You Should Be Taking Tumeric

Turmeric is such a wonderful ingredient with anti-microbal, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. Taken internally with a bit of coconut milk, honey or black pepper, turmeric can boost vitality and decrease inflammation internally. It will also help support liver health! I also really like using it in my facial masks with a bit of yogurt, lemon and honey. Turmeric will aid in softening and brightening the skin, and reducing any redness or inflammation topically!

 

Here is a great summary of the basic benefits found in turmeric powder and recipes to incorporate it into your diet:

http://herbalacademyofne.com/2013/12/turmeric-the-golden-goddess/

 

 

Get to Know Carrier Oils

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Carrier oils, or base oils, are plant based oils used to dilute essential oils for topical use. They can also be used to make body scrubs, face masks and used for hydration and massage in general. There are soooo many to choose from, so how do you know which will work best for your needs? here ya go! This is a great place to start in learning about carrier oils. A wonderful resource for naming the main constituents, vitamins, thickness and useage for popular plant based carrier oils. My favorites are still coconut for body and rosehip, tamanu, grapeseed, jojoba and avocado for face!

 

http://www.sproutinghealthyhabits.com/carrier-oils/

Amazing Ayurvedic Mask DIY

 

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Ok, this mask is…wow! I will be introducing it in my January Facial Special for sure! In the meantime, you may want to try it out at home – Raw honey can be the base of many great face masks, including this one!!

 

http://freeandnative.com/free-native-1/2015/10/18/ayurvedic-hydrating-and-purifying-face-mask

Greenwashing in Cosmetics?

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This article from Kristen Arnett’s Green Beauty Team discusses the topic of greenwashing in the current cosmetic industry. Greenwashing is the act of implying that a product or brand is more “green” or “natural” than it really is.

It’s greenwashing when a company or organization spends more time and money claiming to be “green” through advertising and marketing than actually implementing business practices that minimize environmental impact.

In some cases, the packaging and branding of skincare or bodycare is completely misleading. I tell my clients to always read labels and be mindful of the products they use. Unfortunately, we cannot rely on advertising and packaging to tell us which products are best for our skin, because they can be very misleading.

Some of the companies listed (and this list is not even half as long as it should be) may surprise you…let me know your thoughts!

Companies know that selling a product as eco-friendly, natural, or green is appealing for many consumers. This can be a grey area and not heavily regulated either. Instead of investing in green and organic ingredients however, they simply change their packaging and branding. Consult your natural practitioner or holistic esthetician, and read ingredient lists. It can be confusing but doesn’t have to be if you know what to look for.

Here’s a list of commonly used ingredients to avoid:

PEG, parfum, perfume, fragrance, EDTA, parabens, petroleum, aluminum, dioxins, PABA, DEET, etc – see graphic above for more!

 

Essential Oils and Skin Detox

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As many of you know, I am in the second week of a 90 day Candida Cleanse. In the past few years, I have taken one or two “sugar-free” months to help general digestion and maintain good health. Now that I am deep in the middle of my Master’s degree in Holistic Nutrition, I knew it was time to step things up a notch. I’ve been meaning to do this cleanse for a while now, but decided that this spring was the perfect time.
That being said, this is not going to be easy! I am up for the challenge though, and know that in three months I will feel so healthy, clear, balanced and strong!

Here’s more information on Candida and cleansing, for those who haven’t read my previous posts on the subject.

I’ve found the second week of any cleanse or detox to be the hardest. That’s when cravings really start to feel their strongest and it’s also when detox mode goes into full effect. I feel more tired than normal, have had some minor headaches and some slight skin breakouts (yes, estheticians get those too from time to time!) In order to help my body let go of toxins the right way, I am upping liver support, eating nutrient dense whole foods, drinking literally a ton of water a day, and incorporating powerful essential oils.
For my skin in particular, I am also doing four things: detox baths, dry brushing, honey masks, and a fantastic skin elixer.

Jennifer’s skin elixir (applied twice daily over my Osmosis serum):
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1 drop Melrose blend
1 drop Lavender
1 drop Frankincense
1 drop Joy blend

4 drops essential oils (listed above) in a very small amount of pure organic jojoba oil, massaged into face and neck. These oils are wonderful for supporting healthy detox while also supporting a healthy immune system. The idea here is to aid your body in it’s natural functions, not suppress symptoms. Each of these oils and blends help strengthen the skin!

**For more information on the oils I use and highly recommend to enhance your skin and health routines, visit my Essential Oils page on the top menu!

Look for more skin recipes in my next few blog posts while I make my way through this health transformation. Learn with me as I earn my Master’s in Nutrition and get inspired with tons of ways to combine skincare, body care and nutrition!

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