All posts tagged: natural

Wellness Wednesday: Pearl-tastic Beauty

No longer reserved for classic necklaces and earrings, pearls are being utilized in a variety of interesting ways. While the notion of using this remarkable ingredient is nothing new (most things are cyclical if you think about it) it has been a popular ingredient used in health and wellness products lately. You can find pearls on the ingredient list of powders, supplements, beauty products and more. So what is it about pearls that would make us want to ingest them and spread all over our faces? Well let’s first delve into where they come from. Pearls are formed inside oysters as some sort of defense mechanism. In a very simple explanation, when the oyster detects a foreign particle inside it’s shell it secretes the same nacre substance used to form it’s shell to cover the particle and over time this creates a pearl. Pearls contain beneficial minerals including calcium, amino acids, protein and much more, all things that contribute to healthy, youthful looking skin. So it’s no wonder we think skin care and beauty when …

Wellness Wednesday: Toxic Beauty, What Are You Applying To Your Skin?

I am a creature of habit and one thing I do not skip is applying a daily moisturizer. For as long as I can remember I have applied lotion all over my body post-shower EVERY single time no matter what. I have a thing with dry skin, it’s itchy, doesn’t look great and I’m convinced it ages you faster. While I’m consistent with the application and pride myself for being on top of this self-care ritual, I can’t say I was always careful with checking what ingredients were in my lotion. Lotion doesn’t just sit on top of our skin, we absorb it through our skin rather quickly. If you’re like I was, you really didn’t give too much thought as to what you were slathering all over your skin. The truth is we were/are literally applying a toxic substance to our largest organ, letting it become absorbed into our bodies without even thinking about it! In most of the brand name lotions we use there are dozens of ingredients that have been found to …

Wellness Wednesday: Trippin’ On Shrooms

Mushrooms are having a moment in the health and wellness industry. No longer are they categorized as just fancy infused oils, pizza toppings or for psychedelic trips, they are impacting wellness in a major way. Mushrooms are a good source of B vitamins, which help provide energy in the body by breaking down proteins, fats, and carbs. Aside from vitamins, mushrooms are also high in important minerals including selenium (which works as an antioxidant) and potassium (which helps control blood pressure & support our muscles and organs). Below I’ve outlined some common forms being utilized today: Mushroom Coffee Benefits: made from wildly harvested chaga, the mushrooms blended with pure coffee combats common side affects from caffeine meaning no more jitters or crashes and supports the adrenals. Mushroom Tea Benefits: reishi mushrooms are made into tea which studies have shown positively affect the body in many ways including fighting inflammation, liver disease, heart disease, anxiety/depression, diabetes, viruses, digestive problems and much more. Mushroom Powder Benefits: there are multiple varieties to get in powder form but the cordyceps …

Wellness Wednesday: 5 Reasons You’ll Go Maca For Maca

The Maca root is not something new and I touched upon it’s impressive benefits in an earlier post. To be honest I have only recently gotten into using it in my smoothies. When I discovered some of its amazing properties I wanted to spotlight it on MSF for those who are just jumping on the bandwagon and may want a little more info. It originated in Peru and is part of the radish family although it is commonly ground into a powder and consumed as a supplement or mixed into smoothies. The benefits of this root have been celebrated by ancient civilizations in Peru and used both as a preventative and in remedies by many generations. Below I’ve listed the top 5 benefits I found to be the most interesting and relevant to what we are looking for today. Top 5 Reasons You’ll Go Maca for Maca Vitamins & Minerals– it is loaded with B vitamins, vitamin C & E, calcium, magnesium, amino acids, iron, zinc and much more Energy shot– known to increase energy and stamina, …

Wellness Wednesday: Yes, they’re REAL

There are so many smoke and mirrors these days it’s hard to keep things straight on what is authentic and what is enhanced. I am not against anyone doing something that makes them feel better or gives them more confidence but I am ALL for trying things the natural way first. Before my wedding I was frantic about getting the healthiest hair, toned arms, white teeth and long eyelashes. Because lets face it, there is nothing more feminine and pretty than long beautiful lashes. I never tried eyelash extensions and was never a big fan of the glue-on false eyelashes so I turned to Latisse to help the process along before my big day. I have to say it totally worked and my already pretty long eyelashes were extremely long and full, giving me the look I was going for. The thing about Latisse though is it isn’t natural, and it worried me to continue using something so artificial. Putting it on your eyes everyday/weekly seemed intense, especially with so many unknowns. So I started experimenting …

Wellness Wednesday: Egg-tastic Natural Dyes

Spring is in the air and to get in the festive spirit I’ve been thinking of ways to brighten up the house, changing the décor to cheerful and lighter colors/fabrics and of course preparing fun recipes for the upcoming holiday I’ll be celebrating with the fam. When I think of Spring I think of bunnies, flowers and of course coloring eggs. However, using toxic dye to color these eggs brings the light springtime music in my head to an abrupt- screeching halt. I started thinking of ways to naturally dye eggs and got the idea from my toothbrush one morning. I usually follow my turmeric-apple cider vinegar water with brushing so the bristles on my brush have turned a bright yellow from the natural dye in turmeric. Hence the idea was born to try and find things I had on hand that would tint the shell of my eggs fun colors. Below I included a simple recipe for the three colors I found that worked really well. Have fun with it and you could even try …

Wellness Wednesday: Top 5 Benefits of Vinegar

I’m not sure when I started, although I’m confident to say I’ve been doing it for at least two years. A shot of vinegar in my morning lemon water and dousing veggies or salad with the tangy goodness any chance I get. Vinegar can be an acquired taste and something you need to get used to (especially if you are not familiar with it’s assertive flavor) but I urge you to get on board…like now. Browse Pinterest, Google, or ask any relative and you are sure to find home remedies and claims of its intense healing or cleaning powers. Personally, I began to use it because I read somewhere it fights inflammation. I continued to have it in my daily water and put it on most everything after I researched the benefits further. No need for you to do that because as always I made it simple and am giving you the best ones I found, straight up no chaser. Top 5 Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar Nutrient absorption-acetic acid in apple cider vinegar can …