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Facial Pampering Part II

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Coconut Oil

pretty bottles

pretty bottles (Photo credit: Kvitsh)

– not just for the kitchen!  I am sure most of you out there know about the value of high quality products we use for cooking can also be used for skin care.  Coconut oil falls right into that category as well.

I have stopped using almost all commercially sold cleansers, toners, masks and so on such a long time ago.  I cycle through a variety of lotions and creams I whip up myself.  Using products from your kitchen  work just as well for your beauty care, are less expensive and without a long list of ingredients which no one can pronounce nor understand what it is.  Many of those ingredients have no place in that bottle or jar to begin with and possibly do more harm than good in the long run.  Check out my articles “Stay Away from Phthalates!” , “Keep it Simple” and “Facial Pampering“.

As always, make sure the products are of high quality.  You can pick up organic coconut oil for about $5.50.  One of my homemade exfoiliant consists out of a blend of that wonderful coconut oil and an equal part of Baking Soda (inexpensive and found in most homes!).  It’s ready to use just like that but I like to add a few drops of lemon juice to diminish any dark spots. Other recipes use sugar in place of Baking Soda.   Massage onto face and rinse well with tepid water.  There might be a slightly greasy feeling but the skin absorbs it quickly .  Feel free to follow-up with a light moisturizer if you wish or use a homemade  herbal skin tonic (I have a post on that as well).

I usually make a weeks worth of any of my products since they will spoil and I keep most of them in the fridge.  This exfoliant however,  is a simple and easy, once a week treat for your skin so no need to prepare any more than you need for that day.

Coconut oil has a nearly endless list of possiblities, I have even made toothpaste.  Sounds messy and complicated???   Hahaha -no way!  I like to keep things simple.  All you need is:  Cococonut Oil and Baking Soda…..:) :):)

Stay beautiful!

Mother Earth Knows Best

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Keep Lemons in your Medicine Cabinet!

This image shows a whole and a cut lemon. It i...

This image shows a whole and a cut lemon. It is an edit of Image:Lemon.jpg to reduce blown highlights and slightly darken image. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We all know of the virtues of lemons – we use it in hot water and sip it to get over a cold, as a refreshing drink on a beautiful summer day; I know it is a great immune system booster and I add it to my daily skin care regiment as mentioned in  previous blogs called Facial Pampering and Skin Care.  I also use lemons to clean my house and as a room freshener.  Lemons are great but this news from an acquaintance in Europe  really caught my attention and I find it important to pass it on to all who want to take on true responsiblity for their own health and avoid industrial and commercial junk we have bombarded with for so long .

Before I go on with the unexpected powerful health benefits of lemons, I would like to start by giving you some tips used in  many european restaurants.  Once I heard about this, I immediately pulled my lemons from the crisper drawer and placed them in the freezer…..

They put their (of course washed) lemons into the freezer before using them.  Once frozen solid, they grate the entire lemon, peel and all, leaving them with no mess and juice splatter to clean up  and nothing to discard – no waste!  You can conveniently sprinkle the frozen lemon over salads, soups, ice cream, juices, fish, reis, sushi – gosh – the list is endless!  Every dish you create will gain a delightful taste effortlessly.  Goes without saying, I use lemons in my daily juice, depending on the recipe I am using for the day.

By doing this you will not only use the entire fruit nor give meals and drinks that nice twist, but the greatest advantage by doing this is that you will increase your Vitamin C intake 5-10 times since the highest concentration of the Vitamin is in the peel – which we usually throw away.  By using this process you will not only obviously absorb more of the Vitamin but you also receive an added benefit -tata! – the peel also breaks down toxic elements in your body.

Now to the news which surprised me two-folds.

Lemons are 10.000 stronger than Chemotherapy.  This statement comes from one of the largest pharmaceutical producers of the world, after conducting more than 20 laboratory tests since 1970.  They state, a lemon extract therapy destroyed cancerous cells in 12 types of cancer, including Breast, Prostate and Lung cancer.  I am stunned that these results were made public, the pharmaceutical industry isn’t known for being forthcoming with such inexpensive ways of keeping cancer at bay, it doesn’t feed their ultra expensive agendas.  Does anyone remember what happened when it was documented that Bitter Almonds are the ultimate butt-kickers in the cancer field?  Bitter Almonds have now have to be pasteurized before being sold and it is illegal to plant a Bitter Almond tree in your back yard –  all  for our own benefit of course…..so yes, this information  did stun me.  The article states, that the lemon is proven 10.000 more effective than a medicine by the name of Adriamycin which is used world-wide to slow the growth of cancer cells.  It also says, that the lemon extract therapy does not attack any of the healthy cells, only the cancerous ones.  Lemons also fights bacterial infections, various fungus and parasites.  It also has other qualities, it regulates high blood pressure, is an anti-depressant and eases stress.

The Lemon – a magical key to living longer and healthier, would you have known???

Living off juice

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frischgepreßter Karottensaft

frischgepreßter Karottensaft (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many of us have taken on one  New Year Resolution, maybe two, which the goal in mind to improve ourselves.  Stop smoking, eating healthier, more exercise.  Last year mine was to eat better, although I never really had an unhealthy diet to begin with.  This year I want to expand on that, after all, there is always room for improvement, right?

Last year I replaced one solid  meal with a liquid one. I dug out my juicer and reread an old book I had brought with me from Germany many years ago which listed the benefit of every fruit and vegetable and ailments it could cure once juiced.  This has nothing to do with juice fasting for weight loss nor for detoxing, this had to do with a lifestyle change, although the results do include eliminating toxins and slimming down.

Why juice all my produce?  I could steam or make stir-frys, that’s healthy, right?  Well, most of the enzymes, vitamins and nutrients break down when heated and are destroyed entirely by 54 celsius.  The result is, that these foods once consumed, settle and cause blockages in the body which again, result in arthritis, hemorrhoids, gallbladder and kidney problems just  to list a few.  Also, foods containing calcium must be organic, not added, refined or enhanced.  Once an organic food containing calcium has been heated, enhanced or whatever, it will automatically change into inorganic molecules and these do not deliver any sort of assistance our body needs to regenerate.

From my experience over the last year I have noticed a significant decrease in my headaches,  I have suffered from those several times per months for as long I can remember, even though I was drinking plenty of water.    Headaches are not only caused by not having enough water in your system but includes a deficit in nutrients as  found in carrots and in spinach.  Actually, a headache is only one of 200 symptoms when our bodies has been overloaded with toxins.  Any headache should be an alarm to you to cleanse your body thoroughly and to balance the blood.

My basic go-to juice is a combination of carrots/red beets/apples or carrots/apples/cucumber, they cover the most of what my body needs; however,  for this new year I will expand into other combo additions such as Brussel sprout, sellerie or dandelion.

The red beet, as an example, is  valuable for producing red blood cells, which raises our all around well-being.  A mix of 1/2 quart of  carrot/red beet per day  is especially recommended for women.  When juicing the red beet, you can use all of it,personally,  I don’t bother to peel it – I juice the stalk and leaves as well.  Just remember to wash all of your produce.  When starting with red beets, I recommend smaller amounts to begin with, since it has a high cleansing effect on the liver and may cause dizziness.  Mixed with carrots the juice supplies phosphor, sulfur along with kalium and other alkyne elements. Together with its high content of Vitamin A it is the ideal mix for creating great blood cells.

Carrots balances all body functions and is one of the best sources of Vitamin A, plenty of vitamin B, C, D, G and K.  As a juice the body can absorb vitamins, minerals, trace minerals and nutrients much faster and use were needed.  Carrot juice is good for digestive purposes, strengthens bones and teeth, not to mention eye health.  It also is a natural opponent for ulcers and it strengthens our resistance towards  infections.  It protects the nervous system and is by far one of the best sort of food your body can receive.

The list could go on and on.  Nature has everything we need to combat illnesses and each fruit or vegetable has its own unique gift.  Sellerie juice is wonderful for all who have consumed a lot of sugars, starches and carbs – all of our worst foods in today’s society.  It never was nature’s’ intention to convert these “foods” into nourishment for our cells and tissues.  The results of that can be easily seen today.  Sellerie is rich in healthy (organic) nitrates, which our body needs to keep cells hydrated.  It also has a key function to prevent the blood and lymphoid liquids becoming too thick. Not to forget, that it plays an important role eliminating all carbon dioxide from our body.  A deficiency of organic nitrate results in bronchial and lung problems, which is enhanced by those who smoke.  It will also result in premature aging.  Sellerie juice can have phenomenal results with our nervous system as well.

Nearly anything can be juiced, with the exception of avocado, bananas, kiwis and anything with that sort of texture.  You can juice kale, lettuce, radishes, potatoes, herbs, bell peppers, mustard leaves, squash, brussel sprouts and many more.  Other than buying quality produce, washing them well, I don’t bother with peeling, cutting off stems, stalks or leaves, nor do I cut out the apple core.  I juice it all.

For this year I want to increase my liquid diet from 32 oz per day to 48/52 oz and with the exception of eggs for protein, I will only eat pure foods and those should be in  raw form as much as possible.  Looking back to last year, the benefits I have enjoyed, I am really excited to make my switch over to liquid foods as much as I can.  From spiritual perspective it is believed, that humans will go from meat eaters to vegetarian, from vegetarian to vegan and from vegan over to liquid nourishment.  Once we make our transition from carbon based beings to crystalline beings we will take another step from liquid foods to drinking in light.  Just think how many people you know in your surroundings who have already decided to go vegetarian or vegan – perhaps there is something to this theory, don’t you think?

Hello all!

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I hope all of you have been doing well and life has been treating you kindly.  Can you believe it is almost May already?  Wow, time is flying back quickly…

A lot of things have been going on, for one I am happy to introduce two new affiliations.  I have joined up with two beautiful and energetic ladies who share common interest and goals, and  I am so excited to work with them, so let me introduce these beautiful stars!

Andreana lives in England. offers several Healing Programs, Color Charts, Angel Learning SeriesSoul Readings and Spiritual Life Coaching.  She also works with animals, mainly rescued horses which live on her property and she lets sick children build a relationship with the horses.  This enables both, the horses as well as the children to heal.  She also offers life changing weight loss methods that truly lasts!  The things I have listed are actually one a few of the wonderful things she does and I am so blessed since our paths crossed.  Andreana is a magnificent spirit.  I encourage all to check her out, she has various websites:

http://www.mbsliving.org

http://www.holisticbodyprogramme.com/

You can also find her on Twitter,  @Andreana_Ocean, it is so worth connecting with her, so please do! Once you do please let her know that I, Onyx,  have sent you!

The second introduction is all about Hibiscus Moon, her Bio line: Hibiscus Moon is an author, workshop creatrix, teacher, mystical goddess & crystal junkie who LOVES teaching about crystals. As a self-admitted complete & total science geek, she brings a dose (maybe a smidge more than a dose) of science to the topic of crystal healing, while trying to make sure we’re all still having lots & lots of FUN!

She offers various classes regarding crystals, from the very basic like cleansing and charging them, which ones are ideal for making elixiers up to how to create grids and many other useful tips.  She offers courses as well (some are even ON DEMAND courses!) and of course you can purchase crystals.

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Let’s have a great time – hope to see you guys there!

Blessed Be!

Close to My Heart

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The Importance of Avoiding Aluminum

Not too long ago, a friend gave me a call to inform me of her results from her last doctor’s visit, she was devastated to learn that she had the onset of Alzheimer’s disease .  She asked me for some help, so I went straight to work for a plan tailored to her personality and needs.

As I was standing in her kitchen, I was stunned to see how many unhealthy and even harmful items were in her kitchen.  I have no intentions of going into detail,however, there is one thing I want to mention to my readers.  once thing I want for you to do is to clear out everything that is made of aluminum!  Although we still do not know what all leads up to Alzheimer’s, we do know that heavy metals deposited in our bodies for years are a strong factor.  So, not only replace your cookware with stainless steel, or better yet, cast iron, but think about all of those carbonated beverages in cans and the canned goods packaged in tin!  Personally, I stay clear of any deodorant containing alumium (my recommendation, as always –  read the label!).

Alzheimer’s disease is a fast growing problem and accounts for 50-80% of all dementia cases and it is not a normal part of growing old!

 

 

Facial Pampering

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Herbal Facial Steam

Get into this routine – steam, mask scrub and tone.  Great for all ages and skin types.  Lets talk about a steam which prepares the skin for a wonderful face massage later on.  Chop a handful of fresh melissa leaves and chamomile flowers.  Pour some nearly boiling water into a heatproof bowl until it is half full.  Scatter the herbs into the water and lean over the bowl and cover your head with a towel..  Allow the steam to rise onto your face for about 15 minutes, then wipe your face dry or pat it dry.  Of course, as we know, the steam opens up the pores and eliminates impurities, while the melissa and chamomile are fabulously soothing to the skin.

Follow up with an Avocado, Cypress and Lavender Nourishing Mask

Aguacate / Avocado

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In a bowl mash the flesh of half a ripe avocado, add a spritzer of lemon juice and then add 2 drops of cypress and 3 drops of lavender essential oils (make sure they are not synthetic oil). Vitamins A, D and E from the Avocado nourish and protect The cypress and lemon juice tone and the lavender soothes the skin.  Be generous when applying the mask , and remember to avoid the eye area.  Let the green paste be absorbed into your skin for 15 minutes, then wash off with warm water and dry face and neck gently.  Also, use the treatment on the day you mixed it.

For my next post we will be making the facial scrub and toner, step three and four of our facial pampering.

P.S.  I am now on Twitter!  Follow me @OnyxTweets

Keep it Simple

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Natural Skin Care

As stated in one of my earlier posts, we all should be more aware of the many commercial cosmetic products we put onto our skin.  We are so smitten with the sleek cosmetic advertising and the promises they never can deliver on.  We do not care enough to learn that only 5 % of the over 10,000 ingredients known to the FDA have been evaluated for safety.   We let out bodies absorb about 130 various chemicals on a regular basis coming from all the prettily packaged lotions, creams, rubs and sprays.  While the industry and the FDA insist that many of the ingredients are safe (which they very well may be), why is it then that the European Union has banned over 1,100 ingredients from skin care and beauty products vs. only 10 that are banned here in the U.S.?  Just about every day we hear of new studies of commonly used products that after many of years on the market suddenly are declared as harmful because of then unknown side effects of complex chemicals.  We do not know how certain chemicals affect us over the years; on others we do.  As an example, phthalates, often in artificial fragrances, is known to cause sperm damage, infertility and birth defects.

I hope my readers have gained some knowledge and are going to start being more critical of what they put onto their bodies as well as to what they put  into it. Our skin is like a sponge and while small portions may hardly be deadly, the accumulative amount over the years can be very harmful  My best advice is to keep it simple.  Examine labels, know that “natural” and “all natural”  still contain synthetic chemicals which may be toxic.  The terms are not regulated.  Stay clear from fragrances in your lotions, creams and soaps.  Companies are not required to declare the dozens of toxic chemicals  that can be in a product’s mix to mimic the smell of fresh pomegranate.

If  shopping for beauty or grooming products, this is when you really should go with organic  products – or make your own.

Selenite brings Serenity

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Pure Love

gypsum, variety selenite

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This sweet stone with its lovely shimmer  gives off a gently vibration, a fine energy.  For some it is hard to feel for some and it may indeed take a while for it to transform our own energy but it is worth the time and effort you put into this translucent stone.  It instills peace and brings clarity of the mind.  It  clears confusion and filters out our ego based thoughts and disperses erratic emotions.  I keep a large piece in the center of my home to ensure a peaceful setting.

Selenite is great for meditation and spiritual work.  It is claimed that it enhances telepathy between persons holding a piece of selenite each.  The white Selenite in its etherial quality is so pure as if it is between light and matter.  Selenite comes in many colors, white, orange, green, blue and others.  All varieties hold their own quality and are all worth keeping in your home.  Since it opens the crown chakra, it will invite angelic consciousness.

Selenite is assigned to the 7th chakra.  The 7th chakra is the direct connection to our higher consciousness, it also connects us to all that is around us, all forms of life.

I love Apple Cider Vinegar!

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More on Apple Cider Vinegar

Apples

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yes, I use it a lot in everyday situations plus I drink it.  My mother turned me onto it, she has been drinking a tonic mixed with Apple Cider Vinegar for over 40 years every single day and her doctor is always amazed that her arteries are as free and clear as a 20 year old’s.  She swears on it and the results speak for themselves.  I’ve been making my drink off and on, this time I have been on this regiment for about 1 year.  There are some variations out on the web, all more or less the same though. I like mine as follows:

  • one glass of hot water
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of honey

I drink it first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach.  I drink it overall health, it supports the circulatory health, eliminates toxic waste from tissues and, as stated above, keeps arteries clean from build up.

Some say that the Apple Cider Vinegar should be double fermented, not distilled or pasteurized, they say that the extra processing destroys the vitamins, nutrients and trace minerals  within the fermentation which are important to aid in weight loss, and I believe that.  If your goal is to lose some weight, then go for the double fermented version, but then you need to drink a glass prior to every meal to make it most effective.

Herbal Skin Tonic

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Tone with nature

Calendula officinalis flower

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Skin care products are loaded with chemicals and preservatives, even those that claim to be “all natural” .  Since our skin is our largest organ we should not clog it with all those harsh chemicals, many of which serve no purpose at all.  Making our own natural skin care products is guaranteed fresh, pure and  affordable.

Use 1 teaspoon of the dried herb or 3 teaspoons of the fresh if available and add to 1 cup of boiling water.  Let it sit for 15 minutes and then strain, let cool.  Fill into a glass bottle and keep in the fridge.  The tonic will only last for four days, so don’t make too much at one time.

Dry skin: Camomile flowers, lavender

Mature skin: Lemon balm leaves and Calendula flowers

Oily skin:  Myrtle and Rosemary leaves

Acne prone skin: Comfrey leaves and Red clover flowers