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Those who know me, know that I’m a big believer in a holistic approach to overall beauty and wellness. What we eat, how we move, what we apply to our skin and what we think is all connected. We have all probably heard about the fantastic benefits of meditation. I’ve tried doing it on my own, apps and websites with guided meditations. I stick with it for a few days but then... Now I’ve found something that works for me that I wanted to share. It still took discipline the first week, but now it’s a habit. YouTube 👍
I like the @thehonestguys for meditation and Suzanne Grace for breathing exercises and clearing your chakras. I have to say, I find myself with a more positive mind. Do you have a favorite meditation method you would like to share?
The beautiful photo by art director @thebeautymaiden and photographer @amandaxnilsson
Apple Cider VinegarVinegar is one of the oldest and most useful remedies in the world, and of the many forms of vinegar available today, apple cider vinegar (ACV) is widely recognized as the most potent and beneficial. Unfiltered, organic apple cider vinegar is loaded with raw enzymes and beneficial bacteria which promote healthy digestion, blood-glucose levels, hormones, and a number of other bodily functions. Apple cider vinegar can also be used to boost hair health, relieve sinus pressure and even acts as an effective insect repellent.
2. Witch Hazel
Witch HazelWitch hazel – a topical astringent derived from the bark and leaves of the North American witch-hazel shrub – has long been recognized by Native Americans for its medicinal properties. This popular herbal remedy is recognized world-wide as a natural cleanser and toner, but witch hazel has many more uses than simply to clarify skin and shrink pores. Use witch hazel to fade bruises, stop bleeding, neutralize bug bites, and much more.
3. Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil of all of the ‘super foods’ on the market, coconut oil may just be the reigning champion of them all. Boasting a seemingly endless list of health benefits, organic virgin coconut oil has at least one positive effect on every system in the human body. From skin care, hair care and weight loss to hormone balance and mental acuity, this is one ingredient you definitely need in your home!
4. Epsom Salt
Epsom saltEpsom salt – chemically known as magnesium sulfate – was first discovered in the waters of the like-named spring in Surrey, England. A must-have natural remedy for every home, Epsom salt may be used for everything from washing hair and relaxing cramped muscles to scrubbing dishes and deterring slugs from your garden.
5. Baking Soda
Baking sodaSodium bicarbonate – commonly known as baking soda – is one natural remedy with a long list of health benefits and uses. It can be taken internally by mixing with water, applied topically, and used orally as a mouth rinse. Use baking soda to promote digestive health, reduce acidity in the body, kill parasites, prevent gout, and much, much more! We have baking soda in our natural deodorant Undercover agent.
6. Himalayan Pink Salt
Himalayan Pink SaltThe Himalayas are now the tallest mountains in the world, spanning 2400 kilometers across Asia at the joining of the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates. However, 250 million years ago, these proud peaks lay at the bottom of a primordial sea. Within that ancient body of water existed a perfect, pristine ecosystem that was slowly pushed skyward as the plates of the earth shifted. The ancient waters evaporated, exposing all of its life-sustaining minerals to the heat of the sun which crystallized them into what we now know as Himalayan pink salt.
Because of the conditions by which it was formed, this purest of sea salts is one of the best sources of natural minerals on the planet. From lowering blood pressure to clearing sinuses, this is one salt you’ll be happy to put on your food!
7. Lavender Oil
Lavender oilLavender oil is one of the world’s most popular and versatile herbal essential oils. Its health benefits range from pain relief and mental clarity to use as an anti-bacterial cleanser and a natural deodorant. Lavender oil may also be used as the “hero ingredient”in a number of DIY health, home and beauty products – such as a cooling spray, hair spray, sleep balm and so much more
8. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oilTea tree oil is distilled from the leaves of the Australian tea tree, Melalenca alternifolia (not to be confused with extract of the edible tea plant (Camellia sinensus.) Although tea tree oil is highly toxic when ingested, it has a surprising number of topical uses to cure or prevent a whole host of everyday maladies – including acne, nail fungus, insect bites and more. Plus it can be used in a number of cleaning recipes due to its powerful antimicrobial abilities.
9. Aloe Vera
aloe veraAloe Vera has been popular throughout history, used to treat both internal and external maladies. Widely recognized for its ability to soothe pain and inflammation caused by burns – specifically those from sunburn – Aloe Vera is a highly underrated herbal remedy with many other awesome applications. Use Aloe Vera for better skin and hair, to detoxify your body, or as a digestive aid.
10. Castile Soap
Castile soapTraditionally made from olive oil, “Castile” is the name given to any soap made from purely vegetable-based lipids instead of animal-based tallow. Castile soap is both gentle on skin and bio-degradable. It is a “true soap” and not simply a chemical detergent. This wonderful product is incredibly versatile and can be used as the main ingredient in everything from all-natural dish detergent to Eco-friendly dog shampoo
By Janice Taylor