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Natural Health Remedies and Homemade Beauty Recipes | On the Journey to Wellness

Glycerin benefits and uses: Natural homemade recipes with glycerin

pure vegetable glycerinePure vegetable glycerin has wonderful cleansing, moisturizing, emollient, soothing and lubricating properties. It acts as a humectant, attracting water to the skin to restore suppleness. Glycerin kills all bacteria by instantly drawing the water out of them. Glycerin is naturally low in toxins and rarely produces an allergic reaction, therefore very good to use on children’s skin.

Caution: If glycerin is used by itself in dry climates it will attract moisture from your skin and hair instead of from the air. This can result in dry skin and brittle hair. Mix glycerin with water, lotion or jojoba oil to this.

  • Topical application of pure glycerin: any skin disturbance, including burns, psoriasis, bug bites, and calluses.
  • To make a simple natural moisturizer: add a few drops of glycerin to some water (my favourite proportion is 1 part of glycerin to 3 parts of  water). Mix well, in your palm or in a bowl, and apply to your skin.
Homemade glycerin mask for a dry and dehydrated skin:

  • 1 tsp glycerin
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 2 tsp milk or water
  • 1 tbsp oatmeal

Mix well. Apply to clean face for 20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.

  • Glycerin keeps hair hydrated by drawing moisture from the air to the hair shaft.
Homemade hydrating glycerin hair spray recipe:

  • 1 part of pure vegetable glycerin
  • 5 parts of water
  • a few drops of your favourite essential oil

Essential oils for dry hair: sandalwood, ylang ylang, lavender essential oils
Essential oils for normal hair: rosemary, rose, lavender, geranium essential oils
Essential oils for oily hair: lemon, sage, lemon, tea tree, lavender, geranium essential oils
Essential oils for dandruff and itchy scalp: rosemary, tea tree, lemon, chamomile, lavender essential oils

Mix the ingredients in a spray bottle, shake well. Spritz on hair after showering.

  • Glycerin can be added to plain liquid soap to increase its soothing properties (1 part of glycerin to 20 parts of  liquid soap).
  • Since glycerin has natural grease cutting properties, it is a perfect natural ingredient for a gentle make up remover.
Homemade glycerin make up remover recipe:

  • 1 tbsp of green tea
  • 1 tbsp of grapeseed oil
  • 1/2 tbsp of vegetable glycerin

Mix the ingredients well. Shake before every use, as the ingredients tend to separate. Apply with cotton ball, gently wiping in a circular motion around the eye. Keep your make up remover in a fridge for about a week.

  • Glycerin adds soothing properties to shaving creams.
Homemade glycerin shaving cream recipe:

  • 4 tbsp of hot water
  • 1 tbsp of cocoa butter
  • 2 tbsp of glycerin
  • 4 tbsp of liquid castile soap
  • 1/2 tsp of borax powder
  • a few drops of your favourite essential oils:

Essential oils for normal skin: german chamomile, lemon, geranium, fennel, lavender, jasmine, rose, neroli, frankincenseroses
Essential oils for dry skin: german chamomile, lavender, calendula, sandalwood, geranium, patchouli, rose, rosemary, neroli
- Essential oils for oily skin: cedarwood, geranium, clary, lavender, ylang-ylang, lemon, peppermint, calendula, frankincense, patchouli, sandalwood, juniper, grapefruit
Essential oils for mature skin: rose, geranium, myrrh, patchouli, lavender, citrus, frankincense, neroli, fennel, clary, rosewood, sage, cypress, sandalwood

Mix the ingredients in a blender until the mixture becomes creamy. Store the cream in a large shaving mug, apply with a shaving brush.

  • Glycerin is indespensable for those who prefer nontoxic homemade toothpastes.
Homemade glycerin toothpaste recipe:

  • 2 tbsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp pure vegetable glycerin
  • 1 tbsp castile liquid soap
  • a few drops of your favourite essential oil (i.e., tea tree, chamomile, peppermint, lemon oil, or sage essential oil).

Mix the ingredients well. Store in a old toothpaste dispenser by cutting the end off and filling with your toothpaste. Seal the end with masking tape until it is ready for a re-fill.

11 Wonderful Benefits of Vitamin E

vitamin E1. Vitamin E, a natural antioxidant, is essential to the health of red blood cells. It protects our blood cells from damage by oxygen free radicals, and prevents clots. Vitamin D deficiency causes anemia.

2. Vitamin E is one of the most effective preventative substances against heart disease. It significantly reduces the risk of cardiovascular death, nonfatal heart attacks, dangerously clogged arteries, and blood vessels.

3. Epidemiologists estimate that approximately one-third of all cancer deaths can be attributed to diet. Some eminent scientists believe that vitamin E protects the cell against cancer-inducing agents, particularly those in air pollution and food.

4. Vitamin E taken before exercise can minimize muscle damage and reduce inflammation and soreness that so often follows strenuous exercise.

5. Vitamin E is essential for health and beauty of the skin, – our shield of armour, the mirror of our emotions, the largest organ of our body, and, after the brain, the most complex (it can be afflicted by more than 2,100 diseases!). It moisturizes the skin from within, has anti-inflammatory properties, protects the skin against the ravages of the sun, reduce scarring, etc.

6. The name of vitamin E – tocopherol – means to bring forth childbirth. This vitamin helps improve the function of the men’s sperm, normalize hormones necessary for reproduction, and protect women from mastitis.

7. Vitamin E protects against oxidative damage and helps to rejuvenate the aging immune system.

8. Vitamin E helps prevent cataracts and macular degeneration.

9. Vitamin E enhances bone formation and reduces the severity of inflammatory arthritis in the elderly.

10. Vitamin E is being prescribed today for the treatment of angina pectoris (chest pain due to an insufficient supply of oxygen to the heart), night cramps, and “restless legs”.

11. Vitamin E has a beneficial effect on lung function.

Do you need supplements if you are healthy? Yes, if you:

  • are under psychological stress
  • live in a polluted environment
  • exercise vigorously
  • are on a low-fat diet
  • smoke or drink alcohol
  • have a history of heart disease or cancer in your family

Good sources of vitamin E:

  • wheat germ oil
  • nuts and seeds
  • fortified cereals
  • egg yolk
  • green leafy vegetables, like spinach, lettuce, and turnip
  • parsley
  • olives
  • avocados
  • bell peppers
  • kiwifruit
  • tomatoes
  • pumpkin
  • papayas
  • mangoes

Reference: R. Winter, Vitamin E: Your Protection Against Exercise Fatigue, Weakened Immunity, Heart Disease, Cancer, Aging, Diabetic Damage, Environmental Toxins.

Obstacles and Desires

By David Krueger, M.D. (From the Newsletter of the Coach Training Alliance)

Some time ago I saw a cartoon of a dog straining at its leash, barking ferociously at a cat, as if to say, “Just lemme at ‘em.” The cat wasn’t too shabby – actually looked mean – and was at least as big as the dog. All of a sudden in the middle of a ferocious bark, the leash snapped so the dog was free to go after the cat. He looked astonished. Scared to death. He quickly grabbed the leash, ran back and tied a triple knot. Then, he could again safely strain at the leash and bark his fiery, “Just lemme at ‘em.”

Every story of an obstacle has a shadow story of desire. The obstacle contains yet conceals the desire. What you seek is camouflaged in what you fear. The secret hiding in the open is that an obstacle is the unconscious mnemonic of desire – it reminds you of what you want, but makes it safe to want if you’re afraid.

When viewing a scene in a film you don’t want to see, you cover your face with your hands as if to say, “No, I don’t want to look.” But then the desire creeps in and you peek through your fingers at what you’re drawn to see. The obstacle makes looking acceptable.

Sometimes we need an obstacle to free a desire. When the obstacle is unpacked, the forbidden desire also emerges. When Pandora’s box was opened, all of the evils were released into the world. Remember the last thing to emerge? It was hope.

Pay attention to the obstacles that you construct, especially to your vocabulary of impediments. Worry simply holds onto things, as a form of storage. When you find yourself focusing on an obstacle (“I can’t find time to exercise”, “I can’t put away any savings”), reflect on the underlying desire. When you’re ready to consider that you create the obstacle, you’re also ready to consider the possibility of not creating it.

Aloe vera rejuvenating face serum

aloe-vera-face-maskAloe is an all-around skin healer that hydrates deeply without having a greasy feeling. With a clean, fresh feel this serum is wonderful for all skin types.

  • 2/3 cup pure aloe vera (make sure it doesn’t have other ingredients or preservatives)
  • 2 tablespoons pure vegetable glycerin
  • 3 drops pure essential oil of rose or lavender

Combine the ingredients in a glass jar.
Cap the jar tightly and shake it well.
Put the mixture in a small clean glass pump dispenser or jar.
Spread the serum lightly over cleansed skin before going to bed.
Keep the serum refrigerated.


What do “green produce” labels mean?

Label What it means
USDA Organic This label sets the clearest and most reliable standard for produce grown in environmentally safe and sound ways. It indicates that no synthetic pesticides or fertilizers were used; sewage sludge was not applied to the fields; and no genetic engineering or irradiation took place. Animals eat only 100% percent certified organic grass, corn, or grain, and sick animals given antibiotics are removed from the program.
100% Organic Made with all certified organic ingredients (excluding salt and water); displays USDA Organic label.
Organic At least 95% organic ingredients; displays USDA Organic label.
Made with Organic At least 70% organic ingredients; may not display USDA Organic label, but may list up to three organic ingredients on front of package.
Transitional Organic In some states, farmers using verified organic methods may use this label until they’ve met the three-year requirement for USDA Organic labelling. By telling consumers their products are grown without synthetic pesticides, this label can be a lifesaver for farmers going through the expensive and complex conversion process.
Grass Fed
The USDA defines this as the animal ate only 100% grass in its life, but third-party verification is not required.
Antibiotic Free/ Raised Without Antibiotics/ No Antibiotics Administered While permitted as a label by USDA, it is considered meaningless by Consumers Union. It is verified only by companies themselves, rather than a third party.
Free Range or Free Roaming There is no guarantee that the cows and chickens actually got outdoors.
Fresh It could actually have been frozen.
USDA “Naturally Raised” These products contain no hormones or artificial colourings, and only a few antibiotics are allowed, but there’s no third-party verification.
USDA Process Verified Certified Grass Fed Animals’ access to pasture is required, but not guaranteed; they can be fed on hay in stalls and still qualify for the label. Antibiotics and growth hormones are permitted.
Certified Humane Pasture time is not specified, although humane shelter (enough space to freely move about; no crates, cages, or being tied in stalls) and handling are.
Food Alliance Certified Sets clear standards for lifetime access to pasture and humane treatment, including slaughtering.
Animal Welfare Approved
This label guarantees that cows and chickens spend most of their lives in the fields and has a very specific humane handling and shelter standards.
Fair Trade Certified Applies the strictest standards, ensuring that farmers receive fair prices and that workers receive fair wages and health protections during the cultivation of coffee, tea, sugar, fruits, etc. The use of hazardous pesticides, such as DDT, methyl parathion, and lindane, is not permitted.
Rainforest  Alliance Certified RA standards protect workers’ rights and welfare, ensuring that they receive at least the local minimum wage; forbid child labour; protect rainforest and require that at least 4o% of the plantation be grown in forest shade. Many pesticides, including those on the Pesticide Action Network’s “Dirty Dozen” list, are banned by RA.
Demeter Biodinamic This holistic label indicates that the methods used to grow the produce fulfil all organic requirements and beyond, treat the Earth as a living organism, take care to protect wild flora and fauna, and strive for a light carbon footprint. Animals are guaranteed exercise and human treatment.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Synthetic pesticides are used only as a last resort, and then sparingly, relying on nontoxic methods and beneficial insects that eat pests.
Salmon Safe Indicates that the produce is either organic or IPM, and is grown using methods that protect western watersheds and rivers from runoff.
Bird-Friendly The crops are cultivated in the rainforest, under the natural canopies, the way they originated. In shade growing, leaf litter on the forest floor provides natural fertilizer and protects against pests and disease.


Natural PMS reliever recipe


Rose essential oil is wonderful for helping to relieve those PMS blues. It’s cooling, relaxing and is commonly used as an antidepressant. All you need is:

2 tbsp. sweet almond oil

8 drops rose essential oil

Place the sweet almond oil in a small jar or mug and stand it in a bowl of hot water until the oil has warmed through.

Add the essential oil and gently massage over your neck, chest, arms, and belly.


Organic teething biscuites: Healthy, tasty and easy to make


  • 1 cup organic whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup organic dry baby rice cereal
  • 3 tbsp. virgin coconut oil
  • Ice water

Preheat oven to 425F
Mix the flour and rice cereal in a medium bowl.
Stir in the oil.
Add enough ice water to create a big, sticky ball of dough.
Transfer the ball to a pastry bag or a plastic bag with the bottom corner snipped off.
Pipe out onto a greased baking sheet any shape you like.
Bake for 10-12 minutes.
Cool and entertain your little one!


Best houseplants that clean air

dracaena-happy-plantOur modern lifestyle exposes us to a huge range of substances, while our hours spent indoors result in constant exposure to indoor air pollutants. Bring the outdoors indoors! It will help you protect your health and make you sleep sweeter. These plants are great for cleaning the air:

  • Aloe vera
  • Happy plant
  • Peace lily
  • English ivy
  • Gerbera
  • Chrysanthenum
  • Kentia palm
  • Butterfly or golden cane palm
  • Chlorophytum (Spider plant)
  • Janet Craig dracaena
  • Rubber plants
  • Aspidistra
  • Boston fern
  • Weeping fig
  • Areca palm
  • Reed palm
  • Dwarf date palm

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