Back to Basics: Clean Eating - Part I – Page 20 – Violet Botanical Skincare

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Bathe Like a Queen

Washcloth? Check. Towel? Check. Bath pillow? Check. Eye mask? Check. Aromatherapy candles? Check. iPod? Check. Aromatic bath salts? Double-check. Let the relaxing salt bath begin. Salt baths are nothing new. In China, they’ve been around since 2700 B.C.   Later, Hippocrates “The Father of Western Medicine,” studied the benefits of seawater and aromatic baths for their healing properties. He shared his knowledge with other ancient scholars and they began prescribing seawater for the treatment of sore muscles and skin conditions, wounds, and bites. While ancient healers used sea salt baths for healing, Cleopatra found her own use for sea salt.   She soaked in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea. Dead Sea salt has high levels of magnesium, potassium,...

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Oil: Nature's Skin Cleanser

Take a moment to think about your skin care routine, particularly how you wash your face. Does it go a little something like this? You stand in the shower or at the sink. Get some soap or cleanser. Lather it up. Scrub it over your face. Rinse with water. Dry it with a towel. Maybe apply some moisturizer to your face. Sounds familiar? Well, I’m here to tell you that there’s a gentler, more effective cleansing method that is applicable for all skin types. It’s called, oil cleansing. Oil cleansing uses natural oils (yes you read correctly, I said, “oils”) to clean and moisturize your skin. Before you think I’m losing my mind, hear me out. Most soaps and cleansers...

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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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