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Natural recipes to use around the house and whole body wellness.

7 Natural Items That Produce Healthy Skin

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What you put in your mouth is essential to having healthy skin and a glowing complexion. What occurs on you skin is a mirror image of your internal health. Eating the right foods will not only improve the texture of your skin, it can also protect against wrinkles and premature aging. Here are seven foods that will help produce and support healthy skin.  Healthy skin is a product of your diet, so let’s see what you need to eat so you can attain that youthful glow.

Blueberries


These deep purple berries are among the richest of all fruits in antioxidant compounds.  That means adding these beauties to your daily diet adds little warriors that will gobble up those horrible free radicals in the body.

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Blueberry Crumble

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Blueberry Crumble

Taste the Rainbow – Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Carrots 

These items are rich in carotenes. These foods replenish the skins supply of antioxidants, vitamin C and E and research shows they aid  in ridding the body of free radicals that can damage cells and are known to contribute to dry skin and wrinkles.

These foods are fun to play with and add nutrient content to your diet. They add a palate of color that allows your to eat with your eyes before digging in.

Sweet Potatoes are easily substituted for regular potatoes. Excellent sweet potato dishes include curries, pasta, casseroles and soup.  We love them simply baked and loaded with black beans, cheese, Greek yogurt, and avocado. 🙂

You may also like these sweet potato pancakes that are a family favorite.

Vitamin Water with blueberries and strawberries.
Vitamin Water with blueberries and strawberries.

Water

Being hydrated keeps skin plump and gives a natural glow. It also keeps winter dryness from showing up on your face. Pure water is best.  Have fun playing with it by adding fruit, lemons, oranges or cucumbers.

This is my version of Real Vitamin Water.  It is packed with nutrients, and you can juice the berries when you are done making the water.

 

 

Fatty Fish – Salmon, Albacore Tuna, Sardines

The Omega-3 found in fatty fish helps to reduce the production of inflammation that can damage skin. These oils help skin to feel softer and give it an additional glow.

The weekly goal for fatty fish is two 4-ounce servings.  A few alternatives if you are not a fish lover (like my husband;0) is avocados, walnuts, flaxseed and chia seed.

Green Tea

Green tea has catechins that are beneficial for reducing inflammation as well as detoxify cancer-causing free radicals. Tea also has a wealth of polyphenols that can improve skin elasticity and reduce signs of aging associated with sun exposure, including skin cancer.

The daily goal is one to three cups of green tea daily to maximize the health benefits.

Citrus – Oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit

Spiced "Apple Cider" Lemonade
Spiced “Apple Cider” Lemonade

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that is abundant in citrus. Research shows they also help to keep the collagen in your skin functioning properly.

Lemons offer a great amount of electrolytes such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium which help keep the body hydrated and skin looking fresh and healthy.

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Some Additional Tips:

Keep Your Diet Fresh and Simple: Skin ages more quickly when your diet consists of a high amount of processed foods and refined sugars. For healthy skin aim for 80-90 percent of daily food being vegetables, fruits, and lean meats

 

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Green Juice Anyone: If you struggle with getting your veggies in try adding a green smoothie or juice as a mid-day snack.  You can get multiple servings of fruit and vegetables.  Try these for inspirations: Smoothie Mastermind.

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Source of information:

Axe, J. “7 Health Benefits of Blueberries – Dr. Axe.” 2014. <http://draxe.com/health-benefits-blueberries/>

“Blueberry Recipes – Antioxidant Fruits & Superfoods.” 2012. 22 Nov. 2015 <http://www.refinery29.com/blueberries-skin-care-antioxidants>

Slide show: Add antioxidants to your diet – Mayo Clinic.” 2015. 22 Nov. 2015 <http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/multimedia/antioxidants/sls-20076428>

Gibson, LE. “Foods for healthy skin: Top picks – Mayo Clinic.” 2015. <http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/healthy-skin/faq-20058184>

“Your Body On Green Tea – Prevention.” 2015. 22 Nov. 2015 <http://www.prevention.com/food/5-health-benefits-drinking-green-tea>

“Eat your way to fabulous skin | BBC Good Food.” 2013. 22 Nov. 2015 <http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/eat-your-way-fabulous-skin>

7 Great Ways To Use Coconut Oil

I recently posted about my current top 10 Costco finds. One of the most commented on items was the Coconut oil. We use it for just about everything in our home. Here are 7 ways we love using Coconut oil.

1. Natural Vapor Rub 

Anytime we have a cold in the house I whip up a batch of homemade vapor rub. It is perfect for rubbing on the chest to help with congestion or I rub on the bottom of our feet and then put on socks.


Homemade Vapor Rub

1/2 cup coconut oil

2 drops peppermint oil

2 drops eucalyptus oil

4 drop OnGuard

Mix and keep in fridge until needed.

2.  Face wash

I have always had a problem with acne and sensitive skin. The only two things that have worked for me is “oil washing” with coconut oil and black soap. During the winter, I primarily use my coconut oil wash. I like to use a 2:1 ratio of coconut oil and baking soda. It is a perfect moisturizer and exfoliator all wrapped in one wash.

Homemade Coconut Face Wash

1 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup baking soda

2 drops melaleuca essential oil

2 drops lavender essential oil.

Mix and keep in a resealable container.

3.  Hair conditioner

We like to use coconut oil as a pre-poo conditioner/hot oil treatment. We simply section hair and slather hair from root to tip. Place hair in a shower cap for 30 minutes and then proceed with washing routine. For a deeper treatment, you can sit under a hair dryer.

4.  Toothpaste

Coconut oil is a natural anti-bacterial and has shown to be an effect tool to prevent gum disease. ****This also works well as a face exfoliating**** 🙂 

Simple Coconut Toothpaste

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup baking soda

1 tbsp bentonite clay

2 drops peppermint

2 drops melaleuca

2 drops clove

Mix and store in a condiment jar that is squeezable.

5.  Muscle soothing rub

As an active family, we usually have someone that is experiencing some muscle pain. We have a container muscle rub that I refill regularly.

Muscle Rub

1/2 cup coconut oil

5 drops Deep Blue essential oil or 2 drops peppermint & 2 drops melaleuca

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Mix all ingredients and use for any muscle or joint pain.

6.  Eczema Relief

Three of my four daughters battled with eczema. This run eased the pain and dryness well. One of them had to take the coconut oil internally as well to rectify the issue.

Eczema cream

1/2 cup coconut oil

10 drops lavender essential oil

Mix and keep in fridge till needed.

7.  Non-Dairy Coffee Cream

I enjoy starting my day with a cup of coffee and I often start it with a cup blended with coconut oil, honey, and cinnamon.  The coconut oil gives the coffee a similar mouth feel as cream but offers a multitude of health benefits. The key is blending the coffee, honey, cinnamon and coconut oil in a blender to get a good mixture.

Natural Cleaner for Around the Home

Vinegar is an excellent all-purpose natural cleaner. I use this for everything from mopping my floors to cleaning produce.

I get the big container of vinegar from Costco. I typically start out with a bottle 3/4 full. I also get my lemons from Costco. I drink a warm mug of lemon water every morning. Instead of tossing the rind into the trash I cut off the skin and plop it into my vinegar bottle.
The lemon marinating in the vinegar gives the vinegar a more refreshing scent. I even use this when my kids have been out playing in the grass and are super itchy. I pour 1-2 cups of the lemon vinegar into their bath water, and it works wonders.

Items Needed:


Container to hold vinegar and lemons

2:1 ratio of vinegar and lemons.

For every 2 cups of vinegar use the rind of 1 lemon.

Let mixture sit for 2-3 days and then use a filter to separate the vinegar and lemons.  Store vinegar in an airtight container.  Lemons can be reused 2-3 times.

A few ways I use the lemony vinegar around the house.

Fabric softener for towels

  • Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle.

Regular fabric softener can make towels less absorbent,  vinegar deodorizes and softens them.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

  • Measure 2 cups of vinegar into the bowl at night (It is so frustrating to put it in during the day, and one of the kids immediately needs to go potty); in the morning use a toilet scrubber to scrub away the yuck.

Windows, Mirrors, and Glass

I use a 1:1 ratio of water and vinegar for an inexpensive yet powerful glass cleaner.

Laundry Bleach

I use 1 cup of white vinegar in my dark clothes to keep them from losing their color.

 

 

Toilet cleaner

Toilet cleaner does not need to be laden with mysterious chemicals to leave it gleaming and stench free.  Here is an inexpensive and simple solution to the toilet bowl needs.

Ingredients
1/4 cup baking soda
1/2 cup vinegar

Directions


Place both ingredients into the toilet bowl and let it fizz for a few seconds. Then brush.

Simple. Easy. No chemicals!!!

Be Blessed

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