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The Best of Natural Laundry

laundry | The Best of Natural Laundry | skin conditions
So many people suffer from dermatitis, eczema or skin sensitivity. These people must avoid harsh additives like perfumes, artificial fragrances and fabric softeners. For this reason, many choose natural alternatives for their laundry needs. I personally find some of these alternatives do not live up to expectation in the cleaning and freshening departments. But there is good news! I took to the internet to research the very best laundry options for those who want to avoid harsh ingredients yet demand quality. Here’s what I found – and tested – to be the best:

Best natural laundry detergent –

http://www.mrsjonessoapbox.com/products/laundry-soap-fabric-softener-all-in-one-72-108-washes

DIY detergent recipe – which I personally use!

http://wellnessmama.com/462/homemade-laundry-detergent/

*I personally use Dr Bronners lavender bar soap option in this recipe, and add in a little oxyboost for whitening

Best natural fabric softener DIY

http://www.overthrowmartha.com/2013/07/diy-100-natural-laundry-fabric-softener.html

Wool Dryer Balls – a necessity!! I add a couple drops of young living lavender or purification to them before using – amazing!
http://www.amazon.com/Smart-Sheep-Eco-friendly-All-Natural-Softener-Great/dp/B00GA9P5P0

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DIY with essential oils

diy oils | DIY with essential oils | at home spa

I absolutely LOVE Young Living essential oils. They make such a great addition to my at-home spa bag of goodies!! You already know that I love using my raw organic honey…but these are two DIYs that fit in seamlessly with my regular skincare routine. The toner is the perfect calming, cooling and cleansing combination – and s so easy to make. It’s also wonderful to have on hand for minor skin irritations, burns and post shaving! The face oil is something I created to add under moisturizer for cooler winter months when skin feels on the dry side. I also use this on my feet with socks before bedtime to keep them super soft!

Lavender Toner
1oz glass spray bottle
1 tbsp witch hazel
distilled water
15 drops young living lavender essential oil

drop lavender in glass bottle
add in witch hazel
fill the rest of the bottle

Lemon Lavender Oil
10 drops young living lemon oil*
10 drops young living lavender oil
1 oz jojoba oil

combine all oils in glass bottle!

*this oil is photosensitive, please use sunblock!!

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Pitaya: the most beautiful fruit

pitaya | Pitaya: the most beautiful fruit | skin nutrition
Want to have the prettiest smoothie on the planet? Try a little PITAYA – or Dragon Fruit. This superfood from Central America has been cherished for centuries. Although this fruit is also found in Asia, the pitaya from Central America has more fruit inside and is much more pink in color.

The Pitaya fruit sprouts from a big beautiful white flower that only opens its petals under the night sky. The strong sun rises in the morning, and burns off the flowers petals. You are left with a small bud ready to grow into a delicious Pitaya fruit.

Dragon fruit is low in sugar and high in lots of good stuff: fiber, omegas, antioxidants, magnesium and love enzymes…to name a few! All of these are powerhouse nutrients that feed and nourish the skin, helping it glow! This company is now selling individual smoothie packs of flash frozen dragon fruit, making it the perfect and easiest base for smoothies or smoothie bowls. Step aside acai – ha ha! I kid…but seriously – watch the acai…companies are starting to add sugar to those smoothie packs and bowls. Plus, acai is kind of the less pretty step sister to this magnificent magenta fruit.

Has anyone used this in smoothies before? Do you love it? Im going to pick some up right now!

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The Skin – Gut Connection

gut | The Skin   Gut Connection | skin nutrition
I talk / rant about this all the time with my clients, friends and family. If you want to heal your skin issues, you need to heal your gut. You simply cannot have healthy skin if your digestive system is inhibited or inflamed. Not possible. Taking daily probiotics is a great first step in improving gut health – but the buck does NOT stop there. Most of the time, healing the gut involves doing away with overindulging in sugar, refined foods, etc. Many times, it is necessary to remove these things altogether (at least, at first.) This allows the gut to heal and beneficial flora to build back up. If you suffer from premature aging, pigmentation, acne, rosacea or eczema…you are a candidate for some good ol’ gut healing! Start by reading this article here

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My Favorite Honey Masks

honey masks | My Favorite Honey Masks | at home spa
These are my very favorite honey masks. They are so easy, require minimal ingredients and pack a punch for your skin. I recommend honey masking 1-2 times per week, in between professional facial treatments. My clients already know this, but I’m not a huge fan of home exfoliation. I’d much rather my clients use a daily serum and moisture treatment, keep their skin fairly clean and honey mask weekly…saving the big jobs for their facials (which I recommend every 4-6 weeks.) Raw honey is easy to find, inexpensive and has no shelf life – what better mask ingredient could there be? Here are the recipes:

For Uneven Skin Tone
1 tsp raw honey
1.2 tsp fresh lemon juice OR 2 drops lemon essential oil*

For Sensitive Skin
1 tsp raw honey
1 tsp pure aloe vera
1 drop lavender essential oil*

For Oily Skin
1 tsp raw organic honey
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon or nutmeg
2 drops purification essential oil blend*

For Dry or Mature Skin
1 tsp raw honey
1/2 tsp raw organic coconut oil
1 drop frankincense essential oil*

**All of the essential oils I use at bien-etre spa and in my own home are from Young Living. I believe that they are of the highest quality. I’ve used them for more than 10 years, and over the past year more actively. I have been blown away by how many benefits they provide in addition to my healthy diet and skin regimen. If you’d like more information on these amazing oils, please contact me anytime!

pixel | My Favorite Honey Masks | at home spa

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