Don’t be fooled. Just because you are standing in the health food store does not mean it meets your standards of being healthy. Corn syrup solids are not on my list. I was duped in by the beautiful packaging and trigger word of being fermented. So I want to know, do you read labels? Are there specific ingredients that you stay away from? For me corn is an issue. It flares my arthritis and does not walk me toward those goals of waking up pain free ready to start my day.
Here it is, our ‘how to’ on our 4 step facial line.
Your face is important to us and we’ve handmade our products to be as naturally organic and beautiful as you are to gently wash away the muck of everyday.
step 1: cleanse
cleanse skin 1-2 times daily to sweep away makeup and pore clogging impurities. Dampen your skin with warm water, lather both sides of bar and massage into face avoiding eyes. Rise thoroughly with warm water.
our facial bars: Lets go back to the bar, we are face deep in cream and liquid facial cleansers when we had it so good with the bar. So bar one or bar two you say? Our Rose + Coal combination bar is everybody’s fav. I’d try that one first unless you are on the oily side, then we suggest the Sea Clay + Coal. Both clays have the ability to absorb impurities like makeup, oil and dirt while they differ in how much they are absorbing from the skin. Our sea clay pulls just a tad more then our rose. We know there’s a charcoal craze right now, and for good reason. Charcoal detoxifies, it naturally penetrates and draws other elements into itself leaving your skin clean without chemicals. Purely organic and NEVER a trace of parabens or formaldehyde.
step 2: exfoliate
use 1-2 times weekly to remove dead, dry skin and residual dirt. With dampened skin use pea size of polish, gently rub in circular motions around face and neck. For best results let sit for 3-5 minuets. Rinse and pat dry.
our facial polish: Exfoliation and natural caffeine in one? That’s the type of multitasking we’re all about! Did you know caffeine can perk up your skin just as much as it can perk up your mind?! Caffeine shrinks the tiny blood vessels in your face making your skin appear tighter, smoother, and can banish those dark circles under your eyes! No one has to know you decided to binge watch something on Netflix last night instead of catching a healthy dose of Z’s, after all, who hasn’t done that? Our facial polish is loaded full of a finely ground coffee (gentle enough for your face), cocoa butter and vitamin E oil to ensure your face is hydrated and glowing from the inside out. Use this polish as often as needed to slough off those dead skin cells and rejuvenate tired or dry skin. Purely organic and NEVER a trace of parabens or formaldehyde.
step 3: tone
use after cleansing and exfoliating or throughout the day to refresh skin. Close eyes and spray toner over face and neck following cleansing and let air dry.
our cucumber tonic: A personal facial mist to carry in your purse or makeup bag to use at your leisure? Yes please! We love this as a mid-day makeup refresher, to use as a facial tonic, sunburn relief, or even a complete mind refresher! Cucumber has some amazing qualities which makes it so wonderful for the skin! It hydrates, it flushes out toxins, it reduces redness and inflammation, plus it delivers skin-loving vitamins A, B and C, as well as minerals magnesium and potassium. Other shining ingredients that will make your skin glow are organic aloe juice, Roman chamomile distillate, grapeseed oil, and green tea extract. Purely organic and NEVER a trace of parabens or formaldehyde.
step 4: moisturize
apply face cream morning and evening after cleansing, exfoliating and toning. Use pea size amount to distribute and gently smooth over face and neck.
our facial cream: You’ve found it! The holy grail of facial moisturizers! Sit down. Have a drink. Stay a while. That’s right, we may sound a little over confident but if your sister with the oily complexion can use it along with your aunt Mary, who’s insufferably dry, as well as yourself who’s a little of both, then yeah, we think that’s something to celebrate. This is a fragrance free product but has a naturally occurring earthy yet slightly sweet scent. A pea size amount is recommended for face/neck area unless you’re experiencing extra dryness. Rich with red raspberry seed oil, borage, jojoba, and meadowfoam oils. Purely organic and NEVER a trace of parabens or formaldehyde.
our facial travel kit: Don’t we all love and squeal over small travel size things! Go ahead and love on this kit even if you aren’t headed on a trip. The smaller size containers makes it the easiest way to sample the whole line to see if you’ll love it like we do! Plus it has a loofa. Limited quantity, get it while its in stock.
Sometimes we just need a reminder that creating health is not about eating perfectly. What one will you focus on today?
- go to bed early
- cut your eating off two hours before going to bed
- experience gratitude no matter the circumstance
- eat veggies every day
- drink enough water to hydrate your body
- track your temp for thyroid function
- don’t get caught up in researching
- do not participate in the “I am starting a diet on Monday” game and gorge all weekend
- speak powerfully
- understand that there is no perfect diet
- allow imperfections in your eating
- track and evaluate your progress
- keeping bowels healthy and moving
- laugh every day
- monitor cortisol spikes and take action to decrease them promptly
- know your own personal superfoods
- support adrenals
- stay deeply connected to people
- know your magnesium rbc and soak to maintain strong magnesium levels
There are simply three types of people when it comes to magnesium.
- take it orally enjoy the short term benefits and never look at the damage that is done to digestion because they will deal with that when it becomes a massive issue. These are also the people who do not care about cell saturation. They are short term haul kind of people.
- those who do not care about their health and wait until it crashes
- those like you that research and want to build a strong foundation so that they are healthy today and in 20 years from now( I am in this category)
So come on tell me. What category are you?
For those like you and I who are invested in the long term and do not buy into short term fixes there is the 30 day magnesium challenge
It is actually a really simple way to increase your chances of being at cell saturation
5 simple steps for the 30 day challenge
Pick your day to start
buy your magnesium
pick your bowl
Celebrate like crazy that you invested in your health and that you kicked into action
Now here is what will usually kick in.
The pattern of perfectionism. Your mind will kick in and say but you do not have 30 days to soak every day (this is also called time poverty)this is happening or aunt mary is getting married and you know you will not have time. Not to worry. Your goal will be to soak 70% of those days. We do not have to be perfect to be healthy.
The next question is usually how long do I need to soak the answer 20-45 minutes. In 20 minutes most people have actually utilized about 80 percent of the magnesium. In 45 minutes most people have utilized about 98 percent of the magnesium. So after 45 minutes very little uptake is happening.
Then you will wonder about water. After extensive testing we found temperature of water only made a difference in the comfort of the soak and not in the uptake.
Then many people will wonder if they can soak in the bath tub. That is how I get mine in because I love the ritual of a long hot bath. If you are not a bath person though no worries just soak your feet and your lymph system will do the work for you and uptake just as much as those of us that sit in the tub.
Which magnesium product do you need? Living the Good Life Naturally we have several amazing magnesium options for you to choose from. So, which one is the best for your situation? For some clarity, I want to introduce some of my very favorite products and the best use for each one.
Magnesium Lotion: our magnesium lotion is great for spot treatment. While it will not get you to cell saturation it is fabulous when used daily to keep you there. One of our families favorite ways of using it is self massage along trigger points on the body that you can reach yourself. We also love rubbing it on the bottom of your feet.
This product was also formulated with babies and small children in mind. Specifically babies that are not sleeping well or have acid reflux. While magnesium is not a “cure all”, it is the foundation that affects both of these conditions. During pregnancy a mother can only share as much magnesium with her baby as she has, so if she has not been keeping her magnesium levels up, we have a baby that is born with out enough of this key mineral. My big vision goal is to have every expectant mother understand the role of magnesium in the health of her unborn child. When you know how essential magnesium is to the development of a baby the decision to regularly soak in magnesium is an easy one. What a difference there would be in the health of our newborns if every doctors office recommended soaking during the 9 months we have to create healthy babies. I’m holding space that one day it will happen and that magnesium soaking will be understood by every expectant mother.
Magnesium Spray: with magnesium spray, uptake is much more efficient than what the lotion can provide but a little messier to deal with. . The undiluted spray will leave a white residue as it dries. For those of you who are very deficient in magnesium you might experience a tingle while your body uptakes the magnesium. I love having magnesium spray in my car and at my desk in case my neck and shoulders get tight while driving, working or stressing. Sometimes trying to figure out what to write for my blog stresses me out and makes me tense. Have I told you talking on the radio is a much easier option for me? The magnesium spray can help alleviate some of that tension. After 16 years of using and loving magnesium I’ve never seen the spray get anyone to cell saturation however, it can hold you there once you invest time to soak but it’s not enough on its own to get you there.
Magnesium Muscle Creme: this cream is the newest member of our magnesium family product line. Because it’s a cream, it has the ability to hold more magnesium than our lotion. We’ve also added emu oil which helps pull the magnesium right down into your muscles. Be careful of the menthol, it’s very strong and not intended for delicate areas like around your eyes. Magnesium Muscle Creme can help relax and repair overworked, sore, and tired muscles. It works great for a foot cream as well.
Magnesium Soak: this is the best way to get your cells saturated with the magnesium they crave. Soaking in magnesium is a great way to enhance overall health. Get started by taking the magnesium 30 day challenge. #Mag30Challenge.
DIY Bone Broth: Turning Food Into Medicine
I simply love bone broth. I love it. It’s one of my superfoods. Is it your superfood? Part of Living the Good Life Naturally is becoming the CEO of your own health and determining which is a superfood for you. Bone broth is a superfood for me. If you struggle breaking down histamine, bone broth will NOT be a super food for you. If it is a super food for you and you would like to add incredible levels of nutrition to your body, to your life, you might want to make bone broth. Did you realize even if you go to a store and buy organic in the paper box bone broth, it’s not going to have glutathione. Glutathione is the magic in bone broth. It helps you fight bacteria and virus. It keeps your liver healthy. You can only get that in homemade bone broths.
Are you ready? Let’s start. Here is the number one stumbling point I see people make with bone broth.
There Is No Such Thing As The Perfect Chicken!
If you wait until you find the perfect chicken, you may never get around to making bone broth.I can’t find the perfect chicken, so I get the best chicken I can find. I’ve even made bone broth … Oh, my goodness, the bone broth police, you may want to send them to me because I’ve made a decent bone broth out of the chicken roasted and purchased at Costco or Sam’s Club. Now you do want the cleanest chicken and the better chicken that you have, the better bone broth that you have. If you wait and never make bone broth because you can’t find the perfect chicken, you will be missing out on one of the most phenomenal places to add nutrition to you and your family’s life.
Buying Your Chicken
Proceed to buy your chicken. If not already roasted, you’ll need to do it yourself. Eat the meat. When you’re done, you’ll have that carcass. That carcass is a powerhouse. Here’s what I do. On Sunday, my family usually has roasted chicken and then I take that carcass and I put it in my crock-pot or stockpot, whichever works best for you. Then I take the best water I have access to. Never use tap water, this broth will be simmering for three days and the chemicals in tap water are really going to make a negative difference in the health benefits of your broth. Quality water will be the difference between “What’s for dinner? It smells amazing!” and your family walking into the kitchen and gagging from the smell! It makes a real difference.
Using the Best Water
Put your carcass in your crockpot or your stockpot, cover it with the best water you can and put in a tablespoon of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar. Now let that sit for 30 minutes before you turn on the heat. What’s happening is the malic acid in apple cider vinegar is pulling more nutrition out for your bone broth and that is a good thing. While it is sitting for the 30 minutes, I go over and grab an onion or two and a couple of cloves of garlic. I leave the paper on the onion. Did you know the further out the onion, the more nutrition there is? I don’t want to take off all of that stuff. If there’s dirt on it, just brush it off a little and chop it in four pieces and toss it in.
Boosting Bone Broth Benefits
Now here is an important step because if you do this right, you’re boosting the benefits of your bone broth and that is a good thing. Take your garlic, peel it, cut it, chop it, mince it, however you want to let it sit there for 8 minutes. There are 2 enzymes in garlic that when you let it sit for 8 minutes, it will create allicin and that takes garlic from one of the best-smelling foods there is to one of the most nutritional foods there is. We want that nutrition, so let it sit there for 8 minutes. It will actually become a little sticky. Now at that point, the allicin is not broken down by the heat of your bone broth, so that is a beautiful thing. Take that garlic and plop it into your crock-pot or your stockpot.
Now you’ve got your onions, you’ve got your garlic and you’ve got your carcass with your apple cider vinegar and that sat in cool water for 30 minutes. It’s time to bring it up to a boil. Bring it up to a boil but don’t let it stay there too long. If you do, you’ll break down the collagen and the collagen supports our joints, our stomach, our brain, our hormones. Collagen is a beautiful thing. Bring it up to a boil and then reduce it to a simmer. Now this is where my mom would put in celery, carrots and all sorts of different vegetables to help flavor the broth. We’re turning this broth into medicine and cooking it for 3 days. When you do that, the vegetables become bitter. I don’t add vegetables until the last 12 hours of the cooking process.
I’m cooking this for 3 days to increase the glycine and the proline. When you increase that, you increase glutathione levels in your body. When you increase glutathione levels in your body, you increase your body’s ability to fight bacteria and virus and keep your body clean, keep your joints healthy and keep your skin glowing.
Now bring it up to a boil, turn it down to simmer and cook it for 3 days. Make sure not to boil it for to long as that actually breaks down the collagen. Some people aren’t comfortable cooking their broth at night time and leaving it on simmer. I get that. It works for me. You could put it in your fridge and pull it back out. That’s fine, whatever works for you. When we get 3 days’ worth of cooking on that bone broth you have taken it from food to medicine.
- Calms the immune system.
- Heals the gut.
- Loaded with collagen.
- Loaded with minerals and nutrition.
- One of the most healing foods known.
Now that you have cooked that bone broth, you can add some good salt. I’ll take out a cup of the bone broth and add some good celtic sea salt. I like adding some avocado, some coconut oil, extra gelatin and a raw egg yolk. To me, that’s breakfast and it is loaded with healthy, amazing nutritional support for your body.
The beautiful thing about adding a raw egg yolk is that it’s very easily digestible protein, so think fast food protein. It just makes the broth creamy. Sometimes people can feel like they’re going to have a Sylvester Stallone moment of gulping raw eggs. We don’t want a Rocky moment, but when you put in that raw egg yolk, it just truly takes the broth into this creamy experience. You don’t feel like you’re drinking raw egg. It’s really easy for your body to digest and it’s loaded with choline for your brain.
Don’t Skim the Fat
Now after you’ve made the bone broth, you need to pull it off and put it in your fridge. You need to keep an eye on it because it doesn’t have a long fridge life, homemade bone broth. Some people can get it three days. Some people can get it for five days. You just want to make sure … Let your nose be your guide. If it smells like it’s gone off then be smart and don’t drink it. Now to preserve the life of your bone broth, you can make sure that the fat on the top creates a seal. When I was a little girl, it was that whole fat-free phase, so my mom would skim the fat off. Don’t skim the fat. We have nutrients in that fat that support your adrenals.
For those of you that really want an extra boost of nutrition in your bone broth, you’ll add something. I have to tell you it kind of makes my stomach a little queasy, not my favorite, but it will boost the flavor of your bone broth and it will boost the nutritional level. It’s very inexpensive to get your hands on. That is, you want to put some chicken feet in there. My husband will put the chicken feet on the bottom, put the carcass on the top so that they don’t float on the top and wiggle. If that happens I cannot get the broth down. It is some kind of visual block I have going on. He keeps me healthy and adds those feet for me.
Those chicken feet are loaded with marrow and that increases the nutritional density of your bone broth. When something has more flavor it also has more nutrition!
Did you know you can reuse the carcass and make another pot of broth with the same carcass and the same chicken feet? It won’t have quite as much nutritional value, though, so every time you reuse it, you’re getting less from the carcass, but it can be done. Beef bones can be used more often and they don’t lose as much that first time but chicken broth, you won’t get as much fat and you won’t get as much gelatin coming out.
Figure out if bone broth is your superfood because if it is, it will improve your digestion, it will improve your hormones, it will soothe down your immune system. If you have autoimmune and your immune system tends to over-react, bone broth can actually help quiet that down. It is literally one of my favorite superfoods. Little side note here. You can tell i love what it does for me so when one of my kids was needing a boost I started really pushing the broth on her. She just got sicker and sicker. We had no idea at the time she was not breaking down histamine and so the broth was actually making her sicker. So determining what your superfoods are is a crucial component to Living the Good Life Naturally.What are you waiting for? Go make some bone broth.
Castor Oil Pack
Adding castor oil packs to your routine will increase your health, and could dramatically decreased your pain. I think every home needs to stock castor oil, because it’s such a simple, easy way to soothe pain, and move lymph. So let’s dive into how to do a castor oil pack. For those of you that are like me and geek out over all the nitty gritty details, we’ll pop the “why it works” down at the bottom of the post. A castor oil pack is super simple to do. First you will need to get a towel.
- Make sure the towel has no printing
- Flannel or cotton is best
- Bar size is ideal, you can wrap it around a hurt knee or elbow, fold it in half and you can lay it over your liver.
- I prefer to use an organic towel
Please make sure that there’s no dye in your towel because a castor oil is such a powerful pulling agent, it will pull the dye through and put it directly onto your skin. Ask my kids. I gave them little tattoos of paisleys. You must use good castor oil. Now not only do you want it to be organic, but you want it to be cold pressed because they can put chemicals in the processing of the castor oil that we don’t want to be pulled through your lymph system.
List for Castor Oil Packs
- castor oil cold presses and organic
- hot water bottle or heating pad
- plastic kitchen bag enough to cover the pack and protect your clothes
- glass baking dish
Set aside 90 minutes. That’s really when you get the benefit of that castor oil. Take your castor oil and saturate the towel. You want it saturated, but not dripping, and then put it in a glass baking dish, think a Pyrex lasagna-like pan. I’ll put that in my oven at the lowest setting. You want it to be as hot as you can get it and still be able to touch it, YOU DON’T WANT IT TO BURN YOUR SKIN. Now, my upstairs oven takes longer than my downstairs oven so whatever your oven has for the lowest setting and then you’ll just have to tweak it to your oven. I have one oven that takes 12 minutes to do it, and another one that takes a little bit longer, so it will depend on your oven.
Setting Up Castor Oil Packs
Take out the hot towel that has the castor oil on it. Test the temperature with your fingers. Make sure it’s not too hot. We don’t want it to burn your skin. I like to fold it in half and I’ll wrap it around my knee or wrap it on the right side of my body under my rib cage, front and back, so it covers where the liver sits. Put that directly on the skin. Then take your plastic bag and cover it up. Next put on your heat source, whether that’s the heating pad or the hot water bottle. Now put your towel over that and lay there, kick back and relax for 60-90 minutes.
I really prefer 90 minutes after I go to all that work. A couple of things that you need to do is make sure that you’ve used the bathroom, especially if you’re doing it for your liver. The reason for this is because castor oil is really good at stimulating lymph. If you struggle with constipation, it will stimulate your bowels. You don’t want to have to get up and remove all of that to go use the bathroom, so make sure you’ve done that beforehand. We want you just laying there and just enjoying the process..
- it’s a great way to take care of your liver, and we know that all disease comes down to liver and digestion, so anything we can do to support liver will in turn support everything.
- my family has found that it really helps bring down strong negative emotion, but that makes sense. When we have intense emotions, they’re stored in the liver. My kids sometimes will just feel really anxious or really angry or an intense emotion, and they’ll ask me for a castor oil pack. They recognize how much calmer they feel afterwards.
You do need to be careful though, as it can be sticky. It’s a ricinoleic acid, so it’s completely different than any other type of oil that’s out there. You not only want your castor oil to be organic but also cold pressed to stay away from the chemical residue left over from extraction.
Packs are wonderful to do when pain creeps in
- swollen ankles
- sore knees
- hormone issues
- congested liver
- rotator cuff problems
- back pain
Castor oil comes from the castor bean. It’s about 90% ricinoleic acid, and it has an 18 carbon chain, and on the 12 carbon is gives it the ability to pull your lymph. Any time you’re moving that lymph, you’re increasing health.
Edgar Cayce was the one who introduced and really brought castor oil packs back into our recollection. They have been found in old writings, on papyrus, on how to do a castor oil pack. It’s been around for generations upon generations of generations, but we forgotten the art of reducing pain and managing our health through castor oil packs.
Castor Oil In Your Beauty Routine
Now, here’s a little tip. My girls love castor oil just applied straight if they get a breakout. The reason why? A breakout is clogged lymph, and castor oil pulls that lymph, and so it helps the breakout clear up faster.
Another use is for your beauty routine many have found that it has been beneficial, in adding it to your eyelash regime. Simply apply to the base of your lashes with a clean spoolie or a q-tip. Castor oil has been shown to stimulate hair growth. Many people feel like their eyelashes are a little bit thicker and stronger with the use of castor oil. Plus it makes it look like they’re wearing mascara because it darkens the lashes a little bit, even if they haven’t taken the time to put mascara on. Now my husband, who’s a bald guy (whom we love very dearly) is convinced that castor oil will help him grow his hair back. Still hasn’t happened. This stuff does have its limitations. If you’re wanting to balance your hormones, increase your energy, and decrease your pain, I highly recommend a castor oil pack.
Saving Castor Oil
Tip: my family was moving through too much oil. We were just using TOO much of it. We found that we could take the used towel and put it in a mason jar with the person’s name on it who had used it, and put it in the fridge. Then the next time the castor oil pack was used, you just have to put a little bit to refresh it instead of completely re-saturating it. Now, the “They” Brothers on the Google say that you can reuse that 40 times. We found after about 15-20 times that it started to look really dirty. When that starts to happen, I throw the towel in the washer. It did really make a difference and slow down how much castor oil we were using.
In closing my challenge to you is to create some time for yourself and try one. You’ll be blown away at how it decreases inflammation, which decreases pain. When you decrease pain you optimize your life!
Being healthy is about taking your power back.
Who thought a hanger would change my life. It is going to change yours also, let me explain. How many times have you cleaned your house and started with the rooms everyone would see? Then by the time you got to your room and closet you were out of energy and called it good? It’s totally backwards thinking. We have to have internal drive and do those things that bring us peace and not worry about what other people think. Just making this one small shift can have massive change in how you approach food and your health.
One of the many aphorisms my mother used to have handy in her arsenal was “You are what you eat”. I believe that statement needs an update. “You are what you digest”. Literally. Digestion is one of the single most important facets of a healthy body. My Miracle Tea is hands down the best single product on the market for digestive health for you and your loved ones.
The damage modern diets are doing to our digestive systems is catastrophic. The public consciousness, particularly in America is just starting to realize the effects processed foods are having on our bodies and the horrific consequences of a fast food lifestyle. To many people, including myself knowing this sometimes makes it no easier to avoid unhealthy processed foods. The simple fact of the matter is that it is incredibly difficult to maintain a real food diet in today’s world. Often it is impossible to find time for the preparing, cooking and cleaning to maintain that perfect diet that we all wish we could maintain. We need something to give us a leg up on our health. Enter My Miracle Tea.
My Miracle Tea maintains the most important part of your bodies connection to the food you eat… Your digestion, all health starts with it, bad digestion means bad health. Period. The number of ingredients that soothe, heal and repair your digestion in My Miracle Tea is simply staggering: Thistle, Malva Leaves, Marshmallow Leaves, Persimmon Leaves, Ginger and Chamomile. I personally use My Miracle Tea regularly and recommend it to all of my family and friends. It has done wonders for my digestion, and it will for yours. Give it a try!