Dherbs - Herbal Supplements, Herbal Remedies, Natural Healing Remedies, Full Body Detox » Health & Beauty https://www.dherbs.com Buy herbal supplements, natural remedies, and herbal remedies from Dherbs, the #1 alternative medicine product store. Sat, 20 Oct 2018 17:50:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Two Ingredient DIY Mask To Help Get Rid Of Acne https://www.dherbs.com/articles/two-ingredient-diy-mask-to-help-get-rid-of-acne/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/two-ingredient-diy-mask-to-help-get-rid-of-acne/#comments Mon, 08 Oct 2018 18:59:04 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=86109 If you need to unclog your pores and help clear up your skin, add this simple two-ingredient mask to your DIY beauty routine.

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Sometimes you cannot exactly pinpoint the cause of your acne. It may be stress, eating habits, a hormonal imbalance, or other reasons you may not suspect. Whatever the reason, you know that you want your acne gone and you want it gone now. It’s a good thing you clicked on this article because it details a very simple mask with two powerful, healing ingredients.

 

The two ingredients in this mask are raw apple cider vinegar and bentonite clay. When combined together, these ingredients can help to unclog pores, exfoliate the skin, rejuvenate skin tone, draw out impurities, help regenerate skin tissue, and leave the skin feeling soft.

 

The Powers Of Bentonite Clay:

This elemental substance is widely known in the world of natural healing. Formed from volcanic ash, bentonite clay contains iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and sodium. Mixing it with water gives the clay a negative charge, which helps to remove toxins from the body after topical application or ingestion. When applied to the skin, bentonite clay helps to remove sebum build-up and unclog pores, shrinking them in the process. It also helps you achieve softer skin and a youthful glow.

 

When you use this mask, it is integral to keep it on your face for about 10-20 minutes. If your skin is sensitive, keep it on for 10 minutes and you can work your way up to 20 minutes, provided your skin can handle it. If you need to get rid of blackheads and want help clearing up your skin, use the mask below.

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons bentonite clay
  • 2 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar

Instructions:

  • In a glass bowl, mix the bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar with a wooden or plastic utensil. The mask should be thick.
  • Wash your face before applying the mask. Apply to your face, avoiding the eye area and leave on for 10-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

 

Sources:

https://www.naturallivingideas.com/bentonite-clay-on-your-face/

https://dearcrissy.com/diy-acne-mask/#_a5y_p=4359240

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Great Foods For Hair Health On National Hair Day https://www.dherbs.com/articles/great-foods-for-hair-health-on-national-hair-day/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/great-foods-for-hair-health-on-national-hair-day/#comments Mon, 01 Oct 2018 09:20:24 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=85761 If you want to avoid having a bad hair day, you need to give your hair the love it needs, and by “love” we mean the right nutrients!

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When it comes to the health of your hair, many factors come into play. Your diet, hormones, genetics, and more all influence the behavior and overall health of your hair. If you are potentially predisposed to have fine hair, you wouldn’t want to worsen your hair health by eating the wrong foods, would you? On the other side of the equation, you wouldn’t want to ruin your thick, healthy hair that could be in a shampoo commercial, right?

 

There’s no better day to feed your hair the best nutrients possible than National Hair Day, which lands on October 1st. Certain foods have been scientifically proven to positively influence your hair, and we are going to share some of our favorite ones below.

 

Cinnamon:

While it can be used to help promote weight loss, cinnamon is also beneficial for your hair. Cinnamon helps to increase circulation and oxygenate your hair follicles. You can brew some cinnamon tea, sprinkle the spice in smoothies, or use it as an oatmeal topping.

 

Guavas:

Guavas are filled to the brim with vitamin C, which works to prevent your hair from becoming brittle. A study, which was published in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, found that vitamin C supplementation helped promote hair growth in women with thinning hair. Just for your knowledge, one little guava has four or five times more vitamin C than an orange.

 

Amla Berries:

Amla berries, also known as Indian gooseberry, are sour fruits native to India. They contain powerful phytonutrients that increase scalp circulation and promote healthy hair growth. They also contain vitamin C, which helps promote collagen production. This means that dead cells of hair follicles are replaced with new ones.

 

Almonds:

Rich in protein, healthy fats, and essential minerals, almonds have been known to keep your locks thick and commercial worthy. A tablespoon of almonds contains close to 70% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin E, which is a fat-soluble vitamin that has been known to increase hair growth.

 

Sweet Potatoes:

If you want to avoid a dry scalp and flaky hair, you need beta-carotene, which you can obtain from sweet potatoes. You don’t have to solely eat sweet potatoes to get your fill of beta-carotene, though. Orange-colored foods like pumpkins, butternut squash, cantaloupe, mangoes, and carrots are all rich in beta-carotene.

 

Sources:

https://www.eatthis.com/foods-for-healthy-hair/

https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-hair-day-october-1/

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Homemade Cream To Help Control Eczema https://www.dherbs.com/articles/homemade-cream-to-help-control-eczema/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/homemade-cream-to-help-control-eczema/#comments Thu, 27 Sep 2018 18:01:50 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=85751 People with eczema search for remedies outside Western and conventional medicine. Try this cream to help calm eczema symptoms.

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If you have eczema, you are not alone. Roughly 30 million Americans have eczema and it is mostly manageable, save for a select percentage of cases. It may not be your first or healthiest choice to use a steroid cream or oral medication to manage eczema, so if you decide to go the natural route, the cream in this article may benefit your situation.

 

The most important aspect of remedying eczema is figuring out what triggers it. Whether you are sensitive to irritants in the environment or react to specific foods, determining the trigger can help you manage the condition. You have to remember that alternative therapies and prescribed medications/creams alike are merely complementary methods to manage eczema, not cures.

 

Ideas For Controlling Eczema:

  • Going dairy-free
  • Sleeping in long pants or long-sleeve shirts (to minimize scratching at night)
  • Regularly moisturizing the skin
  • Taking fewer baths and more showers
  • Not using harsh soaps

 

Ingredients For Cream:

  • ½ cup pure shea butter
  • ½ cup virgin organic coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon organic raw honey
  • 40 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5-10 drops tea tree essential oil

Instructions:

  • Place a double boiler (a little bit of water in the base) over medium-high heat. Once the water is boiling, melt the shea butter and coconut oil in the upper portion until they are combined.
  • Add the honey to the oil mixture and let it melt. Add the essential oils and stir to combine.
  • Remove from the heat and allow the mixture to cool until the point when it begins solidifying. The mixture should be thick, but still in liquid form.
  • Transfer to a mixing bowl and start mixing it with a hand mixer to whip it into a cream. The color should be lighter and quite frothy.
  • Transfer this to a large glass jar and store in a cool dry place.
  • Use sparingly at first just in case your skin has a negative reaction with the cream. You can apply it once or twice a day to the affected area.

 

Sources:

https://nationaleczema.org/eczema/treatment/complementary-and-alternative/

https://www.diynatural.com/homemade-eczema-cream/

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Is Rice Water The Secret To Healthier Hair? https://www.dherbs.com/articles/is-rice-water-the-secret-to-healthier-hair/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/is-rice-water-the-secret-to-healthier-hair/#comments Wed, 19 Sep 2018 11:30:49 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=85289 Women in China and Japan have used this technique for centuries. Could this simple trick make your hair shinier and stronger?

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With so many “miracle serums” and “amazing hair growth products” out there, you may find yourself asking, “Do any of these actually work?” Given that most people want to have silkier, thicker hair, people purchase these products and expose their bodies to a variety of chemicals. It’s time to look past enticing marketing materials and focus your attention to an ingredient in your kitchen.

 

According to historical accounts, women during the Heian period (794-1185 CE) in Japan had hair that went down to the floor. Their secret was that they continuously bathed and combed their hair with rice water. A modern day equivalent would be the Yao women in China, who are famous for their hair that reaches up to six feet in length. They even have rich, black hair well into their 70s!

 

What Is Rice Water?

Rich in vitamins and minerals that nourish the hair and skin, rice water is the starchy water that is left over after soaking rice. Rice water contains amino acids, vitamin E, B-vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, all of which help with hair growth. Not only is it beneficial for your hair, but it is also the simplest DIY beauty product you’ll ever make. All you need is rice and filtered water.

 

Unfortunately, there is no scientific evidence that supports the claim that rice water strengthens hair. Most of the accounts are anecdotal, but current success stories can also be seen online in modern DIY beauty bloggers. People may find success using rice water, but the health of your hair also has to do with diet and the beauty products you use. If you are interested in trying out this technique, follow the instructions below.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked jasmine rice
  • 1 cup filtered water

Instructions:

  • Rinse and strain the rice with tap water to help remove any impurities, which you don’t want on your hair.
  • Mix the strained rice and filtered water in a medium bowl until the water becomes cloudy.
  • Strain the rice, reserving the water in an airtight plastic container. You can cook the rice now!
  • Let the rice water in the container sit at room temperature for 12-24 hours (not more than 24, though) to allow a little fermentation to happen. This is how the vitamins and minerals come out. You can then refrigerate it for up to a week after these initial hours at room temperature.
  • Before refrigerating the rice water, you can transfer it to little jars because pouring the rice water from a bowl onto your head can be tricky.

How To Use:

  • After completing your regular shampoo and conditioner routine, bust out the rice water. When you pour it on your hair, try to focus it on your scalp at first and work your way out.
  • Let it sit in your hair (you can comb it through if you like) for about two or three minutes before rinsing.

 

Rice water is also beneficial for the skin and you can use it as a cleanser. Make rice water as instructed and then dip a cotton ball into the liquid. Gently massage this on your face, or areas with acne, eczema, or irritated skin for a couple minutes. The most important thing when using rice water on your skin is to let it air dry to let your skin absorb the nutrients. Use this every day to help improve skin elasticity and achieve more radiant skin.

 

Sources:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321353.php

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1468-2494.2010.00605_3.x

https://www.healthline.com/health/rice-water#4

https://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2015/04/the-beauty-benefits-of-rice-water.html

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DIY Whitening Toothpaste For Sparkly Teeth https://www.dherbs.com/articles/diy-whitening-toothpaste-for-sparkly-teeth/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/diy-whitening-toothpaste-for-sparkly-teeth/#comments Tue, 18 Sep 2018 17:45:51 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=85377 Tea, coffee, and other beverages and foods can stain your teeth over time. Keep your teeth white by using this DIY toothpaste.

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Don’t you wish you could use a whitening toothpaste that didn’t harm the body with harsh chemicals? The majority of commercial toothpastes, especially the varieties with whitening agents, are filled with an assortment of harmful ingredients. Xylitol (made from GMO corn), fluoride, glycerin, GMO soy lethicin, and sodium laurel sulfate can collectively have detrimental effects on organs, the brain, the reproductive system, and hormones.

 

One of the things that may leave people skeptical about this DIY toothpaste is the color. How can a black toothpaste help to naturally whiten your teeth? Don’t let the color steer you away because it is filled with some powerful ingredients that are superstars in the DIY health world. Let’s check them out below.

 

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil:

One of primary oral health benefits of coconut oil is that it works to fight the Streptococcus mutans bacterium, which can cause cavities, gingivitis, or other oral health issues.

 

Activated Charcoal:

Activated charcoal helps to promote great oral hygiene by balancing the pH levels in your mouth. It also helps to whiten your teeth, removing coffee, tea, or berry stains.

 

Bentonite Clay:

Bentonite clay is like a sponge, in that it expands and alters its electrical charge to absorb toxins and heavy metals. In oral care products, bentonite clay helps to neutralize bad bacteria and deliver and array of minerals that help remineralize teeth.

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons bentonite clay
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon melted virgin organic coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons filtered water
  • 1 dropper full of liquid stevia
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • ½ teaspoon activated charcoal
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

Instructions:

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a glass container and mix well with a wooden or rubber spoon.
  • Store this in a cool, dark place.
  • When you are ready to use, place a small amount on your toothbrush and brush your teeth for about two minutes. Rinse and spit out the toothpaste.
  • Don’t use this toothpaste every day because it can be harsh on sensitive gums.

 

Sources:

https://www.faithful-to-nature.co.za/blog/how-bentonite-clay-benefits-oral-health/

http://areturntosimplicity.com/whitening-toothpaste-recipe/

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Coconut Lime Foot Scrub For Healthier Feet https://www.dherbs.com/articles/coconut-lime-foot-scrub-for-healthier-feet/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/coconut-lime-foot-scrub-for-healthier-feet/#comments Tue, 11 Sep 2018 17:45:58 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=85031 Pamper your feet with this hydrating and cleansing foot scrub, which is filled with antimicrobial, restorative, and disinfectant properties.

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Your feet can take a beating, but they rarely get the love they deserve. Whether you are standing on them all day in tight shoes or running barefoot on the sand, your feet can always use some extra TLC. That’s why we are excited about this coconut lime foot scrub!

 

One of the best things about this foot scrub is that it contains lime essential oil, which contains antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, disinfectant, and restorative properties. Similar to lemon, lime is filled to the brim with antioxidants! It can help fight off infections (both viral and bacterial), reduce fevers, and even works to stop the pain of toothaches, which can be attributed to the astringent properties.

 

The Foot Scrub Also Contains…

Epsom Salt: Being a natural exfoliant, Epsom salt helps to reduce inflammation and scrub away dry skin. It has also been known to relieve sore muscles and help remedy small wounds.

Baking Soda: Baking soda works to balance the skin’s pH level and it contains antibacterial properties that help to remove skin-damaging microbes.

Coconut Oil: This hydrating oil is great for the skin because it contains antimicrobial properties, which help to nourish the skin and establish a youthful glow.

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ½ cup Epsom salt
  • 3 drops lime essential oil
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest

Instructions:

  • Melt the coconut oil in a medium glass bowl and then stir in the Epsom salt. If you want the scrub to be more oily, use less Epsom salt.
  • Add the lime essential oil, baking soda, and lime zest and mix well. It will be very aromatic and you’ll want to use it right away.
  • Pour this into a glass jar and store in a cool, dry place. Massage a small amount on your feet before soaking your feet in hot water.

 

Sources:
http://manouvellemode.com/2014/06/12/diy-coconut-lime-foot-scrub/#_a5y_p=2279794

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils/lime-essential-oil.html

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Beginner Essentials For Making DIY Beauty Products https://www.dherbs.com/articles/beginner-essentials-for-making-diy-beauty-products/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/beginner-essentials-for-making-diy-beauty-products/#comments Mon, 10 Sep 2018 11:30:20 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=84906 If you want to make DIY beauty products, there are certain items that are beneficial to have. Keep these on hand for you DIY beauty needs.

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For those of you who have recently entered into the DIY beauty game, we applaud your decision to be free of chemical beauty products. With this step in a healthier skin care direction comes the need for some essential ingredients. The last thing you want is to have to seek out an ingredient when you are ready to make a recipe.

 

A lot of health food stores carry many ingredients that you will find in this article; some can also be ordered online. The difficulty of the DIY beauty product you decide to make will determine how easy or difficult it is to find the ingredients. Some may only require coconut oil, an essential oil, and a spice or two, while other recipes may call for a long list of ingredients. Take note of the following essentials for your DIY beauty needs.

 

Beeswax:

Not everyone has a local beekeeper to talk to about the location of the finest beeswax in the land. If you do have that info, call us. It is best to get organic beeswax that comes in small pellets, as opposed to a giant block, because it is easier to melt and measure the pellets.

 

Essential Oils:

Essential oils are absolutely necessary, if not the most important ingredients in DIY beauty products. Always opt for high-quality, therapeutic-grade essential oils because you are putting them on your body. Many essential oils help to relieve stress, promote better sleep, reduce inflammation, and reduce acne scarring. Rosemary, eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree, and lavender essential oils are great ones to start with.

 

Virgin Coconut Oil:

Virgin coconut oil is the best variety to buy because it is free of bleach, deodorizers, and it is unrefined. It usually tops the list in many DIY beauty recipes. From soaps to salves, and creams to conditioners, virgin coconut oil helps to moisturize and hydrate the skin, and can even help to reduce cellulite.

 

Epsom Salt:

Keep Epsom salt in your DIY beauty arsenal for cleansing detox baths! Because Epsom salt can help you naturally exfoliate, it helps to deep clean your pores, working to clear your face of oils and bacteria. The antimicrobial content of sulfate helps Epsom salt naturally fight off acne bacteria.

 

Extra Virgin Olive Oil:

While we endorse having this for culinary uses, olive oil easily finds it’s way into many DIY beauty products. It has beneficial properties for healthier hair and it is a great natural moisturizer. All olive oils are not created equal, so make sure to buy organic extra virgin olive oil.

 

Bentonite Clay:

Bentonite clay has many uses. You can add it to a bath to help extract toxins from the body, or incorporate it into a facial mask. Bentonite clay is beneficial for those who have clogged pores, oily skin, or acne, but it can also be used to calm dermatitis or other skin infections.

 

Containers:

You’ll need mason jars of all sizes for your DIY beauty products. Not only are they extremely affordable, but they are also available everywhere. You’ll need them for salves, scrubs, or lotions, whereas metal tins may be more useful for balms or deodorants. You can also purchase dropper bottles for face serums or hair treatments.

 

Sources:

https://helloglow.co/natural-beauty-essentials/

https://thepaleomama.com/2014/12/08/beginners-kit-making-diy-beauty-recipes/

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How To Eat Your Way To Healthier Skin https://www.dherbs.com/articles/how-to-eat-your-way-to-healthier-skin/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/how-to-eat-your-way-to-healthier-skin/#comments Fri, 07 Sep 2018 11:45:08 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=84724 If you want your skin to maintain its youthful glow, you have to nourish it from the inside out. Follow these dietary tips for healthy skin.

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Weight gain, a slow metabolism, or damaged organs can be the results of an unhealthy diet. The skin is the biggest organ in the body, meaning that an unhealthy diet can also affect the appearance and overall health of your skin. There are foods that accelerate the aging process and there are foods that work to keep your skin healthy.

 

The skin will inevitably age, developing wrinkles along the way. Why, then, would you want to accelerate that process when you could take preventative measures to optimize skin health? Eating the correct foods and avoiding the damaging foods is the best way to preserve your skin. Antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, healthy monounsaturated fats, beta-carotene, vitamins C & E, and other nutrients should all be included in your diet.

 

In addition to taking care of your skin through your diet, we recommend avoiding overexposure to chemical beauty products, sun, and tanning beds. Opt for limited sunshine and natural beauty products that contain ingredients that actually nourish your skin. Learn how to eat for healthier skin below.

 

Make Vitamin C A Priority:

Not only does vitamin C benefit the immune system, it also helps to aid the natural production of collagen. Additionally, vitamin C works to promote a youthful glow and helps to heal blemishes. Great vitamin C sources include guava, kiwi, peppers, papaya, berries, sweet potatoes, blackcurrants, and broccoli.

 

Say Farewell To Dairy:

While you may shed a few tears as you eliminate cheese and milk from your diet, dairy products are not beneficial for the skin. Milk consumption has been linked to acne and the salt in cheese can cause facial swelling. Cheese typically has a high AGE content, which are molecules that destroy skin cells.

 

Chow Down On Healthy Fats:

You want to focus on foods that contain monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which deliver essential fatty acids that naturally moisturize your skin. These fats also work to improve skin elasticity. Great sources include avocados, walnuts, chia seeds, and olive oil.

 

Cut Out Sugar:

Sugary, processed foods are probably the most readily available foods in an office setting. Chips, pastries, sodas, and refined grains all destroy collagen and give you wrinkles. Eliminating sugary foods from your diet can result in healthier skin, reduced headaches, and may help the weight loss process.

 

Make Half Of Your Plate Consist Of Veggies:

While we encourage that people eat plant-based, we understand that that diet isn’t feasible for everyone. A great step towards healthier skin is making vegetables comprise at least 50% or more of your lunch and dinner. Rather than eating a burger with fries, pizza, or a sandwich with chips, try opting for a small serving of protein with steamed veggies or a salad. This will supply you with heart-healthy nutrients and antioxidants that nourish the skin.

 

Get Enough Selenium:

This powerful antioxidant works alongside vitamins C & E to support the immune system. Research has shown that selenium helps to protect against sun damage, dark spots, and skin cancer. Consuming four Brazil nuts a day satisfies your recommended daily intake of selenium. Other selenium-rich foods include tomatoes, broccoli, and wheatgerm.

 

Sources:

https://www.beautybites.org/8-things-change-diet-health-skin/

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/12-foods-for-healthy-skin

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/eat-your-way-fabulous-skin

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DIY Shaving Cream For Sensitive Skin https://www.dherbs.com/articles/diy-shaving-cream-for-sensitive-skin/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/diy-shaving-cream-for-sensitive-skin/#comments Tue, 04 Sep 2018 18:00:23 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=84771 Tired of spending money on shaving creams that don’t leave you skin feeling soft? Use this DIY shaving cream for smoother skin.

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Some men need to shave every day, while others only shave a two to three times a week. Men will inevitably nick themselves from time to time, which means that the toxins and synthetic chemicals from shaving gels or creams enter the body via the cuts. These chemicals can enter your bloodstream and cause serious damage.

 

Rather than risking self-contamination through the simple act of shaving, why not use a DIY, toxin-free shaving cream that hydrates and moisturizes the skin. Guys like having soft skin, too! Soft skin isn’t reserved for a specific gender or sex. This is why we recommend whipping up a batch of this shaving cream as soon as you can.

 

Not only does this shaving cream contain shea butter, it also contains coconut oil, which helps to moisturize the skin as you shave. The shaving cream also has vitamin E oil, which helps support the natural production of healthy skin cells. Additionally, you can customize the shaving cream by adding some essential oils. While we support peppermint, eucalyptus, or tea tree essential oils, you can use whatever scent your nose desires.

 

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup organic shea butter
  • 2/3 cup organic virgin coconut oil
  • ¼ cup sweet almond oil
  • ¼ cup baby-mild castile soap
  • 3 drops vitamin E oil
  • 10-20 drops essential oil(s) of your choice

Instructions:

  • Melt the shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler over low heat. Mix well before removing from heat and transferring the mixture to a ceramic/glass bowl. Place in the fridge until it is solid.
  • Take the mixture out of the fridge and add in the sweet almond oil, castile soap, and essential oils (optional). Use a hand mixer to whip the mixture until it is fluffy.
  • Store in a glass jar and use whenever you shave. Don’t apply too thick of layer. It is meant to be thinly spread across your face or shaving area.

 

Sources:

https://realfoodrn.com/diy-shaving-cream-sensitive-skin/

https://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/homemade-shaving-cream

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6 Foods That Naturally Increase Your Libido https://www.dherbs.com/articles/6-foods-that-naturally-increase-your-libido/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/6-foods-that-naturally-increase-your-libido/#comments Sun, 02 Sep 2018 11:45:23 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=84646 Are you looking to spice up your love life without taking medication? These foods increase your sexual appetite and better your sex life.

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Both men and women are affected by decreased libido. Whether it is age or underlying health conditions, roughly 32% of women and 15% of men lack the desire to have sex on a regular basis. When it comes to boosting your libido, all you need are the right foods to help you get back in the mood.

 

Having a decreased libido can be attributed to low testosterone, depression, stress, sexual dysfunction, being overweight, drug or alcohol use, or even sleep apnea. Most men with sleep apnea don’t realize that it can decrease testosterone levels. Low testosterone levels can also be the result of a poor functioning endocrine system.

 

Women can have low sex drive because of sociocultural influences (stress, media images, job, etc.), relationship issues, thyroid problems, fibroids, or edometriosis. Birth control pills and other forms of pregnancy prevention, which affect hormones, can also negatively affect a woman’s desire to have sex.

 

For both sexes, increasing the libido can often mean that lifestyle changes need to be made. A lot of foods in the Standard American Diet have been linked to decreased libido, primarily due to the hormones, antibiotics, and processed ingredients. Excess consumption of sodium-rich foods, which can lead to high blood pressure, can also decrease blood flow to sexual organs. Dairy products often contain synthetic hormones (phtalic acid esters), which negatively affect estrogen and testosterone levels. Finally, caffeine can increase cortisol levels and induce stress that decreases libido.

 

How To Increase Libido Through Food

Bananas:

Bananas contain bromelain, which is an enzyme that helps to reverse impotence in men and naturally increase the libido. Additionally, bananas are great sources of potassium and B-vitamins, which help to boost overall energy levels.

 

Cloves:

Men in India have been using cloves to help treat sexual dysfunction for centuries. According to a study in the journal of BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, clove extract helped to boost sexual activity in male rats. Cloves can also help to get rid of bad breath, which can’t hurt your love life. You can also combine the use of cloves with nutmeg or saffron for more libido-boosting benefits.

 

Vitamin C-Rich Foods:

Vitamin C is one of the most important nutrients when it comes to collagen production, which naturally declines with age. The fact that your skin may not be as firm can make it difficult for men to maintain an erection, and may lead to looser vaginal walls in women. Boost collagen levels by eating vitamin C-rich foods like kiwis, bell peppers, parsley, Brussels sprouts, guavas, or citrus fruits.

 

Ginseng:

A research study on ginseng was conducted to test its libido-boosting properties. The women in the study took ginseng for one month and 68% experienced dramatic improvement in their sex lives and libido. It is best to drink ginseng tea, as opposed to drinking energy drinks that claim to have ginseng. You don’t want the extra chemicals and sugar from energy drinks, which can decrease sex drive.

 

Watermelon:

If you are looking to naturally boost your libido with a refreshing food, start eating watermelon. Although it is 92% water, the remaining 8% of nutrients are essential for sexual health. Watermelons contain citrulline, a phytonutrient that the body converts to arginine, which helps to boost nitric oxide levels in the body and relax blood vessels. This is essentially what erectile dysfunction medications do.

 

Fenugreek:

Fenugreek, which is available in herb and essential oil form, has been known to help increase male libido. The consumption of fenugreek has also been associated with balanced testosterone levels. It is better to cook fenugreek to avoid the bitter taste.

 

Finally, make sure that you are sufficiently hydrated because dehydration is a common cause of decreased libido. If you want to avoid vaginal dryness, fatigue, dull sexual desire, and headaches, drink your water, people!

 

Sources:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/diet/11-Foods-to-increase-your-sexual-appetite/articleshow/4880873.cms

https://draxe.com/how-to-increase-libido/?utm_campaign=foodmatters&utm_medium=Affiliate&utm_source=Facebook

https://www.fitnessmagazine.com/mind-body/sex/libido-boosting-foods/

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