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Jan
07

Top 24 Natural Food Blogs

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There is a lot of talk over here about making your own soaps, lotions, fragrances, body scrubs, lip balms, etc. using natural ingredients to avoid some of the chemicals we are exposed to with commercial products many people use every day. I wanted to take the time to acknowledge that using natural ingredients to make candles and skincare products absolutely goes hand-in-hand with a diet that is based in natural ingredients as well.

Therefore, I have compiled a list of some of the best Natural Foods blogs and websites out there to help you on your quest for using natural ingredients in every aspect of your life. These blogs are some of the most reputable and informative Natural Foods blogs I could find and I wanted to take the time to endorse them to help my followers achieve the natural living lifestyle they deserve.

1. Jules Clancy – Jules Clancy, author of The Stone Soup blog, shares quick and simple recipes that are also based on real, whole food without processed ingredients, intimidating instructions, or fancy equipment. She prefers recipes with 5 ingredients are less to make healthy eating more accessible, but with a degree in food science, you know the recipes are also delicious.

2. Andrea Beaman – After being diagnosed with an “incurable” disease, Andrea knew she had to make some changes in her life in order to avoid invasive procedures and take control. She found that poor quality food creates a poor quality lifestyle, and once she began infusing her life with whole foods and ingredients, she found her cronic illness begin to fade. Now she is a Holistic Health Coach helping other people achive health naturally.

3. Ashely – Ashley believes in REAL food, meaning food that is whole, unprocessed, and healthy. However, she has a passion for baking and doesn’t believe that leading a healthy life means giving up delicious baked goods. Instead, she creates and refine recipes to make (primarily) baked goods from whole and unprocessed ingredients.

4. Angela – Angela’s blog is a mixture of her life adventures as a mother of two and a lover of travel, infused with her passion about living a life that gives back through recycling, composting, and making meals from natural, seasonal ingredients.

5. Erin – Erin lives her life on a primarily plant-based diet and limiting her intake of processed food. After her father had a heart attack at the age of 45, she and her family realized how important whole and healthy eating truly is to live a long and happy life.

6. Betty Bake – What you put into your body is what you get out, and that’s the motto that Betty Bake bakes by. She focuses on fresh, natural, and organic ingredients that are gluten-free, corn-free, and preservative free. But she also understands the importance of not denying yourself treats every now and then, which is why she enjoys chocolate and coffee in moderation.

7. Andrew Olson – The One Ingredient Chef lives by two simple rules, 1: Eat foods that start out as “one whole ingredient” that you can hold in your hand, and 2: Eat plants and avoid animal products. However, living by the one ingredient rule doesn’t mean that you can only munch on carrot sticks. The One Ingredient Chef shares delicious and wholesome meals you can make that follow this simple rule.

8. Kim Wilson – Kim is interested in a gluten-free lifestyle after realizing that her skin problems were actually a result of a gluten allergy. Through researching a diet that excludes gluten, she also learned the benefits of eating a diet consisting of primarily whole and natural foods.

9. Lisa Leake – 100 Days of Real Food is about a family who is looking to escape a world of processed foods by taking a pledge of living 100 days without any processed food to prove how possible it is for anyone who wishes to make a healthy lifestyle change. Now they provide meal plans and information for anyone who wishes to take a pledge for eating real food from 10 days to 100 days to for life!

10. Winnie Abramson – Winnie is a recipe developer with a degree in naturopathic medicine and a passion for holistic nutrition and green living. She shares her favorite recipes as well as her adventures in organic gardening, keeping backyard chickens, and even beekeeping.

11. Kristen Michaelis – Kristen is a self-proclaimed food rebel. She chooses not to believe what food labels tell her and instead focuses on common sense: that fresh, traditional, and wholesome foods are what is best for maintaining a healthy life. She wants to empower others to rebel against the dominant and unhealthy food culture we find ourselves in today and instead choose a way of eating and cooking that leaves the mystery out of foods and allows a diet that is simply nutritious.

12. Kelly Mulcair – After dealing with chronic migrains and IBS, Kelly realized that she could not continue living her life in the high-stress and unhealthy way she was. So, she ditched her stressful job as a lawyer and instead pursued a life as a health educator and holistic nutritionist. Now, she educates others on how to live a healthy and wholesome life with simple recipes that are minimally processed and refined.

13. Emily Davidson – Emily is a specialist in natural and holistic nutrition and uses her blog as a place for anyone interested in eating well whether that be through a diet of organic foods, vegetarian recipes, low-sugar, low-carb, gluten-free, or simply focusing on weight loss. She hopes to communicate a message of living healthily and positively to achieve your nutrition goals.

14. Elizabeth Yarnell – Elizabeth uses her blog to share wholesome recipes, healthy eating tips, and naturalistic remedies to common ailments. She believes simply that healthy food and medicine are one and the same and has used a dramatic improvement in her diet to help combat her struggle with Multiple Sclerosis.

15. Eve Fox – The Garden of Eden is a blog about all aspects of wholesome food: growing it, producing it, procuring it, cooking it, and finally eating it. She shares recipes based on simple and wholesome ingredients.

16. Kath – Kath started her blog with a mission: to lose 30 pounds. Along the way, she discovered the world of healthy, wholesome, and natural eating, and has since become a registered dietician who blogs about healthy eating, delicious recipes, and sprinkles bits of her personal life in from time to time.

17. Debbie – Debbie’s blog focuses on foods made at home and based with wholesome and natural plant and animal ingredients. She only uses traditional fats and natural sweeteners and works to share recipes that encompass all of these qualities, but are still quick and easy to make and incorporate into a busy lifestyle.

18. Christy Pooschke – After realizing that their diets were ruining their health, Christy and Chad began to pay more attention to what they were putting in their bodys. After only a few months of eliminating additives such as MSG and Aspartame, they noticed that some of their chronic health problems had completely disappeared. Over the years they have researched countless other additives that contribute to chronic health conditions and have collected natural recipes that avoid these dangerous chemicals.

19. April Mims – April is a certified Health and Wellness Consultant and Life Coach. She lives a life choosing foods that are as close to nature as possible and strives to create recipes that are quick and nutritious for her family. She wishes to help other families become healthy as well.

20. Amy, Natalie, and Jackie – Super Healthy Kids is a blog run by three mothers who strive to help other families feed their kids nutritious meals by making it easier to prepare, more delicious, and fun. This blog helps parents teach kids the values of healthy eating to develop habits that will carry on throughout their entire lives.

21. Wendy Schnitzer – Wendy hopes to help introduce people to the delicious possiblity of real and healthy food to boost overall energy and improve overall health. She wants to banish common misconceptions that low-fat, artificial food is healthy, and instead focus on educating others to create a lifestyle with a healthy balance of natural and whole foods and regular exercise.

22. Jill Dumas – After trouble with IBS, Jill went to the doctor only to be told that she would need to undergo invasive tests and be put on anti-depressants. She began to research alternatives and realized that some of the toxic foods she was consuming were the culprits. She began creating a healthy lifestyle build around whole foods and natural health remedies without completely cutting out certain foods from her diet, but instead living a life of healthy moderation.

23. Tatiana Barrera – Eat Alkaline Foods has made it a mission to become a resource for making healthy eating easier and more accessible to the everyday person. They focus on creating a lifestyle of respect for ourselves, our health, for others, and our planet.

24. Robyn Openshaw – Robyn used to weight over 200 pounds with numerous chronic health problems. After realizing that the drugs weren’t working, she took matters into her own hands and worked to build a healthy lifestyle through wholesome and natural eating (and plenty of green smoothies). Now she lives a life free of health problems without relying on drugs and living a life as a competitve athlete.

Jul
25

Best Homemade Treatments for Oily Skin

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Did you know that you can make several facial treatments right at home? Used regularly, these facial treatments will leave you with glowing, soft, healthy skin.

 

Best Homemade Treatments for Oily Skin

Oily facial skin can be quite a feat to battle each day.  Due to the overactive oil glands in the skin, it seems as though your oil supply will never end.  But remember before you go condemning your face.  It is the same oil glands that supply your face with the supple young look that everyone compliments on.

There are countless herbs and home remedies that you can use to help manage your complexion.  Here is a list of some of the herbs that you can use and why they are so awesome for your skin!

First and foremost- Rose Petals:  Spoiler alert- receiving roses from that special someone is great, but using rose petals as an ingredient on your skin is even better for you!  This should come as no surprise; rose petals are in many personal care products, and there is a reason for this!  Products that contain roses (aka rose petals) work as great tonics for the skin.

Since, logically speaking our skin is aging and maturing each day, you can use rose water tonic to help aid your facial skin.  Why you ask?  Well, rose petals contain Vitamin C which is good for the skin.  It also has the wonderful ability of re hydrating your skin, as well as helps to soothe irritated skin.  Ha, look at that… roses literally help irritated wives and irritated skin.  Bonus!

Chamomile:  This amazing herb is completely soothing for all skin types.  Using Chamomile in your facial treatment regime will not only soften the skin, but also helps wrinkles and stretch marks.  The aftereffects of using chamomile will allow your skin to glow with radiance.  You can also use chamomile infused water to make eye compress.   Using this compress will reduce redness and puffiness.

Chamomile contains Bisabolol.  This natural alcohol is the anti “KING” of skin healing; anti-inflammatory, anti-irritant, and anti-microbial.

Recipe for Chamomile Apple Facial:  This facial cleanser works great to remove dirt, debris, and dead skin cells.

1.  Cut 1 apple into slices, remove seeds and stem.
2.  Puree apple slices into a liquid like form.  Add ½ ounce chamomile flowers to apple.  Add 1 teaspoon honey and stir all ingredients together.
3.  Sprinkle in small amounts of fine, raw oatmeal.  Stir this together and repeat adding oatmeal until you have a smooth constant consistency.
4.  Avoiding your eyes and mouth, appeal the mixture to your face.  Let the mixture set for 5 minutes.
5.  Rinse facial off with warm water.  Pat face dry.
6.  Optional:  You can complete the facial by using a toner once your face has dried.

Besides facials, people with oily skin can also benefit from steam treatments.  Here is the recipe for an awesome herbal steam treatment.

Lemongrass (astringent) with Lavender (soothing, antiseptic and normalizes):

Using a homemade herbal steam facial once or twice a week can help you balance and tone your facial skin.  The dirt and excess oil of your facial skin can be released from your pores by using the steam from an herbal stream treatment. What is great about the addition of herbs is the balancing and toning properties, as well as cleansing.  Since when you use a steam treatment, your pores are temporarily opened, these properties are quickly absorbed into the skin.

Recipe for Herbal Steam Facial:

1.  Simmer 4 cups of water with 2 Tablespoons of dried lavender and 2 Tablespoons Lemongrass on the stove top.
2.  Next, pour the water and herbs into a large glass bowl.
3.  Place a towel over your head and put your face into the steam coming off of the bowl.  Stay over the stream with your eyes closed.  Do this for about 10 minutes.
4.  When 10 minutes has expired, rinse your face with cool water.  Let your face air dry.

Rosemary:  A natural astringent that aids in toning oily skin, this is a key herb to use.  By infusing this ingredient into hot water, you can make a facial toner that will leave your face feeling clean.  Store any leftover rosemary toner in the fridge.

Other great herbs to use for treating oily skin are:

Comfrey:  Comfrey contains allantoin.  This protein quickens cell renewal.

Elderflower:  This herb is great for smoothing out wrinkles, soothing sunburn, and can even fade freckles and mother’s masks.

If you would like the benefits of any combination of these herbs without necessarily wanting to make a facial product, you have the option of a “facial free for all”.  In a teabag, using any, all, or some of the herbs, place several tablespoons of the herb/herb mixture into the teabag and tie shut.  Then, next time you shower, place one or two of the filled tea bags in the bottom of the shower.  The hot water from the shower will soak the herbs; and the steam of the shower will cleanse your skin.  And, since the average shower takes 10-15 minutes, it is the perfect time allotment and your skin will never feel better.

If oily skin is not your facial skin type, be on the lookout.  In a future blog post, we will be featuring Best Homemade Treatments for Dry Skin.

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