Building a Healthy Pantry on a Budget

The prospect of eating all organic, non-GMO, whole foods can be a little daunting when you take a look at the price tag attached to some of the popular superfoods at your local health food store. It can be hard to justify the switch to healthier food, especially when you’re also swamped in other bills!

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Himalayan Salt + Hibiscus Flower Exfoliating Scrub

DIY exfoliating scrub

Hibiscus is a natural source of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), which help to exfoliate the skin and reduce clogged pores. While chemical forms of AHAs are very damaging to the skin, the natural form of AHAs found in hibiscus flowers provide health benefits, without the harsh side effects. AHAs also help to moisturize and firm the appearance of your skin. Continue reading “Himalayan Salt + Hibiscus Flower Exfoliating Scrub”

Almond Raspberry Chocolate Hearts

I tend to go a little bit over the top with Valentines Day every year… I think it’s a fabulous holiday, and I’m always surprised that more people don’t enjoy it! To me, Valentines is all about showing gratitude and love to everyone in your life. It’s like getting a warm fuzzy hug, in the middle of our cold Canadian winter. Who wouldn’t want that?!

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Raw Honey Face Masks for Hydrated + Radiant skin

Need a new routine to keep your skin hydrated this winter? I don’t know about you, but  here in Ontario things have been pretty cold lately. In the past week the temperature has been hovering around -27°C in the mornings.

Needless to say, I am (as always) grateful to have essential oil diffusers adding a little bit of moisture to the air in every room of our home! This kind of cold weather is tough on the skin – dry patches, cracked and dry lips, and eczema/ psoriasis may be at an all time high. Continue reading “Raw Honey Face Masks for Hydrated + Radiant skin”

Why you should be taking magnesium baths

Magnesium is one of 6 essential minerals that the body needs in relatively large quantities. It is involved in over 300 biochemical pathways in the body – from muscle and function, to maintaining blood pressure, bone growth,  producing energy, and DNA synthesis. It plays an important role in transporting calcium and potassium across cellular membranes, and is directly involved in conducting nerve impulses to the brain and muscle contraction. Continue reading “Why you should be taking magnesium baths”

Are your cleaning products really safe? Take the quiz to find out!

The average person comes into contact with hundreds of toxic chemicals every day. The biggest contributors to toxic chemicals in our homes are from fabric softener, dryer sheets, air freshener plug-ins, and candles. Take the quiz to find out how clean or toxic your cleaning products really are! Continue reading “Are your cleaning products really safe? Take the quiz to find out!”

A guide to carrier oils

Let’s talk carrier oils! What are they, and why do we need them?!

A carrier oil is derived from the fatty portion of a plant – such as the seed, kernel or nut. Carrier oils are typically cold-pressed for the highest quality of oil.

While essential oils are volatile (and therefore will evaporate quickly if they are applied undiluted to the skin), carrier oils will not evaporate, and do not have a strong aroma. Continue reading “A guide to carrier oils”

5 Natural Household Switches

The average person comes in contact with hundreds of toxic chemicals every day. It’s estimated that most people apply 300 chemicals to their body every single day! The biggest contributors to toxic chemicals in our homes are from fabric softener, dryer sheets, air freshener plug-ins, and candles. Yuck! Continue reading “5 Natural Household Switches”