Simple All Natural Beauty Recipes To Craft In Your Kitchen

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Natural ingredients matter. Whether it’s the food you eat or the beauty products you use, it’s important to know that you’re giving your body the best care possible. With Nature’s Way products from iHerb, I know I’m using ingredients that I can trust. So I recently used a collection of all natural Nature’s Way products to craft five simple, natural beauty recipes that you can make at home!

Simple All Natural Beauty Recipes To Craft In Your Kitchen. The ingredients you put in your body matter just as much as the ingredients you put on your body. Learn how to use natural Nature's Way products from iHerb to craft five simple, all natural beauty recipes at home in your kitchen! #naturalbeauty #skincare #beautyrecipes #holistic #naturalskincare #diy

My roommate, Bambi, and I have very different views when it comes to self care. She enjoys cooking, while I enjoy crafting. We do agree on one thing though. We care for our skin using only quality, natural beauty products. Being on a budget, however, this sometimes means choosing between our favorite beauty products and our must have food supplements. With iHerb we don’t have to choose.

All of my favorite Nature’s Way ingredients are offered through iHerb. Because they’re food grade, Bambi gets to cook with whatever’s leftover. This is, of course, after I’m done getting crafty in her kitchen. It’s a win win for both of us.

While I think Nature’s Way Beet Root Powder is a tasty natural colorant for lip balms, Bambi enjoys throwing it into her red velvet cake mix for both color and a bit of extra sweetness.

I also finally got her hooked on cooking with turmeric more often. (Which I didn’t think was possible.) Nature’s Way turmeric powder makes a wonderful addition to her curry dishes. On the other hand I love using turmeric in my anti-aging skin care recipes.

I couldn’t believe how much more bright and fragrant Nature’s Way standardized turmeric powder was compared to my usual brand. It’s kind of funny because the other day I made a turmeric acne treatment stick for our adult acne. Then Bambi comes home and uses the same turmeric that evening in an amazing Egyptian dish we had for dinner.

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Having never shopped online with iHerb before, I was pretty thrilled by how easy it was to register for an account. As you can sign up using one of your social media accounts, it means one less password you have to remember. I also really like that they offer multiple shipping options. Sometimes I need ingredients for my natural beauty recipes right away. So having the option for one-day delivery is a lifesaver!

In addition, iHerb sells over 400 Nature’s Way products. So it’s easy to discover new ingredients and keep everyday favorites in stock. However, I was really psyched to learn that they ship their products to over 160 countries. I know that some of my readers have had to make substitutions in my natural beauty recipes in the past. Certain ingredients aren’t always available in every country. By shopping with iHerb, you won’t have to make substitutions for any of the ingredients I use. Additionally, iHerb also offers customer support in ten different languages to make shopping for what you need even easier.

Simple All Natural Beauty Recipes To Craft In Your Kitchen. The ingredients you put in your body matter just as much as the ingredients you put on your body. Learn how to use natural Nature's Way products from iHerb to craft five simple, all natural beauty recipes at home in your kitchen! #naturalbeauty #skincare #beautyrecipes #holistic #naturalskincare #diy

I bought all of the Nature’s Way ingredients I needed for these natural beauty recipes from iHerb. After trying Nature’s Ways products, I am blown away by the quality. So I can’t wait to create even more simple, natural beauty recipes for you all to try! (Bambi on the other hand is hard at work hunting down new dinner recipes to cook!)

Ready to make something amazing?

Awesome!

You can find my natural beauty recipes for making my beet root powder blush, 2-in-1 lip & blush beauty stick, turmeric acne treatment stick, hydrating aloe facial mist and acne busting charcoal face mask below. Plus be sure to keep reading after these natural beauty recipes for more quick and easy beauty tips you can try at home.

Simple All Natural Beauty Recipes To Craft In Your Kitchen. The ingredients you put in your body matter just as much as the ingredients you put on your body. Learn how to use natural Nature's Way products from iHerb to craft five simple, all natural beauty recipes at home in your kitchen! #naturalbeauty #skincare #beautyrecipes #holistic #naturalskincare #diy

Natural Beauty Recipes to Make At Home

2-Ingredient Beet Root Powder Blush

Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons Nature’s Way Beet Root Powder
1 Tablespoon white kaolin clay

Instructions:

This beet root powder blush is so simple to make and it smells completely yummy! Simply measure out the clay and beet root powder using a measuring spoon. Mix well to combine. Then store your sweetly scented blush powder in a cosmetic sifter jar.

For a darker blush, experiment to find your favorite color by increasing the amount of beet root powder or adding a bit of natural cocoa powder.

To use, simply apply your blush using your favorite makeup brush to add a healthy glow to cheeks.

Simple All Natural Beauty Recipes To Craft In Your Kitchen. The ingredients you put in your body matter just as much as the ingredients you put on your body. Learn how to use natural Nature's Way products from iHerb to craft five simple, all natural beauty recipes at home in your kitchen! #naturalbeauty #skincare #beautyrecipes #holistic #naturalskincare #diy

2-in-1 Lip & Blush Beauty Stick Recipe

Ingredients:

3 oz. Nature’s Way Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil
2 oz. Nature’s Way Beet Root Powder
1 oz. beeswax pastilles

Instructions:

This natural 2-in-1 beauty stick is an easy and all natural way to add a touch of color to your lips and cheeks. The combination of the natural coconut smell from Nature’s Way Extra Virgin Coconut Oil combined with the sweetness from the beet root powder is guaranteed to make this your new favorite lip balm! Plus, it’s so easy to craft! As it requires just three simple ingredients, this is easily one of my favorite all-time natural beauty recipes.

To get started you will need a digital scale to weigh out the ingredients.

Begin by weighing out the extra virgin coconut oil. Heat the coconut oil in double boiler. Then weigh out and add the Nature’s Way Beet Root Powder

Stir the beet root powder into the coconut oil so it’s combined evenly throughout the melted oil.

Gently heat for an additional five to ten minutes, stirring occasionally, to infuse the color from the beet root powder into the oil.

Now strain the beet root powder from the oil using a fine mesh strainer. (This will keep your beauty stick from feeling grainy.) Return the coconut oil to the double boiler.

Next, weigh out the beeswax pastilles and combine in the double boiler with the coconut oil. Gently heat until the beeswax has fully melted, then stir well to integrate the melted beeswax with the tinted coconut oil.

Carefully pour the mixture into lip balm containers of your choice, then allow to cool before capping. (This natural beauty recipe will yield about six 2-in-1 beauty sticks depending on the size of your containers.)

To use, simply apply to lips or cheeks as desired.

Aloe Hydrating Facial  Mist Recipe

Ingredients:

3 oz. Nature’s Way Aloe Vera Leaf Juice
1 oz. witch hazel
24 drops lavender essential oil

Instructions:

With fall on the way, skin tends to dry out more often. If you have maturing skin, keeping your skin hydrated is more important than ever. An easy way to keep your skin from feeling tight and dry is to use a simple aloe hydrating facial mist. This natural beauty recipe not only hydrates skin, it also helps to keep it balanced. So this product is still super beneficial in the summer when skin tends to be oilier.

To make this recipe, simply measure out the Nature’s Way Aloe Vera Leaf Juice and witch hazel and combine in a 4 oz. mister spray bottle. Add the lavender essential oil, then shake well to mix.

To use, simply mist onto your face (and body!) as needed to soothe and refresh skin. Be sure to keep your aloe hydrating facial mist refrigerated between uses. And shake your container prior to each use.

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Turmeric Acne Treatment Stick Recipe

Ingredients:

3 oz. Nature’s Way Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil
1 oz. beeswax pastilles
.25 oz. Nature’s Way Standardized Turmeric Powder
12 drops tea tree essential oil
12 drops lavender essential oil
12 drops peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

Adult acne is the worst. I mean, it was bad enough when we went through puberty, right? In addition to taking a daily probiotic to help prevent acne, you can also craft this easy turmeric acne treatment stick to tackle breakouts as they happen.

You will need a digital scale to weigh out the ingredients for this recipe.

Begin by weighing out the Nature’s Way Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil and beeswax pastilles. Combine these ingredients in a double boiler then gently heat until melted.

Remove the double boiler from heat, then weigh out and stir in the Nature’s Way Standardized Turmeric Powder. Add the essential oils then mix again to evenly distribute all of the ingredients throughout the mixture.

Now pour the melted ingredients into lip balm tubes of your choice and allow to cool before capping. (This natural beauty recipe makes around six acne treatment sticks depending on the the size of your container.)

To use your turmeric acne treatment stick, simply apply as a spot acne treatment as needed.

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Acne Busting Charcoal Face Mask Recipe

Ingredients:

1 oz. bentonite clay
.5 oz. Nature’s Way Coconut Activated Charcoal
.25 oz. fine sea salt
Nature’s Way Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, to suit

Instructions:

Urban living exposes our skin to a lot of toxins from industry and car pollution. You can help to counteract this, and clear your pores, using this simple charcoal face mask recipe. Not only does it help to detox skin by drawing out impurities like dirt and oil, it can also help to prevent acne.

To make this acne busting charcoal face mask recipe you’ll need to weigh out the clay, Nature’s Way Coconut Activated Charcoal and the sea salt. Combine the ingredients in a glass bowl, then mix well using a non-metal utensil to combine.

Once all of the ingredients are evenly incorporated throughout this dry face mask, empty the contents into your container of choice for storage.

When you’re ready to use your charcoal face mask, simply remove the desired amount of the dry mask from your container. Then add enough Nature’s Way Aloe Vera Leaf Juice to form a paste. Apply the mask evenly to clean skin, taking care to avoid the eye area.

Leave the face mask on for five to ten minutes, then rinse and pat dry. Follow with your favorite moisturizer.

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Natural Beauty Tips You’re Going to Love

Now that you’ve tried some simple natural beauty recipes using Nature’s Way products, here are a few natural beauty tips to try as well!

More ways to use Nature’s Way Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil.

You can get super soft, hydrated hair by using Nature’s Way Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil as a hair mask. Simply massage the desired amount of coconut oil into your hair and scalp. Cover your hair with a plastic cap or grocery bag, then leave the coconut oil on for 1-2 hours. Then simply wash your hair as usual.

You can also use virgin coconut oil to create a super easy lip scrub. Simply combine one Tablespoon each of coconut oil and honey with two Tablespoons of sugar. Then massage onto lips using a circular motion for 1-2 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.

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Favorite ways to use Use Nature’s Way Premium Liquid Coconut Oil.

Use Nature’s Way Premium Liquid Coconut Oil for shiny, healthy looking hair. Simply apply a few drops of oil to the palms of your hands. Massage the oil between your palms then smooth over your hair to tame frizz and add shine.

You can also use liquid coconut oil to make essential oil rollerballs. Whether you use essential oils for aromatherapy or to wear your favorite scent, it’s easy to create your own. Simply fill an empty rollerball bottle with liquid coconut oil, then add 10 drops of your favorite essential oil (or essential oil blend) for every 5 mL of liquid.

My roommate, Bambi, also loves Nature’s Way Premium Liquid Coconut Oil! She uses it to help hold her style and add shine when using a flat iron to straighten her hair.

More great natural beauty recipes for using Nature’s Way Standardized Turmeric Powder.

Turmeric is such a great ingredient for your anti-aging natural beauty recipes because it can help with hyperpigmentation as well as adult acne.

An easy way to use Nature’s Way Standardized Turmeric Powder is to craft an anti-aging beauty scrub. To make yours, simply mix two Tablespoons of Nature’s Way Alive! Vitamin C Powder with one teaspoon each of  turmeric, milk and honey. Mix well then massage onto damp skin using a circular motion. Then rinse off.

To make a turmeric skin brightening face mask, mix equal parts lemon juice, turmeric powder and honey. Mix well to combine, Then apply to clean skin. Leave your skin brightening face mask on for 15 minutes, then rinse and pat dry. If you have sensitive skin, simply substitute the lemon juice with milk or coconut water.

Shop at iHerb now to save on your order of all the Nature’s Way products you need to create these recipes. You’ll be on your way to making your own natural beauty recipes in your kitchen in no time!

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Homemade Callus Treatment Balm Recipe (Or how to avoid a traumatic foot care experience.)

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Before you fall down that foot care rabbit hole and are ushered into an unforgettable foot care mishap by slapping on a shiny new set of foot peeling shoes, you’re going to want to read this article. Then craft up your own batch of this homemade callus treatment balm recipe to naturally promote foot health and banish tough calluses for good.

Homemade callus treatment balm recipe! Before you fall down that foot care rabbit hole and are ushered into an unforgettable foot care mishap by slapping on a shiny new set of foot peeling shoes, you're going to want to read this article. Then craft up your own batch of this homemade callus treatment balm recipe to naturally promote foot health and banish tough calluses for good.

No one wants ugly feet. Especially not when summer weather hits. We want our feet to look as awesome as those new sandals we just bought this season. What we DON’T want, however, is a YouTube video of us on a bus peeling skin off our feet. (…and then eating it.)

The horror of that video has since inspired me to experiment with various foot care products. It’s the unforeseen consequences of these products that led to my development of a homemade callus treatment balm.

Women don’t want funky feet. They don’t want you to have them either.

We’ve all heard the negative comments about feet when the weather heats up. Socks and sneakers are replaced with sandals and we tend to see a lot of chunky yellowed calluses, fungus infested toenails and the like. Women especially, I think, enjoy the gossip. Perhaps to feel better about themselves. Or maybe just because they really are completely and totally grossed out.

I remember when I worked on the farmer’s market many years ago. I overheard all kinds of remarks about unfit feet. Typically men were the brunt of these insulting observations. I imagine it’s because men in general don’t care as much about what other people think. If they did they wouldn’t wear socks with sandals, right? (wink. wink.)

I think that we, as women, tend to be more conscious of our own foot health. Many of us were raised to put more into our appearance than men were as children. And for the most part, I don’t see a lot of women wearing sandals if they have funky feet. With the hundreds to thousands of foot care care products marketed to women everyday, the money we’re willing to spend on foot health becomes more evident.

From foot scrubs, sprays, masks and soaks to pumice stones, foot butters and even foot peeling shoes, I’m always discovering new products for foot care. There’s in fact an entire aisle dedicated to just foot care products at my local Ulta.

Foot peeling shoes fall into two categories – effective and completely disgusting.

One of the stranger foot care products I’ve tried are the Tony Moly Foot Peeling Shoes. This liquid foot care product contains lactic acid, salicylic acid and a blend of plant based extracts to remove keratin from your feet. Thickened keratin or calluses, which is medically referred to as hyperkeratosis, peels off of feet when this product is applied within four to six days.

Similar to, but less expensive than, other foot peeling masks on the market, Tony Moly has seen increased popularity with the rise of the Korean skin care and beauty trend.

I first tried Tony Moly’s magic changing foot peeling shoes last year. Freaked out by some of the reviews and photos of excessive peeling, I followed the directions on using this product to a T. I left the foot peeling shoes on for an hour and a half, then washed and dried my feet as indicated.

However, before I reached the four to six day peeling period, I exfoliated my feet daily with the Earth Therapeutics Diamond File to remove excess skin and minimize peeling as much as possible. (You know. Because I had places to go and people to see.)

The product performed okay. There was no vomit inducing horror show on my feet after use, which I was happy about. I simply couldn’t imagine my feet recovering from some of the images I’ve seen from use of this type of product. (Google at your own risk.) I’ve used the foot peeling shoes twice since then.

With the arrival of spring I thought I’d give these foot peeling shoes another try. The weather has gone from spring temperatures straight to middle of August heat a few times already. Wanting to avoid any criticism of my forty plus year old feet – feet do weird things after forty – I placed an order with Ulta and waited for my Tony Moly foot peeling shoes to arrive.

I used my Tony Moly Foot Peeling Shoes within the past week or so. I cut the foot peeling shoes open and stuck one onto each foot. Each shoe was then held closed with the provided stickers. While the shoes did their thing, I did mine. I worked on social media for my blog. I made lunch. I walked around in those shoes – though cautiously on the stairs since I have a habit of falling down them.

Decorate the amber glass jars for your homemade herbal salves and balms with washi tape or stickers for a personal touch when gift giving!

Then Jasper, my dachshund, decided he needed to go outside. Jasper is not one who’s often willing to wait for me to primp. He’s basically a spoiled child in dog form. If he doesn’t get his way he will yell (bark) at you until he does. And if you tick him off, well. Let’s just say he will pee in all the wrong places.

There was no way however that I was going to make it out of the house in those foot peeling shoes. Our side door exits onto gravel and grass and dirt. And Jasper is finicky about where he’ll lay his load. So I removed the foot peeling shoes. I wiped my feet off with a tea towel, slid on a pair of flip flops and off we went.

My day resumed as usual after that. Work and dinner. I caught up on the new season of The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu. I went to bed, got up, showered. That’s about when I realized I’d forgotten to wash off the residue from the foot peeling shoes. Oops.

A few days later the skin peeling commenced. It was the stuff of nightmarish google images – so totally gross. I would walk around the house leaving bits of dead skin everywhere. My roommate started having nightmares about her own feet peeling. So much in fact, she was peeling off dead skin in her dreams only to hit a road block that required scissors. Yes, scissors!

I alternated back and forth being using my diamond file and moisturizing – day in and day out. Until finally – FINALLY! – my feet started to resemble the feet of a normal human again. That’s when I decided to make a homemade callus treatment balm.

(And let me just say, this new guy I’ve been dating is on a whole new level of comfortable with me after this experience. Get your introduction here.)

Homemade Callus Treatment Balm Recipe! Before you fall down that foot care rabbit hole and are ushered into an unforgettable foot care mishap by slapping on a shiny new set of foot peeling shoes, you're going to want to read this article. Then craft up your own batch of this homemade callus treatment balm recipe to naturally promote foot health and banish tough calluses for good.

About my homemade callus treatment balm.

I formulated my homemade callus treatment balm using natural skin conditioning carrier oils like coconut oil and camelina seed oil. These oils were then combined with turmeric root powder and a blend of organic essential oils proven to minimize inflammation caused by calluses while also encouraging blood flow, fading discoloration and softening the build up of tough skin.

Essential oils such as tea tree oil and oregano essential oil also help to prevent and treat common fungal infections you get on your feet, including athlete’s foot, toenail fungus and fungus caused by candida.

Homemade callus treatment balm recipe! Before you fall down that foot care rabbit hole and are ushered into an unforgettable foot care mishap by slapping on a shiny new set of foot peeling shoes, you're going to want to read this article. Then craft up your own batch of this homemade callus treatment balm recipe to naturally promote foot health and banish tough calluses for good.

Homemade Callus Treatment Balm Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

1 oz. refined coconut oil
1 oz. safflower oil
1 oz. natural beeswax pastilles
.75 oz. sunflower oil
.25 oz. camelina seed oil
.025 oz. turmeric root powder
12 drops tea tree essential oil
12 drops chamomile essential oil (3% dilution)
12 drops oregano essential oil
12 drops lavender essential oil

Instructions:

Weigh out the ingredients.

Using a digital scale (I use this Baker’s Math Scale for all my bath, body and homemade soap recipes) weigh out the carrier oils, beeswax and turmeric root powder.

Melt the ingredients.

Combine the oils, beeswax and turmeric in a double boiler and gently heat until the beeswax has completely melted. Remove from heat.

Add the essential oils.

Using a graduated transfer pipette or dropper, add the essential oils to the melted homemade callus treatment balm ingredients. Stir to combine.

If desired you can omit the turmeric root powder and use turmeric essential oil in place of the lavender or chamomile essential oil.

Pour into containers.

Now pour your homemade callus treatment balm into clear or amber glass jars. Once cool, screw on the lids for each jar.

Decorate the amber glass jars for your homemade herbal salves and balms with washi tape or stickers for a personal touch when gift giving!

Decorate or label your jars.

I used two 2.3 oz. thick wall glass cosmetic jars for my homemade callus treatment balms, then decorated the outside of the jars with decorative washi tape. Washi tape and stickers are a fun way to give your balms a personalized homemade look for gifting.

Use your homemade callus treatment balm.

To use simply apply your homemade callus treatment balm after bathing or soaking feet, then exfoliating with a pumice smoothing stone or diamond file. (Note that this product may stain light colored clothing.) 

More natural foot care recipes.

If you’re a fan of my homemade callus treatment balm, then you may also want to try my other natural foot care recipes.

Pedi Foot Scrub Recipe with Coconut Oil! This super exfoliating pedi foot scrub recipe with coconut oil will leave your feet feeling like you just had a professional spa pedicure! Made with all natural ingredients, this pedi foot scrub exfoliates with fine sea salt and pumice. It then hydrates skin with shea butter and coconut oil for softer, smoother feet with every use!

Have you tried foot peeling shoes?

If you’ve tried foot peeling shoes, I’d love to hear your experience! I’d be delighted if you shared your story in the comments.

Keep in contact.

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This article is not intended to provide diagnosis, treatment or medical advice and is provided for informational purposes only. Information on products mentioned are based on my own personal experience and have not been evaluated by the FDA. Please consult a physician prior to making any changes that may impact your health.

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Boost Your Immune System Naturally with 5 Must Have Products!

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There are a number of ways to boost your immune system naturally before you get sick. With a deadly flu going around, not to mention all the other illnesses we’re more likely to acquire when our body is worn down, you really don’t want to take chances.

How to Boost Your Immune System Naturally! Boosting your body's immunity does more than just help deter illnesses. It can also help your body respond better to stress as well as lead to a more restful night's sleep. And as a busy mom or a career driven rockstar, those are both things we can all use. #healthcare #healthandwellness #healthyliving #wellness #health #herbs #herbalsupplements #naturalremedies #homeremedies #lifestyle

Boosting your body’s immunity however does more than just help deter illnesses. It can also help your body respond better to stress as well as lead to a more restful night’s sleep. And as a busy mom or a career driven rockstar, those are both things we can all use. I know I can.

So whether the kids are bringing home germs from school, your coworkers are passing a bug around the office or you’re simply feeling puny, here are five easy ways you can boost your immune system naturally for overall wellness.

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How to Boost Your Immune System Naturally! Boosting your body's immunity does more than just help deter illnesses. It can also help your body respond better to stress as well as lead to a more restful night's sleep. And as a busy mom or a career driven rockstar, those are both things we can all use.

1. Mushrooms, Turmeric + Astragalus

I have two herbal supplements that I take daily to help boost my immunity. The first is Gaia Herbs Mushroom + Herbs Everyday Immune which contains a potent combination of mushrooms (Maitake, Reishi, Chaga, and Cordyceps) and herbs like turmeric and astragalus that have been seen to work at the cellular level.

About Chaga Mushrooms

The Chaga mushroom is commonly found on Birch trees throughout the colder climates of the Northern hemisphere. Historically consumed for centuries in the East as a tea, this powerful antioxidant rich mushroom is rich in Beta-D-Glucans which help to balance the body’s immune system response. Additionally, Chaga is also used to supports the body’s response to modern cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, by compensating for the negative side effects.

In addition, it’s also believe that Chaga can soothe pain associated with neuropathy and diabetes. As such this herbal supplement has been a key component in my overall health as someone who has struggled with fibromyalgia.

Other health benefits include its support for healthy blood pressure and cholesterol – Chaga is able to break down LDL cholesterol or bad cholesterol in the bloodstream – as well as offering support for gastrointestinal issues such as ulcers.

About Turmeric

Turmeric, a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties, contains curcumin which is also believed to have anticancer properties. There have been over 2000 studies and a phase 1 cancer trial in the UK that have shown curcumin can help to prevent several forms of cancer including breast, lung, stomach, liver, and colon cancer.

About Astragalus

Astragalus, a perennial flowering plant traditionally used in Chinese medicine as an adaptogen, also aids in fighting off stress and disease. Continuing research suggests that astragalus boosts immunity, acts as an anti-inflammatory, aids in the proper regulation of insulation and related illnesses, can slow tumor growth and protects the cardiovascular system.

How to Boost Your Immune System Naturally! Boosting your body's immunity does more than just help deter illnesses. It can also help your body respond better to stress as well as lead to a more restful night's sleep. And as a busy mom or a career driven rockstar, those are both things we can all use.

2. Ashwagandha Root

The other herbal supplement that I take daily is Gaia Herbs Ashwagandha Root. Ashwagandha root, like astragalus, is another adaptogenic herb. It helps to nourish and restore optimal nervous and immune system health by normalizing mood, energy levels, and overall immune function.

For me, ashwagandha root helps immensely with my physical response to anxiety. Additionally, in Ayurvedic medicine, ashwagandha is used for its “grounding” properties for those with a high Vata as it aids in calming the mind and promoting restful sleep.

Further, this highly nutritional herb assists in maintaining proper body nourishment while also supporting proper function of the adrenals. Ashwagandha is especially beneficial to seniors in need of a nourishing, natural source of energy.

3. Probiotics

Probiotics are another easy, natural way to boost your immune system naturally. A must for a healthy gut, probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that aid a healthy digestive system.

Studies show that probiotics can help with issues such as irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease and both infectious and antibiotic related diarrhea. While others have also experienced relief from skin conditions such as eczema.

Additional benefits include improved oral, vaginal and urinary health. And of course, for many people, probiotics also aid in the prevention of allergies and colds.

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Why drink apple cider vinegar during cold & flu season? Drinking raw apple cider vinegar everyday is a great way to keep your immunity up. Not only can it help to prevent you from getting sick, but it also gives your body a boost to fight a cold or the flu if you do get sick. I have a great recipe for a turmeric ginger apple cider vinegar tonic here. If you already have a cold, adding a dash of cayenne pepper to suit can give this tonic an extra kick to help clear out stuffy nasal passages.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

Drinking raw apple cider vinegar daily, either as a shot or as part of a tonic, is another great way to boost your immune system naturally. You know the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Well, because raw apple cider isn’t pasteurized and still contains the “mother” it maintains many of the same nutritional benefits as the unfermented fruit. When apples are then fermented to produce apple cider vinegar, it produces a number of beneficial enzymes including natural probiotics that boost your overall wellness and immunity.

Additionally, raw apple cider is also rich in malic acid. Malic acid is naturally anti-viral and therefore it can help to prevent colds caused by viruses as well as hasten your recovery should you get sick.

Apple cider vinegar further aids in digestion, can help you to maintain a healthy weight, assists in regulating blood sugar and can even lower blood pressure. All of these things promote good health and can make your body more able to fend off illnesses.

I am a huge fan of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar. Not only has this brand been around for a really long time, but you can also find it easily at most grocery and health food stores as well as online. Further, there is also a holistic book published by Melissa Bragg called Apple Cider Vinegar: Miracle Health System that help you get the most out of this superfood.

Make my inflammation busting, immunity boosting turmeric, ginger & apple cider vinegar tonic recipe as part of your daily diet!

5. Essential Oils

Aromatherapeutic use of essential oils are another way to boost your immune system naturally. In addition to managing stress, getting sufficient rest and maintaining proper nutrition, essential oils can also help to protect your body from germs.

Not only can you use essential oils to ease stress and calm your mind through aromatherapy, but certain essential oils also have strong antiviral and antibiotic properties. When using these essential oils with a diffuser, they can help to combat the airborne spread of germs. Some of these essential oils include clove, eucalyptus, frankincense, lemon, oregano and peppermint.

I also especially like Spark Naturals Shield essential oil blend for this purpose. This natural essential oil blend is created from a combination of blend of clove, cinnamon bark, lemon, eucalyptus, and rosemary essential oils. Inspired by grave robbers during the plague in 15th century England, this blend was historically believed to protect them from illness when robbing dead plague victims.

Want to explore more essential oils and save money? Join Spark Naturals Oil of the Month Club with no contracts + skip a month any time!

Make elderberry syrup this cold & flu season to help naturally boost your immunity! Black elderberries have been used for hundreds of years for their medicinal value in treating colds, the flu, allergies and to boost overall respiratory health. Found along rivers, forests and even roadsides, this common botanical yields ripe berries that are rich in antioxidants, potassium, beta carotene, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin C. Elderberry syrup is a simple and tasty way to ingest the nutrients offered by elderberries. It’s believed that taken daily, it can help to prevent flu and colds as well as aid in the recovery of an existing illness such as the flu, colds, excessive mucus and even a sore throat. You can learn how to make your own homemade elderberry syrup here.

In addition to these five ways to boost your immune system naturally, I also have a collection of natural ways to fight colds and flu. You can find that information here. You may also be interested in my Natural Home Remedies + Herbal Health Care Pinterest board.

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Natural Ways to Fight Colds & Flu This Fall

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The kids are in school, the holidays are fast approaching and there’s so much planning and shopping still yet to be done. Who can afford to get sick? Whether you’re making soothing medicinal teas, immune boosting syrups or something else entirely, these natural ways to fight colds & flu will keep you in shape to do what needs to be done.

Natural Ways to Fight Colds & Flu This Fall! The kids are in school, the holidays are fast approaching and there's so much planning and shopping still yet to be done. Who can afford to get sick? Whether you're making soothing medicinal teas, immune boosting syrups or something else entirely, these natural ways to fight colds & flu will keep you in shape to do what needs to be done.

After all, we can’t always afford to take time off from work or home life. But it is important that we take time out for self care. This way we can still perform at our best even when we feel bad. And who knows, you may find that you enjoy some of these natural ways to fight colds & flu even when you aren’t sick!

Natural Ways to Fight Colds & Flu

Natural Ways to Fight Colds & Flu This Fall! Learn how to make custom herbal tea blends to fight the cold & flu! Learn how to use herbal ingredients to create your own herbal teas for fighting the cold and flu. For example, peppermint helps to not only cool down the body, but it also soothes irritated lungs and eases colds. Hibiscus flowers, which are naturally rich in Vitamin C, help to “dry” out excess mucus in your lungs. While marshmallow root adds a coat of mucilage that can sooth a dry cough and sore throat.

Medicinal Tea for Colds & Flu

You need look no further than tea brands like Yogi and Traditional Medicinals to know that tea can help with a variety of ailments from insomnia and constipation to weight loss and energy. But if name brand teas don’t quite cut it, you can create your own custom tea blends to help ease a cold or flu.

Within the article, How to Make Custom Herbal Tea Blends by Jes of Good 4 You Herbals, you are provided with introductory information on herbal ingredients and tips for mixing these ingredients to create custom herbal teas. For example, peppermint leaf helps to not only cool down the body, but it also soothes irritated lungs and eases colds. Hibiscus flowers, which are naturally rich in Vitamin C, help to “dry” out excess mucus in your lungs. While marshmallow root adds a coat of mucilage that can sooth a dry cough and sore throat.

Cayenne, and this one is often used in cold & flu tea blends, heats up the body and acts as an expectorant if you have a stuffy nose due to a cold or flu. In addition it also has amazing antibacterial properties that help to promote wellness.

You can find Jes’ article on how to customize your own herbal teas here. (Jes also uses her herbal knowledge when developing her own natural plant based makeup. You can purchase her products via her Etsy store here.) Or try this simple and easy cold & flu herbal tea recipe with echinacea, ginger and cayenne to get you started.

If you’re not quite up to the task of customizing and preparing your own medicinal herbal tea remedy, you can purchase pre-blended cold & flu herbal teas from these artisanal sellers based on your symptoms. Or simply gleam ideas for the types of ingredients you’d like to use when making your own teas.

Fight cold & flu naturally with this Cold & Flu Loose Herbal Tea from Arogya Tea & Holistic Healing. This natural home remedy and herbal tea contains an immune-boosting and antiseptic blend of herbs to help strengthen and defend your reserves. Ingredients include Elder Flowers, Licorice Root, Fennel and Cinnamon to battle congestion, Calendula to ease fever, Lime Blossoms to calm the stomach and Echinacea to boost immunity.

I am particularly partial to this Cold & Flu Loose Herbal Tea from Arogya Tea & Holistic Healing. It contains an immune-boosting and antiseptic blend of herbs to help strengthen and defend your reserves. Ingredients include Elder Flowers, Licorice Root, Fennel and Cinnamon to battle congestion, Calendula to ease fever, Lime Blossoms to calm the stomach and Echinacea to boost immunity. Get it here. Or try Folke Magick’s Cold & Flu Herbal Tea as an alternate version.

Why drink apple cider vinegar during cold & flu season? Drinking raw apple cider vinegar everyday is a great way to keep your immunity up. Not only can it help to prevent you from getting sick, but it also gives your body a boost to fight a cold or the flu if you do get sick. I have a great recipe for a turmeric ginger apple cider vinegar tonic here. If you already have a cold, adding a dash of cayenne pepper to suit can give this tonic an extra kick to help clear out stuffy nasal passages.

Immune Boosting Home Remedies

Apple Cider Vinegar

Speaking of boosting your immunity, drinking raw apple cider vinegar everyday is a great way to keep your immunity up. Not only can it help to prevent you from getting sick, but it also gives your body a boost to fight a cold or the flu if you do get sick. I have a great recipe for a turmeric ginger apple cider vinegar tonic here. If you already have a cold, adding a dash of cayenne pepper to suit can give this tonic an extra kick to help clear out stuffy nasal passages.

Natural ways to fight colds & flu! Learn how to make elderberry syrup this cold & flu season to help naturally boost your immunity! Black elderberries have been used for hundreds of years for their medicinal value in treating colds, the flu, allergies and to boost overall respiratory health. Found along rivers, forests and even roadsides, this common botanical yields ripe berries that are rich in antioxidants, potassium, beta carotene, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin C. Elderberry syrup is a simple and tasty way to ingest the nutrients offered by elderberries. It’s believed that taken daily, it can help to prevent flu and colds as well as aid in the recovery of an existing illness such as the flu, colds, excessive mucus and even a sore throat. You can learn how to make your own homemade elderberry syrup here.

Black Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry syrup is another immunity boosting remedy! Black elderberries have been used for hundreds of years for their medicinal value in treating colds, the flu, allergies and to boost overall respiratory health. Found along rivers, forests and even roadsides, this common botanical yields ripe berries that are rich in antioxidants, potassium, beta carotene, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin C.

Elderberry syrup is a simple and tasty way to ingest the nutrients offered by elderberries. It’s believed that taken daily, it can help to prevent flu and colds as well as aid in the recovery of an existing illness such as the flu, colds, excessive mucus and even a sore throat. You can learn how to make your own homemade elderberry syrup here. Alternately you can also buy a DIY elderberry kit or premade elderberry syrup. (This stuff is delicious! I highly recommend trying it on pancakes.)

In addition to apple cider vinegar and elderberry syrup, you can also purchase immunity boosting herbal teas. Moose Head Homestead sells an ImmuniTEA-herbal tea blend that combines elderflowers with organic ginger root, calendula, yarrow and peppermint leaf that you take at the first sign of discomfort. Earth Witch Herbals also sells an Immuni-TEA tea blend with a slightly different formula.

Alternately, if sipping on tea isn’t really your thing, Gaia Herbs Turmeric Supreme Immune A.S.A.P Supplement is a wonderful alternative in pill form. (FYI Thrive Market has great prices on the entire Gaia Herb line. I shop with them regularly. It’s kind of like a Costco but for the world’s best healthy food and natural products at wholesale prices.)

Turmeric Golden Milk

Speaking of turmeric, golden milk is another great option for not only boosting your immunity, but it’s also a pretty powerful antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Golden milk, also sometimes called turmeric tea, can help stop a bacterial infection in its tracks as well as soothe a sore throat. It can also help with digestion issues such as with gas, bloating, and digestive comfort as well as ease muscle and joint pain.

An immune boosting turmeric golden milk recipe from Wit & Delight blog!

This turmeric golden milk recipe from Wit & Delight is a great option. You can swap out the non-dairy milk for dairy if you prefer or swap the honey with light agave syrup to make it vegan. (Wit & Delight is one of my long time favorite lifestyle blogs covering topics that include beauty, fashion, interior design, health & wellness, parenting and more.)

You can also find a simpler golden milk recipe at It’s a Healthy Lifestyle blog which focuses on nutrition, veganism, health and lifestyle. There’s even a golden milk frozen dog treat recipe for your pup at Dalmatian DIY because, after all, pets are family too.

Or, if there’s a bit too much work involved in the process of making turmeric tea for your hectic schedule, Laird’s Superfood Turmeric Creamer makes a great nutrient rich, vegan alternative for adding turmeric to your diet along with your morning cup of jo. (I also purchased this product from Thrive Market recently.)

Twig + Petals Immunity Boost Organic Essential Oil Blend is a natural way to help fight colds & flu! The natural blend of Pine, Lemon, Eucalyptus, Myrrh, Tea Tree, Thyme essential oils can be applied to feet or added to warm bathwater to help support your body's natural immunity. 

Essential Oils

If your preference lies more in the realm of essential oils and aromatherapy then you might want to consider giving Twig + Petals Immunity Boost Organic Essential Oil Blend a try. The natural blend of Pine, Lemon, Eucalyptus, Myrrh, Tea Tree, Thyme essential oils can be applied to feet or added to warm bathwater to help support your body’s natural immunity.

Alternately, if you enjoy making your own homemade products, Humblebee & Me has a great recipe for making your own Essential Oil Cold & Flu Aromatherapy Roll On. It contains eucalyptus, peppermint, clove bud, wintergreen, lime, cajeput and tea tree essential oils as well as menthol. If you are allergic or sensitive to eucalyptus and/or clove bud essential oils, cedarwood and cinnamon essential oils make a wonderful substitute.

Now that you’re better armed to take on cold & flu season – and really, basically be Wonder Woman for the entire holiday season – be sure to let me know in the comments what some of your favorite natural ways to fight colds & flu are! And don’t forget to check out my Natural Home Remedies & Herbal Health Care board on Pinterest for more great ideas for taking charge of your health.

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Foaming Ginger & Turmeric Face Polish Recipe

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This foaming ginger & turmeric face polish recipe is wonderful for maturing skin and is crafted with a blend of natural carrier & essential oils prized for their antioxidant and anti-aging properties.

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To create my foaming ginger & turmeric face polish I combined a blend of natural carrier oils prized for both their anti-aging and non-comedogenic properties with a foaming bath whip base for gentle cleansing. I then added ginger and turmeric essential oils and whipped in sugar for gentle exfoliation.

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The result is a wonderful ginger & turmeric face polish that not only cleanses and exfoliates skin, but can also help to deter the signs of aging and reduce the appearance of both age spots and hypopigmented scars.

Anti Aging Skin Care Recipes! This foaming ginger & turmeric face polish recipe is wonderful for maturing skin and is crafted with a blend of natural carrier & essential oils prized for their antioxidant and anti-aging properties. #antiaging #beauty #diy #skincare #facepolish #facescrub #turmeric #ginger #sugarscrub #recipe

Foaming Ginger & Turmeric Face Polish Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

2 oz. (57 grams) Crafter’s Choice foaming bath whip (or similar)
.1 oz. (3 grams) hemp seed oil
.1 oz. (3 grams) rosehip seed oil
.05 oz. (1.5 grams) sea buckthorn oil
.1 oz. (3 grams) kaolin (white cosmetic) clay
9 oz. (255 grams) white sugar
14 drops turmeric essential oil
16 drops fresh ginger essential oil

Instructions:

Begin by using a digital scale to weigh out the foaming bath whip base.

This foaming ginger & turmeric face polish recipe is wonderful for maturing skin and is crafted with a blend of natural carrier & essential oils prized for their antioxidant and anti-aging properties.

Now weigh out the hemp, rosehip seed and sea buckthorn oils and mix into the foaming bath whip with a spatula.

Add the essential oils then mix again. (If desired, you can also add an antioxidant like vitamin E oil or a rosemary antioxidant (extract) to help extend the shelf life of the carrier oils used.)

In a separate container weigh out the sugar and kaolin clay. Mix to combine. (If your skin tends to be particularly acne prone, you can substitute the kaolin clay with bentonite clay. Alternately Rhassoul clay and French green clay are also wonderful substitutions for maturing skin.)

Now slowly pour the sugar and clay mixture into the foaming bath whip base and oils. Mix with a hand blender adding more sugar/clay as the foaming ginger & turmeric face polish comes together.

This foaming ginger & turmeric face polish recipe is wonderful for maturing skin and is crafted with a blend of natural carrier & essential oils prized for their antioxidant and anti-aging properties.

Once you’ve added all the sugar and clay to the product, mix on high for several minutes.

Now spoon your face polish into a container (or containers) of your choice. This foaming ginger & turmeric face polish recipe will fill one 8 oz. container.

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The containers pictured are an 8 oz. amber PET heavy wall plastic jar with a lined aluminum cap and a 2 oz. straight sided amber glass jar with black phenolic lined cap. I got both from SKS Bottle & Packaging.

Now simply label your foaming ginger & turmeric face polish as desired for personal use or gifting.

If you like my labels, you can download the PDF for these labels here and print your own onto full size white label sheets! (I got my labels from WorldLabel.)

To use, remove desired amount from jar then gently massage onto damp skin. Rinse, then follow with a toner and moisturizer.

Making my foaming ginger & turmeric face polish to sell at craft fairs or in an online shop like Etsy? Then you’ll need to make sure that you follow FDA guidelines for labeling your product. If you’re unsure about the rules and regulations regarding labeling cosmetics, I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.

Alternately, if you’re looking for a similar product to my foaming ginger & turmeric face polish that you can buy, then you may like the turmeric & lemon deep cleansing face polish from Anja Natural Skin Care.

My DIY anti-aging under eye cream with hyaluronic acid will leave your skin feeling soft and nourished while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

If you liked my foaming ginger & turmeric face polish recipe, then you may also like my recipe for making an anti-aging under eye cream with hyaluronic acid. You can find that recipe here. (Or repin it here for later.)

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