HEALTH & BEAUTY
"It's the Simple Things in Life"
Did you know that 60% of what you put on your skin gets absorbed into your blood steam? I learned this fact recently from a Beauty Counter consultant who works with the company to ensure everyone has access to information on safe and effective beauty products.
There are many harmful chemicals added to beauty and hygiene products sold in the U.S. today. Thousands of these chemicals are banned in Europe, but because the U.S. laws are so lax they are still widely used. Companies like The Beauty Counter work hard to provide us with safe beauty products as well as influence the laws and policies on the government level so we, the consumers, are protected.
In the mean time it’s up to us to educate ourselves and source the most natural products that don’t cause us harm.
And cause harm they can. Our skin is the largest organ in our body and is in charge of many important functions. We need to treat it with great love and care by only using products that are safe and natural.
Over tea with my friend Tess this week this I learnt that 1 in 5 people will develop cancer from the personal hygiene products they use. Tess Masters, also known as The Blender Girl, is a world famous blogger and vegan chef extraordinaire. Her beauty routine involves vegan products made with the most natural of ingredients. She has made a career of nurturing the world with the most nutritious immune boosting recipes, but passionately expressed when I met with her that what we put on our skin is almost more important than what we eat.
I have previously featured Homemade Toothpaste and Homemade Mouthwash on my blog and today I follow them up with my Home Made Body Cream.
The ingredients that go into making this cream are made by nature with love and combine to create a nourishing and luxurious product that is fantastic for your skin. While jojoba oil creates a natural protective layer against the dirt we are surrounded by in our environment and is very hydrating without being greasy, both the Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil and Frankincense Oil reverse the sign of aging by regenerating skin cells, and the Aloe Vera soothes the skin.
Finally, you would never think that this kitchen staple is great for the skin, but the most beautiful women in the world, Cleopatra and Sophia Loren, are fans of the good old olive oil.
I have been making this cream for a few months now after originally finding this recipe on Wellnessmanna.com and adapting it to fit my needs.
1 tablespoon of organic beeswax pastilles
1 tablespoon of organic Shea Butter
1/4 cup organic raw cold pressed olive oil
1/4 cup organic jojaba oil
1/2 teaspoon Vitamin E
3/4 cups aloe vera gel
5 drops of Frankincense essential oil
5 drops of Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil
Bring a pot containing about 2 inches of water to a boil; place a stainless steel or heatproof glass bowl on top to create a double boiler.
Into that bowl add the beeswax pastilles, Shea butter, olive oil, vitamin E and Jojoba oil. Allow the oils to heat up and melt, stirring occasionally. Transfer the melted oil into a glass blender or if using an immersion blender, into a wide mouthed tall jar, and allow to cool down to room temperature. Add Frankincense and Sea buckthorn Berry essential Oils and Aloe Vera. Blend for 30 seconds until you get a uniform creamy mixture. If you are using a glass blender at this point you might hear the blades spinning without actually blending the cream. Turn the blender off, scrape down any oils that haven't incorporated yet, shake the blender to move the mixture back down towards the blades and return to blend on high. Repeat as many times as necessary to get a smooth, even, creamy texture. With the immersion blender this step won't be necessary. Just continue moving the immersion blender around and blend the oils with the aloe vera until you get a nice creamy consistency. The whole process will take you no more than 10 minutes and you will have yourself a safe an effective cream that will give the store bought variety a run for it's money.
If using a blender transfer the cream to a pretty jar and keep in the fridge. With an immersion blender all you have to do is unplug it and scrape as much cream off the blades into the jar as possible and then seal it with a lid. I like to keep my cream cool to ensure freshness, as there are no preservatives to keep it from going off. The cool cream feels really nice on the skin so I don’t mind this extra step of going to the fridge to get it.
You can lather this luxurious cream on your body after stepping right out of a hot shower. When it comes to kids, you can make a batch for them with soothing lavender essential oil, instead of Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil, and massage them with this cream after they come out of the bath.
The hardest part about making this cream in the blender is the clean up afterwards. But I have come up with a fast and easy way to do this. After scraping all the cream out, fill the blender up with boiling water (left over from when you melted the oils on the stove). Allow the hot water to melt the oils stuck to the sides of the blender. Drain contents somewhere outside into dirt, where the oils will eventually get broken down by the soil, and scrub the blender with hot soapy water. You don't want to let the oils go down your kitchen drain as they will clog up your pipes over time.
If you are interested in learning more about the various benefits of oils and explore other uses for them give this article from Natural Living Ideas blog a read.
If you have very sensitive skin make sure to perform a skin first before using this product.
According to Nadine Artemis, author of “Holistic Dental Care”, store bought mouthwash is full of harsh ingredients that dry out our mouth. What our mouth actually needs is PH balanced saliva to keep our teeth healthy. Enter this mint and myrrh oil infused sea salt mouthwash! It will clean and refresh your mouth, and stimulate production of saliva, which will help protect your teeth. Perfect!
8 cups of spring water
4 teaspoon of sea salt
40 drops of mint and myrrh essential oil
Bring 8 cups of spring water to a bare boil, (don’t let it get to a rolling boil, as it will destroy the nutrients in the spring water). Turn off the heat, add the sea salt and whisk to dissolve. Allow the salted water to cool and then transfer it into a few small pretty bottles using a funnel, filling the bottles ¾ way up. Add 8 to 10 drops of the essential oil into each bottle, put the cap on and shake well to ensure the essential oil is well mixed in. Top the rest of the bottle up with sea salt-water mixture. Keep one bottle at a time by your bathroom sink and the rest in the fridge. Shake the bottle each time before use. Pour a little bit of mouthwash into a small cup and swish it around the mouth vigorously allowing the beneficial mixture to get in between all your teeth.
To floss I highly recommend Dr. Tung’s Floss. It’s seriously the best tooth floss on the market simply because of the way it’s designed. It does a great job of removing all the food stuck between the teeth.
If you want to know more about the benefits of essential oils read this great article by Cathey Painter at Ageless Beauty Report blog. The oil facts she presents are enlightening.
This homemade toothpaste recipe came about after I combed through Nadine Artemis ”Holistic Dental Care” book. The basic principal I learned from Nadine’s book is that teeth are alive and we should eat wholesome food to help them grow. The nutrients we put into our body enter the tooth enamel via the roots and strengthen them. Secondly the membrane inside of our mouth is paper thin and anything we put in our mouth enters our blood stream immediately, be it beneficial or toxic. That’s why I choose to make my own toothpaste. It’s infused with super beneficial essential oils, coconut oil and good old baking soda that truly does a great job at whitening the teeth. I love how refreshing my mouth feels after brushing my teeth with this toothpaste.
5 tablespoons of baking soda
7 tablespoons coconut oil
10 drops of Mint & Myrrh Tooth Serum*
Place the baking soda into a medium sized bowl. Mix in the essential and coconut oils. Transfer the mixture to a pretty container. Use a little spoon to scoop about a ¼ teaspoon amount worth of toothpaste out and place on the bristles of your dry tooth brush.
* I like to get a special blend of essential oils from Living Libations. On this site you will find helpful videos on how to take care of your teeth.