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How to Get Clear Skin Naturally: 8 Tips for Healthy Skin

how to get clear skin naturally

 

Your skin can tell you a lot. It’s our largest organ, with the tough task of being our outer layer of defense. And it takes a beating — it’s one of the last things to receive nutrients. It’s rubbed on, scratched, bruised, and in constant contact with environmental toxins. And that’s not including what we put on our skin ourselves! So when we have skin irritations, or dull, dry skin, we know our body is telling us something.

So how do we get clear skin naturally? Even if you’re doing your best to balance proper sleep, exercise, and drinking water, it can be tough to keep the skin glowing.

These tips will help you make minor changes for a big impact on your skin! Keep in mind, the skin cycles through every 30 days, so give these tips time to work and for your skin to rejuvenate.

 

How to Get Clear Skin Naturally: 8 Tips for Healthy Skin

 

Milk Thistle Seed
Milk Thistle Seed

Detox the Skin of Toxins, Free Radicals, and Pollution

While our skin is a defensive layer against toxins, it still absorbs quite a bit. Studies estimate between 60 – 70% of what it’s exposed to is absorbed. Everything from nano-particles in skin care products and laundry detergents, to our diet, and the pollution in the air can affect our skin. Some of these factors cause free radicals to damage cells in our body through oxidation.

You can reduce these effects by eating a clean diet, using an air purifier in your home, and using strong herbs for cleansing the body. Herbs like milk thistle are great for detoxing.

 

RADIATE floral clay mask

Ditch Chemical-Laden, Harsh Skin Care Products

Since our skin does absorb so much, we need to be mindful of what we’re putting on it when it comes to skin care. Many people find that just by switching to natural, organic products, their skin clears up. That’s because they’ve removed chemical irritants that were inflaming the skin!

So try switching to organic skin care products, like our organic clay masks and skin-healing salve.

 

Eat More Leafy Greens and Fish

Leafy greens are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants necessary to cleanse and heal the skin. They fight off free radicals from sun damage and prevent wrinkles. And fish is packed with omega fatty acids needed for maintaining healthy skin. Omega fatty acids can reduce rosacea and acne inflammation. Both green veggies and fish have zinc, which you need for new skin cell production.

Try adding a leafy green as a side to each meal, enjoying a green smoothie, and eating wild-caught fish once or twice a week.

 

Ceremonial Grade Matcha Green Tea

Drink More Matcha Green Tea

Green tea is one of the most powerful antioxidants out there, especially matcha. Matcha is the ground tea leaf, so when you drink it, you absorb the entire leaf’s properties. Matcha has tons of EGCG, which is a powerful cancer-fighting antioxidant. Paired with vitamin A (like from carrots), they help repair damage done to the skin and keep it glowing.

Try our ceremonial grade matcha green tea in the morning for a potent punch of antioxidants and a caffeine kick.

 

Add Collagen to Your Diet

Collagen is an amino acid that helps maintain healthy skin and elasticity. That means the skin stays strong and flexible, preventing wrinkles and aging. Anti-aging skin care products often include collagen, but not from the best sources. You can actually add collagen to your diet for the best boost.

Collagen comes in powder form, and a scoop of powder can be added to your hot cup of matcha or coffee in the mornings.

 

Calendula Flowers - Calendula can be taken orally, but it’s usually applied topically. The dried flowers can be used in teas, tinctures, or infused oils. The fresh plant can also be prepared as a tea or tincture. The fresh flowers are edible.
Calendula Flowers

Work on Your Gut Health

Gut health is crucial for your body to function. If you’re having problems with acne, eczema, or other skin irritations, look to your gut. If your digestive system isn’t able to absorb nutrients properly, or something your eating is causing inflammation, it can impact your skin.

You might even want to consider checking for allergies or auto-immune diseases with your doctor. That could be a cause for digestive problems and skin irritations.

To help your gut health, try adding more probiotics and herbs for digestive health to your diet, like calendula flowers.

 

Go Green Around Your Home

Since environmental factors play a prominent role in skin health, try greenifying your home! It’s better for both you and the environment. Switch to fragrance-free, toxin-free laundry detergent. Use natural cleaners, like vinegar and baking soda. Use an air purifier in your home and switch your HVAC air filter often. There are many ways to reduce toxins and be more green around your home, and they impact your health and skin as well as the environment.

 

Stay Hydrated

Our bodies are about 60% water, and the skin is no exception. When your dehydrated, your skin is prone to look dull and flaky. Fine lines become more prominent, and continuous dehydration can cause more wrinkles. Not only that, but water is a natural detoxifier. It helps flush toxins and inflammatory substances from the body.

Aim to drink at least 8 cups of water every day to keep the skin hydrated!

 

Naturally Clear Skin

You don’t need 500 skin care products to work towards clear skin. These tips will help improve your skin, naturally. Find which one helps your skin, and then work to improve it and reduce inflammation. Just remember, it takes about 30 days for the skin to cycle through!

10 Best Healthy Pizza Toppings You Don’t Have to Feel Guilty About

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Who doesn’t love a good pizza? Delicious, thick crust topped with rich tomato sauce and loaded with cheese… It’s heaven for the tastebuds.

But, it’s not exactly heaven for the waistline.

Pizza is a heavy meal, combining loads of fats and carbs together. There are ways to make it healthier though! Things like:

  • Opting for a high-fiber, whole grain crust
  • Switching to a cauliflower crust (Extra veggies!)
  • Using skim-milk mozzarella, fresh mozzarella, goat cheese, or vegan cheese
  • Top with a sugar-free sauce
  • Load up with healthy toppings!

You can make your pizza quite nutritious by making some of those changes. Or just loading up with nutritious herbs and veggies!

You can cut back on a lot of fat by skipping meat or opting for lean meats and more veggies. So most of what we’ve included here are vegan and vegetarian pizza options, but you can add meat if you desire.

Here are 10 of our favorite healthy pizza topping combos:

healthy pizza toppings

10 Best Healthy Pizza Toppings You Don’t Have to Feel Guilty About

1. Spinach, Artichoke, and Roasted Red Peppers over Pesto Sauce

Spread the pesto sauce over your crust of choice. Top with minced garlic and spinach. Then add your cheese – make it vegan by using a dairy-free cheese option, or skip the cheese altogether. Add your artichoke hearts and roasted red peppers, then sprinkle on some basil. Delish!

Pro tip: Make sure the spinach is on the bottom layer, but above the sauce, so it doesn’t burn as easily.

 

2. Vegan Hawaiian-Style Pizza

Vegan pizza toppings are easy to swap out for regular favorites. Sub ham and bacon for tofu ham slices and bacon, crumble, and top on your pizza. Add pineapple, onions, and a pepper of choice. If you like things spicy, add diced jalapenos. If you like a milder tangy flavor, go with banana peppers. Top with vegan cheese. We like to sprinkle chili flakes on top for extra zip.

 

3. Greek Veggie Pizza

You could go with regular pasta sauce, or top with pesto instead. Then add olives, artichokes, Roma tomatoes, and goat cheese. Sprinkle on marjoram and oregano on top. This one is packed with flavor!

 

4. Vegetarian Taco-Style Pizza

For your sauce, use your favorite salsa. If you are a lacto-vegetarian, you can use regular Mexican-blend cheese or sub vegan cheese. Top with all your preferred taco fillings: black beans, peppers, corn, onions, tomatoes, hot sauce. When the pizza comes out of the oven, add avocado and a sprinkle of cayenne for spice and cumin for a subtle meaty taste.

These vegetarian toppings already add a lot of punch, nutrition, and healthy fats. But if you’re not vegetarian, you could add your preference of lean meat before cooking.

 

5. Caprese Pizza

Use an olive oil and garlic base for the sauce. Then add fresh mozzarella, Roma tomatoes, and a good helping of basil. Sprinkle with mineral salt and freshly ground black peppercorns. Top with a balsamic glaze.

 

6. Fruit Dessert Pizza

Top the pizza with ⅓ fat cream cheese, and add any fresh fruit combo you like. We enjoy strawberries, kiwi, and oranges with a dash of rosemary to bring out the flavor. Sprinkle the entire pizza with stevia.

 

7. Loaded Veggie Hummus Pizza

Using hummus as the base, top with garlic, basil, thyme, and oregano to taste. Throw on all your favorite veggies! Some ideas: tomatoes, olives, mushrooms, artichokes, spinach, red onions, peppers, broccoli, zucchini, or cauliflower. Top the veggies with a drizzle of olive oil, salt, and pepper.

 

8. Garlic and Spinach White Pizza

Make a light alfredo sauce by heating up ¼ cup of almond milk in a small saucepan and melting together 2 – 3 light swiss cheese wedges and a gentle splash of heavy cream. Sprinkle in garlic, salt, and pepper. Spread the light alfredo mix on your crust of choice. Add minced garlic and spinach next. Then top with your preference of lower-fat cheese, such as goat cheese, fresh mozzarella, or low-fat shredded mozzarella. Sprinkle chili flakes on top if desired.

 

9. Eggplant Pizza

Cut an eggplant into slices, and use as your crust! Top with pizza sauce, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, oregano, rosemary, and pepper. Drizzle with a little olive oil and cook. A yummy alternative!

 

10. Zucchini Pizza Boats

Almost like a French pizza, you’ll cut a zucchini length-wise and scoop out some of the middle to create a “boat.” Top with all your favorite toppings, and make sure to load up veggies and herbs, like cilantro, oregano, basil, tomatoes, onions, and peppers.

 

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Guilt-Free Pizza Addiction

When you load up on veggies, herbs, and spices, you’re filling up on healthy goodness instead of empty carbs! Even better when you can swap out the crust for a veggie base. It’ll satisfy your pizza craving, and you’ll feel better for it. Which one will be your new favorite?

7 Delicious Cooking Herbs and the Best Ways to Use Them

7 Delicious Cooking Herbs and the Best Ways to Use Them

Cooking herbs are the best way to spice up a normal dish, fast. You can completely change the taste of a staple meal by switching out some of the herbs you use. And besides adding extra flavor, they have amazing health benefits, too!

When choosing the best herbs for cooking to keep on hand, it’s good to have an idea of what kind of flavors go best with each one. For instance, if you aren’t a fan of pesto, you could probably skip basil. But if you do like basil, what are some creative ways to use it?

When meal planning, having your most used and favorite herbs on hand help you stay prepared during the week. And, another reason to understand a herb’s flavor profile: if you run out of one, what can you substitute in its place?

 

7 Delicious Cooking Herbs and the Best Ways to Use Them

1. Cooking with Sage

Sage Leaf
Sage Leaf

What to use it in: Sage has a unique flavor, somewhat like pine, citrus, and eucalyptus together. Sage magnifies the flavor in a recipe, and pairs well with sausages, pasta, soups, and onions.

Sage also goes well with apples, like this recipe for satueed apples with brown sugar and sage.

What to substitute: Swap with marjoram or rosemary. Rosemary would give a similar woody flavor, while marjoram would add a sweeter hint.

Why you should use it: Sage is rich in vitamin K, which helps the liver process fats. It also helps prevent gingivitis and reduce inflammation in the body.

 

2. Cooking with Thyme

Thyme Leaf
Thyme Leaf

What to use it in: Both sweet and woody, thyme is the one herb you’ll always want to keep stocked. As you’ll see below, it’s the universal substitute for most other popular herbs. It’s often used with meat and veggies, although it also tastes great in eggs and cheesy dishes. It’s popular in French and Italian recipes.

Thyme is quite yummy when mixed with citrus and honey in teas, water infusions, and even cocktails.

What to substitute: Basil, oregano, and marjoram can all be used to substitute with thyme, although each would add a different flavor.

Why you should use it: Thyme helps fight sore throats, digestive troubles, and respiratory issues.

 

3. Cooking with Basil

Basil Leaf - Basil is used in various traditional and folk systems of medicine, and is considered a sacred herb in the Hindu religion.
Basil Leaf

What to use it in: If you love Italian food, then basil is a must. Basil adds a strong but sweet flavor to sauces, pasta, pesto, and pizza. And it makes a yummy, simple tomato, basil, mozzarella salad.

But basil also tastes fantastic with seafood and Thai dishes, and or mix with strawberries in drinks or jam.

What to substitute: While it won’t give the same sweet flavor, you can substitute oregano and thyme whenever you’re out. They’re similar in flavor profile and usually used together in Italian food, anyway.

Why you should use it: Basil helps improve memory and heart health.

 

4. Cooking with Lavender

Lavender Flowers
Lavender Flowers

What to use it in: Popular in French recipes, lavender works well in savory dishes and baking. You could try it in lemon lavender poundcake, or with lemon honey chicken.

What to substitute: Rosemary is your best option, but mint would be another alternative when baking.

Why you should use it: Lavender helps reduce anxiety and stress. It also helps boost skin and hair health.

 

5. Cooking with Oregano

Oregano Leaf
Oregano Leaf

What to use it in: Oregano is another staple in Italian food, because it goes so well with pasta sauces and meat. It’s often used for meatballs and dry rubs, to add a warm, woody flavor.

Oregano is quite the universal herb: Add it to lemon chicken, your oven-roasted veggies, marinades, and more.

What to substitute: The best substitutes for oregano are marjoram, thyme or basil.

Why you should use it: There’s a reason pasta can be a comfort food when sick! Oregano is an immune-booster, helping to detox the body of sickness. You can even use it as a tea when feeling under the weather!

 

6. Cooking with Rosemary

Rosemary Leaf
Rosemary Leaf

What to use it in: Rich, woody, and aromatic, rosemary adds a lot of punch. It’s fantastic with roasted meats and veggies, and pairs well with everything from marinades to sauces. Sprinkle it in stews, soups, and on top of fish and poultry for delicious flavor.

It also adds a nice twist to fruity drinks, like citrus or strawberry cocktails and punch.

What to substitute: The best substitute is thyme, although oregano or tarragon also work.

Why you should use it: Rosemary helps improve memory and focus, and it’s a mood booster.

 

7. Cooking with Marjoram

Marjoram Leaf
Marjoram Leaf

What to use it in: Popular in Greek recipes, marjoram tastes fantastic with goat cheese and sweet veggies like carrots. Use it in recipes for stews, salads, fish, and pork. It has a sweeter taste than oregano, although it’s similar.

You can even use it in fried chicken batter mix, or toss it in tangy sweet coleslaw or salad.

What to substitute: Basil works best, but thyme and oregano are both good substitutes.

Why you should use it: Marjoram boosts blood circulation and lowers cholesterol and blood pressure.

 

Rich Flavor for Every Dish

Ready to spice up your everyday dish? Grab your herbs and spices, and get cooking!

7 Best Herbal Detox Teas for Weight Loss and Health

Herbal Detox Teas for Weight Loss and Health

 

Looking for ways to cleanse your body of toxins and fat? Herbal detox teas can get the job done!

Doing a periodic detox and cleanse is great for the body. The liver has a tough job of purifying the body of toxins and waste, and processing fats to turn them into energy. When the liver is having issues and worn out, a detox can help aid the liver and boost its regenerative abilities to heal.

A detox and cleanse can also help purge any unwanted gunk in the digestive system and encourage weight loss and better health.

There are a lot of herbal detox teas to help the body along. Here are the best 7 to cleanse the body and liver.

 

Note: Always consult your doctor when trying new herbs and dietary changes.

 

7 Best Herbal Detox Teas for Weight Loss and Health

1. Rooibos Tea for Detox

Red rooibos tea is so powerful in antioxidants, it’s one of the best teas for reducing inflammation and detoxing. It helps destroy fat stored in the body and boosts the metabolism by reducing the hormones that trigger stress and fat storage. Plus, it boosts circulation and balances blood sugar, making it optimal for weight loss. It’s also one of the most universally appealing teas for its mild taste and soft sweet hints of vanilla and honey.

Drink this detox tea daily for a dose of incredible antioxidants.

 

2. Purify Tea for Healthy Balance

Our handcrafted, organic PURIFY tea supports a healthy balance in the body. It’s a blend of some of the best detoxifying herbs: burdock root, dandelion, nettle, lemongrass, and more. Burdock and dandelion root are two common herbs to detox the liver and purify the blood. When blended with herbs rich in vitamin K and C, like nettle, it helps boost the liver’s ability to shed body fat and regenerate.

Drink daily for purification and liver-healing benefits!

 

3. Milk Thistle for Liver Detoxifying

One of the most renowned liver detoxifiers, milk thistle helps prevent oxidative stress. It protects the liver, helps purify the blood and digestive system, and is known to help the liver heal and regenerate. If you’ve taken harsh medicines, NSAIDs, or drink alcohol, milk thistle can help flush those toxins from the body and heal their damaging effects on the liver.

Drink this liver cleanse tea 1 – 2 times daily.

 

4. Angelica Root for Digestive Enzymes

The most common use for angelica root is to detoxify the liver and balance the digestive tract. It helps promote healthy digestive enzymes in the stomach and intestines. Plus, it can relieve cramps or indigestion and purifying any toxins.

This is a strong cleansing herbal tea, so take it for a week or so, and then give your body a break. Also, it shouldn’t be used if pregnant.

 

5. Sage Leaf for Shedding Fat

Sage leaf is incredibly rich in Vitamin K, which helps the liver function at its best. Vitamin K specifically helps the liver with fat-processing, so it’s a fantastic herb for detoxing and weight loss. Besides that, it’s anti-inflammatory properties help boost skin and bone health, as well as brain function.

Steep it as a tea, and mix with a bit of local honey. Or try blending it with barley grass and beet root powder for an intense, daily detoxifier.

 

6. Barley Grass for Weight Loss

Barley grass is excellent for gut health and digestion. It promotes healthy bacteria and enzymes in your stomach, so it can process nutrients and turn fat into energy. It’s high in chlorophyll, which helps release oxygen and remove strong toxins like heavy metals. It’s known to aid energy and weight loss.

You can steep this as a detox tea on its own, or blend with beet root and sage leaf for maximum effects. It can also be added to smoothies!

 

7. Yellow Dock Root

High in phytonutrients, yellow dock root is a well-known blood purifier. It helps fight free radicals in the body, and improve liver health. It cleanses the entire body of toxins, including the skin. Yellow dock root purifies the skin of environmental toxins that can cause aging and skin irritations like psoriasis and acne.

Steep it as a tea for several days when you notice your skin is becoming dull or irritated, to help flush toxins out.

 

Cleansing Teas for Greatest Health

Herbal detox teas are effective, powerful remedies for liver health and weight loss. Their high nutritional value boosts energy and helps you feel like your best self.

Whenever you feel sluggish or weighed down, try these detoxifying teas!

10 Must-Have Herbs to Start Your Own Home Apothecary for Natural Wellness

Home Apothecary for Natural Wellness

If you’re trying to get started with holistic health and wellness, chances are you’ve thought about starting your own home apothecary. Creating your natural pharmacy at home takes time, education, and knowledge of herbalism. You need to learn how to create herbal remedies that work, and which herbs can do the job.

Learning herbal medicine is a rewarding journey and well worth it! There is so much to explore and learn about the power of herbs. We always try to share our knowledge of natural remedies and uses to help you better your health, naturally.

So if you’re up to the challenge, here are our top 10 picks to get started with your home apothecary. You’ll want a well-rounded arsenal of herbs that can accomplish different tasks, but these are a good place to start.

 

10 Must-Have Herbs to Start Your Own Home Apothecary for Natural Wellness

 

1. Dandelion

Dandelion leaf and root are both powerful parts of this common “weed.” The leaf can be used in bitters, while the root is a hepatic herb for detoxifying. They purify the body and liver by flushing out toxins and excess water.

2. Ashwagandha

One of the best all-purpose herbs to keep on hand in your home apothecary. Ashwagandha is an anti-inflammatory, adaptogen, analgesic, and relaxant. That means it can relieve pain, calm the body and mind, and increase your body’s endurance and immune system.

3. Nettle

Nettle leaf is a super nutritive herb, as well as an anti-inflammatory and adaptogenic powerhouse. It reduces oxidative stress in the body and helps kill off viruses and infections. It makes a potent tincture against colds and illnesses, but also for overall health and balanced vitamin intake.

4. Chamomile

Chamomile is a calming herb for many different ailments. It’s antispasmodic, helping to prevent and ease spasms in the stomach and body. It fits into most of the essential medicinal categories: carminative (digestive health), anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, sedative… It can do it all. Chamomile is also quick to take – steeping the tea alone will provide health benefits.

5. Elderberries

Elderberries are an incredible immune system booster. It’s proven to ease colds and the flu, speed recovery, and fight infections. This is because it not only gives a jolt to the immune system but also balances and supports its regulation. Use it in anti-microbial mixtures to boost their power, as well. Elderberry syrup is a popular home remedy for increasing immunity during the flu season.

6. Slippery Elm

Slippery elm bark soothes inflammation, especially in the mucous membranes and digestive system. It can help relieve pain and soothe skin irritations, so it’s great for salves and creams. It’s also highly nutritious, with many vitamins and minerals.

7. Echinacea

Echinacea root is another well-known immune stimulant. Herbalists have extensively used it for hundreds of years. It increases the number of white blood cells in the body, which makes it powerful against viruses and other immune system invaders. It’s also known to help combat cancer and improve respiratory issues.

8. Calendula

Calendula is excellent for lymphatic health, menstrual cramps, and muscle spasms. It’s often used in topical solutions and salves for skin irritations, wounds, and bruises as well. You can mix with a carrier oil to create infusions, or steep in 100 proof alcohol to make a tincture.

9. Turmeric

Turmeric root contains curcumin, an antioxidant compound that significantly reduces inflammation. It’s also a stimulant that helps increase blood circulation in the body and supports the immune system. And like dandelion root, it detoxifies the liver of impurities and toxins.

10. Skullcap

Skullcap is an anxiolytic herb that calms the nervous system and anxiety. Use it to help relieve pain and muscle spasms, especially in infused oils. Make it as a tea for quick ingestion and relief.

 

Tools You’ll Need to Get Started:

Besides herbs, you’ll need some things to store, mix, strain, and create your elixirs! Here are some things you’ll need on hand:

  • Mason jars for storing tinctures and elixirs
  • Amber bottles for essential oils, tinctures, and other liquids
  • Mortar and pestle for grinding
  • Cheesecloth for straining
  • Labels
  • 100 proof alcohol
  • Carrier oils, like coconut and sweet almond
  • Honey, vinegar, and other desired solvents
  • Waxes or butters for creams

 

Herbal Apothecary Healing

Learning how to use herbs and create natural remedies is an incredible way to boost the health and wellness of your home and family. It takes patience and time, but it’s well worth the effort to get started!

7 Easy, Healthy Dinner Recipes You Can Cook Up Fast

Healthy Dinner Recipes

 

Looking for easy, healthy meals that you can whip up fast but are still packed with flavor?

We all know the struggle. You work all day, and then you come home, and you have no idea what to make for dinner. Well, not any longer. These healthy dinner recipes will save the day!

Most of these recipes only use a few ingredients and need minimal prep work. You can always prepare by pre-chopping veggies over the weekend or thawing out your protein option the night before.

Here are 7 delicious, healthy, and quick recipes for dinner.

 

7 Easy, Healthy Dinner Recipes You Can Cook Up Fast

 

1. Easy White Chicken Chili [via Gimme Some Oven]

This recipe is so easy to throw all together but so fulfilling. Thaw our your chicken breasts the night before, and toss all the ingredients in the crockpot. Set on low in the morning, and come home to the lovely aroma!

This white chicken chili recipe only calls for cumin as the seasoning, but we recommend adding some oregano and a couple pinches of cayenne as well!

Check out the recipe here.

 

2. Thai Salmon [via ifoodreal]

Love that rich, spicy-sweet Thai flavor? Try making your own! The recipe includes a homemade Thai sweet chili sauce made with red pepper or chili flakes and garlic. It comes together fast and cooks in the oven for only 13 minutes. So it’s perfect for those nights when you get home late! Add a side salad or serve over brown rice.

Check out the recipe here.

 

3. Roasted Red Pepper and Asparagus Quinoa [via Inside BruCrew Life]

Cook the quinoa, saute the veggies, and it’s done. Top with some leftover grilled chicken for extra protein, and season with minced garlic and black peppercorns.

You could also toss in a few extras, like broccoli, for a hearty meal packed with veggie goodness. Or, sub quinoa for riced cauliflower (or go half and half!). Either way, this meal is sure to please.

Check out the recipe here.

 

4. Stuffed Sweet Potatoes [via Oh Sweet Basil]

Super fast and simple to make, it’s hearty and delicious! While the recipe calls for white sweet potatoes and baking them, you could easily nuke regular sweet potatoes in the microwave and use canned chicken. That will save you even more time. Add a sprinkle of cayenne for a little extra zip.

Check out the recipe here.

 

5. Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken [via No. 2 Pencil]

A delicious, quick meal to toss in the crockpot and go! You only need 5 ingredients and 10 minutes of prep time in the morning. Thaw your chicken breasts the night before so you’re ready. Rosemary adds a wonderful aroma and flavor, and you could also add thyme.

Check out the recipe here.

 

6. Avocado and Hummus Quesadillas [via Neurotic Mommy]

So simple. So delicious! You can fry these up in just 5 minutes and have dinner ready. Try jazzing up the spices to create different flavors each time! You can make one with garlic, and another spicy with chili flakes. Or, try adding oregano and rosemary.

Check out the recipe here.

 

7. Beef & Cabbage Joes [via Wonderfully Made & Dearly Loved]

This is a fantastic, portable dinner option that you can stuff in a mason jar and take on the go. And you can make it even easier by using frozen seasoning blend instead of chopping up celery, green peppers, and onions. If you like a bit more of the sweet-and-spicy flavor in your sloppy joes, add some cayenne and stevia.

Check out the recipe here.

 

Healthy Doesn’t Have to Mean Hard

Whipping up flavorful, spiced-up meals doesn’t have to be hard or time-consuming. With a little prep, you can save yourself the headache of coming home from work and looking for something to make. Which recipe will you try?

How to Start a Natural Skin Care Routine for Your Skin Type

Natural Skin Care Routine

 

Did you know you can significantly reduce your toxin intake by switching to a natural skin care routine? Beauty and skin care products are full of chemicals and toxic ingredients. Some ingredients absorb into the skin and wreak havoc on the body.

But by using organic skin care products, or DIY-ing some of your own, you can detox your skin and give it a healthy glow, naturally!

Here are our favorite ways to create a natural skin care routine based on your skin type. It’s easy to make the change!

How to Start a Natural Skin Care Routine for Your Skin Type

Oily Skin or Acne-Prone Skin Types

If you have oily or acne-prone skin, you may be surprised to find switching to clean beauty products helps solve the problem. Even oils can be effective for this skin type — contrary to what you may think.

A great way to cleanse oily skin is to use coconut oil first to remove makeup or other dirt from the pores. Then cleanse with a water-based cleanser. It deep cleanses and hydrates without leaving a residue after the second cleanse.

 

Cleanse: Coconut oil first, then cleanse with homemade rice water cleanser

Exfoliate: Mix a tablespoon of matcha and grapeseed oil with a half cup of sugar, and use to exfoliate.

Tone: Cooled chamomile and yellow dock root tea to calm skin redness and detox the skin. Apply with a cotton ball.

Mask: CLEAR detoxifying charcoal clay mask to deeply purify pores.

Treatment: Tea tree oil for cystic acne spots.

Moisturize: Try creating a jojoba and rosemary face moisturizer.

 

Dry Skin or Sensitive Skin Types

Dry and sensitive skin types usually see the fastest benefits switching to natural skin care. Because they’re often irritated and dried out by chemical products, the change to natural ingredients helps calm the skin and pamper it.

Roses are the best, most nourishing flower for dry and sensitive skin. It helps calm any redness or rosacea and adds plenty of moisture.

 

Cleanse: Mix equal parts castile soap with coconut or argan oil (equal to about 1 cup). Steep rose petals in boiling water for 20 minutes, strain out the petals and let cool. Add ¼ cup of rose water or tea to the mix and stir.

Tone: Using the DIY rose water from above, mix equal parts rose water and witch hazel in a glass spray bottle for a hydrating toner.

Exfoliating Mask: Don’t scrub your skin with rough exfoliators. Instead, try our RADIATE exfoliating floral clay mask to exfoliate, soothe, and nourish all at once.

Moisturize: Use a light amount of coconut oil to soothe and hydrate. If you apply too much, you can wipe away the excess with a cotton ball.

 

Normal Skin or Combination Skin Types

This type can be a bit confusing, even though it’s “normal.” Many people think they have oily skin when they actually have combination skin or normal skin.

Normal skin still produces oil, but it’s only enough to keep the skin hydrated. Combination skin produces more oil in your T-zone area (forehead, nose, chin, cheeks), and is dry around your hairline.

Keep it balanced by not using too drying or irritating products. Trying to completely get rid of oil actually causes your skin to produce more!

 

Cleanse: Mix 1 tbsp aloe vera gel with 2 tsp castile soap and ½ cup lavender flower water or cooled lavender tea. Fill in a bottle, and shake each time before use.

Exfoliate: Mix a tablespoon of matcha and jojoba oil with a half cup of sugar, and use to exfoliate.

Tone: Cooled chamomile tea to calm skin redness and detox the skin. Apply with a cotton ball.

Mask: Try our RENEW rejuvenating clay mask to purify, exfoliate, and nourish all at once.

Moisturize: Whip together ½ cup shea butter with 1 tsp jojoba oil and add 1 tbsp of Rosehip tea.

 

Anti-Aging Skin Care Routine

When switching to an anti-aging natural skin care routine, the important thing is moisture in layers. Using hydrating, water-based ingredients first, and then sealing it with a deep moisturizer is key.

 

Cleanse: Cleanse with rice water cleanser, a tried-and-true Japanese anti-aging secret

Exfoliate and Tone: Make a tincture of red clover blossoms and mix ¼ of a glass spray bottle with ¾ rose water to make an anti-aging and exfoliating toner.

Mask: Use our RENEW rejuvenating clay mask to nourish and remove dead skin cells and environmental toxins.

Moisturize: Mix ½ cup shea butter with ¼ cup coconut oil and 2 tbsp of Rosehip tea and 1 tsp baobab powder. Whip together.

 

Supplements and Herbs to Help Your Skin Glow

Collagen, omega fatty acids, and water are three of the best supplements you can take for healthy, glowing skin. Collagen helps renew your skin cells and repair the elasticity, so your skin looks fresh and youthful. And adding a scoop of collagen to your morning brew or tea is the best anti-aging skin care routine you could try.

Herbs for glowing skin include rose hips, dandelion leaf, and hibiscus. They help purify toxins from the skin which can cause aging, and rose hips are nourishing. Our GLOW handcrafted tea is formulated for a healthy glow in all skin types.

 

No matter your skin type, you can glow with natural skin care products. Find what works best for you!

10 Delicious, Healthy Tea Latte Recipes to Curl Up With

Tea latte recipes

Curl up with a delicious, nutrient-packed cup of tea! These yummy tea latte recipes are perfect for swapping out your morning brew for something less caffeinated. Plus, they’re more colorful and prettier to look at.

Lattes can be a healthy, slimming choice if you swap out sugar and whole milk for healthier choices. Try sweetening your tea with stevia, and enjoying it with frothed almond milk!

We’ve rounded up some of the trendiest, healthiest tea lattes for you to try out. And we’re sharing a few of our own favorite in-house tea recipes!

 

10 Delicious, Healthy Tea Latte Recipes to Curl Up With

1. Maple Pumpkin Pie Tea Latte Recipe

One of our favorite homemade lattes to warm your soul! For a real decadent treat, top with almond milk whipped cream and a pinch of cinnamon.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Whisk cold almond milk and whey protein powder together until blended.
  2. Over the stove, bring the protein almond milk to a slow boil.
  3. Remove from heat, and steep the Pumpkin Pie tea for 7 – 10 minutes to the desired strength.
  4. Add your vanilla extract and maple syrup and stir. Enjoy!

2. Lavender London Fog Recipe (via The Gracious Pantry)

This classic earl grey tea recipe is delicious with the added twist of lavender flowers! It’s a calming latte with a bit of caffeine that’s perfect for lazy Sunday mornings. And, it whips up fast with only a handful of ingredients: almond milk, honey, lavender, and vanilla.

Check out the recipe here.

 

3. Rose Water Tea Latte Recipe (via Aline Made)

Rose water tea is one of the new, trendy latte recipes on Pinterest and Instagram thanks to its beautiful color and aroma. Rose water is nourishing for your body, and very hydrating. Paired with a black tea base (like Ceylon tea), it’s perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up to refresh your mind and body. Top with rose petals for a truly beautiful, rich tea.

Check out the recipe here.

 

4. Iced Vanilla Sencha Green Tea Latte Recipe

Sencha green tea is rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, and polyphenolic compounds, so it helps boost your immune system and reduce stress. This simple latte recipe is perfect during the warmer seasons to sit outside and relax with.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Steep the sencha tea in the boiling water for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove the tea, and add heavy whipping cream, vanilla and stevia. Use a hand blender to froth together.
  3. Pour over ice and top off with cold water if needed. Enjoy!

5. Collagen Matcha Tea Latte Recipe (via JoyFoodSunshine)

Collagen is a fantastic source of protein and amino acids, and is a well-known anti-aging and beauty secret! This beauty milk matcha will help your skin glow, and your hair and nails to grow faster and stronger. It’s also ideal for muscle recovery after a workout.

This latte uses matcha, and we recommend ceremonial grade matcha green tea powder. It’s the highest and richest form of matcha.

Check out the recipe here.

 

6. Pink Moon Milk Tea Latte Recipe (via Broma Bakery)

Moon milk tea is another super popular tea trend right now, thanks to its relaxing properties for bedtime. It’s based on Ayurvedic healing traditions.

This beautiful tea gets its color from superfood beet root powder, and is spiced with turmeric and cinnamon.

Check out the recipe here.

 

7. Almond Rose Chai Tea Latte Recipe (via Moon and Spoon and Yum)

This unique take on the classic chai tea latte includes almond butter, maple syrup and rose petals. It’s also vegan!

The almond butter helps to add extra creaminess, as well as protein.

Check out the recipe here.

 

8. Honey Chamomile Bedtime Tea Latte Recipe (via The Kitchn)

The perfect cup of tea to curl up with a good book and relax before bed! Steep 1 – 2 tbsp chamomile flowers in place of tea bags. And sweeten with honey sourced locally from your area to add extra health and allergy-fighting properties.

Check out the recipe here.

 

9. Iced Ombre Golden Milk Tea Latte Recipe (via 40 Aprons)

This modern twist on an Ayurvedic traditional healing tea is to die for! And, it’s totally Insta-worthy with its ombre layered effect. It uses superfood herbs like cardamom, turmeric, black pepper, cinnamon, and ginger to create a luscious, golden tea.

Check out the recipe here.

 

10. Spiced Matcha Tea Latte Recipe

Like a mix of a golden milk latte and green tea latte, this flavor-packed tea has mega anti-inflammatory benefits. Try our recipe:

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Whisk the matcha with a splash of hot water to form a paste. Then add the remaining water and stir. (This helps reduce separation of the powder as it sits.)
  2. Add all the other ingredients and whisk together. For more froth, try adding collagen and blending with a hand blender. Enjoy!

 

Enjoy Your Warm Cuppa and Relax

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Herbal Tea Remedies for Every Ailment: How to Heal Your Body with Herbs

Herbal tea remedies

Tea and herbs have been used for centuries as medicine for healing the body naturally. Traditionally used in Chinese medicine first, it’s spread the world over. Herbal tea remedies can provide potent doses of vitamins and minerals, and many have powerful healing properties. Relief is only a sip away!

No matter what ails you, there’s a tea for it.

Herbal Tea Remedies for Every Ailment: How to Heal Your Body with Herbs

 

Herbal Tea for Stress Relief, Anxiety, and Insomnia

There are many herbs that help calm the body and mind. Chamomile tea for better sleep and anxiety is one of the most common solutions. It increases your melatonin and serotonin, so you can relax and sleep deep. Other stress relief herbal teas:

  • Lemon balm for anxiety and better sleep
  • Passion flower for relief from depression, stress, and for better brain health
  • Kava kava for stress, anxiety, and depression relief

Herbal Tea for Stomachaches

Ginger tea is one of the best for stomachaches. It’s anti-inflammatory, so it can soothe the stomach from cramps and aches. And it relieves nausea and aids digestion. Other stomach-soothing herbs for tea:

  • Licorice root for heartburn, stomach pain, ulcers, and indigestion
  • Anise seeds for nausea, indigestion, stomach cramps, and to boost appetite

Herbal Tea for Colds and Coughs

Elderberries help fight respiratory infections, ward off colds, and speed up recovery when you’re sick. They’re extremely high in antioxidants, and studies have shown they can ease the flu and shorten its length by 50%. But there are other great herbal teas for the flu, too:

Herbal Tea for Fatigue

If you’re suffering from fatigue and lack of focus, then try ashwagandha tea. It promotes sustained energy and strength and is one of the best herbs for muscle recovery. It’ll give you longer, more balanced energy than coffee. Other herbal powerhouses to fight fatigue:

Herbal Tea for Headaches & Migraines

Feverfew is one of the best herbs for preventing and getting rid of migraines. It can also help reduce headaches caused by allergies and eases a fever. Other great herbal teas for headaches and migraines:

  • Cayenne for migraine and pain relief
  • Ginkgo for headache and migraine relief, improved memory, and mental clarity

Herbal Tea for Allergies

Do you suffer from allergies? Besides a few mentioned above that can help, such as feverfew and eucalyptus, try nettle leaf tea. Nettle (or stinging nettle) is an anti-inflammatory herb that helps reduce the production of histamines that cause allergy symptoms. A couple other herbs for allergies are:

  • Cinnamon bark to ease allergies and support the respiratory system
  • Rosemary for anti-inflammatory and antihistamine properties

 

Natural Healing with Herbal Teas

Herbs and herbal teas have so many healing properties, that you’ll never run out of new ways to use them. Adding them to your diet can help improve your health and prevent sickness in the first place. Which herbal tea for healing will you try?

How to Use Powerful Herbs for Fighting Infections

Herbs for fighting infections

 

Did you know that herbs can kill viruses? Natural antiviral herbs help block viruses from developing. But there’s also antibacterial and anti-fungal herbs that fight all kinds of infections. Herbs are packed with immune-boosting vitamins and minerals and they don’t come with a list of potential side effects like pharmaceuticals! Herbs can help with fighting the flu, or made into herbal teas to soothe your symptoms, and at this time of year, they’re helpful to keep on hand.

 

Always consult with your doctor whenever a serious infection is present. But here are some ways to treat or prevent infections with herbs:

How to Use Powerful Herbs for Fighting Infections

 

Herbs for Ear Infections

Garlic is a natural remedy for ear infections, and one of the strongest antiviral and antibacterial herbs. You can crush garlic and steep it in oil for a few hours, then add just a couple drops of the oil to your ear to help kill the bacteria. Coconut oil is a good option to pair with garlic because it’s antiviral and antibacterial.

Herbal Antibiotics for Infections

If you’re dealing with a bacterial infection instead of a virus, then try cloves or echinacea. They can help reduce inflammation from the infection and fight off bacteria like strep and E. Coli. You can drink them in tea or take capsules to fight internal infections. For external infections, try making a poultice.

Herbs for Fighting Candida

Candida is a normal, naturally-occurring yeast that can sometimes grow out of control and wreak havoc. Boosting your gut health will help, as will probiotics and a sugar-free diet. Calendula and oregano are powerful anti-fungal herbs that can help kill the yeast overgrowth, too. You can create tinctures with them by steeping in 100-proof alcohol for a few weeks. Once the tincture is ready, it’ll be in its most potent form to remedy candida.

Herbal Remedies for Sore Throats

Marshmallow root is one of the best natural remedies for sore throats because it has a soothing gel-like texture when steeped in water. You can make a marshmallow root infusion by steeping the root in cold water overnight and then drinking it as needed the next day. You can also try gargling a small amount of sage and apple cider vinegar mixed with water to help kill the infection.

Herbs for Urinary Tract Infection

Marshmallow root can also help protect the urinary tract from infections, as can a garlic tincture. Both are potent enough to help stave off and flush out anything that might try to cause a UTI. Try also increasing your vitamin C intake to help keep your immune system boosted and make your urine more acidic to prevent UTIs. Rose hips have a high concentration of vitamin C, making it ideal for prevention.

 

Fight Infections with Herbal Remedies

Which herbal remedies will you try? Do you have others that are tried-and-true infection-fighting remedies? Share them with us on Facebook or Instagram!