyde and proanthocyanidins.

By removing bacteria from the skin, cinnamon prevents the clogging of the skin pores and reduces the inflammation and increased sebum production caused by the microbes.  As an added benefit, cinnamon also reduces skin inflammation with the trans-cinnamaldehyde property which inhibits the production of nitric oxide.  Nitric oxide is a major component of the inflammation process and thereby reducing its production can help reduce acne swelling which presents as superficial (pimples, whiteheads and blackheads) and deep (nodules and cysts) acne lesions.  Additionally Cinnamon can also reduce inflammation through the inhibition of COX-2 or cyclooxygenase-2 synthesis.  COX-2 is a major component of the cascade reaction in the body that leads to skin inflammation.

These antioxidant properties of Cinnamon help protects the skin from environmental toxins.

In addition, ground cinnamon or cinnamon powder can provide a microdermabrasion effect on the skin by sloughing off the top layer of dirt formed by sebum, bacteria and dead skin cells.

Adding Honey into the recipe helps to offer strong antibacterial and antimicrobial benefits as a natural antioxidant to aid Cinnamon in combating and healing acne.  Honey can also sooth the skin to counteract any irritation caused by cinnamon.  Cinnamon allows the skin to become plump by bringing oxygen and blood to the surface while together both Cinnamon and Honey help remove excess oil from the skin’s surface.

Cinnamon & Honey Facial Mask to Combat Acne Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon Cinnamon Powder
  • 3 tablespoons Raw Local Organic Honey

Cinnamon & Honey Facial Mask to Combat Acne Directions:

There are different recipes for this mask but the simplest way to prepare it is to mix 1 tablespoon of cinnamon powder with 3 tablespoon of raw local organic honey.

Gently mix the cinnamon with the honey until they are thoroughly blended and form a sort of paste.

Cinnamon & Honey Facial Mask to Combat Acne Application:

Before you apply the mask, ensure the face and neck has been cleanse properly.  Apply the mask with clean fingertips but avoid the eye area.  Allow the mask to dry for at least 20 minutes and rinse throughly with warm water.  Pat the skin gently to dry and proceed with the moisturizer routine.  You may need to re-apply this mask every day for 2 – 3 weeks if your acne is severe.

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Jasmine Almond Beeswax Perfume Recipe

Jasmine Almond Beeswax Perfume Recipe

As we approach the summer, it’s a perfect time to incorporate a Beeswax perfume to your fragrance collection as the body temperatures increase with warmer weather.  Beeswax are solid perfumes that are great to have in smaller pocket sized containers for on the go and traveling.

Beeswax absolute has a stronger scent as it has an unusually large amount of naturally occuring phenylacetic acid which is green, floral, sweet honey-like odor when diluted.  A small amount will go a long way and is generally used to offset strong floral notes.  It also has an added benefit of antiseptic properties.

The ancient Greeks and Egyptians used Jasmine as as an essential oil in aromatherapy, as it was thought to offer various healing effects.  Breathing in the scent of jasmine has the power to release feel-good brain chemicals that boost energy as well as reduce anxiety.  Recent research has indicated that inhaling jasmine oil is said to transmit messages to a brain region involved in controlling emotions.  This is also commonly known as the limbic system,  which influences the nervous system.  Inhaling Jasmine oil can affect a number of biological factors, including heart rate, stress levels, blood pressure, breathing, and immune function.
Jasmine oil is often used as a natural remedy for stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue, menstrual cramps, menopausal symptoms and even as an aphrodisiac.

The name Jasmine is derived from the Persian yasmin which means “a gift from God” so named because of the intense fragrance of the blooms.
The scent rising off the petals is sweet and intoxicating.
Jasmine is found in more than 83% of all women’s scents and 33% of men’s. Jasmine oils can also help bolster skin’s immunity and protect skin from invading offenders especially as the seasons change.

Our other ingredient is Rosehip Oil which is expected to smell of roses, when in fact this wonderful hedgerow shrub is much more herbacious and earthy.  The ancient Egyptians and Mayans used it to hydrate their skin.  Rosehip is extracted from the seeds of a wild rose bush in the Southern Andes and is filled with provitamin A, omega-3 and essential fatty acids that help with wrinkles, dark-spots and even acne.

Combining these ingredients with almond oil can take a twist with floral and musky elements perfect for Spring and Summer months.

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp beeswax
2 Tbsp sweet almond oil
40 drops essential oil (jasmine, vanilla and rose hip)
Container for perfume (mint tins, empty eye cream jars or lip balm containers)

Recipe:

In your glass container, blend together your essential oils. You can use whatever ratio you like, or you can try this blend:

  • 10 drops jasmine
  • 10 drops vanilla
  • 10 drop rose hips

Directions:

Heat the beeswax on low heat in a metal pot and stir as it melts down.  Be sure to melt together slowly, increasing heat to medium once you notice the beeswax thinning.  Stir for a few minutes and then turn the heat down to low again.  Add your fragrance oil into the melted mixture once the beeswax is completely melted.  Be sure to melt together slowly.  And lastly, pour the mixture into your container(s).  Make sure your container is place on a heat tolerate countertop and allow the mixture to harden in the container for a few hours.  You can apply the mixture as soon as it’s cool to touch.  Store your perfume in a cool dark location.

Application:

Using your fingertips, gently rub a small portion on the pulse points: neck (carotid artery), on the inside of the elbow, at the inner wrist, behind the knee, and near the ankle joint.  Reapply ever 4 hours as necessary.

 

 

Rosehip Almond Beeswax Perfume Recipe

 

Pear Honey & Milk Mask for Winter Skin

<strong>Pear Honey & Milk Mask for Winter Skin</strong>

The Winter Season can be brutal to our skin making it itchy and severely dry. Add in the Holiday Season with little sleep and eating all the foods, alcohol, and sweets our skin can show the effects of it all. It can often result in ruddiness, acne and dryness. In order to help get your skin back to beautiful, clear, supple and soft, try the DIY Pear Honey & Milk Mask for Winter Skin.

Pears are amazing as they are packed with hydroxycinnamic acids and flavonoids which are designed to protect our skin cells from damage and as an added benefit they have natural antioxidants to shield our skin from environment pollutants. Pears naturally have lactic acid to help keep the skin hydrated for longer. Pears, especially ripe ones, contain a natural sugar alcohol named ‘sorbitol’ or sometimes referred to as ‘glucitol’, which prevents moisture loss by pulling water by osmosis from the air, hydrating skin. Sorbitol also acts as a thickener and helps the product to keep the proper levels of moisture.

The presence of vitamin C, vitamin K, and copper within pears fights against free radicals that damage our body cells. Pears have natural enzymes to help exfoliate the top layers of the skin to clear out the dead skin cells and accelerating the cell turnover.

Pears also have anti-inflammation properties, which help to reduce inflammation in our skin. And if that wasn’t enough, the pear also contains natural humectants, which help balance the moisture content of the skin while retaining its natural moisture. Making this fruit a must have in natural organic recipes to get your winter skin to look amazing and beautiful.

How To Select The Right Pears

Pears are harvest in colder weather and can keep for 4 to 6 weeks. Pears ripen from the inside out, so the neck of the pear is often the best place to understand whether it’s ripe. Look for ripe pears with the skin of the fruit that are matte (not glossy), golden in color, firm to the touch, fragrant and a soft neck around the stem.

Pear Honey & Milk Mask for Winter Skin Ingredients:

• 1/2 ripe organic pear
• 1 teaspoon of organic honey (preferably local honey)
• 2 tablespoon of organic milk

Pear Honey & Milk Mask for Winter Skin Tools:

• Blender
• Spoon
• Glass sealed container

Pear Honey & Milk Mask for Winter Skin Instructions:

Chop the pear in quarters and then into smaller chunks. In a blender, mix in the pear, honey, and milk until it’s a smooth puree. Add in the almond oil and coconut oil and store within the glass-enclosed container for refrigerator storage.

Pear Honey & Milk Mask for Winter Skin Application:

Be sure to properly cleanse the face and hand properly before using. Splash the skin with luke warm water and gently apply the Pear Honey & Milk Mask for Winter Recipe mixture using your middle and ring fingers of both hands to the face while avoiding the eye area. Leave on the mask for 15 to 20 minutes and then gently wash the mixture off with luke warm water. Once complete, proceed with the moisturizer treatment. This is perfect for morning or evening application. Use this mask weekly to help your skin bounce back to being soft, supple and healthy.

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Potato & Cucumber Eye Mask for Dark Circles

 

Potato & Cucumber Eye Mask for Dark Circles

Holiday seasons can rob us of a restful sleep with all the hustle and bustle of holiday parties, holiday travel, family and work commitments. Although sleep deprivation is the most common cause of dark circles, allergies and heredity can also produce dark circles. But no worries as you can get back to beautiful skin with this recipe to reduce dark circles with potato, cucumbers, milk coconut and almond oils.

Potatoes contain a wonderful enzyme called catecholase, which has natural bleaching properties to help lighten skin when used regularly over time. This enzyme also helps replenish skin by reducing puffiness under the eyes.

The Vitamin C in potatoes help smooth, brighten, and nourish the sensitive skin of the eye. It provides additional moisture that the skin needs to rejuvenate and keep the skin firm, smooth, and bright.

The Vitamin A within potatoes helps with anti-aging by renewing the cells within the skin.

Coconut oil is very effective to remove dark circles and reduce puffy eyes.

Almond oil is super amazing at hydrating the skin while also helping to reduce dark circles as well as wrinkles.

Cucumber is one of the best skin lightening agents to help remove dark circles.   Cucumber contains high amounts of Vitamin ascorbic acid and caffeic acid, which is great in minimizing puffy eye bags.

Organic Milk has enzymes, proteins, mineral and vitamins to also help reducing wrinkle, nourish skin with B-vitamins, alpha hydroxy acids, calcium and other potent antioxidants. The lactic acid will help get rid of dead cells on the skin’s surface. Lactic acid in milk will help reduce pigmentation, heal dry skin, hydrate skin, heal acne and relieve sunburn. Raw milk, rich in B-vitamins, alpha hydroxy acids, calcium and other potent antioxidants, has so many skin benefits! It will nourish skin cells and deeply moisturize skin.

Potato & Cucumber Eye Mask for Dark Circles Ingredients:

  • ¼ of a peeled and chopped potato into small chunks
  • ¼ of a peeled and chopped cucumber into small chunks
  • 3 tbsp of organic milk
  • 1 tsp almond oil
  • 1 tsp coconut oil

Potato & Cucumber Eye Mask for Dark Circles Tools:

  • Glass enclosed container for refrigerator storage
  • Blinder
  • Spatula or metal spoon

Potato & Cucumber Eye Mask for Dark Circles Instructions:

In a blender, mix in the potato, cucumber and milk until it’s a smooth puree. Add in the almond oil and coconut oil and store within the glass-enclosed container for refrigerator storage.

Utilizing the Potato & Cucumber Eye Mask for Dark Circles recipe will further benefit your skin when storing it in the refrigerator for at least an hour before using it. The coldness will help create an anti-inflammatory effect to reduce swelling of under the eyes to diminish the dark circles.

Potato & Cucumber Eye Mask for Dark Circles Recipe Application:

Be sure to properly cleanse the face and hand properly before using. Splash the skin with luke warm water and gently apply the Potato & Cucumber Eye Mask for Dark Circles Recipe mixture using your middle and ring fingers of both hands to the eye area. Be very gentle so the eye area is not pulled or tugged. Leave on the mask for 15 to 20 minutes and then gently wash the mixture off with luke warm water. Once complete, proceed with the moisturizer treatment. This is perfect for morning or evening application. Use this mask at least three times a week to maintain it’s effect to the skin or until the cause has been resolved. If you are sleep deprived, make sure to average at least eight hours of sleep. If it’s allergy related, see an allergist doctor to get a proper resolution.

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