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Make your own lip balm

This minty ‘fresh’ lip balm is moisturizing, fresh and has a delicious smell. I like to use this refreshing balm, but you need to make sure that peppermint essential oil is right for you. It can be irritating to skin. This is why you should be careful not to overuse it (2 drops are quite enough for this quantity) and maybe test it first on a small skin area. You wouldn’t like to get your lips all irritated and swollen.

You will need:

• 1 tsp shea butter
• 1 tsp sweet almond oil
• 1 tsp beeswax
• 2 drops peppermint essential oil

Directions:

1. Use a glass jar to combine the shea butter, sweet almond oil and the beeswax.

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2. Pour some water into a small pan and place the jar inside.

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3. Put the pan over low heat and leave it there until everything melts.
4. Once everything has fully melted, remove from heat and add the Peppermint essential oil.

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5. Give it a stir and that pour the oil mixture in the storage container.

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6. Make sure that you do this quickly as the wax tends to solidify real fast. If you are not able to transfer all the content at once, reheat and finish the job.

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This lip balm will take good care of your lips and it is safe to use during the summer days when you usually spend a lot of time in the sun light because the peppermint essential oil is not photo sensitive. If you don’t like this particular essential oil, you may replace it. Use lavender or sandalwood instead. The only thing you will miss will be the refreshing touch.

Homemade dry skin lotion – how to do it.

My daughter developed dermatitis when she was 1 year old. Since then we’ve tried countless lotions, ultra moisturizing creams and anything we could find, hoping the quality of her skin will improve. Her skin is very very dry. I used to wake up in the middle of the night as she scratched, making some weird noise, like rubbing some polystyrene balls. It was scaring. She scratched and scratched until she got some bumps that eventually would start to bleed. I felt so powerless, especially as the doctors told me that there is no cure for this disease.

So I started researching the Internet for some natural remedies, because I didn’t believe in the conventional ones anymore. And I discovered natural butters (like shea, coconut, cocoa, etc) and oils (almond, argan, calendula, etc) As I began to try each one of them, I discovered that her skin wasn’t as dry as before and we both could sleep all night long. So, I thought to myself that I should combine them in order to have all their benefits put together. And that’s how this lotion was born.

You will need:

• 3 tbsp shea butter
• 2 tbsp mango butter
• 2tbsp coconut butter
• 20 ml almond oil
• 20 ml calendula oil
• 2-3 tbsp olive oil
• 30 drops essential oil for scent (I prefer citrus smell, like orange)
• 1 jar
• 1 small pan half filled with water
• 1 container to store your lotion

All these butters and oils are cold pressed, unrefined. This way you get all the best from them. The refined products lose many of their qualities.

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Directions:

1. First of all, put the coconut butter, mango butter, shea butter and olive oil in the jar.

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2. Place the jar in the pan and warm the pan over low heat.
3. Add the almond oil and calendula oil, then stir until well combined.

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4. Continue warming the pan on a low heat until the butters fully melt.
5. After that add the essential oil and stir until well combined.

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6. Get the jar out of the pan (be careful not to get burned) and pour the mixture into the container.
7. Allow the lotion to cool down and harden. If you are in a hurry, you can put it in the fridge. It will harden in 2-3 hours.

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8. If you want to use it for more than 2 months, you should keep it in the fridge.
9. You will get about 150 g of lotion by using the given amounts of ingredients.

And now, let me tell you something about the ingredients.

• Shea butter has been used for centuries for treating the dry skin, eczema, psoriasis because it has incredible moisturizing qualities.

• Mango butter has about the same effects as the shea butter, plus a lot of antioxidants and vitamins. It reduces the itch and inflammation.

• Coconut oil is well known for its antibacterial qualities

• Almond oil nourishes the skin.

• Calendula oil heals all kind of irritations. This is the reason for using it in cosmetic products for babies.

You may use this lotion for your baby, too. It contains only natural and healthy ingredients. And I have to tell you that my daughter’s skin is smooth and soft now.

How to make a green clay facial mask at home

I am positive that all of us would like to have a young, elastic skin. There are a lot of external agents that affect the quality of our epidermis: stress, diet, cold, wind, etc. Our face needs a deep cleansing from time to time. You can consider this a little pampering, too. I challenge you to do this at home, instead of going to an expensive Spa and spend a lot of money. You will only use healthy, natural ingredients. This mask is suitable for normal/oily skin.

The mask will contain the following ingredients:

• Green clay – has detoxifying properties; helps in regaining the oil balance; removes dead cells; rejuvenates and tones the skin

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• Raw honey – cleans and soothes thoroughly. It has an antibacterial role as well. Raw honey has a great role in preventing premature wrinkles and restores the skin’s brilliance.

• Chamomile and calendula powder – calming and healing properties (it can be obtained by grinding the dried flowers)

• Lavender essential oil – smells great and it is beneficial for skin health and relaxation

You will need:

• 1 tsp green clay
• 1 tsp raw honey (use only local, unpasteurized honey, for getting all the benefits)
• 1 tsp water (or more if needed)
• ½ tsp herb powder (chamomile and calendula)
• 2 drops Lavender essential oil

Directions:

1. Use a small bowl to mix the clay and the herb powder.

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2. Add the honey and stir until the mixture has the consistency of a thick paste.

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3. Pour warm water and stir until you get the desired consistency so you can spread it over your face and neck, then add two drops of lavender oil to the mixture.

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4. Stir the mixture again to evenly distribute the lavender oil.

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5. Spread the mixture over your face and neck with gentle, circular moves. Avoid the eye area.
6. Let it rest for 10-15 minutes or until it gets dry.
7. Soak a dark towel in hot water. The steam will help you easily remove the mask, without having to rub the skin too hard.
8. Use a cotton pad to gently wipe your face in order to remove all the water traces.

Enjoy your clean and smooth skin!

5 Simple Tricks For Staying Positive While Losing Weight

Losing weight is the number one health and fitness goal for many people. However, it is not without its setbacks and pitfalls. When you experience an obstacle on your weight loss journey, it is very easy to fall into a negative mindset. The good news is that there are a number of steps you can undertake to ensure that you maintain a positive attitude as you go through your weight loss journey. This article will help you do exactly that and list 5 simple tricks for staying positive while losing weight.

1 – Find Exercises You Enjoy

Working out is tough, especially if you are currently physically unfit. This can make it seem like all forms of exercise are impossible to enjoy and lead to you having a negative outlook towards exercise. However, once you find some exercises that you find fun, working out will no longer feel like a chore.

To start finding exercises that you will enjoy, you first need to research the various workout programs and exercise routines that are available. Once you’ve done this research, you can then select the ones that seem most fun to you. Then give each of these exercise options a try and stick with the ones that are most enjoyable. By doing this, you will find it easy to stick to your workout routine and maintain a positive mindset while losing weight.

2 – Get Creative In The Kitchen

Food is something that many people struggle with when trying to lose weight. They think about all the delicious foods they will have to give up in order to lose weight and then start to incorrectly believe that all that’s left is tasteless, unappetizing healthy foods. However, the truth is that with a little creativity, healthy foods can be tasty and delicious.

To start finding healthy and nutritious recipes that taste great, simply do a quick search online. There are hundreds of websites dedicated to this very subject and you’ll be able to find some low calorie, nutrient packed alternatives to your favorite meals in just a few minutes.

3 – Question Your Thoughts

Your thoughts can be positive or negative, organized or out of control. When your thoughts start to become out of control and negative, you become bombarded with cruel notions that will hamper your weight loss progress.

Therefore, it is necessary to take time out to collect your thoughts and steer any negative thoughts in a positive direction. For example, if you find yourself thinking ‘this isn’t working’, question this belief and see if it is really true. It is likely that there are plenty of examples you can find where you have made positive steps on your weight loss journey.

By doing this, you not only prove that the negative belief simply isn’t true but you also have a positive and truthful belief you can replace it with. Over time, this ensures that you do not sabotage your weight loss goals with persisting negative thinking and also builds your positivity levels towards losing weight.

4 – Reward Yourself

One of the best but most underutilized ways for staying positive on your weight loss journey is by rewarding yourself. By doing this, you not only get the positive reinforcement that comes with actually losing weight but you also get a more tangible bonus which further builds your positivity.

Weight loss rewards can be anything you choose, provided that they don’t sabotage the weight loss progress you have already made. Some good examples of weight loss rewards include buying yourself a new outfit, treating yourself to a mini-vacation or enjoying a relaxing bubble bath.

5 – Keep A Weight Loss Success Journal

Having a journal where you can write down your positive achievements on your weight loss journey is a great motivational tool. To start benefiting from this practice, simply write down 1 weight loss success that you’ve experienced in a journal every single day.

Over time, this journal will build into a substantial record of your weight loss successes and will provide instant motivation every time you read it. It will also provide you with the positivity boost when you experience setbacks on your weight loss journey and feel like quitting.

Summary

As you can see, staying positive as you lose weight is very possible. Practice these simple tricks consistently and watch as your attitude towards weight loss improves with each passing day.

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