Natural Beauty Alternatives
Hey Happy Addict, Do you want to know some easy and natural beauty alternatives?
Teeth whitening, anti-wrinkle injections, hair / eyelash extensions and spa treatments can be expensive, dangerous, chemical laden and time consuming however there are easy and fast acting alternatives that you can apply at home.
Oil Pulling is a fast easy, inexpensive and natural beauty alternative. The 3,000-year-old Ayurveda practice of swishing a tablespoon of oil (like coconut or safflower) around your mouth every morning for 20 minutes.
Yes, that’s right — 20 minutes. The practice cleanses your teeth and gums of bacteria. Here’s how it works: the coconut oil sticks to the oil in the cell membranes of all the little cells in your mouth, and so when you spit it out, you’re also spitting out all those little guys in there.
Besides eliminating plaque and bacteria, oil pulling is supposed to do a lot of other things too: purported benefits include whitened teeth, better breath, reduced headaches, clearer skin, and increased energy.
I challenged myself to a week of oil pulling, to see what all the fuss was about. I can tell you my teeth were positively glowing, my skin softer and smoother than ever.
Beautiful Hair, Nails & Skin
MSM Sulphur supplements – a good friend who is a naturopath recommended this supplement. It is unbearably bitter but can be washed down with coconut water.
It has amazing properties; pain relief, anti-inflammatory, reducing scar tissue, allergy relief, hayfever relief and supports the healing of many skin problems. It is also a powerful detox agent. MSM Sulphur increases the production of keratin and collagen.
After 1 week of MSM Sulpur with a high potency vitamin c supplement my skin was glowing. After a few months my hair is so think and full. My nails are strong and I have great energy levels.
Speak to your health professional for the best brand and dosage that’s right for you.
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Tumeric tea is something I have recently started taking on insistence from my sister. I have found it not only brightens my eyes and skin but gives me a wonderful calming effect.
“Turmeric is definitely a favourite of mine,” says May Lindstrom, the natural beauty guru behind the cult-fave eponymous skincare line. For skin specifically, she says, it’s an anti-inflammatory powerhouse: “Turmeric is rich in curcumin, a natural active ingredient that promotes the healing and brightening of skin.”
There is a ton of research that speaks to this. One 2001 study found that thanks to its exceedingly potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, curcumin can actually help speed up the healing of wounds. Another conducted in 2007 found that the compound aids in skin regeneration in a variety of respects, from boosting collagen production and diminishing psoriasis to protecting against free radicals.
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Long luscious eyelashes
I was reading about the benefits of using lavender essential oil and how it can increase eyelash growth so I made this quick recipe to use on my eyelashes.
Lavender essential oil helps get rid of harmful free radicals and has been shown to help significantly increase hair growth. One study found that in 86 patients who use lavender to treat hair loss, over 44% saw significant hair growth.
Coconut oil is a perfect carrier oil to mix it with because it is soothing and nutrient rich, plus it’s antibacterial and antimicrobial.
Mix – 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil & 4 drops of lavender essential oil. Mix the coconut oil and lavender together and use your finger or a cotton swab to apply it along your eyelash roots down to the ends of your eyelashes. Within a few weeks your eyelashes should be longer and thicker.