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}

What the Skin Craves, the Body Must Seek: 15 Plant-Based Beauty Oils

15 plant beauty oils

Through history people have relied on rich gifts of nature to create beauty oils that treat the face, body and hair. Pure plant oils soften, heal, revitalize and keep the skin well-protected, whether it’s oily, dry or sensitive. With only a single ingredient, they are desirable and perfect just the way they are. They act as natural beauty elixirs, help create beauty rituals and have a limitless performance. Here are fifteen beauty oils to seek and embrace. Avocado oil (Persea {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}

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}

Conventional vs. Organic Farming Series, Part III: Benefits of Organic Farming

benefits of organic farming

The word “organic” has a holistic, deep-rooted implication referring to living organisms. The term comprises of a system of farmer, food and consumer. According to the organic philosophy, consumer’s health is achieved by “whole, fresh and organically raised food.” (Oelhaf, 1978). Organic means a special and nurtured connection between the farmer and the soil. The philosophy of the food system starts with the soil; this is the center of attention of organic farming. Organic farmers perceive themselves as feeders of {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}

How to Talk to Your Husband About Natural Products

How to talk to your husband about natural products

A sad confession: No matter what I say or do to promote homemade and eco-friendly products in our own household, my husband will somehow be stubborn to accept it. While he is naturally an outstandingly low-consumption person and sensible buyer, which makes a great balance to a woman (me) who sometimes buys things on impulse, using natural and homemade products is a different, still unconquered area. Even talking about natural or eco-friendly products can be a touchy conversation topic that {Read More}