Breaking Free from Chemicals

All Natural Beauty Recipes

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All-natural is the newest trend in skin and hair care. For years, we’ve been putting toxic chemicals into our bodies that build up and make us feel tired and sick, regardless of whether we eat them or if they seep though our pores through the beauty products we use. And people are finally catching on that natural is better, especially when it comes to natural beauty recipes.

Most stores now have a line of “natural” beauty products. Unfortunately, they often come with a big price tag. Oftentimes, many of these products are not actually “natural,” so it does pay to do your homework to ensure you are getting what you pay for.

Fortunately, making your own beauty products isn’t too difficult. So, if you want beauty products that you know are natural and are also inexpensive, just make them yourself. Here are 3 quick and easy natural beauty recipes you can make at home yourself.

Facial Mask and Toner
Eating good food helps give your body the nutrients it needs to look its best. You can get even more of these vitamins and minerals by putting the good stuff right onto your skin.

You can make an amazingly nutrient-rich face mask that will improve both the tone and texture of your skin by combining one mashed carrot, one mashed avocado, and one beaten egg with a half cup of honey. Stir all the ingredients together well, use two clean fingers (or a makeup applicator) to apply a small amount to your face. Let the mask set for about 15 minutes, and then wash off with cool water.

After you’re washed and nourished your skin, you can use grated cucumber or diluted lemon juice as a toner to help tighten your skin and close up your pores to keep your skin looking clean and youthful.

Hair Conditioner
Many people spend a lot of money on conditioner to make their hair look and feel fabulous. But you don’t have to spend a lot to look like a million bucks. Here’s a great natural recipe that will help save you money and improve the health of your hair.

Mix one egg yolk and a tablespoon of castor oil together and apply it to your hair, from the ends up to the roots. Let sit for about ten minutes, and then rinse thoroughly. You can use this conditioner every so often (twice a week or less) for healthy, shiny hair. If you like to experiment, you can try mixing in some herbs, like basil, calendula, fenugreek, flaxseed, lavender, licorice, marshmallow root, parsley, peppermint, rosemary, sage, or thyme for even stronger, healthier hair.

Hand and Foot Cream
A quick face mask will help make you look great in no time at all, but hands and feet generally require extra special care.

For a foolproof conditioning hand and foot cream, mix together ½ cup of olive oil mixed with natural sea salt. Massage this thoroughly into your hands and feet, leave it to soak for a few minutes, and then rinse it off with warm water.

When it comes to natural beauty recipes, this is only the beginning. You can find hundreds of different combinations in natural beauty books, magazines, and on the Internet. Or you can go to your kitchen cabinet and make your own special creations.shea butter lotion bar

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home remedies for indigestion
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Five Herbal Indigestion Cures

home remedies for indigestionIndigestion is a broad term that covers any number of digestive problems, all of which can ruin a good day. It often pops up unexpectedly and usually at the worst possible moment. There’s a plethora of over-the-counter remedies to deal with digestive issues, but the truth is: They don’t always help. And even worse than that, most of them are full of potentially harmful chemicals that you really shouldn’t mess with, let alone put them in your body.

The good news is that nature has already provided us with some amazing herbs that can help relieve the suffering caused by occasional or chronic indigestion. Here’s a list of some of the best.

Peppermint. Peppermint has long been used to cure stomach illness. It quells nausea. I used to suck on peppermint candy all the time when I was pregnant – because I had morning sickness all the time. It did help, but it also made my horrible heartburn worse. Peppermint is not recommended for those who suffer from acid reflux or GERD.

But it can help soothe other types of indigestion. You can utilize peppermint in a number of ways. Often simply inhaling peppermint oil can help calm an upset stomach. If you have peppermint oil on hand, you can place a drop of oil in a glass of water to help with general stomach upset.

Ginger. Ginger is another common indigestion cure. Simply chewing on a small piece of candied, pickled, or raw ginger can help soothe an upset stomach. You can also add ginger juice to boiling water. Just add a little honey to sweeten it, and drink it down as a simple indigestion tea.

home remedies for indigestion

Anise. Anise, which tastes a lot like black licorice, also helps cure indigestion. The most basic preparation requires crushing one to two teaspoons of seeds and steeping them for ten minutes in boiling water. Use a tea ball or bag to avoid having to strain the seeds from the water.

Parsley. I always add parsley into anything I put garlic or onions in to help prevent bad breath. In fact, I think a lot of people do this. I never knew that by doing so I was making it easier for my family and me to avoid indigestion. Try chewing on a few leaves after a meal, or put a bunch of parsley in a blender with a dew cups of water to make a parsley juice to drink.

Cinnamon. Cinnamon has been commonly used to aid digestion. Specifically, it aids in liver function and helps boost metabolism. It also helps indigestion. Instead of taking a teaspoon of dried cinnamon orally, consider taking capsules. A teaspoon of dried cinnamon can be very difficult to consume by itself. It doesn’t taste very good in such large quantities an may actually burn your mouth and/or throat.

Finally, consider drinking a warm glass of water with lemon when you’re suffering from indigestion. Green apples, fennel, dandelion, and chamomile can all be used to cure indigestion too.

Indigestion is a common ailment that often results from eating foods that aren’t good for you. However, healthy foods can cause it too. Instead of running to the pharmacy, consider opening up your refrigerator or spice cabinet. You probably already have a great natural cure right at your fingertips.

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