turmeric

Self care

Ok so I really believe that if you feel good about yourself it will radiate through you and you will look beautiful because of your confidence. And self care and healthy lil tips make me feel beautiful so:

Drink water. You know those annoying red bumps on your face that aren’t full on pimples so they’re really hard to get rid of? Drink a gallon of water every day. It sounds like a lot but they will disappear, and water has so many other benefits with skincare and weight loss.

Moisturize! I love almond oil for my face because it’s like coconut oil except it won’t clog your pores. Honestly as long as you consistently moisturize your face and body with some kind of lotion you’ll see benefits, it’s not complicated.

Exfoliate! Okay you can go buy an expensive exfoliated but if you’re ballin on a budget just mix some oil (coconut, olive, almond, etc.) with some sugar for your body, or with baking soda for your face. The baking soda is gentler.

Apple cider vinegar! Shits not tasty but if you add a tablespoon to a big glass of water plus some lemon (and stevia to taste) to begin your day there are benefits to your metabolism and anti bloating properties.

As for holy grail skin care ingredients, I love turmeric. Combine 1 tsp turmeric powder, 2 tbsp flour, 2-3 tbsp milk, 1 tbsp almond or coconut oil and a little bit of honey. Put on face for 20 minutes and wash off. You will glow.

Take baths because they are so great. Light some candles, get some wine or a good book, whatever makes you relaxed. There is literally a bath for everything. Sore muscles? Epsom salt. Trying to balance your skin’s ph (aka you have a dick appointment)? ¾ cup apple cider vinegar. Dry skin? Oil or oatmeal. So many options.

As for makeup, I found that when I quit makeup I found more confidence in myself and less pressure to look perfect, but if you want to beat your face every day then do it! I admire the dedication. Do what makes you feel beautiful because if you feel good, you look good.

Take care of yourself, you deserve it.

The concoction I drink damn near every morning and why…

Water: drinking water after waking up is like an alarm clock for your metabolism and wakes up your internal organs. When you wake up your body is naturally dehydrated from breathing, sweating, or any other activities you may engage in during the night so it’s time to refill the tank. More importantly water removes toxins from the blood.

Apple Cider Vinegar: helps break up mucous throughout the body and cleanse the lymph nodes. Lymph nodes filter foreign crap that’s tryna fuck you up so when they are clogged your immune system can’t function as it should! ACV can help with allergies because of its ability to reduce mucous and sinus congestion. It can also help with skin problems; I feel that the combination of taking it orally and using it as a toner helps keep my skin free of breakouts.

Lemon: alkalizing for the body and helps restore balance to your body’s pH. Lemons are rich in vitamin C and flavonoids that work against infections like the flu and colds.

Turmeric: powerful anti-inflammatory effects. We have inflammation all over our bodies and it’s usually the underlying cause for many chronic conditions. So I take it for more preventative measures because I’ll be damned if I end up with high blood pressure or diabetes.

Cayenne Pepper: stimulates the digestive tract by increasing the flow of enzyme production and gastric juices. That helps your body metabolize food and toxins. Cayenne warms you up and also stimulates the release of mucus from the respiratory passages.

While I’m drinking this I continually have to spit up mucous. You would be surprised what’s lurking in your system even if you don’t feel congested!

Florida Water (2)

  • Two cups vodka or other alcohol
  • Two tablespoons orange flower water or hydrosol
  • One tablespoon turmeric powder
  • One quarter teaspoon finely ground orrisroot
  • Twelve drops essential oil of bergamot
  • Twelve drops essential oil of lavender
  • Six drops essential oil of may chang
  • Three drops essential oil of rosemary
  • Two drops rose attar
  • Two drops neroli

Shake this second formula vigorously to distribute the powder.

Florida Water may be added to virtually any cleansing bath or floorwash formula as an added enhancement. It is for external use only.

(from The Element Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells by Judika Illes)

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