Natural Self Care

I’ve been obsessed with natural products, everything from makeup to skin care to supplements. I love knowing that what I’m putting on my skin or in my body is healthy for me and isn’t filled with preservatives or chemicals, which can disrupt your hormones (sign up for the IG newsletter for more on this).

The only downside to using more natural products is the cost, which can sometimes be double the price of drug store finds. Although there are products that I will often splurge on (hello argan oil shampoo!), I have found that a couple natural items are serious rock stars when it comes to self care and can be found in almost any grocery store.

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Coconut Oil

My favorite brand is Trader Joe’s organic cold-pressed coconut oil. A bottle is roughly $9-10 dollars but lasts for months. Do you remember the dad in My Big Fat Greek Wedding who puts Windex on everything, I feel like I do this with coconut oil. Seriously, what can’t you do with this stuff? My favorite uses for it (beyond eating it) include putting a tablespoon in a hot bath with a few drops of lavender oil. I also use it as a body moisturizer. It smells amazing and definitely makes your skin feel very noursihed, you just have to let it sink into your skin for awhile so it’s not greasy.

Lemon

We’ve all heard of putting lemon in a hot mug of water and drinking it in the morning to reap health benefits. However, going beyond that I have been using fresh lemons as face toner. I just squeeze a little bit of the fresh juice on a cotton swap and swipe it on my face. The cool tingly feel of the lemon definitely perks up my skin in the morning and feels very refreshing.

Mint Leaves

My latest habit is making my own fresh mint tea before bed every night. If you have a green thumb you can grow your own mint, otherwise you can buy a fresh bunch from any health food store. I like to take a few leaves and put them in a loose leaf tea strainer. I love almost any type of tea but I especially enjoy this one because it is so natural and doesn’t require a tea bag (you have to be careful of the bleach in some tea bags).

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Happy healthy living!

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