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DIY Beauty Recipe: Simple Hair Oil
Hair oils are a great way to keep your hair and scalp healthy and refreshed, while also providing some much-needed protection against harmful particles in the environment. Here at G&G, a.k.a. Glow & Green, I try to raise environmental issues, while creating DIY beauty recipes using natural elements. Sounds complicated? Don't worry; I’m just trying to say that making your own beauty products helps both you and the environment – that’s it!! Growing up in India, hair oil was one of the first self-care treatments I experienced in my childhood. At that time, it was more like a reminder of Monday morning, as hair oiling was our Sunday evening ritual. I never liked it when I was little, but now I miss that ritual so much. Today, I am going to share a beautiful and straightforward recipe: hair oil from my childhood! It is made from two pure carrier oils, and it works wonders on polluted and dirty hair. In the past, I wrote about Carrier Oils – Natural Beauty Products. Our carrier oil blog post will give you an awesome foundation for this DIY recipe. This natural DIY recipe is made up of two ingredients: amla/gooseberry oil and prickly pear oil. So let's break down the ingredient details and then the method. Amla/Gooseberry Oil: Amla oil is well known when it comes to Indian skincare. Amla/Gooseberry oil comes from the Indian gooseberry fruit (also known as Emblica Officinalis or Phyllanthus Emblica). This oil helps us fight hair loss, stimulate hair growth, and prevent prematurely gray hairs. Amla oil contains abundant fatty acids, which makes this oil unique. Besides fatty acids, amla fruit is high in vitamin C, flavonoids, and polyphenols, and also contains water, protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. Prickly Pear Oil: Prickly pear oil contains the most vitamin E of any beauty oil on the market. Research shows that it has 150% more than argan oil. It also has the highest percentage of unsaturated fatty acids. Prickly pear oil can work wonders when it comes to softening hair, improving the health of the scalp, and cleansing. So, here is Recipe: Hair Oil. Ingredients & tools: 1. 2 oz. amber dropper bottle (Amazon) 2. 1.8 oz. prickly pear oil 3. 0.2 oz. amla oil Method: Mix prickly the pear oil and the amla oil together. Mix it really well. Pour the mixture in the amber dropper bottle and use it before washing your hair. Shelf life: 2-6 months Note: A patch test is recommended before you apply any DIY products. Let me know what you think about natural DIY organic skincare products. Comment below! I am happy to chat with you. :)
Papaya & Sugar Foot Scrub
Summer can be harsh on your feet and legs. We've been enjoying warm temperatures in the Bay Area. Warm weather like this means summer dresses are in, with our bare legs out. Keeping your feet soft can become a bit of a chore. So the Glow & Green community came up with another easy DIY natural skincare recipe: Papaya & Sugar Foot Scrub (look here for other pure beauty recipes Beauty: Face Mask) This foot scrub can be made in bulk. It lasts for the entire week so you can put it in your fridge and apply it every night! In this recipe, we are combining only three simple ingredients: papaya pulp, sugar & coconut oil. Sugar works as an exfoliating agent that removes dead cells and unclogs pores, while papaya & coconut oil nourishes your skin after the dead cells are removed. So, before further ado, let's get ready for that 4th of July pool party. Papaya & Sugar Body ScrubRecipe: Things you need: 1/2 Cup Papaya Pulp 8 Tablespoons Sugar 3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil Process: Mix together papaya pulp and sugar really well, then add 3 tablespoons of coconut oil. Put this scrub into an air-tight container. While using this scrub, make sure water doesn't get inside the box. This is simple and eco-friendly. Shelf life: 5-7 days refrigerated. You guys can find several papaya masks on the market. I have listed some of them below. But I would say, just as you would personalize a wedding dress, why not create a homemade customized DIY foot scrub. Isn't a foot scrub a top-line luxury when it comes to beauty? So, let me know what you think about your DIY foot scrub. Comment down below if you tried this recipe. Also, we just published our second newsletter. Please sign up to receive important news and updates. Tip: You can use brown sugar instead of white sugar. You can also use baobab oil. https://www.nokapothecary.com/products/papaya-exfoliating-foot-scrub https://www.okaypurenaturals.com/papaya-foot-scrub-contains-rejuvenating-enzymes-that-promote-healthy-skin-thoroughly-exfoliates-rough-skin-on-the-feet-leaving-feet-velvety-soft-renewed-no-parabens-no-silicones-no-sulfates-for-all-skin-types-6oz-170gr/
Sustainable Skincare: Face Scrubs
Today, we are going to talk about Sustainable Skin Care: Face Scrubs. If you are a regular reader of Glow & Green, then you know we preach "Sustainability" almost every day. While our purpose here is not just to teach, I would like us all to implement it in our day to day lives. For that reason, our skincare section consists of the best eco-friendly products & recipes, which include "Blend-It-By yourself," aka BIB recipes. Today, I would like to share three easy but gentle, sustainable skincare recipes for the face. These recipes will remove dead cells, provide a brightening effect, and unclog your skin’s pores. You can easily buy all the ingredients in the grocery store or on Amazon. Also, all three recipes are so easy because you can change the ingredients to make it another face scrub. At the store, these face scrubs are sold for more than $20, and the quality you get is not satisfactory. So let's get started with Sustainable Skin Care: Face Scrubs: Recipe: Green Tea Face Scrub Things you need: 1/4 cup Kukui Nut Oil (buy it from here) 1/2 cup Coconut Oil 1 1/2 cup Rapadura Sugar 8 tbsp. Green Tea Matcha Powder 10 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil Method: Mix sugar and matcha powder together really well. Put it aside. Now in another bowl, mix coconut oil and kukui nut oil. Gradually start pouring this green team mixture into the oils. Mix it well, and that's it! Shelf Life: 2-3 months! Benefits of Green Tea Matcha Powder: Green tea matcha powder contains chlorophyll, a powerful detoxifier, and antioxidants. It is the best when it comes to anti-pollution skincare ingredients, because it removes harmful toxins and fights against free radicals. It is an excellent face scrub for acne-prone skin. Recipe: Orange Face Scrub Things you need: 1/4 cup Kukui Nut Oil (buy it from here) 1/2 cup Coconut Oil 1 1/2 cup Rapadura Sugar 8 tbsp. Sun-dried Orange Peel Powder 10 drops of Sweet Orange Essential Oil Method: Save all the orange peels after you eat. Make sure they are washed. Sun dry them until they are dehydrated. The water in the orange peels needs to be evaporated fully. You can also roast the orange peels at 280 degrees F in the oven for 30-40 min. I prefer sun-dried ones. Once the orange skins are dehydrated, grind them in a grinder. Mix sun-dried orange peel powder into sugar. In another bowl, add kukui nut oil and coconut oil. Now gradually stir the orange peel mixture into the oils. Voila! Your face scrub is ready!! Shelf Life: 2-3 months! The Benefits of Sun-Dried Orange Peel Powder: Sun-dried orange peel powder contains vitamin C and oil control properties. It is excellent for skin brightening and lightening because it acts against hyperpigmentation. It also helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Recipe: Beetroot Scrub Things you need: 1/4 cup Kukui Nut Oil (buy it from here) 1/2 cup Coconut Oil 1 1/2cup Rapadura Sugar 8 tbsp. Beetroot Peel Powder 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil Method: After you make your beetroot salad, save the peels for the Scrub. Put peels into an oven-safe plate and dehydrate them at 280 degrees F for 10-15 min. Make sure you don't burn them. Once the skin is dehydrated, grind them in a grinder. Mix oven-dried beetroot peel powder into the sugar. In another bowl, add together the kukui nut and coconut oils. Now gradually mix the beetroot peel mixture into the oils. And your face scrub is ready. Shelf Life: 2-3 months! Benefits of Oven-Dried Beetroot Peel Powder: Sun-dried beetroot peel powder contains folate, potassium, vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants. It helps smooth out the skin and clears the pores. It is a high-quality ingredient when it comes to dry skin. Note: Patch test every recipe to ensure your skin doesn’t have allergies! I hope you guys enjoy these fantastic recipes. If you happen to make any of these natural skincare products, please let us know what you think about them. We would love to hear from you.
3 Sustainable Beauty Product Stores
3 sustainable beauty product stores we love: We love sustainability! When it comes to skin & hair care, I like to share the best quality products and recipes on this site. But why not share sources where you can buy more reliable beauty products. Are you someone who likes to go to the drug store and buy the cheapest sunscreen? Here I would like to break this general assumption that fancy stores have expensive products, and that sustainable beauty products are unattainable. As you all know, our mission is to help you upscale your beauty in a green, clean, sustainable & eco-friendly way. We have already talked about natural and sustainable beauty definitions in the blog! Here & here. But as busy women, we all want some quick-stop shops where we can just go and buy it. So here we go: 3 Sustainable Beauty Product Stores We Love: Fig & Flower This is Glow & Green's favorite shop when it comes to buying eco-friendly beauty products. Fig & Flower is an e-commerce as well as a brick & mortar store based in Atlanta. This shop offers plenty of green & sustainable skincare brands. Some brands are so affordable that you can use it every day. In their own words, they say, "At Fig & Flower, we carefully select products by personally testing, researching ingredients, and working with brands that align with our values. Any of the products you find at our store will not contain the following: Aluminium, Animal Testing, Formaldehyde, Glycols, Parabens, Petrochemicals, Phenoxyethanol, Phthalates, Silicones, Sodium Laurel/Laureth Sulfate, Synthetic Fragrances, Triclosan, and other potentially harmful ingredients." Credo At Glow & Green, we consider Credo to be a green & sustainable SEPHORA store. Credo has some of the most stringent rules and regulations when it comes to ethically & sustainably produced skincare & haircare products. Credo has come out with natural vs. clean definitions. Also, they came up with "the dirty list" of ingredients that won’t be found in any of the Credo brands. They sell it online, but they do have brick & mortar stores in LA, SF, NYC, Texas, and Boston. The Detox Market The Detox Market opened its first pop-up shop in 2010 in Southern Californi, whose mission is "to create an educated community of health and beauty experts and to offer pure, effective, and elegant products have remained the same. We are passionate about being the go-to resource for those who already believe in the power of pure products, and educating those who are new to green beauty and want to learn more." This shop also has a subscription box for $39.95/month with a 6-month commitment. So these are our favorite stores. They ship anywhere in the United States. If you prefer to shop in person and you happen to live in one of these cities, you can go and try on these beauty products as well. At Glow & Green, we would love it if every woman just tries to look outside the box for their day-to-day skincare & haircare products. Leave us a comment! If you have tried any of these stores and their products, we would love to hear your stories.
What is Organic Skincare?
In the Glow & Green community, I have often mentioned natural & sustainable skin care, so it's time to talk - What is organic skin care? In this blog post, I would like to discuss a simple guide that includes definitions. This simple guide will help you identify organic skincare products on the market. In Glow & Green community, I believe that we are a group of women who would like to feel satisfied while tackling environmental issues. One of the problems you help solve by using organic beauty products is saving the earth from harmful pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. You are also helping yourself by protecting your body’s biggest organ from dangerous chemicals. When I started this whole blog, my humble goal was – and still is - to balance people, planet and profit! So, when I say organic skincare products, I mean that the products are made of plant-derived ingredients mixed with naturally occurring elements. These ingredients are produced without the use of pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fertilizers. In the United States, the department of agriculture has developed rules and regulations around the term "organic." These rules and regulations pertain to production, handling, labelling, etc. In 1990, the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (pdf) was established. This act gives the agriculture department the authority to enforce organic standards. Now that we understand the term organic, let's discuss - Organic Skincare Products Guide: While we are talking about federal regulations, it is worth talking about enforcement in the beauty world. Unfortunately, it is mostly unregulated at the moment. And this is a big problem. Companies only have to use a tiny amount of organic ingredients to be able to write “organic” on the label. So how do we tackle these issues? If you are someone who would like to read labels before purchasing skincare products (and you should), then check the ingredients list. How many ingredients are listed as organic? In what order is it listed, first or last? It requires a little bit of practice, but it is so worth it. If the ingredient is listed last, then that ingredient is used in the formulation in the least amount. Look for the USDA logo on products, as the symbol determines the authenticity of the brand & product itself. Make sure you understand the difference between the term "Natural" and "Organic." Natural beauty products may not be "Organic," and Organic beauty products can be"Natural." Look at the first five ingredients in your skincare products. Can you recognize them? If you can't, check out the Environmental Working Group (EWG) website and copy-paste the ingredient names. This will tell you whether an ingredient is harmful to your body or not! Check out any reference sites if they are listed on the products. You will know if this product is valid or not. In Summary: These are our simple rules to go by when it comes to "organic skincare product" selection. I genuinely believe that if you care about your food intake, then you should be concerned about your skin food too. Knowing that our skin protects our internal organs, why not make a habit of checking the labels. Organic products do not contain any synthetic fragrances, and are packed with high performance, potent and earth-friendly ingredients. I hope you have learned some valuable information from this blog post. I would love to hear from all of you about your organic beauty products search! If you are using any natural products, I would love to know the name of the products and what you like about it. Leave us a comment! :)
Eco-Friendly Cilantro-Stem Hair Rinse
Hello All! I hope you are enjoying fantastic summer weather, wherever you are! So, our topic of this blogpost is hair. I have shared one hair oil recipe in the past. But today, I want to talk about “Hair Rinses.” I truly believe that hair rinses are the most under-rated beauty products in the wellness industry. I’m sure you have read or listened to various tips on eco-friendly beauty products. Still, very few people talk about "Hair Rinses" as a way to tackle hair issues! Believe it or not, hair rinses are the best way to keep moisture in your scalp and hair during the summer months. Hair rinses offer a lot of benefits. They remove all toxic chemicals from your hair styling products, balance the PH level, and make your hair fuller. In this blog post, I am sharing another recipe for sustainable personal care products using cilantro stems (i.e food scraps). This eco-friendly cilantro stem hair rinse is made from 4 main ingredients: cilantro stems, California-grown Meyer Lemons, rose water, & aloe vera. So, before we go further, let's go over some details on our spotlight ingredients: Cilantro Stem Powder: We generally throw away our cilantro stems, which are the remaining part. This leftover part always ends up as waste. So why not use it? The great thing about cilantro stems is that they are water-soluble. This means that it dissolves in the water quite well. Due to this quality, it works wonders on your hair when mixed with sustainable beauty products or ingredients. Cilantro stems improve your hair growth and reduce hair loss. Cilantro stems contain vital vitamins and antioxidants. They are suitable for the hair because they also contain vitamin C, folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin A, and vitamin K. This wonder ingredient various nutrients to help hair follicles, cleans the scalp, and makes hair shiny. Meyer Lemons: Since Glow & Green Headquarters is situated in California, Meyer lemons are one of the best eco-friendly ingredients for us. But you can use any locally grown fruit. Mayer Lemons are a natural antioxidant and they regulate the PH of your scalp. They are a great resource when fighting dandruff naturally. Lemons eliminate the after-effects from using chemical hair products and the damage caused by dirty air. Rosewater: Rosewater contains soothing and nourishing qualities. It also provides a great scent in any formulation. This ingredient replenishes lost moisture and makes hair more manageable, smoother, shinier, and healthier. Plus, the natural anti-inflammatory properties of rosewater can help reduce dandruff, and its stimulating properties increase scalp circulation and promote hair growth. (Referenced) Aloe Vera: Aloe vera acts as a repairing booster to your hair follicles. It also moisturizes and promotes hair growth. It contains proteolytic enzymes, which help heal and repair the damaged cells in your scalp. This improves the health of the hair follicles and indirectly boosts healthy and faster hair growth. (Referenced) So this is what you can expect when you make your DIY Natural Beauty Product. Any fruit? Or any citrus fruit in this recipe? Recipe: Eco-Friendly Cilantro Stem Hair Rinse Ingredients: · 0.75 oz Cilantro Stem Powder · 0.25 oz Lemon Juice · 1 oz Rosewater · 1 oz Aloe Vera Gel Shelf Life: 1 week. How To: Grind sun-dried cilantro stems in the grinder. Make it into a very smooth powder. Pour the rosewater into a spray bottle, add the aloe vera gel and shake well for 40 seconds. Add the lemon juice and shake it again. Add cilantro stem powder and stir it until it dissolves. Shake before every use! It can be used on freshly-washed, wet hair before blow-drying, as well as on dry hair. Use Pre-preserved Rose Water & Aloe Vera Gel while you make this recipe.
Sustainable Beauty Product: Almond Night Cream
At Glow & Green, we preach and teach about sustainable solutions as well as self-care rituals. In the past, I mentioned how to break down sustainable self-care. But I have never mentioned any particular tools to achieve sustainable self-care. These tools can be anything. They can be a powerful meditation app, a beauty regimen, or personalized, sustainable beauty products. Today, I want to share a DIY sustainable beauty product: Almond night cream. I want to show you how easily and effectively you can personalize your night cream with very few pantry ingredients. I firmly believe that getting customized skincare products according to your skin type makes you feel that you are using some top-notch luxury products on your skin. So, this is a butter-based recipe that gives you cream-like texture without having to get into complicated ingredient mixing. With this recipe, I would like to encourage everyone to use waterless and potent skincare products. This recipe contains shea butter, almond oil, and blue tansy essential oil. Shea Butter imparts a wonderfully creamy and moisturizing quality, while almond oil is an excellent natural emollient, which hydrates your facial skin. It supplies necessary vitamins (A & C) and lipid oils to particularly sensitive areas of the skin such as under the eyes, below the lips, etc. Blue tansy essential oil comes from an annual yellow-flowered Mediterranean plant. This plant is high in chamazulene and sabinene. It offers antioxidant and anti-inflammatoryproperties, so you see it used to calm the skin, reduce heat, and relieve delicate or troubled skin. All three of the ingredients in this recipe are plant-based. This plant-based, environmentally friendly beauty product will be your favorite product in your nighttime regimen. We call this recipe sustainable because it doesn’t harm people or the planet during ingredient production/manufacturing. It is also economical and gives your skin lots of benefits. So before further ado, I would like to share this recipe. Sustainable Beauty Product Recipe: Almond Night Cream To make this you need: · 2 oz Shea Butter (Get fair-trade unrefined shea butter from Amazon) · 2 oz Almond Oil (use cold-pressed) · 25 drops of Blue Tansy Oil The process to make this night cream: Measure out shea butter & almond oil. Now mix both oil & butter in a heat-resistant bowl. After that, using a bain-marie, melt the butter & oil mixture until it turns into liquid (you can also use the microwave). Now keep this mixture at room temperature for 10-15 min. Add 25 drops of blue tansy oil and mix it well. Once the temperature is a little stabilized or cooled down, put this mixture into the freezer for 10 min. When you see the edge of the mix start to freeze a little, it is time to blend. Using a hand mixer, mix it until it turns into a smooth batter. Put this mixture back into the freezer for another 10 min. After 10 min. your night cream is done! Store this cream in a bottle. We prefer amber color jars, but any other bottles will work fine as well. Make sure you keep it at least 60-75 degrees Fahrenheit. This night cream is suitable for all skin types. If you decide to make this recipe, please comment or email us about your experience. We would love to hear about it. Till then, I am signing off! Stay tuned for new blog posts and follow us on Instagram/Facebook!
Let’s Talk About Moringa Oil
Happy August Everyone! Monsoon is in full swing in India, and it reminds me of some good memories from my childhood of this season. Growing up in India, my mother used to make drumstick curry during the monsoon season! We were all compelled to eat it because during monsoon season in India, your digestion is not at its best! This curry would help you with that! After starting Glow & Green, I heavily researched sustainable and ayurvedic Indian ingredients. And I discovered that the “drumstick tree,” aka the “moringa tree,” is a new miracle ingredient in the beauty world. NPR stated that it is a unique superfood (click here). Today, I would like to introduce you to a great Sustainable Beauty Product: moringa oil. It is a beauty superfood that comes from the seeds of the Moringa oleifera tree. It is a common species of the genus Moringa in the flowering plant family Moringaceae. This moringa tree is native to India and countries in the Himalayan region. The moringa tree is genuinely sustainable because their leaves, seeds, and drumstick are all edible and usable in many areas! (For the basics of Carrier Oil, click here). In Ayurveda, it is known to cure 300 diseases. The moringa tree requires less water, is suitable for any soil, and grows extremely fast. It is a perennial crop and resistant to most pests and diseases. Moringa oil as natural beauty product is produced by pressing the seeds of the moringa tree. These pressed seeds produce a pale-yellow nondrying oil. This oil is high in antioxidants and has a very long shelf life. This oil has been traditionally used in the creation of perfumes, because it can absorb and retain scents from botanical herbs. Moringa oil is a very beneficial anti-aging skin moisturizer. So, before we go on and on about the amazing benefits of moringa oil, let’s find out what’s inside and how can we use it in our day-to-day skincare & haircare routines! Moringa Oil: Sustainable Beauty Product The moringa tree is originally from India. But this tree is now grown in several other countries, including Thailand, the Philippines, and African countries. When you go and buy moringa oil, we strongly suggest buying cold-pressed virgin oil. This oil is also known as “Behen Oil” because it contains a high concentration of behenic acid (a kind of fatty acid). Due to the high level of antioxidants that acts as a natural preservative, it is perfect for people who live in urbanized areas with not so clean air. It also contains fatty acids, such as palmitoleic, linoleic, and oleic acid. All of these are an essential superfood for your skin & hair. It also provides your skin with vitamin A & C. Now that we know this, here is what we are getting with moringa oil: Moringa Oil for Skin: This oil is a genuine wonder ingredient when it comes to dry skin & anti-aging properties. Moringa oil creates a high occlusive layer on your bare surfaces and prevents dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis. It revitalizes your dry and dull skin and reduces fine wrinkles. Its truly anti-aging properties prevent the sagging of facial muscles. The moringa plant also produces cytokinin hormones. This hormone promotes sebum production, and that’s why more cells can be generated by your skin. In Ayurveda, it has been used as medicine because it also has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. If you use moringa oil regularly, it will help reduce pimples and blemishes. It brightens your skin tone! Moringa Oil for Hair We swear by hair oiling before you wash your hair. Moringa oil can be your best friend for this. It reduces hair loss & split ends, moisturizes the scalp, and promotes hair growth. All win-win! This oil contains vitamins A & C, which are essential for minimizing hair loss. It also has vitamin E, biotin, zinc, and silica. Vitamin E protects your hair from polluted air, as it is an excellent antioxidant, while silica and zinc will take care of your scalp tissues! And, we all know the “famous” biotin. Biotin is one of the eight B vitamins, which help reduce hair loss as well! A simple application of hair oil can cure so many of your hair issues! Before we bring this excellent blogpost to a close, I would like to share a few moringa oil products that are available on the market (but we strongly prefer DIY ones).To promote the DIY spirit, I have written out a simple facial oil recipe to reduce dark circles and blemishes! I call it Anti-pollution Facial Oil. This product helps protect your skin from air pollution. I prefer this store-bought product: Click Here Moringa Facial Oil Recipe: Makes 1.7 oz Total Things you need: 1.0 oz Moringa Oil 0.45 oz Jojoba Oil 0.25 oz Vitamin E (to add an extra boost of antioxidants) This is how you make it: In a glass beaker, mix the moringa oil with the jojoba oil. Stir the oils with a glass rod. Now add vitamin E and mix it well again. Pour this mixture into the glass dropper. Use it every day during your morning & night rituals. Try this recipe and let us know what you think of moringa – a magical tree. Please leave a comment or DM me. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram & Facebook, as we frequently share simple recipes like the one above. Till then, see you next time!
Top 10 Natural Skincare Products
Today, I would like to share our favorite as well as the market the best ten natural skincare products. Before I go further, I would like to share that any beauty brands do not sponsor this blog post. This blog post is my honest opinion after trial and error. The beauty industry is similar to fast fashion. There are so many new brands & as a consumer, we feel overwhelmed. It's tempting to try all at once. But here, I would like to show what are some great natural & clean beauty alternatives, we, as glow & green team loving right now! (Learn more about Natural Skincare here). Here is our list of Top 10 Natural Skincare products: 1). Vitamin C Serum by Naturopathica (Click Here) We love Naturopathica formula when it comes to Vitamin C. It works wonder when it comes to sun damage, under-eye circles, and wrinkling around mouth and neck. It has anti-aging property. It is a bit expensive, but once you use it for 28 days (which is natural skin recovery time), you will see excellent results. 2) Herbivore Botanicals: Lapis Facial Oil (Click Here) If you follow me on Instagram, you guys might know how crazy we are when it comes to Herbivore. I want to point out that their products are not as stable as other brands. For that reason, I want to use more facial oils and anhydrous products when it comes to their products. Lapis oil helps you even out skin tones and reduces acne problems. We want this oil due to Jojoba Oil & Blue Tansy Oil. Jojoba oil is a natural wax, which is very close to our natural skin sebum. We love this oil has a nighttime oil. 3) LILFOX - Organic Jungle Glow Rainforest Honey Enzyme Cleanser + Mask (Click Here) Glow & Green team came to know these natural skincare products when our founder went for the spa when she visited Hawaii. The formula of this cleanser works wonder as it has natural & organic honey. Honey is a natural cleanser; also, it contains white clay and rosehip oil. 4) OSEA Malibu Anti-Aging Body Balm 6 oz. (Click Here) OSEA is an organic skincare brand that has been committed to non-toxic skincare for over 20 years. This company was the first company to sign the Environmental Working Group's "Compact for Safe Cosmetics" pledge and has to lead the charge ever since. The line is plant-based, vegan, and free of synthetic ingredients. Responsibly sourced organic seaweeds are the star ingredients in nearly all of OSEA's products. Their body balm product contains Acai Pulp Oil, which is rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants. Also, this product oil deeply hydrates, firms, and plumps dry skin. It includes our blog favorite Babassu Seed Oil. Since this oil is fast-absorbing, It adds luster to skin with no greasy residue. 5) Annmarie Skin Care Anti-Aging Facial Oil(Click Here) Founded in 2009, Annmarie is an organic skincare line focused on creating the highest quality handcrafted, organic, wildcrafted, and none-GMO products. Their products are 100% natural and have received overwhelmingly positive reviews from customers around the world. This product mainly contains Goji Berries and Chia Seed Oil. We feel that Chia Seeds and Goji Berries are a superfood for our skin! You can't go wrong with this product! Try this product as a daily morning ritual before you apply your sunscreen. 6) Ursa Major Go Easy Daily Shampoo and Conditioner Set (Click Here) Ursa Contains between 98-100% natural and 51-83% organic ingredients. It's no wonder skincare insiders, and experts can't stop raving about Ursa Major. Here, we would like to share something about our favorite shampoo and conditioners. This shampoo and conditioner contain zero toxins (like sulfates, phthalates, parabens, glycols, silicones, synthetics, and more) and are gluten-free. 7) Eminence Organic Skincare. Stone Crop Gel Wash (Click Here) Eminence has been making handmade organic skincare products in Hungary since 1958. While their products are Free of harmful chemicals due to sustainable farming practices, this gel wash is excellent for cleaning dirt from your face during your nighttime rituals, but it doesn't remove makeup! If you use this product, we strongly suggest using a makeup remover. 8) Cocovit - Organic Coconut + Rose Bath Salts (Click Here) Cocovit specializes in one thing: exceptional coconut oil. Using its proprietary method of heatless, chemical-free extraction, Cocovit has arguably the most beautiful organic coconut skincare product on the market. However, we strongly discourage you from using coconut oil on your face. Coconut oil's fatty acid creates a thick layer on your skin and clogs the pores. But when it comes to bath salt, we are a fan of this product. 9) RMS Savannah Peach Collection (Click here) RMS is a makeup brand. But they do offer a few organic skincare products (crafted from the highest quality natural ingredients) that deserve attention. However, we love their makeup products as they are highly pigmented! It contains a highly popular product: Luminizer! Big win! 10) SanRe Organic Skinfood: Eye Cream (Click Here) SanRe is a USDA Certified Organic skincare brand that makes an excellent full line of products, including face, hair, and body. While the eye is one of the essential parts of the body, we love this non-toxic eye cream with almost 100% natural & organic ingredients. We would love to hear from you all about your favorite products! Please comment on us and share your opinions on that!
DIY Coffee Body Scrub Recipe for Natural Skin Care
DIY Coffee Body Scrub for Natural Skin Care BUT FIRST: Coffee. My first love, coffee. As we all know, coffee is one of the world’s most popular drinks. Here at Glow & Green, we all love coffee too. Cappuccino with almond milk is my way to start a great productive day. Honestly, my day begins with a cup of joe, and I can’t imagine my life without it. In this recipe, I would like to leverage the idea of being able to use every single particle of coffee without discarding any of it. Since I love coffee so much, why not make it fun, right? So, I decided to make a DIY body scrub out of it. I know, I know, you will find a number of coffee scrub recipes all over the internet. But what is so cool about our method is that we make this product from used coffee grounds. We make coffee every single day, and without any thought, we just dump the coffee grounds into the compost or garbage can. We want to break the notion that used coffee grounds are waste! So let’s find out what’s inside these coffee beans. Benefits of a DIY Coffee Body Scrub: Used coffee grounds consist of polyphenols, which can be a hero in any DIY body scrub. So, are you wondering what polyphenols are? Polyphenols are a group of 4000+ antioxidants. The function of polyphenols in plants is to protect them naturally from the sun’s robust and damaging UV rays. If you eat food rich in polyphenols, you can preserve internal cells from free radical damage. It will protect you from illnesses, such as cancer and heart disease. When you make coffee, these coffee molecules still contain those polyphenols. There are several scientific studies out there where they evaluated spent coffee grounds, and it was found that a series of healthy units was observed, mainly phenols and polyphenols such as caffeoylquinic acids, caffeic acid, and ferulic acid. (Check out this article) When I found out about the polyphenol content of coffee waste, I started thinking about how I could repurpose this impressive potent quality for use in skincare and body products. So, I came up with a simple plan where you save you coffee grounds throughout a week, dry them in the sun and use them on the weekend. This could be your perfect #selfcare Sunday ritual, if you think about it. This DIY body scrub can also help you reverse signs of aging. These signs may include sunspots, fine lines, and wrinkles, etc. Also, the scrub action will slough away dead skin cells. When winter is harsh, we want this exfoliating action on our body to give our skin a boost in blood circulation and flow. This will help reduce the appearance of cellulite and uneven skin tone. That’s why many coffee body scrubs claim to have cellulite removing properties. But when you understand the science behind these products, I would say it’s easier to make them at home. As you know, it takes a bit of work, but we always vouch for a simple DIY body scrub for every skin type. In this recipe, we want to use babassu oil. You can absolutely use coconut oil instead of this, if you have coconut oil handy. But to make it a little bit more interesting and different, we are using babassu oil. Babassu oil is similar to coconut oil in its applications and appearance. Like coconut oil, babassu oil is also stable at room temperature (here, we are talking about cold weather countries!). This ingredient will give your skin that firming, moisturizing, and melting effect upon contact. I love babassu oil because it has a mild, neutral fragrance and a light consistency that absorbs quickly into the skin. After removing dead cells from your skin, I think it is vital to incorporate a moisturizing emollient into your skincare recipe. Babassu oil is a rich source of fatty acid. The fatty acid composition consists of lauric acid, oleic acid, stearic acid, palmitic acid, and linoleic acid. Babassu oil fights against body acne, and its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties will nourish your body. So without further due, let’s make it! To make this body scrub, we will use a simple 3:2 coffee grounds to oil ratio. I like my body scrub to have bit of a runny consistency, so I use this ratio. But you guys are welcome to experiment with a 3:1 coffee to oil ratio. To salvage your coffee grounds, here’s what you need to do during the week. Make sure you drain all the coffee grounds. Put them on a small plate and spread them around. Put this plate near the window when you know the sunlight will shine in. In 1-2 days, they will be dried out perfectly. In a nutshell, we want to make sure that they are completely dry. Here what you need to make this awesome scrub: ___________________________ 3 tbsp: Spent Coffee Grounds, Dried (make sure no moisture remains inside the particles) 1 tbsp: Babassu Oil (You can use coconut oil instead) 1 drop: Essential Oil ___________________________ Before you go for a shower, mix both the main ingredients together on the small plate using a teaspoon. Make sure the end mixture is homogeneous. Add essential oil at the end and mix it well again. The above measurements are more for making a single, one-time use batch. But if you are interested in making this DIY body scrub in bulk, then make sure you keep water away from the main container. If you introduce water, it will only stay fresh for a couple of days. We strongly suggest keeping both ingredients separate and only mix them just before getting into the shower! That will give you more peace of mind. In terms of essential oil choices, we asked around at Glow & Green HQ. We love adding lavender, peppermint (during Christmas time), or sweet orange to our DIY body scrub. All these essential oil choices will enhance the coffee aroma. Think about what flavor of coffee you would like and go crazy! One pro tip: You can include Epsom salt or pink salt in your body scrub as well. If you do that, then bump up the oil portion of your recipe! I hope you all enjoy this recipe! Feel free to ask questions in the comment box! We will be happy to answer!
10 Ultimate Best Face Yoga Exercises
10 Ultimate Best Face Yoga Exercises When it comes to exercise and wellness regimen, I love doing yoga and brisk walks. That’s my gem. I am not that big of the fan of High-Intensity exercises at all. But I can claim myself as a yoga practitioner ever since my childhood (Thanks for my Indian up brining). But when I came to know about Face Yoga, I was stunned! Especially when I came to know that even Meghan Markle brags about Face yoga! (click here) I decided to explore & practice this, and here I am six weeks later with an excellent result on my face! It reduces my double chin and fades my fine line. Working on simple & best 10 Face Yoga Exercises … is genuinely a game-changer for me! Two more things, 1) I like about this face yoga concept, as I can do from my office chair, so no more excuses on not to go to the gym! And 2), it is genuinely natural Botox therapy, or I should say Botox without a needle ?! Isn’t it great? So, without further due, here is the blogpost on all about what is face yoga, origin, benefits, my top 10 best face yoga exercises & face yoga routines. What is Face Yoga? Face Yoga is a method of stretching your facial muscles. There are two types of muscles in general: 1) sleeping muscles, 2) working muscles. Face yoga wakes up sleeping muscles and work towards better facial posture. It is one kind of non-Surgical facelift that can smooth out wrinkles, slim down jaws, and even change the shape of your facial profile. Face Yoga sometimes is also known as facial exercise. The way it works is: making repetitive motions and facial expressions to activate and build muscles on your face. It is a genuinely excellent anti-aging remedy. As you all know, we all age, and our facial profile changes with age. It goes downwards when you begin to accumulate the groves and wrinkles. We do exercise for our belly fat, thighs, and elbow… while we totally forget to move our muscles on our face. This sequence of facial movements will help eliminate those sagging. In 2018, Northwestern University did research work on Facial Exercise. They tested face yoga for the women between 45 to 60 age group. First eight weeks, they tend to do face yoga every day for 30 minutes. They immediately saw the difference in facial wrinkles. (see here) You must have tried jade roller and Kansa wand (we did a blog post on that) to reduce puffiness after having a few glasses of wine in the morning. It is the same kinda theory but without any tools. We move our facial muscles and make them active. You might question, so what and how can I do that. There is a well-defined process to apply face yoga in your day to day routine. I do it right before lunchtime. Benefits of Face Yoga: Face yoga has excellent benefits. It increases oxygen and blood flow to the face. If you are into an uplifting corner of the moth, slimmer, and more defined cheeks – face yoga is the thing! Like jade rollers and Kansa wand, it increases lymphatic flow in the face and neck and reducing trapped toxins. For those who currently have a fuller face, it helps to slim and define your cheeks. It uplifts the corners of the mouth. For girls who are facing puffy eyes, tired looks, droopy eyelids, and dark circles, face yoga is a way to go! Take a selfie, before and after, do these exercises for 8 weeks. I will assure you that you will see the results. It opens your eyes, reduces forehead lines, decreases nasolabial fold lines. Seriously, the benefits are endless. Face yoga is one of the most excellent techniques to acquire mind and spirit as well. In terms of wellness, it makes your face happier, which ultimately brings a more joyful spirit. It develops a more relaxed overall look. Face yoga helps you to have more regular facial expressions as well as clarity of speech. The fuller self-expression is an excellent gift of Face yoga. But to conduct all these benefits, you guys need to follow specific guidelines! I have come down with a simple explanation of how to get started with face yoga! Here is: 10 Ultimate Method of Face Yoga Exercises: Warm-up: When you start any exercise, you do a warm-up session. The same thing applies to face yoga session. By vibrating the cheeks as much as possible, you can start relaxation of facial muscles. In general, lip muscles are central/core muscles. Once the lips muscles are relaxed, the whole face will feel relaxed. When you are stressed & watching a computer screen the full day, your facial muscles feel stressed. But by this warming up session will force these facial muscles to get relaxed physically. After warming up the session, just think about one analogy. If you notice more mature people look grumpy than the younger. The mouth cheeks bones start sagging with age and represent sad & irritable face. Even though you are not sad, you look sad! Practice this analogy. And now you got a sad face! 1) Face yoga for Glowing Skin: Tiny Smile This exercise is for you all, whose face looks grumpy, but they are not actually grumpy. 1) Give a very tiny smile to your face. Make it at least 5 degrees of the smile. 2) Keep smiling for 3-10 seconds. 3) Make sure you do not keep the angle too high, If the aspect is too high, automatically you cannot continue, and the skin will feel stretch. That’s not good. 4) During this posture, keep breathing as it is! This is an excellent posture for realizing happiness & fulfillment. 2) Face Yoga for Jawline: This exercise is straightforward and easy. It helps strengthens jawline muscles.
To perform this yoga, 1) First, relaxes muscles near lips.
2) Now keep lower lip muscles stable and twist front lip muscles inside way (as if you are making faces with someone)
3) Do this in 2-4 reps. In this way, you are not only giving exercise to your jawline muscles but also helping neckline muscles as well. 3) Face Yoga Pose for Eyes: Many age-related vision problems come from the gradual loss of flexibility and tone in the eye muscles. In Ayurveda, it’s been told that the fastest way to bring the mind into concentration is through the eyes. Believe it or not, but vision occupies 40% of your brain capacity, that’s why we close our eyes to relax and fall asleep. To perform eye yoga,
1) Close the eyelid.
2) Rotate eyeballs inside in a circular manner.
3) By doing this, you are promoting blood flow. 4) Face Yoga for Acne: I know numerous girls in my life that they all are facing acne & breakouts in their lifetime. Admiring those glowing faces in beauty industry ads, I often wonder what if I got this skin. I totally can say that with face yoga, you can get this face without any chemicals putting on your skin. Face yoga is easy as it relaxes your muscles, thus reduces stress, which has a direct effect on acne & breakouts. The way this pose works:
1) Relaxes your lip muscles.
2) Start from nose to hair, press your palm, and move your palm towards this.
3) This pose/movement awakes facial blood flow.
4) Do this yoga for 3-5 times and 3-6 months will give you excellent results. 5) Face Yoga for Cheekbone: When we grow older, gravity pulls our cheekbone down. With fuller and higher cheekbone, we can look younger and fresh. There are three points on your face where you can pay attention to have fuller cheeks. 1) corner of eyes, 2) edge of cheeks, and last 3) corner of lips. This face yoga exercise will help to do that. 1) Open your mouth and form “o.” Now upper lips fold into your upper teeth.
2) Now smile to uplift the cheekbone gradually.
3) Place your index finger lightly on top of the cheek muscles and stretch it towards your eyes.
4) Now release the index finger progressively and relax the lips.
5) Do this exercise 3 times during the session. 6) Face Yoga for Neck: Double chin is a common problem for many people. Due to excessive cell phone usage, we always parked our phone between shoulders and face. That’s why the neck is getting more gravitation forces than usual. This yoga posture will also help you reduce the double chin problem. 1) First, close your mouth and relax. Observe where your tongue is resting.
2) If it is resting on the upper side of your mouth, press it firmly. Make sure you pressure your language in a way so that your mouth won’t open.
3) Now move your entire face up and down and 2-4 times in one pose.
4) To finish this posture, keep look in central and gradually release the pressure from the tongue.
5) In the end, breath and breath out from your mouth.
6) Do this exercise 3 times in one session. 7) Face Yoga for Forehead: We move our foreheads all the time, we don’t realize it, but it is true. Especially when we are talking, smiling, thinking, driving, and the list goes on! With excessive movement and aging, we develop forehead lines. The “Biocular” face yoga will help us removing those unpleasant forehead lines. This yoga practices will replace your Botox for sure. This exercise can control the awareness of the muscles! 1) Curl your both hands in “c” shape. Place your C index fingers above the eyebrow along with the eye bones. Place thumb into the nose.
2) Now press the fingers of each hand down and then sideways.
3) Open your chest and pull down your shoulder blades. Repeat 2 sets. 8) Face Yoga for lips: When Kylie Jenner did lip filler (back in 2015), I know many girls wanted to have it! Here I am showing you natural lip filler, which doesn’t require any cost. As I mentioned, lips are the central organ of your face. Right after your eyes, people look into mouths. To make it plump and attractive, face Yoga can become your go-to things to do while you are driving, working, or walking. 1) Before lip yoga, drink a glass of water and moisturize your lip with natural/sustainable lip balm. Keeping your lip skin hydrated and moisturized is very important.
2) Suck in air through the mouth and immediately close your lips tight.
3) Make your cheeks fuller with air inside the mouth. Now move air from one side of the cheeks to the other side of the cheeks.
4) Do this five times. 9) Face Yoga for Anti-aging: Frankly, Face Yoga is known for anti-aging. Any face yoga exercise will give you anti-aging benefits for sure as they all reduce the wrinkles from your face and promotes blood circulation. This yoga works well for the people who have a “bulldog” face. Bulldog face is cute for dogs but not cute for us. To remove saggy cheeks, pull everything to the side is the best way to do it. 1) First, relax the lip muscles! Now lock your lips
2) Now do pout and try to pull your face one side.
3) Hold this position for 2-5 seconds with the help of a hand.
4) Now repeat the same action on the other side of the face.
5) Repeat the entire set for 3 times 10) Face Yoga for eyelids: Tired eyes, headaches, and red eyes are common problems. We try to ignore these problems, and it can lead to severe issues. Believe it or not, but all these problems are related to tired eyelids. If your job requires you to stay on your computer all the time, then you guys need a cost-effective solution. Do this exercise, and your eyes will thank you. 1) Make a peace sign with your index fingers.
2) Place your middle fingers on the inner age of your eyebrows and your pointer fingers on the outer age of your eyebrows.
3) Apply moderate pressure and look upwards while squinting.
4) Repeat the exercise 8 times. In the end, blow your lips and breathe out. Close your eyes and meditate for 2-5 minutes. To make this face yoga effective, you might need to develop a face yoga regimen. This regimen needs to follow the right way. Before developing a regimen, follow below tips to get the maximum effect of face yoga. • Ensure your hands are clean before touching your face. Don’t apply synthetic hand cream, you don’t want synthetic cream rubbing on your face.• Combine face yoga with regular yoga & Pilates to give your complexion the best possible boost.
• Performing facial exercises lying down is the most effective. So, while you go for sleep, it might be time to complete this ritual. The last step of this regimen is to meditate; it is an excellent way to fall sleep.
• Work on your facial muscles at the same time every day.
• Don’t overdo in terms of pressure or tug on the skin aggressively – this may give you ripple effects.
• Make sure you try this practice for at least 3-6 months to see visible results. So, in short, these 10 ultimate face yoga exercises are going to save your money on botox, or even if you do not believe in botox, this is the natural anti-aging facial. Please try this exercise and let me know how your facial muscles are feeling. I would love to know more about your experiences. We are excited to get your email and message on this topic. Till then, we will see you all in the next blog post. xoxo,
Glow & Green
12 Anti-Stress Bath Soak During Quarantine
12 Anti-Stress Bath Soak During Quarantine Aren't we all into anti-stress remedy nowadays? The amount of stress and uncertainty exists in this world right now; we all need each other support. That's why today, I am sharing some simple bath recipes – that have some pretty incredible anti-stress benefits into it. I'm going to share my remedy for soothing away anxiety, with natural ingredients. I also call these recipes - deconstructed bath bombs. I was never a fan of baths. But if I am honest, bath time is a significant affair for me nowadays. Whoever thought suspending myself in warm water would prove to be a miracle stress-reliever, energy-rejuvenator, and even mind-opener. Having a glass of wine and lay down in my bathtub, it is my way to tackle anxiety and stress while I am quarantine. I have been quarantined for the last 4-weeks. In these 4-weeks, I decided to stir up some necessary ingredients from my kitchen. I made tons of bath soak variations for my night time regimen. Some of those variations are genuinely divine, nourished, and luxurious. I wonder why nobody taught me how to take a bath – like, correctly, from prep-work, to what to do in the bath itself, and how to deal with the aftermath of it all. This COVID-19 situation taught me to get a dip into having bathrooms in my bathtub more religiously. Nevertheless, as lovers of baths myself, I can vouch that all this hype is well worth it. If it is done right, you'll come to realize that a perfect, relaxing bath is truly one of life's greatest pleasures. To make this fantastic bath soak recipes, my childhood Ayurveda knowledge came handy to me. I used several different herbs in my recipe. In general, I compare this bath soak recipes like a smoothie bowl, burrito bowl, or quinoa bowls. Once I came up with the basic structure of the bath soak recipe, I started rotating "the herbs based" based on my requirement. This blogpost first, I will share with you an ultimate bath soak formula, herbs you can use inside bath soak and easy 10 bath soak recipes. An Ultimate Bath Soak Formula: My version of Bath Soak includes bath salts, vinegar, dry herbs, essential oils, carrier oil, and the list goes on. But the hero ingredient in this one is Bath salt. In my recipes, there are three elements 1) Bath Salt; 2) Herb Pouch; 3) Liquid Base. So let's tackle those ingredient ones by one. Bath Salt: So let's find out what is bath salts since Bath Soak prominently includes bath salts. Bath salts have long been used as an easy and inexpensive way to treat mental and physical health ailments. Bath salts, which are commonly made from magnesium sulfate (Epsom salt) or sea salt, are easily dissolved in warm bath water and used for everything from stress relief to aches and pains. (Referenced). Herb Pouch: Although all the ingredients in these recipes are customizable, this part of the recipe where you can get more creative. Some excellent herbs I use in my herb pouch include lavender, rose, chamomile, Calendula, Peppermint, Rosemary, geranium, grapefruit, orange, fir, cleavers, oat tops, ginger, jasmine, and ylang-ylang. These herb pouches are not even significant to bring aroma, but it gives some wellness elements to your bath soak recipes. As I said, you can mix and match any herbs but I like to form a theme first when I start making different variations of bath soak. To hold these herbs, I am using spice pouches. These spice pouches will hold herbs and release all the good stuff into your bathwater. By using spice pouches, you are not clogging your drainage either. Most of these herbs are biodegradable so you can totally compose left over. Liquid Base: In liquid base, it all depends of theme of my bath soak again but I use vinegars, glycerin & oils. You can multiply benefits of liquid base by infusing oils, glycerin and vinegars. If you like to use essential oils, incorporating with oils are the best way to get benefits. The liquid base is also a fantastic way to add color as well. Who doesn't want to jump into the nicely pink bathtub, right? So once you understand the formula, let's dig down a little more in-depth in terms of herbal benefits. Few Anti-stress Herbs: Want to share more than obvious choices like Rose, Lavender & Chamomile for anti-stress. Ashwagandha Roots: In Ayurveda, Ashwagandha root is a helpful herb to have sleep aid. It used to balance various conditions that arise from 'Vata dosha' imbalances (and by the way, this is VATA dosha season). It is believed to encourage youth and vitality but it is considered a grounding and nourishing herb. This root is supportive to female well-being as well. Ashwagandha, also an adaptogen, can significantly reduce the symptoms of anxiety, and has been shown to improve cortisol levels by resetting adrenal-associated stress, overall reducing your predisposition to anxiety. Rosemary Leaves or Tea: For many people, Rosemary is not the first choice because the smell of Rosemary can be a stimulating and energizing scent. But for me, I love Rosemary in my focaccia bread as well as a cleanser. However, some research suggests that it may improve cognitive function and decreased levels of stress hormones, which may help reduce anxiety in some situations. If you are feeling depressed due to COVID-19 or any other reason, put your rosemary tea bags into the bathtub. Passionflower: Okay!!! What can I tell about this herb? Passionflower is cooling to the body, calming to the mind, and soothing to the spirit. Aren't we getting mind, body & soul together in this? It quells disquietude, calms the ruminating mind, and can promote natural relaxation and stress reduction*. This plant is gentle yet profound. It can be administered as a soothing tea for children or the elderly and can help to calm a restless mind. Passionflower can be the wonderful herb for a calming bath soak. Turmeric Roots: I have written about Turmeric for Skincare here. But turmeric roots contain curcumin. Believe it or know, amazingly, curcumin has been found to reverse harmful brain changes induced by chronic stress. To incorporate turmeric roots into bath soak, I generally use fresh turmeric roots. These roots can be tucked into spice bags. It brings a beautiful yellow color to your bath. You can also buy turmeric roots from mountain rose herbs as well. Rooibos: Did you ever hear about having rooibos tea and call it a day? Because...rooibos is known to be a beverage that can provide relief after a hard day at work. Even though we all are working from home. So I thought, why not add tea and dump into bath cup? I meant to say bathtub. Lemon balm: Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), a member of the mint family, is considered a calming herb. It was used as far back as the Middle Ages to reduce stress and anxiety, promote sleep, improve appetite, and ease pain and discomfort from indigestion (including gas and bloating, as well as colic)(Reference). 12 Anti-Stress Bath Soak During Quarantine 1. Bath Soak for Calming 3 cups Pink Salt+Epsom Salt+Coconut Milk Powder(1:1:1) 1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar Herb Pouch: Rose Buds+Lavender+Green Tea To make this milk bath, first, add bath salts, then pour apple cider vinegar & float herb pouch in water. Make sure water is warm enough to get the true effect. 2. Bath Soak for Nourishment 3 cups Black Salt + Coconut Milk PowderPin (50:50) 1/2 cup Vegetable Glycerin 1/2 cup Almond Oil (mixed with 25-30 drops of sandalwood essential oil) Herb Pouch: Butterfly Pea Flower (make 2-3 pouch as you might love the purple color of the bath soak) To make this milk bath, first, add both types of bath salts. Add glycerin and almond. oil. Glycerin will work as a humectant, and almond oil nourishes the body. Add 2-3 pouches of butterfly pea herb. Take a nourishing bath. 3. Bath Soak for Calming 3 cups Epsom Salt 1 cup Strawberry Infused White Vinegar Herb Pouch: Dried Lemon + Ashwagandha Powder or Roots To make this bath, first, add Epsom salt. Now add strawberry-infused white vinegar. To make strawberry infused white vinegar, submerged strawberry into white vinegar for 2 days. Drain it, and your vinegar is ready to use. Lastly, throw herb pouch. 4. Bath Soak for Relaxation 3 cups Pink Salt 1 cup Calendula infused olive oil 25 Drops of Lemongrass Essential Oil Herb Pouch: Lemon Balm Leaves Add Pink Salt into the bathtub and let it dissolve. Add Olive and lemongrass essential oil. Let good aroma going and now add lemon balm leave pouch floats for 2-5 min. Have a relaxing evening with a nice bath & of course a glass of wine. 5. Bath Soak for Anti-Anxiety 3 Cups of Bath Salt Mixture(Coconut Milk Powder + Pink Salt) 50:50 1 cup of Raspberry Infused White Vinegar 25-30 Drops of Rose Essential Oil Herb Pouch: Lavender + Rose Buds or Rose Patel + Chamomile ( I made 3 pouches because I wanted to go crazy, ha!) Like every other bath soak, soak your bathtub with pink salt and coconut milk powder mixture. Add raspberry-infused white vinegar to warm bath water & add essential oil inside running water. In that way, the aroma will mix well. Float herb pouches and make it infused in the bath. Have an amazing relaxed bath. 6. Bath Soak for Anti-Stress 3 cups of Bath Salt Mixture (Coconut Milk Powder + Epsom Salt + the Dead Sea Salt (1:1:1)) 1 cup of plant-based milk ( I added Pea Milk as that milk was available in my refrigerator) 30 Drops of Rosemary Essential Oil Herb Pouch: Turmeric Roots & Rosemary Tea Bags Add bath salt mixture first. Let it dissolve and add plant-based milk & essential oil. Float herb pouch for 6-8 minutes before you jump into your spa! 7. Herbal Bath Soak 3 Cups of Bath Salt ( Epsom Salt) 1 cup Goat Milk 15 Drops of Ginger Essential Oil 15 Drops of Turmeric Essential Oil Herb Pouch: Turmeric Roots (I used fresh one)+ Ginger Peels+ Rosemary 8. Moisturizing Bath Soak 3 cups Bath Salt ( Epsom Salt + Colloidal oatmeal (50:50)) 1 Cup Any Plant-Based Milk 1/4 Cup Avocado Oil or Moringa Oil 30 drops of Rose Essential Oil Herb Pouch: Simple Add Rose Patel Okay, officially, this bath soak is more like a milk bath. Add bath salt, milk & oil first while you are filling up the bathtub. Add 30 drops of Rose Essential Oil. Let aroma flow and now add herb pouch 5 minutes before you tucked into your bathtub. 9. Quick & Easy Bath Soak for Busy Work Day 3 cups Bath salt ( just Epsom bath salt) 1 cup Coconut Milk Powder 30 drops of Lavender Essential Oil Herb Pouch: Rooibos Tea Bags (10) This bath soak is in need while you are whole day working from home with lots of meetings. Sometimes you feel your work in the call center, and you need some quiet time. Just throw bath salt, milk powder & some essential oil. Add Rooibos tea bags directly & call it a day. 10. Bath Soak for Cool Down 3 Cups of Epsom Bath salt 1 A cup of Calendula Infused Olive Oil 30 Drops of Roman Chamomile Essential Oil (it's a pricy essential oil, but someday you would like to splurge, you can also add Lavender Essential Oil) Herb Pouch: Dried Butterfly Pea Flower If you are having a bad day or bad thoughts about situations, you are in! Then yes, this is the right one for you. In running water, add salt and oils. Float the pouch for 5-10 minutes and let it calm your self. A glass of red wine will help too! 11. Bath Soak for Date Night 3 Cups of Pink Salt 2 A cup of Plant-Based Milk 1 Cup Coconut Milk Powder 30 Drops of Sandalwood Essential Oil Herb Pouch: Dried Orange Peels + Calendula Petals Since we all are quarantine, we need to make some night special with our loved ones. Having a candlelight bath is one of the most romantic things you can arrange in this social distancing world. Add salt, milk powder & milk first, while you are filling up tub add drops of sandalwood essential oil. Infused pouch of the herb for 5-10 minutes before you both jump into the bathtub. 12. Bath Soak for Children 3 Cups of Bath Salt ( Epsom Salt) 1 cup of plant-based milk 1 cup baby oil or almond oil Herb Pouch: Lavender Petals Add salt, milk, and oil first. Now infused lavender petals herb pouch for few minutes. Since this bath soak is for children and essential oil contains a sensitivity element, I wouldn't prefer to use it. Since it is a tough time for everyone, why not make it lighter by having simple DIY recipes. Love to hear how are you unwinding yourself every night? Comment below or share it on our social channels!