Happy, healthy, wellness yogi

This blog is dedicated to Brianna Volz for reminding me that not everyone is aware of how simple it is to use natural beauty products , Kristen Cramer for also having weird sensitivities that everyone thinks we’re making up 😉and to Deiara Jones for always lifting my spirits when I need it the most and always appreciating my skin. ❤️😉

A few years ago, my little brother, Sean, was diagnosed with a citric acid allergy. To my surprise, this diagnosis made me realize that I too was allergic to citric acid. Cutting citrus always involved severe itchiness to my skin, an irritated and often inflamed throat and sometimes I broke out in hives. I noticed a similar pattern with certain soaps, cosmetics and other beauty products.

At first, I was devastated. When you really start looking at cosmetics, citric acid is used in EVERYTHING. Food is no exception either, CA is also a common preservative in foods and also hard to avoid. 😛

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So I had to get creative and pretty quickly at that. I gave away all of my face wash, makeup, lotions, soaps, creams and powders. This made my family happy with free cosmetics but I was at ground zero. This is how I became aware of natural beauty remedies, natural beauty products and the concept of wellness. Let’s start with defining wellness.

Wellness is composed of not only being well in or on the body. It also deals with the physical, emotional, spiritual, mental, intellectual, environmental and occupational aspects of a person.

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Like the yoga practice, No one is ever in perfect balance and there is no beginning or end to improving your well being.

Taking care of your physical being is just as important as taking care of the mental or spiritual being.

One way I take care of my mental health is by practicing positive self-talk. Every morning I pick a mantra or saying that is positive about myself or the world. For example my mantra may be, “I am confident, I am kind, I am love.” It sounds so simple but taking control of your thoughts can empower you to be your best person.

Now let’s get back to the beauty part of the blog! There are a few essentials I like to use in my beauty rituals and I’ll explain why.

Honey

I’m not sure what I would do without bee’s and their honey. Honey is a natural anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antibacterial and anti-septic properties. I love to use honey when I have a cut, if I have an infection, and for sore throats. My favorite use of honey is for facials and I provided my simple recipe for you to try.

Cinnamon Honey Mask

1/2 Tbsp Unfiltered & Raw Honey

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Combine and apply to face. Leave for 20-30 minutes and then rinse with warm water.

  • This will leave your skin feeling smooth and refreshed.
  • Use Raw, UNFILTERED honey for best results as the unfiltered honey contains bee pollen and contains antioxidants that filtered honey does not.

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Coconut oil

My grandmother is from the Philippines and coconut oil has been a staple of her beauty routine since she was a little girl. I swear its her key to eternal youth- now in her mid-60’s my grandma could pass for 35. It’s great for your skin, hair as its a natural moisturizer, it also has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Plus, it’s used as a base for natural toothpastes, lotions and even the deodorant that I use! It’s great when you’re baking or cooking but I caution you that this oil is overpowering so not to use a lot when cooking. For now, I’ll leave you my simple moisturizing concoction.

Coco-nutty Concoction

1 Jar unrefined coconut oil

6 drops lavender essential oil

2 drops peppermint essential oil

Drop essential oil in coconut oil container, mix with a spoon and it’s ready to use.

  • Can be used on skin although I don’t suggest using it on the face because it is a comedogenic oil and clogs pores. However its great right before bed because the lavender oil helps you sleep and peppermint helps you breathe deeply before bed.
  • If you have scarring or recently burned, apply this oil on them. Lavender oil can assist with fading scars and peppermint oil will soothe burns.
  • Used as a hair moisturizer, natural sunscreen or temporary deodorant.

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Lavender oil

By far my favorite essential oil as it is so versatile and smells so damn good. I diffuse lavender oil most evenings to help me sleep but it can also aid with scarring, in-grown hairs, it is an anti-bacterial, anti-septic, anti-fungal, detoxifying ,anti-inflammatory and even used as a natural anti-depressant. When buying lavender oil make sure that the oil is pure and not mixed with any artificial fragrances or preservatives. Ideally, your oil is organic and from a credible company. I recommend Aura Cacia for anyone new to the essential oil world.

Love Potion Spray

6-8 fl. oz spray bottle

5-6 fl oz. rose water

1-2 fl oz avocado oil

2 drops lavender oil

1 drop rose oil

1 drop ylang ylang

Combine all ingredients in spray bottle, shake and use.

  • Can be used to refresh the face after going outdoors or for sunburn, can be used as a natural perfume, deodorizer and oils can be used in a diffuser if you don’t want to make a spray.
  • Ylang Ylang has properties including being an aphrodisiac (which is why I call this a love potion!), anti-depressant, a sedative and can aid with lowering blood pressure.
  • Essential oils need a carrier oil when not diffused to help bring out their healing properties. I used avocado oil in this case but you can also use olive oil, sunflower oil or coconut oil.

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Apple cider vinegar

I know quite a few people (including my mom) who drink, ” a cap full of apple cider vinegar” every day. It’s been shown to help regulate blood sugar, lower bad cholesterol and kill bacteria including e.coli. Personally, I use apple cider vinegar  and white vinegar as natural cleaners in my home. I’m sensitive to harsh cleaners and chemicals as they make my skin itch and the smells give me headaches. But my all time favorite way to use the vinegar is as a natural hair conditioner. Citric acid, the chemical I’m allergic to is in almost every hair conditioner at the store so I now used ASV as an alternative.

Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

4tbsp. Apple cider vinegar

1-2 drops essential oil of choice (for smell and additional benefits)

  • Depending on the thickness and texture of your hair, you may use up to one cup of apple cider vinegar for the best results.
  • A natural shampoo is combining 1tbsp baking soda to one cup water, mixing and rinsing. This is also variable and based on hair thickness and texture.
  • Comb hair immediately after rinsing with vinegar for best results.

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That’s all for now friends! If you have any questions about anything in this blog, want more natural beauty tips or want to learn more about yoga feel free to reach out on my contact page or check out my Instagram page at NamasteKayYoga. Have a wonderful week, and just know that I’ll be traveling to Colorado next month for a road trip to continue my travel yogi adventures.

Namaste, Kay.

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