Bring On The Good Skin

There are several good food choices to help retain healthy skin. Here are a few:

  • Avocados: They have healthy fats that lock in moisture and strengthen skin cell membranes
  • Beets: They support healthy liver function which contributes to glowing skin
  • Berries: The skin of the berries have anthocyanins in them which strengthens skin elasticity.  They are also a good source of antioxidants.
  • Leafy greens and spinach: They help heal skin and support collagen production. They have Vitamins A and C in them also.
  • Lemons: They cleanse and balance the body’s pH. They are a good source of Vitamin C.
  • Sweet potatoes: They help repair and smooth your complexion.
  • Salmon: They help protect skin from UV damage and are a good source of protein which aides in healing.

Some spices also help with good skin. Turmeric is packed with anti-inflammatory and antioxidants. This helps with healing and anti-aging. Cinnamon helps moderate blood sugar spikes caused by sweet foods. It also is an anti-inflammatory which helps in healing. Also drink plenty of water to retain healthy skin. With summer upon us, slab on that sunscreen. Too much sun can lead to skin cancer and wrinkles.

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Cheesy Roasted Carrots

Are you bored with plain carrot sticks? Try this recipe to liven up those carrots. You will need these ingredients:

  • 1 pound carrots
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. dried thyme
  • 3 T. parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Meanwhile cut up carrots length-wise and cut those in half again. Toss carrots with oil, and spices. Spread onto greased baking pan. Roast in oven for 12-15 minutes until tender and slightly browned. Sprinkle with cheese. Enjoy.

Avocado Macaroni Salad

Are you looking for something different, yet healthy for lunch? Try this. You will need:

  • 1 pkg. 12 oz. elbow pasta
  • 2 avocados
  • 2 tsp. fresh thyme
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 5 slices bacon
  • 3/4 cup mayo.
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 T. sugar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp. thyme leaves

Boil a large pot of water. Add the pasta and cook until soft. Drain. Add the pasta to a bowl . Peel, seed, and half the avocados. Dice into edible pieces and add to pasta bowl. Meanwhile cook the bacon. Crumble bacon over pasta bowl. Add the thyme, salt, and pepper. Stir together. Make the dressing by combining the mayo., lemon juice, sugar, and thyme leaves in a food processor. Add the olive oil in a small stream. Blend well. Drizzle the dressing over the pasta and serve.

The Magic of Cider Vinegar

I’ve heard from dieticians, doctors, and lecturers about cider vinegar and its magical properties. It helps lower blood sugar, helps with weight loss, and is a good cleansing source. Not many people can stomach the smell or the taste of cider vinegar though. Here is a tea recipe that isn’t too bad to swallow, but it might make your lips pucker. It calls for these ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of hot water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey ( raw is best)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix all ingredients together. Drink up.

 

 

Home Remedies

Did you know that castile soap was originally made from olive oil in Spain? It draws moisture into your skin while allowing your pores to breathe. It contains vitamins A&E, which are anti-inflammatory and the olive oil helps your body produce collagen to keep your skin young and supple. Some dermatologists recommend using pure olive oil on your face, but castile soap is an easy alternative without the mess. And get this- it can reduce acne!

How To Make Solid Perfume

If you ever wanted to know how to make those solid perfumes of old, here is the recipe. It’s very simple. You will need:

2 tsp grated beeswax

3 tsp Almond oil

1 tsp essential oil

In a double boiler, place the beeswax and almond oil together in the top pot. In the bottom pot,fill halfway or a little less of water. Place the double boiler on the stove and heat on low. When the beeswax has melted, remove from the heat. Add the essential oil. Stir lightly. Pour the concoction into your containers and allow to solidify. This recipe fills three 1.5 containers. To use: rub your finger around the top of the perfume, then onto your wrist or behind your ear.

Basic Shampoo

With all the junk in marketed products, here is a natural basic shampoo recipe without all the gimmicks. You will need these ingredients:

  • 1 cup of liquid soap
  • 1/2 cup distilled water
  • 1/2 T. jojoba, olive, or avocado oil
  • 10 drops of essential oil, optional ( if you want a scent )

In a spray bottle, first add the water, then slowly add the other ingredients, otherwise the soap will foam up first. Shake together. Apply to your wet hair a small amount and rub in. Then rinse. The oil restores the fat to the hair which brings out the softness and shine. If you have dandruff, replace the water content with aloe vera.

Shield Against Winter’s Harshness

Here is a simple softner for your skin. All you need are:  1 slice of lemon, 1 cup of boiling water, 1 T. oats, 1 ripe banana, 1/2 T. almond oil or olive oil, 1/2 T. glycerin. Place the lemon in the cup of water and steep for 1/2 hour. Mix 4 T. of lemon water into a bowl with the oats. Let it sit for 5 minutes. Mash the banana and add it to the oat mixture. Add the glycerin and almond or olive oil. Have a plastic bag ready. Depending on if you want your hands or feet softened, coat the extremity you selected with the mixture. Cover with the plastic bag. After 10 minutes, rinse off.

Safe Blush

Did you know in ancient times, women used natural ways to add color to fabric and as make-up? The Madder root dates back 5,000 years used as a dye in linens. It was also fed to sheep to dye their wool. In Ireland, women piled a paste of simmered madder roots on their fingernails to stain them and give the nails a rosy glow. Another plant that has been used for its rich red color is the beet root. The garden variety has been used in America the last few hundred years as a food additive to lend color to juices, salad dressings, candies, spaghetti sauces, and fruit fillings. The sea beet is the European beet that was used for thousands of years for its color and as a vegetable. Beet root powder is the dried ground root added to cosmetics for color. Here is a simple all-natural recipe for blush. You will need these ingredients:

*  1 teaspoon arrowroot powder,

*  1/4 teaspoon rosehip powder

*  1/2 teaspoon madder powder

*  2 teaspoons beet root powder

Mix the first ingredients together. Slowly add the beet root powder until you have the desired color. Blend well and place in a container. Apply with a make-up brush. Monterey Bay Spice Co. is a good source for these ingredients.

Natural Eyeliner

Did you ever wonder how Cleopatra made her famous eyeliner? It only takes a few ingredients to have magnificent eyes like hers. Combine 1 Tablespoon of Argan oil, 1/2 teaspoon of kaolin clay, and 1/2 teaspoon activated charcoal together. Using a funnel, put the mixture inside a tubular container. Apply with a small brush. Most of the ingredients you can find at a craft supply store or an aromatherapy shop. A good source online is lavanderlanes.com.

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