The golden, sticky-sweet substance that is honey has had a long, rich (pun intended) medicinal history. We’re talking thousands of years worth of history; it’s well known that Egyptian royals were often buried with pots of honey which are often uncovered by modern archaeologists excavating tombs. The most amazing thing of all? Because of the substance’s antibacterial properties, the honey remains unspoiled century after century. Herein lies just one tantalizing reason to introduce honey into your health and wellness routine.
I'm back in the kitchen with a summery, refreshing DIY tonic for your skin. All you need is a handful or two of kale, 1/2 cup of coconut water (not from concentrate), a banana and some honey. Let me tell you a little about kale and coconut water that you might not already know:
Kale is currently the trendiest green leafy vegetable around, and for good reason. It is packed with important vitamins, like A and K. Vitamin A reduces wrinkles and helps the skin repair itself, while vitamin K helps with dark circles (D.E. Eye Serum coming up, but in the meantime...) Kale is also full of lutein, a powerful carotenoid which helps improve skin elasticity and hydrate the skin. This of-the-moment veggie is also great for tightening skin, treating acne, and delivering a luminous complexion.
They say coconut water is identical to human blood plasma. Unreal right? It's also rumored to be more hydrating than water, and it's a wonderful skin tonic. Hawaiians call it “Noelani” – which means “Dew from the Heavens”. When the skin looks dry and dull, a splash of coconut water will instantly rehydrate the skin to and give it a glow. Using it regularly will help prevent breakouts because it removes greasiness. Coconut water has cytokinins which prevent the skin from pre-mature wrinkles and aging. It has all types of anti-viral, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal properties which can heal and soothe the skin.
add a little banana and honey....and you're on your way. Here's how to pull it all together:
I use the NutriBullet that you can get online or at a drugstore. I love it because it takes up so little space and is so easy to clean.
2 handfuls of kale
1/4-1/2 cup fresh coconut water (not from concentrate)
1/2 of a banana
2 tbsp honey
Place it all into your little blender or NutriBullet and add more liquid or banana as needed to make it the consistency you like. I like it with enough banana to make it stick.
Pour a little in to your hands and apply to face and neck. Do this over a sink, as it's very messy. Allow to dry completely and rinse off with lukewarm water. Apply some Virgin Marula and some Umbra if you're headed out. You'll want to protect your glowing skin. All of my DIYs work with the full Drunk Elephant product line. To shop it, go here.
You will definitely have some of this mask left over, so store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
I've been reading about this Ayurvedic technique all over the place. I couldn't resist anymore so right now, my mouth is full of unrefined coconut oil. You can use sesame oil too, just make sure that whatever you use, it's unrefined and organic. Hopefully, by the time I'm done writing this post, I'll be done with the "pulling" too. They tell you to start with a tablespoon, which can double in size as it draws out the toxins and bacteria from your mouth. This is about to get interesting and my mouth is already tired.
You actually pull the oil through your teeth and swish it all around for TWENTY minutes. You should not get the oil in your throat, as you don't want the toxins to spread around...you want the toxins to end up in your trash can. Here is a list of reported benefits associated with oil pulling:
I just finished and the oil does in fact get white and thick as you swish it around in your mouth. I had read that it would. My mouth feels really clean and fresh for sure, but I'm not convinced that that's not a result of flossing and brushing right after I spit everything out. I'm going to do this daily for the next two weeks. If you have any experience with this old practice, please share! I'm sure it can't hurt, but is it worth spending TWENTY minutes every morning? That's the question. Reading that it's a non-toxic way to benefit your skin (among other things) is enough to make me very curious! I'll keep you posted.
Two "do-it-yourself"s in a row, I know, but here is one that I think you'll really love. As you know, if you read my blog, I'm not a foundation/base girl. I also don't use blush on my cheeks and I'm sure there are times I could use some. This little DIY will give you the perfect amount of color and it's all natural. You know how your cheeks look right after you leave the gym or go for a run? That's how this looks, but it lasts for way more than just a few minutes!
In addition to being the perfect gel tint for cheeks, it's a great lip stain too. Unfortunately, as we age, our lips do begin to shrink and fade. Studies have shown that a clearly defined lip gives us a more youthful appearance. But stop. Before you get drastic and start tattooing them (yes, people actually tattoo their lips,) try this instead. You'll be looking more youthful without all the hassle and cost.
Here's what you'll need:
That's it! Dab on your lips and cheeks for a totally non-toxic, all natural gorgeous pink flush.
Hope you had a safe and happy St. Patrick's Day! Here is a recipe for a green drink that I love when I feel like I need a little detox. It's so easy and sweet...you'll find yourself craving it all the time.
D.E. Detox Green Apple-Kale Drink: