Radiant Wellness, Take 1

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If you’re anything like me, you’re always on the lookout for affordable, nature-based ways to look and feel better. I especially love remedies that take advantage of products I already have. Coupling these considerations, here are this week’s wellness tips:

1. It’s black & white.

Try activated charcoal for digestive health and pearly whites. You can find affordable, quality capsules at Whole Foods- $6.99 for 50. The supplement works by preventing the absorption of chemicals or toxins in the body. It helps alleviate everything from gas and indigestion to the toxicity associated with food poisoning and even snake bites. It helps prevent hangovers and lower cholesterol, too. Pretty cool, no?

To use for teeth-whitening purposes, empty capsules into a dish and mix with water to make a mouthwash or paste to be applied directly on teeth. Wait 3-5 minutes and rinse throughly. Be warned: your mouth will be black due to the dark, powdery nature of the charcoal, but it washes out (particularly if you brush your teeth with toothpaste or baking soda afterward) and it will come off other items easily enough too.

2. Tea time is the best time.

Especially when the tea contains turmeric. The wonder spice, found right in your supermarket next to the fresh ginger, holds massive healing power. The active agent in turmeric, curcumin, serves to reduce inflammation (the root of all disease), ease joint pain, boost immunity and combat illnesses from the common cold to cancer.

It even lowers cholesterol and helps prevent Alzheimers. It’s no coincidence that Indians, who consume a lot of turmeric, have the lowest rates of Alzheimers in the world. The Okinawans, the notoriously long-living Japanese Islanders also regularly consume the stuff.

To make, simply bring 4 cups of water to a boil with a tbsp or so of Turmeric and allow to simmer 8-10 minutes. Once the turmeric has infused the water with all its orangey glory, filter the tea through a fine sieve into your favorite mug and enjoy. You can add honey or lemon if you like, or my favorite, some fresh ginger for added zing.

3. Sugah, sugah.

I look forward to the day when I can splurge on regular facials, but for now a natural sugar scrub applied at home a couple times a week is a great substitute. Using a small mason jar as your vessel, combine 1/4 cup organic sugar (not fine) and 1 tbsp good quality oil. I like the combination of grapeseed and coconut oil.

Contrary to popular perception, washing your face with oil does not promote oiliness. In fact, oil washing is another one of my favorite wellness tips, but more about that another time. You can also add about 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice to your scrub. I like including it for the scent and antioxidant boost. Be sure to keep the mixture in an airtight container and use as desired. It’s a fraction of the cost of that chemical-laden crap we’ve all paid too much for that doesn’t work. What do have to lose (other than some skin cells in need of a good slough)?

{Necessary disclaimer- Exercise good judgment before implementing any of the aforementioned tips. While they’re all all-natural, everybody’s body responds differently and it’s hard to determine exact results. Consult your doctor if needed or conduct a little of your own research ;)}

Try 1 (or all 3!) wellness tips and let me know how it goes. Or better yet, share what’s already working for you. Shine on, beauties! Xo

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