Spring Cleansing Juice

With Winter done and dusted, what better way to welcome Spring than with a gorgeously green cleansing juice! All Winter long, we tend to hold on to toxins, and that creates mucus in the Spring. Then, with the Spring pollen and irritants in the air triggering allergies, we become sick. To help ward off the sniffles, whip up as many green juices with some slightly bitter foods to enjoy throughout the week. You’ll flood your immune system with supportive nutrients so you’ll be fully armed against any pesky allergens flying your way.

Ingredientsgreen-juice

3 large organic kale leaves, stalks included

1 whole lime, peeled

1/2 inch organic ginger, skinned

1 small green pear

small handful mint or parsley

1 tsp. coconut oil

You can either juice or blend. Drink up and enjoy!!

 

acvThe many amazing benefits of Bragg’s apple cider vinegar has taken place in my life as my new obsession. The taste? SO delicious. Does it really make you feel light and young and healthy? Yes. Bragg’s has just the pure unfiltered organic vinegar in bottles that you can add to all your cooking or you can make your own mixed drink. Add a good dash of vinegar into 16oz chilled water, then time to get creative. Some fresh ginger juice, aloe juice, honey, cranberry juice. Or, Bragg’s sells bottles of his apple cider drink version at most health food stores. My favorite is the Ginger Spice. Not a day goes by that I don’t crave one and the effects are all too good.

Apple Cider Vinegar has been highly regarded throughout history. In 400 B.C. the great Hippocrates, Father of Medicine, used it for its amazing health qualities.

Internal Benefits:brags bottle

  • Rich in enzymes & potassium
  • Support a healthy immune system
  • Helps control weight
  • Promotes digestion & ph Balance
  • Helps soothe dry throats
  • Helps remove body sludge toxins

External Benefits:

  • Helps maintain healthy skin
  • Helps promote youthful, healthy bodies
  • Soothes irritated skin
  • Relieves muscle pain from exercise

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USDA Certified Organic – organically grown apples and exacting scientific standards used to meet organic certified food product standards.

Unfiltered – contains the valuable apple peel which is rich in important polyphenol antioxidants.

Raw – Not Pasteurized, recognized as a “live food”, rich in enzymes and made the best natural way.

Contains the amazing “Mother” of Vinegar, a natural cloudy substance found only in raw, unfiltered organic vinegar formed from naturally occurring strand-like chains of protein enzyme molecules. It is highly regarded for it’s nutritional and health benefits.

• Non-GMO • Kosher Certified • Best Tasting!

DIY Coconut Body Butter

DIY Coconut Body Butter

Yep, you read correctly, homemade whipped coconut oil body butter! In your very own kitchen! With that very store bought organic jar of cooking coconut oil! It’s so simple and so good for your skin, you’ll rarely want to use any other body butter at the drug store. This recipe will last a month or so. If you have extra, bottle it up, wrap it up and gift it for Christmas! Everyone loves something thoughtfully handmade, and your special gift receiver will be thankful for days on end with their skin feeling sinfully luxurious.

Ingredients:

1 cup organic coconut oil, room temp.

1 teaspoon vitamin E oil

a few drops or your favorite essential oil, lavender, peppermint, lemon balm and good ones to go with

1. Put all ingredients into a mixing bowl, preferably a kitchen aid. Note: Do not melt the coconut oil first. It will only whip up if it’s solid.

2. Mix on high speed with a wire whisk for 6-7 minutes or until whipped into a light, airy consistency.wipped

3. Spoon the whipped coconut oil body butter into a glass jar and cover tightly. Store at room temperature, or in the refrigerator if your house is so warm it melts the oil

For more live well, eat well tips and clever advice, check out The Nourished Life.

Skin that Glows!

Skin that Glows!

Give it one week, and you’ll be on your way to forever keeping your skin healthy and glowing. The quality and health of our skin is the perfect indicator of our internal health, but healing and maintaining is a process. Everyday, just like you eat to keep your organs functioning and energy up all day, so too does your daily diet contribute to the wellbeing of your skin. Most skin problems are a side effect or reaction that starts from within the body, and is moving it’s way out.

Body and Soul Magazine has this amazing week guide to give you a strong guide that gets you on the path to better skin and to keep that high quality. Bonus, is that foods that are good for your outsides are also very good for your insides. Win win situation.

Monday

Eat oily fish. Healthy omega-3 fats, which are found in oily fish (salmon, trout, mackerel), help keep skin soft and supple. Anyone with dry or inflamed skin will benefit from increasing their omega-3 intake. Vegetarian sources include nuts, seeds and flax oil, or try a good-quality supplement.

Tuesday

Boost your berry intake. Berries are an excellent source of vitamin C, an important nutrient that helps the skin’s collagen production. Berries are also rich in antioxidants, which help protect against the free radical damage that causes wrinkles. Other excellent sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits, broccoli and parsley.

Wednesday

Add some avocado. Avocados are an excellent source of vitamin E, one of the most powerful antioxidants, that also helps neutralise free radicals. Vitamin E cream helps soothe dry skin. Other good sources of vitamin E include olive oil, nuts, seeds, wheat germ and wholegrains.

Thursday

Snack on pumpkin seeds. They supply your body with the mineral zinc, which is needed for healthy wound healing and to balance oil production in the skin. It is also useful for treating many skin conditions such as eczema and acne. Sunflower seeds, eggs, nuts and oats are also rich in zinc.

Friday

Eating a few Brazil nuts every day will supply you with a good dose of the antioxidant selenium, which is needed for tissue elasticity. It also helps reduce cell damage from free radicals. Other good sources of selenium include wheat germ, salmon, eggs, garlic and wholegrains.

Saturday

Go bananas! They are a great source of vitamin C and contain the trace mineral silica, which is essential for healthy skin. The body uses it to make the connective tissue collagen. Other food sources of silica include kelp, whole oats, buckwheat, brown rice, green leafy vegies and alfalfa.

Sunday

Munch on carrots. They are packed with beta-carotene, a precursor to vitamin A, which helps to promote the skin’s repair and maintenance. A deficiency in vitamin A usually results in dry skin. Other foods that are high in vitamin A that you can try include liver, spinach, chilli, sweet potatoes and apricots.

Every woman deserves time out, especially for homemade Facial Masks and Scrubs. Not only to relax and unwind, but to replenish our skin. Facial treatments at spas can be extremely expensive so why not make your own masks and scrubs with foods found in your very own kitchen?

I believe exfoliating is the most important part of any skin care regime. Exfoliating removes dead cells and unclogs oil and dirt that can cause breakouts. Below are some of my favorite homemade exfoliating scrubs! I use the oatmeal scrub most often.

To find other facial masks go to Spa-At-Home: Homemade Facials & Face Mask Recipes and email me at Asklauren@charleswigs.com for more beauty tips!

 

Basic Baking Soda Scrub– gentle exfoliant known for helping clear acne

Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with water or cleanser

Leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing

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Nourishing Sugar Scrub

Mix 1 teaspoon of sugar with 1/2 teaspoon of honey and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice

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Invigorating Coffee Scrub– has anti-inflammatory effects and works as a skin stimulant

Mix 1 tablespoon of ground coffee with 1 tablespoon of water or olive oil

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Soothing Oatmeal Scrub– hydrating and is ideal for those with sensitive skin

Mix 1 tablespoon of ground oatmeal with 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of water or olive oil

Gently rub it onto your skin in circular motions and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing

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