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Remedy for Dry Skin


Okay I know I am not the only person out there who has an issue with dry skin over the winter time. Summer not so much due to all the sunscreen I lather on at work, needless to say my skin stays quite oily for those few months.

So how do we get rid of that itchy dry irritating skin and scalp? Here are a few tips to put in your back pocket for the long dry winter months.

If you are seeking a more natural way to keep your skin healthy I would start with the soap you use everyday for your face and body. Over the years there are a few key ingredients to soaps that have helped immensely: Glycerin Soaps, Olive Oil, Tea Tree oil, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Almond Oil, Wheat Germ Oil.

Jojoba Oil: the skin strengthener. Similar in structure to that of natural sebum, jojoba oil can help reduce the production of oil while strengthening the epidermis.

Tea Tree Oil: antifungal and antibacterial. Tea tree oil has been used for centuries to heal the skin. In addition, it carries oxygen into the hair follicles, reducing and killing the bacteria that lead to pimples.

Almond Oil: the skin soother. Used for centuries for its ability to nourish, almond oil is ideal for soothing sensitive skin.

Wheat Germ Oil: the acne fighter. A rich source of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids, wheat germ oil is effective in treating acne and blemishes, and provides antioxidant protective properties.

Olive Oil:  It is a great skin moisturizer, in part because it contains linoleic acid, a  compound not made by the body, but which prevents water from evaporating.

Glycerin Soaps:  are soaps that contain glycerin, a component of fat or oil. They are very mild and rich in moisture.

Coconut Oil:  For skin it is a moisturizer, antibiotic, multivitamin, multi-nutrient, nourishing, anti-aging, anti-wrinkle and anti-oxidant. The best and most skin friendly form is Pure Virgin Coconut Oil.

We just got done making a batch of natural Olive oil soaps infused with hand-picked fragrance. I gotta say it is very refreshing to wash my hands with a soap that doesn’t instantly make them feel dry and itchy.

handmade soaps

So the next time you are at the store or your local farmers market, cruise on by the soap area and see what natural soaps you can find. You may pay a little bit more but your skin will thank you a million times over.

 

 

References:

http://www.thedailygreen.com/green-homes/latest/olive-oil-benefits-uses-460609

http://www.gnet.org/coconut-oil-all-in-one-natural-solution-for-your-skin/

http://coconutoilforskin.com/

http://cottageherbals.com/category_14/All-Natural-Soap.htm

 

 

“Garlic! Way more than just a Herb and Spice!”


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I don’t know about you but I adore Garlic! I will use it in anything recipe I can. It is the perfect complement to chicken, soups, stews and tomato sauces. Pretty much whatever I can get away with putting Garlic in I will do it! I have to say that oven roasted garlic on toasted baguette bread is my absolute favorite.

I was brushing up on my Garlic knowledge today and learned some interesting benefits to eating this wonderful aromatic herb. “Nature’s Super Seven Medicines” had a lot of information about the history of Garlic and its benefits. I definitely recommend reading it.

Garlic can be used for everything from Arthritis, Boils, Burns, Toothe aches, Blood Clots, Insect Bites, Elevated Cholesterol and the Common Cold just to mention a few.

I found that Garlic, onions, cayenne pepper, goldenseal and pau d’acro ( a herb used for cancer) are all strongly hypoglycemic.  They Dramatically lower blood sugar levels.  However those people suffering from hypoglycemia, taking such herbs can be problematic. But those with diabetes this is awesome news. Garlic taken each day will help reduce the amount of daily insulin a diabetic requires. It wont cure the disease or take a diabetic off insulin completely. Cooked garlic and aged-garlic extract both work great for diabetics. When eaten in meals where it is generously incorporated, garlic will assist the pancreas in turning out more natural insulin of its own. Four capsules or one tablespoon of aged garlic is recommended for additional supplementation. Please always ask your doctor if you are diabetic if this is for you.  

Everyone can benefit from eating Garlic every day. It is a wonderful immune system booster. I feed my family chicken soup loaded with garlic when they are sick and it always does the trick. I was told by our doctors one time that chicken soups with herbs and garlic is the liquid gold you can eat when you are sick. It is fantastic for the sick body.

Recipe for Roasted Garlic & Baguette Bread

Preheat oven to 425 F

Cut the top off a whole large ear of Garlic, just enough so part of a few cloves are exposed. Place on tinfoil and drizzle with Extra virgin olive oil. Wrap the garlic like you would a baked potato and place in the oven for about an hour.

While the garlic is baking, cut your baguette bread into 1/2 inch slices. Place on a cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil and garlic seasoning salt if desired. Toast in the oven until crunchy. Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn. 

When your garlic is done remove from the oven and squeeze out the cloves back onto the tinfoil. Generously spread the soft garlic onto your toasted baguette.

Can be served as is or add a slice of your favorite brie or gouda and enjoy.

This is my favorite treat to eat with a glass of red wine. A single glass of red wine has a lot of beneficial antioxidants in it.

I hope you enjoy this tasty treat!

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