HelloNatural.co http://hellonatural.co Natural Beauty, Healthy Recipes + Green Cleaning Sat, 31 Jan 2015 12:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 DIY Tomato Acne Scrub + 2 More At-Home Acne Remedies http://hellonatural.co/3-easy-all-natural-diy-acne-remedies/ http://hellonatural.co/3-easy-all-natural-diy-acne-remedies/#respond Sat, 31 Jan 2015 12:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=44167 Acne isn’t always an affliction that disappears as we leave our teenage years behind. Unfortunately, adult acne is very prevalent today, and I see clients who have enjoyed clear skin all their lives, only to recently develop acne. The solution to acne doesn’t have to be expensive products or strong prescriptions. Consistent, thorough treatment at home is often enough to kick acne to the curb. Give a few of these simple, easy to make at-home acne treatments a whirl the next time you are battling acne.

3 Homemade Acne RemediesAcne Tomato Sugar Scrub

Tomatoes are very rich in Vitamins A, C, and K, all of which you can find in a slew of facial products today. These vitamins contribute to healthy skin, and the acidity works wonders to reduce clogged pores and acne. Lycopene also works against free radicals such as pollutants that can damage our healthy skin cells.

  • 1 tomato halved
  • ½ teaspoon fine granulated sugar

This scrub can be done once or twice a week, which is plenty for a good physical exfoliation. Using half a tomato, sprinkle the fine granulated sugar on exposed part of the tomato. With slow circular motions, gently rub the tomato onto your cheeks, chin, forehead and nose area. Just one or two passes on each area, and remember light pressure! After a few minutes rinse the scrub off with warm water and follow with a moisturizer.

Tea Tree Spot Treatment

Tips to Fight Summer Breakouts + a DIY Zit TreatmentTea tree oil is one of the most powerful ingredients to fight acne. Its properties are both antibacterial and antiseptic. This easy to make spot treatment is great to leave on overnight.

Toner for Acne Prone Skin

2-Ingredient DIY Toners for Every Skin Type | HelloNatural.coAcne is often visible because of the inflammation in the pores. The raised, red, swollen appearance can be reduced with the right toner. This easy, two ingredient toner with apple cider vinegar and green tea is anti-inflammatory and will help reduce that redness.

Examine Your Eating Habits

In addition to these DIY acne remedies, another way to reduce inflammation in acne is to examine your eating habits. Are there any foods that are contributing to inflammation in your body? I usually recommend reducing dairy and red meat consumption and evaluating after a few weeks to check for improvement.

Increasing your water intake is also a very easy and inexpensive way we can all improve your skin. I know water can get boring, so change it up a little! Infusing water can motivate you to drink those ounces and help flush out toxins from your skin.

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Antioxidant-Rich Vegan Chocolate Shake with Raw Cacao http://hellonatural.co/antioxidant-rich-vegan-chocolate-shake-with-raw-cacao/ http://hellonatural.co/antioxidant-rich-vegan-chocolate-shake-with-raw-cacao/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:00:40 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=41750 Have you heard? Chocolate is healthy! (Well, some kinds of chocolate, and in moderation of course). Raw cacao powder—like in these Chocolate Chia Protein Balls and our Healthy Chocolate Smoothie recipe—is a great way to get all the antioxidant-rich, detox-friendly, heart-healthy benefits of chocolate without added dairy, sugar or preservatives.

Vegan Chocolate ShakeThis healthy, vegan chocolate shake uses raw cacao (you can also use dark cocoa) to create that satisfying chocolate flavor. Dates and bananas help sweeten the drink, and coconut milk makes it creamy but non-dairy. Perfect for a quick chocolaty treat, or a good-for-you vegan dessert.

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Photos by Ana Stanciu

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Antioxidant-Rich Vegan Chocolate Shake with Raw Cacao
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Recipe type: Drinks
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Serves: 2
 
A heart-healthy, vegan chocolate shake sweetened with dates and bananas.
Ingredients
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 3 to 4 pitted dates
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder (or dark cocoa)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ banana
Instructions
  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender in the order listed. Blend until smooth. Garnish with more cacao or cocoa if desired.

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15 Ways to Extend Your Hair Color, Cuts + Washes http://hellonatural.co/15-ways-to-extend-your-hair-color-cuts-washes/ http://hellonatural.co/15-ways-to-extend-your-hair-color-cuts-washes/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:00:16 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=43019 For the new year, you may have decided to treat yourself with a visit to the salon. 2015 you is going to look fantastic! The new color you always wanted, that bold hairstyle you finally gathered the courage for. But honestly, a good salon can be an investment, so how do you protect it? How do you make your new look and feel good for longer? These 15 tips on how to make cuts, color and washes last longer will be of help.

15 Ways to Extend Hair Color, Cuts and Washes1. Extend your hair color by using shampoos and conditioners that were created especially for dyed hair.

2. Reduce the temperature of the water you’re using to wash your hair, in order to allow the hair follicle to shine. It won’t get as dry or break as quickly, plus the color will last longer.

3. Clean your hair brushes and combs regularly, to help maintain your hair clean for a longer period of time.

How to Spring Clean Your Makeup Drawer + 2 DIY Brush Cleaners | Hello Natural4. Install a water filter in your shower, to limit the chlorine and mineral that reach your hair. In time, this will prevent your color from fading as easily.

5. Go shampoo-free to allow your hair to produce its natural oils.

6. Make your salon haircut last longer by asking for something natural, that grows out nicely. Think long layers rather than a short, geometrical bob.

7. Avoid washing your hair every day, because your hair needs natural oils for coat and nourish. Instead, use a natural dry shampoo every other day.

8. Use a SPF hair spray to protect your hair against UV rays, which will also result in your color lasting longer.

9. Don’t use hot tools on your hair more than a few times a week! Try a heat-protecting spray when you do, to keep color and texture intact.

10. To make your haircut last longer, try using less product in your styling (this includes conditioner). It can be hard on your hair, weighing it down and causing it to lose shape.

11. Opt for satin or silk pillowcases, which create less friction than cotton, resulting in a better hair day when you wake up.

DIY Natural Highlights for Blonde, Brunette and Red Hair | HelloNatural.co12. Give your color a boost with kitchen ingredients: cocoa powder for brown hair, lemon + chamomile for blond hair or kool aid against dreaded orange. You can also try black tea if you’re a brunette and roiboos if you’re a redhead (instructions here).

13. Don’t give in to split ends! Medium and short hairstyles need a trim every 4-6 weeks, while longer hair needs one every 8 weeks.

14. Prevent gray hairs by using a mask made with 1/2 cup coconut oil and 20 curry leaves. Warm it for a few minutes, then allow to cool before applying to the hair twice a week.

15. Excessive touching of your own hair leads to faster oily hair and lost elasticity. Keep them off to keep your haircut longer!

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How to Pack a Week’s Worth of Make-Ahead Salads (+ 5 Recipes to Get You Started!) http://hellonatural.co/pack-weeks-worth-make-ahead-salads-5-recipes-get-started/ http://hellonatural.co/pack-weeks-worth-make-ahead-salads-5-recipes-get-started/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=43032 Salad is often my go-to lunch. I’ve mastered the art of packing salads ahead of time because who has time to chop veggies in the morning? Not me. Here are some tips I’ve learned along the way to keep lunch salads tasting fresh all week long. Simply prep the greens, veggies, protein and dressing ahead of time, then toss in any-last minute ingredients on your way out the door in the morning.

How To Pack a Week of Salads + 5 Make-Ahead SaladsHow to Prep Your Make-Ahead Salads

1. Gather Your Containers

How To Pack Salads For The WeekWhen it comes to packing the salads, my favorite way is to layer the ingredients in a quart-size canning jar. The other way is to use a resealable container. (If you use a plastic one, choose one that is BPA-free.) These are nice because it’s a little easier to eat the salad. The jar keeps the ingredients separate and I think they stay fresher. But, it’s a personal preference.

2. Start with Chopped Veggies

How To Pack Salads For The Week-3The best way to layer the salads is to start with the chopped veggies on the bottom and end with the leafy greens on top. This will help keep the greens from wilting. Hard veggies like carrots, celery, cucumber, and bell peppers will last all week long. Softer veggies and most fruits, especially berries and avocado, won’t last quite so long. They are better prepared the night before or morning of.

Chop the veggies all at once when you’re prepping. Another time-saver is to buy pre-cut veggies. I love buying bags of inexpensive shredded carrots. Sunday afternoon or evening is a great time to tackle this task.  Add some more panache to your lunch by roasting a pan of veggies ahead of time and using them in salads all week long. Anything that comes in a jar, like artichoke hearts and olives, can be chopped ahead of time, but shouldn’t be added until the day you’re going to eat the salad.

3. Choose Your Greens

How To Pack Salads For The Week-2I like to buy pre-washed greens, either a spring mix or baby spinach, because it saves time washing and drying the greens. But it’s also less expensive to buy a head of lettuce, and romaine is one variety that will stay nice and crisp all week long. Do what works best for you. (I also have a penchant for raw kale salads, which also seem to last well.) I like to chop the lettuce, then give it a quick rinse, then spin it dry.

4. Pick Your Protein

How To Pack Salads For The Week-8To make salads more hearty and filling, add protein. This could be canned beans, tofu, nuts, cheese, ham, chicken, etc. It’s easy to prep them ahead of time by cooking a large batch of chicken and slicing it up, or using the slow cooker for pulled pork. Canned beans come in handy, too. Nuts can all be chopped at once, cheese can be shredded, etc. Beans are usually fine to be added to the salad when they are being assembled, but store other proteins separately from the greens and veggies and add the night before or morning of also.

5. DIY Your Dressing

How To Pack Salads For The Week-9Dressing can also be made in advance. I make a very basic vinaigrette recipe that can be easily altered by adding fresh herbs, or a spoonful of jam to make different flavors to match your salad. Be sure to store the dressing separately. Small jars and containers come in handy for transporting the dressing and keeping it separate.

6. Day-of Add-ins

How To Pack Salads For The Week-11On the day you’re going to eat the salad, quickly add the protein you’ve made ahead of time (chicken, meat, tofu, tempeh, etc) on top along with any toppings like sprouts, cheese, chopped nuts, seeds, olives, croutons or dried fruit, and any of the more perishable toppings like chopped tomatoes, berries, and avocado. You can prep all these ahead of time, store separately, then toss in your container in the morning—or even the night before if it’s something that won’t get soggy.

With a little bit of prep time you’ll be enjoying yummy, healthy salads all week long!

5 Make-Ahead Salad Ideas to Get You Started

Need some inspiration? Try these make-ahead combos for your first salad-filled week.

5 Make-Ahead Salad Ideas

 

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10 Easy, Vegetarian Ways to Add Protein to Every Meal http://hellonatural.co/10-easy-vegetarian-ways-add-protein-every-meal/ http://hellonatural.co/10-easy-vegetarian-ways-add-protein-every-meal/#respond Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=43588 Most people tend to think of meat as the main source of protein, but there are plenty of vegan and vegetarian protein sources that can be added to any meal. Animal sources (including dairy) are advantageous in that they are “complete” proteins (meaning they provide all the essential amino acids), but as Greatist notes in this awesome article, some vegetarian protein sources are complete proteins, or can be combined to make one. Even if some are incomplete, it’s important for adult women to get about 46 grams (or 5 to 6 ounces) of protein per day, which can be hard to do if you’re not eating meat—or just don’t want to be eating it all the time. Since our bodies don’t store protein (which helps make hormones, rebuild tissue, and maintain healthy hair and nails) it’s important to make sure we get enough daily. Here are some easy, vegetarian ways to do it.

10 Vegetarian Ways to Add Protein 1. Peas

A cup of green peas provides 8 grams, and pea shoots contain about half that. (There are even pea-based protein mixes and bars out there like LARABAR Alt, which uses pea protein rather than milk, soy or whey.) Add peas to your salad, stir-fry or casserole. Pea shoots can be added to sandwiches, wraps, salads and stir-fries.

Try: Sweet Pea Hummus | Sriracha Snap Peas with Red Pepper

2. Greek Yogurt

dairy-free-yogurtYou know it, you love it. It’s not just for breakfast parfaits, though. Replace sour cream with Greek yogurt on tacos, enchiladas and nachos, or use it to make creamy sauces and curries. One small container provides about 15 grams of protein.

Try: Coconut Cranberry Greek Yogurt Parfaits | Ginger Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Tzatziki Sauce | Cheesy, Garlicky Roasted Cauliflower Dip

3. Nuts and Nut Butter

Just an ounce of almonds contains 6 grams of protein, and a serving of almond butter includes about the same. Peanuts and peanut butter are slightly higher. We love nut butters in smoothies, sauces or just on an apple. Add almonds, walnuts or cashews to salads for extra crunch!

Try: Homemade Almond Butter + No-Bake Almond-Blueberry Bars | Gingerbread Smoothie with Cashew Milk | Sweet + Spicy Peanut Noodles

4. Quinoa

Pumpkin Quinoa Risotta | HelloNatural.co

This trendy ingredient is truly amazing, with 24 grams of protein per cup, and is a gluten-free stand-in for grains. Use it instead of rice in sushi, stir-fries and curries, or add to soups, stews and casseroles.

Try: Creamy Pumpkin Quinoa Risotto | Gluten-Free Quinoa Granola with Cranberries and Pistachios | Quinoa Pizza Crust

5. Beans

Dried beans seem daunting, but simply soak them over night, drain and toss in the slow cooker for about 5-6 hours with some water and seasonings. Then portion out, cool and freeze. Voila: you can add anywhere from about 8 to 20 grams (per 1/2-cup serving) to anything from soup to dips to salads.

Try: Chickpea + White Bean Chili | Caramelized Onion + Parnsip Soup with Chickpeas | Butternut Squash Burritos with Black Beans and Kale

6. Hummus

Protein Packed Kale, Avocado + Hummus Wrap | HelloNatural.co

This is technically under the “beans” category, but hummus is so underrated it deserves its own section! Don’t just relegate this puree to dip duty; it has about 5 grams of protein per 1/4 cup that can be used on sandwiches or wraps, in meal bowls, or even to make vinaigrette.

Try: Hummus Salad Dressing | Kale, Avocado + Hummus Wrap

7. Tofu

Half a cup of tofu provides about 10 grams; add silken varieties to smoothies, or firm (cubed, marinated and baked) to sandwiches, salads or wraps.

Try: Sweet Potato + Tofu Enchiladas | Tofu Vindaloo | Smoked Cheddar Mac + Cheese with BBQ Tofu

8. Eggs

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It would be hard to find an easier way to add 6 grams of protein to breakfast, lunch or dinner. Eggs for breakfast is a no-brainer, and eggs (poached, boiled, scrambled, etc.) can easily be added to salads, sandwiches, burritos, tacos, veggies…basically anything! Just watch your cholesterol and saturated fat intake if you’re going the egg route.

Try: Breakfast Burritos | Simple Kale Frittata

9. Cottage Cheese

Dish up a small bowl with dinner or lunch, or eat one with some berries for breakfast or a snack. You can even use it to sub for ricotta in lasagna, or in smoothies and meal bowls! Just 4 ounces contains 13 grams of protein!

10. Pumpkin Seeds

 

Power Pumpkin Seed Smoothie | 3 Healthy Fall Smoothies | HelloNatural.coSnack on them, and/or throw ‘em on (and in) everything. Smoothies, salads, stir-fries, meal bowls, cereal, granola, etc. Sweet and savory recipes alike will get a (5 gram) protein boost from just an ounce of seeds. Make sure to buy them raw to avoid extra salt, or roast your own!

Try: Glowing Skin Salad with Detox Dressing | Grain-Free, Gluten-Free Muesli | Power Pumpkin Seed Smoothie

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How to Lighten Underarms + Get Rid of Arm Bumps the Natural Way http://hellonatural.co/how-to-lighten-underarms/ http://hellonatural.co/how-to-lighten-underarms/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=43558 One of my biggest fears about summer is going sleeveless. Because let’s face it, underarms are kind of ugly. And if you have the red upper arm bumps (technically called keratosis pilaris) it’s even worse. So while you’re whipping your biceps into Michelle Obama-shape, here’s a simple at home treatment to make your pits more presentable.

Lemon and peroxide are effective natural bleach agents – they work on your clothes and your underarms!

How to Lighten Underarms with a Homemade Scrub

Underarm Lightening Scrub

  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/8 cup hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/4 cup baking soda or cornmeal

Combine ingredients in a lidded jar. After washing, apply scrub to underarms and upper arms (if you have bumps) and rinse.

Apple Cider Vinegar Keratosis Pilaris (Arm Bump) Remedy

Apple Cider Vinegar Arm Bump TreamtmentApple cider vinegar works wonders on red arm bumps. And putting it on your underarms helps correct any pH balance issues caused by using homemade deodorant with baking soda. Combining it with coconut oil soothes irritated skin from frequent shaving.

Melt 2 tablespoons coconut oil and mix with 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar. (The oil and ACV don’t really combine but that’s okay.) Keep in a closed container in the shower. If your coconut oil solidifies, stick the container under the shower stream while you’re applying the above scrub and it’ll melt in no time. Then apply the ACV/coconut oil mask to underarms & upper arms. Do not rinse.

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Pucker Up! 15 Natural Ways To Make Lip Gloss http://hellonatural.co/pucker-15-natural-ways-make-lip-gloss/ http://hellonatural.co/pucker-15-natural-ways-make-lip-gloss/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=44034

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There are a few things in fashion that are forever cool and seasonless: the striped crew neck, the black stiletto, the perfectly cut jean and so on. In beauty, dare we say it, nothing is as timeless as lip gloss. It gives the perfect finishing touch to professional makeup, but it also looks pretty and natural on its own. And, as a bonus, it’s one makeup product that you can easily make at home!

15 Natural Ways to DIY Lip GlossHere are 15 DIY lip glosses that smell delightful and are good for your lips:

15 Ways to DIY Lip Gloss1. Red Hot Lip Gloss by Hello Natural. Use old lipstick to give color to your lip gloss, and add cinnamon for plumping lips!

15 Ways to DIY Lip Gloss2. Two Ingredient Lip Gloss by A Pumpkin & A Princess. It doesn’t get easier than putting one and one together, does it?

15 Ways to DIY Lip Gloss3. DIY Moisturizing Gloss by The Sweet Escape. The pretty colors on these lip glosses? Crayons! Imagine the possibilities with those!

15 Ways to DIY Lip Gloss4. Crystal Light Lip Gloss by Love U Madly. Give a new life to the colorful Crystal Light by turning it into a lip gloss.

15 Ways to DIY Lip Gloss5. Easiest DIY Lip Gloss by Wonder Forest. Another great way to get some color on your lips is by using eye shadow or blush!

15 Ways to DIY Lip Gloss6. DIY Lip Gloss by doTERRA. Made with Vitamin E and essential oils, this lip gloss promises you’ll never use store-bought again.

15 Ways to DIY Lip Gloss7. Lip Gloss DIY by Girl Inspired. You could make yourself a lifetime supply of lip gloss with this tutorial, in any flavor you like!

15 Ways to DIY Lip Gloss8. Pink Lip Balm by Delia Creates. Made with beeswax, this lip gloss has a little (natural) sun protection in it, so what’s not to love?

15 Ways to DIY Lip Gloss9. Homemade Natural Lip Gloss by Our Best Bites. You only need 3 ingredients + your favorite essential oils to make these sheer lip glosses.

15 Ways to DIY Lip Gloss10. Mint Chip Lip Gloss by Hello Natural. The perfect treat minus the calories, this mint n’chip lip gloss may just be the tastiest lip gloss ever.

15 Ways to DIY Lip Gloss11. Tinted Lip Balm in a Locket by Beautylish. For all those losing their lip gloss all the time, now’s the time to wear it as a necklace!

15 Ways to DIY Lip Gloss12. Homemade Kiss Gloss by Cheeky Kitchen. This gloss tastes like candy, so we have every reason to give it a try!

15 Ways to DIY Lip Gloss13. Kool Aid Lip Gloss by Meet The Dubiens. For color and flavor, Kool Aid works like a charm!

15 Ways to DIY Lip Gloss14. Homemade Lip Gloss by Smart School House. If you’re not into colored lips, this is the gloss for you: easy to make, easy to wear.

15 Ways to DIY Lip Gloss15. DIY Tinted Lip Gloss by Free People. Your broken eyeshadow? Your new homemade tinted lip gloss.

P.S. If you love making your own make-up try this coconut oil cheek stain and this super easy contour powder – both are good enough to eat!

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Moisturizing Citrus Homemade Body Wash http://hellonatural.co/moisturizing-citrus-homemade-body-wash/ http://hellonatural.co/moisturizing-citrus-homemade-body-wash/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=43007 I’ve got to be honest – winter is not my favorite. But since I’ve been making my own cleaning and beauty products, my skin is faring much better than in past winters. Bar soap can leave your skin feeling itchy and flaky after you shower. Turns out homemade body wash (like this version with coconut oil and honey) creates a great lather without drying out your skin.

Citrus Homemade Body WashSometimes I use castile soap on its own, but for winter I need extra moisturizing, hydrating power so I combined this body wash with fractionated coconut oil and other moisturizing ingredients to leave my skin feeling soft and smooth. Grab a pretty pump jar and these ingredients and you’ll have a fresh smelling citrus body wash that moisturizes as well as cleans.

Citrus Body WashAll you need for this recipe is: castile soap (I used citrus, but most any of the varieties will work here), fractionated coconut oil, vegetable glycerin, jojoba oil, vitamin E oil, and citrus essential oils.

Each ingredient has its purpose. The jojoba oil has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. It’s readily absorbed into the skin without clogging pores. Antioxidant rich Vitamin E oil works to moisturize as well as having anti-aging effects like boosting skin’s elasticity and collagen production. The fractionated coconut oil has been treated to separate out the different components of the whole oil, while still maintaining the benefits for use in skin and beauty products. I’ve used it here because it does not solidify at room temperature, but moisturizes as well as the unrefined oil. It’s also a carrier oil for the essential oils. Another oil such as almond, olive, or grape seed could be used instead.

Coconut Citrus Body WashVegetable glycerin adds extra moisturizing benefits. It helps draw moisture to the top layer of skin and helps prevent dryness. (If you can’t find it, it’s perfectly fine to leave it out.) The citrus oils are refreshing and revitalizing, and smell fantastic. This body wash will definitely help you feel awake and alive in the morning.

Stir everything together and pour into a clean glass bottle. I like using a pump top – much easier to use in the shower than fumbling with a screw-top lid. (See below for source.) The body wash is concentrated, so a little bit is all you need for a rich lather.

Coconut Citrus Body WashMoisturizing Citrus Homemade Body Wash

Ingredients:
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons castile soap
2 tablespoons fractionated coconut oil (almond, olive, or grape seed oil can be substituted)
2 tablespoons vegetable glycerine (optional)
1 tablespoon jojoba oil
1 tablespoon Vitamin E oil
20-40 drops citrus essential oils (orange, lemon, and/or grapefruit)

Instructions:
Combine the ingredients in a glass jar. (I like one with a pump.) Shake, if needed, before using if the mixture has separated. Makes about 8-9 ounces of body wash.

Notes:
-Citrus essential oils can cause skin to be more sensitive to the sun. Use caution (and extra sunscreen) if you’ll be heading out into the sun.
-The recycled glass bottle with pump is from www.Rail19.com.
-The vegetable glycerin can be found at most health food stores. I bought mine at Whole Foods.
-Fractionated coconut oil is available at health food stores and online. I bought mine at Amazon (not an affiliate link).

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10 Natural Remedies for Everyday Ailments http://hellonatural.co/10-natural-remedies-everyday-ailments/ http://hellonatural.co/10-natural-remedies-everyday-ailments/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=43729 Think about it: People have successfully been treating minor ailments like cuts, sniffles and dry skin since the beginning of time, right? So it holds to logic that you should be able to do so without modern marvels as well. Obviously there are some issues where you’ll want to just bite the bullet and go with an over-the-counter option. (I am powerless against cramps without the help of at least one Advil.) But think of this guide as your natural first aid kit—most minor aches, pains and ailments can be solved with the help of one of these go-to natural remedies.

10 Natural Remedies for Everyday Ailments1. Baking Soda

This super cheap pantry staple is a cure-all when it comes to skin.

Baking Soda and Peroxide Nail Whitener | HelloNatural.co

  • Add to bath water to treat sunburn
  • Use as a gentle facial exfoliator, or mix with water to form a paste and use as a mask/acne spot treatment
  • Mix 1/2 teaspoon with 4 ounces water for a natural antacid
  • Use in a homemade nasal rinse
  • Baking soda and apple cider vinegar work together to relieve itchiness

2. Essential Oils

Seriously, what can’t essential oils do? Oils can be used internally, inhaled, or applied topically—but first it’s very important that you familiarize yourself with how to use essential oils, and find out the manufacturer’s recommended application is for the oil you’re using. (Very few are safe for consumption; many can be applied topically, although some require a carrier oil to avoid irritation or burns.)

essential oils to naturally get rid of pests

  • Oils for easing menstrual symptoms, depression, insomnia and other ailments often experienced by women
  • Oils for detoxing, cleansing the lymphatic system, and promoting healthy digestion
  • Oils for skin ailments such as acne, insect bites, eczema and pigmentation
  • Oils for boosting the immune system, fighting off colds and flu and soothing respiratory ailments
  • Many oils (like chamomile and lavender) are great for insomnia

3. Garlic

Those who can’t get enough garlic in their pasta won’t have a problem getting more of this antibacterial, anti-inflammatory ingredient in their life. To apply topically, simply mince it and add to something neutral like jojoba oil, or slice a clove open and place right on the problem area.

garlic and onions

  • Eat plenty of garlic when you’re fending off a cold. If you’re hardcore, you can chew a raw clove! (It tastes hot, but not as bad as you’d think.) Or mix with raw honey for a preventive cold remedy.
  • Mix with tea tree and joboba oils for a DIY zit treatment, or place a sliced clove right on the problem area
  • Garlic oil can be used as a treatment for psoriasis
  • Use a slice of garlic wrapped with a bandage to remove pesky splinters
  • A warm water-crushed garlic foot bath is a DIY anti-fungal treatment for athlete’s foot

4. Aloe

Aloe gel is antiseptic, antifungal and has tons of healing and immune-boosting properties. The plant is easy to grow right in your own home (even if you have a less-than-green thumb). Aloe is also available as a juice for internal consumption.

Aloe Smoothie Recipe | Henry Happened

5. Coconut Oil

We love coconut oil! From beauty uses to baking to health and wellness, there are tons of ways this anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic and anti-fungal oil can be used. No wonder it’s trendy!

Coconut Oil for Stretch Marks | HelloNatural.co

  • To freshen breath and whiten teeth, try oil pulling
  • To lessen and prevent stretch marks and to treat eczema, psoriasis, chafing, bug bites or dermatitis, slather on a little coconut oil
  • Whipped coconut oil makes a great cooling lotion for dry, irritated skin or sunburn
  • Treat bug bites or chafing (from nursing, running or surfing) with a tiny bit of coconut oil
  • Massage into your scalp in the shower to treat dandruff

6. Heat + Cold

Sometimes an ice pack or heating pad is all you need to treat bumps, bruises or cramps.

Ice Beauty Treatments | Henry Happened

  • Treat sore muscles or painful sinuses with alternating heat (to flush away lactic acid or mucus) and cold (to relieve pain)
  • An ice pack or a hot shower will help ease headache pain
  • A paste of baking soda and a little hot (not too hot!) water held on a pimple for a few minutes should speed the natural healing process; an ice cube or cold compress will help the swelling go down later
  • An ice pack will help bruising subside faster if applied immediately
  • Menstrual cramps and constipation can both be relieved by a hot compress, such as a heating pad. Use a castor oil pack for even more benefits.

7. Honey

This wonder ingredient isn’t just delicious; it has immune-boosting, antibacterial healing properties. Be sure to buy raw, unpasteurized honey to get the full benefits.

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  • Combine two parts honey to one part freshly ground cinnamon for an acne treatment face pack
  • Apply honey to wounds, burns and cuts to promote healing and retain moisture
  • Take a spoonful of raw, locally produced honey to combat seasonal allergies or colds
  • It sounds messy, but some women swear by a topical application of raw honey to treat mild yeast infections, or even your baby’s diaper rash
  • Apply a teaspoon of honey and a pinch of turmeric to canker sores for 30 seconds, then spit out the honey mixture, which will contain the toxins

8. Turmeric

It’s a wonder turmeric didn’t become trendy until recently. This spice (derived from a root) has antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anti carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties! A turmeric tea is an easy way to take it, although you can also use it in smoothies, or mix it with a little olive oil to consume.

Glowing Skin Turmeric Mask | HelloNatural.co

  • Cure insomnia and beat the blues with a soothing turmeric “tea”
  • Make a ginger-turmeric tonic to soothe sinuses
  • Treat acne with a turmeric face mask
  • Sprinkle turmeric on cuts and burns to speed up the healing process
  • Turmeric reduces bloating and gas, and can help relieve colitis or IBS symptoms

9. Ginger

This anti-inflammatory go-to can be added to food, juices or smoothies, or simple steeped in hot water to make a tea.

Ginger Detox Bath | 3 DIY Bath Soaks to Escape Into | HelloNatural.co

10. Epsom Salts

Another super affordable item with anti-inflammatory properies; it pays to keep a stash around the house! If you’re bathing with it, add a few drops of essential oils for a nice scent.

Lavender Epsom Salt Foot Soak | HelloNatural.co

  • Treat migraines and headaches with a soothing epsom salt bath
  • A warm epsom salt bath releases magnesium into your body, which alleviates muscle cramps and soreness. Add Epsom salt to a cold-water bath to decrease inflammation from running or other athletic activities.
  • Mix two tablespoons of Epsom salts with one cup of water and spray on sunburns or bug bites
  • To treat bee stings or poison ivy rashes, make an Epsom salt compress by mixing two tablespoons of Epsom salt with a cup of cold water. Soak a cotton washcloth in the solution and apply.
  • A 15- to 20-minute warm epsom salt soak is great for joint pain, swollen feet, toe fungus and foot odor
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Healthy Vegan Avocado Chocolate Mousse http://hellonatural.co/healthy-vegan-avocado-chocolate-mousse/ http://hellonatural.co/healthy-vegan-avocado-chocolate-mousse/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=46468 Hold on tight because this pudding is about to blow your mind! It’s thick and rich, full of deep, dark chocolate flavor – and it’s good for you! Like, you can eat this every day and not feel the least bit guilty about it. Vegan avocado chocolate mousse has gained popularity over the last few years. If you haven’t tried it, now is the time, my friend!

Dark Chocolate Avocado PuddingAvocados are one of the healthiest foods you can add to your diet and may help lower bad cholesterol. They are high in fiber as well as Vitamin C and E, several B Vitamins, and potassium. (Can your chocolate cake do that?) Silk Almondmilk is made from quality non-GMO almonds that are toasted and ground and turned into a delicious, low-calorie dairy alternative. Cocoa powder is naturally rich in antioxidants and flavanols which have been shown to have positive effects on cardiovascular health (source).

Dark Chocolate Avocado PuddingBut even without all the healthy stuff, the creamy texture and rich taste of this pudding is absolutely dreamy. You truly can have your pudding and eat it too!

All you need is a blender, a few avocados, a splash of Silk almond milk, a touch of maple syrup and vanilla. The raspberries on top are optional, but they taste great with the pudding.

Dark Chocolate Avocado Pudding

5.0 from 1 reviews
Healthy Dark Chocolate Avocado Mousse
Serves: 2-4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 large or 2 small ripe avocados
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup Silk Almondmilk
  • 1-2 teaspoons pure maple syrup, to taste
  • 1 tsp natural vanilla extract
  • Raspberries, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Place avocados, cocoa powder, Silk Almondmilk, maple syrup, and vanilla extract in the jar of a blender.
  2. Puree until smooth, stopping when needed to scrape down the sides. The mixture will be very thick and mousse-like. Add a little more Almondmilk, if needed.
  3. Spoon the pudding into dessert cups and top with fresh raspberries, if desired.

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