Natural Remedies for a Simple Wellness Routine
Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve found that more often times than not, my outer appearance is reflective of how I feel on the inside. Lately I’ve given my attention to examining this concept of wellness a little more deeply. For me, personal development growth extends towards becoming conscious of what I’m putting into my body and using on my skin.
When simplifying my lifestyle and home, I had a bunch of perspective shifts where I realized that I feel my best when I’m prioritizing my health. Eating a clean diet full of whole, nutritious foods, using natural products and finding homeopathic remedies has led to so many improvements for my overall well-being and levels of happiness.
I never thought I’d say this, but making my own products has become a part of my regular routine. Once I learned how to read nutrition facts and beauty labels, I’ve uncovered a ton of natural remedies and recipes that will improve your quality of life.
As you may know now, I’m not someone who enjoys practical tasks. I can’t follow recipes with precise measurements without getting completely side-tracked and losing focus. But I’ve found that toothpaste, mouthwash, body butter, cold creams, body wash, face masks, etc. all share a lot of the same basic ingredients which makes it easier to improvise some of the steps. It’s such a feeling of empowerment to know exactly what goes into making the things that I use everyday.
Here are a few easy natural remedies to get you started on simplifying your daily wellness routine. You’ll be surprised to see how well these products work with only a few simple ingredients.
1. Jojoba Oil.
First, I’ve learned recently it’s pronounced “ho-ho-ba.” I’m still not totally sure if I’m saying it right. It’s a golden liquid wax from the seeds of the jojoba plant, derived from a desert shrub found in Arizona, Mexico, and California. This oil absorbs quickly and can be used as a restorative moisturizer on your entire body, including your hair. I started using jojoba as a natural cure for chronic hives that I developed as a result of food sensitivities. Jojoba is an antiseptic and reduces the pore size to control oil secretion. Now I use it daily as an overnight serum or occasionally as a spot treatment when I have any skin irritations. In most cases, the redness is almost entirely gone by the morning and it helps any breakouts heal significantly faster.
2. Cold Cream.
The 1950’s called and they want your grandma’s cold cream recipe. For me, cold cream has become the single most effective remedy for improving my overall complexion. Shea butter, coconut and almond oil are filled with fatty acids and antioxidants that hydrate your skin, cleanse pores and remove makeup. Every night, I rub a small amount onto my face, then steam with a hot washcloth until it cools. I no longer use face wash and my skin is still moisturized in the morning.
Cold Cream Recipe: I put my own spin on this recipe from Maid From Scratch to simplify the steps and ingredients, but you can't go wrong with this one.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar.
If it wasn’t for the obviously strong smell of vinegar, I would use this one way more often. If you’re up for a challenge, you can try the ACV cocktail. It’s known to increase weight loss, reduce cholesterol, lower blood sugar, and improve heart health. I drink this on occasion, but yeah, it’s gross. My thing is to use ACV as a toner about 1-2x per week. On a cleansed face, I’ll use a small amount diluted with water on a cotton ball overnight, then wash it off in the morning. The toner exfoliates dead skin cells, lightens dark spots, prevents blackheads, and improves skin’s overall appearance. The next day, my skin is literally glowing. I don’t use it too often because it can have a drying effect when used consecutively, and I’m about moisture, people.
ACV Cocktail: Mix 2 TBSP with a cup of water, squeeze in a lemon and honey.
4. Castor Oil.
If you’ve even heard of castor oil, you likely know of it being an ancient remedy to relieve stomach aches in children or a method of inducing labor for pregnant women. Castor oil is a vegetable oil made by pressing the seeds of “Ricinus communis,” AKA the castor oil plant. But have you heard of – wait for it - castor oil packs? I only discovered this recently after some seriously deep, dark dives into the holistic, homeopathic world of natural remedies. Castor oil packs assist in liver detoxification to promote a healthy lymphatic system responsible for immune function and draining your body of built up toxins. I noticed immediate improvements in my digestion, as well as clearer skin and reduced inflammation. The results were long-lasting, and now I only use it on occasion (maybe every couple months).
Castor Oil Packs: Saturate a flannel cloth in castor oil, then fold to fit over your abdomen. Cover it with plastic wrap and another towel to avoid staining, then cover with a heating pad. I leave it on for an hour once a day and use it 4-5x per week for 2 weeks. Wellness Mama has it down.
This one’s on my list for what I would bring on a deserted island. I’ve been using Arnica for over 10 years and I could go on for days about how much I love this stuff. I first discovered Arnica when I was looking for natural alternatives to heal bruises. Nothing out of the ordinary, I’m just a clumsy person who walks into things frequently. It’s a homeopathic ointment made by crushing whole sunflower plants and soaking them in alcohol. It smells like menthol but not as overpowering as Vicks. You can use Arnica for reducing bruises, moisturizing dry patches, and relieving sore muscles. But above all, it’s the best damn chap stick you’ll ever use.
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