HelloNatural.co http://hellonatural.co Natural Beauty, Healthy Recipes + Green Cleaning Wed, 01 Apr 2015 15:47:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 10 Best Healthy Kitchen Tools http://hellonatural.co/10-best-healthy-kitchen-tools/ http://hellonatural.co/10-best-healthy-kitchen-tools/#respond Wed, 01 Apr 2015 13:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=48732 Behind every healthy cook is a few good supplies. We’re not talking superfluous one-trick ponies here, though. Invest in a few multipurpose appliances and gadgets, and making healthy meals will be infinitely easier.

10 Best Healthy Kitchen Tools10 Must-Have Healthy Kitchen Tools

1. High-quality blender

It’s easy to be tempted by the cheapies you find at discount stores, but a higher-end blender like this Ninja one will make your life so much easier (and it won’t seize up every time you try to blend frozen fruit). Make sure to buy one with a blade that just pops out for easier cleaning. In addition to smoothies, I use mine as a food processor for sauces, soups, purees, mashed root veggies, homemade ice cream and pesto, too.

Try: 10 3-Ingredient Smoothies You Can Make Ahead | 5 Vitamin-Packed Veggie Smoothie Recipes | Vegan Blackberry Coconut Smoothie Bowl

2. Rice cooker

It’s not just for rice. Cook a week’s worth of quinoa, barley or other grains that you can portion out and freeze to use in salads, as a stir-fry base, or in soups and other dishes.

Try: Watercress + Quinoa Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette | Detox Meal Bowls

3. Slow cooker

This appliance is such a good investment. Make soups, stews, cocktails, dips, desserts and —most importantly, oodles of healthy meals—in it with hardly any work and very little cleanup.

Try: 12 Make-Ahead Healthy Slow-Cooker Meals | 50 Healthy Slow Cooker Meals | 25 Things You Should Be Making in Your Crock-Pot

4. Sturdy stock pot

A 4-quart will do, but 6 or 8 is ideal. Make huge batches of healthy soups ahead of time, then portion out into freezer bags. Simply reheat for a healthy meal when you’re strapped for time!

Try: Creamy Vegan Cauliflower Soup | Easy White Bean Soup with Sausage | 25 Super Healthy Soup Recipes

5. Food processor

This is a must if you love making cauliflower rice or homemade burgers, patties or bread crumbs. (A blender won’t do these jobs as effectively.) It can also be used for sauces, purees and pesto.

Try: Cauliflower Rice Tabbouleh Salad | Hoisin Salmon Burger with Ginger Aioli | Blueberry Chocolate Chunk Vegan Ice Cream

6. Large baking dish

Perfect for making large batches of healthy meals like zucchini lasagna, quinoa bakes or roasted veggies. Ceramic, stoneware or glass will do here. Bonus if it has an airtight cover you can use to store a dish right in the fridge or freezer.

Try: Baked Rigatoni with Sneaky Cauliflower | Roasted Broccoli 3 Ways | Roasted Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts

7. Mandoline slicer

If slicing veggies for wraps, salads or gratins gets you down, this is the perfect solution.

Try: Healthy Sweet Potato Gratin | Ginger Chicken Lettuce Wraps | Zucchini Carpaccio Salad

8. Spiralizer

Make low-carb, gluten-free noodles from zucchini, sweet potato, carrots, cucumbers and almost any other veggie with this kitchen staple. Use them as “pasta” or as a base for wraps and salads.

Try: Zucchini Noodles with Pesto | 25 Alternative Noodle Recipes

9. Microplane Zester + Grater

Add flavor by grating/zesting citrus, hard cheeses, onions, ginger or garlic into salads, casseroles or salad dressings.

Try: Creamy Pumpkin Quinoa Risotto with Parmesan | Sweet + Spicy Cold Noodles | Baby Kale Salad with Citrus Dressing 

10. Mason Jars

These are invaluable for smoothies, juices, salads in jars, homemade nut butters and leftover storage. If you lose the lids, you can make candles or plenty of other crafts with them, too.

Try: 25 Mason Jar Salads | 17 Healthy Snacks to Pack in Mason Jars | 11 Fun + Healthy Mason Jar Meals 

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Healthy Spring Brunch Recipe: Nettle Omelet with Scallions + Parmesan http://hellonatural.co/nettle-omelet-with-scallions-parmesan/ http://hellonatural.co/nettle-omelet-with-scallions-parmesan/#respond Wed, 01 Apr 2015 11:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=48749 Who knew that nettles—you know, those pesky yard weeds that sting like the dickens when you try to pull them?—had such amazing hidden powers? The Chalkboard Magazine, that’s who. Just like dandelion greens, nettles have tons of health benefits. We’re sharing their recipe for a omelet made with stinging nettle, spring onions and Parmesan; it’s the perfect healthy spring brunch! Get the recipe below, and read even more about nettles on TCM.

Spring Nettle Omelet Recipe Not only are stinging nettles absolutely delicious, they’re super good for you… packed with fiber, protein, vitamins A, C, D, and K. Nettles are a miraculous anti-inflammatory, a treatment for seasonal allergies, and a known blood purifier. We brew nettles as a simple tea, saute them as we would spinach or other tender greens, and puree them into pesto. Once nettles are cooked, the infamous sting disappears, and you’re left with a nourishing, tasty veg.

Spring Nettle Omelet RecipeNettles seem to be cropping up at more and more farmers’ markets these days, or if you’re one of the adventurous foraging ilk, you might find nettles growing wild nearby. Please, harvest the nettles with care. Using gloves is always a safe bet, though a good set of tongs and scissors works. Just be careful not to casually brush your arm against the bush while harvesting.

Spring Nettle Omelet RecipeNettles and eggs make delicious companions. The tender greens are so good sauteed with a little spring onion and Parmesan, and tucked into a tender omelette. Of course you can eat this dish for breakfast, but remember omelets make for a wonderful lunch or easy supper too.

Nettle Omelet with Spring Onion + Parmesan
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Serves: 1 omelet
 

This lawn weed makes for a delicious, nutritious breakfast.
Ingredients
  • 3 packed cups trimmed and washed nettle leaves (see notes above about the necessary precautions for handling fresh nettles)
  • 2 Tbsp chopped spring onion or scallion
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp grated organic Parmesan
  • 2-3 free-range eggs
  • Splash of water
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Unsalted butter, organic
  • optional for garnish: chopped onion greens and/or flowers

Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Add nettle leaves. Use tongs to toss nettles and coat them in the warm oil. Add a sprinkling of sea salt to the greens. Cover the pan, turn the flame to low and continue to cook nettles for a few minutes until the leaves are wilted and tender.
  2. Place cooked nettles on a cutting board and coarsely chop. Set chopped nettles next to your stove so that you can easily add them to your omelet in just a few minutes. Place your grated Parm next to the stove top as well.
  3. Set a small cast-iron (or non-stick) pan over medium heat so that it can thoroughly preheat before you cook your omelet. In the meantime, whisk eggs vigorously in a mixing bowl with a pinch of salt, a few grinds of black pepper, and a tiny splash of tap water.
  4. Place ½ tablespoon butter in the hot pan. Swirl it around to coat all sides. (If the pan is too hot and the butter browns, use a paper towel to wipe out the pan, adjust the flame and start with a fresh pat of butter.) Once the melted butter has coated the sides of the pan, immediately add the whisked eggs. Grab the handle of the pan and tilt it so the eggs evenly coat the bottom, and slightly up the sides, of the pan. Once the eggs start to form large bubbles, use a spatula to pull the eggs from the edge towards the middle of the pan, letting the runny eggs fill the void. Repeat this action in 3-4 places until there’s no longer excess runny egg to fill a void.
  5. Once your eggs have a nice rumpled surface, sprinkle the grated Parmesan onto the omelet. Next add the chopped, cooked nettles. (If the omelet still looks a little underdone to your taste, turn the flame to low and cover the pan for just a minute or so. I personally like my omelettes with a slightly gooey middle.) Slide the omelette from the pan onto a plate, letting it fold onto itself.
  6. Serve omelette right away and garnish with onion greens (and flowers if you’ve got them). Enjoy!

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25 Skinny Veggie Pasta Recipes http://hellonatural.co/25-skinny-pasta-recipes/ http://hellonatural.co/25-skinny-pasta-recipes/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=48084 There’s nothing like pasta. Except, maybe… fake pasta? You still get the whole experience, only with virtually no guilt. So don’t blame us if while trying to satisfy a pasta craving, we actually started liking faux-pasta. Zucchini, sweet potato, you name it. Here are 25 skinny pasta recipes you can indulge in without fear of carb overload.

25 Skinny Pasta Recipes1. Zucchini fettuccine with cilantro pesto by Hello Natural. Cilantro pesto and zucchini fettuccine make a fresh and delicious pair that you’re gonna make over and over.

2. Sweet potato noodles with roasted red pepper “cream” sauce by The Detoxinista. A creamy, vegetarian dish that’s filling as well as light in calories.

3. Zucchini Noodles with Meat Mushroom Tomato Sauce by Joyful Healthy Eats. This meal is done in 30 minutes and leaves you feeling like you gave your family a nourishing meal!

4. BBQ chicken zucchini noodle casserole by Julie Eats & Treats. There’s nothing like a baked pasta casserole… that’s lighter than you’d think!

5. Vegan pad thai with zucchini noodles by Food Fitness Fresh Air. A flavorful pad thai made vegetarian, with delicious zucchini noodles.

Pesto Zucchini Noodles | Zucchini 3 Ways | HelloNatural.co6. Zucchini noodles with pesto by Hello Natural. Just look at the colors on this one! Summer food at its best.

7. Eggplant manicotti by Skinny Chef. Take your fake-pasta to the next level with this tasty manicotti recipe, using eggplant instead.

8. Spaghetti squash and turkey cheese bake by I Food Real. A comforting casserole, which replaces spaghetti with healthy squash, but still tastes divine.

9. Cottage pie with a twist by The Healthie Foodie. Zucchini spaghetti. Sweet potato slices. Ground meat. Total deliciousness.

10. Creamy lemon herb shrimp on zucchini noodles by A Communal Table. Inspired by Shrimp Scampi pasta, this recipe replaces the carbs with zucchini and the result looks amazing!

 CREAMY OKINAWA SWEET POTATO PASTA WITH LEEKS AND PANCETTA11. Creamy Okinawa sweet potato pasta with leeks and pancetta by Inspiralized. Sweet potato noodles taste delicious, and the color is gorgeous!

12. Spaghetti squash garlic noodles by The Joyful Foodie. The perfect Asian side dish, only replaces real pasta or noodles with just as tasty squash spaghetti.

13. Mushroom zucchini pasta by Grim Grains. Swap the grains for zucchini, and get ready for one of the best vegetarian dished you’ve ever had.

14. Daikon noodles with red cabbage, spinach slaw and sesame mustard dressing by Gourmande in the Kitchen. Fresh, crisp and tangy, these daikon noodles with red cabbage and spinach slaw are irresistibly crunchy.

Vegan butternut squash 15. Vegan butternut squash lasagna with cashew cheese and kale pesto by Food by Mars. Take the guilt and the meat out of lasagna and you get a comforting vegan dish you’re still gonna love.

16. Sausage and kale over butternut noodles by A Whole New Twist. A tasty and hearty meal that is easy enough for a weeknight.

17. Zucchini noodles with avocado sauce by Simple Vegan Blog. I don’t know about you, but I could go for some of this creamy goodness right now!

18. Lemon pesto salmon and zoodles by Recipe Righter. A fresh and refreshing meal, with baked salmon and healthy zoodles.

19. Egg drop soup with zoodles by I’m Bored Let’s Go. Have you ever considered replacing soup noodles with zoodles? This Asian-style recipe is a game changer!

20. Spaghetti squash carbonara by The Buttery. Can’t let go of spaghetti carbonara? With this lightened up recipe, you don’t have to.

Cheesy Italian spaghetti squash bake21. Cheesy Italian spaghetti squash by From Calculus to Cupcakes. A low fat, vegetarian, low carb lasagna that the whole family will love.

22. Vegetarian lasagna by Happy Healthy Hunters. With sweet potato and eggplant, you won’t miss any of the grains in this vegetarian lasagna.

23. Garlicky sweet potato noodles by Oh My Veggies. With Swiss chard and burrata, these sweet potato noodles are gourmand’s a dream come true!

24. Salmon and avocado BLT bowl by Confections of a Foodie Bride. A perfectly healthy combo that’s nourishing as well as incredibly tasty.

25. Spicy sweet potato carbonara by Running to the Kitchen. This sweet potato carbonara is made spicy with some red pepper and sriracha for a great, noodle-less version of a classic pasta comfort food.

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From Argan to Wheat Germ: 10 Oils to Start Using for Amazing Skin http://hellonatural.co/ultimate-guide-best-oils-amazing-skin/ http://hellonatural.co/ultimate-guide-best-oils-amazing-skin/#respond Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=46233 Oils have recently shed their bad rap and once again we can appreciate them for all their beneficial properties. The oil-free ads once permeating the beauty shelves are being replaced with the positive health effects of natural oils, it’s just a matter of finding the right oil for your skin. Natural oils can treat, moisturize, protect, and change your skin. The following guide to the best oils for skin is your go-to resource for getting even more gorgeous.

Oils for Aging Skin

1. Argan Oil

Often referred to as “liquid gold,” argan oil containing high levels of Vitamin E it promotes healthy collagen, treats acne, and premature signs of aging. It’s been used extensively on hair, because of its high content in Vitamin E.

Product picks: Josie Maran Argan Oil Hair Serum | Laura Mercier Moisture Supreme Foundation

2. Olive oil

Olive oil is high in vitamins A and E, which have anti-aging benefits. It’s also an intense moisturizer, cleanser and protector, plus it helps fight inflammation (and subsequently sun damage).

Product picks: Earth’s Nectar Green Olive & Lavender Scalp Oil | Sea of Love Firming Body Emulsion

Oils for Aging Skin3. Coconut Oil

It’s true, we love coconut oil. Why? It repairs cells, is high in antioxidants, and smoothes skin. It promotes soft skin and hair, giving it a healthy glow, and it can remove makeup. Basically, it’s your skin’s best friend.

Product picks: L’Occitane Hand Cream | Earth’s Nectar Monoi Hair Milk

4. Avocado oil

Avocado oil increases collagen production, and is rich in vitamins A, D, E. Moisturizes and fights free radicals that make your skin age.

Product picks: Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Avocado Leave-In Defining Cream |First Aid Beauty Milk Oil Conditioning Cleanser

Oils for Acne Prone or Sensitive Skin

5. Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil mimics our body’s natural oils and is a great multi-use oil for moisturizing skin. It’s non-greasy, anti-inflammatory, and a natural emollient.

Product picks: Origins Ginger Gloss Smoothing Body Oil | Hourglass No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil

products-picks-acne-prone-skin6. Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp seed oil is non-comedogenic, which means it won’t clog pores, and it has anti-inflammatory properties. It protects the skin from free radicals and helps maintain skin’s elasticity and softness.

Product picks: Hempz Couture Volumizing Shampoo With Pure Organic Hemp Seed Oil | Nature’s gate Moistusizing Lotion

7. Grape Seed Oil

has astringent properties as well as anti-inflammatory properties. It helps regulate skin’s natural oil production and brightens it with Vitamin C.

Product picks: Avalon Organics Olive/Grape Seed Hand & Body Lotion | Petal Fresh Pure Conditioner

Oils for Dry Skin

8. Sunflower Oil

can be used alone or add a few drops to your moisturizer, it’s vitamin E provides a protective outer skin layer to keep moisture in. It’s also packed with vitamins A and D and proteins.

Product picks: Kiehl’s Since 1851 Sunflower Oil Color Preserving Shampoo | Miracle Worker Miraculous Anti-Aging Moisturizer

9. Safflower Oil

provides a barrier to prevent moisture loss. It’s rich in vitamin A and linoleic acid, both of which activate cell renewal.

Product Picks: Butter London Handbag Holiday Cuticle Oil | Equavie Sesame Delight Moisturizing Body Oil

products-picks-dry-skin10. Wheat Germ Oil

is nutrient-rich oil containing vitamins A, B, C, D, and E. This means high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory power, as well as fatty acids and proteins.

Product picks: Mario Badescu Vitamin E Body Lotion | Christophe Robin Moisturizing Hair Oil with Lavender

No matter what your skin need may be or what type of skin you have, there’s a natural oil that can help you have amazing skin!

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6 Flats Every Girl Needs http://hellonatural.co/6-styles-of-flats-every-girl-needs/ http://hellonatural.co/6-styles-of-flats-every-girl-needs/#respond Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=48063 Of all accessories, shoes are my obsession. And while there’s nothing I love more than a pair of skinny jeans and some great heels, I’m a practical girl at heart, so the majority of time you’ll see me wearing flats. I walk a lot so I like to be comfortable, and in my book, you can do comfort without compromising style. Here are 6 flats every girl needs that do just that.

6 Flats Every Girl NeedsWhether your style is fashion forward or conservative, I have your back with my top 6 styles of flats every girl should own. Because if we are already giving up some height, then we should definitely up our flats game, don’t you think?

BALLERINAS

Banana Republic Womens Aida Ballet Flat | J.Crew Factory Anya suede ballet flats | Banana Republic Womens Ashley Bow Ballet Flat | Gap Women Classic Leather Ballet Flats

POINTED TOE

Dolce Vita ‘Adrena’ d’Orsay Flat | Madewell the d’Orsay Flat in Spot Dot | BP. ‘Moveover’ Pointed Toe Flat | J.Crew Factory stripe amelia flats

SPORTY

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Suede Sneakers | New Balance ‘420’ Sneaker | Sole Society 2750 Cotu Classic Canvas Sneaker | Steve Madden Ecentric Leopard Pony

ESPADRILLES

Kendall & Kylie Madden Girl ‘Poppyy’ Espadrille Flat | Soludos Espadrille Slip-On | Kaanas Wayuu Cap Toe Lace Up Espadrilles | Kaanas Tahiti D’Orsay Flats

LOAFERS AND MOCCASINS

J.Crew Factory Addie calf hair loafers | Gap Classic Loafers | J.Crew Factory Addie suede loafers | Gap Women Classic Loafers

OXFORDS

Halogen® ‘Lauer’ Oxford | Franco Sarto ‘Alicia’ Oxford | Sam Edelman Women’s Balfour Oxford | Barneys New York Wingtip Oxfords

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Easy Pavlova Recipe with Fresh Berries + Kiwi http://hellonatural.co/easy-pavlova-recipe-with-berries-kiwi/ http://hellonatural.co/easy-pavlova-recipe-with-berries-kiwi/#respond Mon, 30 Mar 2015 11:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=48751 When it comes to spring desserts, light and easy are key. We’re entering into the season of warm breezes and sunshine, and it’s important that our sweet treats follow suit. This light pavlova recipe with fresh spring fruit is simple enough to make, but still special enough for a celebration.

Spring Fruit PavlovasSpring fruit pavlovas are amazing this time of year. With large varieties of fresh fruit popping up in the market, these crispy, airy little nests are the perfect canvas to show off the season’s bounty. Pavlovas are incredibly simple to make and only take a few ingredients, which is why it’s important to use the best ingredients possible. Fresh eggs and high quality sugar the key to a perfect pavlova.

Spring Fruit PavlovasSugar In The Raw Organic White® is a new product from the maker of Sugar In The Raw® and is part of the In The Raw® family of sweeteners, which also includes zero-calorie Stevia In The Raw® and Monk Fruit In The Raw®, and Agave In The Raw®. It is not only wonderful for baking but is also Eco Friendly. It’s organic, Eco-social All Fair Certified plus it’s packaging is recyclable. The Sugar In The Raw White Organic was amazing in these pavlovas; perfectly sweet and rich in flavor.

Spring Fruit PavlovasI topped these mini Pavlovas with sweetened whipped cream and a variety of fresh fruit such as blackberries, kiwi and strawberries. Use whatever fruits you’d like to top these lovely little nests. The possibilities are endless!

Spring Fruit PavlovasFor more information about Sugar In The Raw Organic White and where you can buy it, visit their website or find them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube.

Spring Fruit Pavlovas
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Serves: 12 servings
 

Light and airy Spring Fruit Pavlovas are filled with sweetened whipped cream and fresh fruit.
Ingredients
  • 4 large egg whites, room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup Sugar In The Raw Organic White®
  • Sweetened whipped cream and fresh fruit for serving

Instructions
  1. Position oven racks to the top and bottom third of the oven and preheat to 275 degrees. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Position racks in the center if using two ovens.
  2. To the bowl of an electric mixer add egg whites, cream of tartar, and salt. Beat on medium low speed until foamy, about 3 minutes. Add Sugar In The Raw Organic White, one tablespoon at a time and beat to incorporate. Slowly increase speed to medium high and beat until egg whites are thick and glossy.
  3. Gently spoon egg mixture onto prepared baking sheets in 12 even dollops. Use a spoon to create an indent in the tops of each Pavlova.
  4. Bake pavlovas for 60 minutes. Keep oven door closed and turn off oven. Let the Pavlovas sit in the oven for an additional 60 minutes. Remove from oven.
  5. Top each Pavlova with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream and fresh fruit.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of In The Raw via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Beta-carotene Eye-Enhancing Beauty Smoothie http://hellonatural.co/beta-carotene-rich-eye-enhancing-smoothie-hg/ http://hellonatural.co/beta-carotene-rich-eye-enhancing-smoothie-hg/#comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 11:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=48067

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When mixing up a smoothie, don’t overlook a classic ingredient your eyes will love – carrot! Carrots contain a high concentration of beta-carotene, a red-orange pigment found in many plants and fruits. Beta-carotene is a precursor form of vitamin A.

The body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A, which is essential to the health of the eye. This Beta-carotene Eye Enhancing smoothie is a twist on the simple carrot juice smoothie. Since beta-carotene is a fat soluble organic compound its absorption is enhanced if eaten with fats. The powerful combination of carrot and coconut is delicious and ensures the greatest absorption of the beta-carotene abundant in the carrots.

Beta Carotene Carrot Smoothie Beta-carotene Eye-Enhancing smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut milk or coconut water*
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • dash of nutmeg
  • pinch sea salt
  • top with coconut flakes, raisins &/or oatmeal

Instructions

This recipe serves one smoothie equaling about 2 cups.

Add coconut milk or coconut water, chopped carrot and frozen pineapple into the blender. Add one dash each of nutmeg and sea salt. Blend until smooth. Top with coconut flakes, raisins &/or oatmeal. Enjoy!

*When selecting coconut water choose products with zero added sugar! Sugar comes in sneaky forms on ingredient lists (i.e high fructose corn syrup, fructose, dextrose, evaporated cane juice, lactose, maltose, sucrose, agave nectar…) Coconut water should have only one ingredient if it is the good stuff!

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11 Natural Zit-Zapping Home Remedies http://hellonatural.co/11-natural-remedies-for-zits/ http://hellonatural.co/11-natural-remedies-for-zits/#respond Sat, 28 Mar 2015 11:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=48173 11 Natural Remedies for ZitsGrowing out of my teen years, I thought zits would become a funny (although painful) memory of the past. Guess what—they didn’t! Every once in a while, a solitary pimple appears just before a special event, as if to remind me about a certain guy called Murphy and his law. After trying toothpaste and other silly ways of zit-zapping, I’ve rounded up the best natural remedies for zits, and decided to stick with these tried-and-true homemade methods.

DIY zit-fighting treatment by Hello Natural - 11 Natural Zit-Zapping Remedies1. DIY zit-fighting treatment by Hello Natural. This natural treatment mixes jojoba oil with garlic and tea tree oil, and it fights zits with its anti-bacterial properties.

Homemade pimple cream by Blah Blah Magazine - 11 Natural Zit-Zapping Remedies2. Homemade pimple cream by Blah Blah Magazine. Thyme oil is an efficient weapon against pimples and blackheads, especially when paired with bicarbonate soda.

Homemade zit zapper by Little House Living - 11 Natural Zit-Zapping Remedies 3. Homemade zit zapper by Little House Living. Featuring a number of essential oils, this zit zapper comes in convenient tube form for easy application.

Aspirin acne mask by The Beauty Department - 11 Natural Zit-Zapping Remedies4. Aspirin acne mask by The Beauty Department. Get rid of blemish with this aspirin- and distilled water-based face mask.

Strawberry Asprin face peel - 11 Homemade Zit Remedies5. Zit-zapping strawberry face peel by Hello Natural. An exfoliating, zit-reducing face mask made with strawberries, aspirin and lemon juice.

DIY lavender melrose acne treatment spray by Veggie Converter - 11 Natural Zit-Zapping Remedies6. DIY lavender melrose acne treatment spray by Veggie Converter. Mix melrose and lavender essential oils with witch hazel in a handy spray bottle.

DIY facial mask by DIY Fashion - 11 Natural Zit-Zapping Remedies7. DIY facial mask by DIY Fashion. This anti-acne mask is made with household ingredients such as baking soda, honey and cinnamon.

Oatmeal face scrubs for acne by Boldsky - 11 Natural Zit-Zapping Remedies8. Oatmeal face scrubs for acne by Boldsky. Oatmeal works great as an exfoliant and it helps clear the skin, whether you mix it with honey, turmeric or milk.

Practically free zit cream by Sunny With a Chance of Sprinkles - 11 Natural Zit-Zapping Remedies9. Practically free zit cream by Sunny With a Chance of Sprinkles. Getting rid of acne doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. This cream is made with just baking soda and water!

Melaleuca zit zapper salve by Jenni Rain Cloud - 11 Natural Zit-Zapping Remedies10. Melaleuca zit-zapper salve by Jenni Rain Cloud. A salve made with melaleuca essential oil, coconut oil and beeswax to give you clear skin.

Ice Zit Remedy - 11 Homemade Zit Remedies11. This shrink-a-pimple method by Hello Natural might just be the easiest and cheapest way to reduce pain and swelling from a zit: ice cubes.

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DIY: ‘Pretty In Pink’ Floral Candles (Perfect for Mother’s Day!) http://hellonatural.co/diy-pretty-in-pink-floral-candles/ http://hellonatural.co/diy-pretty-in-pink-floral-candles/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=49195 Now that it’s (finally) spring, we can enjoy anything and everything floral—including these super easy (and super pretty) DIY floral candles, made by recycling old candles and flower petals. What a perfect Mother’s Day gift…to give or receive.

diy-carnation-petals-candle-10-1We’ve already shown you how to make candles using eggshells, pumpkins, ice cubes, paint cans and canning jars. These floral candles are a great way to use up candle leftovers, miscellaneous glass jars, or flowers that you just can’t part with.

Get the full DIY at Natural Vitality’s Organic Connections magazine and learn how to make one for mom—and/or yourself. (We also did a DIY sweat-stain remover in partnership with them recently.) Happy candle-making!

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No-Fail Plan: 11 Natural Ways to Beat Spring Allergies http://hellonatural.co/no-fail-plan-11-natural-ways-beat-spring-allergies/ http://hellonatural.co/no-fail-plan-11-natural-ways-beat-spring-allergies/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=47966 With lovely spring air comes the not-so-lovely inconvenience, or sometimes full-on attack, of seasonal allergies. It’s hard to enjoy the outdoors when all those pretty tree buds and flowers are the ones making you cough and sneeze (and making your eyes and throat itch), but there’s no need to rely on over-the-counter allergy meds—which can make you feel simultaneously drowsy and insane—to get through it. Here are 11 natural ways to combat seasonal allergies and get outside already!

11 Natural Remedies for Allergies11 Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies

1. vaporizer or steam

Natural Remedy Get Well Kit + DIY Eucalyptus Steam | HelloNatural.coUse a vaporizer (essentially a humidifier that releases warm steam) to combat allergy symptoms. A eucalyptus steam inhaler can also help with coughs and congestion.

2. inhaler

If you don’t have a salt cave nearby (find out if you do, because they are amazing!), a Himalayan crystal salt inhaler is an easy way to get the allergy-soothing benefits of salt therapy (a.k.a. halotherapy) at home.

3. tea

Allergy Herbal Tea | HelloNatural.coWe love tea for beauty, energy, detoxinginsomnia and a host of other ailments. You can add allergies to that list, though. Peppermint, Rooibos and ginger (among others) infusions are great for treating allergy-related sneezing, congestions and itchy eyes. Read up on tea’s allergy-relief benefits and get recipes for allergy-fighting herbal teas here.

4. take a bath

Not only will a bath relax you, it’s a great way to detox and decompress. Try one of these healing baths; if you don’t have time for a bath at night, take a quick shower (to rinse off pollen in your hair or on your skin) before bed. It’s especially helpful if you can wash your hair at night. That way your bedding will stay pollen-free as well. While you’re in the bathroom, use one of these puffy-eye treatment methods.

5. apple cider vinegar

apple-cider-vinegarTake a spoonful of organic, raw (that part is very important!) apple cider vinegar a couple times a day to decrease mucous production and get the lymphatic system moving again.

6. air filter

An air filter is a must for pretty much everyone—not just those who suffer from allergies. The New York Times tested a variety of HEPA, UV-C and ionic models.

7. honey or bee pollen

Honey Cellulite Massage | HelloNatural.coTake a teaspoonful of raw, locally produced honey to combat seasonal allergies, hay fever or colds. It’s important to find local honey, as it is supposed to help your body adapt to the allergens in the environment around you—almost like an allergy shot. Bee pollen has also been shown to help with allergies; Mind Body Green has a great how-to on introducing it to your daily routine leading up to allergy season.

8. clean your bedding

You know, that place where you sleep 8 hours a night? Change your pillow case and wash your pillow often to reduce allergens, and don’t forget to deep-clean your mattress.

9. clean the house thoroughly

All-Natural Floor Cleaner Recipe | HelloNatural.coKeeping dust, pet dander and pollen from outside off of all your surfaces can help allergies tremendously. Clean floors often with a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter, and make sure you’re dusting ceiling fans, cleaning out window screens and cleaning out the vacuum filter often.

10. neti pot/nasal rinse

Neti pots are recommended by doctors as a natural, safe way to clear out nasal passages and relieve sinus pressure. Learn how to properly do one here—including how to clean your pot after use (very important!).

11. change your diet

Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Chicken Salad | Henry HappenedHot, spicy foods like cayenne, chili peppers or horseradish can thin mucous, which will clear your nasal passage. Studies have also shown that people who eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids (like salmon, walnuts, grass-fed meat and eggs, and avocado) are less likely to suffer allergy symptoms than those who don’t regularly eat these foods. Adding probiotics from fermented foods like kimchi or kombucha is also thought to fight off allergies.

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