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Ingredient to love: Acai

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We love acai! We love it so much that, for the month of February, we are highlighting this powerful superfruit in our special facial. Acai berries are found throughout Central and South America and have been popular in recent years here in the states as the new “it” food for energy, detoxification and nutrition.

Acai contains powerful antioxidants called anthocyanins and flavonoids. Both of these play a huge role in protecting the body against free radicals and oxidative stress. They can also aid in the body’s cell protection system. This is tremendously helpful for your skin because oxidative stress and free radical damage are leading causes of inflammation, dermal thinning and premature aging. Not only does your skin receive these benefits when adding acai to your diet, it can also benefit from direct, topical use of acai. Acai has been added to many serums and lotions to boost antioxidant levels, but the easiest way to use it topically – and the most fun – is in mask form.

Acai Antioxidant Mask

1 tbsp acai powder (you can also use frozen (thawed) or fresh acai, if that’s available to you)
1 tbsp raw organic honey
1 tbsp organic, full fat, plain yogurt

Mix all ingredients together
apply to clean, damp skin for at least 20 minutes
Rinse thoroughly and apply appropriate moisturizer or serum

This mask is great to do once a week and can be applied after an enzyme mask, like Osmosis Polish or Sanitas Payapa Mask!

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Loving Lavender

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Lavender has so many wonderful benefits for the mind, body and skin. It is one of the most universally used essential oils. From the kitchen to the spa, lavender is considered a vital ingredient. This time of year, with shopping, party planning, overindulging and traveling on the agenda, lavender comes in handy! Here are just some of my favorite uses for lavender essential oil. How do you like to use it?

Anti-fungal – add to tea tree oil for toenail fungus and other fungal skin irritations

Calming – use in aromatherapy or massage for calm mind

Headache relief – add a few drops to some eucalyptus in a tissue and inhale, or add a few drops to massage oil for neck and shoulder massage to relieve tension headaches.

Sleep aid – soak in a bath fragranced with organic lavender essential oil before bedtime, or add some dried lavender to your chamomile tea.

We found this great article packed with additional information on this wonder herb!

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Wonderous Apple Cider Vinegar

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I love Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) in homemade salad dressing…but this wonder-liquid is so much more than a condiment. Both of these great articles point out some of the creative ways to use ACV in the house, for your health and (of course) in your beauty regimen!

28 Health & Beauty Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar to the Rescue – 10 Ways

My favorite non-salad related uses listed are the homemade toner, post sunburn elixir and house cleaner. What’s yours?

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Ingredient to Love: Sweet Wormwood Extract

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I recently posted about a new product in the Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare line called Restore that I absolutely love! The main active ingredient in Restore topical and internal products is Sweet Wormwood Extract. While this ingredient may be relatively unknown to the skincare world, it has been used for years in Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat a number of illnesses and imbalances. Everything from Hemorrhoids to Malaria has seen relief from the use of this herbal extract.

SWE is known for its anti-inflammatory and healing properties. Because the skin is a self-healing organ, the additional help of SWE to aid in wound healing and remodeling at the cellular level is welcomed. This ingredient can be used on any skin type and condition. I highly recommend Restore to my clients because it is proven effective treating acne, rosacea, hyper-pigmentation and melasma, both in the short and long term.

It has been clinically proven to improve and strengthen immune function in the body which should improve overall wellness and conditions that relate to our immune system. – Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare

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Essential Oils for Gum Health

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In my latest shipment from Living Libations, I had them add in some essential oil drops for healthy gums and teeth so that I could add it into my daily routine. I’ve heard so much about the Natural Dentistry” products and have wanted to try it out for a while now. The idea is to brush gently floss gently and treat the gum line with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory essential oils in order to maintain a healthy mouth without the use of fluoride or harsh synthetic ingredients. Here’s more on Living Libations’ Healthy Dentistry Philosophy. Their Healthy Gum Drops (what I will be using for all of November) include cinnamon, sea buckthorn berry, tea tree, clove, rose, oregano, peppermint and thyme.

I’ve used essential oils to clean my house, scent my laundry, boost my massage oil, and make my skin treatments more lovely and beneficial…but I have to admit that I’ve never used them as part of my oral care routine. I will let you know at the end of this month how I’m doing with these Healthy Gum Drops. Until then, let me know what you think!

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