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Beauty Basics – Edible Beauty Treatments March 14, 2008

Money doesn’t grow on trees but some of the most effective beauty treatments sure do.  Many of the items we put in and especially on our bodies strip us of much needed vitamins and nutrients.  An ideal beauty treatment will make you look and feel better, but we usually find ourselves compromising beauty for toxins and unwanted additives.  No more!  With a blender and a little trip down to your local farmer’s market, you can whip up your own beauty treatments in no time.  And, if you end up mixing more than you need, just eat what’s left over… it’s good for your insides too!

Hair  

 
Apricot & Honey Intense Hair Conditioner
 
This treatment works well on coarse, thick hair, it will smooth out the frizzies and strengthen the brittle.  Use once a week especially during the colder months.Ingredients 
  •  1 small apricot
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp apricot oil or nectar
Directions
 
  • Remove pit from apricot
  • Blend ingredients until smooth
  • Apply mixture to freshly washed hair
  • Cover hair with plastic cap
  • Leave on for 30 minutes
  • Rinse with cool water and style as usual
 Coconut Protein Hair Treatment
 
Think of this one as a smoothie for your hair.  This treatment will revive the most damaged hair and resuscitate your locks with a vengeance. 
 
Ingredients
 
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
Directions
 
  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl until well blended
  • Apply to wet hair prior to shampooing
  • Allow to set for 30 minutes
  • Rinse well with warm water
  • Shampoo as usual
  • Towel drying is preferable with damaged hair
 Lemon Hydrating Shampoo
 
This treatment is great for the hair and scalp.  Use twice a week for shinier, healthier hair.
 
Ingredients
 
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp mayonnaise 
Directions
 
  • Blend all ingredients until smooth
  • Add 2 Tbsp of shampoo to mixture
  • Blend well
  • Wet hair and use mixture to shampoo
  • Rinse with warm water
  • This mixture can be refrigerated in airtight storage for up to a week
Skin
 
I wouldn’t recommend ingesting some of the treatments below, but they have proven to be quite effective externally.
 
Oily Skin
 
Buttermilk & Fennel Cleansing Milk 
 
Ingredients
 
  • 1/2 cup of buttermilk
  • 2 Tbsp crushed fennel seeds
Directions
 
  • Heat milk & fennel seeds until boiling (30 minutes)
  • Turn off heat & let steep for 2 hours
  • Strain, cool & pour into bottle
  • Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks
Cornmeal Cleanser
 
Ingredients
 
  • Castile soap
  • 1 Tbsp cornmeal
Directions
 
  • Wet face
  • Pour a 1/2 tsp of Castile soap in the palm of your hand
  • Add cornmeal
  • Mix meal & soap into a lather
  • Wash face being careful around delicate areas (eyes)
Dry Skin
 
Chamomile Cleansing Milk
 
Ingredients
 
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp chamomile flowers, dried or fresh
Directions
 
  • Simmer ingredients in pot for 30 minutes (make sure milk doesn’t boil)
  •  Turn off heat and let sit for 2 hours
  • Refrigerate
  • Apply with cotton balls
Honey Cleanser
 
Ingredients
 
  • Castile soap
  • Tsp honey 
Directions
 
  • Wet face
  • Pour a 1/2 tsp of Castile soap in the palm of your hand
  • Add honey
  • Mix honey & soap into a lather
  • Wash face

If you have the time, you should try to make a spa day of it.  These treatments are not only good for your beauty regimen, they’re fun to concoct.  Invite a friend, or two, or seven and bask in all that nature has provided us.  And the best part is, it’ll cost you a fraction of the price of anything else you’ve ever tried.

 

 

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The Happier Life Chronicles – De-tox, De-Clutter, De-Stress March 13, 2008

You probably haven’t realized it, but when you’re full of crap (i.e. toxins, waste, bacteria), your brain doesn’t function very well.  You also probably haven’t noticed that when your space (i.e. bedroom, garage, office) is cluttered you feel a little more on edge and less focused.  The contents of our guts and items within eye-shot significantly affect our mental prowess.  Which is why you need to purge on the regular.  You could practice stellar dietary habits and maintain an office of precision and organization, but at least twice a year, you’ll need to rid yourself of the excess.
 
We’ve heard of all kinds of detoxification  programs and there are more than enough “How To Clear The Clutter From Your Life” articles to mention.  However, when you incorporate both of these, you’ll find a mental clarity that is unsurpassed.  Thousands upon thousands have experienced emotional and physical breakthroughs by de-toxing and de-cluttering their lives.  I’ve assembled a short-list to assist you in de-toxing, de-cluttering and de-stressing your life.
 
Detoxification
 
There are seven channels in the body from which we eliminate: the liver, colon, kidneys, lungs, skin, blood, & lymphatic system.  To purge your body by cleansing or detoxifying we can choose several means:

  1.  Flush – Colon hydrotherapy is the therapeutic application of water to the colon.  This therapy helps to tone the bowel and assists in resuming normal elimination function.  When the bowel is functioning normally, constipation and other abnormalities of the colon can be eradicated.
  2. Dietary changes – The following items are no friend of yours: refined sugar, refined flour, caffeine, alcohol, artificial colors, refined oils, preservatives, and that hamburger you ate yesterday.  When we eliminate these toxins from our diets, and replace them with nutrients and vitamins, our intestinal health will begin to soar. 
  3. Herbal Cleanse – Herbal cleansing is probably most well-known of all types of detoxification methods.  There are various detoxifying herbs, that when combined, provide the desired effect.  Some herbs provide a mild to medium cleansing mode while others generate a more intense cleansing.  Before initiating an herbal cleanse, consult with a Master Herbalist or other holistic healthcare professional.
  4. Sweat it out – You can maximize your cleansing regimen by frequenting the sauna.  The skin is the largest organ in the body, therefore, it has the capacity to release an enormous amount of toxins through sweat.
  5. Exercise – Physical activity is beneficial in excreting toxins from the lymph.  When you breathe deeply, toxins are removed from the cells and enhances immunity.
De-Clutter
 
I was inspired by an article I read in Zen Habits about becoming an un-clutterer.  An un-clutterer is a person who has systems in place to organize things he/she owns.  There is a place for everything and everything is in its place.  Imagine that!  That little “doo-hicky” that goes on the “thing-a-ma-jig”, has its own special place.  Here are a few tips to purging your space by de-cluttering: 
 
  1. Put a process in place for papers that come into your house or office – If you open mail at your desk, make sure you have a trash can, recycling bin, file cabinet, shredder, sticky notes, pens and pencils within arms reach.  If your “storage” system is walking distance from your desk, guess where those papers will remain.  ON YOUR DESK!
  2. Put a process in place for meals in your home – If you’re the “designated” chef, you’re going to truly benefit from this little tip.  If you’re the “designated” trash-compacter, well you can help take notes.  Create a meal plan.  This saves time, $$, and stress.  Plan ahead (preferably Saturday or Sunday) what will be eaten in your house for the next seven days.  Organize the meals with their assigned days and coordinate any prep time involved.  List the grocery items needed, accounting for snacks and fresh produce life span.
  3. Put a process in place for laundry – If you own more clothes than you can wash at one time, you’ll probably have some instances of clutter.  You will either have to get rid of the excess clothes or implement a more practical laundry routine.  You can purchase clothes that are easily laundered – having to iron or delicately wash clothes is more time consuming and honestly, it’s a drag. You can even try getting your kids in the mix, if they’re old enough to ask for money they’re old enough to do laundry.  You may also try placing a table in your laundry room so you can fold the clothes immediately after drying.
  4. Put a process in place for the cords & cables for your electronic equipment – If you’re a techie, you certainly can appreciate this little tidbit.  How many times must you go through that box of cords and cords, and cords and cables, looking for that one that goes with the monitor?  You spend more time looking for it than you do using it.  Just take a 1/2 day and label those things.  
De-Stress
 
In one of my recent postsThe Happier Life Chronicles – 10 Ways To Reduce Stress, I discuss several ways to reduce stress in your life.  Here’s a short list of what I wrote:
 
  1. Identify the stress culprits – Consider all the things that cause you stress in your life.  Make a long list of just about every darn thing that causes you stress, then make the  short list of those that are most offensive.
  2. Exercise – Physical exercise is always beneficial whether it is to lose weight or to reduce stress, or both.
  3. Don’t procrastinate – Allowing responsibilities to languish until the last possible minute increases stress.  Simply do what needs to be done when it needs to be done and be done with it!
De-toxing, de-cluttering, and de-stressing your life will mean employing significant changes.  You may need to minimalize your life, by perhaps purchasing fewer nick-knacks.  You may want to de-commit on some commitments that just sap your energy and positive attitude.  You may want to clean out your fridge and start purchasing food items that contribute to your health instead of subtract from it.  Whatever the change you make, if any at all, make sure that you are removing toxic, intrusive, negative attitudes as well as toxic, intrusive, negative items.