Natural Beauty with Sea Salt

On my recent trip to the island of Kauai,  I was lucky enough to visit a salt company – they sell a variety of culinary salts featuring the Hawaiian red salt produced on the islands. This mineral rich salt gets it’s rosy hue from the natural volcanic clay on the islands. A short drive from their shop, is an actual salt pond where sea salt is made as it has been for centruries.

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Fresh ocean water is allowed to evaporate in small man made ponds leaving behind the pure sea salt. Salt is one of the oldest beauty ingredients and in fact was once used as currency in many parts of the world because of it’s value.

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I like to use sea salt in the bath a spoonful of coconut oil and a cup of sea salt thrown into warm bathwater leaves my skin clean, fresh and silky smooth.

Using sea salt in the bath creates your own “mini ocean” and recent studies have discovered that bathing in salty water not only detoxes the body but also makes our skin stronger and able to retain more moisture.

I also like to use sea salt in making body scrubs and polishes. Here is a simple recipe:

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Sea Salt Body Polish 

1 /2 cup sea salt

1 Tablespoon baking soda

2 Tablespoons light sesame oil

1 teaspoon vitamin E oil

Mix together all ingredients and stir well.  You may add a bit more oil if needed.  You want a smooth, grainy paste.  To use:  In the shower or bath massage into damp skin with long flowing strokes.  Avoid sensitive skin areas.  Rinse with warm water and pat skin dry.  note:  oil in scrub could make your shower floor a bit slippery, you may want to put a towel down to stand on.

Yield: 4 ounces

 

Enjoy and Glow!  You are beautiful

xoxo Janice

 

Natural Beauty with Avocados

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Avocados are a natural beauty staple.  These rich buttery fruits can be used by all skin and hair types  to moisturize, clean and hydrate.  They are rich in natural oil, protein, and vitamins.  Avocados also contain more protein than any other fruit.  They have been used  for centuries in hot and dry climates to protect the skin and hair.

A simple and nourishing hair conditioner is made by mashing an avocado and massaging it into clean, damp hair.  Let sit for a few minutes then rinse out with warm water.

Avocado oil is a pale green oil that can be found in the cooking oil section of most grocery stores.  It is made from the dehydrated flesh of the avocado.  It is excellent for moisturizing the skin and hair because it is light  and also has some sunscreening properties.  It makes a wonderful skin and hair oil. I also like to use it for making creams and lotions

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Avocado pits can be used to create an effective body scrub.  Simply mash or grind the fresh pits until you have a coarse mixture that can be added to body scrubs or mixed together with a bit of your favorite cleanser to keep skin fresh and clean. The ground pits turn a lovely shade of red when exposed to the air.  You can dry ground pits and store in airtight containers.

Here is one of my favorite Avocado facial recipes.  Use weekly for soft, smooth skin.

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Avocado Facial Mask 

1 /2 fresh avocado flesh

1 Tablespoon sour cream

1 teaspoon pure honey

Mix together all ingredients and stir well until smooth.  Spread on clean, damp skin and let sit for 15 minutes.  Rinse well with warm water followed a cool water rinse.

Yield: 3 ounces

For more ways to use and enjoy avocados visit California Avocados link.

Also inside every avocado is a free plant!  Simply  plant your pit and water. It may take several years for your own avocados but the tiny trees make lovely houseplants.

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Enjoy!  You are beautiful

xoxo Janice