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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.

  

This week:

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.

Nature provides!

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Week 4:

D.I.Y Hair wash recipe.

The health tip for this week is a simple home made recipe for hair wash! 
 
I know a lot of you are done with using chemicals on your body and our hair is another one of those things that majorly suffers from the products we buy from the supermarket. Most hair products do more damage than good.
 
For example, the word fragrance might not sound so bad, but on a label it can mean the presence of over 4,000 separate chemical ingredients. How freaky is that?! 
 
Shampoos and conditioners need simply be alkaline (shampoo) and acidic (conditioner) to do their job, and we all know the two famously alkaline and acidic ingredients in our kitchen cupboard! They work a treat! 
 
Bicarbonate of soda (baking soda/sodium bicarbonate) is alkaline and can be used as a shampoo.
 
Vinegar (Apple cider vinegar is the most natural) is acidic and can be used as a conditioner - you will be amazed at how silky it makes your hair! And don't worry about the smell - it evaporates within a few minutes of drying. 
 
Honey can also be used as a humectant (to retain moisture) for dry hair.
 
Shampoo:
Combine one part bicarb soda to 3 parts warm water (for shoulder length hair use about 2 - 3 tablespoons of bicarb with 3 times the amount of warm water - you can adjust this depending on your hair length). Warm water will help the bicarb dissolve.
I find using a squeezy bottle helps with even application, but pouring from a cup can work as well. Leave in your hair for a couple of minutes and rinse well.
 
Conditioner:
Combine one part Apple cider vinegar (or white vinegar) to 4 parts water.
You can also add a few drops of essential oils for your desired scent. There are some essential oils that are known to speed up hair growth. These are:
~ Lavender
~ Peppermint
~ Rosemary
~ Cedarwood
~ Lemongrass
~ Thyme
~ Clary sage
~ Ylang ylang
If you have added essential oils shake well before applying.
After distributing through your hair you can rinse straight away.
 
A squeeze of lemon juice can be added to the conditioner mixture for blonde hair - this is a natural, gentle way to give your hair a blonde colour. 
 
I make my very own rose petal infused apple cider vinegar for this hair wash and I LOVE it. Simply submerge fresh red rose petals in Apple cider vinegar in a jar and leave for a week or two. Strain out rose petals when they become a brownish colour and you will have a beautiful red apple cider vinegar with a slight rose scent 
 
Honey humectant for dry hair:
Combine one tablespoon of honey with 4 cups of warm water. Make sure the honey is thoroughly diluted before applying to avoid honey clumps. Apply and rinse. 
 
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Week 3:

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 


Ingredients:

~ 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
(optional)

Face essential oil suggestions - 
~ Lavender
~ Chamomile
~ Rose Geranium
~ Honey myrtle
~ Sage
~ Rosemary
~ Ylang Ylang
~ Jasmine
~ Sandalwood
~ Frankincense


Method:

~ 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.

Enjoy!

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Week 2:

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! 

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Week 1:

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!

Say whaaat?!

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:

💛 Jojoba
💛 Coconut
💛 Tamanu
💛 Macadamia nut
💛 Seabuckthorn

Adding a few drops of essential oils can also be beneficial! 
Some great essential oils for the skin are:

🧡 Frankincense
🧡 Sandalwood
🧡 Geranium
🧡 Lavender
🧡 Rosemary
🧡 Grapefruit
🧡 Tangerine

* 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!
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Love from the crazy bee lady 💛

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