Rapid Blemish Reliever: Make Your Own!

rapid blemish reliever

The secret is out: skin blemishes are not just one common, unpleasant mark of puberty, as our teachers and parents tell us. The dispiriting fact is that they appear at any age, and at least desirable times. An unannounced, and unsightly eruption on your face does come suddenly, but there is a clear pattern for sure: Just before the wedding ceremony. Or a family reunion. Or the big presentation of your idea in front of your peers. I know this {Read More}

Considering a different approach to treating acne? Try these herbal teas

Wormwood for acne

Adult acne have many causes that profoundly affect our entire bodies—from the state of mind to pH balance. It’s evident as well, that there are many excellent natural remedies for acne that provide targeted, spot on action. But here’s another idea to consider: Consuming natural herbal teas that treat the acne causes holistically, at the basic level. With that in mind, I suggest seven herbs known since the antiquity that have diverse healing properties. They combine into three tea blends {Read More}

The Honor and Pleasure of Meeting an Olive Tree (and Making My Olive Leaf Extract)

Olive branches against blue sky

Personally, the delight from making my own olive leaf extract only starts with its cool health benefits, because there’s so much more to it. The thing is, since I make it each year while on vacation, the olive leaf brew also captures the fun of my family retreat along with the radiant, power-infusing sunshine. And merging the pleasure of staying at an old friend’s cottage and picking fresh olive leaves right from a nearby tree is one blissful affair of {Read More}

A Natural Remedy for Sinus Infection

natural remedy for sinus infection

I have great news for chronic sinus sufferers: There’s a natural and simple remedy you can make to help you get rid of your sinus infection forever. This remedy is completely natural and comes to life through a merge (hack) of two products: bee propolis and saline nasal spray. The particular propolis I had in mind is propolis with herbs made by Twinlab –a  concentrated source of propolis in glycerin with added herbs. How to make your propolis sinus spray? {Read More}

8 Natural Home Remedies for Hangover

champagne

New Year is the time to celebrate, but too much of overindulgence can bring unpleasant side-effects including hangover. Before you make a sensible New Year’s resolution, you may need to clear your head first. There are many simple and natural ways to ease the symptoms of hangover. The best cure is rehydration, so the body can deal with the symptoms. In addition, take a look at the following eight home remedies that all promise to treat naturally many symptoms of {Read More}

Lavender: Eat, Sleep, Love

lavender field

We know that Romans enjoyed to take baths in addition to their other epicurean habits. But only recently I learned that the name of one of my favorite plants—lavender, is associated with the Roman practice of taking a bath. Apparently, the word lavare (hence, Lavandula, the Latin name for lavender), means “to bathe”. Yes, you guessed it right—Romans loved taking a bath perfumed with lavender flowers. Ah, these Romans. Our family recently returned home from a trip and the first {Read More}

Let This Soup Cure Thy Cold and Congestion

healing congestion and cold soup

When Hippocrates came up with “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”, I am sure that it involved a bad case of cold and a soup. Cold? We’ve all been there. But, when it comes to soup, I’d like to suggest one with immediate and apparent healing properties. This truly magical broth is what I rely on when I happen to succumb to cold and flu. Not meant for kids or those that can’t take the heat, {Read More}

Goodbye Artificial Fragrances: A Personal Story

synthetic fragrances

The other day I was standing behind a woman in a bank, when a hint of her fragrance, so familiar, started to tickle my nostrils. No mistake, she was wearing Jean Paul Gaultier. As I stood there, I had a series of flashbacks: Summer vacation with my best friend, picking a graduation dress, drinking sweet, red wine. The woman left and I went back to my present self, feeling jet-lagged. Isn’t there something supernatural about the power that scents have {Read More}

10 Steps to a Good-Hair Day: Eco-friendly Coloring With Henna

henna hair dye on hair

In a hair-perfect world there would be no scary chemicals in commercial hair dye and my natural hair would be straight; not curly. Luckily, there’s henna (Lawsonia inermis), a wonderful plant and natural hair dye to help with the hair coloring issue, making the world a better place for hair. Natural hair dyes like henna are not as easy and quick to apply like commercial ones, but they triumph on other accounts that really matter.  “You must mix henna with…” {Read More}

Don’t Go Out Without Your Umbrella and Other Timeless Tips on How to Reduce Your Waste

eco friendly shopping bags

When I was little, I found it fascinating to rummage through my grandma’s purse. Here are the items that inhabited her purse at all times: wallet, pen, notebook, make-up bag, hard candy in a tin box, cotton handkerchief, glasses, foldable cotton bag and umbrella. Naturally, I preferred to make use of the candy box, although my grandma found the handkerchief most useful for my occasionally sneezy nose. One particularly sunny day, I felt compelled to question the unchanging content of {Read More}