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These are things I’ve picked up along the way, throughout my studies and my daily engagements.

Soothing Spring Oatmeal Bath

Spring is here!

 Warm weather is around the corner, sunshine is beckoning from your windows and your skin is crying, “let me out!!”

If you’re like me, your skin goes through stages.

There’s the usual… We’re histamines, we react to anything so be gentle.  Find anything comfortable to wear that doesn’t expose or irritate our healing skin.

Then there’s the… Oh my gracious! We love the ocean, we love the salt, the sand and the sunshine; the more you give us the happier we are. Thank you for letting us out!

And then there’s what I like to call the “crouton stage” in which your skin feels as though its…well, a crouton. Your skin is sore, inflamed and tight.

For years now we’ve noticed these stages and have come to almost accept them.  I say almost because we’re always searching for answers to our epidermal woes.  Which is why we continually seek natural healing methods, recipes and soaks and avoid harmful fillers and toxins in our foods.

 

This Soothing Spring Oatmeal Bath is a twist on a Colloidal Oatmeal Bath Soak DIY that I made a minor adjustment to, just to kick it up a smidgen.

Here’s an Outline of the Beneficial Ingredients:

  • Oatmeal – Removes excess bacteria from skin, exfoliates, contains gelatinous polysaccharides which form a protective barrier for your skin, and its beta-glucans penetrate deep into the skin moisturizing more than just the outer layer. Oatmeal also enhances healing and collagen deposition, evens skin tone, and relieves itching, while its saponins gently remove toxins from your body.  Lastly, oatmeal contains lubricating fats that protect your skin against harmful UV rays. (Article Here)
  • Chamomile – Is a natural anti-inflammatory flower that relaxes muscles and histamines. It’s anti-bacterial and anti-allergenic powers speed healing of wounds, burns and rashes.  When used as a bath soak it can reduce the pain of menstrual cramps and painful dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis. (Article Here) When taken orally, its anti-inflammatory properties have also been shown to improve digestion and ease pain for those suffering from gastrointestinal issues such as ulcerative colitis.
  • Lavender Oil – Similar to oatmeal, lavender too is an antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic that boots the immune system. Thanks in part to its soothing nature, it reduces the stress that can trigger flare-ups and irritated skin.  It soothes minor burns, calms the mind and body and is great to use just before bed. (Article Here)

When combined these ingredients create a powerhouse of tranquilizing nutrients. OatmealBath

Ingredients

 

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients in blender or coffee grinder.
  2. Grind until milled. It should look and feel like a soft and fluffy cornmeal.
  3. Add 1/4c to bath water or mix in your hand with your favorite soap in the shower to scrub all over your body.
  4. Store in a reusable or recycled plastic container.

 

The blend of medicinal herbs, natural ingredients and essential oils releases a healing effect throughout your entire body.  You’ll leave the water feeling soothed and moisturized.

Of course you still want to apply your usual moisturizer afterwards.

Try this Soothing Spring Oatmeal Bath and share it with those you love – quench thirsty skin – have a beautiful and comfortable spring.

Scrumptious Scrubs!

One of many homemade body scrubs that are simple and beneficial!

I came up with this one when I couldn’t decide what to do with the ground flax-seed left at the bottom of the bottle.

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Topically, flax-seed has been known to reduce irritation and inflammation for those suffering from eczema, psoriasis, burns, boils and acne.

And I always keep Epsom salt in the cabinet for baths and the many body scrubs I like to create.  It’s only about $3 at your local pharmacy.

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Epsom salt is great for a myriad of reasons:

  • it eases stress and while relaxing your body
  • is a natural pain reliever and that is great for menstrual cramps,
  • increases nerve function and blood flow,
  • assists in insulin preservation and regulation, lowering the risk of and aiding in the treatment of diabetes,
  • and it removes toxins from your body.

If taken orally it can also relieve constipation.

Ingredients

  • Epsom salt
  • Ground flax-seed with oil

Directions

  1. Mix one part flax mix with one part Epsom salt
  2. Massage into damp skin
  3. Rinse

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I like to keep the bottle of flax in the shower along with a reusable container with Epsom salt and mix as I apply, however, you might find it easier to premix the items and keep ready-made in the shower.

If you don’t have a bottle of leftover flax like I had, simply mix equal parts milled flax-seed with cold pressed flax-seed oil.

Enjoy!  And stay tuned I’ve got more scrumptious scrubs to share with you in future posts.

References

http://www.saltworks.us/salt_info/epsom-uses-benefits.asp

http://www.everydayhealth.com/health-questions/flaxseed-oil/can-flaxseed-be-used-topically-for-psoriasis

Oh, Don’t Throw that Away.

Ever wondered what to do with those amazing little zipper bags that your blankets, sheets, and pillowcases come in?!

Well, ponder no more.  JUST PUT THINGS IN THEM!

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They’re really, sturdy, great bags for storage of any kind; art supplies, winter clothes, extra blankets, socks missing their mates…the list goes on.

Please don’t throw them out.  They’ll do no good roasting in the sun on the top of the far pile in a landfill.

Thank you,

Denise

Five Green Design Tips

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If its simple and beneficial – why the hell not?

  1. Introduce natural light into your life, you can warm your home while lightening your pockets. Simply open your blinds and let that sun shine in.  If you’ve got extra funds, investing in skylights or light tubes is also a great way to save money on the energy used to light your home.
  2. Shop locally for your accessories and trinkets.  Not only will you be introducing traditional pieces from your hometown and creating revenue within your community, you’ll be reducing the carbon footprint of your home.
  3. Plants, plants, plants!   In any room of your home, plants will purify and add humidity your air whilst adding ambiance that you can really only get from live, natural elements.
  4. Buy vintage.  Used furniture items not only add character to your atmosphere, they save trees and once again, reducing your carbon footprint.
  5. When redecorating choose recycled or sustainably conscious materials.  There are many companies out there that apply ethical principles throughout their entire companies operations: sourcing, manufacturing, design and stakeholder rights.  Take a second to research the company, you can find all the information you need online, just check their sustainability or core values report.