Stress. It happens. There are certainly those days when the tangle of deadlines, bills, chores, and appointments on my schedule just seem like way too much to handle. Add to this the sporadic dinging and buzzing of emails, texts and calls, and it can be tempting to throw my phone out the window and plop myself down on the couch in protest. Sound at all familiar to you? Lately I've been enjoying this DIY salve as a gentle relaxation-helper during the day. With carefully selected essential oils that refresh and reset the senses, and a touch of magnesium oil to help slow down the body and mind, it is a quick, luxurious treat. I recommend whipping up a few jars of this Stress Soothing Balm to tuck away in bags and pockets for some trusty, on-the-go tension relief.
A few weeks ago, my sister Kelsey wrote a post about how she healed her acne using real foods and superfood supplements. She is back to share one of her favorite all-natural ways to moisturize and replenish the skin using ingredients you can find in the kitchen!
Winter really took a toll on my dry skin this year. It seems to do so every year, despite my daily moisturizing techniques. Fortunately, I am a big fan of DIY face masks and have tried just about every single one out there...and if you have looked on Pinterest lately, you know there are a whole lot of face masks to try! I find it kind of fun to play around with natural ingredients and see how they really affect the skin. Plus, I also get to spook people with all that gooey stuff on my face! Recently I tried the classic banana and honey face mask, which left my skin feeling incredibly soft. I like this one in particular because it is super easy to make and offers a lot of great benefits for nourishing the skin inside and out.
For many people, chocolate hazelnut spread (popularized as ever-delicious Nutella) brings back gleeful childhood memories. I remember the very first time I tried the stuff- slathered messily over slabs of banana. I ate it right up and licked my fingers in approval. In college, the local cafe I frequented served up hip toasted Nutella sandwiches to ravenous and highly-caffeinated studiers all the time. The rich, creamy spread tasted so captivatingly delicious and frighteningly addictive, I often felt like it should have been forbidden. And to be honest, with a whopping 21 grams of sugar per serving and some questionably sourced added fats, maybe it should have been. I mean, does anyone ever eat just one serving? This homemade hazelnut spread is just as chocolate-y and sumptuous, but with a more satisfying and nutrient-dense spin.Read More
Reading the labels on household cleaners is just plain scary. “Toxic. May cause severe burns to skin, eyes and mucous membranes. Harmful if swallowed. Can irritate airways. May aggravate asthma and allergies. Wear safety glasses and rubber gloves when using.” Although these phrases are usually typed in an itsy-bitsy font on the very back of the bottle, warnings about the dangers of chemical cleaning products should definitely not be ignored. Consider swapping out store bought cleaners in your home for simpler DIY versions like this all-purpose spray with just 3 ingredients. Homemade cleaners are safer, healthier and way less expensive. Plus, I don’t know about you, but if I can avoid wearing a pair of goggles and a protective suit to keep myself safe every time I scrub the shower, I'm all for it.
Natural skin care is not an easy subject to navigate. Scrolling through dizzyingly long lists of DIY recommendations, it can be difficult to decipher what options will work, and which are just plain useless. Homemade oatmeal masks, sugar scrubs, green tea washes... how are you supposed to know what to try? After all, everyone has a different skin type with varying treatment needs. That's why we love the simple age-old tradition of honey cleansing, a gentle and effective face washing technique that requires just one ingredient and is universally beneficial for all skin types.
I want to let you in on a little secret: lip balms made at home are way better than store bought varieties. And believe it or not, whether you are awe inspiring-ly creative or DIY-leery, you (yes, you) can blend up your very own inexpensive, custom lip treatments in the kitchen in no time at all. This particular recipe combines just 4 whole food ingredients for an enviably smooth and sweet Coconut Oil Vanilla Lip Balm. Do-it-yourself, nutrient dense, lip balm perfection that can be whipped together in 10 minutes? Sounds secret-worthy to me!
There is so much to love about the beach. The rolling lullaby of the waves, the warm glow of the sun falling onto your shoulders and lacy traces of salt and sand left on your skin-- it's a bit of all-natural, outdoor therapy for the body and mind. Go ahead: close your eyes and dream about it for a moment. Mmm. The sea breeze, a collection of purple shells in your palm...I could go on and on. But not to worry, summer is almost here! And in the meantime, you can bring a hint of delightful ocean-ness into your life with this nourishing and texturizing DIY sea salt hair spray.
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.
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.
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!