DIY Oatmeal Cleanser

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I love to eat museli for breakfast – organic oats, almond milk, some walnuts, a banana and violà, a super healthy breakfast in no time. And, that made me think about a DIY oatmeal cleanser. Take out the walnuts and banana (if you wish), add some honey and you have a soothing, non-irritating and moisturizing cleanser that is inexpensive and easy to make.

Here is what you need:
1/4 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup almond milk (or regular milk)
1-1/2 tsp of organic honey

Add all ingredients together and blend well with a food processor or immersion blender. The milk will hydrate the oatmeal, and will cause the mixture to naturally thicken.

Store in a small container in the fridge.

To use:

Measure about 1 tsp and gently massage on face and neck. Rinse with warm warm water, pat dry and moisturize! Easy, natural, fast and delish for the skin.

DIY Banana Bliss Hair Mask

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Bananas – the health benefits are well known, but have you thought of bananas for the skin and hair? Excellent for moisturizing dry skin, getting rid of oily skin, wrinkle fighting and sloughing away dead skin cells, you can use bananas to deeply moisturize your hair and scalp! Overripe bananas are best, and with a blender, food processor or immersion blender, you can blend your way to banana bliss.

1/2 ripe banana
1/4 cup warm water
2 TBSP honey
1 tsp coconut oil

Blend all ingredients to a super smooth consistency.

Shampoo your hair first, then apply the entire mixture to your hair and scalp. Wrap a towel around your head (or use a shower cap) and get in touch with your inner zen for 30 minutes. Rinse well.

If you try this recipe, post pictures and comments!

Got Blueberries?

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I recently had the opportunity to meet a local produce farmer at our supermarket. She is a 7th generation farmer and grows the most amazing blueberries at her family farm (Hurd Orchards). Put simply, I love blueberries and as I munched on my pint of antioxident love, I thought about ways to make an easy DIY fresh blueberry masque. I went to my library of books and found this gem of a recipe in Eco Beauty by Lauren Cox.

10 blueberries
1 tbsp of yogurt (vegans, coconut cream is delish!)
1 tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice

Mash all the ingredients together (I separated the blueberry skins out), smear on your face, leave to dry, rinse, pat dry and moisturize (I used organic argan oil). Your skin will feel smooth and soft.

Enjoy!

DIY Sunscreen

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I came across this DIY sunscreen recipe from chopra.com. I am exicited to try it out and hope you will too.

1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup fractionated coconut oil
1/4 cup beeswax
2 tablespoons zinc oxide
1 teaspoon vitamin E
2 tablespoons shea butter
12 drops Helichrysum essential oil

Directions:
1. Add everything except zinc oxide and Helichrysum essential oil in a medium-sized glass mixing bowl.
2. Fill a medium saucepan with a couple of inches of water and place over medium heat. Place the glass bowl on top of the saucepan so that the saucepan is cradling the bowl. As the ingredients start to melt, stir occasionally to mix.
Tip*: Use a popsicle stick to help stir for an easier cleanup.
3. Once all ingredients are melted, remove from heat and let the mixture cool for three minutes before adding the essential oil and zinc. Test out the consistency by letting it cool completely, if it’s too hard you can add more coconut oil by re-melting, then adding the zinc and essential oil. Just depends on the consistency you desire.

Tip: Adding additional zinc oxide will increase the SPF factor. Other great essential oils for sunscreen Lavender and Sandalwood, but it’s important not to substitute the Helichrysum. There is a chart at the end that lists oils and their SPF factor.
Pour into a pint-sized tin or mason jar and store in a cool place (like a refrigerator). Use within six months.

– See more at: http://www.chopra.com/ccl/do-it-yourself-all-natural-spf?utm_campaign=SUMMER&utm_source=July%20Newsletter&utm_term=140715&utm_medium=email#sthash.Hd3HPiBE.dpuf

Ice, Ice Baby!

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As an athlete, I have so many recovery related toys that it is pathetically funny. From purchased ice packs to foam rollers, I have spent a small fortune to try to keep myself injury free. My wise sister-in-law, who is also an athlete, send me this recipe for an easy DIY flexible ice pack made from alcohol and water. Take 1 part alcohol, add 2 parts water, add to a gallon size freezer bag and freeze for 12 hours. For about $1.50 you have a flexible ice pack that will last indefinitly unless punctured.