Ingrid S. Greene
Communications Professional for the Wellness Industry

Ingrid@yogatohavefun.com

beauty

Homemade Mascara

The amount of products that one can make with coconut oil still continues to astound me.  Today I found a recipe for homemade mascara.  How cool! This way, when you cry, you are sure that chemicals are not getting into your eyes and on your skin.  Plus, your lashes won’t dry out from store-bought products. I just got some super organic coconut oil and it’s going to be perfect for this.

Here’s the recipe that I am adapting from ThankYourBody.com:

DIY all natural homemade mascara

What you’ll need:

2 tsp coconut oil
4 tsp aloe vera gel (like this)
1/2  – 1 tsp grated bees wax
1 – 2 capsules of  cocoa powder (for brown)
a clean mascara container

Enjoy!CoconutOil

The Importance of Keeping Things Clean

Over the past few weeks, my dad and I have been touring potential apartments for him to buy and move to California.  He is narrowing down his choices and we thinking that we’re close to finalizing a deal.

We’ve seen about 30 units in about 10 days and we can say easily that the units where the furniture is orderly, the windows are clean, and the clutter is minimal are the best ones.  The ones with neglect were more easily crossed off our list.

It makes me realize how important it is to keep our homes clean.  I just got some cool new glass cleaner and after our tour of homes, I am inspired to ensure all our surfaces are glistening.  My husband and I are not looking to sell our home for a long time, but I want to make sure we live in a model home despite that.  Just like looking at units, we are happier when the home surroundings are more beautiful.

The Benefits of Turmeric

A girlfriend and I are both trying to add turmeric to our meals due to a similar recommendation from our unique acupuncturists. We are both 40 and trying to keep our fertility alive and healthy. I decided to look up the benefits of turmeric after getting a bottle of the supplement (http://www.amazon.com/turmerex-turmeric-extract-bioperine-capsules/dp/b00rc2xkq0) since I just wasn’t able to add it to enough recipes. Here is an excerpt from Dr. Weil’s website:

Alzheimer’s disease: Duke found more than 50 studies on turmeric’s effects in addressing Alzheimer’s disease. The reports indicate that extracts of turmeric contain a number of natural agents that block the formation of beta-amyloid, the substance responsible for the plaques that slowly obstruct cerebral function in Alzheimer’s disease.

Arthritis: Turmeric contains more than two dozen anti-inflammatory compounds, including sixdifferent COX-2-inhibitors (the COX-2 enzyme promotes pain, swelling and inflammation; inhibitors selectively block that enzyme). By itself, writes Duke, curcumin – the component in turmeric most often cited for its healthful effects – is a multifaceted anti-inflammatory agent, and studies of the efficacy of curcumin have demonstrated positive changes in arthritic symptoms.
Cancer: Duke found more than 200 citations for turmeric and cancer and more than 700 for curcumin and cancer. He noted that in the handbook Phytochemicals: Mechanisms of Action, curcumin and/or turmeric were effective in animal models in prevention and/or treatment of colon cancer, mammary cancer, prostate cancer, murine hepatocarcinogenesis (liver cancer in rats), esophageal cancer, and oral cancer. Duke said that the effectiveness of the herb against these cancers compared favorably with that reported for pharmaceuticals.

Sounds good to me!

Obsessed With Oils

Last week, my acupuncturist told me to get a good dose of “good fats”. He meant avocados, coconut oil, and anything edible that contains a high fat content, but the healthy type.

They say that acupuncturists will very often recommend items that we are lacking and if this is the case then he was spot on. I found myself craving fats and oils in many different forms. I loved avocados, but I was also slathering on essential oils on my face and body. I put in argan oil at night, carrot oil during the day, and coconut oil at every chance I got.

I recently also got a Exfoliating Body Scrub with Dead Sea Salt and Natural Oils and it was perfect. I use it in the shower to gently get rid of dead skin cells and simultaneously moisturize my body. I love drying my body with some pats to keep the oils on my skin. It smells delicious and is helping to satisfy my craving of oils.

Sometimes it takes an outside observer to identify what the body needs. In this case, my acupuncturist was right on.

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