Welcome to the weekly health tips!
Through my extensive business research I am always finding deliciously wonderful health tips! So I am starting a weekly health tip post to keep you up to date with my most juicy findings.
Use a Loofah!
Loofahs are a natural sponge. They are made from a Giant Egyptian Cucumber and you can be grow them in your garden! You can find them in most eco-friendly stores and usually at local markets.
Loofahs are surprisingly long lasting and are great for exfoliation - they act just like a sponge. Use them for showering and dish washing - just remember to let them dry out between each use to avoid bacterial build up.
Sterilize them every now and then with boiling water or in the microwave.
I have three in my bathroom - one each for my body, face and feet, and I keep two in the kitchen - one for washing dishes and another for scrubbing pots and pans.
I love finding natural materials to use instead of buying mass made plastic items.
D.I.Y Hair wash recipe.
D.I.Y Face mask recipe
Who doesn't love kicking back with a face mask and munching on the cucumber rings that were supposed to be for your eyes?!
Here's a recipe for an easy home made face mask
~ 1 teaspoon bentonite clay
(green Indian or green French clay can be used too)
~ 1/2 teaspoon powdered calendula & chamomile flowers (optional)
~ 1 teaspoon raw honey
(manuka is best)
~ 1 teaspoon of water
(or more if needed - depends on consistency of the honey)
~ 2 drops essential oil
Face essential oil suggestions -
~ Rose Geranium
~ Honey myrtle
~ Ylang Ylang
~ Combine the clay and powdered flowers if you are using them. (If you can only get non powdered flowers you can blend them or make a strong tea and use that as the water)
~ Combine honey and water
~ Combine both mixtures
~ Add your essential oil drops and stir thoroughly.
* If you would like a runnier mixture, add more water. If you would like a thicker mixture, add more clay.
*Test essential oils on your forearm first to make sure you do not have an allergy. Only use 100% pure essential oils.
I'm SO EXCITED about this health tip because it is such a big part of our lives!
Did you know?.. Sunburns are actually easier for our DNA to process than the cell damage of being in the sun with common sunscreen!
Tip: Switch to a zinc based (non-nano, uncoated) sun protection cream for extensive amounts of time in the sun.
We are all aware of how important sun protection is, but there are lots of facts that most of us don't know about! Read on for extra tips, juicy info and DIY recipes...
Most for us wear sunscreen not only to avoid sunburn, but to avoid sun cancer, however, it is a proven MYTH that wearing sunscreen prevents cancer! In fact, it can actually make us more susceptible to it! Here's why...
Typical sunscreen blocks UVB rays (the rays that cause sun burn). This isolates the UVA rays which cause more skin damage. Sun burn is our body's way of telling us that we have had too much time in the sun and our skin is being damaged.
Blocking UVB rays also blocks our body's ability to naturally produce Vitamin D which is an essential hormone for our bodies health. Lack of vitamin D can lead to depression, fatigue, hair loss, impaired wound healing and bone, back and muscle pain/weakness.
Get this... these days, people are getting more vitamin D from wearing clothes that have been hung out in the sun to dry than they are from exposing their skin to the sun! It is essential for our skin to be exposed to sunbeams.
Here's another interesting fact - Wearing sun glasses signal's the body's vitamin D receptors to shut down! Vitamin D receptors are everywhere on the body and need to be exposed to the sun regularly or they can shut down. Wearing sun glasses tells our receptors that there are no sunbeams to absorb for Vitamin D production.
Funny fact for blokes - Exposing your testicles to sun rays can increase testosterone production by 190%!
Zinc oxide based sun creams are a heavy duty way of preventing sun burn (ie, if you are fishing/skiing and can't avoid exposure for long periods) but they also prevent all UV rays and Vit D production so it is not advised to use all the time.
Here is a recipe for skin protection that will not completely prevent you from burning, but will allow for a little more time in the sun, nourish your skin and encourage tanning.
- 3/4 cup virgin coconut oil (can infuse herbs/flowers if desired)
- 1/4 cup shea butter/cacao butter
- 1/4 cup beeswax
- Desired essential oils. Some essential oils good for skin/sun exposure are sandalwood, frankincense, rose, lavender, rose geranium and calendula.
(Add 2 tablespoons of zinc oxide (non-nano) for a longer exposure protection)
Remember, safety first then team work!
My very first ever health tip is one that I have found has had a miracle effect on my skin.
Drum roll please...
Wash your body with natural oils - even if you have oily skin!
Sounds counter-intuitive right? Well here's the thing...
Our bodies are 90% microbial. In that case, for optimal skin health, we need to host the best possible environment for those microbes.
Nourishing our skin's microbiome has a hugely positive effect - just like eating fermented foods has for our gut's good bacteria.
Using soaps or foaming body washes/cleansers destroys our microbiome - even ones labeled organic! They can strip the natural oil layer and having now dry skin, our body produces excessive oil and causes break outs and wrinkles.
It is SO easy to make your own serum to keep in a jar in your bathroom!
The best carrier oils for your skin are:
💛 Macadamia nut
Adding a few drops of essential oils can also be beneficial!
Some great essential oils for the skin are:
* Frankincense, Sandalwood and Geranium essential oils help the skins cells to reorganise.
* Lavender and Rosemary essential oils help prevent free radicals so therefore reduces lines, wrinkles and early aging.
* Tangerine and Grapefruit essential oils help to reduce the appearance of cellulite, help treat acne and oily skin.
Remember to dilute essential oils well with carrier oils.
In the shower or bath, simply apply the oil to a face cloth and gently massage into your skin. Rinse with water and pat dry. This is cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing all in one!
A face wash for extra oily skin - adda pinch of baking soda to your face cloth with your oil serum.
Extra tip - To get the best results, before jumping in the shower or bath, gently rub your skin over using a dry loofah or coarse sponge in direction from the heart outwards - this invigorates your skin, bringing blood and oxygen closer to the skin's surface and to all of the areas of your body.
I'd love to hear how this tip has made a difference for you! Leave a comment on my Facebook page's weekly health tips post!
Love from the crazy bee lady 💛