HempSolv: My New Favorite Serum and Turmeric Supplement

I love HempSolv products! I am really impressed with this brand!

Their serum is amazing! It hydrates so deeply and I love applying it before the red light (it’s red light compatible). It contains cbd, which is great for inflammation. You can add essential oils to it, to suit your needs. I add a couple drops of blue tansy for the most amazing face serum!

I love their relief capsules. They contain turmeric and cbd, so they are an anti inflammatory power house.

Red Light Therapy

Use of red light therapy can enhance cellular function. This means it can be helpful for skin health, inflammation and muscle/workout recovery.

My favorite time to use the red light is while I meditate!

I really love Joovv, they have large and small models and I also love The Cellreturn Platinum LED mask for facial light therapy.

*As always, I am not a medical professional and am not giving medical advice. This is a practice that works for me and that might work for you too.

Salt Baths

I love taking salt baths! They are a favorite way of mine to relax and help take care of my body.

Baths can boost the lymphatic system and help get the body into a parasympathetic state.

My favorite bath add-ins (I usually add salt and 1-3 other additions per bath):

  • 1/4- 2 cups of epsom or Dead Sea salt to a warm to hot bath. Using the higher amount of salt and a hotter bath will result in a detox bath where you are sweating (which I love). Or you can use the smaller amount of salt and a warm bath for a more relaxing option.
  • 1 TB organic ginger powder
  • 1-4 TB baking soda
  • 1/4- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 TB organic coconut oil
  • 2 TB organic cacao butter
  • 1/4 cup- 1 cup organic glyphosate free oats (gathered in and tied off using organic cotton cheesecloth)
  • Handful organic rose petals (gathered in and tied off using organic cotton cheesecloth)
  • 1 TB- 1/4 cup Activist Manuka Honey
  • 3-5 capsules of organic coconut activated Charcoal*

* If using charcoal, it will leave a black residue on the tub. I use a silicone sponge and Dr. Bronners Castile soap to clean the residue.

Gua Sha

I love practicing with a gua sha. It is such a cool tool that I use to massage my chest, neck and face, break up facial adhesions and help move lymph.

The gua sha pictured is Jackie Van Ruler’s green jade nephrite stone.

I have used a gua sha (sporadically) and a detector (much more regularly) for the past 8 months. The past 2 months, I have been very regularly (nearly daily) using my gua sha. My skin is so soft and I have less hyperpigmentation where my ezxema used to be (around my mouth and chin). My neck and decolatette feel so much smoother. My little worry lines on my forehead are lighter. And thanks to moving lymph, I am no longer waking up with puffy morning eyes!

The scar I’ve had for about 3 years has completely faded away in the last two months! I got the scar from my dog Lola. We were playing with a toy and she accidentally scratched my face. The scar sat low and close to my nose on my right cheek; it was very thin and nearly an inch long. It was light to medium (definitely not a deep/big scar). A few months ago, I noticed that the scar had faded (from regularly detector use, irregular gua sha use and very regular red light therapy). But after using the gua sha these past couple months, it is completely gone… So cool*!

I am learning gua sha from Jackie Van Ruler. You can purchase an authentic and high quality gua sha tool from her, and she has many free videos (on her website, instagram and You Tube) where you can follow along. I first did her Love Your Face, Love Your Life free program and enjoyed it so much that I purchased her Give Yourself a Facelift program. I am so glad I did! It is a series of detector and gua sha videos that teach you how to use them. I cannot say enough good things about her program. My skin is so much better. It is such a transformative experience, I will always practice it!

* I should note that in addition to gua sha, I am regularly practicing with a detector and face taping, using a red light/led mask, a micro current, frozen cryo gold wands and a vibrating rose quartz roll. I am sure that all of these things combined have helped erase my scar. But I maintain that facial reflexology and gua sha are the most important of these practices!

Facial Reflexology

I will be starting a new weekly post: self care practices. I will be sharing various self care practices that help me stay grounded, healthy and happy! Self care is important to me because it consists of mental and physical ways of loving, respecting and caring for myself.

Facial reflexology: I love facial reflexology. It is so easy to do and feels great! Reflexology is a therapeutic method that stimulates points correlating to different parts of the body. Reflexology brings blood flow to the treated area. You practice facial reflexology using a stainless steel wand/detector. Using the tool, you rub circles on your face (using just the weight of the tool). There are many different protocols you can practice (depending on your goals; ex dry skin, allergies, greying hair) or you can just go along your face and stop any wear you feel bumpy or sensitive and make sure to complete 15 circles on that spot. Make sure to breathe in-and-out through your nose and treat it as a meditative experience. I usually use my detector first thing in the morning and\or at night before bed. Sometimes after work, my husband and I will do a gua sha (more on that later) and detector routine together.

Resources: Jackie Van Ruler, Danna from Noy Skincare and Veronica from Eunoia Esssentials. I love to watch the protocols from these wonderful women. You can find all of them online, look for Eunoia Essentials on Instagram. You can buy detectors (and gua sha’s) from all three of them.

For me, I started off with Jackie Van Rulers’ detector and gua sha videos. She has a wonderful kind energy and I love learning from her. She is very responsive on instagram and has answered all of my questions. I ended up falling in love with the practice and purchased her Quantum Face Lift (a series of videos to help you facial massage, break up facial adhesions and move lymph using a gua sha and videos for using the detector). When I first started using the detector, I had enlarged pores on my cheeks, black heads on my nose and exzema around my mouth and chin. Using the detector (and gua sha) truly changed my skin! It took a couple months of consistent use for my skin to change. My pores slowly got smaller, the blackheads on my nose became lighter and fewer, and the exzema definitely calmed down. I will do the post about gua sha next week because I really think both of these practices together make a huge difference. It took me a while to get through all the quantum facelift videos, but I definately wish I had done it sooner. After 8 months of practicing facial reflexology and 2 months of regular gua sha use (8 months of irregular use) my skin is looking so hydrated and plump! My pores are small and my blackheads scarce.

Danna from Noy Skincare has the most beautiful gua sha stone and a two sided detector. She has tons of videos on her instagram and website demonstrating different protocols. I have been practicing her detector videos for many months now and I absolutely love her energy. I love her calm and moisturize video on Instagram. She is also super responsive on instagram and will answer any questions!

Eunoia Essentials has so many lovely gua sha and detector videos on her instagram. They are super easy to follow and Veronica is so kind and helpful. I bought her terahertz detector and love it. I love to use it straight out of the freezer or hold it up to an ice cube before using. Like Jackie and Danna, she responds and answers questions on her instagram.

I love facial refelxology because it feels good, it’s good for me and it makes my skin look great!

I love Hairprint Products and Color Restorer!

I love Hairprint products and color restorer! Click to read about my initial impression of Hairprint. When I wrote that post, I had used the color restorer 3 times over a 3 month period.

As of right now, I have been using Hairprint for over six months. My hair is softer and shinier. Each time I use the hair restorer, my hair feels and looks amazing and healthy. It is restoring my hair to its natural brown, pre-grey, color and I am thrilled!

In conjunction with the the color restorer, I have been using the Hairprint products. I use the amla shamooo and conditioner, I love the alma oil, castor oil, amla and shea butter hair mask, and the daikon seed oil gives hair my hair a soft and shiny appearance immediately.

I love each and every Hairprint product I have tried. I am so thankful to this amazing, non-toxic and innovative company.

*this is not a sponsored post.

Dr Sturm Skincare is the Best!

I am completely obsessed with Dr. Sturm skincare. This non-toxic brand is formulated by a scientist and made in Germany. Every single product I have tried is amazing.

  • The hyaluronic serum is incredible. It hydrates and plumps up my skin instantly.
  • The brightening serum is fantastic for hyper-pigmentation in skin.
  • The glow drops are slightly iridescent and look fantastic on skin over makeup (or instead of makeup).
  • The enzyme cleanser is a great foaming face wash to start or end your day.
  • And the face mask is incredible. My skin is moisturized and fresh after using.

I love Dr. Sturm products!

*this is not a sponsored post.

 

Hairprint Non-Toxic Hair Color

I have previously struggled to find a good way to clean and dye my hair using non-conventional products. Through my journey, I finally found Rahua shampoo, conditioner and hair oil, which I love and has cleaned my hair well. I have used henna, amla and indigo powder to dye my hair over the past couple years. It was a pretty good non-toxic solution for me. It covered up most of my grey hairs; however, it was not a perfect solution: the color was not multi-tonal and some of my grey hairs had an orange undertone. And the henna paste was not awesome for my shower drain. Click to read more about how I dyed my hair using henna.

Enter hair print. This company is amazing! The products are created by a scientist and are completely non toxic. There are shampoos, conditioners, oils, serums and elixirs. Everything I have tried has been amazing. And best of all, after each application my hair looks healthier, shinier and feels softer!

The hairprint non-dye is the most amazing product. It restores hair to its natural colors (for people with brown and black hair color. This product is not for people with blonde or red hair). The results are amazing and my hair is being restored to its post grey colors of brown (and the non-dye is not gunking up my shower drain).

The whole process takes about an hour and fifteen minutes. It is messy, so I use dark colored towels to cover the floor and sink when applying.

*this is not a sponsored post. Hairprint products are incredible. Another post coming about my favorite Hairprint shampoos, conditioners, oils and serums!

Below: 5 weeks after last Hairprint application

Below: After using Hairprint

 

 

Activated Charcoal Powder

Activated charcoal made from coconut shells allows toxins to be grabbed by the charcoal and travel through and out of the body. Activated charcoal uses the chemical process of adsorption (where elements bind to a surface, in this case to the charcoal), allowing toxins to be grabbed by the charcoal.

  • Treating a sunburn: When my husband and I get a bit sunburned, we take a bath with 4 charcoal capsules, 1/4 cup manuka honey and 1/4 cup coconut oil. We sit in the bath for 20-40 minutes and follow it with a shower using Dr. Bronners soap to wash the charcoal off our skin. This is the most amazing sunburn treatment!
  • Helping with minor skin irritations: pimples or minor stings, bites, or rashes. I used charcoal on a bee sting once and it soothed and healed it remarkably quick. Make a paste with 1 capsules of charcoal and 1 tsp of coconut oil or water and rub it on the skin. Let sit for 30 minutes and rinse off. **
  • Brushing as a natural teeth whitener: I like using charcoal to brush my teeth. It helps whiten teeth. After brushing and flossing teeth as normal, I brush them again with charcoal (dip wet toothbrush into a small amount of powder). Then I brush one last time with toothpaste to help get rid of any black in my mouth. I try to do this once a week!

* Make sure to buy activated charcoal made from coconut shells without any additives or fillers. I buy Schizandu organic activated charcoal and I love it!

Non-Toxic Sunscreen!

Coola, Babo Botanicals and Beauty Counter Sunscreen are my go-to non-toxic sunscreens.

I aways buy small 2 oz containers (for traveling purposes).

Sunscreen is important for skin health and appearance.

*Always apply sunscreen everywhere when out in the sun!