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DIY: Banana Exfoliating Mask

A ripe banana contains a high concentration of dietary fiber, vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B-6 and antioxidant compounds. According to the Harvard School of Public Health report, a diet rich in the nutrients provided by produce like bananas can decrease your risk of a number of medical problems.

Use this banana face exfoliating mask recipe to gently ease the damage winter does to your skin and gently exfoliate your face to brighten your complexion.

Directions:

    1. Mush up two overripe bananas.
    2. Add a little honey.
    3. Add 1/2 a cup of uncooked oatmeal.
    4. Leave on your face for 10 minutes.

We found this recipe by Bethenny Frankel via Pinterest (follow us!). We know the weather has been drying out our skin so we wanted to share this nifty DIY trick to get you radiant.

DIY: Cucumber Mint Sugar Scrub

If you find no time to hit the spa, instead whip up a quick and refreshing cucumber and mint sugar scrub! 

What You Will Need:

  • 1 large cucumber
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves
  • 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

    1. Place cucumber and mint into blender. Puree.
    2. Into a medium bowl add: sugar, puree and olive oil.
    3. Stir until combined. If you prefer mixture more firm add additional sugar. 
    4. Divide mixture between desired storage containers and store in refrigerator until ready to use.

This DIY recipe was originally posted by Paula of Bell'alimento which we posted on Pinterest (follow us!) We hope to always keep you happy, healthy and looking beautiful. Breathe Free, Rootologists!

De-Stress In 5 Minutes Or Less

Does the thought of taking time to relieve stress make you feel even more stressed out? Who has time for pedicures, massages, therapy sessions and long soaks in the bath? If you're feeling frazzled, there are lots of things you can do to calm down.

Try these techniques to bust stress in 5 minutes or less.

Grin and Bear It. Smiling, even when you don't feel happy, can instantly lift your mood. Instead of frowning, clenching your jaw, or tensing up your forehead in reaction to a stressor, grin and feel your troubles melt away. Try it now!

Call a Friend. Sometimes, you just need to vent. Enlist the help of a good friend or close loved one when you need to de-stress. Often, just getting something off your chest will help you calm down and keep things in perspective. A five-minute phone call can help strengthen your bond, too.

Take a Walk. Exercise, even when done leisurely, is a great way to relieve stress and boost endorphins, the feel-good chemicals in your brain. When you feel overwhelmed, go outside and walk for a few minutes. You'll be amazed at how much better you'll feel.

Stretch. Ever notice how dogs, cats and other animals stretch throughout the day? They do it for the same reasons we do—it just feels good! Starting or finishing your day with some light stretches can help you de-stress and relax when you need it most. At work, you can try some neck, arm and chest stretches, too.

Tune In. Anyone who listens to get-up-and-go music to get pumped up for a workout knows how much music can affect your mindset. Just as it can energize you or evoke powerful emotions, it can also help relax you. Choose the music you find most relaxing, whether classical, jazz, instrumental or something else. Keep it on your computer, in the car, and on your iPod in case of stressful emergencies. Tune in to relaxing music and tune out the world around you.



Beauty DIY: Simple Remedy for Cracked Heels

One of the first steps towards having a pair of beautiful feet is to heal them. If your heels aren’t in perfect shape, sadly, there’s only so much a lovely pair of summery flip-flops would be able to do. Here is our simple home remedy that will help soothe and makeover your cracked heels, and let you step out in style.

Ingredients

  • Vaseline
  • Lemon juice

Directions

    1. Clean and dry your heels. Once all the dirt is out, soak your feet in warm water for about 15-20 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.
    2. Take 1tsp vaseline and the juice of a lemon. Rub this mixture over your heels and other cracked parts of the foot. Rub this in nicely, till it gets absorbed in the skin.
    3. Apply this mixture before going to bed and keep on overnight, wearing a pair of woollen socks, as these socks help trap body heat and increase the effectiveness of the mixture.
    4. Wash off in the morning.
    5. Do this every night to get rid of cracks and have beautiful smooth heels!
Why You Need A Detox Bath

Detoxification of your body through bathing is an ancient remedy that anyone can perform in the comfort of their own home. In detoxification circles, your skin is known as the third kidney, and toxins are excreted through sweating. A detox bath is thought to assist your body in eliminating toxins as well as absorbing the minerals and nutrients that are in the water. Most of all, it'll leave you feeling refreshed and awakened.

Since bubble baths not necessarily being the healthiest, most nourishing alternative for your skin. Life goes on, and in much more luxurious, relaxing ways with our detox bath tips.

Prepare your bath on a day that you have at least 40 minutes available. The first 20 minutes are said to help your body remove the toxins, while the second 20 minutes are for absorbing the minerals in the water.

Fill your tub with comfortably hot water. Use a chlorine filter if possible.

Add Epsom salts (aka magnesium sulfate). Soaking in Epsom salts actually helps replenish the body magnesium level, combating hypertension.[1] The sulfate flushes toxins and helps form proteins in brain tissue and joints.[2]  Plus, Epsom salt is very inexpensive. 

Add 1 to 2 cups or more of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate). Baking soda is known for its cleansing ability and even has anti-fungal properties.[3] It also leaves skin very soft. 

Add ground ginger or fresh ginger tea. While this step is optional, ginger can increase your heat levels, helping to sweat out toxins. However, since it is heating to the body, it may cause your skin to turn slightly red for a few minutes, so be careful with the amount you add.

Add aromatherapy oils or fresh herbs. Again optional, but many people love the fragrance of such oils and for many, the oils have particular therapeutic properties to take advantage of. 

The Amazing Health Benefits of Coconuts

We're crazy for coconuts! Not only are they extremely nutritious and their content is quite rich in fiber, but they are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. The coconut palm is actually viewed as the tree of life. And thankfully, its (very) long list of health benefits that is passed on from a generation to another has now for the most part been validated by modern science.


Coconut oil,  most popular form of Coconut is used around the world to treat a vast spectrum of health conditions for its anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. It’s medicinal uses are many and varied...


TIP: Buy organic, unrefined, cold-pressed, extra virgin coconut oil.


Heart-Healthy. Coconut oil is beneficial for the heart since it contains about 50% lauric acid, which helps in actively preventing various heart problems like high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. The saturated fats present in coconut oil are not harmful as you commonly find in vegetable oils.


Skin Care. Coconut oil is an excellent massage oil for the skin as well. It acts as an effective moisturizer on all types of skin, including dry and mature skin. Its high moisture retaining capacity keeps the skin from cracking or peeling off. Try rubbing coconut oil on wrinkles and sagging skin can help rejuvenate it by strengthening the tissues. Applying the same method is also a great way to fight off skin problems such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema.


Immunity. Coconut oil is also good for the immune system. It strengthens the immune system because it contains antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties.


Weight Loss. Coconut oil is very useful for weight loss. It contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that help in taking off excessive weight. It is also easy to digest and it helps in healthy functioning of the thyroid and endocrine system. Further, it increases the body’s metabolic rate by removing stress on the pancreas, thereby burning more energy and helping obese and overweight people lose the weight.


Sources:

  • "Health Benefits of Coconut Oil." Organic Facts. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Apr. 2014.
  • Simard, P. "Coconuts Are the 'wonder Food' with a Multitude of Uses." NaturalNews. N.p., 27 July 2013. Web. 04 Apr. 2014.
  • Zelman, Kathleen M. "The Truth About Coconut Water." WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 04 Apr. 2014.
Lemon: How To Use This All-Natural Household Cleaner

Lemon, which adds such welcome zest to food and cocktails, is also a mild but highly effective cleaning agent. What makes lemon such a powerful cleanser?

Its high acid content, which enables the fruit to work as a powerful antibacterial sanitizer that combats common household bacteria. The acid in lemon juice removes dirt and rust stains. It’s especially effective when mixed with salt, which makes an excellent scouring paste.

How To Use Lemons To Clean Your:

  • Countertops: Dip the cut side of a lemon half in baking soda to tackle countertops; wipe with a wet sponge and dry. Don’t use on delicate stone, like marble, or stainless steel (it may discolor)
  • Cutting boards: To remove tough food stains from light wood and plastic cutting boards, slice a lemon in half, squeeze onto the soiled surface, rub, and let sit for 20 minutes before rinsing
  • Dishes: To increase the grease-cutting power of your dishwashing detergent, add a teaspoon of lemon juice.
  • Faucets: Combat lime scale by rubbing lemon juice onto the taps and letting it sit overnight. Wipe with a damp cloth.
  • Garbage disposal: Cut a lemon in half, then run both pieces through the disposal.
  • Grout: Spilled morning coffee on your tile countertop or backsplash? Here’s how to tackle grout stains: Add lemon juice to 1 or 2 teaspoons cream of tartar (an acidic salt that acts as a natural bleaching agent) to make a paste. Apply with a toothbrush, then rinse.
  • Hands: When you touch raw fish, the smell can linger on your fingers. Rub your hands with lemon juice, which will neutralize the odor.
  • Laundry: To brighten whites, add 1/2 cup lemon juice to the rinse cycle for a normal-size load.
  • Plastic food-storage containers: To bleach stains from tomato soup and other acidic foods on dishwasher-safe items, rub lemon juice on the spots, let dry in a sunny place, then wash as usual.