Self Care Journey Week 3: Homemade Face Mask

This week I have decided to take my love for coconut oil from my teeth to my face.  This easy face mask that feels great and tastes pretty good too.  

The many benefits of Raw Honey:

First thing that you should know is that that not all honey is created equal. Unfortunately, most of the honey found in grocery stores has been processed with heat, which kills off healing enzymes and destroys a lot of the nutrient-rich content. Raw honey on the other hand is full of healing enzymes and nutrients that are very beneficial for healing your skin.  So what is the definition of “Raw Honey”?  Raw Honey is honey as it exists in the beehive or as obtained by extraction, settling, or straining; and that has not been heated above 118 degrees Fahrenheit during production or storage; or pasteurized.

Why Raw Honey is good for your skin:

 Raw honey contains antiseptic and antimicrobial properties making it great for healing the skin.  It is especially great at healing cuts and burns by killing bacteria. Raw honey also contains gluconic acid, a mild alpha hydroxy acid that brightens the complexion, evens out skin tone, and lightens scars and age spots.  Here are a few skin issues that raw honey does wonders for:

  • Acne and enlarged pores
  • Rosacea
  • Eczema
  • Sensitive, mature, and dull lifeless skin

Why Coconut Oil is good for your skin:

Virgin Coconut Oil has small molecular structure which allows for easy absorption through the skin –  helping to soften and smooth the texture of your skin.  Coconut oil has an anti-oxidant property which helps your skin fight against free radicals making it  an ideal ointment for the relief of dry, rough and wrinkled skin. Psoriasis and eczema suffers often see great improvements when they apply virgin coconut oil to their skin twice a daily

Here is what you are going to need:

Virgin Coconut Oil
Raw Honey
Mixing Bowl
Spoon

Directions:

Mix Virgin Coconut Oil with Raw Honey using a spoon and a mixing bowl (make sure you mix till it is fully incorporated and looks like cloudy honey)
Take your fingertips and apply mixture to your face softly because the raw honey may have crystallized and can be kinda rough on your skin if you use too much pressure.
Let mixture rest on your face for 15-20 min and then rinse off gently with lukewarm water.

Hope you all enjoy this face mask!!! See you next week!!

 

Namaste, 

Alison

 

Balancing Vata Season in the Kitchen

Vata is balanced by a diet of freshly cooked, whole foods that are soft in texture, rich in protein and fat, seasoned with a variety of warming spices, and served warm or hot. These foods calm vata by lubricating and nourishing our bodies and maintaining warmth, all while supporting proper digestion and elimination. Here is some suggestions for meal planning.  Below is a link for a Vata inspired shopping list by food group. 


Breakfast

Breakfast is a critical meal when vata is elevated. After an overnight fast, vata needs real nourishment and a hearty breakfast is generally very stabilizing.

* Eggs and Buttered Toast
*Hot Cereals – things like oatmeal, rice pudding, cream of rice, and cream of wheat – are also excellent choices. 

Lunch:
*Rice pasta or gnocchi with pesto
*Potato-leek soup with baked tofu, a hearty bread, and a side salad.

Dinner

*Carrot soup with quinoa, asparagus, and a buttered tortilla.
*Baked and buttered sweet potatoes with French onion soup, and green beans.

https://www.banyanbotanicals.com/info/ayurvedic-living/living-ayurveda/diet/vata-pacifying-foods/

Post Yoga Smoothie Recipe

POST-YOGA SMOOTHIE RECIPE

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Very often I come home from yoga class and I am not sure what to eat. I want to nourish my body with good food but I also want to be full. Smoothies always seem to be somewhat of a happy medium of being healthy and wanting to eat a pizza.  My favorite way to make a smoothie is to check out my kitchen and see what is available. This was a pretty random blend of goodies but I wanted to share what I made!

Essentials:
1 ripe banana
1 cucumber (peel on)
juice of 1 small lemon
1/2-1 cup of fresh blueberries and rasberries
1/2 cup acai juice
1 single serving of coconut water

Add some ice sprinkle some fresh berries on top and ENJOY!

 

Summer Beach Yoga

If you are going to be spending some time at the beach summer, use the sand as your studio. Grab your bathing suit and your friends and hit the waters edge with these few poses that will connect you to your core, open your hips and open your heart.  After this practice you can squat into your best malasana as you build a sandcastle or work your handstand under the sea. 

 

Downward Dog

Downward Dog

Anjaneyasana

Anjaneyasana

Warrior 2

Warrior 2

Triangle

Triangle

 

Malasana

Malasana

Bakasana

Bakasana