I like smelling nice, as I’m sure you do too. What I don’t like, is splashing on a bunch of chemicals all over my body in order to smell nice. Before my 80% Clean journey began, I honestly never gave perfume a second thought. It was a nice luxury to have and an instant pick-me-up. After I found out about all of the nasty chemicals, I thought that there had to be a better, more natural way. A little research later, I realized that essential oils were the answer, but man, were they expensive, especially the already blended essential oil perfumes. And, since most of the offerings out there are only available online, there wasn’t really a way to know what they smelled like before buying. I wanted to create my own DIY essential oil perfume that I could monkey around with and get it smelling the way I wanted, without breaking the bank. See below for a couple of the scents that I think smell fresh, clean, flowery, yet not overpowering.
I am all for making my own natural and organic cosmetics and beauty products. You can control the ingredients, the color and the smell. But, above all, it needs to be easy. I don’t want to spend hours in my kitchen or bathroom concocting something that may not work out in the end. With spring and summer upon us, I really wanted to learn how to make my own rose water. It can be used as a toner or body spray, or even put into lemonade or recipes if you are daring. I didn’t, however, want to spend a fortune on a small amount. So, below is my journey into DIY rose water. I’m pretty impressed since it turned out really well and was super easy.
Magnesium is one of those minerals that you don’t think about until you start having some symptoms that you aren’t real sure where they came from and you start investigating. Come to find out, magnesium actually plays a huge role in your body’s daily functioning, AND most adults are deficient. Being magnesium deficient can cause everything from sleep problems and anxiety to muscle aches, constipation and heart disease. Read on to find out all of the major health benefits of magnesium and how much and where you can get the amount you need.
Spring isn’t just a time to clean up your house and diet, it can also be a great time to get your hormones in check. Many people don’t give a second thought to their hormones, but hormones actually regulate a ton of functions in your body. When your endocrine system (the glands that produce hormones) gets out of sync, it can affect everything from your mood and energy level to your risk for heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Fixing a hormonal imbalance naturally is a lot easier and a lot more beneficial than many women realize. Give the five natural ways below a try to get your hormonal imbalance taken care of so you can have a happier and healthier spring and summer.
Are you one of those people that goes to bed early, has their head hit the pillow and is instantly off to dreaming heaven? Nope… me either. I can go a week or two where I think I’m sleeping fairly well, only to realize that when I actually sit down and think about it that I am probably only getting five or so hours of actual somewhat quality sleep. I can’t even remember the last time I went to bed, slept eight hours and woke up refreshed and energized. In my effort to try and live a cleaner, healthier life, I want to actually find out how to sleep better once and for all. Below are a few of the tips and tricks that I’m going to try to incorporate into my life to sleep better, no crazy pills or chemicals included here.
Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a way to help keep the extra pounds off? A way that didn’t include hours and hours of grueling exercise or obsessively counting calories? As most of us know, it gets harder and harder to keep the pounds at bay the older we get. Our metabolism naturally slows down and we inevitably end up in cubicle dwelling jobs that create a sedentary lifestyle, while still maintaining, if not increasing, what we eat. That’s all depressing enough, but more and more research points to ways in which we can actually increase or speed up our metabolism, without taking weird diet pills or subjecting ourselves to various dieting regimens. You can actually learn how to boost your metabolism naturally, with a few easy lifestyle modifications.
Turmeric is the bright orange spice we often associate with curry or other exotic dishes, but turmeric is also becoming more well known for its health benefits as well. What I didn’t know was that turmeric can not only spice up my food, but it can help relieve everything from depression to an upset stomach. More research is being done every day, but that doesn’t mean we should overlook what we do know now about the health benefits of turmeric.
I don’t think I’m alone when I say that calculating your BMI can be a little nerve wracking. Am I thin enough? Why does it say I’m obese? I don’t feel obese… I think many of us are under the impression that the BMI test (body mass index test) is the gold standard to measure what a healthy weight is and how healthy we are in general. As more research is done, this is becoming less and less true. It looks like you can actually ditch the old BMI test and use something far more accurate.
We all feel grumpy from time to time. Some of us more than others, but it’s only natural, right? Maybe you have a stressful day a head, maybe you just woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Whatever the case, the way in which you hold your body may hold the key to adjusting your mood – really. By simply making a couple of easy physical adjustments, you really can change the direction of your day and hopefully feel just a little bit sunnier. These tips are beyond easy and will take you less than a minute to implement. Try at least one of these natural ways to boost your mood and you may be well on your way to turning things around.
Doesn’t it seem like some people are just naturally fit and healthy? It almost feels effortless for them…In reality, they have just adopted healthy lifestyle habits into their daily routines that make it easier to get and stay fit. Of course, they put in the work and watch what they eat, but maybe we can copy what they do to makes things just a little easier long-term. Here are a few healthy lifestyle habits of the fit and healthy that I’ve picked up on and hope to incorporate in my life.