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6 HOMEMADE FACE MASKS TO LOOK YOUNGER BY REMOVING DEAD SKIN CELLS

6 Homemade Face Masks to Remove Dead Cells And Look Younger

Homemade face masks are used to clean the skin naturally and they have long been part of beauty regimens, you may already know about how toxic for your skin a chemical treatment can be, that’s why there are many natural options with various ingredients for every type of skin. So here we give you 6 homemade face mask to remove dead cells and look younger.

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Clay face mask 
Clay is an excellent absorbing agent; it helps in removing the sebum, dead skin and dirt so that your skin looks clean, soft and youthful.
Peel off homemade face mask
Gel based mask that removes dead cells from the top layer of the skin, leaving behind fresh and youthful skin. Peel off masks brighten up a dull complexion, you can use oatmeal, which is rich in vitamin B and E
Moisturizing homemade face mask for normal skin
Mash half avocado, pear, and add one teaspoon of sunflower oil. Apply and leave on for ten minutes then wash it off with warm water. ***( I would use coconut oil it is more nourishing for the skin and hair)
Anti-aging homemade face mask for wrinkled skin
Take two tablespoons of oatmeal with a half cup of milk and cook gently until it becomes soft, stir with two teaspoons of olive oil. Let it cool, apply it to face and leave it for twenty to twenty five minutes and wash off with warm water. ***( I would use coconut oil, it is more nourishing for the skin and hair)
Oily skin homemade face mask
Beat one egg white until it becomes thick and mix one teaspoon of honey, then add one teaspoon of lemon juice and apply gently to face and leave it for ten minutes and wash it off with warm water.
Dry skin homemade face mask 
Beat one egg white until it becomes thick and add one teaspoon of honey and sunflower oil, apply to face, leave for twenty minutes and wash off with warm water. ***( I would use coconut oil, it is more nourishing for the skin and hair)

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****REPOSTER’S NOTE****  Keep reading below if you want an exquisite total body solution !

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You will see ***( I would use coconut oil, it is more nourishing for the skin and hair)

My investigations show that coconut oil is the one most nourishing of the oils and is absorbed by the body very easily. Our body temperature is warm enough to keep the oil liquid for easy absorption.

If you already have pure virgin olive oil or sunflower oil in your home – do use that rather than delaying trying the masks until you can purchase coconut oil.

If you are not yet using coconut oil search coconut oil, you will find numerous articles, posted on this blog .

Enjoy these wonderful masks!

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My personal favorite solution for removing dead skin cells, reducing lines and wrinkles, detoxification and oxygenation of the skin is a total body solution. As we age not only does aging show on our face but all of our skin.

Natural ultrasound  is used to clean our precious jewelry and keep it looking it’s best  Natural Ultrasound does the same for the skin and the underlying connective tissue by massaging and stimulating at a cellular level as well deep cleaning the skin surface and pores. Detoxifying, rehydrating,  massaging and oxygenating our skin while providing improved circulation plumps up the skin naturally. The enhanced circulation/oxygenation and the deep pore cleansing give the skin that dewy youthful glow.

I was introduced to the Oxygen Spa as a wellness tool, only to find out that in Asia it is a very popular spa treatment used to return youthfulness to the skin or to maintain a youthful appearance. After having an extremely rejuvenating experience during my first Oxygen Spa Session, I decided to attend a hydrotherapy conference in Taiwan to  learn more from doctors and hydrotherapy experts.

The Oxygen Spa  is basically like having a mini physiotherapy unit at your disposal in your own home. All you need is a bath tub and water. It provides full body Hydrotherapy that incorporates Hydro-massage, Hydro-accupressure, Hydro-ultrasound, Far-infrared Oxygen & Ozone therapy and full body Detoxification. It also creates internal warming so provides cardiovascular exercise benefits too. Many people notice decreases in cellulite and improved over all body toning.

The Oxygen Spa is also the best stress reduction tool – just imagine millions of oxygen bubbles massaging all of the stress away. It is such an exquisite experience with the added benefit of not having to lose that super relaxed feeling by getting dressed and having to go back out into the world.

The Hydrotherapy Conference attendees appeared to be a rather youthful group both in appearance but also in movement which surprised me. As we age, that suppleness of movement we see in the young slowly dissipates unless we pursue a consistent total body exercise regimen like yoga.  During the hydrotherapy training  by leading doctors and hydrotherapy experts, they provided insight about why the Oxygen Spa had been adopted as a very significant tool in rehab facilities and even in emergency rooms such as Taipei Hospital.

Soon the Spa industry in Asia caught on. Numerous health issues were being successfully addressed but along with feeling better, Oxygen Spa users were noticeably looking and feeling more youthful – an unanticipated side-effect.

At the conference, I was befriended by 3 young Asian Americans who were Oxygen Spa devotees. I was later shocked to find out all 3 ladies had children who were in their late 20s and early 30s and my new friends were 49 – 54 years old.  But they were not alone, I met women and  men not only from Asia but from Europe, Middle East, Philippines, Africa and Australia who were using the Oxygen Spa as their fountain of youth and vibrancy. That they were also experiencing unparalleled good health as a by-product.

They were of the opinion that when you feel good, you look your best, and when you look your best, you feel good. They had all been introduced to the Oxygen Spa years earlier in its infancy and enjoyed using it so much over time they had been able to stay looking and feeling much younger than their peers.

So what is this Oxygen Spa  – Watch the video below and if you want to learn even more check out homespaedmonton.com. My name is Deb St.Jean  and should you want to contact me – you can do so via the contact form, or the comments section of this blog. (My apologies – the website is a bit out of date and is in the middle of being revamped)

I was an adult acne sufferer with horrible skin showing the wear and tear of aging and 20+ years of severe adult acne. Due to a very physically active life, I had 3 crushed vertebra, carpal tunnel, rotator cuff, hip, knee and ankle injuries. The Oxygen Spa provided amazing pain relief and gave me back a flexibility I had not experienced since crushing my vertebra in my teens.

Not long after I bought my Oxygen Spa and was able to use it consistently, long time friends and co-workers started complimenting ME – on how great MY skin looked. I have been blemish free for over 5 years now and often have people who meet compliment me on my skin. These compliments still take me by surprise as most of my life I had skin that had to be buried under layers and layers of make-up to cover the acne and the scaring. Now, in my late 50’s, I wear NO MAKE-UP and GET COMPLIMENTS ON MY GREAT SKIN.

I ordered my Oxygen Spa for the pain reduction and improved flexibility – I had no idea that it would do wonders for my skin, my energy levels or give the overall sense of wellness I experience today. Watch the video, and incorporate some of what the Oxygen Spa provides to enhance the benefits of the masks detailed earlier in this post. If you want the real thing, the Oxygen Spa contact me and I will help make that happen for you.

I freely admit, I am addicted to my Oxygen Spa and will never be without it for the rest of my life. It is as important to me as the air I breathe, the water I drink and the food I eat.  I dreaded aging, yet comparatively, I now feel and look better than anything I could have anticipated 10 years ago.

The Essential Oils and the Mineral Salts enhance the effectiveness and the experience. They are integral to obtaining the fullest benefit that the Oxygen Spa can bestow. Aroma and Essential oil/Mineral salt therapy have long been used with hydrotherapy as they complement and enhance the effectiveness of each other, beyond what either could do alone.

The Oxygen Spa is my passion so my apologies for being so long-winded ( you will note if you look at my other posts this is not typical) but the change the Oxygen Spa has brought to my skin and my life is so huge I wish I could give every home one.

Here is that promised video.

For more info or to check out other posts for more useful info………………..

http://www.homespaedmonton.com/ and https://allaboutwellnesssolutions.wordpress.com/

Should you want to contact me (Deb) I have added the contact form below.

Top 10 Cancer Causing Foods

The 10 most cancer causing foods

April 18, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Top 10 most unhealthy, cancer-causing foods – never eat these again!

The statement “everything causes cancer” has become a popular hyperbole, and one that some people use as rhetorical fodder to excuse their own dietary and lifestyle failures, particularly as they pertain to cancer risk. But the truth of the matter is that many common food items have, indeed, been scientifically shown to increase cancer risk, and some of them substantially. Here are 10 of the most unhealthy, cancer-causing foods that you should never eat again:

1) Genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). It goes without saying that GMOs have no legitimate place in any cancer-free diet, especially now that both GMOs and the chemicals used to grow them have been shown to cause rapid tumor growth. But GMOs are everywhere, including in most food derivatives made from conventional corn, soybeans, and canola. However, you can avoid them by sticking with certified organic, certified non-GMO verified, and locally-grown foods that are produced naturally without biotechnology.

2) Processed meats. Most processed meat products, including lunch meats, bacon, sausage, and hot dogs, contain chemical preservatives that make them appear fresh and appealing, but that can also cause cancer. Both sodium nitrite and sodium nitrate have been linked to significantly increasing the risk of colon and other forms of cancer, so be sure to choose only uncured meat products made without nitrates, and preferably from grass-fed sources.

3) Microwave popcorn. They might be convenient, but those bags of microwave popcorn are lined with chemicals that are linked to causing not only infertility but also liver, testicular, and pancreatic cancers. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes the perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in microwave popcorn bag linings as “likely” carcinogenic, and several independent studies have linked the chemical to causing tumors. Similarly, the diacetyl chemical used in the popcorn itself is linked to causing both lung damage and cancer.

4) Soda pop. Like processed meats, soda pop has been shown to cause cancer as well. Loaded with sugar, food chemicals, and colorings, soda pop acidifies the body and literally feeds cancer cells. Common soda pop chemicals like caramel color and its derivative 4-methylimidazole (4-MI) have also specifically been linked to causing cancer.

5) ‘Diet’ foods, beverages. Even worse than conventional sugar-sweetened soda pop, though, is “diet” soda pop and various other diet beverages and foods. A recent scientific review issued by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) of more than 20 separate research studies found that aspartame, one of the most common artificial sweeteners, causes a range of illnesses including birth defects and cancer. Sucralose (Splenda), saccharin and various other artificial sweeteners have also been linked to causing cancer.

6) Refined ‘white’ flours. Refined flour is a common ingredient in processed foods, but its excess carbohydrate content is a serious cause for concern. A study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Mile Markers, and Prevention found that regular consumption of refined carbohydrates was linked to a 220 percent increase in breast cancer among women. High-glycemic foods in general have also been shown to rapidly raise blood sugar levels in the body, which directly feeds cancer cell growth and spread.

7) Refined sugars. The same goes for refined sugars, which tend to rapidly spike insulin levels and feed the growth of cancer cells. Fructose-rich sweeteners like high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are particularly offensive, as cancer cells have been shown to quickly and easily metabolize them in order to proliferate. And since cookies, cakes, pies, sodas, juices, sauces, cereals, and many other popular, mostly processed, food items are loaded with HFCS and other refined sugars, this helps explain why cancer rates are on the rise these days.

8) Conventional apples, grapes, and other ‘dirty’ fruits. Many people think they are eating healthy when they buy apples, grapes, or strawberries from the store. But unless these fruits are organic or verified to be pesticide-free, they could be a major cancer risk. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that up to 98 percent of all conventional produce, and particularly the type found on its “dirty” fruits list, is contaminated with cancer-causing pesticides.

9) Farmed salmon. Farmed salmon is another high-risk cancer food, according to Dr. David Carpenter, Director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University of Albany. According to his assessment, farmed salmon not only lacks vitamin D, but it is often contaminated with carcinogenic chemicals, PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), flame retardants, pesticides, and antibiotics.

10) Hydrogenated oils. They are commonly used to preserve processed foods and keep them shelf-stable. But hydrogenated oils alter the structure and flexibility of cell membranes throughout the body, which can lead to a host of debilitating diseases such as cancer. Some manufacturers are phasing out the use of hydrogenated oils and replacing them with palm oil and other safer alternatives, but trans fats are still widely used in processed foods.

Source: Natural News

***** See this link for cleaning fruit, berries and produce – anything that is grown above ground and would be sprayed with herbicides, pesticides or ripening inhibitors.  If I have a used lemon rind kicking around I slice it very thinly, put it in a mesh bag and add it to the vinegar water. Lemon is known to be great as a detox and keeps fruits and veggies from oxidizing (eg. sliced apples stay white a lot longer.)

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Sounds impossible in today’s world to live a healthy lifestyle doesn’t it But it is NOT.

Grow a garden, if you have the space plant raspberries, strawberries, a couple of apple trees. Eat what you grow – even small patios can provide all of your lettuce and tomatoes. Use hanging planters for strawberries. Gardening is an excellent stress reduction tool too.

If you love popcorn, buy a popcorn popper – use real butter and sea salt – YUM and quick

Cook meals from scratch – a bit of planning while shopping and storing groceries can make a huge difference in what you eat and how long fresh produce will last.  Get rid of the sodas and any prepared drinks, make fresh lemon juice or detox waters, make a pot of tea or coffee. Use real cream or milk if you must, sweeten with honey, real maple syrup, agave, stevia or monk fruit.

Meal Prep used to be a staple that involved the whole family and dinner was a social gathering where the days events were shared. Memories were made and family bonds solidified. Turn off all electronics and enjoy each other.

Scientific studies have proven that food that is blessed prior to consumption has increased nutritional value. Take 2 seconds thank whomever – God – The Planet – The Garden- The Universe and ask that the food be blessed.  No matter what the food is – by blessing it you just made it better for your body. Sounds crazy but it works!

Cancer was the bane of our families – I have learned a lot – much of it was unlearning.

Our homes are one of the most polluted places on the planet, natural cleaners work, oxygen is really good for you as is clean water and, salt is important in a natural unprocessed form.

Get lots of Sunshine – Natural Vitamin D3 is the best, drink lots of water, get a full nights sleep, have some fun, take walks, laugh, get some aerobic exercise.  Connect with nature and the world. Give hugs and smiles.  Take a really good liquid vitamin mineral supplement. (link to my fav, Daily Complete) http://deb.awarenesslife.com/index.cfm?action=details&detail=complete

Life is a participation sport – we choose to prioritize busyness over quality – you can choose to tweak certain parts of your life. I allocated certain Saturdays or weekday evening to preparing and freezing casseroles etc.  Everybody had a job – we would prepare 5 Lasagnas or 2 huge pots of stew, roast a couple of chickens etc. Then on the days that there was soccer, hockey, baseball, basketball, dance, karate etc.  Nice fresh bead, a colorful salad and a pre-prepared main course and we had a dinner that was delicious and good for us.

Having a son whose behavior was extremely affected by additives  and certain foods forced us to eat differently but looking back – it turned out to be a very positive lifestyle change with huge benefits. We still grow a huge garden  – it is work but what a sense of  independence and accomplishment. The taste difference alone is worth it.  A few minutes of weeding a day, away from the phone and TV brings relaxation and peace to the craziness. The weeds wait for you – I enjoy a few minutes early in the morning when the air is so fresh and clean or in the evening.

Kids have a lot of activities these days but not much in the way of chores. Helping grow a garden and care for a yard are great chores that build skills and allow them to feel the pride of accomplishment. Promote working barefoot as long as your yard is safe – walking barefoot on natural surfaces is very good for the feet and the spine. Fresh air is a real tonic.

Community gardens that allow you to grow your own produce can be found in most major cities these days.

Cancer is not a death sentence it is a wake up call – I learned so much from reading the following book.

The success rate for his cancer patients is unparalleled –  but his wisdom applies to living the best life for every one of us.

Bernie Siegel: Love, Medicine and Miracles

Here is a wonderful interview that will add to your life no matter who you are or where you are at. Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TwAHC4q2K4

5 Foods That Can Help With Depression

5 Foods That Can Help With Depression

It does not say cure depression, it says help with. When people are depressed they often reach for comfort foods, like candy, chips, ice cream, and chocolate. Nutritionists say this is the wrong answer, eating these foods can help alleviate symptoms, plus there is an added bonus of feeling good about doing something proactive for your health.

1) An omelet or scrambled egg, the yolks are rich in B vitamins, they are a good source of protein, and B vitamins help your brain to function at optimal levels. Similar options: fish, poultry, wheat germ, and lean beef

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2) Nuts and Seeds, they are a great source of magnesium, which helps produce serotonin, which helps you feel good. Some examples include: cashews, pumpkin seeds, sunflowers seeds, almonds, and peanuts

3) Cold water fish, excellent source of Omega 3′s, which contains the fatty acid DHA, which helps your brain in a multitude of ways. Some examples include: salmon, tuna, herring, sardines, and anchovies

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4) Ancient grains, which are complex carbohydrates, they take longer to digest which helps stabilize blood sugars, which helps stabilize your mood. Added bonus, they are full of fiber, which helps you feel full longer. Some examples include: amaranth, millet, quinoa, spelt, barley, and teff

5) Green tea, technically a drink, not a food, rich in amino acid L-theanine which can help improve focus while calming the body

Knowing what to eat for your body produces great long-term effects, it helps to resolve feelings of helplessness or powerlessness against the disease that is hurting you, always do the best you can.

Source: http://healthyliving.msn.com/diseases/depression/5-foods-to-eat-when-youre-depressed-18?pageart=2

Thanks to Positive med for another great find.

Magnesium is best absorbed through the skin so I would recommend a Magnesium Spray, Gel, or a bath with Magnesium Salts. We as a society are severely deficient in Magnesium. Cranky kids are much happier and more relaxed after a a bath with magnesium Salts, just like mom and dad. A scoop in the nightly bath can make a huge difference in falling asleep quickly and easily too.

Vitamin D3 is so much more than a Vitamin and had been shown to have huge mood improvement benefits so get some sun and in the winter supplement. Many knowledgeable physicians now recommend at least 5000IU/ day in the winter months. Now many patients will find that it is part of routine care during hospital stays.  Next to sun on bare skin, Sub-lingual tablets or sprays are the most effective .

Unusual Uses for Lemon Juice

Thanks to Positive Med for another good find.

I am sure everyone has heard of the health benefits of lemon in your drinking water, but it is not just to drink and eat. Are you aware of all the places you can use this little wonder fruit? A bit of fresh lemon in your apple water will keep them from going brown while you are prepping apples for apple pie. I use lemons to get rid of stains in sinks and on counter tops, in the bathroom. and kitchen, It is often great at getting tough stains out of whites. You can use it to help lighten hair in the summer. There are so many things you can do! Check this poster for more:

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Benefits of Coconut Water

So good for us – drink it, cook with it, add it to other beverages or shakes.

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Thanks to Positive Med for another great Poster Find

Why You Should Use COCONUT OIL – 9 Benefits For Skin, Body And Soul

Nice little video – Enjoy! Thank You to The Sundance Family for the video.

Why You Should Use COCONUT OIL – 9 Benefits For Skin, Body And Soul

Skin Care
Replace all processed cooking vegetable oils with Coconut Oil
Make-up Remover
Massage Oil
Pre and After Shave
Deep Hair Conditioner, Split End Treatment
Burn Treatment
Natural Toothpaste
Coconut Oil Pulling

Health Benefits of Cabbage & Sauerkraut

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***Reposters Note. Cabbage in whatever form offers numerous benefits. Sauerkraut was a staple in many cultures before the advent of processed and fast foods. I would encourage  readers to incorporate the unique flavor into you meals for variety as well as the numerous dietary benefits***

(NaturalNews) Sauerkraut combines the health benefits offered by all cruciferous vegetables (a category which includes cauliflowers and brussel sprouts as well as cabbage) with the probiotic advantages derived from the fermentation process.

Cabbage offers a host of health benefits. It is high in vitamins A and C. Studies have shown the cruciferous vegetables can help lower cholesterol levels. Cabbage also provides a rich source of phytonutrient antioxidants. In addition, it has anti-inflammatory properties, and some studies indicate it may help combat some cancers. However, this already helpful vegetable becomes a superfood when it is pickled.

The fermentation process used to make sauerkraut was probably first developed centuries ago simply as a means of preserving vegetables for easy consumption throughout the winter. The health benefits derived from pickling vegetables were already well-known to early civilizations. Historical evidence suggests laborers on the Great Wall of China consumed a version of the pickled cabbage dish 2,000 years ago.Traditional Chinese has long prescribed sauerkraut juice as a home remedy for many common ailments . The armies of Genghis Khan most likely first brought the dish to Europe. The Roman army traveled with barrels of sauerkraut, using it to prevent intestinal infections among the troops during long excursions.
In periods and cultures when natural healing methods fell into disuse, people consumed fewer fermented foods and were subject to more illness. Scurvy (vitamin C deficiency) killed many British sailors during the 1700s, especially on longer voyages. In the late 1770s, Captain James Cook circumnavigated the world without losing a single sailor to scurvy, thanks to the foods his ship carried, including sixty barrels of sauerkraut.Mainstream health experts began to pay renewed attention to sauerkraut after a study published in The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in 2002. Finnish researchers reported that in laboratory studies,a substance produced by fermented cabbage, isothiocyanates, helped prevent the growth of cancer.Even before the laboratory study, however, alternative health experts extolled the healing benefits of sauerkraut because of the lactic acid bacteria produced as a side-effect of the pickling process.Healthy human colons contain many beneficial bacteria which feed on the waste left over from our digestion, creating lactic acid. Without these beneficial bacteria the human digestive system becomes home to harmful parasites and yeasts, resulting in the condition of candida.

Sauerkraut provides a high density source of a wide range of beneficial live bacteria which assist in the digestive process. Consuming a serving of sauerkraut can give your body as much of a health boost as many of the expensive probiotic drinks and supplements sold in stores. However, most commercially sold sauerkraut have lost most of their beneficial bacterial organisms. To gain the most benefits from sauerkraut, you may want to purchase it freshly made, or learn how to make your own.If you want to explore recipes for making sauerkraut and other fermented dishes, an excellent place to start is with Sandor Ellis Katz’s Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition and Craft of Live Culture Foods.In his book, Katz points out that “Fermentation not only preserves nutrients, it breaks them down into more digestible forms.” Katz, who also wrote The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved: Inside America’s Underground Food Movements, recommends not only eating sauerkraut but drinking the juice which he calls “a rare delicacy and unparalleled digestive tonic.”Sources for this article include:

Thank You to Lifestyle Philippines, Natural News and Oasis Advanced Wellness for contributions to this post.