Friday, July 24, 2015

Beautiful Hair and Skin Routine!

Coconut Oil Spray and Indian Healing Clay
Im all in when it comes to natural beauty routines. Here is one that I heard about and started doing weekly. Coconut oil hair mask. Wow, it has made a difference! It has also  just become even easier with a new hack I learned on Pinterest: using SPRAY coconut oil instead of coconut oil from a jar (Im also really loving using it as a skin moisturizer too!).

So once a week I slather my hair with coconut oil, put it up over night, wake up and shampoo it out (I have to shampoo twice to wash it all out). I don't know about you, but I have continuously heard about the importance of deep conditioning hair to keep it healthy, strong and shiny. The only thing is, most store bought conditioning treatments are loaded with unnecessary chemicals that actually cause damage in the long run. Coconut oil, on the other hand, is as natural as it gets.

Benefits of Coconut Oil use for hair include:

-stimulates hair growth (especially if we massage our scalp for a few minutes while applying)
-adds luster, shine and softness to hair
-prevents protein loss in both damaged and healthy hair
-cooling effect for those with scalps that sweat excessively
-heals dandruff
-nourishes dry hair and minimizes dry ends
-slows down/ prevents hair loss

All of this from a totally natural, organic, nourishing source!

While my hair soaks in this healing nectar, my face gets some loving of its own. I mix equal parts bentonite clay with organic raw apple cider vinegar, and apply it all over my face. This mixture is amazing. It dries out so intensely that I can't even use expression (which is why I look so serious in the above picture). The bottle says to leave it on for 20 minutes, but I tend to go rogue, leaving it on for 1-1.5 hours while I putter around and get things done.

Bentonite Clay is amazing for the skin, as is apple cider vinegar. Combined these two are my super hero savior. They work together to draw out impurities, shrink pores, and the morning after doing this my skin always looks radiant, and any emerging blemishes dry right up and  disappear.

Just a simple, inexpensive, at home spa. My hair is healthier, stronger and shinier then it has ever been, and my complexion is continuously becoming consistently clear and even. A big part of this is eating a nourishing, healthy diet (all beauty and health starts at the end of our fork), though simple, natural routines like these really give things an ample boost.

<3 Kelly

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Reasons to Switch to a Fluoride-Free Toothpaste!

Fluoride toothpaste is the standard in the United States. Dentists promote its benefits (because that is what they are taught in school) and drug stores have shelves filled with the stuff. Though some proclaim there are benefits for the teethe when used (which there may be, I will not make a strict statement on that point) it is undeniable the the OTHER effects far outweigh any possible benefits.

First of all, the "recommended" amount of fluoride is VERY minimal. Think the size of a pea, cut in half. That is the recommended amount of fluoride toothpaste to be used. Most people are using ten times that amount, twice a day. Plus (another thing to avoid) public drinking water is fluorinated. Even by the official "recommended" amount, people are being WAY over fluorinated.

Now to the effects that are not advertised by dentists and public health workers. Dental Fluorosis is becoming extremely common. Teethe become over fluorinated, the enamel is weakened, and the teethe become discolored (so instead of benefiting teethe it actually harms them). It has been shown to damage bones and brain, which leads to a lower IQ. What got me off of fluoride, years ago, was learning that Hilter had fluoride added to the drinking water in the concentration camps, which made the people apathetic and compliant.In addition to harming our bodies and minds, it is also extremely harmful to the environment. Most of the fluorinated water goes right down the drain and back into the environment wreaking havoc. Plus, the United States is the only developed country to add fluoride to its drinking supply, if it is so great why is it not being consumed world wide?

Instead of just going with the main stream, or taking my word for it, take a minute to look into it. Below is a link to a short three minute video that will get you started.

here is another short (nine minute) video

Thankfully there is a very simple solution. Switch to a fluoride-free toothpaste and drink clean, fluoride-free water. Above is a picture of, and link to, my favorite toothpaste. This is the toothpaste that my holistic, fluoride-free dentist recommends!

It is the little things that we do every single day that have the greatest effect on our health. 


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Is Your Eyeliner Routine Causing Wrinkles?

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My makeup routine is pretty simple: eyeliner and mascara. A healthy, organic, natural minded friend really rained on my parade when she let me in on a beauty secret: that applying eyeliner everyday creates wrinkles. The way we have to hold our eyelid to apply the eyeliner pencil in a straight line. This motion, performed daily, is an invitation for wrinkles.

Then, I made a wonderful discovery. Applying eyeliner with an eyeliner brush! No need to even touch my eyelids, the brush does all the work, and gently.

Not only that, I have discovered that I like the way it comes out even better then I did with a pencil. Plus, this container of  eyeliner gel lasts for months, where before I was having to purchase a new eyeliner pencil every few weeks. Which means I am saving money!

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Its a win/win/win situation. This method  preserves the youthful smoothness around the eyes, looks great when applied, and it saves money!

Also, it is essential to pick naturally derived beauty products. Especially when it is an item used daily. Everything we put on our skin gets absorbed right into our bloodstream, which goes right into our cells. This specific eyeliner is mineral based and cruelty free!

Don't take my word for it, give it a try yourself!


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

"Us vs. Them" Choose Peace instead of Conflict

This past Sunday at church the minister spoke the most amazing truth in context to gay rights. He spoke about how many people are thrilled, and now say that they need to work against "the forces of evil" who are trying to undo the right for all to marry.

He pointed out something very eye opening. That those who are working to undo gay marriage ALSO believe they are working against "the forces of evil."

This is a perpetual rock fight of "us vs. them" found in many contexts of life. We are the good guys, they are the bad guys, and we just keep throwing rocks at each other.

The minister said that God created us like a bouquet of flowers. There is a variety; roses, lilies, violets, daisies, baby's breath, etc. We have different views and ways of seeing each other.

That its time to be the first one to lower those rocks. To Love.

Mind you, the minister is himself a gay man.

This sermon has really stuck with me while I have been going about my everyday life. That very night after church I started to feel frustrated when the neighbors were partying loud, late into the night, right outside my window when I had to wake up early the next morning for work. Then I though, there it is already, "us vs. them." A chance to lower those rocks.

I just started reading a book, JFK and the Unthinkable: Why he died and why it matters by James Douglas. Right in the preface he speaks about  the Cuban Missile crisis and what saved this world from nuclear war was JFK reaching out to Khrushchev (the Communist USSR leader, who placed the nuclear weapons in Cuba) for peaceful resolution. How instead of seeing each other as forces of  "evil", they were able to humanize, and even respect each other, which lead to peaceful resolution.

President John F. Kennedy made the choice to be the first to lower those rocks of hate. It literally saved the world.

So, I want to be vigilant to do my part in putting down those rocks, and bringing more peace and understanding to the world.

<3 Kelly