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Whole Living: Dry Brushing for Health and Beautiful Skin!
Shirley Makela's Whole Living Articles
Written by Shirley Makela of Alki Organix   

Dry Brushing for Good HealthOne of easiest and most enjoyable things you can do for your health and for healthier skin is dry brushing.  The really good news is that in addition to something you can easily do yourself it also costs next to nothing.  All you need is a good natural bristle brush, a natural bristle shower brush works very well and is inexpensive and about 10 minutes of your time.

 

Many Spas offer dry brushing and with good reason.  Dry brushing not only exfoliates and unclogs pores but it also stimulates your circulation and lymphatic system which in turn helps your body eliminate toxins that build up and it feels great!  Dry brushing your body will also give you the beautiful smooth skin you want this summer (and winter!), and some say will lessen cellulite and may even improve your digestion.  One thing is certain, it leaves you looking great and feeling energized and wonderful! Even my husband loves it because it feels wonderful.

 

How to dry brush properly

Don’t look for long complicated instructions: it’s not complicated!  Start at your feet and work upwards towards your heart using short, firm circular motions.  A brush with a handle is great because it will allow you to easily get your back.  When you’ve finished your legs and torso move to

 

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Healthy Living: History of Soap Making
Pat White's Healthy Living Articles
Written by Pat White of Essential Body Pleasures   
handmade soapSoap has a long history that includes both truth and legend. This article discusses some of the highlights of the long history of soap making. 

The best-known legend is how soap making began. It is said that the word soap comes from Mt. Sapo, which was the location of animal sacrifices by the ancient Romans.  Rain washed the mixture of animal fat and wood ash from the fires upon which the animals were sacrificed down to the banks of the Tiber river, where local women would clean clothing. The women discovered that the soapy water cleaned their clothes much easier. 

The ancient Babylonians are credited with recording the first soap recipe on a tablet back in 2200 B.C.  The first mention of soap for personal hygiene was by the Greek physician Galen, around 2 A.D.

In the 13th century, the French began making soap from olive oil instead of animal fats.  Around that time, Castile soap was produced. It is named for the Castile region in Spain where it originated. Castile soap is very mild and known for its soothing properties. It used to be that castile soap was 100% olive oil and no other vegetable oils or butters, but
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Paleo Living: Vitamin C in Skincare
Trina Felber's Paleo Living Articles
Written by Trina Felber of Primal Life Organics   

 


Get Vitamin C From Real Food…

And Never Wonder If You Are Getting The Correct Form!

Yes, form DOES matter!

Most skincare companies use the wrong form of vitamin C- they use lab-made derivatives ascorbyl palmitate and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate. These derivatives are easier to stabilize in skincare preparations, but they do not perform the same way as topical L-ascorbic acid, the correct and ONLY form of vitamin C that can be used by the body.

Recent studies have shown that vitamin C derivatives are either not absorbed by the body,

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Healthy Living: To Lye or Not to Lye
Pat White's Healthy Living Articles
Written by Pat White of Essential Body Pleasures   
The Importance of Lye in SoapI remember when I first started making soap and lye scared the begebers out of me.  Lye can certainly be dangerous but if you treat it with respect, follow directions and dress appropriately you should be fine.

There are many myths surrounding handmade soap, but two of the biggest are about the use and safety of lye in soap. This article will dispel those myths so that you can see that handmade soap is indeed safe and even superior to the synthetic detergent bars found in the grocery store. 

Myth #1: Soap can be made without lye.

In the most simple terms, no lye = no soap.  Soap is a combination of lye, (Sodium Hydroxide or NAOH) and fatty acids that creates a chemical reaction called saponification, creating salts of the fatty acids (soap) plus glycerin.  Without lye, saponification cannot happen, so you cannot have soap without lye. Each molecule is converted during saponification, so there is no resulting lye in the final bar of soap.

If you look at bars on grocery store shelves, you’ll find that the word ‘soap’ does not appear on these bars. Instead you’ll see ‘cleansing bar’, or ‘beauty bar’. These bars cannot be
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The Promises and Lies of Toxic Beauty Care
Written by Sharon Houghton of SharAmbrosia All Natural Spa Store   

Safe Beauty Care - Who Can you Trust?

When you think of beauty products from well-known companies, visions of young beautiful models and starlets can easily come into your mind, or even heavily touched up mature ones. Along with these beautiful images, you’ll receive the stated and unstated promises of good health, youth, vitality, confidence and sensuality. These are the alluring ideas that most cosmetic manufacturers want you to think and feel as you watch their commercials or see their ads in magazines. These are basically the promises and lies of toxic beauty care.

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