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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Six (6) teas I always have in my pantry ☕ 🍵

June 16, 2020 3 Comments
Hello everyone!

As I told you in my previous post: Effective ways to treat cellulite, I don't like the smell of coffee.  As a matter of fact, I never drank a sip of coffee in my life!  Conversely, I do love teas; I try to drink 3 to 4 cups a day.  But which teas or tisanes you might ask - there are so many to choose from.  

True teas come from the Camellia sinensis plant, while a herbal infusion, or tisane is any plant-derived drink other than true tea.  From berry blends to green tea to Earl Grey, the many versions of chai, black, breakfast, and whatever else.  There are so many options.

Healthy teas are nothing new to the world, but culturally, many of us have forgotten how to use them.  Irrespective of how we feel about holistic medicine, the power of tea is undeniable.

cup with loose herbal teas

These are the 6 teas I always have in my pantry and a little information about their benefits


Green

Let me start with one of the most well-known teas.  Essentially, green tea provides an overall health boost, which is what makes it so popular.  Full of powerful antioxidants, it strengthens our immune system, preventing and inhibiting health problems.  Green tea has a range of possible health benefits.  It can help us feel better, lose weight, and lower our risk of chronic diseases!  You may want to consider making green tea a regular part of your life.

Peppermint

Again, this tea is nothing unusual for tea drinkers.  While the refreshing taste is a worthy enough reason, peppermint tea offers other benefits worth noting, such as fresher breath, better digestion, and reduced pain from headachesIt can also calm nausea.  Peppermint tea also has antibacterial properties.  

Rooibos

Rooibos tea is also known as red tea or red bush tea.  Rooibos is a herbal tea and is not related to green or black tea. Because rooibos tea is naturally caffeine-free, it's an excellent alternative to black or green tea.  Rooibos also has lower tannin levels than regular black or green tea.  It is full of powerful antioxidants, which may offer health benefits.  It’s praised for general immune boosting but has also gathered particular attention for its anti-ageing properties.  When applied topically, it can help with skin concerns such as acne and eczema.  Due to high levels of the antioxidant glutathione, rooibos is also great for body detoxification.  This is my favourite tea!

Chamomile

Chamomile is another very popular herbal tea.  It’s the perfect night-time beverage; it has been used as a traditional medicine for thousands of years to calm anxiety and settle stomachs.  Chamomile contains amino acids that relax the body and relieve stress.  Several studies have also linked chamomile tea to reduced severity of menstrual cramps.

Fennel

Originally native to the Mediterranean, it grows all over the world and has been used for centuries as a medicinal plant.  According to herbalists, the fennel seed is an effective aid to digestion.  It can help the smooth muscles of the gastrointestinal system relax and reduce gas, bloating, and stomach cramps.  The anti-inflammatory properties in fennel can help relax the muscles in the uterus relieving cramps and discomfort during menstruation.  Since fennel can relax your muscles you may feel more ready for bed after drinking it.  Ancient remedies called for the use of fennel to treat insomnia.  It increases the antioxidants in the body and may also act as a diuretic.

Ginger

A spicy beverage, ginger tea is a warming, invigorating, caffeine-free alternative, which has numerous health benefits.  To be honest, I don’t like the taste of ginger but my mum loves it!  Research has suggested that ginger consumption can be protective against heart diseaseGinger tea may also help alleviate headaches, menstrual cramps, sore muscles, and other types of pain.  It’s believed that the antioxidants in ginger can help strengthen your immunity and reduce stress.


These teas and infusions have many more health benefits, but it is impossible for me to list all of them in one blog post.  Stock up your kitchen pantry with these teas and tisanes to experience the health benefits behind simple, herbal remedies that have been used for centuries.


Are you a tea or herbal tea drinker?  What are your favourite infusions?



Thursday, June 11, 2020

The best 10 DIY vegan acne treatments

June 11, 2020 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

This blog is turning 10 in a few months and that means that I have been sharing DIY acne recipes with you, my readers, for almost a decade.  I have been vegan for the last five years and yes, you can still find non-vegan DIY beauty recipes on this blog.  These are namely recipes that include ingredients like yoghurt and honey.  Since June is Acne Awareness Month,  today's post is a roundup of my best ten DIY vegan acne treatments.  This way you can find them all in one handy post.  If you want me to make a roundup post on non-vegan recipes, leave a comment and let me know.

Amongst my top 10, I included; a cleansing method, a toner, two face masks, a scrub, two facial serums, and a spot treatment.  All DIYs are very easy to make, they require very few, simple ingredients and the method is easy to follow.

acne

Below are the links for the 10 blog posts.  I also included the key ingredients (not the full list of ingredients) of each recipe or treatment for your convenience.  Visit the linked DIY for the full list and the step by step method.   In each DIY I post, I explain the properties and benefits of each ingredient and why it is used in a specific recipe.


Key ingredients: lemon and tomato

Key ingredient: I think you can guess this one!

Key ingredients: lemon essential oil and sandalwood essential oil 

Key ingredients: aloe vera gel and tea tree oil or lavender essential oil

Key ingredient: extra virgin olive oil

Key ingredients: baking soda and raw honey or coconut oil for a vegan version

Key ingredients: banana, baking soda and ground turmeric

Key ingredients: aloe vera, castor oil and vegetable glycerin

Key ingredients: coconut oil and tea tree oil

10.  DIY toner?!
Key ingredients: apple cider vinegar and green tea


You can find many more recipes and tips to help you fight acne on Cosette's Beauty Pantry; you can either use the "Search This Blog" button or click the "DIY & Natural Beauty" and "Acne" sections for more posts. 


If you suffer from acne I suggest you read my previous articles about Acne Awareness Month:



If you found this post helpful let me know.  I can write similar posts on various topics in the future if you like!


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

DIY toner?!

April 12, 2011 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

For gorgeous skin, head to the kitchen and grab some apple cider vinegar!

Apple cider vinegar promotes blood circulation.  It is also a natural antiseptic, preventing infection.  When used as a toner, it reduces the swelling that comes with acne and helps dry the affected area.  

Apple cider vinegar acne treatments work because ACV is rich in alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA). It can dissolve excessive fatty deposits at the surface of the skin and reduce scaly or peeling conditions.

Cider vinegar, being applied as a toner after cleansing, regulates the pH of the skin (which is also acidic at pH 5.5) as cleansers are usually alkaline.

ACV also improves hyperpigmentation.

To make the toner you will need:

  •           small amber glass bottle.  (I use an empty witch hazel bottle.)
  •           Apple cider vinegar (unfiltered)
  •           Cooled green tea (any brand)/distilled water

glass of apple cider vinegar

Green tea contains a cocktail of potent antioxidants called catechins, which help fight damage caused by free radicals.

cup of green tea

Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 2 parts of green tea/distilled water.  Use a cotton pad and apply this mixture all over the face, then seal your skin with a moisturizer.  

Tips:

Be warned; some find the smell of ACV too strong!  If you are sensitive to the smell of apple cider vinegar, green tea can help mask the smell.  I don’t mind the smell so sometimes I make the toner with just distilled water. 

This is a natural, chemical and preservative-free toner that can be used for all skin types. Also, as it’s preservative-free, I make mine on a weekly basis and keep it in a cool, dark place.

I hope this helps!
XOXO
Euphrasie85

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

DIY: Yummy facial scrub/mask

March 30, 2011 3 Comments
Hello everyone!

This is a recipe for an inexpensive, easy and 100% natural scrub/mask.  This scrub/mask can be used on all skin types and it’s extremely beneficial for those who suffer from acne, acne scars or dry skin.



Ingredients:

1)  Sugar - 6 tablespoons

The main ingredient for this recipe is sugar.  Sugar works as a natural exfoliate helping to break up scar tissue.  It unclogges and reduces the appearance of larger pores.  Sugar is also very moisturising.


2)  Apple cider vinegar (ACV) – 1 tablespoon

ACV gently dissolves dead skin cells.   It exfoliates the skin breaking up scar tissue (helping even indented acne scars) and it’s also a great skin detoxifier.   It also contains vitamins A, E, C, B2, B6 and P which repair skin cells for softer skin.

3)  Honey – 1 tablespoon

Honey is a natural anti-inflammatory and helps the skin retain moisture.  It reduces redness and stimulates skin cell renewal.  It also has anti-ageing benefits and is a natural skin firmer.

4) Green tea (optional – you can use water instead) – 1 tablespoon

Green tea detoxifies the skin with its antioxidant benefits.


Method:

Mix all the ingredients together and store in a glass jar.  


As you can see from the picture above; after letting it sit for awhile the sugar will settle at the bottom, so it will be necessary to stir well before using.


How to use:

  •           Apply the mixture all over your face and neck
  •           Massage the mixture and gently scrub for 2 to 5 minutes 
  •           Let it sit on your face for the next 10 minutes (if you want to use it as a mask)
  •           Rinse with warm water

Tips: 

I recommend using this scrub/mask 1-2 times a week for normal and dry skin and 2-3 times for acne-prone skin.  You will begin to see and feel the effects of the ingredients on your skin from the very first application. 


Since this sugar scrub is completely natural, it can also be used as a body scrub and a lip scrub!

XOXO
Euphrasie85