It is halfway through February and we all know what that means – only a few weeks to get that beach body you’ve been telling yourself you’d have by now. Don’t worry, there’s still hope. Before you run to the nearest Walgreens for diet pills or schedule an appointment at a detox spa, look into this safe and natural way to lose weight and feel great.
The name Sea Buckthorn doesn’t readily roll off my tongue, but this fruited plant is definitely aesthetically pleasing to my eye. The plant, which is very rich in Vitamins C and E and essential fatty acids, was written about by ancient Greek scholars and Tibetan physicians. It is touted for its environmental benefits and its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and regenerative properties.
The Holy Basil plant, also known as Tulsi, is a bountiful herb, entrenched in the culture of India as an Ayurvedic healing wonder and a Hindu object of prayer. It lives with tradition in India and has been a physical and spiritual cure-all. Tulsi is a nutrient rich herb that also conducts improved absorption of nutrients into the body from other foods and herbs as well.
Easing the suffering of eczema must go beyond just relieving its painful skin outbreaks. Medicines and ointments bring immediate relief but do not correct the problem. Applying natural solutions not only relieves the outbreaks, but also works to correct and eliminate the precursors to eczema. A home remedy for eczema is always a viable option.
Oh how rich the flax plant is, and it in turn enriches our health with its nutrient rich oil. Many of us suffer from arthritis, eczema and other life-threatening illnesses that rob us of a high quality life. Flaxseed oil repairs health and fortifies the body’s own healing systems to sustain health.
Soapwort originated in Europe and the Middle East and was used primarily as a gentle natural soap. Back when textile production was in its infancy and there was hands-on work with shearing and processing wool, the mild soap from Soapwort was used to gently clean the wool and the finished fabrics. In general, soapwort was one of the first soap sources for people who lived on the land.
There is a world of excitement in the pine tree in all the ways it can improve our health beginning with its delicate needles, that give it its unique character, and make a pine needle tea that is beneficial for deep, internal healing and is rich with Vitamin C and Bioflavanoids. It also provides a wealth of potential health benefits for us when we consume its nuts and oils.
I’ve made many kinds of soap, all wonderful in their own way, but my favorite recipe is for a simple shampoo bar. I first became intrigued with this kind of soap when I saw a bar of the stuff at a local grocery store. What a concept: small, compact, no plastic bottle, lightweight, biodegradable–and no need for conditioner as the natural oils in our hair and scalp are not stripped away with its use.
Coconut oil is a controversial fat: is it good for you, or not? A main staple of some Asian and Pacific diets, coconut oil comes from coconuts themselves and like olive oil, has several “grades” of purity, with the purest being virgin. Unlike olive oils, however, which each have their own purpose, you should always select the purest coconut oil you can find.
I haven’t bought a bar of soap from the store since 1999. I was dissatisfied with the phony laboratory concoctions and wanted a pure, safe, soap. So, I decided to make my own. I’ve been hooked on soap-making since I poured my first batch. Here are some tips on how to make soap.