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Benefits and uses of Yogurt

Let’s go Greek.

I love Greek yogurt because it is full of protein goods that we as humans need every day. One cup of Greek yogurt can have up to 22 grams of protein. Greek yogurt in the morning will also help keep you full and makes a great snack during the day. Greek yogurt works internally and externally. I started using the yogurt in different face recipes and I really like how my acne prone skin is reacting to the protein goodness.

How it works

It works to soothe sun irritated skin. Packed with lactic acid, a natural alpha hydroxy acid, Greek yogurt exfoliates and keeps your skin soft. It also helps lock moisture in your face.

To pamper yourself with a yogurt facial, just wash your face and apply straight yogurt or add a few skin loving ingredients to elevate your experience. Let the mask sit for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with warm followed by cold water. Pat dry and moisturize using your favorite homemade moisturizer.

Its uses and benefits

Use it as a moisturizer

When used regularly Greek yogurt can help revive dull skin on your face.  Apply a simple face mask twice or more times during the week to achieve soft and supple skin. It also locks in moisture.

Sunburn relief

Enjoyed the sun too much? Fear not Greek yogurt can help soothe your sunburn. The zinc in yogurt helps cool the harsh effects of sunburn.

I use plain whole milk Greek yogurt directly on face or sometimes 1 Tbsp. of the protein goodness and 1 Tbsp. Aloe Vera. A few drops off essential oil e.g. chamomile. It cools and soothes your skin.

Acne fighter

The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties in the yogurt can help keep acne at bay. Add a few drops of tea tree oil, 1 Tbsp. honey if possible Manuka honey, 1 Tbsp. yogurt. Let mask sit for 10-15 minutes before washing.

Lighten discoloration

Use often to smooth out discolorations on skin. To help boost its natural properties add juice from half a lemon to your 1 Tbsp. of yogurt. Mix and apply. Follow steps above.

Please note that lemon makes the skin sensitive to the sun. This type of mask is best used at night. Avoid the sun whenever possible or use a good sunscreen. Personally, I use this mask only at night.

Premature aging

Although yogurt masks are not the fountain of youth, they sure help slow down the aging process. One of the benefits is that these masks help reduce fine lines and wrinkles. The lactic acid can also dissolve dead skin and tighten pores.

Since yogurt is dairy based please watch out for any allergies. Signs of allergies include break outs, itchy skin, redness or a combination of all. Stop using immediately if this occurs. As always natural skin care should not replace your medical health care.

Got questions, feel free to ask.

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Homemade Coconut Oil Conditioners.

Easy Hair Conditioners Made with Coconut Oil.

There are more than many uses for coconut oil. Ever since I was young we always had a container of coconut oil. My mom used it in the kitchen, as a conditioner, and moisturizer. I remember it made our skin soft and kept our hair healthy looking and moisturized. I know some people do not like the nutty aroma and for that reason there is refined coconut oil which does not have the aroma.  I, however, grew up on unrefined coconut oil and it does bring back pleasurable childhood memories. So read on and embark on your coconut oil journey.

Remember, coconut is actually a nut and if you are allergic to nut or anything in that family please do not attempt to incorporate it in your hair routine. Also never replace anything that could affect your health without consulting your doctor.

For the love of coconut oil, here are some recipes to try…

Aloe Vera and coconut conditioner

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • 8 oz. coconut oil
  • 1 oz. aloe Vera (gel or pure aloe juice)
  •  1 oz. sunflower seed oil, or sweet almond oil
  • 1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin
  • A few drop of essential oil (tea tree or lavender work great for hair)

Melt the coconut oil and blend it with all ingredients except for the essential oil. You want a smooth consistency. Add essential oils. Because of the aloe Vera, you may need a preservative. Viola! You are done. Section hair and apply. Use on damp hair and comb through with a wide tooth comb. For fine textured hair, a quarter sized amount works fine, dry hair may need more. and comb through clean hair.

I usually store mine in the refrigerator to keep it fresh. You also have the option of cutting down the ingredients amounts so that you can just make enough without having to store or add a preservative.

Avocado detangle smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 fresh and blended avocado
  • 2 oz. coconut milk
  • 2 oz. coconut oil
  • 1 oz. avocado oil
  • A few drops of essential oil of choice (optional)

Melt your coconut oil and blend all ingredients together. Add essential oils and mix well. Apply to clean, sectioned and damp hair. Cover with warm towel or sit under a drier for 20 minutes to allow deep conditioning.  Comb slowly and carefully before washing out the conditioner.

Note: This recipe may require a little bit of thorough washing because of the avocado.

Enjoy your soft detangled hair.

Easy hair quencher recipe

All you need are these two ingredients

  • 1 oz. Organic Coconut Oil
  • 1 oz. Organic Raw Honey

Adjust ingredients according to amount and length of hair.

Warm coconut oil and honey. This works great when warm and used on damp hair. Please, please, please do not burn your scalp. Pay attention to the temperature because both ingredients can cause serious damage if too hot. Apply to hair and cover with a warm towel for 20 minutes. Rinse out and style your hair.

 

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Easy Homemade Moisturizing Lotion.

 

Let’s make lotion today.

Have you ever looked at the ingredients bottle of lotion on your bathroom counter? Yep if you are like me after water or aqua I get lost. Sometimes the ingredients that I truly know or understand and the last few. This is funny because most companies advertise using the ingredients that are listed last on the bottle. Ingredients are listed according to amounts used. Example if you have a bottle that has ingredients listed as water, glycerin, cetearyl alcohol, petrolatum, ascorbyl palmitate, tocopherol, then the lotion is mostly made of water and has little very little tocopherol. Worth mentioning are the other ingredients that fall in between such as methylparaben, aluminum starch octenylsuccinate, propylparaben, dimethicone, laureth-3, ceteareth-20, dmdm hydantoin, allantoin, carbomer, to panthenol. A little research will show you that these ingredients are not so friendly to the skin and general wellbeing.

I personally prefer to have lotions that have few simple ingredients and that are simple yet hydrating. I have tried a few recipes and have come up with the ones that I like the most. Are you ready to make tour very own lotion? Here goes….

Simple Lotion

This is what you will need for a simple lotion you will need 3-4 ingredients.

  • 5 parts water
  • 1 part emulsifying wax (buy here)
  • 1 part oil
  • 30 drops essential oil (optional)
  • ***30 drops are equivalent to a tea spoon

You can always combine different types of oil to make your lotion just the way you want it. Below is another recipe that I used because I had some cocoa butter at hand.

Ingredients:

  • 10 oz. cup water
  • 1 oz. cup coconut oil
  • 1 oz. cocoa butter
  • 1 oz. olive oil
  • 2 oz. cup emulsifying wax (buy here)
  • 30 drops of essential oil (optional)
  • Fragrance of choice (optional)

Rule of thumb— Always disinfect your bottles before use. Do not use essential oils on children.

Let’s make the lotion

Mix your wax and oils in a heat and microwave safe container. Melt the contents on a double boiler or microwave. If melting in microwave, melt in no more than 20 seconds interval and keep stirring.

Boil your water, while water is boiling add your olive and essential oils to the wax and oils.  Slowly add heated water into the oil and wax mixture. Keep stirring until the mixture turns into a milky consistency. Pour the mixture into plastic bottles and let them cool overnight with the lids off. Depending on preference you can add a preservative. This recipe makes slightly more than 16 oz. of lotion.