HelloNatural.co http://hellonatural.co Natural Beauty, Healthy Recipes + Green Cleaning Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 15 Natural Hair Remedies for Every Ailment from Dandruff to Dryness http://hellonatural.co/15-natural-hair-remedies/ http://hellonatural.co/15-natural-hair-remedies/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=43988 Everyone I know has an issue with their hair. Even the shiniest, fullest of manes can be a problematic occasionally. Maybe it’s hard to cut and style or it frizzes up in humid air – there’s always something! Fortunately, Mother Nature has an answer for everything, even hair hassles. Whatever your hair problem, you will probably find the all-natural solution below. And if you don’t, just comment below and we’ll gladly research it for you!

15 Natural Hair Remedies for Every Ailment | HelloNatural.co1. Damaged hair

Blow-drying, straightening and dyeing can work against your hair. Banana and honey are perfect natural hair remedies; they work together to hydrate and repair damaged hair. Follow this easy recipe to make the mask.

2. Oily hair

De-grease oily hair by simply rinsing it with a solution of lemon peels boiled in water.

3. Split ends

Massage the ends of your hair with almond or coconut oil and leave it overnight. This will make your hair smoother and easier to manage.

4. Tangled hair

Wrangle stubborn hair with this leave-in detangling spray, made with rosemary essential oil and conditioner.

DIY Detangling Spray | HelloNatural.co5. Head lice

Prevent those dreaded lice by adding a few drops of tea tree oil in your everyday shampoo. Too late for prevention? Coat hair in olive oil and comb thoroughly. Leave oil on overnight for 7 days and then every other night for two weeks. It might seem like overkill (pardon the pun) but the pesky bugs have a 30-day life cycle and this treatment insures they are gone for good.

6. Flat hair

Upgrade your shampoo by adding a teaspoon of baking soda to a large dollop, then washing as you normally would. This clarifying treatment gets rid of product buildup and adds body and life to your hair.

7. Slow growth

Give your hair a boost and make it grow faster with a yogurt mask. Apply plain yogurt to hair and wrap it in a towel for 15 minutes. Wash as normal and apply this mint spray to stimulate hair follicles.

8. Frizzy hair

Dull, frizzy hair can will hold better if you give it a little boost, in the form of an easy sugary water mix. Get the recipe here.

Sugar Water Hairspray | 10 Homemade Hair Treatments | HelloNatural.co9. Scalp sunburn

Unfortunately, sunburn happens to your scalp as well, especially if you don’t like covering your head in summer. Soothe it with an aloe vera gel mask, which will also moisturize hair.

10. Fine hair

For thin, fine hair, make yourself a mask from banana and avocado, which will make your hair look fuller and healthier. Then spritz hair with a homemade beach spray for tons of texture and body.

DIY Sea Spray for Hair | HelloNatural.co11. Dry hair

Sesame oil is packed with nutrients and emollient-rich properties, which combat hair dryness. Mix 2 teaspoons of sesame oil with some grated ginger and massage into the scalp for 10 minutes, twice a week. You can also make a deep hair conditioner with coconut oil and shea butter.

12. Dull hair

Give your hair the shine it deserves with an apple cider vinegar rinse. This will smooth the hair follicle and balance the pH of your scalp.

13. Itchy scalp

An itchy scalp can be caused by allergies to hair products, dry weather or stress. Whichever the reason, you can soothe it with a mix of lemon juice, olive oil and water massaged into the scalp. Let it sit for 20 minutes, then rinse and wash as usual.

14. Greasy roots

For in between hair washing days, use one of these 3 dry shampoo recipes (pick the one that’s right for your hair color). Apply to the roots of your hair and let it sit for 5 minutes. Comb it out and style as usual.

3 Dry Shampoo Recipes | HelloNatural.co15. Dandruff

To combat dandruff, soak two tablespoons of fenugreek seeds overnight, then ground them into a paste and apply to the scalp. Leave on for 30 minutes before rinsing. You can also make your own tea tree shampoo to nix flakes.

16. Thinning hair

Make an at-home mask with coconut milk and olive oil for thinning hair. The healthy proteins and essential fats in coconut milk strengthen strands and boost hair growth.

Coconut Milk Hair Mask | HelloNatural.co17. Dull color

To stretch out hair color appointments, give hair color a boost with an at-home tea rinse. There’s a tea for every hair color!

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3 Holiday Pot Simmer Recipes http://hellonatural.co/3-holiday-pot-simmer-recipes/ http://hellonatural.co/3-holiday-pot-simmer-recipes/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=40929 I love when someone walks into my house and says, “Mmm! It smells so good in here!” Sometimes it’s because I’ve been baking, and other times it’s because I have a pot simmer going on the stove. These three holiday pot simmer recipes will help bring extra holiday cheer into your home with their warm, comforting scent wafting from the kitchen and into every room.

3 Holiday Pot Simmer Recipes | HelloNatural.coI package these up in little bags so they are ready at a moment’s notice. (And they’re great for giving out as neighbor gifts – a nice change from sweets!) All of the components I’ve used here are dried or preserved in some way, but fresh fruit can easily be used instead.

3 Holiday Pot Simmer Recipes | HelloNatural.co3 Holiday Pot Simmer Recipes

1. SPICED COFFEE Pot Simmer

How it smells: like your favorite coffee house. Bonus points for using this pot simmer while making sugar cookies.

Spiced Coffee Pot Simmer | 3 Holiday Pot Simmer Recipes | HelloNatural.coWhat you need:

-1/4 cup whole roasted coffee beans
– whole spices (3-4 cinnamon sticks, 1 tablespoon whole cardamom pods, 4 star anise, and 1 teaspoon allspice berries)

2. CRAN-APPLE SPICE Pot Simmer

How it smells: fruity and spicy, like wassail

Apple Cranberry Ginger Pot Simmer  | 3 Holiday Pot Simmer Recipes | HelloNatural.coWhat you need:

  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries (or 1/2 cup fresh)
  • 1/4 cup dried apple rings (or 1/2 fresh apple, sliced)
  • a few slices dried ginger (use equal amount of fresh)

3. CITRUS JUNIPER Pot Simmer

How it smells: fresh, bright and woodsy

Citrus Juniper Pot Simmer | 3 Holiday Pot Simmer Recipes | HelloNatural.coWhat you need:

  • 3-4 slices dried oranges
  • 1-2 tablespoons dried lemon peel
  • 1 tablespoon dried juniper berries

3 Holiday Pot Simmer Recipes | HelloNatural.coLove pot simmers? Try this vanilla rosemary recipe or this grapefruit cinnamon simmer!

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17 Fab Gluten-Free Cookie Recipes http://hellonatural.co/17-fab-gluten-free-cookie-recipes/ http://hellonatural.co/17-fab-gluten-free-cookie-recipes/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:30:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=40930 Gone are the days of gluten-free cookies being bland, crumbly, and just plain “meh.” Thanks to the tireless efforts of bloggers and foodies we are now armed with a full arsenal of delicious, chewy, flaky, flavorful and fantastic gluten-free cookie delights. From almond flour to coconut, pistachio and cocoa, the world of gluten-free cookie recipes is as diverse as it is delicious.

17 Fab Gluten-Free Cookie Recipes | Hello Natural

 Chocolate Almond Linzer Cookies

Chocolate Almond Linzer Cookies

While free of lactose and gluten, Yummy Beat’s Chocolate Almond Linzer Cookies certainly don’t lack that flaky, buttery, shortbread feel.

See the DIY →


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Peanut Butter Banana Cookie Cups

Peanut Butter Banana Cookie Cups

Elvis’ all time favorite, peanut butter and banana, gets a sweet makeover! Food Fanatic’s Peanut Butter Banana Cookie Cups bring the favorite flavors of childhood in a sophisticated new package.

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No-Bake Protein Pumpkin Peanut Oat Cookies

No-Bake Protein Pumpkin Peanut Oat Cookies

Dazzle party guests with Delightful Mom’s No-Bake Protein Pumpkin Peanut Oat Cookies. No one will suspect these sweet treats are packed with protein featuring quinoa as the secret ingredient!

See the DIY →


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udgy Vanilla & Almond Cookies

udgy Vanilla & Almond Cookies

Crispy on the outside, chewy in the middle, Fudgy Vanilla & Almond Cookies (via Full Up & Eating) are the perfect cookie to accompany your cup of tea.

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Grain-Free Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

Grain-Free Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

Fall in love this fall with the Healthy Maven’s Grain-Free Chocolate Cranberry Cookies. With just the right amount of sweet, these chocolately, cranberry delights are perfect post-meal.

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No-Bake Healthy Cookie Balls

No-Bake Healthy Cookie Balls

Not all delicious cookie treats have to add to your waistline. Garlic Girl’s No-Bake Healthy Cookie Balls are a healthy alternative to your calorie-filled cookie fix.

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Oat Thumbprint Cookies with Chia Seed Jam

Oat Thumbprint Cookies with Chia Seed Jam

With the perfect sweetness attained by ripe bananas, My Fussy Eater’s Oat Thumbprint Cookies with Chia Seed Jam give you a healthy way to say “Yes!” to cookies. Raspberry chia seed jam tops these beautiful, healthful treats.

See the DIY →


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Mocha brownie cookies

Mocha brownie cookies

The perfect combination between a brownie and a cookie comes from Hello Natural, in the form of chocolatey mocha deliciousness.

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Cinnamon Swirl Cookies

Cinnamon Swirl Cookies

You certainly don’t need refined sugar to make a scrumptious treat if Primal Palates’s Cinnamon Swirl Cookies are any indication. These gorgeous and festive cinnamon blasts are fun for fall and fun for all!

See the DIY →


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Raw Vegan Bars with Avocado

Raw Vegan Bars with Avocado

Transform cocoa powder, coconut, and almond butter into healthfully delicious Raw Vegan Bars with Avocado (via Sweet as Honey). These anytime treats contain fruits, vegetables, and plenty of protein.

See the DIY →


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Frosted Lemon Sugar Cookies

Frosted Lemon Sugar Cookies

It’s finally here! A gluten-free sugar cookie that won’t crumble to bits upon first bite. Thank you, Melbelles, for the fluffy Frosted Lemon Sugar Cookies, what a dream come true.

See the DIY →


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Cinnamon Apple Spice Macarons with Salted Caramel

Cinnamon Apple Spice Macarons with Salted Caramel

Who can resist a colorful macaron? With gluten-free Cinnamon Apple Spice Macarons with Salted Caramel by Mandy’s Recipe Box, no one has to! These gorgeous goodies are packed with your favorite fall flavors and easy on the eyes to boot!

See the DIY →


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White Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

White Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

White Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Snickerdoodles by Breezy Bakes are the quintessential autumn sweet. With creamy white chocolate dancing around cinnamon dusted pumpkin cookies, these crunchy classics will have you praying for fall.

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Quick and Healthy Breakfast Cookies

Quick and Healthy Breakfast Cookies

Turns out, cookies are not only an acceptable breakfast item, they’re a nutritious choice thanks to Sweet Phi’s Quick and Healthy Breakfast Cookies. Wholesome and packed with protein, these yummy cookies certainly travel better than oatmeal.

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Orange, Almond, and Pumpkin Seed Florentines

Orange, Almond, and Pumpkin Seed Florentines

A symphony of flavor, Mon Petit Four’s Orange, Almond, and Pumpkin Seed Florentines are the perfect crispy sweet. Ripe with delicious orange zest, these beauties make an elegant treat.

See the DIY →


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Flourless Pistachio Cookies

Flourless Pistachio Cookies

Give Recipe gives us glorious Flourless Pistachio Cookies. With just four simple ingredients these gorgeous green goodies and filled with flavor and fantastic any time of year.

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Gluten free chocolate chip cookies

Gluten free chocolate chip cookies

Even the classics can be reinvented - take cute from these awesome gluten-free chocolate chip cookies from Hello Natural.

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DIY: Cornstarch Clay Gift Tags http://hellonatural.co/diy-cornstarch-clay-gift-tags/ http://hellonatural.co/diy-cornstarch-clay-gift-tags/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:00:55 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=42497 Cornstarch clay shapes are fun and easy for kids to make. With a few baking cupboard ingredients and a little decoration, you can create beautifully simple clay gift tags that make your holiday packages extra special. Make things even more festive by adding a holiday scent (like peppermint or cinnamon), food coloring or some sparkle with glitter.

DIY: Cornstarch clay gift wrap | hellonatural.coSupplies needed

  • Cookie cutters
  • Letter stamps
  • Twine/cord/glue
  • Baking tray
  • Toothpick/chopstick
  • Marker pen
  • Brown parcel paper for wrapping packages

DIY: Cornstarch clay gift wrap | hellonatural.coIngredients for clay

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup warm water
  • optional: glitter, natural food colors, cinnamon, peppermint extract, etc.

Instructions

DIY: Cornstarch clay gift wrap | hellonatural.co

Step 1

Add ingredients to saucepan. If you are using food colors, spices or extracts, add to the water so it disperses evenly. Stir over medium heat (grown ups only) until thickened. Place in a covered bowl and leave until cool enough to handle.

DIY: Cornstarch clay gift wrap | hellonatural.coDIY: Cornstarch clay gift wrap | hellonatural.co

Step 2

Knead clay until smooth. This is a great time to add glitter! Roll out clay to approximately 1/4-inch thickness.

DIY: Cornstarch clay gift wrap | hellonatural.coDIY: Cornstarch clay gift wrap | hellonatural.co

Step 3

Cut out shapes and emboss. Add holes using chopstick or toothpick.

Step 4

Transfer to lined tray and allow to air dry or on a low heat in oven (80C/175F grownups only). Time will vary depending on the size of your shapes, as they are just drying out, a little extra time won’t hurt! Remember to turn part way through.

DIY: Cornstarch clay gift wrap | hellonatural.co

Step 5

String on twine and wrap around your parcel/use as gift tag/glue on the paper.

DIY: Cornstarch clay gift wrap | hellonatural.co

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18 Comfy + Chic Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas http://hellonatural.co/18-comfy-chic-thanksgiving-outfit-ideas/ http://hellonatural.co/18-comfy-chic-thanksgiving-outfit-ideas/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=43987 Here’s the secret to a great Thanksgiving outfit: balance. If you’re going to wear heels, pair them with comfortable boyfriend jeans and a cozy sweater. If you’re going for some statement sparkle, tone it down with sneakers or flats. You get the idea! Thanksgiving is more about family and a good meal than about stumbling around in tight pencil skirts and deep V-necks. Just leave that for New Year’s. Here are some well-balanced Thanksgiving outfit ideas inspired by street style stars and celebs:

18 Comfy + Chic Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas | HelloNatural.co 18 Comfy + Chic Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas | HelloNatural.co18 Comfy + Chic Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas | HelloNatural.co18 Comfy + Chic Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas | HelloNatural.co18 Comfy + Chic Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas | HelloNatural.co18 Comfy + Chic Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas | HelloNatural.co18 Comfy + Chic Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas | HelloNatural.co18 Comfy + Chic Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas | HelloNatural.co18 Comfy + Chic Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas | HelloNatural.co18 Comfy + Chic Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas | HelloNatural.co

Images: Sea of Shoes, Ellen Claesson, I Go By Frankie, The Sartorialist, Fashion Junkiie, Elle, Modcloth Style Gallery, Vanessa Jackman, Lee Oliveira, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Le 21eme, Swell Mayde, Stripes & Sequins, Trendy Crew, Refinery29, Style.

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How To Infuse Booze + 9 Infused Recipe Ideas http://hellonatural.co/infused-alcohol-recipes/ http://hellonatural.co/infused-alcohol-recipes/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=40904 Every year, I get ambitious and decide that I will make holiday gifts for everyone on my list. I even go so far as to pick out the crafts and recipes, and make a shopping list. Then, every year without fail, that gift list ends up being twice as long (and the days end up being half as long) as I originally thought, and I end up making the same thing for everyone: infused booze.

How To Infuse Booze + 9 Infused Recipes | HelloNatural.coConducive to making in bulk, customizable, shelf-stable and beloved by almost everyone, infused alcohol is a unique and thoughtful, yet insanely easy, way to check many people off your list. Bonus: You can enjoy the spoils of your (very minimal) labor, too!

How to Infuse Booze

The only even slightly tricky part of infusing alcohol is narrowing down the flavors and deciding the amounts. You can infuse with almost anything: herbs, fruits, vegetables, nuts, coffee, spices, candy…you get the idea.

How To Infuse Booze + 9 Infused Recipes | HelloNatural.coHow To Infuse Booze + 9 Infused Recipes | HelloNatural.coSupplies needed

  • Canning or mason jars, or large glass bottles with lids (make sure you can fit your ingredients in the mouth of the bottle)
  • Alcohol of choice
  • Infusion ingredients
  • Packaging/ribbon and labels if you’re gifting

Instructions

Put your infusion ingredients in the alcohol, cover tightly and store in a cool, dark place (a pantry is great). If you’re using fresh fruits, veggies or herbs, be sure to thoroughly wash and dry those ingredients first—use organic if possible.

Remove the ingredients after they’ve infused to your liking (see tips below), then strain the booze into your desired jars or just keep in your infusion vessel to use at home. If you’re gifting these, include a label, some pretty ribbon or packaging, and perhaps a cocktail recipe. It’s really that simple!

Tips

  • To make sure you are able to infuse long enough, it’s best to start early—about 3 weeks before you want to gift or use the booze. If you get the flavor you want before that time, simply fish out/strain out the infusion ingredients, and store the booze until you’re ready to use or gift it.
  • The ratio of infusion ingredients to alcohol varies. If I’m freestyling with my own combo, I look up a similar recipe (you can consult the ones below), and use that as a basic guideline. You can always adjust.
  • If you accidentally infuse too long, you can dilute with plain, unflavored booze as a last resort
  • The longer everything sits in the alcohol, the stronger the flavor. It’s a good idea to taste your mixture every 5 days or so to see where it’s at.
  • Generally, the more porous and intensely flavored the ingredients (coffee beans, fresh herbs), the quicker they will add flavor. This isn’t an exact science, which is why it’s good to taste as you go! If your lemon-basil vodka is getting too herb-y, remove the basil halfway through and let the lemon peel sit alone for longer.
  • Vodka, brandy and whiskey are my favorites to work with. The booze is less nuanced, so complementary flavor profiles are easier to come up with.
  • Rum or tequila will work too, although they lend themselves mainly to warm spices like cinnamon or clove, or tropical fruits like mango and lime.
  • Gin is a little trickier since the juniper berry flavor is already very pronounced. I’ve seen recipes for infused gin using cucumber, citrus, lavender and earl grey tea, though.
  • Middle-shelf alcohol is your best bet. No need to buy the most expensive, but don’t go bargain basement either! No amount of flavoring can salvage cheap booze :)
  • If working with citrus, use only the peel (where the oils of the fruit are contained), and make sure to scrape off the bitter pith before using
  • If you have trouble picking a flavor, think about how you would use the alcohol. Is it meant for sipping or to use in mixed drinks? For instance, if your infused vodka will be used in Bloody Marys, think about what will work with that flavor profile.
  • Northwest Edible has a very thorough tutorial on this subject, including some guidelines for what flavors go with what booze, and Boozed and Infused is a great resource for recipe inspiration.

9 Infused Alcohol Recipes

All these measurements are suited to mix with 32 ounces of booze. Use more or less depending on how intense or subtle you like the flavor, and/or if you’re making in bigger batches.

Bourbon / Whiskey Infusions

Infused Bourbon Recipes | HelloNatural.co1. Coffee-Vanilla Bourbon

2 vanilla beans (split down the middle) + 1/2 cup coffee beans, slightly crushed with a mortar and pestle—or a plastic bag and wooden spoon

2. Cherry-Vanilla Bourbon

2 vanilla beans (split down the middle) + 8 ounces dried or fresh cherries (no need to pit)

3. Apple-Cinnamon Whiskey

2 medium apples, peeled and chopped (use green for tart, Honeycrisp for sweeter) + handful of cinnamon sticks

Vodka Infusions

Infused Vodka Recipes | HelloNatural.co4. Lemon-Basil Vodka

1 bunch fresh basil leaves + peel of 2 medium lemons

5. Cranberry-Lime Vodka

1 cup fresh cranberries + peel of 2 limes

6. Grapefruit-Lemongrass Vodka

Peel of 2 grapefruit + 6 stalks lemongrass (cut these if needed)

Brandy Infusions

Infused Brandy Recipes | HelloNatural.co7. Cardamom-Fig Brandy

2 whole cardamom pods + 1 cup dried or fresh figs, halved

8. Plum-Cinnamon Brandy

2 plums or prunes, pitted and quartered + handful of cinnamon sticks

9. Chai-Pear Brandy

Steep 2-3 chai tea bags in the brandy; remove and infuse brandy with 2 pears, sliced

How to Infuse Booze + 9 Infused Recipe Ideas | HelloNatural.coWhat will you be infusing this holiday season?

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10 BEST: Homemade Beauty Gifts http://hellonatural.co/10-essential-homemade-beauty-gifts/ http://hellonatural.co/10-essential-homemade-beauty-gifts/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=40941 Consider the holidays the opportunity to do what you’ve been meaning to do all year: Make a bunch of lovely DIY beauty products! There’s no better way to cross off all the ladies on your list (even some of the guys and kids, too)—from teachers to babysitters to bosses and best friends. Homemade beauty gifts are a nice natural alternative to chemical-laden store-bought products, the packaging can be as eco-friendly as you want, the scents are often customizable, and they’re super affordable and unique! Which one will you be making?

Homemade Rose Milk Bath | HelloNatural.co1. Gifts for the Bath

This Homemade Rose Milk Bath couldn’t be easier, or prettier. Stock up on nice bottles to gift it in. Great for teachers, bosses or those who could just use a little pampering. Throw in this Refreshing Rose Water Tonic and make it a rose-themed beauty gift basket! Bath time enthusiasts will also love Homemade Chocolate Milk Bath, Calming Sleepy Time Bubble Bath, DIY Aromatherapy Bath Salts, Rose-Vanilla Bath Bombs, Mojito Bath Salts, Honey-Vanilla Bubble Bath, or  De-Stress Aromatherapy Bath + Shower Tablets.

_MG_7149-0012. DIY Hair Accessories

Even the least crafty among us (myself included) can handle some simple DIY hair accessories. Make a big batch and give an assortment to the gals of all ages on your list—including Hello Whimsy’s Neon Geo Bobby Pins (pictured above).

Lemonade body spray | Henry Happened3. Homemade perfume

Perfume is so expensive, and it’s one of those things you rarely splurge on for yourself. Gift a homemade perfume, body spray or oil (here’s a list of easy ones to make) in a lovely little container, and the recipient will think of you every time she uses it.

Holiday Homemade Soap | HelloNatural.co4. Homemade soap

Homemade soaps are pretty, functional and smell great. Try your hand at making cocoa-mint, holiday glycerin bars (pictured above), cupcake soaps, herb and citrus glycerin or rose-vanilla.

DIY Sea Spray for Hair + Body | HelloNatural.co5. Homemade beach spray

Make your own herb, citrus or floral essential oil-infused sea salt spray for the ladies on your list who love to wear their hair wavy.

DIY Sleep Mask6. DIY Sleep Mask

This DIY Sleep Mask will help the ladies on your list (or anyone, really) get their beauty sleep. It’s so easy to make, and super customizable. A great homemade stocking stuffer!

Coconut Coffee Scrub | HelloNatural.co7. Homemade Scrubs

Scrub-a-dub-dub with these fragrant homemade exfoliating scrubs: Coconut-Coffee Scrub Cubes (pictured above), Pumpkin Spice Facial ScrubSea Salt Hand Scrub, Rose and Chamomile Facial Scrub, Mint Chocolate Sugar Scrub, Ginger Detox Scrub and  Sugar Scrub Cubes.

Peppermint Beauty Gift Basket | Hello Natural8. Homemade beauty gift basket

To really, really show your appreciation for someone, go all out and make this DIY peppermint-themed beauty gift basket, complete with foot rub, body oil and soap. Add some candy canes, bright red lipstick and nail polish, and a cute red or white ornament for good measure.

All-Natural DIY Tinted Lip Balm with Raspberries | HelloNatural.co9. Homemade lip balm

Lip balms are easy to make on the cheap, and can be customized with different flavors, scents and colors. Try DIY Tinted Raspberry Lip Balm (pictured above), Lip-Plumping Cinnamon Lip Balm, Green Tea SPF Lip Balm, Pumpkin Pie Lip Balm + Edible Lip Scrub, Honey Lip Balm, or Pumpkin Spice Lip Gloss.

Lavender Calendula Hand Salve | HelloNatural.co10. Homemade lotion + Moisturizers

Lotions and moisturizers are a must-have during the dry winter months; stock your friends and family up with all-natural, homemade versions like Whipped Green Tea + Coconut Oil Moisturizer, Lavender-Calendula Healing Hand Salve (pictured above), Homemade Lotion with Calendula and Aloe, Soothing Cucumber Lotion, or Orange-Coconut Whipped Body Butter. And for those who have little ones, this Whipped Coconut + Shea Baby Butter will soothe baby bums.

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KID CRAFT! DIY 3D Framed Art (Perfect for Gifts) http://hellonatural.co/kid-craft-easy-diy-3d-frames-for-kids-art-perfect-for-gifts/ http://hellonatural.co/kid-craft-easy-diy-3d-frames-for-kids-art-perfect-for-gifts/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=43104 Framing your child’s artwork not only helps celebrate their creativity but also adds interesting decor to your home. It’s the perfect time of year to help your budding artist create a one-of-a-kind work of art to give to a parent, grandparent or teacher.

DIY Art Projects for Kids | HelloNatural.coWe love the work by Spielkkind! Exploring different artist’s techniques, such as using unusual items like screws and nuts, you can help spark your child’s imagination and encourage them to think outside the box. Keep the artwork simple and stylish with these DIY 3D frames by using just black lines and metallic hardware.

Framed kid artwork | hellonatural.coSupplies needed

  • box photo frame
  • paper
  • black fineliner
  • pencil
  • hardware (e.g screws, washers, nuts etc.)
  • glue

Instructions

Framed kid artwork | hellonatural.coFramed kid artwork | hellonatural.co

Step 1

Take a piece of paper and have your child draw an image using a pencil. You can start with the hardware on the page and draw around it or you can add the hardware to a finished drawing, matching up shapes and creating detail.

Step 2

Go over the drawing using a black fine tipped pen. Erase any pencil marks, if desired.

Step 3

Glue the hardware in place.

Step 4

Frame your picture. Using a box frame gives enough space for all the hardware. You could also try making multiple layers for a truly 3D look.

Framed kid artwork | hellonatural.coWhy not exercise your story telling muscles and create a series of framed artwork?

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10 Foods To Beat Holiday Bloat http://hellonatural.co/10-best-anti-bloat-foods/ http://hellonatural.co/10-best-anti-bloat-foods/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=43986 Some of the causes of bloating include overeating, lack of sleep, food allergies, lactose intolerance, indigestion and PMS. In fact, just thinking about Thanksgiving makes me want to unbutton my pants! But there are serious internal problems that your body might be trying to warn you about through bloating (like irritable bowel syndrome, hernia or giardiasis), so if it’s a common complaint the best way to go is consulting a physician.

If the cause is more likely too much turkey and pie, give your body a break by including more of these anti-bloat foods in your diet.

10 Best Foods for Bloat | HelloNatural.co1. Water. Yep, water is good for everything. Drink it instead of carbonated drinks, and try infused water if you just can’t live without the taste.

Try this: How to make infused water on Hello Natural

2. Raisins. Dried fruits such as raisins are easier for your body to handle and process than raw fruit. They take less space in the GI tract, thus reducing bloating.

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3. Rosemary. The tasty herb will keep your food delicious, but it will also prevent bloating. Swap the pepper, garlic and BBQ sauce for healthy herbs such as this one.

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4. Banana. Bananas contain potassium, which should be in balance with the sodium intake. If your bloating is caused by salt (processed food, take-out), balance it out with a banana.

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5. Watermelon. Being 92% water, the refreshing fruit has a natural diuretic property and it’s a great source of potassium, both of which aid controlling bloating.

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6. Celery. The crunchy stalk regulates bowel movements and controls intestinal gas, and it detoxifies the body with its high water content.

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7. Turmeric. Turmeric is oftentimes used in Asia to treat an upset stomach and debloat, plus it’s flavorful and gives food a nice color.

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8. Yogurt. Swap the milk in your smoothies for yogurt, which can improve the symptoms of bloating. It is pre-digested and the milk-sugar is already broken down, making it easier for the body to handle it.

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9. Rice. Rice and rice flour are good substitutes for wheat, oats, corn and potatoes, since they’re fully digested in the small intestine.

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10. Ginger. Debloat by drinking a cup of ginger tea, which helps dispel gas and calm the digestive system. You can also take it supplement form or eat it raw.

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Healthy Sweet Potato Gratin Recipe http://hellonatural.co/healthy-sweet-potato-gratin/ http://hellonatural.co/healthy-sweet-potato-gratin/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=40925 I’ll be honest – I’ve never been a fan of marshmallow-topped sweet potatoes. I know, I’m probably in the minority with that sentiment. Instead, we like a more savory sweet potato dish to accompany our Thanksgiving feast. This year I’m including this healthy sweet potato gratin on our menu.

Healthy Sweet Potato Gratin | HelloNatural.coTypically gratins include loads of butter, cream and cheese. This one gets a healthy makeover. It still has cheese – just enough to be delicious. Leeks and fresh sage are added for extra flavor in place of butter and cream. Leeks, if you haven’t used them before, are in the onion family. They add a great onion flavor without being too overpowering.

Healthy Sweet Potato Gratin | HelloNatural.coA hint of fresh nutmeg adds another little something to the dish. The sweet potatoes are very thinly sliced and layered with the leeks. The flavors meld together as the gratin bakes.

Healthy Sweet Potato Gratin | HelloNatural.coThis is really easy to make – it can also be made the day before and reheated. Another plus when you’re busy doing other meal prep and don’t want to worry about it.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving?

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Healthy Sweet Potato-Leek Gratin
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Serves: 8
 
A healthier version of a classic potato gratin made with leeks for extra flavor and topped with grated Parmesan.
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 medium leeks, white and tender green parts only, thinly sliced crosswise
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon finely minced fresh sage (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced ⅛-inch thick
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Place leeks in a very large bowl of water. Separate them into rings and swish around in water to loosen the dirt. Strain off the water and rinse briefly, then allow excess water to drain off. (A salad spinner works great for this.)
  3. In a 10-inch skillet, heat 2 Tablespoons of the olive oil over medium heat. Add leeks. Cook, stirring frequently, until leeks start to soften. Add a little water, if needed, to prevent them from burning. Season with a little salt and pepper. Add the minced fresh sage, and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  4. Lightly oil the bottom and sides of an 8- by 11-inch baking dish. Arrange ½ of the sweet potato slices over the bottom of the baking dish. Season well with salt and pepper. Top with half of the leeks and sprinkle with a little freshly grated nutmeg. Repeat with remaining sweet potato slices and leeks, again seasoning well with salt and pepper, and a sprinkle of fresh nutmeg.
  5. Cover the top of the dish tightly with aluminum foil. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Remove from oven and uncover. Sprinkle cheese over the top. Raise the oven temperature to 450°F and bake for another 10 minutes, or until the cheese is golden brown. Let cool for a few minutes before serving.
Notes
Adapted from: Martha Stewart

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