All About Gua Sha

You've likely heard about Gua Sha as it is increasing in popularity at great speed. But what is Gua Sha? And can it really help promote smooth and shape the face? Let's talk about it.  What is Gua sha? Gua Sha (pronounced, “gwa sha”) is an ancient beauty ritual in which a special tool is scraped across the skin. Gua Sha can be performed on the body or the face. Gua sha for the body is a little more intense. Facial Gua Sha uses gentle, sweeping motions and shoudl be done with much care (since the skin of the face...
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Herbal Books for Beginners

When you are beginning to learn about herbs and their use in supporting wellness, it can be a little overwhelming. Where do you start? Which books are best? And it's not just about which books are best, but which herbal books are understandable to those new to herbalism. Herbalism for beginners is a little different to herbalism for seasoned herbalists. Many of the practices are the same, but it can take some time to understand the terms used to describe various herbs and how they are used.  This week, I wanted to take some time to create a book list...
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Adapotogens

If you’re just getting into the natural-sphere, you might’ve heard the word “adaptogen” and thought “whatever that means”! Adaptogen is a word that is used to describe a large category of herbs, mushrooms and roots. Some adaptogens that you’ve probably heard of are aloe vera, holy basil and rosemary (just to name a few).   These are my favorite type of herb as they support the body in so many ways!⁣ Adaptogens individually have many uses, but overall they help the body manage stress. Many also aid in nourishing the adrenals, which often get a workout in this day and age.⁣...
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Benefits and Uses of Sea Salt

bulk sea salt in a small bowl
Raise your hand if you’ve ever made a New Years Resolution that you tried for a few days, then realized it was impossible to stick to? *raises hand*. Personally, I’ve realized that when I take smaller steps towards something, I’m more likely to keep those small changes as a part of my lifestyle. If one of your goals is to be healthier or eat better, I’ve got just the tip to get you started! One simple way to improve your diet is to switch table salt for sea salt. Not only will your food taste 10x better, you’ll reap extra...
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Manuka Honey Ratings – What Do the Numbers Mean?

If you’re interested in Manuka honey, you’ve likely noticed the numbers listed on most jars. You’ll see ratings such as 10+, 20+, 30+, and also  letters like UMF and MGO. What do these mean? It can be incredibly confusing! Manuka honey is not like any other honey. It has additional attributes that make it highly prized and beneficial. Not just any honey can be called Manuka honey.  The New Zealand Government has a standard for Manuka Honey and every jar of Manuka Honey (not bulk sizes) packed in New Zealand has to pass this test in order to get an export...
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How and When to Use Natural Preservatives in DIY Beauty Products

Do homemade cosmetics and skincare products require preservatives? And if so, do natural preservatives actually work? In today's post we dive into these questions as well as cover natural preservative options for lotions, creams, and other DIY skin care products. what is a preservative? A preservative is a chemical that is added to cosmetics in order to inhibit the growth of microbes and subsequent contamination and spoilage of a product.   Are Preservatives Necessary? It may seem strange to think about using preservatives when making natural body care products. Aren’t we trying to avoid chemicals? Here is the problem: products made...
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Self-Care Action Plan for the Holidays

The next few days are ones that can be filled with highs and lows. While the holidays are an exciting time, many of us also feel tired, lonely, overwhelmed, and/or stressed.⁣ A few things to that might help you stay sane this week:⁣ #1 – Breathe I know it sounds so simple! But just taking a minute to pause and take a deep breathe can do wonders!⁣ #2 – Move Your Body This may not be the time to hit the gym (or maybe it is, depending on your situation), but finding a way to move your body this week...
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Peppermint & Rosemary Foot Soak Recipe

Peppermint & Rosemary Foot Soak Recipe As you head into the weekend, why not take some time for a foot soak? You can test out this recipe then make some more for a Christmas gift. It's a great way to give those feet a rest and relax for a few minutes. Ingredients – ⅔ cup Epsom Salt – ⅓ cup baking soda – 10 drops peppermint essential oil – 3 drops Rosemary essential oil – 1 teaspoon avocado or sweet almond oil Method Place oil and essential oils in the bottom of a mixing bowl and stir until well combined...
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10 Natural Body Care Products Anyone Can Make!

These quick and easy recipes for natural body care products use simple ingredients that nourish the skin. Great for personal use and make excellent gifts. One of my greatest joys is showing people how easy it is to make natural body care products at home. I think many are under the impression that is is complicated or time consuming to create personal care products, but it's not! (Well, it could be, I suppose, but it's certainly not necessary!). In today's post you'll find 10 easy (and natural) body care products anyone can make. Most of these can be made in...
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