13 Natural DIY Skin Care Remedies

Back-Acne-Treatment  13 Natural DIY Skin Care Remedies

woman-washing-face-hypehairWhy waste money buying store bought skin care products full of chemicals and foreign ingredients? There are many natural remedies out there to help solve almost any skin care issue you may be experiencing. Many of them require everyday products that you may have sitting in your kitchen right now. This can save you time and money, along with giving you the confidence of knowing exactly what is going onto your skin. Give some of these recipes a try and take notice of any differences you see in your skin!

1. Moisturizing Skin Mask


You’ll need…


– Oats

Mix together equal parts of honey and oats until a thick paste has been formed.
Apply evenly to the face while gently scrubbing in a circular motion.
Wash off the next morning.


2. Redness, Rashes, and Acne 


You’ll need…

-Tea Tree Oil

- Coconut Oil

Mix a few drops of tea tree oil into a spoonful of coconut oil and combine.
Spread evenly on face before bed and wash off the next morning.


3. Blackhead Remover


You’ll need…

- 1 teaspoon baking soda

– 1 teaspoon water

– splash of organic apple cider vinegar

Mix baking soda and water to form a paste.
Splash some warm water on your face to open up the pores.
Apply the paste and gently massage to exfoliate your skin and loosen up dead skin cells and blackheads
rinse off the paste with warm water
splash face with cold water to close the pores
tone your skin with a little diluted apple cider vinegar


4. Antibacterial Acne Cleanse Wash


You’ll need…

- Tea tree oil
– Water
– Q-Tips or Cotton Balls

Dilute the tea tree oil by mixing 1 part oil to 9 parts water.
Dip your q-tip or cotton ball in the mixture and apply to problem areas.


5. Anti-bacterial Inflammatory Soother


You’ll need…

- Aloe vera gel

It’s best to use the fresh aloe directly from the plant but you can also use store bought gel/

Wash your face and pat dry. Use your finger or q-tip to apply the aloe gel directly to the problem areas of your face.


6. Blemish Remover

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You’ll need…

- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

– Q-tips or Cotton Balls

Rinse face and pat dry. Dab your q-tip or cotton ball into the lemon juice and apply to pimple or blemish spots. Lemon juice will lighten any desired spots on your skin. Dilute with water if you have sensitive skin.


7. Facial Steamer

Boiling Water on Gas

You’ll need…

- 1 pot of boiling water

- 1 towel

- 1 large bowl

Boil your pot of water and allow to cool for a few minutes.

Transfer to your bowl.

Place your face above the bowl and drape the towel over your head
to trap the steam.

Do this for 10-15 minutes, remove the towel, and pat your face dry. Do this once a day or as needed.

This will open up your pores and flush out any impurities.


8. Garlic Antibacterial Cleanser


You’ll need…

- 2-3 Cloves of Garlic

– Water or Aloe Vera Gel

Mash up 2-3 cloves of garlic and allow to sit in water for 10 minutes. Use a cotton pad to soak up the garlic juice and cover any problem areas
on your face.
If you do not have any cotton pads to apply it with, you can use aloe vera gel instead of water to thicken the mixture.


9. Lavender Sugar Scrub


You’ll need…

- 1/2 cup coconut oil

– 1 cup white sugar

– 10 drops lavender essential oil

Melt your coconut oil over the stove or in the microwave.

Transfer the oil to a mixing bowl and add in 1 cup of the white sugar and mix well.

Add 10 drops of lavender essential oil and mix again until combined and transfer to a mason jar.

Acts as a gentle exfoliater and helps rid of excess skin cells clogging up your pores

(Best used on hands, legs, and feet)


10. Avocado Face Mask


You’ll need…

- 1 avocado

– 1 tablespoon of honey

Rinse face with water and pat dry. Spoon out the avocado and mash it up and stir in the honey.
Mix it all up until a paste forms. Apply to your skin and let it sit for 15-20 minutes.
When finished, wash off the mixture with warm water and pat dry.

Avocado is full of vitamins and nutrients and can help tone down your acne. Honey has
anti-bacterial properties.


11. Eczema Cream

Opened plastic container with cream on a white background.

You’ll need…

- 1/4 cup coconut oil- soft or melted

– 1/4 cup shea butter

– 1/2 teaspoon vitamin e oil

– 25 drops melrose essential oil

– 15 drops lavender essential oil

Combine coconut oil, shea butter, and vitamin e oil in a small bowl and mix well.
Add in the essential oils and mix again.

Store in a cool place to prevent it from melting. You can also store in the


12. Face Wash for Oily Acne Prone Skin


You’ll need…

- 1/2 cup Liquid Castile Soap

– 1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar

– 10 drops tea tree essential oil

Mix all ingredients together.

Take some of the facewash and massage it into the skin. Gently wipe off with a moist cotton ball and rinse off your face.


13. Natural Moisturizing Face Cream


You’ll need…

- 1/4 cup coconut oil

– 3/4 cup shea butter

– 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Mix all ingredients in small pan and heat on low-medium heat until everything is dissolved, remove from the heat and allow to cool.
Pour into container and seal tightly, shake really well, allow to rest and shake again.
Wait for it to cool and solidify (you can place in the refrigerator).


Disclaimer: The information on this article or on the site in general is not intended be taken as medical advice. Please always consult a medical expert or practitioner for any health related issues.


12 Amazing Peppermint Oil Uses





12 Amazing Peppermint Oil Uses

 Who knew peppermint oil could provide so many amazing health benefits. You’ll definitely want to keep plenty of it on hand.  It’s so versatile to use and has a wide range of benefits that will help soothe your body and mind. It’s very simple to add a few drops to your water every morning or simply massage it into affected areas on your body.  It has a cooling and calm effect to help you feel refreshed and invigorated. Try some of the ways below to experience it’s incredible healing properties. 

1. Indigestion. Put a few drops of peppermint oil in a glass of water before eating to experience it’s digestive benefits. It helps to remove excess gas and can be used as a tonic for motion sickness, nausea, upset stomach and even low appetite. It soothes and relaxes the muscles of the GI tract and studies have shown that it can be a reliever of irritable bowl syndrome.

2. Dental Care. Because peppermint oil is an antiseptic it can help eliminate bad breath and help teeth/ gums to fight off germs and bacteria. This is why you commonly find peppermint oil added to toothpastes. It can also aid in relieving pain from toothaches. To help with bad breath swish 4 drops of peppermint oil diluted with water around in your mouth.

3. Nail Care. Peppermint oil is also known to have anti-fungal properties. It is said that when applied topically it can reduce the chances of fungal nail infection.

4. Headaches. Peppermint oil has cooling and anti- inflammatory properties. To alleviate the pain of a headache you can apply diluted peppermint oil directly on your forehead or massage around the temples. Just make sure to dilute with a carrier oil.

5. Fever. You can mix a few drops of peppermint oil with another carrier oil and apply to the torso. This can help lower the body temperature by 3 degrees in just minutes.

6. Stress. Peppermint oil is great for stress relief, depression, and mental exhaustion.  You can add to a diffuser to experience it’s uplifting and refresh effects.

7. Respiratory Problems. Peppermint oil has a significant amount of menthol which helps to clear the respiratory tract. it can also provide temporary relief for respiratory problems such as nasal congestion, sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis, cold and cough.

8. Pain Relief. Peppermint has cooling properties which help to reduce fever. it is also said to have calcium antagonism that helps eliminate pain from affected to areas. You can topically apply peppermint oil to an injury or wound to reduce swelling, relieve pain and remove chances of uncomfortable inflammation.

9. Immune System. Peppermint oil is known for it’s antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal effects.

10. Blood Circulation. The stimulating effects of peppermint oil are shown to increase blood circulation. it also helps to oxygenate the body’s organs and increase metabolism, and oxygenate the brain.

11. Hair Care. Known to contain, antiseptic, stimulating, and regenerative effects, peppermint oil can relieve irritation and dry skin of the scalp, stimulate hair growth, give hair a healthy and shiny fresh look. It also gives a cooling effect to the scalp while removing dandruff and lice.

12. Skin Care. Peppermint oil nourishes dull skin and improves the texture
of oily and greasy skin.




Disclaimer: The information on this article or on the site in general is not intended be taken as medical advice. Please always consult a medical expert for any health related issues. 






7 Benefits of Starting Your Day With Lemon Water



Lemon Drink

How to Make Your Lemon Water:

Take a glass of warm purified water and squeeze about 1/2 of the lemon into your water. Make sure your water isn’t HOT, but warm. Always use organic lemons if possible! You can drink your glass first thing in the morning before eating anything or also right before a workout.


7 Benefits of Starting Your Day With Lemon Water


1. Purify Your Body By Raising Your PH Levels. Although lemons are acidic outside of the body, they become alkaline when inside of the body. Once lemon juice has been fully metabolized and it’s minerals are dissociated in the bloodstream, it becomes alkaline and raises the ph of the body (above 7.0). Disease only occurs in the body when the environment is too acidic.

In other words, lemons produce an environment in your body where diseases cannot thrive.

2. Ease Up Digestion. Lemon juices encourages the liver to produce bile (an acid required in the process of digestion). It helps relieve indigestion and gas such as heartburn, belching and bloating. The vitamins and minerals also help loosen toxins in the digestive tract.

3. Reduce Pain and Inflammation. Lemon juice helps relieve pain and inflammation because of it’s ability to dissolve uric acid, especially in the joints and knees. Lemon juice also helps stimulate the formation calcium carbonate in the body which helps to neutralize acidity.

4. Boost Your Immune System. Lemons are high in vitamin C which is one of the most important antioxidants in nature. Vitamin C is great for helping to fight colds, illness, and the flu.

5. Clear Up Your Skin. Lemon water can help purge your body of toxins from the blood which keeps you healthy from the inside out. Also, because of it’s alkaline nature it can kill types of bacteria known to cause acne.

6. Cut Out the Coffee. Lemon water is a great and healthier way to hydrate and oxygenate the body. This will give you extraordinary energy and mental clarity without the caffeine.

7. Ultimate Energy Boost. Lemons are high in Potassium which stimulates brain and nerve function. 

Do you currently drink lemon water in the mornings? What is your favorite use of lemons?

Leave your thoughts in the comments below! 


Disclaimer: The information on this article or on the site in general is not intended be taken as medical advice. Please always consult a medical expert for any health related issues. 



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Easy Vegan Chickpea “Tuna” Salad Recipe

This chickpea mock tuna salad is super easy to whip up for a healthy vegan lunch. You can serve it over lettuce, with bread, crackers, or however you choose! I add a little dulse flakes to give it a “seafood” taste but feel free to season it up however you choose.
*No fish had to die in the making of this sandwich!* :)

Vegan Tuna Sandwich
  1. 1 Carrot
  2. 1 Celery
  3. 1 can of Chickpeas
  4. 2 tbsp vegan mayo
  5. 1 tbsp lemon juice
  6. Seaweed flakes (optional) - I used Dulse Flakes
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Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding (Great Ice cream Alternative!) Vegan

I made this chia seed pudding the other day (featured in my “What I Ate Today” video) and it was delicious! It really reminded me of chocolate ice cream and the dates sweeten it up perfectly. It does require a little bit of preparation (freezing the rice/almond milk in an iceccube tray), but other than that it is super super simple. Give it a try this week for breakfast!


Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding
  1. 1 1/2 cups Almond or Rice Milk
  2. 1/2 cup Chia Seeds
  3. 10-20 Dates (depending on size)
  4. 4-5 tbsp Cacao, Cocoa, or Carob Powder
  5. Pinch of salt
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Super Simple Split Pea & Barley Soup

Here’s a great recipe that is soo easy to make. It yields a LOT of soup so it can be served as left overs for dinner for the next couple of days. This type of meal is perfect for the weather outside right now. It’s warm, hearty, and super filling. Let me know if you give it a try!

Split Pea Barley Soup
  1. 12 cups water
  2. 2-3 Veg Broth Cubes
  3. 3 Chopped Carrots
  4. 2 Stalks Chopped Celery
  5. Pinch of rosemary,thyme, and oregano
  6. Green Split Peas, 16 oz
  7. 1/2- 1 cup Barley (optional)
Adapted from Vegan American Princess
Adapted from Vegan American Princess
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Easy Vegan Lunch: Hummus Wrap

These hummus wraps are so simple easy to make and they surprisingly taste AMAZING! These are super convenient and perfect for traveling or just when you’re on the go. They take about 10 minutes to prepare and no need to turn on the stove or oven. Feel free to add your own additional toppings!

The original recipe can be found here: