Posts Tagged ‘Holistic’

Grow Longer, Sexier Lashes with 1 Natural Ingredient

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Ladies! Want longer, thicker lashes? Thicker eyebrows? 

If so, you can say goodbye to false lashes and those toxic store-bought lash growth serums. Instead do your self a huge favor and go pick up a bottle of organic castor oil and some Q-tips. That’s all you need!

This is the kind I use…

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Castor oil comes from a seed native to India, and has been used for centuries for medicinal remedies as well as promoting hair growth.

Before bed, apply some castor oil on a Q-tip and line your lash lines and your eyebrows. You don’t need that much, just enough to see a thin visible line of oil on your skin.  In the morning, wash it off gently.

Caution! Be sure to avoid the inner corners of your eyes, and only line the outside of your lash lines – lining the inner lash line can clog tear ducts and clogged tear ducts are not cute! So please do this slowly and carefully and wash your eyes ASAP if any gets in your eye or in the corners.

Do this 3X a week and you’ll be batting sexier lashes in less than a month. Oh heyy! Oh, and it costs under $4. See ya, Latisse!

You can also add castor oil to hair masks to help grow those locks out too! For example, 1/4 cup of warm castor oil, 2 tsp. coconut oil, and 6 rosemary drops and massage it into your hair and scalp. Leave on for 30 minutes and wash out. Do this 3X a week as well.

BONUS: castor oil scalp massages have been proven as a powerful remedy for men and women who have thinning hair/hair loss. 

Do You Need Some MSM in Your Life?

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What is MSM?
MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is a type of naturally occurring sulfur found in all living beings. It helps to soften tissues in the body while also building strong connective tissue and helps to repair collagen. According to David Wolfe, a raw and superfood guru, “This is how MSM lives up to its reputation of building collagen and maintaining healthy joints. This is also why MSM increases flexibility (good for yoga), hastens recovery time from sore muscles, and is excellent for recovery from athletic injuries.”
MSM has numerous benefits and is vital for our every day functioning and well-being. It is the 3rd most abundant mineral in the human body, and a deficiency can have serious health benefits. It aids in repairing tissues and wounds, as well as being known for building up keratin and collagen, coining it the “beauty nutrient.”
BENEFITS OF MSM
  • Makes hair grow faster, thicker, silkier and more lustrous
  • Tightens skin and can reduce wrinkles when applied externally
  • Makes nails grow faster and stronger
  • Makes your skin glow. MSM aids in collagen in keratin production, making our elastic tissues much tighter and firmer. See ya, wrinkles!
  • Relieves pain from arthritis. If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis or stiff joints, stock up on MSM – you may be deficient
  • Reduces inflammation. Dr. Stanley Jacob states that “Sulfur is found in over 150 compounds within the human body and that sulfur components are in every cell, so it is very important.”
  • Rejuvenates the liver and helps deliver nutrient rich compounds to the skin
  • Allows nutrients to permeate into tissues better
  • Has important detoxing properties. Glutathione, an important antioxidant that is  produced in our bodies cannot function correctly without sulfur present. 
Where to get MSM?
MSM is abundant in leafy greens and meat. It can also be found in capsule form at your nearest health store. You can also empty the capsules into smoothies. Externally, I break open two capsules of MSM into some coconut oil and use it as a face mask. I leave it on for 30 minutes, 3X a week and this has dramatically tightened my skin.  I highly recommend you get some MSM into your life!

11 Fantastic Uses for Coconut Oil

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Coconuts are absolutely wonderful for pretty much everything in life! They make coconut water, coconut butter, coconut milk, coconut sugar, are edible, and make fabulous bikini tops.The most versatile aspect of coconuts is the oil they produce. Coconut oil is a miracle worker with hundreds of uses from cooking to eye make-up remover. In Asia and the Pacific, they use it for food as well as medicine. Places where citizens consume a lot of coconut oil like Polynesia and Sri Lanka have significantly low rates of heart disease and cancer. Here are 11 fantastic uses for coconut oil:

BODY LOTION This oil makes a wonderful body lotion that nourishes, deeply moisturizes and hydrates your skin like no other. It also gives your skin a nice shine – great for a hitting a night on the town or feeling you’re on the cat walk. Meow! Most lotions are full of toxic chemicals, petroleum-based ingredients, fragrances and dyes that travel through your pores, enter your bloodstream and are free to roam your body. Not cute. 

DISEASE It nourishes the heart with good cholesterol and lowers bad cholesterol. Furthermore, “It also lessens heart disease as shown by studies performed on inhabitants of the Pacific Islands where their entire caloric intake included 30% to 60% from fully saturated coconut oil. These people were discovered to be free of cardiovascular disease.” *

ENERGY & WEIGHT LOSS Since it is a medium chain fatty acid, it goes straight to the liver for digestion where it is turned into energy, increasing metabolism and adding mores spring to your step!

COOKING Coconut oil is the only oil that does not turn carcinogenic when cooked at high temperatures. Most oils cooked at high temperatures become unstable as their bonds break apart and become carcinogenic. Coconut oil, on the other hand, is stable and does not break down easily at higher temperatures. Also, it gives your food a very mild nutty flavor.

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BAKING Makes a great oil substitute in baking recipes and brings out a really nice flavor. Bruce Fife wrote an excellent book, The Coconut Oil Miracle and talks all about coconut oil and gives some fabulous recipes like this one. Here’s a sneak peak of one of his recipes

 

HAIR MASK Locks look a little dull, lackluster or dry? Smother coconut oil in your hair and let it sit for at least an hour before rinsing out. Coconut oil locks in a deep moisture and repairs your hair. Even better…sleep with it in your hair and rinse in the AM. (you might want to put a towel on your pillow if you do this)

EYE MAKE-UP REMOVER Nix your OTC makeup removers ASAP! They are full of chemicals that are no bueno for you and actually break down collagen bonds in your skin. Instead, put a little bit of coconut oil on a cotton ball and gently wipe away. This works like a charm!

TURNS BACK THE AGING CLOCK When it comes to aging, its best to proactive about our skin rather than wait for signs to appear. Coconut oil to the rescue! It gives your deep moisture to prevent cracks from happening, promotes collagen production, heals wounds and scars, evens skin tone, helps treat exzema, and much more. I highly recommend applying some before bed and upon rising in the morning. A little bit goes a long way, so use sparingly. While it may be a bit greasy at first, it absorbs quickly into skin.

ANTI-EVERYTHING BAD! Coconut oil is anti-fungal, anti-microbial, and anti-viral. It has been proven to cure all kinds of diseases (in minor cases) and is great at easing flu symptoms, healing infections, killing viruses, parasites and other pathogens. It also helps relieve kidney problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, and kills candida. Take a teaspoon every morning, or add some to your AM smoothie or coffee to reap these awesome benefits.

RELIEVES DANDRUFF If you’re battling dandruff problems, it may really be a fungal infection. Before showering, massage coconut oil into your scalp and leave on for 30 minutes before washing out. Also, take a teaspoon every morning and fast for 2 hours. Keep doing this until your dandruff disappears.

GUM HEALTH Having dental issues? Nothing coconut oil cant help. Most dental issues are due to infections, and coconut oil is a miracle worker for oral health. It has been proven to  kill bacteria, infections, pathogens, gingivitis, relieve pains, and other issues.Make your own toothpaste by mixing equal parts coconut oil with baking soda, and mint or vanilla extract to add some flavor. BONUS: IT NATURALLY WHITENS YOUR TEETH!

Clearly, coconut oil is a miracle. There is not a single part of your body that it is bad for. For awesomely radiant health, consume at least 1 tsp. everyday, as well as lathering up in it. Its $10 for a jar and lasts you FOREVER! Ok, maybe not forever, but my jars last me 4-5 months. I scoop half of it out into a BPA free Tupperware container to keep in my room for external uses, while I keep the other jarred half in my kitchen for cooking.  You can find jars of coconut oil in most grocery stores, as well on Amazon. Be sure to get a kind that is organic, cold-pressed, and extra virgin. (less processed and more nutrient dense).

http://www.naturalnews.com/042184_virgin_coconut_oil_health_advantages_healthy_foods.html

A Makeover for Your Thyroid

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Our thyroid, aka the butterfly gland, is a very important gland located in our neck that releases hormones to regulate weight, metabolism, energy, hair growth, temperature, and much more. Over 25 million Americans have thyroid problems, and most don’t even know it! It’s super important to keep this gland (and the rest of our bodies) nourished, healthy, and active!

Symptoms of an overactive (hyperthyroidism) or underactive (hypothyroidism) thyroid include weight gain, inability to lose weight, fatigue after a full night of rest, lack of appetite, brain fog, poor concentration and memory, muscle and joint pain, cold hands and feet, mood swings, anxiety, depression, a puffy face, brittle hair that doesn’t grow and/or falls out easily, brittle nails, and tons more! These do not sound fun!!

What causes the thyroid to become unhealthy? Lack of iodine, lack of exercise, poor circulation (couch potatoes – GET UP!), processed foods, hormonal imbalances, some prescriptions, birth control, not enough fruits and veggies, and pretty much consuming anything that isn’t clean and whole.

Here are 5 things that’ll drastically improve your thyroid health, which overall improves your health and yes, you will see and feel a difference!

  1. Get some iodine in your diet. Your thyroid needs iodine to function optimally, so take supplements like spirulina (superfood!) and replace table salt with iodized sea salt.
  2. Limit caffeine intake. Your adrenals and thyroids work together so if one isn’t functioning properly, neither will the other.  Caffeine is terrible for your adrenals, making them release the stress hormone cortisol, which causes your body to store fat. Giving up caffeine is very hard, so try to limit yourself to one cup a day, and then slowly decrease that until you can nix it. A great coffee substitute that will save your life is Yerba Mate, a tea-like drink that tastes like a cross between coffee and tea and gives you tons of energy.
  3. Yoga! Certain poses are amazing for your thyroid, such as the rabbit pose, plow pose, one-legged forward bend, fish pose, and cat/cow pose. If you’re not sure what these are, they’re just a Google search away! Also, as you do these poses, remember to breathe in and out through your nose, take your time, and imagine those poses doing their magic on your thyoid…and body!
  4. AVOID SOY LIKE THE PLAGUE!
  5. Avoid cruciferous veggies like broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower. Research is still new, but studies are finding thyroid disruptions after consumption of these.

Even if your thyroid is healthy, you can still do these every day to improve your overall health. Namaste :)

 

 

 

HEALTHY TRAVEL TIPS!!!

 

When traveling, especially overseas, bring these awesome home remedies for optimal digestive health, energy, and prevention of pathogens.
-Pau d’arco is a natural antibiotic, candida killer and much more.
-Olive leaf is one of natures most potent antibiotics.
-Ginger is good for nausea, sea sickness, inflammation, digestive issues, and for healing cuts and sprains.
-Fiber….no need to explain this one
-Aloe is great for healing external infections, sunburns, and is also a miracle for any travelers “digestive issues” and everything related to that matter
-cayenne is very alkalizing, cleansing, is great for after plane rides when circulation can use a boost, and parasites HATE cayenne! If you’re going overseas make sure you’ve got some in your luggage!
-green powders are great of course if you can’t find a juice joint or are steering clear of international raw-prepared meals.
-pro-biotics help maintain good bacteria in your stomach, keep candida at bay, keep things moving and are good for easing stomach issues and pains.

Yay to healthy travels!

PAPAYA FACE MASKS

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Papaya is amazing for your skin. It helps combat aging, buffs out wrinkles, reduces acne and blackheads, evens skin tone, brightens up lackluster skin, rehydrates skin, and much more. Here are 2 different ways to use it that will make you glow!

Mix: mashed up papaya and sugar, and apply to skin using a circular motion as you lather it on. Continue rubbing in clockwise/counter-clockwise motion for 2 minutes, then wash off. This will help slough off dead skin cells and make our skin soft and glowing!

Mix: mashed papaya, a tablespoon of oatmeal, a teaspoon of honey, and a dash of cinnamon and apply to skin. Leave on for ten minutes, wash off and say hello to polished, hydrated, glowing skin!

Health and Beauty Secrets from My Travels: Part 1

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While in Southeast Asia this summer, I was exposed to some out-of-this-world delicious food. Not only was it delicious, it was also mostly healthy, colorful (i.e. lots of veggies and fruit!!!), had no preservatives, and was so fresh and freshly made to order. The asian culture all have very beautiful hair, lean bodies, clear skin, youthful appearances, and lower rates of cancer. We pay big bucks over here to achieve these things, so I of course had to observe their daily practices and consumption to get their secrets and I would love to share some things that I picked up while there.

Reasonable portion sizes. All of the meals were served in perfect portion sizes and always leave you satisfied, but never full. In other words, no digestive burden or overload. They probably have no clue what a food baby feels like! And remember, the less time our body spends on digestion, the more time it has to repair our skin, hair, nails, adhesions, ailments, etc. which makes us healthier, more alert, and glowing. 

They like to spice it up! So so much spicy food, my taste buds were doing gymnastics. Most of the soups had a dash of spicy, while the other meals had slices of Thai Peppers on the side for you to add to your liking. Thai peppers are really small, but boy are they HOT! Spicy food revs up metabolism BIG TIME, kills parasites, increases circulation and alkalizes your body so pathogens have a hard time living – a MUST for traveling to foreign countries!

Green papaya salad. A very common Thai dish, green papaya is a fruit that grows in Thailand and is served usually in strips that resembles pasta and has the consistency of a cucumber but much crunchier. It pretty much tastes like heaven and is amazing for you. It is loaded with enzymes that help aid in digestion, is good for colon health, combats parasites and bacteria, is excellent for heart health and dissolves plaque from arteries, and is an excellent source of potassium and magnesium, as well as Vitamins A, C, E, and B. Its a miracle. Unfortunately its hard to find in the states, but you can buy Green Papaya Powder online. :)  

Papaya on your face. This time Im talking about the orange papaya. Mash some up and use a face mask. Also a great excuse for a food fight. It has loads of vitamin A and is great for preventing aging and promoting collagen production, evens skin tone, prevents pimples and blackheads, and can erase age spots and stubborn blemishes. Its also very healing and can be applied to cuts, sores, dry skin, cracked heels, calluses, etc. 

I hope you like these tips, I will share more later! And remember, natures way is the way to go!