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Ways to Use Olive Oil in Your Beauty Routine

Yes, you can grab some of that oily goodness out of your kitchen cabinet and slather yourself in it. I’m not saying you’d really want to do that, but it is actually good for your skin. Olive oil has some killer benefits and it’s something I always have on hand when it comes to skin health and moisturizing.

5 Great Ways to Use Olive Oil in your Natural Beauty Routine

 

What kind of good stuff does olive oil have in it?

Olive oil promotes elasticity, it’s FULL of natural antioxidants, and it contains a ton of vitamin A. It’s also got high amounts of vitamin E which is great for the prevention of aging signs. When you let olive oil soak into the skin, you get all of that good stuff.

Be aware though, if you want to use olive oil for your skin, make sure you only use organic, extra virgin olive oil. You will not get the same effects without this type of oil, and it’s much safer than non-organic choices since it is going to be absorbed through the skin.




Bathe With Olive Oil

Fill the bathtub up with steamy hot water and add in a few drops of lavender essential oil (or a different oil of choice). Next, rub your body down with olive oil and then just relax in the tub. Rinse off before getting out and the result will be super soft, healthy looking skin.

Treatment for Dry Hair

I kid you not, has been a lifesaver for my hair. We travel so much that my hair seems like it’s always going through some sort of transition period. When we were in Colorado last summer it was so dry that I’m surprised I wasn’t mistaken for a troll, and my Patagonia hat was my best friend.I was about to have my elbow-length hair chopped off, but after a shower one evening I decided to rub a decent amount of olive oil into my hair, and comb it through. I twirled my hair into a bun and slept with a towel over my pillow. I washed it out in the morning and it was a miracle I tell you! My hair was so soft and felt much healthier. I do this about once a month now for softer, healthier hair.

Cure Cracked Heels

Olive oil works similarly to the intense lotions you can purchase that moisturize to get rid of cracks in the skin. The great thing about it though is that it is chemical-free and as natural as it gets. If you want to get rid of cracks in your heels, massage a good amount of olive oil into the problem area, and put some old socks over your feet before bed. By morning most of the oil should have absorbed into the skin. Do this a few nights in a row and you’ll see some major improvements.

Ear Wax or Aches

Have you ever heard people say to use sweet oil for earaches? Olive oil is actually very similar. It has a couple of uses when it comes to the ears: You can let a few drops fall into the ears before cleaning them. This helps to break up the excess wax and help it make its way out of the ear canal.

You can also place it in the ears to help soothe aches. Just keep a cotton ball over the affected ear as well.

Makeup Remover

Many natural oils do wonders with makeup removal, and olive oil happens to be one of them. Massage it into the areas you want to remove the makeup, and then wipe the oil off with a wet, warm washcloth. You may have to do this a couple of times, but normally it wipes right off.

Shaving Cream

I’m not joking- you can use this stuff as a replacement for shaving cream. Just keep a little jar or bottle of it in the shower with you. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil and there you have it! Just rub it over the legs before you shave and you’ll be left with soft, smooth skin

The uses in this post are some of my favorite and I personally use them on a daily basis. If you’d like to learn a little more about using natural oils in your beauty routine, you might like to take a look at these posts too:

Natural Facial Cleansing Routine to Heal Acne

Natural Olive Oil Skincare Benefits: 10 Simple Beauty Tricks for Everyone

 

Are You Drinking Enough Water? Chances are, You’re Not. #summerH2Ochallenge

I am always HORRIBLE about drinking water when I should, and I come nowhere near the nine 8oz glasses that are recommended for daily intake (for men, it’s thirteen 8oz glasses). For me, it’s usually more like a couple of gulps a day, just to wash my food down. I know, I’m awful! It’s that busy mama thing- my kids are always more than hydrated, and I know this because my five-year-old always has to make three trips to the bathroom every time I take him grocery shopping with me. So basically, I always forget about myself.

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Well, did you know how important water really is for your body?

“Water is your body’s principal chemical component and makes up about 60 percent of your body weight. Every system in your body depends on water. For example, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells, and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues.” -Mayo Clinic

It helps your body conduct its normal daily functions, and well, I’m just going to put myself out there and say it- I’m always constipated. I have issues with adult acne, I get headaches a lot, and I just think that I could really benefit from drinking more water.

According to this article from  Mind Body Green, water also Increases energy and relieves fatigue, promotes weight loss, improves skin complexion, aids in digestion and helps to prevent constipation, boosts the immune system, and helps to prevent and relieve headaches.

So to help raise awareness of how important it is to drink water on a daily basis, I’ve decided to start a Summer H2O Challenge and document the changes I see from drinking a full 2200 ml of water a day for an entire month!

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I’ll do an update in about a month to let you know if I notice any changes in my health or energy levels from drinking the daily recommended amount of water, but feel free to jump on the bandwagon and do the summer H2O Challenge with me. I’d love to see your pictures on Instagram with the hashtag #summerH2Ochallenge!

Here’s to hydration!

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Welcome to the New Blog- Now Let’s Have a Giveaway!

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After blogging as a hobby for quite some time, I am excited  to announce that I have moved to  my new self-hosted blog!

I am so thankful for all of the positive feedback I have received in the last year, and I cannot wait to start this journey with Young Earthy Mama. You will be seeing plenty more urban homesteading and education posts, as well as a few great recipe posts!

I wanted to open my new site with a giveaway to thank all of my readers, and hopefully gather some new ones too! If you want to be updated about new posts, please don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter in the sidebar!

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Tips for Healing Acne Naturally

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For the last 3 months, I have been testing out a natural way to help calm my hormonal acne, and minimize my breakouts. I literally want to shout from the rooftops because I finally found something that works after two years of horrible cystic breakouts on my chin, and it only takes four simple, natural products!

Here’s a little background to get us started…

Ever since my daughter was born a little over two years ago, I have suffered from some nasty hormonal acne. I usually only get it on my chin and sometimes around my temples certain times of my monthly cycle, but at one point it was so bad that I was starting to notice some serious scarring! During that time I tried so many different acne treatments, and they only seemed to work for a couple of weeks, or just make it way worse almost immediately. After doing some research, and realizing that my acne is most likely caused by a hormone imbalance, I threw away all of my strong chemical acne medication and headed out to buy some all natural goodness! My thought process was that all of these acids and chemicals were probably only hurting the natural balance of my skin, which was just making my skin inflamed.

I came across this article from Liz Marie Blog and based my skin care routine from hers. After a couple of months of testing and changing the routine a little, I can say I have finally found the best skin care routine I have EVER had.

So, here are those magical ingredients:

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Yep! Coconut oilwitch hazel, and tea tree oil! I am still playing around with finding a natural moisturizer that I like as well, because the grapeseed oil as suggested in the article did not agree with my skin. I did not want to suggest the moisturizer I am currently using, because I am not really satisfied with it, but once I find one that I am satisfied with, I will be sure to share!

Daily Facial Cleansing Routine*

  • I splash my face with warm water, and scoop out a chunk of coconut oil about the size of a quarter. I rub that all over my face and in the acne prone areas for about 20-30 seconds.
  • I then take a warm washcloth and scrub my face in circles for about another 20 seconds before finally rinsing all of the excess oil from my face.
  • I dry my face and apply the witch hazel with a cotton ball.
  • Apply a VERY small amount of tea tree essential oil to the tip of a q-tip and onto any breakout areas I have.
  • And finally, I moisturize!

I do this routine every morning, and at night right before bed. The acne on my face has decreased significantly. I definitely did not realize that the harsh acne cleansers were just making my acne worse by over-drying and irritating my skin.

I would also like to point out that it took at least a month before my face started to get better, and it actually got worse first! I would highly suggest if you choose to try a natural skin care routine, that you stick with it for a month or so before changing it. It takes your body a while to adjust to the changes but it will be so worth it once you find what works best for you!

It was extremely clear that all of the drug store junk I was scrubbing my face with was completely over-drying it and making it way worse than it should have been. I am so happy that I have found a more natural alternative, and I hope that I can help someone else by sharing this information!

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*Please remember that I am not a Medical Doctor. My blog is for informational purposes only, and what I write is just personal opinion. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact a professional.

What I Didn’t Know About Sugar

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Last week, we were at a seminar with many other people hoping to become patients of a great Doctor in our area who studies Integrative Medicine. Her name was Dr. Lasalle, and she spoke for quite a while about how much your diet affects your health and happiness.

To be straight to the point, she basically said “You are what you eat, or what you absorb, really.” 

She then continued to tell us something about sugar I did not realize:

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It didn’t really hit me until I got home and checked the nutrition labels on some of the things I had been feeding my children, thinking they were relatively healthy.

Wow. The juice they had been drinking contained a whopping 36 GRAMS of SUGAR per serving.

That is 9 TEASPOONS of sugar! Imagine scooping 9 teaspoons of white sugar and dumping it on to your countertop. That would be a pretty large pile, and my babies were drinking that in a serving of juice.

Dr Lasalle then explained why sugar has a negative effect on our bodies. Imagine grabbing a wet paper towel and trying to wipe up 9 teaspoons of sugar from your countertop. It is sticky, and it won’t go away no matter how hard you scrub.

That is what happens in our bodies. Sugar gums up our system and creates problems internally.

I am now continually checking the amount of sugar in things I am feeding my kids. I have always been one to limit their intake on candy and sweets, but because of Dr. Lasalle, I have begun to check labels on everything. Things you would not even expect to have much sugar, have extreme amounts.

If you are interested in learning more about the negative effects of sugar, Wellness Mama has a great article here.

If you would like some great recipes for sweets that are healthy and do not contain much sugar, I highly recommend the book Against All Grains: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well and Feel Great by Danielle Walker*

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*I do not make any profit from recommending or selling this book. It is a book that I have personally found helpful, and am in no way gaining anything from recommending it.