Back to Basics: Clean Eating - Part I – Page 19 – Violet Botanical Skincare

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Dry Skin Brushing: Exhilarating and Cleansing

Feel the smooth, gliding pressure over your bare skin. Sense the light touch dancing up your limbs. Your skin tingles with delight. Your body responds by relaxing into the comfortable rhythm. The increase in blood flow releases your feel good endorphins. Heaven, this must be heaven. You’re close. This is dry skin brushing. Dry skin brushing is brushing dry skin with a natural-bristle brush to help unclog pores and excrete toxins from the body. Dry skin brushing has been around for thousands of years. Its roots are from ancient Ayurvedic medicine, the oldest healing science that originated in India. Throughout history, Japanese, Greeks, Native Americans, Chinese, Russians, Scandinavians, and Turks have all practiced a form of dry skin brushing. Benefits...

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The Sweet Smell of Lavender

Take a moment and stroll back in time with me. We’re going back to a time when life was simpler. Kids went outside and played without an organized play date. Cable was something in your car (jumper cables) or your wardrobe (cable-knit sweaters, socks and tights). Stay-at-home moms were called, homemakers. Smartphones were not how we captured precious moments of our children’s lives. And Yardley of London English Lavender soap, body lotion, and perfume were at the peak of popularity. We just traveled back to the 1960s. History of Lavender Now, fast forward to the year 2016. This is the age of smartphones, on-demand video streaming, on-demand grocery delivery services, social media, and lavender. Yes, lavender is still a big...

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Back to Basics: Clean Living - Part II

We embraced the first half of our back to basics journey, clean eating, with open arms. Once we started down that road, we did not look back. Nor did we want to look back. We saw positive effects in our health, particularly our immune system. During cold and flu season, we stayed healthy. That’s nearly an impossible feat to accomplish with a school-aged child. After reading clean living blogs and articles, I realized that we needed to do something about our personal care products. Our skin is the largest organ on our body. It serves as a protective barrier against external contaminants like bacteria.  Our skin is also porous. It absorbs a large percentage of what we put on it....

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Back to Basics: Clean Eating - Part I

When I mention to someone that I cook from scratch as much as possible, make my own personal, health and beauty, laundry and household products, common reactions I get are: “You do? Why? How? You can buy that in the store.” I chuckle inwardly because that was my reaction years ago when someone told me the same. Now, I’m walking in those shoes trying to inform curious minds about my family’s journey back to clean eating and natural living. It all began about three years ago when a friend recommended that my husband and I watch the documentary Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. In this documentary, Joe Cross, a man suffering from an autoimmune disease and on more pills than...

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