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As a relaxing Magnesium Bath Soak – Add at least 1 cup of epsom salt to a warm bath and soak for 20 minutes.
Splinter Removal- Soak in concentrated epsom salt water to pull out a splinter.
Magnesium Foot Scrub- Make a homemade magnesium scrub (recipe here) for a boost of magnesium and super soft skin.
Better Vegetables- Add a tablespoon of epsom salt to the soil below a tomato plant to boost growth.
Facial Wash- Add a pinch of epsom salt to your usual face cleaner (or to your oil cleansing routine) for a skin exfoliating magnesium boost.
Tile/Grout Cleaner- Mix equal parts of liquid dish soap and epsom salts and use to scrub tile and grout. Rinse well for a streak free shine.
Body Aches- Add 2 cups of epsom salt to a warm bath and soak for at least 20 minutes to help relieve muscle sprains and for a transdermal magnesium boost.
Homemade Sea Salt Spray- Make your own sea salt spray to add texture and volume to hair- recipe here.
Water House Plants- Help house plants grow by adding a couple tablespoons of epsom salt to the water when you water them.
Volumizing Hair Mask- Combine equal parts of conditioner and epsom salt and leave on hair for 20 minutes. Rinse well and let air dry for thicker hair.
Foot Soak- For a concentrated magnesium boost, add 1 cup of epsom salt to a hot foot soak and soak for 20 minutes.
Get rid of slugs- Have slugs in your garden or on your patio? Sprinkle epsom salt to deter them.
Making Magnesium Lotion- Using magnesium flakes is a better option, but in a pinch, you can use epsom salt to make homemade magnesium oil (recipe here).
Laxative- For occasional constipation, a teaspoon of epsom salt dissolved in water can help. Check with a doctor first.
Beautiful Roses- Add a tablespoon a week to the soil around rose bushes before watering for faster growth.
Soil Prep- Before planting, we add a few bags of epsom salt to the soil in the garden and water in to help replenish soil magnesium levels.
Headache relief- There is evidence that soaking in a soothing epsom salt bath may help relieve headache.
Smooth skin- Mix 1/2 cup epsom salt with 1/4 cup olive oil and scrub skin in the shower for healthy and smooth skin.
Itchy Skin or Bug Bites- Dissolve a tablespoon of epsom salt in to 1/2 cup of water and cool. Spritz on itchy skin or apply a wet compress to help relieve itching.
Minor Sunburn Relief- Use the same ratio in the itchy skin relief above and spritz on to minor sunburns to help soothe them.
Help Kids Sleep Better- Add a cup to kids’ bath water before bed to help them sleep peacefully..
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Recently I’ve been breaking out around my chest area from working out. There like tiny dots with white head and it feel like I have sand stuck to my chest. I’ve tried exfoliating with baking soda and other scrubs that didn’t really seem to improve the breakout at all. So now I’m using a St. Ives Green tea scrub and recently I’ve started drinking green tea again. I’ve always hated throwing away the tea bags so what I did was dab the teabag on my chest. It has been working so amazingly. Ingesting Green tea + using it topically is what I think does the trick. Green tea contains so many anti oxidants and has so many health benefits. I still have a few bumps but nothing like before I wish I had taken before and after pictures. Anyways…I decided to find out the shelf life of the tea bags after they’re boiled (I still don’t know) but I came across some recipes that I want to try out and share.
Green Tea Toners:1st Recipe:
 Lipton Honey grean tea
http://divascancook.com/2010/03/poreless-green-tea-toner.html
2nd Recipe:
1/4 Green Tea (or Lipton honey green tea)
 1/4 Witch Hazel 
1/4 Grapefruit juice
http://youtu.be/SuBaXtPLhWw
3rd Recipe:
 Green tea 1 cup 
 Honey 2 tbsp.
Juice of one lemon
Whitch Hazel 1 tbsp.
 Vitamin E oil & Tea tree oil
 Baking Soda 1 tbsp.
http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Green-Tea-Toner
Steps: 1.) Wash Your Face. Wash your face with a good cleanser to remove all makeup. Exfoliate if needed. Steam your face with a hot washcloth. Pat your face dry.
2.) Wipe On The Green Tea (brewed and cooled down). Use the tea bag to wipe on the cold green tea. Be generous. Let the tea air dry on your face. It only takes a few seconds to dry. DO NOT WASH OFF.
3.) Moisturize Your Face. Try a mixture of honey, olive oil, aloe gel and St. Ives Fresh Skin Collagen Elastin Moisturizer 
Benefits:  1. Reduction of under eye circles and bags. 2.Pore Shrinkage3. Acne4. Anti-aging 5. Sun protection
There are tons of green tea toner recipes. You can always search for more. 
More Links, recipes & Sources:
http://www.gorgeouslygreen.com/2012/05/green-tea-toner/
http://www.livestrong.com/article/110870-green-tea-topical-benefits/http://www.makeupalley.com/product/showreview.asp/ItemId=101637/Green_Tea_tea-bag_toner/0/Toners
http://www.allnaturalbeauty.com/articles/eco-living/594-eco-living-green-tea-toner
http://www.kirby-koo.com/blog/2012/07/09/green-tea-face-toners/
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Natural Aid Remedies for :
Aches & pains, Bites, stings and blisters
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cdnpgn:

Winter sore throat “tea”- In a jar combine lemon slices, organic honey and sliced ginger. Close jar and put it in the fridge, it will form into a “jelly”. To serve- spoon jelly into mug and pour boiling water over it. Store in fridge 2-3 months.
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tip-jar:

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tip-jar:

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this works… also get rids of the redness afer poking around at a pimple
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tip-jar:

SUBMITTED BY lizzieborden
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yogi-health:

I’ve noticed that a lot of people are starting to get sick later and I decided to gather a few links and posted some of the information up. My post about herbal tea’s tells you what kind of tea to drink for such things as a cough, cold, fevers, sore throats, etc. 

Tips to Naturally get over a cold: (I only posted 5/10 of them).

  1. Wash your hands: Most colds and the flu are delivered via hand to hand contact or via airbone particles spread through coughing or sneezing. Hand washing is a simple, effective tool to wash away microbes. Hand washing is more effective than hand sanitizing gels or wipes. The Center for Disease Control states, “Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.” 
  2. Sleep: Sleep deprivation wrecks havoc on your body. Lack of sleep causes chemical stress hormones to be released. Cortisol is immune suppressing. Lack of sleep also robs you of needed growth factors (growth hormone) and other chemicals (melatonin, seratonin and dopamine). This chemical cascade weakens your body’s infection fighting reserve.
  3. Nutrition: Our favorite recommendations include Vit C, Vit D, Zinc, Lysine, Echinacea, Goldenseal, Ginger, Cayenne Pepper, Rosemary Extract, Interferon, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Oregano, Quercetin, Bromelain, Probiotics, Thyme, Turmeric and Ginseng. Vitamins, minerals and spices are natural ways to boost the immune system. The above products can be categorized as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, or immune boosting. The net result of nutritionals is to assist your immune system in prevention first and expulsion of the pathogen second. 
  4. Exercise: Exercise provides a protective effect against colds and flu’s.  Regular moderate exercise has been shown to boost immune response limiting the chances of contracting colds/flu’s.
  5. Get Fresh Air: Going outside during the winter without a coat doesn’t get you sick, despite what our mothers and grandmothers have been telling us for years. Research actually supports the opposite, that staying indoors in the winter has a higher chance of getting you sick. Airborne infection harbors in closed environments (houses, schools, malls, etc.)  If the weather permits, get outside during the winter. If the weather doesn’t permit, air purification can help limit pollutants (dust, dander, etc.) that contribute to illness.  

How to Prevent Colds and Flu Naturally:

Catching and suffering from cold and flu viruses and bugs is not inevitable, even in winter. It is so common in modern urban environments because most of us have very weak immune systems due to lifestyles that are based around low nutrient food, toxic overload, lack of rest and high stress. If your immune system is strong then it naturally fights off most infections and even if those around you fall ill you can remain unaffected. Here are some tips on how to prevent colds and flu naturally.

Why Go Natural?

Some of the chemicals in pharmaceutical medicines are potentially damaging and best avoided. Most pharmaceutical drugs for colds and flu work by suppressing symptoms rather than treating the cause, and foster the ‘soldier on’ mentality. This combination often causes the true underlying health issue to become worse in the long run. Flu vaccines contain some concerning ingredients as well and they are only good for helping to prevent certain virus strains. They are not 100% effective and if your immune system is already weak when you have a flu vaccination then the vaccine will force your tired immune system to fight hard against the injected virus and become even more depleted. Pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines provide an easy, quick-fix option, but we need to ask ourselves what the long-term impact is on our health of exposing ourselves to these chemicals and are there other options which are just as effective and simultaneously strengthen our bodies. The answer to the latter question is a definite yes.

How to Prevent Colds and Flu Naturally:

 You can strengthen your immune system by:

  1. Keeping your stress levels low
  2. Getting a good night’s sleep most nights
  3. Making sure you maintain good levels of probiotic (good) bacteria in your digestive system which is the core of your immune system
  4. Ensuring your levels of vitamin D are optimum
  5. Eating a high nutrient diet
  6. Drinking plenty of quality water
  7. Eating plenty of anti-bacterial/anti-viral herbs such as garlic, thyme, rosemary, sage and oregano
  8. Getting outside in the fresh air and sunshine as often as possible
  9. Washing your hands regularly – normal soap and water is fine
  10. Avoiding sugar and fructose (sugar weakens your immune system and creates damaging inflammation in your body)
  • 2. Treat the Cause

The most important treatment for any illness is rest. Give your body the down-time it needs to fight off infection. It is most effective if you rest as soon as you feel symptoms start. If you do this you can usually either fight off the infection before it takes hold or at least significantly reduce the severity of it. Give yourself permission to take the rest you need. Who is telling you that you have to ‘soldier on?’.

Treating the cause of colds and flu can mean that symptoms seem to take longer to clear, but they are cleared and not just masked to re-appear later. You also often need to be more intensive when using natural treatments i.e. use significant doses quite frequently.

Andddd I’ll just post a link up to the next one.

Tips to Treat Colds and Flu the “Natural” Way:

(via perfectionproject)

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hollisterskinny:

doitthehealthyway:

I’ve never liked posters like this, because I always looked at them and instantly thought it was impossible because you’d  end up eating too many calories. But, I just worked pretty much this meal plan out with all the foods I would use, and guess how many calories it came to.
1065 calories with an apple added in there as an extra snack.

I’d eat everything in this list, lol.I think I’ll try blackberry oatmeal tomorrow. Hmm. 
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You can figure out your body type here. You can find out the ideal weight for your height and body type here. You can get a suggested calorie range right here, and you can can get an estimation of how long it will take you to lose the weight right here.

1. Start logging your intake. You could just write it down in little food diary notebook you keep for yourself…

(Source: matchstickmolly, via matchstickmolly)

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hollisterskinny:

skinnyandconfident:

Honey and Cinnamon! -Both help cancer, heart disease, arthritis, bladder infections, toothache, cholesterol, colds, upset stomach, gas, your immune system, indigestion, influenza, longevity, acne, skin infection, fatigue, bad breath, hearing loss, and of course Weight Loss! 
A mixture of honey & cinnamon daily (I put some in my tea!) does not allow fat to accumulate in the body even if the person has a high calorie diet, speeding up weight loss.  

O.OI know what I’m mixing in my oatmeal tomorrow.
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