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I love learning about natural beauty remedies and organic ingredients that I can use at home to create my own beauty products! Have you ever heard about Maguey Sap?
I just learned about 100% Organic Maguey Sap that is the perfect ingredient for at-home beauty masks and scrubs. Salviana has recently introduced their product that is 100% Organic, Vegan, Non-GMO and Chemical Free. When combined with common ingredients (oats, salt, or sugar), it results in a scrub that leaves skin polished, glowing and refreshed.
About Raw Maguey Sap:
The MAGUEY is an ancestral plant that lives in a semi-desert area, with little to no rain fall. It reaches maturity between 8-12 years old, and flourishes only once before ending its lifecycle.
It survives in this hostile environment by storing a nutritious sap in its wide and thorny leaves called “pencas”.
Check out these amazing DIY recipes, developed by Denielle Nicole Wegrzyn for Salviana:
Sweet Salviana Scrub
1 tblspn Salviana
1 tblspn brown sugar
1 tspn raw organic oats (for calming)
1 tblspn extra virgin olive oil
-mix, scrub or leave on for 15 mins-enjoy exfoliating!
Salviana Nana Mask
2 tbspns Salviana
1/2 under-ripe baNANA
1/2 tspn of ground cinnamon
-mix, leave on for 15 mins and chant blemishes be gone!
Yo, get your Salviana mask on!
1 tblspn Salviana
1 tblspn plain greek YOghurt
1/2-1 tbspn matcha green tea powder
-mix, add more yoghurt if needed, leave on for 15-20 mins-enjoy feeling calm and bright!
Parents, despite the numerous measures they take to keep their children in good shape, often overlook one of the most effective ways to help support their kids' health—essential oils.
Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts that are scientifically proven to provide therapeutic benefits to children. They are considered effective health boosters as their aroma can deliver instant effects to the brain. Aside from aromatherapy, they can be applied topically.
Proper Dilution of Essential Oils for Children
Since essential oils are highly potent extracts, using them for children requires extra care. Before applying essential oils directly on your child's skin, you must dilute it with any carrier oil (e.g. coconut oil, avocado oil, grapeseed oil) first.
Generally, the concentration should only be about 0.25%. This means 0.25% of the mixture is the essential oil while the remaining 99.75% is the carrier oil. In other words, four teaspoons of chosen carrier oil must be mixed with each drop of essential oil.
The 0.25%-concentration is the safest concentration level for children, but you can add a little more as your child gets older. For two- to six-year-old kids, the concentration may be increased to 1%. For six- to ten-year-old kids, the concentration may be increased to 1.5%.
Health-Boosting Essential Oils
There are a variety of essential oils that can be used to help keep your kids at their healthiest. Their benefits range from treatment of wounds to relief of stress and anxiety. Below are some of the best essential oils for boosting your child's health.
1. Blue Tansy
Blue tansy essential oil is a great choice during seasons when diseases become more prevalent. It can stimulate your child's hormones and can give your child a boost of energy.
Blue tansy essential oil has a number of infection-fighting properties including antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties. You may diffuse this essential oil if your child is suffering from digestive and respiratory disturbances.
You may also dilute this oil and apply the mixture onto your child's skin. It helps heal a number of skin inflammation and disorders such as insect bites.
Thieves essential oil is another child-friendly oil that can keep sickness at bay. Taking in this oil's aroma helps enhance your child's immune system. It also has antibacterial properties which help ward off symptoms of common diseases such as cold and flu.
You can create a DIY disinfectant spray by mixing distilled water, witch hazel, and a drop or two of thieves essential oil. This is especially handy when your child loves to play with things that potentially hold bacteria.
Your child's overall health is not always dictated by his physical shape. If your child is suffering from mental uneasiness such as excessive mood swings or difficulty in sleeping at night, diffusing valor essential oil would help.
Its calming scent can relax your child's mental state with an added bonus of boosting his immune system.
Frankincense essential oil is renowned for its cell-regenerating properties that help promote healthy cells and tissues in your child's body. It is also an effective cure for oral health problems such as cavities and toothaches, respiratory disorders, as well as digestive disorders.
If your child is suffering from or is prone to skin problems, frankincense essential oil is a good choice. Topical application of diluted frankincense oil can help moisturize and replenish dry, irritated skin and heal skin rashes.
Eucalyptus extract is commonly used as an ingredient in creams and ointments. This is because it has soothing properties that can deliver results instantly. Eucalyptus essential oil contains the same properties which are also known to stimulate the immune system.
Eucalyptus essential oil is a natural decongestant as well and can be used to soothe joint and muscle pain and relieve symptoms of asthma and respiratory tract infections.
During the seasons when proper exercise and diet seem to be not enough to keep your child in good shape, using these essential oils can help provide additional support to his health. Just remember, no matter which essential oil you use for your child, proper dilution and safe handling are a must!
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I have always enjoyed beets from my dad's garden. I learned to love them as a small child, and I love them now! Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that beets could be delicious in a juice! It makes sense, though.
Beetology™ is dedicated to the art of creating delicious beverages and foods from one of nature’s most nutrient dense vegetables and the finest organically grown fruits.
Beetology™ beverages contain no more than five ingredients – nothing but organic, natural, cold-pressed juice. We’re especially proud of their pure, farm-to-table pedigree. All five varieties are 100% non-GMO, U.S.D.A. Certified Organic, and Certified Fair Trade. The 100% juice blends contain no preservatives, additives, artificial colors, or flavors. They are also non-soy, non-dairy, and certified kosher, making them perfect for anyone, any time.
The Beetology juice blends come in the following flavors: Beet + Berry, Beet + Cherry, Beet + Lemon & Ginger , Beet + Tropical Juice, and Beet +Veggie. (Pictured below. I couldn't wait to try them, so that is why the first bottle is half full.)
I received my samples of Beetology juice blends on a very warm day, and so they did not last long. Each flavor was so delicious, so perfect, and so satisfying. I never knew that beets could taste so good in a juice blend. The bottles that these tasty beverages come in are very pretty, too. I am saving them to turn them into vases.
For more information go to: http://kayco.com/brands/beetology210
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
National Picnic Day Necessities
Spring has sprung, and that means it's time to take get outside and advantage of the sunshine! With National Picnic Day coming up on April 23rd, you'll have the perfect excuse to grab a blanket and basket for an outdoor celebration.
Thinking about what to pack? Don't stress! Just make sure you have enough snacks and beverages (wine for the adults!) on hand to keep you fueled for the day. Whether you are planning a romantic picnic for 2 or a family outing with the kids, we've got you covered.
A few of my top picnic-friendly picks are below:
For the Adults
Wine: Pack the picnic basket with a bottle of wine! Santa Margherita's Sparkling Rose has a pink hue that introduces a subtle succession of floral fragrances lifted by white fruits and delicate hints of red berry fruits, while offering a versatile drinking experience.
Snack Olives: Know the kids gravitate to salty snacks over sweet ones? Pack up Gaea Olive Snack Packs! Full of authentic Greek Flavors, low-calorie, and containing zero additives, these are a perfect alternative to salty snacks this spring.
For the Kids
Flavored Water: Stay hydrated! Fun for kids and smart for parents, AquaBall's naturally flavored water is the only zero-sugar, zero-calorie, zero-preservative children's beverage around. Available in four flavors, Berry Frost, Fruit Punch, Grape, and Strawberry Lemonade, and features fan favorite characters from Disney's Frozen, Disney Princesses, Marvel's Avengers, and Disney Classic Characters, the bottle alone will bring a smile to any kid's face.
For Everyone Else
Granola: Cravings something sweet? Throw a treat like Viki's Granola "on-the-go" Packs into your picnic basket that can be enjoyed guilt-free!
Oatmeal Fruit Squeezes: Packed with wholesome whole grains & real fruit bites, Munk Pack's ready-to-eat Oatmeal Fruit Squeezes are perfect as an on-the-go picnic snack. Even better, they are gluten-free, non-GMO, kosher and certified vegan.
Flax Chia Seeds: Bringing yogurt for the day? Pack your picnic basket with protein-packed Carrington Farms Organic Milled Flax Paks for a unique superfood blend to sprinkle on top, and fight hunger!
Popcorn: The Little Kernel, the newest popcorn brand on the market, is the perfect addition to any picnic! Not only is this a delicious treat perfect for everyone to enjoy, but also a better-for-you snack that has a unique, hulless, "miniature kernel." Popped in 100% pure olive oil, each popcorn is gluten-free, non-GMO, dairy-free, kosher and certified whole grains.
Pasta: Whip up a quick, easy and nutritious pasta salad with Explore Cuisine, an alternative pasta brand that integrates beans, peas, lentils, and rice to provide you with nourishing meals which are easy, quick, colorful, and simply delicious! All Explore Cuisine products are vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO and jam packed with nutrients.
Sparkling Water: Stay hydrated with Sparkling Ice! An excellent soda alternative, Sparkling Ice is slightly carbonated with B-Vitamins, Vitamin D and antioxidants. This light and refreshing beverage is the perfect addition to any picnic, containing zero calories, zero carbs, and is gluten free and sodium free.
5 Natural Solutions for your Backyard
We are heavily dependent on modern technology for almost everything. Seemingly quick and easy solution, high tech equipment has its downsides. First of all, it wastes natural resources (even in situations where it doesn’t have to). It can also lead to increased pollution.
Truth of the matter is we can do a lot with naturally made items. This is the precise reason why DIY is so popular nowadays. Not only does it save money, it also helps us avoid all the issues of modern technology.
If you wish to live naturally, without relying too much on tech, these are solutions you have to consider.
1. Rainwater barrels
Rainwater barrels were around for centuries. They aren’t anything revolutionary and that is their main charm.
As the time went by, we became spoiled and started relying solely on water provided by a local water distributor. This is really wasteful and expensive. Even if you do not wish to use rainwater for drinking or washing yourself, there are many things which can be done in your backyard if you have a barrel of free rainwater.
Like with everything else, people expanded on this idea and nowadays you can even find rainwater tanks that work submersible tank pumps. But, getting a tank and water pumps can be expensive in itself. A cheaper yet great solution would be to
buy pump from ForPumps.
2. Creating organic compost
Most families have different plants in their backyard. Whether we are talking about flowers or vegetables, they need constant care.
Now, big companies would like you to buy chemical products and use them as fertilizers. But what if you can create that same fertilizer without paying any money?
You can create an area for disposing your organic trash. This trash should be exposed to the elements which will quicken its process of decomposition. In the end, you will have free fertilizer that only costs you some space in your backyard.
Windmill works perfectly in conjunction with barrels. It provides the necessary energy for manual labor performed around the house.
Have in mind that windmills are really modern nowadays. They can be used for generating electricity for your whole home. Although this is undeniably a great solution, you can also accomplish a lot with simple old wooden windmill.
4. Vegetable garden
If you have a big family you should definitely consider planting fruit and vegetable garden.
Food prices are constantly increasing and we don’t even have any idea what we’re eating. There is a lot of organic food but it costs a lot. So, why don’t you go for simpler solution and just make food yourself?
Vegetable gardens are becoming increasingly popular in western world. This is partially due to slow economic decline many countries are experiencing. Having in mind that a lot of people lost their jobs in last 10 years and weren’t fully able to recover, this method provides a valid solution that allows homeowners to take care of their family.
5. Use old wood
This is not so much of an idea as a notion that should lead you through life.
Like most other materials, wood can be recycled. In worst case scenario all you’ll have to do is reshape it for the next object. Anyway, it definitely beats getting new planks and generally speaking, wooden material.
So, the next time you decide to tear down an object in your backyard, make sure to save that wood, place it in a shed or some other impregnable room and leave it for later use.
A lot can be accomplished by simply recycling and turning to nature.
There is no need for you to waste money when there are perfect natural solutions to be used.
I love natural skin care products. I can bet that you probably have someone on your holiday 'give' list this year who also LOVES natural skin care. EO skin care has products that are hand crafted with essential oils and natural, organic ingredients.
The folks at EO® are dedicated to making personal care products that nurture the people who use them, respect people who make them, and honor the planet we all share. Here's what they have to say about their products:
"We think what we put on our bodies is as important as what we put in our bodies. We like to know what’s inside our lotions, soaps, and shampoos. So, here at EO®, we research, develop, manufacture, and ship our own products. We didn’t dream of being manufacturers--it’s hard work and often thankless. But we learned that the only way to ensure that the quality inside every bottle was up to our standards was to make it ourselves."
I was sent a wonderful variety of EO products to review, and I am head over heels with them! Any of these (below) would make someone very happy this holiday season!
Let me tell you about each product I received:
Nutrient-rich botanical extracts and Coconut derived cleansers help to create a protective barrier for processed or chemically treated hair. Quinoa protein and Vitamin E adds strength and protection while softening hair. This sensual shampoo gently cleans and restores the natural radiance of your hair, leaving it softly scented by indulgent essential oils. This luxurious shampoo cleanses my hair thoroughly, yet gently. The essential oils of rose and chamomile create a lovely uplifting fragrance. My hair is left beautifully shiny and bouncy.
Nutrient-rich botanical extracts are blended with nourishing Jojoba and Coconut oils to deeply strengthen and moisturize processed or chemically treated hair. Vitamin E restores softness while a beautiful, indulgent blend of essential oils leaves hair softly scented. Colored hair is safely softened, smoothed and brought back into balance. My hair has never looked healthier! This amazing conditioner leaves my hair silky and soft. My split ends just seem to vanish.
This remarkable night serum is packed with organic botanical ingredients to help restore your skin's natural radiance. This elixir of antioxidant-rich Argan, Meadowfoam, Pumpkin, Rose, Tsubaki, Avocado, Macadamia, Hemp, Sunflower, and Carrot Seed Oils is intensely moisturizing for healthier, younger looking skin. My skin looks absolutely radiant after using this serum nightly for a couple of weeks now. My skin usually gets dry and chapped in the colder weather, but this restorative formula has kept my skin supple and youthful.
Rich botanical extracts are combined with Oat Betaglucan and the nourishing oils of Jojoba and Sesame to restore skin’s moisture. A refreshing blend of essential oils awakens the senses while this light lotion rejuvenates dry skin. Oh, this lotion is pure bliss for my senses! It makes my skin utterly soft and silky, and it smells divine. A very uplifting scent!
This versatile lotion is light and moisturizing enough to be used on face, hands and body. Nutrient-rich plant extracts and Vitamin E are combined with soothing Aloe and French Lavender essential oil to leave skin nourished and gently scented. Formulated for every body and priced for every budget. I love how this lotion can be used on my face, hands and body. How perfect is that? You can stick it in your overnight back and be set! It not only smells amazing, it makes my skin feel like a million bucks. It is perfectly hydrating and makes my skin beyond soft.
Enter to win! One winner will receive a tube of Everyone 3-in-1 Lotion in the fragrance of their choice. (ARV: $6)
How? It's easy! Just enter to win using the Giveaway Tools below. Good luck!
For more information or to place an order before Christmas, go to: https://www.eoproducts.com
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
The election is over, and winter is on its way. Now is the time to de-stress my skin and protect it from the colder weather that is coming. I have recently been introduced to a few wonderful all natural brands: Odylique, FATCO, and Believe Organics. My skin is already looking and feeling amazing! Below is a brief overview of my newest favorite brands.
Odylique is a beautiful range of accessibly priced eco-luxe products designed to care for the most sensitive skin. Formulated to meet the demands of 21st century living, Odylique is a high performance, sophisticated and award-winning organic skincare from the UK.
Avocado 24-hour Replenishing Cream: For a winter day cream, or night cream, Avocado 24-Hour Replenishing Cream provides your skin with nature's finest contribution to smoothing out lines. Select extracts of sea buckthorn and horsetail help promote skin regeneration while nourishing cold-pressed avocado and olive oils offer rich helpings of protein, minerals and anti-oxidant vitamins.
The heavenly blend of essential oils including lavender, frankincense, bergamot and ylang ylang has superb balancing and cell-regenerating qualities, but can also
Silk-Touch Cleanser: This unique double-action formula deeply cleanses and removes make-up whilst providing the ultimate in skin comfort and long-lasting rehydration. Its oil-gel texture absorbs all make-up and impurities then on contact with water, instantly transforms into a light, easy-rinse milk leaving your skin incredibly soft, silky-smooth, clean and moisturized. Offering all the benefits of gentle cleansing with wash-off freshness, it leaves behind no oily residue or dryness and provides up to 8 hours of rehydration for all skin types.
Creamy Coconut Cleanser : This detergent free and all organic coconut cleanser is gentle and highly effective for all skin types. Whether you have normal-dry, oily or mature skin, this award winning cleanser will ensure that your skin’s impurities, and toxic oils are removed and gently replenished with a subtle trio of pure essential oils that not only make your skin soft and vibrant but also calms the skin and is particularly effective with rosacea probe skin.
To use, simply apply the cleanser and then rinse or whisk away with damp cotton pads to leave your skin thoroughly clean, smooth and refreshed. It also makes an excellent eye make-up remover too.
FATCO is a luxury skincare collection that is comprised of the highest quality and 100% organic ingredients. FATCO specializes in producing REAL skin products that are free from preservatives, chemicals and toxins. Its range of products only the highest quality ingredients, which include Argan Oil, Coconut Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Almond Oil, Sesame Oil, Jojoba Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Rosemary Essential Oil, and Frankinscence Essential Oil.
Believe Organics’ Cleansing caviar, clarifying toner, & facial elixir are all you need for clear, radiant skin. Feel the organic difference with a gentle non-sudsing cleanser, a clarifying toner, followed by a nutritious moisturizer specifically crafted for your face.
Step 1 - Cleansing caviar: The perfect aily facial cleanser for super soft skin. A pure and natural alternative in skin care and acne prevention. Detoxifying, non-sudsing clay based formula which provides gentle cleansing and light exfoliation with acne busting power. Cleansing caviar is simple, pure, and delightfully effective. For a weekly organic facial, allow yourself a few minutes to feel the tingling of a deeper detox prior to rinsing to help the true YOU emerge.
Step 2 - Clarifying Toner: This toner with fingertip mister to balance and condition your complexion. Toner may be applied anytime, anywhere to feel refreshed but is especially beneficial to your face after the use of cleansing caviar or detox bath. It’s all natural ingredients clarifies the skin and tighten pores.
Step 3 - Facial Elixir: dropper top full of nutritious oils specifically blended for your face. Nourishing, balancing, and quickly absorbed. Delicately scented with floral and refreshing citrus notes.
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Reviva Labs is celebrating its 43rd Anniversary with the introduction of yet another natural skin care breakthrough: Ultra-Potency Vitamin C + Antioxidant Serum with News-Making Emblica + Vitamin E + COQ10 + More.
Your skin’s solution to environmental pollution! EMBLICA (from the Indian Gooseberry plant) is the unique ingredient that has additional qualities, different than other antioxidants. Antioxidants protect skin from free radicals, the major cause of skin aging. Current antioxidants protect against sun’s “oxygen” free radicals but not pollution’s “nitrogen” type of free radical.
So, besides a higher potency Vitamin C itself, Reviva Labs new Antioxidant Serum – with EMBLICA can be the first to neutralize both so pollution/auto exhaust damage can now be combatted. Thus, a new level of protection against wrinkles, loose skin, even skin cancer! If we can educate young and mature consumers to create a habit of using our New EMBLICA Antioxidant Serum under their day cream or sunscreen cream, make-up, or alone, we’ll be helping them gain an invaluable long-range beauty benefit.
I received a sample of Ultra-Potency Vitamin C + Antioxidant Serum with News-Making Emblica + Vitamin E + COQ10 serum to review. I have been using it for about a week now. I apply it all over my face, neck and upper chest area after cleasing. (Morning and night.)
I love how it absorbs nicely into my skin without leaving any kind of residue, just softness. I use this serum before I apply my day/night cream. I feel like my skin is a lot firmer, and I can definitely see a new radiance as well as a freshness to my looks. I can really see a difference ever since I have been using Reviva Labs Antioxidant Serum.
Here I am with much younger looking skin with help from Reviva Ultra-Potency Vitamin C + Antioxidant Serum
One winner will receive a bottle of Reviva Labs Ultra-Potency Vitamin C + Antioxidant Serum (ARV: $32)
How? It's easy! Just enter to win using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
For more information go to: https://www.revivalabs.com
In Oregon, where I live, it always seems to be raining in the spring. I yearn for warmer weather when I can plant my garden, but that probably won't be for awhile. Until then, I can enjoy healthy and delicious food that I can grow myself in my kitchen with Back to the Roots indoor gardening sets.
Back to the Roots was founded by two young men during their last semester in college. What started with urban mushroom farming in Oakland, CA has turned in to a fun line of Ready to Grow and Ready to Eat products to help reconnect kids and families with their food.
Sometimes, we want to grow food ourselves, taste the absolute freshness, and show kids how mushrooms or herbs grow. And at the other times, we're busy, running out the door, and we just want to eat something - like breakfast cereal - that's already been cooked for us. But we believe the underlying trust, transparency, and consciousness shouldn't change from the produce aisle to the grocery aisle, or from ready to grow to ready to eat. We believe in a future where all food comes from the kitchen, not a lab; and where R&D teams aren't biochemists, but our grandparents.
I got the chance to review Back to the Roots Organic Mushroom Garden Kit.
Grow gourmet, organic oyster mushrooms right out of the box in just 10 days! Just open the box, mist with water, and harvest 10 days later. The Mushroom Farm lasts for months in the box unopened, making a great gift item for kids, families, foodies & chefs! Includes:
- organic plant-based soil (can grow multiple crops!)
- oyster mushroom spawn
- spray mister
- BONUS: organic heirloom tomato seeds to grow with your composted mushroom kit
I was in awe of how quickly my mushrooms grew. They are so delicious and it is wonderful for me to know that my mushrooms are GMO free and organic. It has been the perfect science project for my son, Braxton to see how mushrooms grow. He never liked mushrooms before, and now he loves them!
Enter to win! One winner will receive their choice of a Mushroom Farm or Garden-in-a-Can Herb Set from Back to the Roots. (ARV: $23)
How? It's easy! Just enter to win using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
This is the Garden-in-a-Can Herb Set
For more information about Back to the Roots go to: http://backtotheroots.com/
Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product to review. All opinions are my own.
Dedicated to creating the most effective, organic product on the market, Jeffrey James fashioned a sophisticated, natural skincare line that adapts to every skin type and concern. Jeffrey James Botanicals combines modern skincare with science and natural actives to create a truly luxurious, organic experience. Below are the descriptions of the products.
A rich blend of organic essential oils and ocean minerals create a therapeutic facial cleanser to nourish and repair dry, blemish-prone and rough, damaged skin. Vitamin E and Rose Hip Oil diminish discoloration and repair scarring. Botanicals soothe and renew skin cells and stimulate cellular regeneration.
Bamboo heals and energizes skin, while Aloe Vera, essential oils and raspberry extract draw out toxins. High in antioxidants and bio-flavonoids, this scrub nourishes and protects skin while gently exfoliating for accelerated cell regeneration.
Rejuvenate skin with Glycolic and Alpha Hydroxyl Acids that boost cell renewal and collagen production. Bee propolis and royal jelly restore proteins and enzymes to reveal healthier, more supple skin.
Hyaluronic Acid makes up 50% of this formulation to draw moisture from the environment to skin. This serum penetrates deeply to activate collagen production for a fresh, youthful complexion.
Intensive antioxidant repair serum defies aging by restoring skin’s elasticity. Argan stem cells accelerate skin’s natural repair process to rejuvenate tired complexions. Vitamin C brightens and boosts collagen production while hyaluronic acid deeply nourishes to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
For more information go to: www.jeffreyjamesbotanicals.com
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review. All opinions are my own.