Cucumber Avocado Moisture mask

The sun is out and summer is here!  Now is the time to moisturize your skin if there is any hope of saving it from the desert sun.

I love this mask not only for my face but also for my hands and feet.  If your up for a little adventure, give it a try!


1/2 C. cucumber
1/2 C. avocado
1 egg yolk
3 T. honey
1 T. cream or yogurt
3 drops lemon oil  (or your favorite essential oil)

Mix everything in the blender till it is nice and smooth.  Use a fan brush to apply evenly over the skin.  Set back and relax for 30 minutes or till it dries.  When you are done rinse with cool water and pat dry.   Your skin should be silky smooth and revitalized.

Note: I have found this works best if the skin is freshly exfoliated.

Yes, it is totally normal for it to turn a rather ugly color of brown before you are done... just go with it and have fun!


Primal Pudding

There is just something comforting about chocolate pudding.  If you are an emotional eater you know what I mean.  For me it is a texture thing. 
This pudding is super quick and easy to make.  The best part about it is that I can feed it to EVERYONE I love.  It is primal, vegan, gluten free, casine free and sugar free so everyone is happy. The next time you have a family party think about serving this for dessert. 

1 banana
1 avocado
1 can coconut milk  (full fat not lite)
1 big scoop coco

*I know avocado seems weird.  Trust me it makes all the difference in the world in the texture.  You never see any green and all you taste is the chocolate.

Blend using an immersion blender or the food processor till it is nice and creamy.  Chill it in the fridge for 20 to 30 minutes so it sets up a bit.  Serve as is or over berries.  mmmmm......   This is also really good frozen into a popsicle if you have little ones.


Natural Sunburn Relief

It is the time of year to be outside.  There are lots of garden projects to do and hiking trails calling my name.  It is great that it is finally warm enough to get out there in the sun. 

A little bit of sun is a wonderful thing.  Not only does it feel fantastic on your skin and give you a pretty glow, it helps your body produce vitamin D3 and boosts your immune system.  Too much sun on the other hand can be a really real pain.  About 15 to 30 minutes of sun a day is going to be good for you and after that you need to cover up.

Prevention is the Key.  By all means, avoid getting a sunburn.  However, if it does happen, here are some natural remedies that really work.

Avoid further sun exposure until your symptoms have subsided.  Sunburns can continue to develop 12 to 24 hours after exposure.

After being in the sun, take a cool shower.

Place a cool moist towel over any areas that got too much sun, and take a rest.  Do not apply ice.  It can take several hours for a sunburn to become apparent.

Drink plenty of water and peppermint tea to keep you hydrated and to cool you from the inside out.

Sun Soak
1 C. apple cyder vinegar
1 C.  dry oatmeal
1 C. baking soda
7 drops peppermint oil

Mix ingredients into a tepid bath and soak for 30  minutes.

Sun soak 2
make a tea of chamomile, black and green tea.  Pour it in your bath water and soak.  Alternately you can take the moistened tea bags and place them directly on the burn.

Burn pultice
1 C. regular yogert
1 grated raw potato
1 grated raw cucumber

Apply mixture to your skin and let set for 20 to 30 minutes. 

Aahhh  Aloe Sunburn Spray
1 C. aloe juice
20 drops lavender oil
10 drops rosemary oil

Apply to burn with a spray bottle or a cotton ball.  Keep in the fridge and use within 4 to 6 months.

Sunburn Spray 2
1/4 C. distilled water
2 T. aloe vera gel
1 T. witch hazel
6 drops lavender oil
1 drop chamomile oil
1 drop tea tree oil

Mix the essential oil with the witch hazel.  Add the distilled water and aloe.  Store in a spray bottle.   Shake well before using.

After sun Skin Conditioner
1/2 t. sweet almond oil
1/2 t. aloe vera gel
1/8 t. liquid lecithin
12 drops evening primrose oil
1 drop tea tree oil
1 drop carrot seed oil

Using a whisk mix the almond oil,primrose oil, and liquid lecithin together.  Add the aloe gel and mix.  add the essential oil and mix again.  Gently massage into skin.  Store any leftovers in a jar with a lid.

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