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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?



Sunday, June 14, 2020

Effective ways to treat cellulite | Tips & DIYs

June 14, 2020 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Lots of people all over the world are concerned with cellulite.  Anti-cellulite creams can be costly and/or full of chemicals.  Fortunately, there are safer and cheaper DIY recipes, which can be just as effective!  In today’s post, I’m going to show you how to make my favourite, effective homemade anti-cellulite cream.  Before you spend your money on expensive products, you should try this DIY recipe first.

woman's thigh with cellulite

Grapefruit anti-cellulite cream recipe

Ingredients:
  • 30 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 1 cup of coconut oil

Method:
  1. Mix grapefruit essential oil and coconut oil together
  2. Store in a glass container - Citrus essential oils are highly concentrated and are full of healthy acidic properties.  Because of this, you should always use glass containers when storing them.
  3. Rub into affected areas for 5 minutes daily

Coconut oil will help hydrate the skin while grapefruit essential oil contains large amounts of the anti-inflammatory enzyme bromelain, which helps break down cellulite.  

Note: Coconut oil melts in warm temperatures.  The melting point of coconut oil is generally quoted as being 24 °C (76 °F).  If the temperature is above 24 degrees, the oil will be liquid.  If the temperature is below 24 °C, it will become solid.

If you want a creamier consistency, you can add grapefruit oil to an unscented body lotion.  However, I recommend mixing the essential oil and the lotion directly in the palm of your hand.  Just add a few drops to your lotion before you apply it to the affected areas.  Do not add the grapefruit oil straight into the body lotion bottle!

This is not my first blog post on this topic; I shared a recipe for an anti-cellulite coffee scrub, a few years back.  Here’s the link: DIY: Anti-cellulite scrub.  I prefer the grapefruit anti-cellulite cream recipe over this one, simply because I’m not particularly fond of the smell of coffee.  But other than that, the scrub is also a very effective anti-cellulite!

In another post, I also shared a list of tips that you can use to improve the appearance of cellulite.  You can find all the tips here: Fighting cellulite!


If you have any additional tips to treat cellulite, feel free to leave a comment below.

Have a great day!







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Monday, April 09, 2018

What do all the symbols on beauty products actually mean?

April 09, 2018 2 Comments
Hello everyone!

Do you pay attention to the symbols on your beauty products?  I certainly do!  It is vital to know the signs used in cosmetic packaging when choosing a product.  Those symbols are meant to inform the customer.

Keep reading to find out more about the 12 most common symbols...


PAO (Period after opening)
The little container with a number is the recommended use-by time after opening the product.  Most of them will be 6 or 12 "m" (months).  

Estimated symbol
This symbol is used to specify that the product is packed using "average fill system".  This only means you will get "X" amount of product, shown in grams or millilitres.

UVA symbol
The UVA symbol means that the product contains the minimum recommended level of ultraviolet protection.

Leaping Bunny
The jumping bunny signifies a product that is cruelty-free.  Both the product and the ingredients will not have been tested on animals.  So always look out for this if you only shop for vegan products.

Hands with booklet
This icon means there is a leaflet attached to the product, that will tell you more in-depth about the product warnings and conditions of use.  

Green Dot
It signifies that the business pays to recover and recycle the product.  

What do all the symbols on beauty products actually mean?

PETA bunny
Another icon to show that the product is cruelty-free and not tested on an animal at any stage.

Certified vegan
The item contains no animal products.

Flammable
The item should not be used close to an open fire nor should it be exposed to high temperature.

Certified organic (Bio)
The product contains only organically produced ingredients.

Folded arrows
It is, of course, the universal sign for recycling.  If the symbol is stand alone, it means the packaging is recyclable.  But if it has a percentage next to it, this indicates how much of the packaging is made from recycled content.

Eco-cert
The eco-friendly stamp means that the formula will be at least 95% made from natural ingredients and if accompanied by the phrase ‘Organic Cosmetic’, it means that 95% of the plant-based ingredients come from organic farming.  If it says ‘Natural Cosmetic’, this means that only 50% of its plant-based ingredients come from organic farming.


I shop for vegan, cruelty-free products, preferably organic!  What symbols do you look for in your beauty products? 


Wednesday, June 07, 2017

The hidden toxins in your bathroom cabinet

June 07, 2017 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Is your bathroom cabinet stuffed with toxins?  Is your make-up or toiletry bag a blend of chemicals that could harm you?  YES is probably the answer to both questions.  The skin is the body’s largest organ and up to 60% of some of the chemicals we put on it may be absorbed into our bloodstream.


It is actually worse to put toxins on your skin then it is to eat them.  Your liver contains detoxifying enzymes which break down toxic elements. What you apply to your skin can go directly into your bloodstream.

Check out the infographic below to find out which dangerous ingredients you should try to avoid and why.  

Always check  the ingredients list on your bottles and jars: the higher up the list these dangerous ingredients come, the greater the concentration.  Read the labels and the ingredients list very carefully before purchasing!


Thursday, July 02, 2015

Sunscreen ingredients to avoid! | A safer alternative

July 02, 2015 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

My previous post was all about SPF and misconceptions about sunscreen.  Read it here.  Today's post is about sunscreen ingredients you should avoid!

So, what’s wrong with our sunscreens?
Research has found that many sunscreens contain chemicals that mess with our hormones and can play a significant role in cancer development.  You should avoid these chemicals and find a safer alternative.  


Active ingredients in sunscreens come in two forms, mineral and non-mineral/chemical filters.  Each ingredient has different uses for protecting the skin and keeping its stability under sunlight.  Yet each may be hazardous to human health

The most common sunscreens on the market contain chemical filters.  These products typically include a combination of two or more of these active ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzoneoctisalateoctocrylenehomosalate, octinoxateretinyl palmitate and paraben preservatives.  

Mineral sunscreens use zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide.  Also, a small amount of sunscreens combine zinc oxide with chemical filters.

Read the infographic below and learn why you need to skip sunscreen products that contain these chemicals.


Looking for a safer alternative?  Why not try to make your own sunscreen using the ingredients below?


You can find the recipe, here!


Does your favourite sunscreen contain any of the above mentioned hazardous ingredients?  Will you be making your own sunscreen this summer?  Do you want more DIY sunscreen recipes?  Do let me know in the comments below!  






Thursday, October 09, 2014

Quiz: How much do you know about cosmetics?

October 09, 2014 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

On Wednesday, October 1st, I blogged about carcinogenic ingredients found in P&G beauty products in a posed titled,  Tell P&G to remove cancer-causing chemicals from cosmetics!  If you have not yet signed the petition, please do so now! 

If you want to test your knowledge of toxic chemicals in make-up and personal care products you can take the Safe Cosmetics Quiz created by The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.


The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is a project of The Breast Cancer Fund.


So, how many questions did you answer correctly?

I got a perfect score! :)

Share your results in the comment section below.



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Friday, September 16, 2011

Know your products: comedogenic and irritating ingredients

September 16, 2011 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

If I had to ask how many of you pay attention to the ingredients list when choosing a beauty product, the answer would probably be very few.  The main reason for this is that the majority of us (the consumers) have no idea what the scientific names of the ingredients mean.  Nonetheless, I do think that is it crucial to understand the importance of ingredients, especially for those with sensitive and/or acne-prone skin.

test tubes

But what does Comedogenic mean?  This means that the product may contribute to the production of comedones (blackheads and whiteheads), and therefore may cause or aggravate acne.  When ingredients are tested for their comedogenic or irritating level, they are ranked on a scale of 0-5. 0 means that the ingredient is non-comedogenic and non-irritating, while an ingredient that receives a 5 is the worst in terms of comedogenic/irritating levels.


Remember that all ingredient lists are in order of predominance, with the ingredients used in the greatest amount first, followed in descending order by those in smaller amounts.  So if you find a product, and you see it has a potentially irritating ingredient towards the end, it is less likely to cause skin problems.


However, the actual comedogenicity of a product cannot be predicted from its contents; rather the finished product itself needs to be tested.  Reactions are more likely to occur if the applied cosmetics are left to sit on the skin (e.g. make-up and moisturisers) and are not removed after use (e.g. cleansers)


Tip:


Look for the terms “non-comedogenic” or “non-acnegenic”, and for products that are labelled “oil-free” or “water-based”.  Still, it’s important to test products for yourself rather than to believe statements made on the labels.


Below you can find a list of the most common ingredients found in make-up and skincare products.  For more details, I advise you to check my source Dermaxime, where you can find everything you need to know about the subject.


Highly Comedogenic 
Acetylated Lanolin
Algae Extract
Algin
Butyl Stearate
Carrageenan
Cetearyl Alcohol
Cetyl Acetate
Cetyl Alcohol
Cocoa butter
Coconut Butter
Coconut Oil
Colloidal Sulfur
Cotton Awws Oil
D & C Red #17, 21, 3, 30, 36
Decyl Oleate
Dioctyl Succinate
Disodium Monooleamido PEG 2-Sulfosuccinate
Ethoxylated Lanolin
Ethylhexyl Palmitate
Glyceryl-3-Diisosterate
Hexadecyl Alcohol
Isocetyl Alcohol
Isocetyl Stearate
Isodecyl Oleate
Isopropyl Isostearate/Linolate/Myristate/Palmitate (Isopropyl alcohol is OK)
Isostearyl Isosterate/Neopentanoate
Laureth #23, 4
Lauric Acid
Myristyl Lactate/Myristate
Octyl Palmitate
Octyl Stearate
Oleth-3
Oleyl Alcohol
PEG 16 Lanolin
Polyglyceryl-3-Diisosterate
Potassium Chloride
Propylene Glycol Monostearate
Red Algae
Sodium Chloride
Sodium Lauryl Suflate
Solulan 16
Steareth 10
Stearyl Heptanoate
Syearyl Heptanoate
Wheat Germ Oil
Xylene


Moderately Comedogenic
Almond Oil
Apricot Kernel Oil
Arachidic Acid
Ascorbyl Palmitate
Avocado Oil
Azulene
BHA
Benzaldehyde
Benzoic Acid
Cajeput Oil
D & C Red #19, 27, 40
Glyceral Stearate SE
Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil
Mink Oil
Myristic Acid
Olive Oil
PEG 150 Distearate
PEG 200 Dilaurate
PEG 8 Stearate
Sandelwood Seed Oil
Sesame Oil
Shark Liver Oil
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Sorbitan Oleate
Soybean Oil
Stearic Acid Tea
Sulfated Castor Oil
Sulfated Jojoba Oil
Wheat Germ Glyceride


Highly Irritating
Acetone
Algae Extract
Algin
Cajeput Oil
Colloidal Sulfur
Isocetyl Alcohol
Isopropyl Alcohol
Laureth 4
Octyl Stearate
SD ALcohol 40


Moderately Irritating
BHA
Benzaldehyde
Benzoic Acid
Camphor
Flowers of Sulfur
Isopropyl Myristate
Capric Acid
Caprylic Acid
PEG 16 Lanolin
Solulan 16
Steareth 10
Tridectyl Neopentanoate
Xylene


Next time you shop for a beauty product, keep an eye out!


XOXO
Euphrasie85