What is Manuka Honey? UMF, MGO, and More

With the popularity of Manuka honey on the rise, you may be wondering what all the hype is about it. Some common questions about manuka honey include: What is Manuka honey? What is UMF and non-UMF? How is Manuka different than regular honey?  In this article we take a deep dive into the facts and find the answers to these questions and more.   What is Manuka Honey? Manuka honey is produced by bees who pollinate the Manuka tree (Leptospermum scoparium). This tree is native to Australia and New Zealand. It’s distinct flavor makes this honey a delicious addition to many...
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DIY Honey Mud Face Wash and Mask Recipe

Honey is one of the best kept skincare secrets. It helps support skin softness and produces a radiant glow. Learn to use it as the base for this quick and easy, homemade mud mask recipe.  It is one of the easiest ways to DIY facial care as it can be used alone or mixed with one or two simple ingredients to create a high-performing mask, wash, or facial scrub.  Honey truly is one of my favorite skincare ingredients.  Recently, there has been a surge in popularity of “honey mud” products. Most of these are facial cleansers and masks and are...
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Hydrosols: How to Use in Natural Skincare

Hydrosols, also known as flower water, have many uses in home remedies and natural skincare. In this article we discuss what they are, how they are made, the best hydrosols for home remedies and natural skincare, and how to use them.  What are Hydrosols? Before we discuss the uses for hydrosols, let's briefly dig in the the definition. The word, Hydrosol, is a chemistry term which means, “water solution.” (Source: Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy by Suzanne Catty) It is derived from the Latin “Hydro,” which means “water,” and “Sol” which means “solution.” Hydrosols are also referred to as floral water,...
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Digital Wellbeing for Families

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With digital detoxes, “social media breaks”, and inbox overwhelm, it's clear that the digital aspects of our lives have a big impact. The impact is not just personal, it's affecting our families as well. But with small steps, we can find balance.  This post was sponsored by Google in partnership with the Forward Influence Network. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I've often found myself wondering how to effectively teach my children to manage technology. It's a whole new world to navigate… I recently learned about Google's digital wellbeing initiative and discovered their Family Guide. These guides have been...
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Herbal Academy Botanical Skin Care Recipe Book Review

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If you want to learn to make healthy, non-toxic, botanical skincare products at home, the Herbal Academy's Botanical Skincare Recipe Book is for you.  In this post, I review the contents of the book and give you a peek at what's inside. My hope is that this will help decide if it's something you'd like to invest in or not.  The book can be purchased separately but is also part of a larger Botanical Skincare Program (you can choose to include the book with purchase of the online program).  Please note, Herbal Academy gifted the book to me for review...
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French Green Clay and Charcoal Facial Soap Recipe

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This French Green Clay and Charcoal Facial Soap recipe makes a delightful soap that cleans deeply, yet gently. It is suitable for most skin types.  If you've tried your hand at making natural skincare products, you may have stuck with the simple things, like body scrubs and facial scrubs, serums, and body butters. After some time, it stands to reason that you may wish to expand into more complicated products such as homemade soap.  Or perhaps you are already a soap maker, but want to venture into facial soaps. Or maybe you already make facial soaps but are looking for...
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Non-Toxic Laundry with Buckaroo Organics

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Want to switch to a natural laundry routine? It’s a great move to make considering the toxins found in many laundry products today. Laundry soap, fabric softener, and dryer sheets, are exposing us to a host of chemicals that stay on our clothes and some transfer to our skin (which we know absorbs all kinds of things – so we’re dealing with some of this stuff getting into our bloodstream, not to mention what we're also breathing it in.)  I don’t like to harp on the bad, but before I move on to the good, I would be remiss not...
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100 Percent Pure MakeUp and Skincare Review

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Have you heard of 100 Percent Pure? It's a non-toxic, natural brand of skincare and makeup that uses fruit pigments to color their cosmetics, carefully sources ingredients, and is cruelty-free. If you've ever wondered if 100 Percent Pure Make up and Skincare is worth trying, I hope today's post will give you a better understanding of their products so you can decide if they are right for you.  Before we get to the products, let's chat for second about why it's important to use non-toxic skincare and cosmetics.  Since our skin is the largest organ of the body, and it...
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Which Essential Oil Brand Is Best?

“Which essential oil brand is best?” I get this question a lot and if you are confused about which essential oil brand is best, don't worry, you're not the only one! As essential oils grow in popularity, so do the many options for purchasing them. With so many brands out there, it can be hard to determine what essential oil companies and brands we should choose.  Is it possible to know which essential oil brands are reliable, trustworthy, and transparent? Can we know which ones offer only pure, unadulterated essential oils? That's what I aim to answer in this article. ...
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