Top 10 Natural Health & Beauty Products
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Beauty Products You Will Love
There are millions of beauty products on the consumer market making promises to help you look younger or feel better. After many years testing out hundreds of them, I have come up with my own list of things that I would rather not live without. Every once in a while, I'll switch and try out something new, but these are the top ten that I always come back to. I hope you enjoy them too!
1. Tea Tree Oil (The Body Shop). - Combat Blemishes!!
Tea tree oil is something that can probably be purchased at a much cheaper location without the fancy packaging. However, I like the mission of the Body Shop and am happy to pay a bit more to know I'm contributing to something good. Not only does it smell good, but if you dab on some of this oil to a zit before you go to bed, you will wake up without a blemish - or at least a much healed version of what you went to bed with. Tea tree is an essential oil and it contains turpenoids, which is an antiseptic and anti-fungal property to help get rid of acne. It also may help heal minor cuts, burns and skin infections. It smells like eucalyptus and is soothing.
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2. Dr. Bronners Magic Pure Castille Classic Soap
If you've never tried Dr. Bronner's, you are in for a treat. The soap is a combination of organic extra virgin coconut, olive, jojoba and hemp oils, mixed together essential oils. It lathers, smells great and gets you clean! It is the most environmentally friendly beauty product I've ever purchased. It's a Fair Trade product, 100% organic and comes in a recycled bottle that has tons of funky writing on it so you will have plenty to read while you bathe. My favorite scents are Almond or Peppermint. Though, watch your genitals with the peppermint....It's quite...fresh.
3. colloidal silver
This is an odd one that's been around for a long time. Prior to antibiotics, this was used as a "cure all". Many people in the alternative health industry consider it a wonder drug, though it is not approved by the FDA for medical use. That said, it's history dates back to the time of Hippocrates (The father of medicine). It is a disinfectant, antiseptic and considered an alternative medicine. Basically (and in a nutshell), electricity is run through a silver rod while in water. There is a very special way in order to make the solution. Many people make their own at home. I personally do not.
I found out about this very odd solution after struggling with sinus infections for years. Now when I feel one coming on, I spray colloidal silver in my nose and the illness subsides. I've also used it on the start of cold sores, pimples and on cuts. It works quickly and like a charm. I know people that drink it, but I have not. The downside of colloidal silver is, if you drink too much of it, you will turn blue.
I personally wonder why the FDA can't figure out how to approve this drug which has so much research behind it (even showing an effectiveness in working with HIV). Maybe it would put a dent in the pharmaceutical industry? In any case, this solution makes my list!
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4. Kiehls Ultra Facial Moisturizer
This moisturizer is good for all skin types. It's main ingredients are squalane (comes from an olive), vitamins A and E. There's not much to say about a facial moisturizer aside from it's great! Not greasy, not smelly and does the job. Oh yeah, it's not tested on animals!
5. Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream - Body Shop
This stuff is pure rock n' roll. Living in a tropical climate, during the winter season my skin gets really dry. I put this on at bedtime and wake up a year younger. I have thought about the idea of adding even more vitamin E to it as well (from the little vitamin E capsules)....I haven't tried it yet, but it couldn't hurt, right?
6. Biotin for Hair
Biotin comes in capsule form. Though it isn't a "traditional" beauty product because you don't put it on your body, it's results are radiant and effective. It is also known as Vitamin B-7 or Vitamin H. It helps with many things including cell growth and metabolism. I take it for hair and nail growth and I notice a significant difference when I take it everyday versus skipping weeks at a time.
A side note - a very nice pharmacist told me to make sure to take a daily multi-vitamin if I was taking Biotin to help my body process it easier. Then again, a daily multi-vitamin is always a good thing to take anyway!
Spirulina is a dietary supplement. It is a blue-green algae in the shape of a perfect spiral coil and lives in both fresh water and in the sea. A superior source of protein when compared to legumes, it is also full of vitamins, potassium and calcium. I have friends that take it daily to reduce affects of arthritis and I find that it gives me an all day boost of energy - much more than coffee or tea. It comes in capsule, tablet and flake form. It's a mess if you make shakes with it - capsules are my favorite way of taking it.
8. Burt's Bees - Beeswax Lip Balm
I used to use Carmex, until I realized that I couldn't stop using it without my lips feeling like they were going to chap off my face. Then, I discovered Burt's Bees. They have a peppermint flavor or a honey flavored lip balm. They have all kinds of good stuff in them like coconut and sunflower oils, a bunch of vitamins and fatty acids, all sealed in with beeswax. It's sold in a little tube or a tin (for those of us who love Carmex packaging!). Also - Burt's Bees has been voted the 2nd "greenest" company in America!
9. Peter Thomas Roth - Max All Day Moisture Defense Cream , SPF 30
Ok...This isn't all natural or organic. Though, the debate is out on "organic sunscreen" and with my super-pale complexion living in the tropics, I'd rather be safe than get cancer. This brand is developed by dermatologists and I've been using it for years. I love it and think it's the best moisturizing day cream iever made in the whole world. Facial moisturizers with a good sunblock in them are usually a bit more expensive for a good one - and well worth the money. I can't recommend this one enough. And, I also have to say the rest of their products are pretty amazing as well. (including their regular body sunscreen)
10. Lush - Bath Bombs
This is simply the most awesome treat you can give yourself (so far as baths go!). All natural bath bombs are balls, about the size of a softball, that can be put into a bath of hot water. They will fizz and spin until they melt into the water. They are loaded with essential oils and smell amazing. I highly recommend "All That Jasmine". These also make amazing gifts. Word of warning...use them sooner than later...because they are made from fresh ingredients, they lose their fizz over time.