Almost every morning I wake up, stagger to the bathroom and stare in the mirror at some seriously tired, puffy eyes. Not a great way to start the day! If your undereye bags are dragging you down, give them a wake-up call with these simple, natural remedies.
What causes puffiness
The good news is that experts say eye puffiness is not a result of not sleeping or even not sleeping well. The bad news? Your daily habits and even genetics are to blame.
Eye puffiness is most often caused by under eye water retention, either excess water or a buildup of lymphatic fluid. Irritation and redness could be caused by rubbing, allergic reactions to makeup or something in our environments (allergies, pets, etc.)…
Quinoa is awesome. It’s packed with protein and is naturally gluten-free and super healthy. The problem is that it often tastes ‘super healthy’ so the kids won’t go near it. Enter the quinoa pizza crust. Best pizza ever. No lie. The dough requires only 3 ingredients (quinoa, salt, water) and is amazingly simple to make. It does involve a little planning ahead (there’s overnight soaking), but other than that, it’s even easier than making pancakes….
Over the last few months I’ve been hearing more and more about oil pulling. And if you just said, ‘what the blazes is oil pulling?’ then you’re not alone. I said the same thing! Here’s a quick rundown.
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayruveda holistic dental care method that involves nothing more than swishing cold-pressed oil in your mouth for a certain amount of time. Sounds simple, right? It also sounds a little, well, strange. Maybe even totally gross. I get it. I thought the same thing. But I’m always open for trying new home remedies so I’ve been giving it a try for the past few weeks. Here’s what I’ve learned!
The idea behind oil pulling, as well as the name itself, is that swishing with the oil helps “pull” toxins from your system as you pull the oil through your teeth and gums. The oils typically used are coconut, olive or sesame oil. That part seems to be a matter of personal preference. I’ve been using coconut oil since I already use it for everything, and my cupboard is already well stocked. It also shows anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties. Plus, I’m bit of a coconut fiend and love the way it tastes….
My freezer has been working overtime this week. First I froze these amazingly simple garbage disposal refresher cubes (happy dance) and then made frozen coconut coffee scrub cubes. Did you catch that? It’s a solid coconut oil cube with coffee grounds in it. The perfect size. The perfect stretch mark and cellulite-fighting ingredients….
Last week on Valentine’s Day the hubby and I had a good laugh on a somewhat random topic – bad breath. Each time I was pregnant certain smells would totally turn my stomach. Unfortunately, my husband’s breath was one of them! Apparently this is normal (what isn’t during pregnancy?) but I forced the poor man to give up certain foods, chew gum like a fiend and try every mouthwash out there. But the medicine-like smell of most commercial mouthwashes just made things worse.
Fortunately my wacko sense of smell eventually returned to normal. But I wish I had tried a natural remedy back then because homemade mouthwash works wonders – and it actually tastes good and there’s no weird after smell or alcohol burn. Every time I try a natural remedy I’m shocked at how easy it is to make and how much better it works. Here’s how to make your own….