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DIY Herbal Headache Soother with magnesium oil

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Headaches are the worst. Unpredictable and persistent, the furious throbbing of headache pain can make it difficult to concentrate and nearly impossible to function. Small tasks seem mountainous when all you want to do is retreat into a nest of blankets with the lights off and a pack of ice held up to your eyeballs. It is estimated that more than forty five million Americans suffer from chronic headaches, including 20% of children and adolescents. Yet, often the only options doctors give for relief are harsh medications that come with their own list of not-so-pleasant effects. This DIY herbal salve is a gentle, holistic alternative for headache soothing. Combining the calming aromatherapeutics of peppermint and citrus with a splash of tension-relieving magnesium, this easy salve can help to resolve a pesky headache without unwanted chemicals.

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Deep Conditioning Coconut Oil Hair Mask with Manuka Honey

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Natural hair care can be tricky. Countless "holistic" hair products can be found lining the shelves these days- all wrapped up in pretty leaf-decorated packaging and marked with insanely high price tags. The natural hair care industry is a booming one, with every savvy company out there scrambling to squirt nature-y sounding ingredients into bottles to bring "wholesome" designer product lines to the market. I've tried a fair share of these glitzy faux-organic shampoos and styling gels myself, and often ended up with a disappointing palmful of questionable ingredients and some pretty interesting hair days. When it comes to natural hair care, I have found that some of the most basic and inexpensive solutions are actually the best. This simple two ingredient hair mask featuring coconut oil and honey, is my favorite way to deep condition and bring some joy back to dry, damaged, unhappy hair.

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Tags: Avoid Toxins, DIY

That's Nuts! A Complete Guide to Soaking Nuts and Seeds

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Whether you eat them by the handful, flick them into your mouth one by one, or blend them up into smooth, sweet butters- nuts and seeds are undeniably delicious.  Beloved by many, these tasty little superfoods make powerful and convenient additions to nearly any type of diet. However, what often goes unrealized, is that nuts and seeds can be quite problematic and troublesome to digest when not cared for and prepared properly. Using questions from readers, I have pulled together this comprehensive guide for soaking nuts and seeds. Don't miss out on the proteins, minerals and healthy fats that these crunchy tidbits have to offer!

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Tags: Recipes, Fuel Your Body, DIY

Simple Homemade Lotion Bars with Organic Coconut Oil

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

It's no secret that I love making lotions. From whipped coconut oil and magnesium body butter, to nourishing tallow balm- it's just that easy to look like an impressive craft-master when you have simple and effective DIY lotion recipes at hand. Yet while I could mix up inspiring new skin-soothing concoctions for hours, schlepping around a big glass jar is at times far from desirable. On such occasions, homemade lotion bars offer the ideal balance, combining the replenishing powers of homemade moisturizers in a handy bar. Plus, you can also mold them into fun shapes and blend with healing essential oils that make you smile. Why it's almost too good to be true...

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5 Natural Ways to Prevent Sunburns: Healthy living tips

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

As breeze filled mornings melt into lazy afternoons and the sun reaches its vibrant seasonal heights, there is a sense of tender nostalgia that prevails as summer sets in. People line parade-filled streets, colorful flowers show their charming faces, gardens hang heavy with plump veggies and bright berries, and sandy toes bring traces of the beach into our homes. With the ample hours of sunlight bringing an opportunity to frolic about outdoors, summer certainly provides a chance to refresh and revitalize both the body and mind. Yet, one of the last things you probably want is to end up with is a raw, stinging sunburn nor is it desirable to take a time out to slather yourself in slippery, white, chemical-ridden sunblock. So, let’s explore some all natural solutions for your sun-worshipping woes. 

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Tags: Avoid Toxins, DIY, Connect With Nature

DIY Whipped Coconut Oil Body Butter with Magnesium Oil

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

You can go ahead and call it the "miracle mineral" if you want to, but all silly names and taglines aside, magnesium is a truly incredible nutrient. What more can you say about a mineral that is essential for the function of every single cell in your body? Learn how to make your own magnesium-infused body butter combining the healing benefits of lush cold-pressed coconut oil and organic cocoa butter, and scented with a splash of your favorite essential oils. Experience the benefits of transdermal magnesium therapy, while simultaneously replenishing the skin and delighting your senses: does it really get any better than that?

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Tags: Supplements & Remedies, DIY

DIY: Amazing Homemade Hair Gel with Bovine Gelatin

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Hair. Oh, the wacky things we do with our hair. Whether you are just trying to tame your fly-aways and frizzies enough to make it through the day or are scrolling through the infinite Hairstyle Boards on pinterest to create the latest gem-studded up-do, a lot of effort can go into creating lovely locks. One study recently reported that the average woman spends over $50,000 on hair products and cuts over her lifetime, with men not as far behind as they want you to believe. Instead of purchasing a mismatch of synthetic products to fill up your bathroom vanity and getting a lavish haircut to hide your hair insecurities, learn 3 easy tips to nourish your hair from the inside out. You can also make your own all natural hair gel...to make sure you are stylin' along the way of course!

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Tags: Avoid Toxins, DIY

Video: Homemade Whipped Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil Lotion

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

 We know that coconut oil is good for the skin...but getting it out of the jar? Well that can be a daunting, spoon-bending, jar-breaking endeavor. Ever since publishing our post on Saving your Skin: The Benefits of Coconut Oil, I have recieved several skeptical questions about how exactly to use awkward, solid coconut oil on the skin. I shared one of my favorite tricks in a post on Homemade Whipped Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil Lotion, and still get questions about it: "could it really only take one ingredient and just a couple of minutes?" "Is it that inexpensive to have a high quality moisturizer?" "Is oil actually okay to put on all skin types?" The answer is a big YES across the board, and here is a quick video to show you just how easy it is!

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Tags: Avoid Toxins, DIY

Healthy Fats for your Skin: Soothing tallow body balm

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

The cosmetic industry is confusing- and this is no coincidence. With the greedy drive to patent this and brand that, we have somehow wound up with over 10,500 unique chemicals currently being used in personal care products. Nowadays, one trip down the skin care aisle is enough to leave you cross-eyed from trying to read impossibly long ingredient lists. How many times have you just sighed and picked up the most attractive looking bottle on the shelves, in hope that it is somewhat decent? If you’ve been considering changing up your skin care routine, but can’t sort through the jumble of gimmicks, mishmash of health claims and clamor of promises about “wrinkle-reducing,” and “glow-revitalizing,” it might be time to head back to the basics...

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Tags: Avoid Toxins, DIY

Video: Make Your Own Coconut Milk using Organic Coconut Chips

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Coconut milk is d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s! Not only does it make a fresh-tasting addition to recipes, but it has incredible health benefits. Rich with energy-boosting fats and trace minerals, the unique composition of coconut milk makes it a very helpful and healing addition to many Western diets. Learn how to make your own coconut milk at home in just about 10 minutes using dehydrated organic coconut flakes. This is a great real food tip you won't want to miss!

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Tags: Recipes, Fuel Your Body, DIY

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