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.
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. If you have sensitive skin make sure to perform a skin test first before using this product.
1 tablespoon of organic beeswax pastilles
1 tablespoon of organic Shea Butter
1/2 cup organic jojaba oil
1/2 teaspoon Vitamin E
8 tablespoons of aloe vera juice
5 drops of Frankincense essential oil
5 drops of Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil
First you need to create a "triple boiler." Bring a pot containing 3 cups of water to a boil; place a large heatproof bowl on top to create a double boiler. Then fill this bowl with a cup of water and place a properly sterilized 8 ounce wide mouthed jar into this water. You will be heating and blending all the ingredients in this wide mouth jar without needing to transfer the cream into another jar later, freeing you from cleaning a bowl.
Place the beeswax pastilles, Shea butter and Jojoba oil into the jar and allow the oils to heat up and melt, stirring occasionally.
Using oven mittens remove the jar with the melted oils onto a counter and allow to cool to room temperature.
Add Frankincense, Sea buckthorn Berry essential Oils and Aloe Vera juice.
Using a properly sterilized immersion blender blend the mixture for 30 seconds until you get a uniform, creamy consistency. Scrape off as much of the cream off the immersion blender blades as possible, seal tight and store in the fridge. 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 before I jump in the shower.
The whole process of making this skin cream 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.
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.
To clean up:
Use leftover boiling water to clean any tools covered in a coat of cream. Pour the hot water into a heatproof cup and allow the immersion blender to soak in it for a few minutes. The hot water will melt the oils stuck to the blades. To avoid clogging up your sink and pipes with the oils you will want to drain the leftover water somewhere in the ground, where the oils will eventually get broken down by the soil. Scrub the blender blades with hot soapy water. When you have used up all the cream you can also wash the jar in a similar manner using hot water and then use the jar again to make a new match.
This recipe is truly environmentally friendly and #zerowaste especially if you buy your oils and butters in bulk at your local refill store. I have been playing around with making this skin cream with aloe vera juice straight from a fresh leaf and will update the recipe once I discover the right ratio of oil to aloe.
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.
*To purchase food grade, reliable and tested essential oils go to DoTerra and use Wellness Advocate Account 5287537 to sign up for a wholesale account.
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.
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. And if you are interested in purchasing high quality, tested, food grade essential oils so you can incorporate them into your holistic beauty routine, please visit DoTerra and sign up for a wholesale account. I'm a proud Wellness Advocate for this company. Use ID 5287537 will allow you to sign up.
Homemade Skin Cream
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.
2 tablespoons of baking soda
3 tablespoons fractionated 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.
Homemade Skin Cream