How to Make a Therapeutic Blend of Essential Oils for a Relaxing Massage

Essential oils are extracts from plants, so concentrated that they should not be applied to skin (or touched) without being diluted first. This is why they come in little bottles. You don’t need a lot. Whether or not you believe them to be medicine, similar rules apply: Follow directions, use recommended dosages, keep out of reach of children, don’t put them in your eyes (nose or ears) and consult a physician before use if there are concerns like liver disease.Essential oils should be added to other oils, “carriers,” before being applied to the skin, usually at a rate of much more carrier oil (like almond oil) to mere drops of essential oil(s). Before barreling into rubbing the stuff around, test a patch of your skin, such as the inside of the arm. If it itches or goes red, don’t use the product. Essential oils are flammable, so watch it with the accompanying candles

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How to Use Coconuts to Make Everyday Skincare Products

Coconuts are one of our favorite tropical fruits. They are delicious and filled with nutritional benefits, and as an extra bonus, coconut products can be used for skin and hair care. This is great news considering many conventional personal care products contain toxins that can be harmful to one’s health. Plus, often times, the prices are not easy on the pocketbook. If you’re looking for a healthy and cost-effective way to replace some of your conventional brand skin and hair care products, coconut is a simple but honest answer. Try these solutions for many of your skin and hair care needs, and your skin, hair, and bank account will thank you!LotionCoconut oil is perfect for moisturizing your skin. Simply lather it on your body generously and give the oil a bit of time to soak in before covering your skin with clothing. If you use coconut oil on your face, be sure to use only a very thin coat, as it may clog up your pores.

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DIY Eye Shadow Using Natural and Simple Ingredients

The Problem With Conventional Eye ShadowThere are plenty of reasons to skip your trip to the local makeup counter: Chemicals — Did you know there can easily be over two dozen chemicals in a single eye shadow palette? Often eye shadows contain parabens, phthalates, dyes, and other obscure chemicals to get that beautiful color or powdery finish. These chemicals are anything but natural and can lead to irritation, rashes, or allergies with prolonged use. C’mon, It’s Your Eye — Last time I checked, your eyes were pretty important. After all, you vision enables you to walk, drive, use your computer, cook, and a bunch of other tasks that are very difficult to do without being able to see. This isn’t to say that eye shadow will make you go blind, but would you really want to risk putting toxic powders and products on something as delicate as your eyelid? These products can easily get into your eyes and create all sorts of health problems. Animal Testing — Despite how many companies pride themselves in refusing to test on animals, this policy isn’t regulated very well even by the FDA and other animal rights regulatory agencies. Too often eye shadows are tested on rabbits, cats, and other small animals that experience negative side effects as a result. Remember that your dollar is your vote, and this doesn’t just apply to the foods you purchase. It also applies to the health and beauty products you use that may use cruel practices like animal testing.

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Prevent Chapped Lips With These 5 Healthy Food-Based Solutions

Often, when you go walking around grocery stores, supermarkets, or even your favorite coffee shop, you see lip balm everywhere made with poor quality ingredients, parabens, and hard-to-pronounce ingredients that appear to be safe, but clearly you know better. These balms don’t last long, and sometimes cost a ton just for one small tube. To keep your lips nice and soft, you need a solution, but those chemical-laden balms are not the answer. As colder months are approaching, you have to take the health of your lips into consideration. No one appreciates cracked, chapped, or just painfully dry lips especially when wind is rushing by them, making the situation even worse. Because we here at One Green Planet feel your pain when you have nothing around you but subpar lip balm, we have enumerated five easy ways to solve your lip woes. We want you to never be in dire need of a solution to chapped lips, so read on!

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The Coolest Beauty Hacks Using Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, a property that helps the body break down fat. When taken regularly, a daily serving of apple cider vinegar can boost your metabolism, increase energy levels, detoxify the body, and aid in weight loss. Consider adding anywhere from one teaspoon to two tablespoon to your morning routine to reap the rewards for yourself. Apple cider vinegar can be taken straight, but can also be diluted with water or added to your favorite juice or smoothie.

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Pumpkin is Not Just for Eating! Here are 5 Ways to Use it On Your Skin | One Green Planet

We know the transition from the summer heat to the chilly fall weather can take a toll on our skin. What’s a Green Monster to do? Forget the store-bought lotion and look to pumpkin! The end of autumn is the perfect time to take advantage of pumpkin’s amazing skin care benefits. To celebrate, why not have a pumpkin-themed, spa-at-home party this fall season and indulge?According to the International Dermal Institute for Skin Care Therapy, pumpkins offer the following benefits to our skin: Help promote cell “turnover” or regrowth Smoothens skin Brightens skin Adds a dose of acne fighting zinc High in fatty acids and vitamin EWhether they’re a puree or an oil, pumpkin-based products can help most skin types! How awesome is that?! Read on to see a few ideas for incorporating pumpkin into your fall skin care routine.

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Make Your Own Vegan Organic Lip Tint

Need a fresh new look idea? Give your lips an extra bit of pizazz with this organic vegan lip tint recipe!The natural color of this organic vegan lip tint recipe is from organic beet root powder. While it comes out looking like a deep burgundy or rust red in the pot, it’s actually a gorgeous shade of red on your lips!

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