Healthy, Warm and Cozy…..

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(Photo by Gabrielle Allman)

We got a lot of snow here last night!! The kids have off school and we are taking it easy at home. I think I am going to make a big pot of soup!! Doesn’t that sound good?

A friend of mine shared this recipe with me on Sunday. It is considered a detox soup, but I know from my history with allergies, it is a low allergen soup (minus the roma tomatoes).

Whether you are trying to lose weight or just trying to eat a little healthier, this Healthy Detox Vegetable Soup is for you! Whole 30 approved!
Author: Rachel Farnsworth
Yield: Serves 6 to 8
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 large white onion, diced
  • 3 celery stalks, 2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1½ tablespoons soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • 2 large roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed (optional)

For Complete recipe you can look here; Detox Vegetable Soup from the Stay at Home Chef!

As you notice, there is some basil in there….and even though it is not in it’s Essential Oil form, I have added some of the benefits of this wonderful herb!

PROPERTIES
Antiemetic-reduces severity of nausea or vomiting
Antiseptic – assists in fighting germs/infections
Antispasmodic – relieves spasms and cramps
Carminative – may assist in preventing gas
Cephalic – helps clear the head when focus in required
Expectorant – removes excess mucus from respiratory system

HOW TO USE Basil Essential Oil.
Chest Cold/Cough:
apply basil in a cream to the chest to help stop coughing or place a few drops in a diffuser and breathe deep.
Headache: For a stress induced headache, rub basil cream around your neck area and on temples. Blending with lavender or peppermint is also helpful.
Nausea: Place a drop of sweet basil on a tissue and inhale deeply to stop vomiting or nausea.
Cramping: makes a good rub for sore muscles, abdominal cramping, and pains.
Other ways to use basil:
For respiratory benefits, place a few drops in a diffuser.
To use a carrier, dilute 6-12 drops per ounce of the following: cream, shampoo, or liquid soap. Always dilute in a carrier before adding to a bath or foot soak. Use fewer drops for elderly or children.(Information from Pompeii Organics)

So whether you are putting some fresh or dry basil in your soup, it has those wonderful added healthy benefits while you are staying warm and cozy and enjoying those in your life!<3

 

 

Favorite Natural Cosmetics

Hello everyone! Hannah here. A few months back I shared some of my favorite natural makeup products. Today I want to update that list!

In the time since my last post, I’ve discovered Burt’s Bees’ new BB Cream. I’ve been on the hunt for a natural lightweight foundation/BB cream for a while, and it’s difficult to find a good product because most of the ingredients that create the look and texture we’re used to are synthetic substances. As someone who sees health in a holistic light, I think that you can’t layer unnatural products onto your skin without it eventually having some effect! I don’t use a lot of liquid foundation on my skin, but I did want something that could even out my skin tone and cover up blemishes when I want something extra.

Enter Burt’s Bees!

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As the picture says, this product isn’t 100% natural. However, there are no parabens or silicones, two of the most common makeup ingredients. The texture is great, it applies smoothly, and it offers buildable coverage that enhances the face without acting like a mask. And it smells wonderful, too!

Have you tried this BB cream? Let us know what you think, and click the link below to see my other favorite pics for natural cosmetics. Have a great weekend!

Source: Favorite Natural Cosmetics

Favorite Natural Cosmetics

Hello all! It’s Hannah again 🙂

Yesterday I talked about my newest favorite skincare product: African Black Soap. As promised, today I want to share a few of my favorite natural makeup products.

The Benefit of Natural

As a rule, I try to keep most of my makeup all natural and organic. I can tell the difference in my skin when I do and I love the feeling of knowing that I am nourishing my skin while helping to enhance, not destroy, my natural looks. I still use some Walmart makeup for special occasions, but overall I love the simplicity and natural beauty of all-natural cosmetics.

It’s true that natural makeup is more expensive than typical drugstore fare. However, the price difference is not that drastic, depending on the brands you find. I like to think of it as an investment, one that will pay me back in confidence and healthier skin!

CONS – Skin By Pom

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This product is amazing to cover up dark circles and to – wait for it – treat blemishes while hiding them! It contains thyme essential oil, which as we’ve shown on this site, is great for fighting bacteria. The consistency is a little runny, so a little goes a long way. It blends very well and matches various skin tones, even if it looks a little dark in person.

 

Glowing Cheek Color – Juice Beauty

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This is the priciest investment of them all, but it will last a super long time. You only need a little of this bright pink blush to add a rosy glow! Juice Beauty has an amazing line of all-natural cosmetics. This blush has ingredients like aloe vera, acai berry, and sweet orange oil, which we’ve featured on the blog before.

 

Truly Natural Mascara – Honeybee Gardens

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This is hands down the best mascara! It defines without being too clumpy, and it never irritates with harsh fumes. My eyes used to itch and water every time I used regular mascara, and the waterproof stuff I got for my wedding would never fully wash out.

This product is not waterproof, but it’s reasonably resilient, defining well until you wash it out at the end of the day. It has a pleasant, earthy scent and lasts a long time. Its ingredients include olive, avocado, and rosemary oils.

 

So I hope this has been helpful! These are some of my personal favorite products as I try to treat my body as best I can while still having fun with makeup 🙂 Have you tried any of these products? Do you have recommendations? Let us know in the comments!

 

Review: African Black Soap

Hey everyone! Hannah here. Today I want to share about one of my new favorite skincare products: African Black Soap!

I heard about this soap from a friend who was using it to treat her acne. At first, I thought it was a little odd. Here was a bar of very black soap streaked with oatmeal that lathered into gray bubbles. Weird.

But my husband and I had run out of face wash, and I wanted to replace it with something natural. I mostly use all-natural makeup and haircare products, and I love being able to care for my body without worrying what I’m slathering on! So I went to our local health store and bought a bar of African black soap.

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I bought this brand. It was only 5 bucks for a large bar! I washed my face as soon as I got home; I was so excited. And my face felt so nice! Nourished and healthy, thoroughly clean without feeling tight. Oh, and sooo soft. And the best part? Within a few days my face had significantly cleared up!

My husband and I both use the bar, and I use it in the shower too. It’s been nearly a month, but the bar is still a decent size; a little goes a long way! It has a pleasant scent, natural and fruity but not overpowering, appropriate for ladies or more manly folk. 🙂

African Black Soap, according to the Nubian Heritage website, has been used on the continent for hundreds of years. Its color is due to the use of palm ash in the soap. It also contains tamarind – an ancient medicine – and plantain, which is known for its healing properties. Coconut oil and aloe vera juice are also present in the soap, which are both amazing for healing skin and fighting bacteria.

I already love using our own Clear and Healthy Face Blend, and I’m excited to pair it with African Black Soap as an after-cleansing treatment.

Have you ever used African Black Soap? Would you try it? Let us know what you think in the comments below, and check back tomorrow as I review some of my favorite all-natural makeup products!