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DIY: Whipped Peppermint Foot Lotion

Are your feet resembling sand paper at all? No worries, we have it covered! This amazing Whipped Peppermint Foot Lotion is just what your dry feet need. It is a light and very moisturizing lotion that you can really use anywhere on your body. For the best results, add a generous amount to feet with socks before you go to sleep. You will love the results!
Ingredients:
1 teaspoon beeswax
2 tablespoons cocoa butter
4 tablespoons shea butter
1 tablespoon  virgin coconut oil
2 tablespoons Fractionated Coconut Oil
Directions:
  1. In small glass container, combine all ingredients except essential oils.
  2. Place in saucepan with 1-1.5 inches of boiling water.
  3. Stir ingredients until combined (around 5-10 minutes).
  4. Once melted, remove from heat and let rest 3 minutes.
  5. Add essential oils and stir.
  6. Let mixture come to a solid. To quicken process, place in refrigerator.
  7. Once solid, use an electric mixer to whip lotion.
  8. Gradually come to high speed and whip for 3-4 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  9. Place in container. To use, rub on heels to help soften and soothe them.

Tip: For best results, add a generous amount to feet with socks before bed.

This post was written by the Doterra Blog.
You can find their blog here

doTERRA Essential Oils DIY: Yoga Mat Spray

Yoga is a great way to increase your physical and emotional well-being.  Whether you’re an extreme yogi or are just beginning, a good yoga mat spray is a must.


Ingredients:
3/4 cup distilled water
1/4 cup alcohol-free witch hazel or white vinegar
Glass spray bottle
 
Note: Not all yoga mats are treated the same. Using essential oils may ruin some yoga mats. Spray a test patch on a small part of  your mat first to make sure it doesn’t affect it.
 
Directions:
  1. Combine all ingredients in glass spray bottle.
  2. Shake until combined.
  3. To use, spray on mat and wipe dry with towel.

 

This post was written by the Doterra Blog.
You can find their blog here

How To Exfoliate: Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant Vs. Stone Crop Oxygenating Fizzofoliant™

With countless fans who are celebrities, make-up artists and beauty editors, our award-winning Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant has quickly become a cult classic. If this coveted exfoliant is already part of your beauty arsenal, our new Stone Crop Oxygenating Fizzofoliant™ will take your skin care routine to the next level. But don’t swap out your beloved Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant just yet. Here’s why this classic favorite and popular newcomer are better together.

LARGE VS. SMALL PARTICLES

If you’re after the smoothing action of a physical exfoliant, the Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant is probably one of your go-to products. The particles in this best seller gently slough dead cells from the skin’s surface, for a perfectly buffed complexion. The particles in the Stone Crop Oxygenating Fizzofoliant™ are finer, giving them the ability to zero in on hard to reach spots and reveal a clean and refreshed complexion.

POWDER-TO-PASTE VS. POWDER-TO-FOAM

Adding water to the Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant creates a creamy paste that gently exfoliates to smooth your skin’s texture. The Stone Crop Oxygenating Fizzofoliant is a powder-to-foam product that generates a light, fizzing action to release oxygen onto your skin’s surface, invigorating your complexion and bringing it back to life.

POLISHING VS. DEEP CLEANING

The Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant cares for the surface of your skin, sloughing away dead cells and buffing its texture for a smooth, flawless looking finish. The Stone Crop Oxygenating Fizzofoliant™ is your anti pollution solution – it de-gunks clogged pores by softening impurities that have accumulated throughout the day and harnesses the power of potent microgreens to protect against the aging effects of environmental stressors.

HOW TO USE THEM TOGETHER

To experience the benefits of both exfoliants, we recommend using the Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant in the morning to smooth and prep your skin and the Stone Crop Oxygenating Fizzofoliant™ at night to remove dirt and grime that collects during the day.

Is exfoliation part of your skin care routine? Tell us in the comments below.

This post was written by Alisha Whitley from Eminence Organics.
You can find their blog here

2016 RIO Olympians Sporting Cupping Therapy Marks

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Last night Michael Phelps earned his 19th gold medal and gained everyone’s attention with the purple circular bruises that adorned his body. These marks are from a healing technique called cupping. Other athletes like Alex Naddour and former Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin are using this technique as well to heal their ailments.

 


Michal Phelps - ALEXANDER VILF : SPUTNIK VIA AP
Michal Phelps – ALEXANDER VILF : SPUTNIK VIA AP

ALEX NADDOUR - ALEX LIVESEY:GETTY IMAGES
ALEX NADDOUR – ALEX LIVESEY:GETTY IMAGES

What is Cupping?

Cupping therapy is considered a form of alternative medicine which dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern Cultures. Cupping therapy can remove harmful substances and toxins from the body to encourage healing. It can reduce pain and inflammation throughout the body as well as promote mental and physical relaxation and well-being.

How does it Work?

Cups made of materials such as glass, bamboo or earthenware are placed on the skin to create suction. It works by stimulating the flow of new blood, lymph, and Qi to the applied area and throughout the body.

Types of Cupping Therapy

Dry cupping (suction only)

Wet cupping (suction combined with controlled medicinal bleeding)

The cup is placed upside down on the patient’s skin creating a suction effect. A vacuum is created causing the skin to rise and become red as the blood vessels expand. The cup stays on the skin for 5 to 10 minutes.

During wet cupping the practitioner will remove the cup and use a small needle to pierce the skin. Then a second suction is performed to release a small amount of blood. After the procedure, care includes antibiotic ointment and bandage to prevent infection. Within 10 days the appearance of the skin generally returns to normal.

Side Effects of Cupping Therapy

When performed by trained health professionals cupping is consider to be rather safe.

Potential side effects include:

Mild discomfort

Bruises

SOURCES:

Kiefer, D., MD (Ed.). (2014, October 6). Cupping Therapy. Retrieved August 8, 2016, from http://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/cupping-therapy

British Cupping Society: “A Brief Overview of Cupping Therapy,” “Al-Hijamah Cupping Therapy.”

American Cancer Society: “Cupping.”

Cao, J. PLoS ONE, February 2012; vol 7: pp 1-14.

4 Clear Skin Foods for a Flawless Complexion

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You are what you eat. Not only is your skin affected by the products you put on your body, the condition of your skin is also a reflection of the food you put in your body.

Nobody enjoys waking up with a red, inflamed blemish (or two or three) on their face. The truth is, problem skin isn’t simply something that comes around during your teenage years. According to Glamour UK, “Around 20 per cent of women suffer from acne well into their 20s and 30s, which can be caused by anything from stress to hormone fluctuations and more”.

For those of you who experience frequent breakouts, why not try combining your skin-clarifying products with a clear skin diet?

To get you off to a good start, below are 4 nutrient-rich foods that give you glowing, flawless skin from the inside out:

1) Nuts & Seeds

Instead of reaching for a pack of salty, greasy potato chips – try snacking on almonds instead. Deficiencies in minerals such as zinc and selenium are often linked to problem skin. Nuts and seeds are a great source of minerals that many acne sufferers are lacking. Nuts also contain healthy fats and other nutrients such as Vitamin E, copper, magnesium, calcium and iron which are all essential to skin health and function (Glamour UK).

2) Leafy greens

There’s a reason why we pack our Citrus & Kale Potent C + E Serum and Masque with nutrient-rich, skin-loving leafy green ingredients like kale, spinach and broccoli sprouts. Kale, in particular, contains a full range of vitamins ( A, B complex, C, E & K), as well as potent levels of manganese, calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, protein, folate and phosphorus (Glamour UK). So when it comes to glowing skin, we say “eat your greens, and wear them too!”

3) Sweet Potatoes

When you’re stressed, your hormone-regulating adrenal gland releases high levels of cortisone, and this imbalance of hormones can result in a nasty pimple or two. The solution? Combat stress and boost your mood by regulating your blood sugar levels. You can do this by eating complex carbohydrates (the healthy vitamin-packed kind) like sweet potatoes. This sweet, tasty alternative to the standard potato takes longer to digest resulting in a slower, sustained release of blood sugar levels over time (Glamour UK). Root vegetables including sweet potatoes and carrots also contain high levels of vitamin A which, when digested, can help improve skin circulation and oxygenation (Health Alicious).

4) Spices

Don’t just add spices to your food for flavor, start adding them your dinner plate for the sake of your skin! Spices contain all of the things that healthy skin craves: high levels of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory agents, and nutrients (Everyday Health).

Most of us think of fruits and vegetables as antioxidant sources, but surprisingly, herbs and spices pack the most punch” explains Jessica Crescenzi, founder of Beauty Guru NYC in an interview with Forbes.

What about spicing up your skin care routine? Try our Eight Greens Phyto Masque (Hot) which contains paprika, or our Hungarian Herbal Mud Treatment which contains cinnamon & paprika.

This post was written by Christie Pike from Eminence Organics.
You can find their blog here

Read the health benefits of Garlic at https://www.healthambition.com/health-benefits-garlic/