Posts Categorized: Lifestyle

Almond Oil: Makeover Your Bath with One Ingredient

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  My bathtub has exactly 5 items neatly organized around the rim: 1. Essential Oil Scented Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse 2. Bronner’s Liquid Soap solution 3. Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub 4. Almond Oil 5. Razor The secret to simplification was the Almond Oil. When I first read about oil washing, I was intrigued – and badly… Read more »

Organic Holiday Dog Treats (and for the rest of the year, too!)

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If you like to spread the flavor of the season among your 4-legged family members as well, try this easy, healthy, and inexpensive recipe. Your furry friends will love it! Carrot Apple Dog Treats INGREDIENTS 2 cups chickpea flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1 organic egg 1/4 cup organic applesauce 1 cup grated organic carrots DIRECTIONS… Read more »

Coconut’s 25 Best Health & Beauty Uses: Health

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Follow enough health and beauty journals, and you could easily find yourself wondering, “is there anything coconut oil cannot do?” If you want the the full story about this miracle fruit, take a listen to our interview with the foremost expert on coconut, Dr. Bruce Fife of the Coconut Research Center. But if you’re just looking… Read more »

Carrot Ginger Soup

Carrot Ginger Soup

A recent trip to Berkeley’s Mission: Heirloom, an organic, completely holistic, predominantly paleolithic restaurant, reminded me just how good so few ingredients can be (something our friends at S.W. Basics know extremely well). The big revelation came in a glorious bowl of Carrot Soup, one so simple that every ingredient could be detected by flavor, and they all… Read more »

Safeguard Your Summer: Natural Bug Repellents

Natural Insect Repellent

As the sun begins to set, our dinners move al fresco, and our children play outside until we call them home, we look for ways to protect our loved ones from life’s little annoyances — insects. Few things can ruin outdoor activities as quickly as bugs. This list will empower you with holistic insect repellent… Read more »

Aloe: The King of Botanicals

Aloe: The King of Botanicals

Shirley Pinkson, co-founder of W3LL PEOPLE conscious cosmetics, calls aloe vera “the king of botanicals.” Why does this all-star makeup artist adore aloe so? Let me count the ways… 1. Amino Acids Of the 22 required human amino acids, aloe has 20, and 7 of them are part of the 8 essential amino acids our… Read more »

Apple Cider Vinegar Conditioner Rinse

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If the Baking Soda Shampoo worked well for you, consider complimenting your routine with an equally easy hair rinse made from apple cider vinegar and water. After washing your hair with baking soda, a basic ingredient that removes dirt, oil, and build-up, it’s best to balance your hair with an acidic rinse. Both hair and… Read more »

Stop Shampooing Your Hair. Get More Compliments.

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I kid you not, ladies and gentlemen. This really works. Last year, I started DIY-ing my lifestyle by making all of our households cleaning products and beauty products. I thought, “Being a holistic chef has allowed me to make healthier meals for my loved ones with whole ingredients found in my kitchen. Time to improve… Read more »

How to Allergy Proof Your Life

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Dr. Todd Born, Naturopathic Doctor & Co-Founder of Born Naturopathic Associates, is the guest on this week’s episode “Allergies: What’s Your Reaction”  and has shared these easy tips with us on how to allergy proof your life. Home Pillows: place in the dryer on High heat for 20 minutes, weekly. Linens:  wash in hot water, weekly.  If you… Read more »

Avoid Skin Redness This Winter

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The natural flush from cold air on your cheeks can be alluring — and yet too much redness during the winter months can be a bother. Here are some tricks to keep skin redness to a minimum during chilly days, and allow your natural glow to shine like fresh fallen snow. Moisturize! Cold weather and… Read more »