oil on cotton

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Homemade Rose Water

not only does rose water smell amazing, it is also great to use in your beauty routine. it is a hydrating & effective face toner and makes skin dewy & soft. it has a pretty expensive price tag, so making it yourself can help save you some money. you could just boil rose petals with water then strain and use that, but this way yields a more pure & potent product. 

  1. its preferable to use roses from a garden, but if you can’t, be sure to spray them with distilled white vinegar and let them soak in water. rinse thoroughly. crush & bruise petals to release some of their oils & scent. you can also use dried rose petals if you’d like.
  2. place a heavy heat safe bowl inside a pot. put the rose petals in the pot around the bowl & cover petals with distilled or filtered water. the water should come halfway up the sides of the bowl. don’t get any water inside the bowl, just around it.
  3. take the pot’s lid and flip it upside down- then place it on top of pot. turn stove to medium-high heat and cook petals a few minutes till they dull in color like shown in the picture.
  4. turn the stove to medium-low heat. take ice cubes and place on top of the upside down lid. (the rose water rises to the top of the pot and leaves condensation on the inside-out lid. the ice cools the lid down so the condensation drips into the bowl in the pot, creating your pure rose water.)
  5. as the ice melts, use a ladle to remove the melted water so it doesn’t spill over. then keep adding more ice. repeat the process a few times- this will take around 30 minutes.
  6. when done, remove bowl from pot and allow to cool. the water that has collected in the bowl is your rose water. store in a tightly covered glass jar in the fridge for 1-2 weeks, or freeze. optional- add in some drops of lavender oil & witch hazel. 

take a cotton ball and rub on face & neck after you wash your face or whenever it needs a boost. it helps cleanse impurities, close pores and really does make your skin glow. it’s nice in the summer especially. you can also add some to your hair conditioner, body wash or lotion. 

Pet Protection Spell


While it is important to work carefully with your totem animals, it is also important to remember your pets. This spell will help protect your animal friends on the physical plane.

For EACH animal you will need:

1 six-inch square piece of black felt

fabric paints

a clipping of hair or stray feathers from your pet

2 teaspoons dried cedar

1 bay leaf

2 teaspoons catnip (even if you have a dog)

1 teaspoon comfrey

¼ teaspoon dried garlic

1 teaspoon heather

Protection or Guardian oil (shown below)

Cotton

Needle and thread

On what will be the outside of the charm bag paint your pet’s name and these runes: Algiz, Koad; the forest rune; the pentacle and the Goddess rune. Let dry. Fold the felt in half (painted side in) and sew two sides of it, leaving one open. Reverse the bag so the painted side is facing out. Raise energy on the herbs then powder and pour into the pouch. Add the clipping of pet hair, then stuff the rest with cotton to which you have added a few drops of the oil. Finish sewing the pouch.

Cast a circle, invoke the elements and the Lord and Lady.

Say:

O gracious Lord and Lady,
Protector of all creatures who walk upon this earth.
Guard my (pet’s species and name) against harm and illness.
Watch over him/her with every step he/she takes.
Help me protect him/her and strengthen the connection of love between us.
Let this charm be blessed, to hold the energy of protection.
Blessed be.

Keep the charm bags in a safe place, perhaps on your altar, where the animal can’t get to it. Renew this charm every six months.

Remember: the best protection for your animals is to keep them inside, to keep their vaccinations current, and to give them plenty of love, food, and clean water.
 

Protection Oil:

This is a good oil to select for your candle of protection when you are concerned with physical, as opposed to psychic attack. It can also be used to anoint yourself before you leave on a journey or undertake a potentially hazardous situation.

½ ounce olive oil

6 drops rose geranium oil

15 drops lemon oil

4 drops citronella oil

8 drops lavender oilflower lavenderdrops

cajupet oil (as many drops as you see fit)

clear quartz

Guardian Oil:

½ ounce olive oil

5 drops pennyroyal oil

15 drops lemon oil

10 drops rosewood oil

10 drops clove oilflower: rose

15 drops patchouli oilGems: carnelian, citrine

Witchy Tip ✨

If you pour a little essential oil over a cotton ball and burn it, the result is a lovely smelling fire and smoke! The cotton ball takes about a full minute to burn in a little fireball formation and produces an incense-like smoke when it goes out (it’s pretty interesting, actually) and doesn’t really flare up much, so it’s perfect for cauldron use.

Hair routine.

1. I first separate my hair into 4 sections, then spray a mixture ACV (Apple Cider Vingar) and water, somewhat massage it into my roots, etc.
2. Hope in the shower rinse out the ACV/ water mix, then use my Creme of Nature with Argan Oil and Kertain Technology infused shampoo from Suave ( I use to help with frizz.) Then I use the Kertain Technology infused conditioner to detangle, then I let it sit for about 5 mins, rinse it out.
3. I wrap my hair in a old t-shirt ( t-shirt helps with frizz.) to observes the excess water, then I take it down and put my hair into 4 sections.
4. To deep condition I use unrefined cotton oil and Cantu’s deep treatment, wrap it up and conditioning cap and let for 30 mins to an hour.
5. Rinse my hair again, but it back into 4 sections, and use Cantu’s leave in conditioner with Argan Oil, Cantu’s curl activator, Jamaican black castor oil, Kertain Technology infused Sauve leave in conditioner, creme of Nature with Argan oil.
6. After that I’ll either put my hair in a bun or braid it up, and wrap it! And that’s it! That’s my hair routine!

My daily face routine!

Keeping your face clean is very important if you want your blackheads to disappear or to prevent pimples from popping up now and then. A clean face is also crucial if you want your makeup to look neat and fresh. Flaky skin appear even more flaky if you put foundation over it. That’s why you should wash your face every day to get rid of dead skin cells and other impurities! I only use items that are locally produced (if possible) an only items that you can find in any grocery store or pharmacy!

In the morning!

1. Cleanser. To clean my face, I use crystallized honey. One tablespoon is more than enough! The honey I use is rather thick, so I always wet my face with water before I rub it on my skin. But why honey then? Honey is naturally antibacterial, which helps to reduce and prevent skin problems. It’s important to use a honey that has sugar crystals, because the sugar acts as an exfoliator to help remove impurities. Honey opens up the pores, which makes it easier for the crystals to do its job. It’s also full of antioxidants which slows down the aging process. Further benefits to clean your face with honey is that it moisturizes, leaves the face radiant and smelling great!

2. Toner. The reason to use a toner is to balance the pH level of your skin, which gives the skin a more smooth appearance. It also removes any further impurities, and reduces the size of pores. I have my own special toner recipe that does wonders to the skin:

  • ½ of apple cider vinegar
  • ½ of rosemary water

Boil a half of a deciliter/a fourth of a cup of water and add about a teaspoon of dried rosemary. Let it soak for 30 minutes and then filter the water into a bottle. Then add the same amount of vinegar. Store the bottle in a dry, cool place. The toner needs to be replaced after some time, or else it goes bad.

Both rosemary and apple cider vinegar reduces redness, prevents aging and does wonders for acne-prone skin. If you have sensitive skin, make sure to test the toner on the inside of your forearm before applying it to your face, so your face doesn’t swell up and explodes in an allergic reaction. Don’t worry about the smell of the vinegar, it disappears when it’s dried.

3. Moisturizer. Almond oil makes anyone’s skin as soft as a baby’s tushie. It’s packed with vitamins such as vitamin A, B, D and E which gives your skin that healthy glow. You might think that oils are only suitable for people with dry skin. But think again. Almond oil works for any skin type, even sensitive skin(with some exceptions of course. No product is bullet-proof. Don’t use this if you’re allergic to nuts!!!), because it doesn’t clog up the pores! It prevents aging, calms irritated skin, reduces dark circles and evens out the skin tone. I use 2-3 drops of the oil every morning, let it sit on my face while I eat breakfast and then just dab off any excess oil (usually not necessary!) before applying makeup. Oh, and don’t fear walking around smelling like marzipan (although marzipan smells great in my opinion), because it’s nearly scent-free!


In the evening!

1. Makeup remover. Almond oil
dissolves even waterproof mascara and is great for the eyelashes! Apply a generous amount on your face, start working it in around the eyes at first. The continue with your face, massaging for a couple of minutes before wiping it off with a paper towel. Rinse with lukewarm water.

2. Cleanser. Again, use your crystallized honey. Or make a facial scrub, what you’ll need is:

  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1-2 tablespoons of ground oatmeal
  • a few drops of water

Mix it all together and scrub away! I use this scrub 1 to 2 times every week to remove any stubborn skin cells and filth. It’s the “facial spring-cleaning”!

Oatmeal is the wonder-child of cereals. It redeems any type of skin problem, it treats dry, oily, itchy and even aging skin! Love oatmeal, and it shall love you back!

3. Toner. Use the Apple cider vinegar-rosemary toner again. Radiant face? Cheeeeck!

4. Moisturizer. Apply a few drops of almond oil onto your face and neck again, and if you have dark circles, massage an extra drop of oil around your eyes every night before bed. Almond oil has lightening properties, so give this a couple of weeks, and you’re almost guaranteed to see a difference!

5. Pimple fighter. A dab of tea tree oil with a cotton swab on each red little sucker will make them squeal in agony and disappear off of your face faster than you can say synchronous diaphragmatic flutter. But be careful if you’ve never used it before, because it’s very strong and can cause allergic reactions etc. So try a teeny tiny drop of the oil on the inside of your forearm before you put it on your face. And don’t eat it. Because you’re not supposed to. And if you’re pregnant or breast-feeding, avoid using this.

So why should you use food instead of skin products in the hygiene section? 1. It’s much cheaper and lasts longer. I bought a new bottle of almond oil for about £7 in October, and it’s 2/3 full. 2. It’s nicer on the environment. No chemicals! 3. It’s nicer to you. No more rubbing chemicals on your delicate skin! Hope this helped you, and please, ask me if you have questions!

Essential Oils Masterpost (part 2)

This is part one in my series of essential oils. Here’s a list of essential oil recipes created by me that I’ve been keeping a record of over my herbalism studies. They’ve all been tried and tested and have worked great for me, friends or family.

If no amount of carrier oil is mentioned, it’s per 1 fluid ounce of carrier oil. If you have any questions or requests, please don’t hesitate to message me.

To see essential oil tips and advice in part one, click here.


Beauty

After shave lotion for face: Whip 4 tablespoons shea butter, 2 teaspoons vitamin e oil, 10 drops Roman chamomile, 2 drops rose absolute. An alternative to oils is rose and chamomile water splashed onto the face. It’s so gentle and smells amazing.

After shave lotion for body: Whip 2 tablespoons coconut oil, 1 teaspoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon vitamin e oil, 2 drops tea tree oil, 3 drops lime.

After Sun: 1 cup distilled water (you can also substitute part rose water), 3 tablespoons aloe vera gel, 15 drops lavender oil, 10 drops peppermint oil. Dispense into spray bottle and spray onto sunburnt skin to relieve.

Bloodshot eyes: Use a diffuser to diffuse lavender oil. The apply a mixture of 1 teaspoon olive oil, 1 drop basil oil sand 2 drops lavender oil with a cold compress to the area around your eyes (don’t go past the socket bone). Never apply to eyelids or eyes.

Broken capillaries: 3 drops Roman chamomile oil in 2 teaspoons vitamin e. Massage onto broken capillaries twice a day to reduce the appearance and help heal. Can also help with the appearance and pain of thread veins.

Deodorant: 3 tablespoons coconut oil (solid), 2 tablespoons starch or cornflour, 2 tablespoons baking soda, 8 drops tea tree oil, 5 drops lime, 4 drops grapefruit oil. You can add vitamin e if you shave or have sensitive underarms. Keep in jar and massage onto armpits, under breasts, lower back, thighs and other problem areas. You don’t need a lot, so be frugal.

Fungal nail: 1 teaspoon coconut oil or olive oil, 3 drops peppermint oil. Massage onto *clean* nails 3 times a day. After the infection appears to be gone, be sure to continue treatment for 3 more days to ensure it’s really gone.

Greasy scalp remedy: Add up to 20 total drops of any combination of these oils to ½ cup of your shampoo and/or conditioner: Lemon, lemongrass, lavender, peppermint, cypress, cedarwood, ylang-ylang.

Greasy skin remedy: 2 teaspoons salt, 2-3 drops tea tree oil, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, 1 teaspoon honey. Mix together and massage onto greasy skin and leave for 3-5 minutes. Rinse with warm water, then splash skin with very cold water.

Make up cleaner: 2 drops of lavender, 4 tablespoons vodka, 2 tablespoons distilled water in a spray bottle. Spray onto make up and allow to dry. You can also soak brushes, mascara wands, and pencils in this solution. Do this twice a month and after sharing make up to keep it clean and avoid breakouts.

Make up remover: anti-bacterial: 2 drops tea tree oil in 2 tablespoons olive oil. Use cotton ball dipped in solution to gently remove make up and clean your skin to avoid spots and moisturise.

Shaving balm: whip 2 tablespoons coconut oil, 2 drops tea tree oil, 2 drops lemon oil. You can add vitamin e if you wish. Use as normal. Skin will be smooth and silky and you’ll get reduced ingrown hairs. (For body or non-acne prone skin only)

Super shiny hair: 3 drops peppermint, 2 drops rosemary in 250ml distilled water. Spray onto wet hair to add shine and freshness.

Toner: 1-2 drops rose absolute, 1 cup jasmine tea. Use the tea bag or a cotton ball to apply to skin. Will last up to 2 days, but works best fresh.

Toothpaste: ½ tablespoon coconut oil, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 drop peppermint oil, 1 drop tea tree oil. Mix well and brush as usual.

Tooth whitening, bad breath killer: 4 per cent hydrogen peroxide, coconut oil, peppermint oil. For whitening effects swill in mouth for 2 minutes 3 times daily. Whitening results will be visible after just a week, but for best effects, continue for at least 8 weeks. For just bad breath, swill 2 minutes morning and night. You will notice your breath stays fresher for longer.

Home and Lifestyle

Bug repellent spray: 2 drops lavender, 1 drop eucalyptus in 250ml water. Spray onto skin and mosquitoes and other creepy crawlies will leave you alone.

Flea Killer, suitable for pets: Put 1 cup apple cider vinegar, 4 cups water, 3 drops lavender, teaspoon lemon juice in a spray bottle and shake well to combine. Mist onto your pet twice daily, avoiding face and eyes. Spritz onto their bedding too. You can also use this mixture as a repellent twice a week to prevent flea infections. These ingredients are safe on most cats and dogs, but please check for safety on your pet and assure they aren’t allergic to ingredients before use.
If you’re able, give your pet a salt water bath or let them swim in the sea to dehydrate and kill the fleas naturally.
For furniture and carpet infestations, sprinkle salt liberally over surfaces. Leave 24-48 hours then vacuum. The fleas should all be dead, but repeat again to catch newly hatched fleas.

Mirror and shiny surface polish: put a few drops of lemon essential oil onto a micro-cloth ((x)) or duster. Rub onto mirrors to make them extra shiny and clean.

Sleep aid: Put any combination of the following oils into a diffuser, or drop onto plain candle: jasmine, lavender, Roman chamomile, ylang-ylang.

Stress and anxiety relief: To a mixture of 1:1 salt and baking soda, add one or a combination pf the following oils: basil, rosemary, lemon, peppermint, lavender, grapefruit. I really like basil and lemon, or lavender and lemon, or just peppermint to calm me down when I have a panic attack.

Surface cleanser: 5 drops grapefruit, 5 drops lemon, 100 ml strong vodka or rubbing alcohol, 20-50ml distilled water. Spray onto counters, chopping boards, clothes, sofas and other surfaces to disinfect and cleanse. This is a great spray to use on dry clean only clothes, or to freshen up dirty clothes that you need to wear with no time to wash. It disinfects, busts bad odours and once the vodka  evaporates, you’re left with a gorgeous citrus smell.

Wood polish: 8 drops of lemon oil per 4 tablespoons of olive oil. Rub gently into wood to clean, restore shine and treat.

Pain

Cooling body mist: 8 drops peppermint oil in distilled water. Spray onto body to cool down. It’s best to spray on points where blood comes close to the skin, this means: neck, wrists, inner thighs, back of knees, feet, ankles, and anywhere else you can see veins.

Joint pain and rheumatism rub: 10 drops chamomile, 2 black pepper. Massage into painful areas. Direct flow of massage to lymph nodes.
Headache rub, helps sleep: 8 drops lavender, 4 drops roman chamomile OR 4 drops spearmint, 8 drops lavender. Massage into forehead and temples before sleep. Try not use mint on face as it can hurt your eyes.

Headache rub, invigorating: 4 drops peppermint, 4 drops eucalyptus. Massage into temples and chest. Try not use mint on face as it can hurt your eyes.

Period pain relief: 5 drops peppermint, 4 drops lavender OR 4 drops cinnamon, 2 nutmeg, 4 sweet orange oil. Gently massage into abdomen and lower back.

Relaxing, joint pain rub: 4 drops cinnamon + 3 drops sweet orange oil. Gently massage into joints and direct to lymph nodes (see chart in part 1)

Ilness and Bodily Issues

Acid reflux/heartburn: Mix 1 drop grapefruit oil (medical grade) with teaspoon of baking soda or Andrew’s salts. Stir into water and drink quickly. Instant relief.

Acne: Dilute apple cider vinegar to 50 per cent with water. Add a few drops of lavender/tea tree or basil oil. Use a cotton ball to sweep over affected areas. Be careful around eyes if treating face. Do this morning and night daily.

Athletes foot spray: 10 drops peppermint, 7 drops lime with vodka or 2 per cent hydrogen peroxide. Spray onto feet and extra generously where the infection is 2-3 times a day. It will kill the infection in a few days

Constipation relief: (note: this is for gentle constipation relief. For serious blockages, contact your GP) Drink hot water with 1 drop ginger oil, 1 drop fennel oil and 2 teaspoons of honey. Follow this with a gentle but thorough abdomen massage of 4 drops peppermint, 3 drops black pepper. Massage clockwise with pressure on the downward stroke and light carressing on the upward. Repeat as required.

Dandruff: 10 drops of lavender or tea tree oil in carrier oil (I recommend coconut oil because of its antibacterial properties). Massage into scalp, put on shower cap and leave overnight. Do this treatment once weekly to keep dandruff at bay.

Eczema relief: (for alternative treatment see ‘inflamed rash’) 5 drops jasmine oil, 5 drops Roman chamomile with vitamin E oil and shea butter/cocoa butter/liquid paraffin. Generously massage into affected areas and leave overnight. Continue with normal eczema treatment alongside this.

Food poisoning: Oregano oil supplement and drink lots of fluids. Ginger ale can help with nausea, as can smelling peppermint oil.

Head lice: Be sure to follow decontamination procedures to prevent reinfection. Mix 5 drops tea tree oil, 5 drops lavender to 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Massage into scalp and through to tips. Put on shower cap and leave on overnight. You can make a simple preventative spray from 2 drops tea tree, 2 drops eucalyptus and 100ml water in a spray bottle. Spritz onto clean hair daily to prevent lice.

Irritable bowel syndrome relief: Take peppermint oil orally. You can get pills for this online or make them yourself with gelatine casings and a carrier oil such as suflower oil. Peppermint oil is antimicrobial and can help kill the bacteria that worsens IBS. It also relaxes the muscles of the gastro-intestinal tract to help soothe pain caused by spasms.

Indigestion and gas: Mix 7 drops of Roman chamomile oil and 3 drops of cinnamon oil to 2 tablespoons of carrier oil. Massage into abdomen, relax and inhale the aroma.

Inflamed rash: (lupus, psoriasis, allergy) mix 1 or 2 drops of lavender oil to 1 tsp coconut oil (jojoba or olive if using on acne prone area) and ½ tsp of vitamin e oil. Massage onto rash after warm shower. Note: I use this for my auto immune rash and it clears it completely within a week. (Click here to see the pictures.)

Sore throat: Mix 1 drop Eucalyptus, 2 drop Cinnamon, 1 drop Lemon, 1 drop Clove in 1 fl oz. water or 50:50 mix of vodka and water. Put in glass spray bottle and spray 1-3 times at back of throat. Use as needed.

Tooth ache: 1 tablespoon of coconut oil mixed thoroughly with 2 drops of peppermint oil, 1 drop of clove oil. Swill gently in mouth for 10-20 minutes. Spit into trash, not drain. Rinse with warm water and repeat as needed.

Urinary tract infection: This works amazingly, make some now so you have it ready for your next uti and you’ll thank yourself later. ¼ cup baking soda, 1 teaspoon vitamin c or citric acid, 1 drop lemon, 1 drop orange, 1 drop lime, (Note: All oils must be medical grade to be ingested), non-sugar sweetener for taste. Mix ½ to 1 teaspoon with glass of water and drink every 3 hours until you feel relief.

Vaginal/anal/penile thrush: Soak the perianal area in this solution. Fill a basin with 3 cups of warm water, 1 cup near boiling water with one of the following recipes: 3 drops rosemary, 3 drops lavender, 3 drops tea tree OR 3 drops Lemongrass, 2 drops clove

Vaginal thrush treatment: mix a tablespoon of live yoghurt with 3 drops of tea tree oil or lemongrass oil. Insert into vagina using clean fingers or a tampon applicator. Leave overnight, rinse in the morning and repeat until infection is cleared.

Natural Options for HS Relief

Well, lovelies, I did say I’d explain the natural options (as seen in my previous post), as well as let you know what works for me, so here goes!

List of Natural Options:

  • Use an antimicrobial/antibacterial skin cleanser

I use a generic form of Hibiclens, once a day, to wash my underarms (this is my most affected area). Hibiclens is the same type of soap surgeons use to “scrub up” prior to entering to surgical suite. The idea is the soap kills any and all of the microbes/bacteria that live on the skin that cause infections and any smells. Since I’ve been using it, my flare ups aren’t as horrible smelling and it just makes me feel cleaner.

  • Warm compresses with tea tree oil

Warm compresses, using all cotton hand towels and filtered water, are amazing for really large flare ups that are pus-filled and really sore. The best way to make a compress is to soak a couple towels in water with a few drops of tea tree oil (this is a natural anti-inflammatory and helps combat bacteria), heat them up until they’re just hot enough (you want them hot enough to do their job, but not so hot your burn your skin), and then apply light pressure for 10 minutes or until the compress begins to cool.

My last bad flare up caused the entire are of my left underarm to swell and turn bright red; I couldn’t put my arm down with crying in pain (I’ve a very high tolerance for pain). I made up a warm compress, held it under my arm for a few minutes, and was disgusted to see all the pus and gunk coming out of my arm! Now, not wanting to deal with this flare for much longer, I actually expressed as much pus and blood as possible; honestly, it was a huge mistake and prolonged my flare up, but it did feel better.

  • No shaving and/or waxing

You wouldn’t play in a mine field, right? Shaving and waxing HS affected areas is pretty much the same; I’ve shaved my underarms before, nicked a lesion, and suffered through one of the worst flare ups I’ve ever had in 10 years! I use a personal electric shaver (AKA a pen razor; I found mine at Wal-Mart for under $10) to trim the hairs as close to the skin as possible without allowing the blades to touch the skin; yes, I miss areas and it gets annoying, but it’s better than causing a mass infection or ripping tender skin.

  • Avoid antiperspirants and stick deodorants

The main reason to avoid stick type deodorants is, if you have an open lesion and swipe your deodorant across it, now it’s covered in infection and, the next time you use it, you’re just spreading the bacteria around and potentially aiding in a massive or nasty flare up. I use the Thai Spray deodorant; I was using Crystal spray, but it ended up irritating my skin.

Antiperspirants, as the name suggests, don’t allow you to perspire or sweat. Some people who have HS have suggested that, by not allowing yourself to sweat, you’re only helping the disease to fester and, ultimately, prepare for a harsh flare up and infection. Since not using an antiperspirant for almost a year, I’ve noticed that my rate of infection has greatly decreased and the smell associated with the pus is much less foul.

  • Make dietary changes

This isn’t going to work for everyone, but I avoid a lot of dairy products, red meat, turkey (it’s classified as an inflammatory food), and no longer drink soda. Since changing my diet and beginning to transition to a full vegetarian lifestyle, I’ve noticed that I’ve only had minor flare ups under my arms, a tiny flare on my abdomen, and another tiny flare on my inner thigh.

Some with HS have found transitioning to a gluten-free diet works best for them, while others have found that eliminating carbs and sugar helps them. My suggestion is to try removing one or two types of foods from your diet at a time versus going “cold turkey” or rapidly transitioning to a new diet. As always, consult with a medical practitioner before making any drastic dietary changes.

  • Turmeric

For those of you who don’t know about turmeric, it’s a member of the ginger family and a native herb of India; it’s used in many Indian dishes for both flavor and spice. Research has suggested that this herb has natural anti-inflammatory properties, much like ginger, in both capsule and powder form.

I ingest turmeric in capsule form, once a day (usually in the evening), every day. After having this herb in my system for 24 hours, the only thing I could say was WHERE HAS THIS BEEN ALL MY LIFE?! My flare ups have reduced in frequency by up to 50% and I’m actually able to go about my daily life! I will note that, the couple of times I’ve “forgotten” to take my turmeric, the following morning was dreadful; my underarms were inflamed, tender, and itched like hell until I took my pill.

  • Exercise, even on bad days

Because sweating can irritate HS, it can be difficult to find exercises that are both good for the body AND won’t make you sweat like a pig; just keep in mind that every little bit counts.

For me, I do my kickboxing outdoors, in the middle of winter, so I can go a few rounds and keep cool; even when I’ve been going for a solid 20+ minutes, as long as it’s between 30 and 50 degrees, I rarely ever sweat. Yoga has helped make even my worst HS days better; by sitting down and meditating for 10-15 minutes, it helps me find a positive attitude so I can get through the day. I also incorporate some light weight lifting, lower abdominal strength exercises, and walking/jogging into my routine.

  • Use all-natural/organic/vegetarian/vegan skincare products

I know this sounds excessive, but I’ve found the more natural products I use, the better I feel overall.

When I was much younger and using whatever was popular for lotion, I noticed it would dry out my skin, make it itch, and cause my HS to get pretty nasty; at that time, it was mainly under my breasts and between my thighs (the scarring is pretty bad). Now that I’ve dealt with this disease for 10+ years and tried a few things, I’ve found that lotions and body washes that are as natural as possible and contain not alcohol work best; I use Dr. Bronner’s Castille soap (I love the rose hemp scent) to wash up and shea butter, coconut oil, and vegetarian lotion to moisturize my skin.

  • Wear all-natural fibers and loose clothing

The more your skin is free to breathe and isn’t irritated by rubbing or chaffing, the better. Yes, this might mean you’ll have to change out a lot of your wardrobe basics, but isn’t your health more important than fashion?

Natural fibers include cotton, bamboo, and wool. Ladies, a wonderful fashion combo that’s comfortable AND HS approved includes a cotton jersey maxi skirt, a loose-fitting t-shirt or tank, and a long sweater or cardigan. Gentlemen, wear those slightly baggy jeans and cotton t-shirt and, trust me, you’ll be golden. Now it gets complicated when you have to dress a certain way for work, but with a little imagination and some careful planning, you can be fashionable AND comfortable in any situation.

  • Stress Management

I’ve noticed I’m more prone to an HS flare whenever I’m emotionally or mentally taxed, either  due to others or myself.

Yoga has really helped me to better manage my stress, as well as boxing (I’d rather punch a bag or shadow than an actual person). By keeping your mind calm, the rest of the body can relax and any infection can better be combated by the body’s natural defenses.

  • Scarring remedies

Because I’m transitioning to vegetarianism and using organic/vegetarian/vegan products, I’ve noticed a few things that work really well for scarring and stretch marks.

Coconut oil and shea butter, in my opinion, work best, especially after a warm shower, when the skin is softer. I’ve been using both for a couple of months and have noticed my scars aren’t as dark!

skin tips:

aight, so. since @tarynel loves my skin, i decided i’ll share my tips.

the products i use are: cetaphil gentle cleansing bar, witch hazel, vitamin E oil, cotton pads & an exfoliating glove.

- i do my regimen while in the shower, so that the steam can open up my pores. bathe your body first & wash your face last, this allows time for your pores to open up.
- i use cetaphil to exfoliate my face with the exfoliating gloves! no i do not use any harsh exfoliating scrubs bcs they tend to dry the skin completely out. while Cetaphil cleanses AND moisturizes.
- after exfoliating, i rinse my face off in luke warm water.
- i then follow up with witch hazel, witch hazel is an astringent & helps with inflammation, pour a little on your cotton pad, wipe & focus on your problem areas, you will be surprised by how much dead skin is left even after exfoliating.
- after using the witch hazel, pour a dime size amount of vitamin e oil into your hand & apply it to your face. do NOT* rub it in, just apply it as if it were a mask & go to sleep! lol.
- wake up in the morning, get a warm towel, wipe your face & lotion. i normally just use a dab to look fresh faced in the morning. the vitamin E oil is already an active moisturizer so you don’t need to look greasy.

i also take hair, skin, vitamin pills. but this is only bcs i’m on a hair journey but i’m noticing a change in my skin.

also, drink WATER. watch your diet. if you are someone who suffers from acne on your forehead between your eyebrows, leave that fast food alone & stop eating all that junk. detox, switch ya diet up & drink water.
if you insist on having a lil spice in ya life, drink 100% cranberry juice. sugars are a huge trigger for me so i try to stay away from it.

if you have any specific questions, please feel free to ask. i don’t mind helping.

How to Care For Your Lips

If you’ve been following Makeup Tips Blog for a while now you’d probably know that I’m a severe sufferer of dry lips and lip care is something I’m extremely passionate about.

DO: Remove Your Lip Colour

Whether you’ve worn a gloss that lasts five minutes or a lipstick that has lasted all day, chances are you will still have a little residue of something left on your lips. This is why it’s especially important to give your lips a quick clean at the end of the day. When removing lipstick I like to use a nice oil and cotton pad as to prevent drying out the lips.

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