Wellness

MY TOP 10 BEAUTY PRODUCTS

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You will surely notice that I am obsessed with oils. Yep. I love them.

1. Josie Maran Tinted Moisturizer I mix this with the illumizer for a nice creamy glow. If you find it’s a little dry, just add a little moisturizer 2. Monoi Tiare Tahiti (coconut oil w/ Gardenia) 4 Ounces 3. Epicuren KUKUI COCONUT MOISTURIZER (16 oz) 4. Josie Maran Illuminizer   5. ALTERNA BAMBOO Smooth Kendi Oil Dry Oil Mist, 4.2 fl oz I spray this on my ends when I don’t wash my hair and on the rest of my hair for shine and a great smell 6.NUXE Huile Prodigieuse I use this oil at night on my face a chest or in the morning just on my chest for a heavenly smell and moisturized look 7.Coconut and Papaya Body Wash  This body wash is minorly exfoliating and smells divine  8.Nutiva Extra Virgin Coconut Oil I use coconut oil to wash my face, eat, cook, etc!  9. Aveda Volumizing Tonic  This gives great volume and protection 10. Osea Undaria Oil I use this on my face and chest at night

 

XOXO

 

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I Hate My Hormones Fix

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Um yeah, sound familiar? If So, read on..

Chasteberry (Vitex agnus castus), also known as monk’s pepper, is an ancient berry native to the Mediterranean and Asia. What is cool about this plant is that is has been used for 1000’s of years to help women with all kinds of gynecological issues. It is used prevalently throughout Europe for menstrual cycle irregularities including menopause. It has been proven in numerous studies to be safe and effective at stimulating and normalizing the pituitary gland. Luckily anyone can take it because it works to nourish and support the endocrine system to help it find its own balance. Whether you need help with fertility, nursing, menopause, irregular periods, PMS symptoms, it can have a healthy affect on it all because it is directly affecting the mother gland, our most important gland, the pituitary gland. This gland pretty much controls EVERYTHING in your body!

Vitex (chasteberry) will always enable what is appropriate to occur.“, David Hoffman, a well-known herbalist.

Symptoms/Circumstances benefitted by the Chasteberry

  • Cramps
  • Heavy flow
  • Night sweats
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Acne
  • Infertility/Conception
  • Bloating
  • Coming off of the Birth Control Pill
  • Scanty periods
  • Headaches
  • Constipation
  • Thyroid disruption
  • Miscarriage
  • Breast Tenderness
  • Irregular Cycles
  • Menopause
  • Stimulating period

Ways to Take Chasteberry* 
Tincture: 30-50 drops, three times per day
Tea: 2-3 cups/day
Pills: 2- 1000mg capsules every morning

*Please allow for three cycles of use before judging results. This is a slow acting herb and requires patience, like most non-pharmaceutical nutrients (that actually do something beneficial)  

 

 

 

Here’s to chilling the heck out,

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Day Old Salad is Healthier?!

 

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I came across this really interesting book and wanted to share because I think we could all get some clarity on the many myths around food and specifically vegetables. The author of Eating on the Wild Side, Jo Robinson, has spent over 10 years researching this topic and has some really fun things to share. In summary, the book is a guide to finding the most nutrient dense plant foods available and learning how they should be consumed. This is a great book for someone looking to eat well and learn how to prepare, store, grow and shop or even someone that is interested in gardening, farming and sustainability. I know that personally I could use some tips on storing my kale which always seems to wilt so quickly.

Some fun secrets from her book:

  • Carrots are more nutritious cooked than raw! And when cooked whole, they have 25 percent more falcarinol, a cancer-fighting compound, than carrots that have been chopped beforehand.They also have twice as much betacarotene.
  • Tearing romaine lettuce the day before you eat it doubles it’s antioxidant value
  • Orange juice made from concentrate has,on average, 45% more anti-oxidants, than juice not from concentrate.
  • Canned artichoke hearts are among the most nutritious vegetables in the supermarket.
  • Ounce per ounce, there is more fiber in raspberries than in bran cereals.
  • Red cherry tomatoes have up to twelve times more lycopene than red beefsteak tomatoes.
  • Storing broccoli wrapped in a plastic bag with tiny pricks in it will give you up to 125 percent more antioxidants than if you had stored the broccoli loosely wrapped or in a tightly sealed bag. Use a salad fork to get holes all over.
  • When it comes to apples, the Granny Smith is the most nutritious of the 12 most common varieties.
  • Slicing, chopping, or pressing garlic and letting it rest for ten minutes before cooking, boosts its’ ability to fight cancer and cardiovascular disease

WHO KNEW?!?

I hope you enjoy it! You can find it here:

XO,

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