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herbs-and-essential-oilsThink it’s impossible to get rid of cellulite – the lumpy, bumpy skin most women have on the back of our legs?  Think again! I had cellulite for years and being tall and thin made no difference.  When I first noticed it, I hated it but really didn’t know what to do about it, other than try all the expensive creams and lotions on the market.  Every time a new one was advertised, I was convinced it was “the one” to get rid of my cellulite for good.

Once I became knowledgeable about health, fitness and wellness and learned that a clean diet and exercise, specifically building up the muscles of the hamstrings and glutes played an important role in combating cellulite, I began a strict regimen and waited patiently for all my detoxifying and clean eating efforts to pay off.  But as you may have already realized, cellulite is very stubborn!  I also used this product from Weleda since it is a natural, non-toxic product.  Although the cellulite did improve, it was simply not enough to decrease my self-consciousness about it.  If you have mild cellulite, it is an excellent product to try, but if you are like me, you’ll need something stronger.

That’s where my very own Anti-Cellulite Cream comes in.  After trying many different formulas from recipes I found online and tweaking it to have the consistency and scent that I liked, using only once a day within a matter of a few weeks I noticed a dramatic change.  Over time it has continued to improve, and while not perfect, it is definitely to the extent that I am finally happy with the results and much better than the previous options and expensive creams.  This cream is made of 100% pure essential oils, organic coconut oil, and organic beeswax.  It smells great, feels great and I love using it after I shower.  Massage the cream into legs, thighs and anywhere you have cellulite once or twice a day.  Note that due the coconut oil it contains, it can take a few minutes to fully absorb into the skin so be mindful of that if using in the morning before getting dressed.

Skin Brushing first is very helpful as well and will greatly improve results.   Let me know in the comments how it worked out for you!


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Regular, adequate sleep is ESSENTIAL to good health.  Of course, sometimes it’s simply impossible to get a good night’s sleep (new Mom, anyone? yawn )Here are some tricks to improve the quality and quantity of your sleep:sleep

Purchase a good quality mattress. I cannot stress this enough. Unless you invest into a good quality mattress you are always going to find flaws in your bed. You need to find a company such as leesa.com who offers a wide variety of good quality mattresses. Take your time finding the perfect one, don’t rush your decision.

Sleep in complete darkness. Darkness triggers the production of the natural sleep hormone melatonin.  When we are exposed to light at night, the production of this hormone decreases and our sleep is interrupted.  As well, this, combined with going to bed before 11 pm (see “go to bed earlier”, below),  is a really great way to “reset” the endocrine system, for example if you have stressed adrenals….in layman’s terms, if you feel like this: at wits end

Avoid television right before bed.  Yeah, that includes watching stuff on your iPad (sorry).  It is too stimulating to the brain it will take longer to fall asleep.  It’s also disruptive of pineal gland function for the amount of light hitting the eye.

Wear socks to bed.  This may sound strange, but a study has shown that, due to the fact that they have the poorest circulation, the feet often feel cold before the rest of the body and this coldness can increase night waking.

Avoid using loud alarm clocks. It is very stressful on the body to be awoken suddenly.  Those buzzing alarms are awful, once again really not good for the endocrine system.

Go to bed earlier.  Our systems, particularly the adrenals, do a majority of their recharging or recovering during the hours of 11PM and 1AM.  In addition, your gallbladder dumps toxins in the same period of time.  If you are awake, the toxins back up into the liver, which then secondarily backs up into your entire system and cause further disruption of your health.  Yikes!

Take a magnesium supplement like Natural Calm before bed.  Magnesium is relaxing to the muscles and to the nervous system and can help you fall asleep and stay asleep.

Take a hot bath, shower or sauna before bed. When body temperature is raised in the late evening, it will fall at bedtime, facilitating sleep.  Better yet, add some 100% pure essential oils like Lavender or Wild Chamomile and/or Epsom Salts, to your bath to relax you even further.

Avoid foods that you may be sensitive to.  This is particularly true for dairy and wheat products, as they may have effect on sleep, such as excess congestion, gastrointestinal upset and apnea.

Avoid caffeine.  This would seem obvious, but many people think if they have it early enough, it won’t effect their sleep.  But a recent study showed that caffeine is not metabolized properly in some people and they can feel the effects long after consuming it, preventing them from falling asleep.

Last, but not least……

Avoid alcohol.  Although alcohol will make you drowsy, the effect is short lived and most people will wake up several hours later, unable to fall back asleep.  Alcohol also keeps you from falling into the deeper stages of sleep, where the body does most of i’s healing.

If you are still having problems falling asleep or staying asleep, there could be an underlying health issue that needs to be addressed.

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weight, Rebecca Lazar - HOW TO TREAT A SUNBURNThe good looking but totally sun-fried legs pictured here was taken a day after my husband went sailing and didn’t bother using the sunscreen that I gave him.  His legs probably looked even worse but he suffered and did nothing for 24 hours until deciding to casually ask me “hey, is this normal”?  raised eyebrows

I’m not one of those people who believe you should slather on chemical sunscreen every time you walk out of the house.  You need Vitamin D and the best way to get it, is of course from the most natural source – the sun.  That being said, if you are going to be in the sun for more than 20 minutes or it’s a particularly hot day with a high UV index, sunscreen in definitely required.  I recommend and use the Badger brand, which you can find at most health food stores.  It’s natural, comes in an unscented or lightly scented formula, is water resistant and non-irritating to skin, including the face, even on my youngest children.

Unfortunately, sunscreen doesn’t work if you don’t use it, as you can see. tongue  So what’s the best way to treat a sunburn if you do get one?

Since a sunburn should be treated as any burn would,the first step would be to immerse the burnt part of your body in cold water or a cold bath for 10-15 minutes.  (For a soothing effect, you can add colloidal oatmeal, such as Aveeno).  After that, one solution is aloe, which is terrific for a sunburn.  The problem is, the best way – really the only way, in my opinion – to use aloe is directly from the plant, since the aloe gels and lotions you find at the drugstore usually contain too many chemicals and unnecessary ingredients. 

Another fantastic remedy is 100% pure aromatherapy lavender oil.  Use one or 2 drops every 6 hours, undiluted, over the burnt skin. (2 drops covers a large area).  Why lavender?  As the story goes,one day in the 1920’s, a French cosmetic chemist named Rene-Maurice Gattefossewas making fragrances in his lab.  He burned his arm very badly and thrust it into the nearest cold liquid – which happened to be a tub of lavender oil.  He was surprised to find that the pain lessened considerably and that his wound healed very quickly and left no scar.  He was so fascinated by this that he spent the rest of his life researching the healing properties of essential oils and actually was the one to coin the term “aromatherapy.” Cool, huh.  I thought so.

In addition to cold water, aloe and/or lavender, take an anti-oxidant formula to help speed healing, and of course, stay out of the sun for a few days!

In case your were wondering,  with this regimen it only took 3 days for that sunburn to heal.

Don’t forget your sunscreen and have (safe) fun in the sun! happy

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