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Ten Tips for Tuesday: Vegetable Glycerin

Here are ten uses for an uncommon but useful and economical product- vegetable glycerin.

  1. Mix salt, baking soda, peppermint (or your favorite) oil, and vegetable glycerin into a paste and store in an air tight container. You now have healthy, homemade, and CHEAP toothpaste. Another bonus… toothpaste contains fluoride which, in excessive amounts, can be harmful and even lethal to your health. The average American receives enough fluoride through their drinking water and doesn’t need the extra fluoride they receive from toothpaste and mouth rinse.
  2. Don’t waste tons of money on products for curly hair that just don’t work. Mix equal parts water and vegetable glycerin in a spray bottle with a fine mist. You can also add a few drops of an essential oil of your choice. Shake vigorously before each use and sprits on your curls. Vegetable glycerin is a natural humectant so it helps hair keep its shape while fighting frizz. The water is important however because without it the vegetable glycerin will get jealous and suck moisture out of your hair verses locking it in. The water also helps prevent ‘crispy’ curls. Others can use this spray as well as a natural hair spray that will have a double action as a leave-in conditioner.
  3. Make your own body scrub by mixing vegetable glycerin, olive oil, used coffee grounds, and a drop or two of your favorite essential oil. Mix ingredients together thoroughly and use as a scrub in the shower. The grounds will exfoliate for you while the olive oil and glycerin hydrate your skin and lock in moisture. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ten Tips for Tuesday: Yogurt

Ten Not-so-Common Uses for Yogurt

Yogurt is so much more versatile than most people realize. Use it in homemade beauty treatments, for cooking substitutes, healthy desserts and SOOOO much more!

  1. Mix ¼ cup plain yogurt with one teaspoon lemon or orange zest, one tablespoon honey, and one tablespoon of aloe vera and mix well. Use a soft, clean paint brush or cosmetic brush to apply an even layer of the mixture from forehead to the bottom of your neck. Let the mixture sit on your skin for 15-25 minutes and rinse well. Follow up with a thin layer of aloe vera or your favorite face lotion and viola! That’s a truly natural and healthy chemical peel that promises to leave you glistening rather than looking like your face was carpet burned.
  2. Place your favorite fruits in the blender with some yogurt (I use about a cup of yogurt per frozen bag of fruit). My favorite is pineapple with strawberries and a dash of fresh orange juice. You can also add a dab of sugar or your favorite sweetener of choice- but you don’t need it. Puree and mix thoroughly. Place into a freezer safe dish or storage container and freezer over night. Who knew healthy homemade frozen yogurt could be so easy?! Read the rest of this entry »

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