Just like it is important to consider what you put in your body, it is important to consider what you put on your body. Commercial body care products are often filled with chemicals and toxins that can be harmful to our health and environment. Luckily there is a fun and simple alternative — creating your own products. Not only will you know exactly what you are putting on your skin, you will also feel a sense of satisfaction from being self-sufficient. Your journey into natural body care can be a lot of fun and will yield amazing results as you nurture and respect your body. One wonderful book filled with body care recipes is Earthly Bodies and Heavenly Hair by Dina Falconi. This book includes recipes for facial products, hair care, lip care, and more.
The following is a lip balm recipe from Dina Falconi’s book:
All Purpose Lip Balm
A light, nourishing, healing lip balm for any time of year
- 3 oz. expeller canola pressed oil
- 1 oz. calendula-infused olive oil (preferred) or plain olive oil
- 1 oz. wheat germ oil
- 2 oz. beeswax
- 56 drops anise, fennel, mint, grapefruit or other essential oil
Put a pot filled 4 inches high with water on the stove over medium heat. Fill a heat-proof measuring cup with the liquid oils, then grate or cut small pieces of beeswax and add it to the oil. Place the measuring cup in a hot-water bath and heat until the beeswax has thoroughly melted into the oil, stirring it well with a chopstick. When pouring the melted beeswax and oil combination into containers, add 2 drops of essential oil per ¼ oz. lip balm, and place lid immediately on the container to prevent the evaporation of the essential oils. This recipe makes enough lip balm to fill 28 ¼ oz. containers, which are great to give as gifts.
Earthly Bodies and Heavenly Hair:
A little background…
The goji berry is native to southeastern Europe and Asia. The goji berry, or wolfberry, is a bright red berry with tiny yellow seeds inside. Goji berries have been cultivated along the Yellow River in China for over 600 years. They are sometimes referred to as “Red Diamonds” due to their immense nutritional benefits. Traditional herbal uses of the goji berry include strengthening the liver, purifying the blood, and protecting healthy vision.
Goji berries are a fantastic source of antioxidants, which help protect our health at the cellular level from free radical damage. Goji berries also contain polysaccharides which help to support and balance the immune system. Goji berries are also packed with 18 amino acids, 8 of which are essential amino acids. They also contain vitamins B1, B2, B6, and E and up to 21 trace minerals including iron, selenium, and calcium. Goji Berries contain the highest amount of vitamin C by weight than any other food. It is also high in anthocyanins (a bioflavanoid) which help protect blood vessel from oxidative damage.
How to Enjoy
Goji berries are usually sold in their dried form and can be found at health food stores. They make a gret addition to salads, trail mix, cereal, oatmeal, or smoothies. Goji berries are also great to eat on their own and have a sweet flavor. You can also make goji berry tea by steeping 1-2 tablespoons in about a cup of hot water for 15 minutes. Enjoy!
Dry brushing cleans the lymphatic system. Lymph is considered part of our immune system and is made of white blood cells called lymphocytes and the interstitial fluid that bathe our cells, bringing our cells nutrients and removing their waste.
Proper functioning of the lymphatic system is critical to the body’s ability to detoxify and regenerate tissues, filter out foreign substances, and maintain a healthy immune system. If lymph circulation stagnates, toxins accumulate and cellular functioning is compromised, opening the way to physical ailments.
What You Need To Do Dry Brushing:
To dry brush, use a soft natural fiber brush with a long handle, so that you are able to reach all areas of your body. One with a removable head with a strap for your hand is a good choice. Here’s a picture of what you are looking for
*A short-handled brush works just as well.
Available from health food stores or your local co-op. Rite Aid sells a great and affordable brush made by Eco Tools.
www.earththerapeutics.net is a great site for affordable brushes.
How To Dry Brush:
• Always dry brush before you shower or bathe because you will want to wash off the impurities from the skin as a result from the brushing action.
• Brushing in circular motions, starting from the bottom of your feet upwards, from the hands towards the shoulders, and toward the heart on the torso to help drain the lymph.
• Use light pressure in areas where the skin is thin and harder pressure on places like the soles of the feet.