Gentle Detoxing for the New Year

I love this stuff. I really do, it's amazing for inflammation and has a really grounding effect. It's also quite a bit simpler than other detox strategies, and I know that what I need around this time of year, in the cold, is comfort and warm tea. Tea that also effectively brings everything back to balance. Balance has been pretty key for me this year. It's not something I thought too much about in the past, but now, it's one of my favorite things. Really. Keeping myself from running myself ragged, big fan. 

So taking a few minutes to think about my health in the morning and evening has been a long missing ritual, that I'm grateful to have reintroduced. 

Here's what's in it:

Burdock Root: A cleansing antioxidant that promotes a strong immune system, stimulates good digestion, and supports all the elimination pathways of the body. 

Slippery Elm Bark: Supports the skin, kidneys, and urinary and respiratory systems in their natural elimination process. It is used to soothe inflammatory irritations and minor gastrointestinal ailments by absorbing toxins from the bowels. 

Red Clover: Is an antioxidant with specialized flavonoids that promote healthy cell proliferation and help the immune system suppress harmful bacteria and other invasive microbes. It supports the kidneys as well as the urinary systems. 

Sheep Sorrel: Is used traditionally as an astringent, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, diuretic, and laxative. This herb contains many beneficial vitamins and minerals that support health and well being, and it functions in the body as an antioxidant. 

Rhubarb Root: Provides detoxification support to the digestive system, colon, and liver. I also helps minimize the risk of abnormal cell division by impeding the proliferation of harmful micro-organisms. Mineral content includes calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium, and selenium as well as vitamins B, C, and E. 

Blessed Thistle: Helps alleviate ingestion caused by liver congestion. It has long been used as a digestive tonic and a diaphoretic to support skin detoxification. This thorny plant contains B-complex vitamins as well as calcium, iron, and manganese. 

Kelp: Is a mineral-rich seaweed that promotes healthy bowels and proper immune function. It contains alginates that help remove heavy metal contaminants from the body, cleansing and soothing the intestines. High in vitamin content, keep also contains more than two dozen important minerals as well as proteins, carbohydrates, and essentially fatty acid. 

Watercress: Is a rich source of chlorophyll, vitamins A and C, antioxidants, and many minerals. Traditionally used for its detoxifying and restorative properties, it contains insoles, which deactivate and eliminate excess estrogen from the body. Watercress also contains vitamins A, B6, and C, and is rich in iron, copper, calcium, manganese, and carotenes. 

(All information about ingredients provided by Flora)

Here's how you use it: 

  • Mix 2 oz of Flor Essence with 2 oz of hot water. 
  • Drink in the morning before breakfast on an empty stomach, and once before bed. 
  • For accelerated results drink one in the afternoon before lunch. 

This post is a collaboration with Flora and Social Nature. All opinions are my own. 

10 Beauty and Self-Care Recipes You Can Make At Home

It's no secret that I love making homemade beauty products, and just from researching this post I feel like I learned 10 new skills. Not to mention the insane amount of photography talent out there, but the real function of this post is to give you a few new ideas for your beauty routine. From making homemade rose water to scrubbing your face with spirulina, that you can also have for breakfast, I'm sure you'll find something in this list to get your creative juices flowing, make you feel a little more nurtured, and probably a little more creative too.

1. Homemade Rosewater (via Snippet & Ink): This is a perfect DIY for Valentine's Day, if you're interested in getting something for your mom, sister, or yourself, try making rose water with just two ingredients.

2. DIY Coconut Oil Lip Stain (via HelloGlow): Homemade makeup is my favorite because not only does it contain 100% less chemicals than any store bought brand, but you can also infuse it with things like coconut oil, which is moisturizing, and berries which have huge doses of antioxidants to keep you skin looking healthy even after you take your makeup off.

3. Slimming Body Wrap (via eHow): This wrap is a lot like making a poultice, which I love doing. Made with clay, castor oil, aloe vera, and sea salt, this wrap will definitely give you a whole body detox, just make sure you set aside enough time to really let this wrap work it's magic.

4. Rose Hibiscus Whipped Body Butter (via PoppyTalk): Whipped body butters and the smell of hibiscus are two of my favorite things, and this body butter has a mix of several different kinds of oils to give your body butter the perfect texture, rose oil to smell great, and hibiscus to make sure you not only moisturize but also pamper your skin with antioxidants.

5. Whipped Mango Body Butter (via Brit.co): This is another whipped body butter, FYI if you want to get into making your own body butters you'll need a handheld mixer. This mix is a little more tropical made with mango and shea butters and mixed in with mango essential oils to give it a super moisturizing, great smelling effect.

6. Spirulina Face Mask (via HelloGlow): This project is breakfast AND a face mask, read the post, you'll see. Using face masks in the morning is one of my favorite things. You don't have to keep it on very long to get all of the benefits from it, and it a great way to give your skin a boost before going out and braving the elements. Did I mention there's a recipe for breakfast too?

7. Grapefruit Mint Poppy Seed Soap Bars (via A Beautiful Mess): This project calls for goat's milk soap base and grapefruit zest. Soap making can be kind of intimidating but the directions are super simple and they'll make the perfect, homemade gift.

8. Rice Water Toner (via One Good Thing): Turns out soaking rice in a bit of water can create an elixir that is super healthy for your skin and full of vitamins and minerals. It's also super inexpensive and you probably have some rice and water in your house right now. There's really no reason not to try out this skin soothing toner that's perfect for sensitive skin.

9. DIY Spa Kit (via PopSugar): This spa kit is adorable and contains a foot soak, body butter, and body scrub, all DIY-able, and obviously the perfect decoration for any bathroom.

10. Beet and Peppermint Body Butter (via Salt & Ritual): This site has some of the prettiest photography I've seen in a while. That's not the point of this though. What is, is that this body butter is full of all natural ingredients like beet powder, which nourish skin with copious amounts of vitamins and minerals, and coconut oil for long-lasting moisture.