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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

DIY: Essential oil body wash

June 28, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


Today I'm back with another simple DIY beauty recipe. A simple and creative way to bring essential oils into your everyday life is to add them to daily household products. Adding a few drops to a fragrance-free shower gel or a bubble bath is an easy way to do so. Nonetheless, making your personalised foaming body wash is even better. 


Body wash is an essential part of our bathing routines. But many of us do not pay attention to the ingredients that many commercial body washes contain. You may be putting your long-term health at risk by using products which contain dangerous chemicals. If you want to know more about this topic, I suggest you watch HBO’s Not So Pretty docuseries.


If you’re looking for a body wash that will cleanse your skin and leave you feeling refreshed, you may want to try this essential oil body wash recipe.


suddy heart-shaped bath sponge


Ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups of Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap (baby unscented)
  • 4 teaspoons vegetable glycerin
  • 20 to 30 drops of essential oil/s
  • Foaming bottle - I use an empty foaming face wash bottle. You can also find foaming soap dispensers on Amazon


Castile soap is just like regular soap but more eco-friendly. Rather than being made from lard or other animal fats, it is made from vegetable oils, i.e.vegan soap. Castile soap is also a good choice for people who want to avoid harsh chemicals.


Vegetable glycerin is made from plant oils and is known for its hydrating properties. It can help keep your skin soft and healthy. The glycerin is what will make this homemade body wash sudsy! Your body wash will still work without it, but it won’t foam up as much.


Essential oils

Not only do they smell great, but they also have therapeutic properties that can benefit your skin and calm your mind.


Method:

  1. Pick the essential oil/s you want to use.
  2. In your foaming bottle, add castile soap, vegetable glycerin, and essential oils.
  3. Shake well.


During the hot summer months, peppermint oil is one of my favourite essential oils to use in body wash because it has a cooling and refreshing effect.


Here are some other essential oils I love:

  • Lavender 
  • Chamomile
  • Frankincense 
  • Geranium 
  • Ylang Ylang 
  • Lemongrass 
  • Neroli 
  • Jasmine 
  • Rosemary
  • Lemon
  • Vanilla
  • Sandalwood 


Any of these essential oils can be added to this DIY body wash recipe or any unscented body wash if you prefer. 


What is your favourite body wash scent? Lavander and vanilla is one of my all-time favourite scents.


Talk to you soon.







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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

What is the best season to get pierced?

June 22, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


Summer has finally arrived, and this is the perfect time to show off a new ear or body piercing, especially since probably your clothes won’t be hiding it. Lucky, every time I post a piercing-related article on this blog, you seem to like it, which is great; because I love writing about this topic. In this post, I want to talk to you about when to get pierced. Is there a better season to get a piercing? Keep reading to find out!


black and while photo of woman with ear piercings

When is the perfect time to get pierced? What are the seasonal pros and cons to consider before going through with a piercing? Whether you choose to get your piercing during the hot summer months or the cooler winter once depends primarily on your lifestyle.


After your piercing, you can expect a 25-60% chance of slight swelling within the first 3 days. Circulation will increase, and blood will rush to the area. Areas with better blood circulation, such as earlobes, lips, nose and nipples, may experience up to 60% chance of swelling. 


During the warmer seasons, the steady blood flow to the pierced area increases, which can even speed up the healing process and flush away toxins on the skin. Remember that most piercings take around 6-8 weeks to heal. Most people want to head to the beach or pool for a swim but keeping the pierced area clean and dry (during the healing process) is vital. Therefore, getting your piercing in the springtime will allow enough healing time to show it off in the summertime!


piercing tools


During the colder seasons, certain areas like the ears and nose experience reduced blood flow due to the cold. However, less blood flow also means less possibility of swelling. When you get a new piercing, it’s best not to touch it to allow it to heal. One of the many benefits of getting a new piercing in the wintertime is that wearing layers of clothes will help prevent you from touching a new piercing. Still, you should be mindful of what winter clothes you wear; you want to avoid clothing that will catch on your piercing or rub against it.


As long as you follow the piercing aftercare, you can get a new piercing whenever is most convenient for you. 


I hope you found this post helpful. Are you planning any new piercings in the near future? Let me know in the comment section below!


Talk to you soon...




Tuesday, January 25, 2022

The many uses of hot water bottles

January 25, 2022 2 Comments

Hello everyone!


I'm a big fan of old-school hot water bottles. A hot water bottle can save you energy and money without sacrificing thermal comfort. That is only one of the reasons why I believe that a hot water bottle is a must-have in every household. These days hot water bottles come in all shapes and sizes. 

 

Hot water bottles can be great for keeping you warm, in addition, hot water bottles can be great for helping you relax, relieve stress, ease aches and pains, and get a good night’s sleep. All of these can be great for both your short and long term health.


Here is the list of the top things you can do with a hot water bottle:


red hot water bottle on pillow and red blanket

Keep warm

There are two main ways to keep warm with a hot water bottle. The first is by resting it on or close to your body, and the second is to use it to heat the inside of your bed or sleeping bag before entering.


Improve sleep 

For help getting to sleep, place a hot water bottle under your blanket at least 5 to 10 minutes before you intend to enter. Once you are ready to get in, it is advisable to remove the hot water bottle first.


Reduce stress

Hot water bottles are great at aiding relaxation and reducing stress and anxiety. That is because the heat stimulates blood flow and improves circulation around your body. Also, heat has the effect of making you more comfortable in your surroundings.


Ease aches and pains 

If you are suffering from aches and pains, use a hot water bottle to:

soft toys in bed with a hot water bottle

Cold therapy works better for inflammation and helps to reduce swelling, while heat therapy is ideal for reducing cramping and muscle spasms. Many hot water bottles can provide both forms of treatment. Instead of filling your bottle with hot water, fill it with cold water from the fridge, immediately turning it into a cold pack.


Make your four-legged friends more comfortable - 

Hot water bottles are safe for dogs and can provide warmth when a dog is resting at night. They are also great for healing purposes and can help with inflammation. You can also put a hot water bottle in a puppy’s bed. They will enjoy cuddling up against it. 


Safety first!

  1. When using a hot water bottle, make sure you follow the safety instructions.
  2. When preparing a hot water bottle for your dog, do not use boiling water.
  3. To avoid burns and similar injuries, always use a hot water bottle with a cover or wrap your bottle with a towel or blanket. 

Have a great day!





Thursday, January 20, 2022

How to prevent chapped lips caused by wearing face masks 😷

January 20, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


The pandemic is still with us and, mandatory mask orders are still in effect in various countries. This means that millions of people are, potentially, suffering from skin problems caused by face masks.


Related post: Prevent (and treat) skin problems caused by face masks


As we are covering up our mouths and noses to stop the spread of Covid-19, some of us are encountering new skin problems. We've all heard of “maskne” (mask-related acne). 


Masks are important, but unfortunately, wearing them can cause a range of skin conditions. Wearing a face mask for long hours can cause dry, cracked, chapped lips that come about due to the environment inside.


Like many things in life, if you can prevent your lips from getting chapped in the first place, you won’t have to suffer through the recovery process. Here are some tips to help prevent dry lips:


lipstick mark on face mask

  • Exfoliate your lips with a soft toothbrush or a sugar scrub.
  • Apply a lip mask after exfoliating. Try an overnight lip mask to moisturise, nourish and revive cracked, flaky and dry lips while you sleep.
  • Make sure to apply a lip balm regularly, especially after exfoliating. Consider using a lip balm that includes UV protection.
  • Avoid licking your lips. Frequent lip licking leads to chapped lips even in normal circumstances, and it’s even worse under a face mask.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water every day. 
(more tips below)

applying lip balm


Related post: Tips for staying hydrated during the colder months


Another good idea is to take “mask breaks” whenever you can. The more you can let your face air out, the better. Always change a damp mask ASAP! If you take it off to eat, replace it with a fresh one when you finish your meal. Taking good care of your skin and face masks will prevent many mask-related skin issues.

 

Related post: SOS - Chapped lips!


I suggest you read the linked related posts for more tips about face masks and skincare, hydration and caring for chapped lips.


Stay safe!



Friday, January 14, 2022

Best teas to fight cold and flu symptoms

January 14, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


Cold and flu season is here once again. If you are fighting a cold or the flu or searching for home remedies to help you get better, you've come to the right place!


Did you know that a simple cup of tea might be just what you need? This old home remedy has been helping people feel better for thousands of years. The hot liquid can soothe your throat and break up congestion. And, another benefit of tea is that it keeps you hydrated. When you are ill, it is recommended to increase the intake of fluids; tea is one of the healthiest drinks to include in your daily diet. Drinking more liquids will also help your body flush out toxins and other harmful bacteria and viruses. Consuming three to four cups of tea a day whenever you have a cold or flu will benefit you enormously.


You might be wondering which is the best tea to have when you are feeling under the weatherHere are fourteen (14) of the most soothing varieties to try:


woman relaxing with a mug in her hands

  1. Green tea for immunity against viruses
  2. Peppermint tea for relieving cough and congestion
  3. Black tea for relieving body aches
  4. White tea for killing pathogens causing cold
  5. Ginger tea for relieving sore throat and nausea
  6. Elderberry tea for quick recovery
  7. Lemon tea for a boost of vitamin C
  8. Hibiscus tea for boosting immunity
  9. Clove tea for relieving excessive coughing
  10. Chamomile tea for better sleep
  11. Echinacea tea for prevention and faster recovery
  12. Cinnamon tea for easing a sore throat
  13. Slippery Elm tea for soothing a sore throat 
  14. Marshmallow Root tea for calming an irritated throat


These teas and tisanes (herbal teas) have many other health benefits; I only included those related to cold and flu symptoms. So, curl up on the sofa under a warm blanket with a cup of tea. These teas will provide you with instant relief from your cold and flu symptoms.


Related post: Six (6) teas I always have in my pantry 


If you are fighting a cold or flu, I wish you a speedy recovery!