Making natural petroleum-free jelly with lemongrass, vitamin e, coconut oil, olive oil and beeswax. I love beeswax because it is a stable component in a lot of my natural products. Good fact to know about beeswax: it has a flashpoint of 480-490 and will set on an intense fire that is pretty hazardous. Flash fires should be dampened with flour or baking soda never water :) #mywork #trueandnatural
Healthy Breakfast Idea - Yogurt on wholemeal toast with honey and pistachios.
DIY Sea Salt Sweet Almond Oil Floral Body Scrub Recipe from Freutcake here. Really easy and pretty DIY for Mother’s Day or save it for a holiday gift. On my FB page we call photos like this #THEHANDS - a scared offering of a special DIY. For more scrubs go here: truebluemeandyou.tumblr.com/tagged/scrubs and for Mother’s Day DIYs go here: truebluemeandyou.tumblr.com/tagged/mothers-day
“Hang the eucalyptus upside down by tying it to your shower head with twine. When you run your shower, the steam will rise up towards the eucalyptus, filling your bathroom with the most refreshing, relaxing scent. Plus, the added greens are lovely on the eyes. You’ll definitely feel a little closer to nature.”
Whaaaat?! I’m so about to try this with the eucalyptus I have.
Super Silky Summer Legs
Next time you are feeling down, about to binge, going on a date, or just need to pamper yourself, do this. I just did it and I can not stop rubbing my legs together. It feels like I paid for that over expensive pedicure at the salon.
- 1 1/4 C Sugar (Yup, plain, good-ol’ white sugar)
- 1/2 C Oil (I used olive oil, but you can use any oil, coconut oil, baby oil, canola oil)
- 3 tablespoons Citrus (Lime or lemon)
- 1-2 Razors
- Mix everything together in a bowl.
- Soak your legs in the tub for 5 minutes.
- Shave your legs.
- Rub some of this mixture all over your legs. The sugar will help rub off all dirt and dead skin. Rub, rub. Feels like a mini massage.
- Rinse it all off, shave again. I would use one razor per leg if you have two. You will be rinsing this razor a lot. I was GROSSED out by the amount of dead skin I was “shaving” off. It was insane! Trust me, you’ll see.
- Rub your legs again! Second coat of wax, oh yeah.
- Rinse off! You can use a mild soap to help get some of the oil off.
- Lotion your legs up, and feel the silkiness!
Now this isn’t just geared to ladies…. guys, if you want to get lucky, I suggest you offer to rub your ladies’ feet with this mix too. It feels awesome, and when you get lucky, you will be thanking me that her rough grandma feet aren’t cutting your legs, if ya know what I’m saying… hahaha.
I have silky arm pits too!!
Try it, I swear, You will want everyone to touch your legs.
Cucumbers are the fourth most cultivated vegetable in the world and known to be one of the best foods for your body’s overall health, often referred to as a superfood. Cucumbers are often sprayed with pesticides so it is important to buy organic or even better, grow them yourself.
Here are 10 Benefits of cucumbers:
1.Quick pick me-up - Cucumbers are a good source of B vitamins. Put down your sodas and coffee and eat a cucumber slice.
2. Rehydrates body and replenishes daily vitamins - Cucumbers are 95 percent water, keeping the body hydrated while helping the body eliminate toxins. Cucumbers have most of the vitamins the body needs in a single day. Don’t forget to leave the skin on because the skin contains a good amount of vitamin C, about 10 percent of the daily-recommended allowance.
3. Skin and hair care - If you don’t like to eat the skin, it can be used for skin irritations and sunburns as aloe would be used. Place a slice over puffy eyes and its anti-inflammatory properties help reduce puffiness. The silicon and sulfur in cucumbers help to stimulate hair growth.
4. Fight cancers - Cucumber are known to contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol. These three lignans have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of several cancer types, including breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and prostate cancer.
5. Home care - Eliminates a foggy mirror. Before taking a shower, rub a cucumber slice along a mirror and it will eliminate the mirror fogging up. Instead of WD40, take a cucumber slice and rub it along a squeaky hinge and your door will stop squeaking.
6. Relieves bad breath - Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.
7. Hangover cure - To avoid a morning hangover or headache; eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish many essential nutrients, reducing the intensity of both hangover and headache.
8. Aids in weight loss and digestion - Due to its low calorie and high water content, cucumber is an ideal diet for people who are looking for weight loss. The high water content and dietary fiber in cucumbers are very effective in ridding the body of toxins from the digestive system, aiding digestion. Daily consumption of cucumbers can be regarded as a remedy for chronic constipation.
9. Cures diabetes, reduces cholesterol and controls blood pressure - Cucumber juice contains a hormone which is needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin which has been found to be beneficial to diabetic patients. Researchers found that a compound called sterols in cucumbers may help reduce cholesterol levels. Cucumbers contain a lot of potassium, magnesium and fiber. These work effectively for regulating blood pressure. This makes cucumbers good for treating both low blood pressure and high blood pressure.
10. Promotes joint health, relieves gout and arthritis pain -Cucumber is an excellent source of silica, which is known to help promotes joint health by strengthening the connective tissues. They are also rich in vitamin A, B1, B6, C & D, Folate, Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium. When mixed with carrot juice, they can relieve gout and arthritis pain by lowering the uric acid levels
So every Sunday, I go grocery shopping at Whole Foods and I always get their salad bar with it for that evenings dinner. The one thing that I love and wish I can have during the week is their detox salad, but if I go their everyday it gets expensive! So recently I decided to re-create it for much less money!
You might be wondering why this is called a detox salad? and from my reading and research into raw food diets, I’ve learned that some of the best vegetables for detoxing are raw cruciferous ones. That includes broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, bok choy, and cabbage. These are full of phytonutrients, minerals, and antioxidants which are exactly what our detoxing organs (that would be your liver, kidneys, and lungs) need to keep them humming along nicely. Of course, the lovely nutritional benefits are lost the second you decide to cook any of these veggies, and that would be a shame, wouldn’t it?
Okay, so enough chit-chat! Let’s get to the recipe! Also, once this is made, you can toss the detox salad onto a bed of lettuce and add some fish or any other type of protein and you got a delicious and healthy meal ready!
Whole Food’s Detox Salad
Packing a powerhouse of nutrients, this light & energizing salad will have you bursting with energy. It makes a lot so you can enjoy it all week long for easy, energizing lunches. I wouldn’t recommend skipping the currants and raisins as it adds a much needed sweetness to balance out the vegetables and lemon juice. Feel free to use any herbs and spices you wish. I also love it with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top.
Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, soy-free.Inspired by the Whole Foods.
- 2 cups cauliflower (about 1/3 of a medium-sized cauliflower)
- 2 cups broccoli
- 3-4 leaves kale
- 2 medium grated carrots
- ¼ cup dried currants
- 1/3 cup raisins
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- 2 tsp kelp granules (NOTE: kelp granules do have a fairly distinct sea vegetable-like smell, so you definitely don’t need to use very much!)
- ½ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- sea salt and black pepper to taste
- Chop the broccoli and cauliflower into bite-sized pieces. In batches, transfer to the bowl of a food processor and pulse until small pieces form. (You can also do this with the broccoli stems instead of throwing them out or trying to find another use for them!)
In a large bowl, combine the broccoli, cauliflower, grated carrots, and all remaining ingredients. Toss very well to combine, then refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow flavors to blend.
Makes 6 servings (about 1 cup each)
Nutrition per cup: 130 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated), 0mg cholesterol, 34mg sodium, 20g carbs, 3g fiber, 11g sugar, 4g protein.