Monday, March 30, 2015

Make Your Own Healthy Facial Mask

Years ago, I remember using the type of face masks that stuck like glue to your skin and dried to a crisp and required plenty of time just to remove it.

I actually miss those masks. It was one of those mother-daughter moments and I thoroughly enjoyed them. Unfortunately, the ones available for purchase today are full of toxins and chemicals that we should not be using.

Now that we know better, more of us are opting to use all natural ingredients to protect our skin.

I found a great recipe using turmeric over at ElephantJournal.com.

This is great because I have plenty of turmeric for my morning cup of healthy tea.


Here's how to make your own healthy facial mask that's great for all types of skin. Notice the different recommendations with the flour based on your skin type.

The Mask.

Turmeric is the star ingredient of this facial but yogurt and honey are also healing agents.

Yogurt is nutrient-rich and moisturizers while honey has natural anti-bacterial properties and brings balance to oily skin. The flour helps to reduce staining. You can adjust the ingredients according to your skin type.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp flour (rice flour for pimple-prone and oily skin, or almond or oatmeal flour for normal and dry skin)
  • 1 Tbs plain organic yogurt for pimple-prone, dry and normal skin, or 2-3 tsp honey for oily skin

Mix everything together, adding only enough yogurt or honey so that the mask is a thick consistency.

Slather the mask over your face and neck. Avoid your eyebrows and hair as turmeric is a natural hair remover!

Remove the mask with water just before it starts to dry; about 10-15 minutes.

They have plenty of tips in addition to this recipe, so be sure to check it out:

Turmeric Skin Care Recipe

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Natural Bug Repellents

Thank you Ally at The Gerston Institute!

She has written an excellent article especially for me!

Okay, not really, but especially for people LIKE me who are driven nearly bonkers fighting the pesky insects in South Carolina in the summertime.

Fleas, mosquitoes, gnats, bees, roaches, and the list goes on and on. I know we need our precious bees, but I don't want them hanging around my door and entering my home with me because frankly, I'd have to leave and let them have the place.

On the other hand, I do not like using poisonous, toxic substances.

I am always ready and willing to work with natural remedies.

6 Herbs That Naturally Repel Mosquitoes and Fleas

This is a great resource for natural methods of repelling mosquitoes, fleas and other bugs and pesky critters.

Did you know that Catnip repels cockroaches?

The others include:

  • Lemon Balm
  • Citronella
  • Lavender
  • Marigolds
  • Peppermint


PS: If you're looking for some inspiration on what to do with some of these plants, specifically the marigolds, head over to Yellow Flowers and Some Bargain Pots.

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