You know there is so much to remember these days. Between the pesticides in fruits, the cancer-causing ingredients in cosmetics, the bigger and better super duper fish oil supplement they want you to invest in and the toxic chemicals that seep into my breast milk; I get a little frazzled.
Thank God I am a wellness educator so most of this stuff is easy peasy to me but lately, being sleep deprived, working full time, trying to sort out health issues from my workplace and nursing full time has really taken a toll on my sanity.
Just today, I was cooking, rocking baby on my hip and talking to a friend and trying to explain to her that the plantain she is going to make tea with is not the one you cook with. I sent her out in her yard to see if she could find some, it was quite the conversation, and I almost burnt our food. Whew. I am tired already just recalling all of this, I think I need a nice nap or a housekeeper would work too. Got one? Send her over, please!
If you have ever been in this predicament and you are busy and can’t remember anything to save your life then this article is for you.
Next time you are at the store just pick up the regulars and be sure to include organic carrots, cucumber, and bananas. Now you’ll have to remember this OK? Write it down and stick it somewhere you’ll actually see like in front of the toilet, because everything gets lost on the fridge, lol.
These three items are great for cleansing and treating the skin. Men, women and kids can do this, so guys don’t click away. You’d be surprised that my mucho macho husband indulges in these treatments from time to time as well and he is still a manly man except he’s got nicer skin.
OK so here are 3 easy peasy recipes:
Carrot Facial – Carrots make a great astringent and they are high in vitamin A which is vital for healthy skin. Just place a carrot with the skin in your blender with the juice of a half a lemon. Blend and apply to oily skin several times a week. This is a great and super cheap facial you can do anytime. You can add in a tsp of raw honey as well or even a little bit of chamomile tea.
This is one my favorite diy beauty recipes that I’ve enjoyed using for many years. It’s super easy to make and doesn’t cost much. If you don’t have chamomile tea, you can use purified water instead. If you’re sensitive to citrus fruits omit the lemon juice and use one tablespoon fresh aloe vera meat instead.
You can also use this carrot mixture under your arms as a gentle detox and cleanser. Open up one capsule of activated charcoal and mix in before applying under both arms. Do it in the shower. Leave on for a few minutes then rinse.
Once the mixture is made, it can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
If you have kids, prepare this with them. It’s a fun way to teach little ones about using food for beauty and medicine.
Cucumber Facial – Cucumbers are wonderful for lightening and cleansing the skin naturally. When used on the skin they act like a natural bleaching agent, minus all the toxic ingredients. Cucumbers also work as a wonderful astringent.
1 small organic cucumber
Juicer or blender.
Juice cucumber or blend it in your blender if you don’t have a juicer then strain. Apply to normal or oily skin. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes then rinse.
You can also soak a thin cotton washcloth in the cucumber juice, place on parchment paper in the freezer for 20 minutes then apply to the face for 30 minutes.
Banana Mask/Moisturizer – Blend a banana with 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil and add in a few drops of lime juice to preserve. Keep in the fridge for 3 days. Use as a moisturizer or as a facial.
I hope you enjoy these recipes and are a little less stressed out about all the stuff you have to remember.
Remember to live life as a gift and give that gift away every day!™