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Tips for Making Body Scrubs At Home

22 Mar

 

If you are looking for a less expensive alternative to body scrub, try making your own at home. Here are a few tips to get you started:

Choose your exfoliant:

  • Sugar (gentler than salt scrubs)
  • Sea salt
  • Oatmeal

You can also add additional exfoliants such as:

  • Finely ground coffee
  • Almonds
  • Edible seeds

Choose your oils(s):

  • Apricot kernel
  • Jojoba
  • Coconut
  • Olive oil
  • Other oil of your choice

Choose your fragrance:

  • Essentials oils are an excellent option (Remember that you will only need a few drops. EOs are much stronger than Fragrance oils)
  • Sometimes I add a little castile soap which adds to the texture and provides fragrance
  • For a relaxing scrub-Lavender is a great addition
  • For an invigorating scrub- Citrus, Eucalyptus, and Peppermint are great additions

How to Mix:

  1. Add your dry ingredients to a clean dry container
  2. Add oil a little at a time until you get your desired texture
  3. Add fragrance a small amount at a time
  4. Mix thoroughly

Body scrubs are fun to make, and you can come up with a ton of different recipes. They also make great gifts. If you are making larger batches, look into natural preservatives and make sure you are storing in a cool dry place.

If you have any homemade recipes that you’d like to share, send them to naturalbyl@gmail.com.

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LINK: 7 Tricks for Getting a Better Night’s Sleep

28 Dec

This article gives some helpful tips for getting sleep. When it comes to sleep, I would much rather try a natural approach faster. That’s what you’ll find if you click HERE . I hope this is helpful.

If you have your own natural remedies for sleep or illness, send them to me at naturalbyl@gmail.com.

Photo Source: Babies-cute.com

LINK: Your Best Skin in 10 Minutes a Day

15 Dec

I saw this post on skincare yesterday.

“Your most gorgeous skin ever—in just 10 minutes a day!”

It gives step by step tips on how to care for your skin to get it to be as healthy as possible. Read it HERE.

Photo Source: Pretty Girl Rock

Using Essential Oils Safely

10 Sep

Essential oils are very concentrated and potent. Even small amounts can cause harm if used improperly. Here are my tips on how to use essential oils safely.

Do not apply undiluted essential oils directly to your skin, because they are too concentrated and may lead to a burn.

Essential oils are absorbed through the skin, so using too much can result in an overdose.

Make sure you store essential oils out of the reach of children.

Do not get essential oils in your eyes, nose, or ears. Wash your hands thoroughly after using essential oils. If working with pure essential oils, you may want to get disposable latex gloves (or latex-free alternatives) from the drug store.

Do not take essential oils internally. Even small amounts can be toxic and potentially fatal if ingested.

Before going out in the sun or to a tanning booth, avoid essential oils that increase your sensitivity to the sun, such as citrus oils (e.g. bergamot oil, grapefruit oil).

Do a patch test if you have allergies or think you might be sensitive to an essential oil. Test aromatherapy products (such as lotions or creams) by applying a small dab to your arm. For pure essential oils, add one drop in 2.5 mL (or 1/2 teaspoon) of vegetable oil and apply it to your arm. If the area turns red, or if there is burning or itchiness, wash the area and do not use that product.

Overuse of essential oils can trigger a headache or dizziness. Don’t exceed recommended amounts. If you’re working with essential oils (e.g. making your own lotions, candles, or bath salts) make sure you’re working in a well ventilated area or take breaks to go outside.

If you have a medical condition, consult a qualified practitioner before using essential oils. Certain essential oils should not be used by people with certain conditions.

People with liver or kidney disease should only use essential oils under the guidance of a qualified practitioner. Once absorbed in the bloodstream, essential oils are eventually cleared from your body by the liver and kidneys–using essential oils excessively may injure these organs.

Consult a qualified practitioner if you are using any medication, because essential oils may interact with certain medications. For example, relaxing essential oils such as chamomile, lavender, and melissa (lemon balm) may heighten the effect of sleeping pills or sedatives.

Written by Cathy Wong

Source: About.com

What Would You Like To See On NaturalReview?

4 Jul

I would like some feedback from you on what you want to see on NaturalReview.  It doesn’t have to be something I already know.  If I don’t know, I am willing to do some research.  Please leave suggestions and ideas in the comment section.

Farmer’s Market Trip

2 Jul

I am on a quest to eat healthier.  Lots of people think that means you will have to spend your entire paycheck on better food.  Some items that are better for you are more expensive, but sometimes you can find great ingredients without emptying your pockets.  I have made more of an effort recently to go to my local Farmer’s Market.

I went to the Farmer’s Market in Forest Park, GA today.  The pictures above are what I purchased.  I love going to the Farmer’s Market because it is beneficial for the people who are there selling their fruits and vegetables, and I can get what I need at a good price.  I usually spend around $20, and I come home with two full large bags.

*The Health Benefits of Drinking Water*

2 Jul

Yesterday’s Guest Blogger, Batise, reminded us of how important it is to drink water.  It’s good for our skin, it’s good for our hair, it’s good for us overall.  I am challenging myself to drink more water every day.  I am just now realizing how important it really is for my health.  Take a look at this information below:

The benefits of drinking water are extraordinary. Actually, pure drinking water is the most important nutrient of all. Yet the health benefits of drinking water are often ignored.

Every cell and system in your body relies on water to operate properly. Although you could live for over a month without food, you can only go for about 3 days without water.

The Importance of Drinking Water

The importance of drinking water and getting water benefits is essential to life – second only to oxygen. It’s a major component of your skin, tissues, cells and all of your organs.

Water is necessary to process and absorb all the nutrients from the foods you eat. It circulates through your blood and lymphatic system, carrying oxygen and essential nutrients to your cells. It also flushes out toxins and waste through urine and sweat.

Consistent lack of enough water (chronic dehydration) can cause constipation problems, hypertension, asthma, allergies, migraine headaches and many other health problems. Every single part of you and your functioning is dependent on water. For example:

  • Your body is around 66% water,
  • Your muscles are about 75% water,
  • The blood in your veins is 83% water,
  • Your bones approximately 23% water,
  • Your trillions of cells are 64-91% water,
  • And the brain in your head is 78% water.

Health Benefits of Drinking Water

As you can see, your very survival is dependent on clean water.

Looking at the many benefits of drinking water, you realize that pure, uncontaminated water could be considered a virtual fountain of youth wonder drug. Taken in optimum doses – about 8 glasses a day – you could produce the following miraculous results:

  • Reduce your risk of heart attack,
  • Decrease headaches and dizziness,
  • Have healthier, younger looking skin,
  • Burn fat, build muscle and lose weight,
  • Improve both digestion and elimination,
  • Increase mental clarity and performance,
  • Flush Toxins from your body more efficiently,
  • Lubricate and reduce pain in joints and muscles,
  • Reduce your risk of disease, infection and get well,
  • Increase energy, alertness and physical performance.

Good hydration also greatly decreases your need for taking medications. Plus, great additional benefits of drinking water are, it’s cheap, calorie-free and very convenient.

So, how’s that for an inexpensive, easy way to greatly improve your health?

Source: Bellaonline.com

What Does Natural Mean To You?

29 Jun

We all have our opinions about what it means to be natural.  For some of us it is about hair.   Some people think flat ironing is natural, some don’t.  Some people think dye is natural, some don’t.  For some it’s about a lifestyle. I think there are no right or wrong answers.  We each have to define it for ourselves.  My natural may not be someone else’s, but I can’t hold myself to everyone else’s standards.  So, how do you define natural for yourself?  What about you makes you natural?  Is there something in your life that you are striving for that would get you closer to your own definition? 

I look forward to hearing your thoughts and opinions.

Yoga-Half Lord of the Fishes Pose

28 Jun

This twist energizes the spine and stimulates the digestive fire.

Step by Step

Sit on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you, buttocks supported on a folded blanket. Bend your knees, put your feet on the floor, then slide your left foot under your right leg to the outside of your right hip. Lay the outside of the left leg on the floor. Step the right foot over the left leg and stand it on the floor outside your left hip. The right knee will point directly up at the ceiling.

Exhale and twist toward the inside of the right thigh. Press the right hand against the floor just behind your right buttock, and set your left upper arm on the outside of your right thigh near the knee. Pull your front torso and inner right thigh snugly together.

Press the inner right foot very actively into the floor, release the right groin, and lengthen the front torso. Lean the upper torso back slightly, against the shoulder blades, and continue to lengthen the tailbone into the floor.

You can turn your head in one of two directions: Continue the twist of the torso by turning it to the right; or counter the twist of the torso by turning it left and looking over the left shoulder at the right foot.

With every inhalation lift a little more through the sternum, pushing the fingers against the floor to help. Twist a little more with every exhalation. Be sure to distribute the twist evenly throughout the entire length of the spine; don’t concentrate it in the lower back. Stay for 30 seconds to 1 minute, then release with an exhalation, return to the starting position, and repeat to the left for the same length of time.

Source: Yogajournal.com

Even if you’ve never tried yoga, give this a try and  see how it feels.

June 27th is National HIV Testing Day

27 Jun
 
GET TESTED!!  MAKE SURE YOUR PARTNERS GET TESTED!!
The HIV/AIDS Epidemic in the United States Is REAL—Get the Facts!

Before we can stop any epidemic, we first have to recognize the magnitude of the disease. HIV is still a threat across the United States. And even though there are treatments to help people with HIV live longer than ever before, AIDS is still a significant health issue. Surprised? Get the facts:

  • Every 9½ minutes (on average), someone in the United States is infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
  • In 2006, an estimated 56,300 people became infected with HIV.
  • More than 1 million people in the United States are living with HIV.
  • Of those 1 million people living with HIV, 1 out of 5 do not know they are infected. (People who have HIV but don’t know it can unknowingly pass the virus to their partners.)
  • Despite new therapies, people with HIV still develop AIDS.
  • Over 1 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with AIDS.
  • More than 14,000 people with AIDS still die each year in the United States.