The manufacturers of these candles claim the candles can relieve sinus pressure, cleanse the ear, improve hearing and even relieve vertigo. Each company claims different pros to using their ear candle but the FDA says there is no proof that any of these claims are true.
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Give those tired/dry hands and feet a special treat with our Scandle Helping Hand treatment packs. Each pack contains a pair of special moisturizing socks or moisturizing gloves (one size fits most) and a Scandle Travel Candle (infused with tea tree & lemongrass essential oils)
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Lather, rinse, add toner, sunscreen, spot acne treatment and daily moisturizer, every day; forever!!!
It is a common misconception that all of these steps are needed to maintain beautiful skin. Actually, sometimes these routines cause more damage than repair. Think about it. Does acne really react well to harsh, strong scrubs and toners?
So what if we could eliminate at least half of the process? Well, something new is emerging in high end spas and beauty products that should help eliminate the need for that 6-step skin care routine.
Emu oil is one of nature's best kept secrets. It is a safe option for any type of skin, absorbs immediately into the skin and aids in the release of trapped oil, skin and makeup in our pores.
Not only is the oil an amazing natural acne fighter, it has been used to treat chronic arthritis, strains, sprains and other muscle related pains. In Australia, the natural habitat of the emu, it is actually used as a wound healing accelerate.
But, buyer beware! A lot of these new "emu oil" beauty products are not so bird friendly. Make sure to read the label carefully to make sure it actually contains emu oil.
Have you tried emu oil? In a spa treatment? In a cosmetic product? Let me know what you think?
With the weather finally creeping up the thermometer, it is time to put some passion back into my winter.
The passion fruit has long been a staple of South American medicinal treatments and is now making its way into spas and cosmetics.
This powerful fruit is said to reduce cancer cell growth. Though research is underway, the phytochemicals in the fruit juice are considered to inhibit cancer cell growth. It also contains Vitamin C, Vitamin A, potassium and tons of antioxidants.
Since I don't have time for an all-day trip to the spa, I thought I would light my Scandle (for my spa treatment) and make a Passion Fruitini (for my mind treatment).
Passion Fruitini: • 1 cup lemon vodka • 2 tbsp triple sec • 12 oz white cranberry juice • 12 oz passion fruit juice
Put in large pitcher filled with ice, and stir briskly. Pour into cocktail glasses while straining the ice.
What are you doing to keep the spring in your winter season? Let us know.................
When will it ever heat up again?????? It seems that every day is colder than the one before. Well maybe I am exaggerating a tad bit but this seems to be one of the harshest winters on my skin and the tightest on my wallet!
We are all pinching a penny but still need glowing skin in the dead of winter. I found this great recipe for a chamomile tea skin toner, many spas use it pre/post facial to rehydrate the skin and you can make it for just a couple hundred pennies :)
Chamomile Tea Skin Toner:
3 organic chamomile tea bags
2 cups boiling water
Pour the boiling water over the tea bags and allow the tea to steep for a couple of hours (until the tea has cooled completely). Bottle the mixture in a spray bottle or toner bottle.
Use the toner throughout the day, especially on the really cold ones, to keep your skin hydrated and free from weather irritation. Discard the mixture after 7 days.
You can also use the bags from chamomile tea to:
reduce puffy, irritated eyes: place warm chamomile bags over eyes for 10-15 min.
relax your mind with its essential oil scent
add to your bath to aid in healing sunburned skin and dry, chapped skin.
Don't forget, even though its cloudy and snowy, daily sunscreen is still essential. And sure, soaking in a burning-hot bath feels great after frolicking out in the cold. But the intense heat of a hot shower or bath actually breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin, which can lead to a loss of moisture.
Happy snowman making day!!! What do you do to keep the cold at bay? We could sure use the advise here in Texas :)
We know that a Mediterranean diet is excellent for our waistline but a new study published by Columbia University says this diet is also good for our brain.
The diet, which consists of fruits, vegetables, fish and olive oil has been shown to reduce the onset of Alzheimer's in patients already showing signs and also helps prevent the disease from even occurring in some cases.
Not only does the diet ward of dementia, people who consume a moderate to high amount of these foods are at a much lower risk of developing heart disease, some cancers and Parkinson's disease.
The study also says that people who were not extremely stringent in the diet still saw tremendous health improvements and a reduction in brain cognitive impairment.
The study couldn't pinpoint an exact reason why this diet is so good for the brain. But maybe it is the high fish content (they're packed with Omega-3s) or the olive oil (great for a healthy heart) and you can never go wrong with fruits and veggies.
What do you do to keep your brain healthy? What do you think about this study? Let us know.....
How many times did your mom say, "Eating greasy foods will make you get pimples?" Mine sure did! So I am happy to say that this golden beauty rule is indeed a myth.
While I don't encourage you to down a greasy meal every day, it is safe to say it will not effect your complexion. There is no scientific evidence that fried foods can cause or worsen acne. But still, eating excessive amounts of fried foods is not a healthy waistline option.
However, there is strong evidence that if you work in a greasy environment your acne will get worse. If your skin is exposed to airborne grease from frying foods, you will need a good cleanser and astringent to fight the effects.
What is a "beauty golden rule" you now know to be a myth? Let us know......
Not only is February the month of love, it also the month of the heart.
Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of Americans and there are small steps everyone can take to naturally reduce their risk of heart disease.
Exercise regularly, stay in your recommended weight range and reducing your stress levels are the most common ways to reduce your risk.
But in today's world there are other factors that we don't pay attention to as much. We do not eat the same as people 50 years ago. I know I enjoy a drive-thru meal every once and a while :) So we do not consume the vitamins we need from our food.
It is important to remember that daily heart health starts with what you consume. If you know you are not getting your recommended daily vitamins, incorporate at least a few of these:
Fish oil. Even if you are an avid fish eater you might want to consider taking a small capsule daily. Cold water fish can sometimes be devoid of essential Omega 3's due to poor manufacturing and handling practice.
Vitamins C, E and all of the Bs. These are the best for heart health (especially if your diet is a little lacking in the veges' department)
CoQ10. If you already have high cholesterol or heart risk factors, this is one of the most important supplements.
What do you do to stay heart healthy? Let us know.............. Happy Heart Month!!
As I (Charlie) sit working from home today with a horrible cold, I thought it would be fitting to share some natural ways to ward off that nasty little bug:
Gargle once a day. Japanese researchers found that a daily gargling with water reduces your cold risk. People who gargled with water were 36 percent less likely to be struck down when compared with non-garglers.
Drink your liquids. Hot tea, cold tea and simple water keep your body hydrated and able to better fight unwanted infections.
Take a sauna. A recent study in Germany found that people who took a sauna twice a week were 50% less likely to get a cold.
Wash your hands!!!!!
Get plenty of sleep. It is important to get enough sleep to maintain your normal routine. That means you need even more to keep your immune system at its best
What do you do to keep that nasty bugger at bay? Let us know........ We all want to make it through to spring, cold free. Till next time AAACCCHHHHOOOO!