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Homemade coconut milk

Are you still buying canned coconut milk? Why? It’s so easy to make it at home! Since I learnt how, I never looked back. Now I always keep desiccated coconut in my cupboard and if I feel like curry or feel the need to make some home Spa goodies, I produce my own coconut milk in minutes. Here is how you do it. Get some desiccated coconut – 200g. Boil some water – 200ml. Sometimes, when in a hurry, I don’t really measure any of the ingredients. I use a hand-held stick blender, but you can use any equipment you have handy. Place the coconut into your blender. Pour some of the hot water on top (make sure it’s not boiling hot, just hot). Then pulse the blender for around 30 seconds or so. I usually repeat this bit 3-5 times. Sieve the milk into an empty glass container. Return the coconut back into the blender and again, blend it with some more hot water. Repeat the process 2-3 times until you’ve squeeze all the goodness …

Strawberries and soda for whiter teeth

Sometimes I read celebrity beauty tips. Not sure how truthful they are when they say that they stick to homemade remedies, I am sure they secretly rush to the beauty salon for a facial or teeth whitening session now and again. But I want to believe that J. Anniston is using salt body scrub to keep her skin healthy and radiant. My dentist back home recommended using soda to keep my teeth healthy. So from time to time I’d mix a pinch of soda with a little bit of fresh lemon juice in a small glass of lukewarm water and rinse my mouth following with careful toothbrush movements. It works well and also refreshes the gums. No fear of chemicals damaging the enamel! Recently I’ve decided to incorporate strawberries into my routine. You only need half a strawberry for the treatment. Apparently the strawberries loosen  the stains on the teeth leaving them whiter and cleaner! But be sensible and remember not to practice this strawberry treatment too often because of its acid content. Once a week is more than enough! Make sure you brush your teeth very well after the treatment, the remains …

Eucalyptus steam bath

A steam inhalation with eucalyptus is an effective natural treatment for colds. In Australia, dried eucalyptus leaves are smoked like tobacco for asthma If you feel you have a heavy chest and have a bad cough try using eucalyptus essential oil. In a bowl of hot water add 2-3 drops of the essential oil, position your head over the bowl, cover with a towel and breath in and out. The hot steam with eucalyptus should relieve and open up your chest in a few minutes. Combine eucalyptus with thyme, pine, camomile, lavender, bergamot, rosemary, marjoram, cedarwood or lemon. Use it for baths and air-sprays – this will protect you from flu and infectious illnesses. Although eucalyptus is very beneficial for our health it can cause severe reactions if misused. It’s especially dangerous for children. If ingested it can cause bad reactions such as diarrhoea and vomiting (being just a gentle side effect) to convulsions.

Happy oil for treating cellulite

Before I start, I wanted to say a big Thank You to all my readers and just wanted to let you know that YOU are my inspiration! And to show my appreciation I want to share something with you! This might not appeal to men, but you could pass this onto your girl-friends, partners, wives, moms, daughters… Grapefruit essential oil is called ‘Happy Oil’ because of its mood enhancing properties. Apart from mood enhancing ability, this oil is toxin in the body eliminator! When we talk about cellulite, do many of us know what it is and why it occurs? Cellulite is actually a concentration of toxins and old fat cells that harden and cause our lovely skin look like an orange. There are lots of articles on how to smooth the skin and I bet you will say it’s a bloody hard work! Ant your are right! You have to be dedicated and persistent, exercise, be healthy and all sorts of things. It seems to me that one of the most important procedures in reducing cellulite is keeping the blood circulation up and running! …

Tea tree oil face wash

A few weekends ago my friend and I had a little Spa Saturday at my place. After a lovely walk along the beach in Brighton, we travelled home to have a good night sleep and wake up to a little  homemade beauty routine. While my friend was enjoying her Sunday morning with a cup of coffee I was pleasantly busy  brewing and cooking little treats in the kitchen. I made a simple, yet extremely effective face wash with tea tree oil. It’s great in many ways, removes all the dirt, freshens and revives your skin, keeps it clean and clear. It contains lots of oil and therefore removes makeup very well.  Aloe vera gel will feel smooth and cool on your face and a faint scent of  tea tree essential oil not only protects your face skin from bacteria, but calms and soothes it down. 20ml of aloe vera gel 10ml of your favorite oil 30 drops of  tea tree essential oil Whisk the aloe vera and the oil in a bowl until a white gel is produced. Add …

Homemade indigestion remedy

Camomile is a beautiful herb, used not only in skin care, but also as remedy. The herb is great for treating various health conditions such as loss of appetite, indigestion, vomiting, nausea, heartburn, intestinal gas (flatulence) and other digestive disorders. It has anti inflammatory properties which soothe bowel disorders and maintain digestive system, sometimes even better than mint tea. 1 tbs of dried camomile 1 tbsp honey 1 vanilla pod a lovely mug Just pour hot (not boiling) water over the chamomile, add a tiny bit of vanilla pod and steep it covered for 10 minutes. Strain the brew into your favourite mug, add honey and enjoy! You can simply enjoy camomile tea with honey only as vanilla pods are rather pricey, but vanilla does make your tea smell gorgeous!

Homemade remedies to fight the cold

The germs have finally found me! I was feeling edgy for some time, but managed to escape being ill… until now. On Thursday I came back home shivering from cold with a horrible sore throat and headache. Not a nice thing at all! I am not a fan of taking pills and strong antibiotics, I always leave it for the last minute, if my body is too weak to fight the germs. When I was a kid, my mum used to heal me with natural remedies, such as garlic, onion, hot milk and honey and it was never nice, but it would do a good job. She would always have a good spoon of some strong homemade remedy and a spoonful of thick and extremely sweet rosehip syrup to offset the bitterness of the remedy. I still remember that overpowering taste. Whenever I start feeling ill, I always remember all these yucky tasting tinctures and make them myself, because I know they do make me feel better! Although, I make sure I have a bar of nice milk chocolate handy. Here …