Hello Fall Fashion. Thanks to Thorocraft for dropping this line of Fall Footwear off. All available for purchase now on the brands online shop http://www.shopthorocraft.com/.
These are just a few pieces from the drop that I found eye catching but trust the rest of the collection is just as stylish.
Whether you believe this to be an issue of race or not, thank you to Alex Fraser for giving those who are unaware….Something to think about. #JusticeForTrayvon #Love xo
It’s estimated that 90% of women have problematic cellulite and I personally suffered from it since I was in high-school (even though I was skinny). I was the girl who looked good in jeans but would always wear a cover up when at the pool & would NEVER wear short shorts.
It’s unreal that after 3 children (including twins) that I can wear tiny little booty shorts on stage in front of thousands of people and have a picture of my backside posted on Vegan Bodybuilding for the world to see!
I am going to be sharing all of my CELLULITE REDUCTION SECRETS!
Stay tuned for a three part blog 1- What NOT to Eat 2-What to EAT to reduce cellulite and 3- Tips to Reduce the Appearance of Cellulite.
One of the things I do to reduce the appearance is to use this Cellulite Scrub a few times a week. Cellulite is visible because of fluid retention and decreased blood flow. If we can externally draw excess water and increase circulation we can assist the other things we are doing from the inside out to reduce cellulite. Do NOT be fooled by all of the marketing tips in the beauty industry. Cellulite (water retention/reduced circulation) is made much worse from toxins that build up in the connective fiber tissue. The last thing you want to do is use chemicals that are toxic right on your skin which is the body’s largest organ. It can say “all natural”, “fruit”, “sugar”, “dead sea” etc but PLEASE LOOK AT THE INGREDIENT LIST. If you see chemicals- don’t BUY IT!
Monica Parodi’s Cellulite Scrub:
- 1 cup mashed ORGANIC Strawberries
- 1 ORGANIC Papaya blended (cube before blending)
- 4 TBS Organic Ground Coffee
You can also add a few drops Vitamin E oil or any essential oil. Place all ingredients in a glass jar, mix into a paste & apply to problem areas. Massage deeply and leave on as you wash hair, shave etc. Rinse with warm water. This recipe makes 2 days worth for me as I only use on buttocks and thighs.
Strawberries smooth the skin & provide topical vitamin C. Papaya is excellent at removing dead skin cells. Coffee (caffeine) when applied on the skin, can help to increase circulation and the speed of blood flow to the regions. One of the reasons that cellulite can be more pronounced in some people is due to the fact that they have poor circulation in their body, therefore are not regularly removing the toxins that have built up over time and are causing the cellulite appearance to take shape. Additionally, caffeine has dehydrating properties, so it can help to remove excess water that is underneath the skin, causing a puffy and less lean appearance.
I hope you enjoy this easy, all natural, chemical free, cruelty free, inexpensive beauty tip! I look forward to sharing all of my Cellulite Reduction Secrets!
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Homemade Body Wrap
This homemade body wrap section is continued from Make Your Own Body Wrap
Body Cellulite Wrap - Ginger and strawberry
Cellulite is actually pockets of fat stored under the skin and is unfortunately the vain of just about every woman over the age of 25. Cellulite is mainly caused by having poor circulation that can slow down the removal of any toxins or fluids stored within the body.
By warming your skin blood rushes to the surface enabling the ingredients from this homemade body wrap to reach the blood stream more efficiently. This helps to flush out the toxins and any other impurities from the body that are responsible for the cellulite, water retention and other common skin problems.
The ginger, strawberries and clay blended together makes an excellent circulation stimulant.
- 2 (4 inch) ginger roots (gives a wonderful warming effect)
- 4 tablespoons (60ml) of Kaolin clay powder
- 15 large strawberries (give cleansing astringent properties)
Place the ginger, strawberries and kaolin clay into a blender and blend for a minute, if the mixture feels a bit too runny add a little more clay until you reach a good thick paste.
Apply to the areas of the body affected by cellulite or poor circulation then wrap with tin foil or plastic wrap. Relax for about 20 minutes before rinsing off with warm water followed by a quick cold rinse.
Heating It Up (circulation)
There are lots of natural ingredients around to help heat up the body and improve circulation, apple cider vinegar, nutmeg and root ginger works well.
Or you could also try a blend of cedarwood, lavender, and grapefruit essential oils. Simply steep them in a sink of hot water, then soak a towel in the water. Wrap the towel around the area of your body you want to treat.
The Homemade Mustard Body Wrap
Mustard has a heating effect on the skin, as the skin rises in temperature it helps bring the blood to the surface, and increases circulation.
This mustard body wrap will help relax and relieve tired, aching joints and muscles.
- 2 tablespoons (30ml) mustard powder
- 8 tablespoons (120ml) flour
- 2 drops Thyme essential oil
- 2 drops Pine essential oil
Combine the mustard and flour with a little warm water to make a paste. Add the essential oils and mix well.
Slightly warm the paste in a microwave or by standing it in a bowl of hot water before applying to the painful area. Leave for 10 minutes then rinse with warm water.
To make the mustard pack more affective wrap with bandages, or plastic wrap to preserve the heat and induce perspiration.
Homemade Slimming Wrap
If you’re going on a special night out or just need to lose a few inches to fit into a favourite outfit then this is the homemade body wrap for you.
Using the right mineral and essential oils you can achieve an instant (although temporary) Inch loss. This wrap works with elasticised cotton bandages soaked in a warm seaweed and clay solution that acts like a vast compress. It works by drawing out the unwanted toxins from your body, and helps to expell fluids via the body’s own waste disposal process.
- 3oz (85g) of dried, seaweed powder
- 30z (85g) of Fullers earth powder
- 8 tablespoons (120ml) of lime juice
- 1tablespoon (15ml) of Sweet Almond Oil
- 1/2 teaspoon (2.5) of clear honey
- 4 drops of Sandalwood essential oil
- 2 drops of Rosemary essential oil
- 2 drops of Lavender essential oil
Blend together the seaweed, fuller’s earth and lime juice to produce a paste.
If the mix is too thick add a little water to it then stir in the almond and the essential oils.
Thin the paste out into a fluid consistency by adding a little warm water to it, and then soak the bandages in the warm seaweed and clay mixture.
Starting from the ankles, wind the bandages up the legs keeping the bandages taut enough to compress the fatty tissues without feeling uncomfortable. You need to keep this on for 45 minutes so relax and have a lay down in a warm room before discarding the bandages and rinsing off with warm water.
Use a shower curtain or a foil thermal blanket (they aren’t usually very expensive and can be reused) over the bandages to preserve the heat and induce perspiration.
Learning About Natural Ingredients
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A Healing Homemade Body Wrap
Many herbs have great healing properties. If you’re stressed or generally feeling unwell, you may find you feel better after releasing some of the built up toxins in your body.
Before you begin to make this homemade body wrap, put down some old towels on an air mattress or in the bath tub. Warm up the room to a comfortable heat and light some scented aromatherapy candles to promote relaxation during your wrap.
Drink plenty of water before, during and after your wrap.
Pour 3 cups of boiling water into your sink and leave some herbal tea-bags (chamomile tea is best) to steep. When the tea is strong, soak an old sheet with the tea. The tea should still be warm, but not overly hot.
Mix together two tablespoons of Olive Oil with a few drops each of Lavender, Peppermint and Geranium essential oils. Massage the oil into your body and then wrap yourself in the old sheet, leaving your arms and head free.
Wrap the sheet in some plastic wrap to keep the sheet close to your body, but not constricting. Lie down on the old towels and wrap these around you too. Set a timer for 20 minutes. When your time is up, unwrap yourself and rinse off in a warm shower.
The Best Body Wraps for Weight Loss
Body wraps encourage temporary weight loss by drawing toxins and excess fluid out of the body. Most body wraps, according to Greta Breedlove, author of “The Herbal Home Spa,” have the same basic ingredients: bentonite clay, sea salt and water. The best body wraps for weight loss, however, combine those basic ingredients with essential oils. According to Valerie Ann Worwood, author of “The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy,” several essential oils add fat- and weight-loss properties to the standard clay wrap. Essential oils should never be directly applied to the skin. Always dilute them by mixing them into the wrap paste. Check with a health care provider before using body wraps for weight loss.
Diuretic wraps pull water out of the tissues, resulting in both weight loss and loss of inches. These wraps are effective for quick, short-term weight loss —- such as needing to lose inches quickly for an event or to fit into an article of clothing. The average loss, according to Greta Breedlove, is 1-to-2 inches. These types of wraps are temporary, lasting only 24 to 48 hours — as you consume liquids, the fluid returns to the tissues. Body wraps with fennel, celery and grapefruit essential oils all have diuretic effects. Oregano and cypress, in addition to lemon and juniper essential oils all have diuretic effects. Blending several drops of each oil together, and adding the blend to the wrap mixture, has the best effect.
Thermogenic wraps generate heat to burn fat. Like the diuretic wraps they cause an immediate loss of inches, but they also work long-term. Over time, with continued use, these wraps can help tone and reduce fat in problem areas. Cinnamon, peppermint and clove all have warming effects, while basil, pettigraine and rosemary essential oils all have toning effects. Blend several drops of these oils together and add the blend to the wrap mixture for the best effect.
Anti-cellulite wraps do not cause weight loss, per se, but they can smooth the skin and improve the appearance of problem areas. Cedarwood, cypress and thyme essential oils in addition to patchouli and sage are said to be effective anti-cellulite treatments. According to Greta Breedlove, you can blend these oils with the diuretic and thermogenic oils to achieve weight loss effects and improve your skin texture.
- "The Herbal Home Spa"; Greta Breedlove;1991
- "The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy";Valerie Ann Worwood;1991
Article reviewed by Bryn Bellamy Last updated on: Jun 14, 2011
Select an area that is quiet, peaceful and warm. You may need to heat this area
For a full spa treatment, set the mood with relaxing music and some candles.
Several days before the Wrap, ensure you have started detoxing your insides by drinking 2 liters of water each day and eating a healthy diet. Exfoliate your skin using an exfoliating mitt and avoid shaving or waxing for a few days. Before applying the wrap take a warm shower to open your pores up to allow a quick absorption of the minerals.
Making some cloth wraps:
You can use medical bandages or a cotton sheet that has been cut into strips to wrap your body in. Make sure that these are small enough to handle and roll them up ready to use. The main object of these bandages is to allow the fat cells to collapse under the compression of the bandages or wraps.
Preparing your ingredients:
Select your ingredients from the list provided based on what you can obtain easily and also what you feel your body needs to detoxify. You can make it as intense or as simple as your like. Once you have them ready boil 1.8lts of water in a large stainless steel stockpot. Once it has reached boiling point remove it from the heat and add all your selected ingredients and allow it to cool down for 10 minutes. This mix is now ready to use.
Dip your bandages or cloth wraps into the mix one by one making sure your mud mix stays warm, you may need to re-heat it if it cools too quickly. Thoroughly soak each bandage into the mix then wrap it around your body starting from your ankles and working your way up. If you are getting help with this by all means wear underwear, it wonýt make much difference to the outcome. It is however important to stay warm, so if your room is too chilled wrap yourself in a washable blanket lay back and relax for at least 60 minutes.
Natural Clay: Choose 2 cups of clay suitable for your skin type.
Dead Sea- Mineral and nutrient enriched for detoxification
Green Clay- Detoxifies, oily skin, stimulates circulation
Moroccan Red - Exfoliates, stimulates circulation Fullers Earth -Oily skin, exfoliates and stimulates circulation Red Clay -Stimulated circulation, removes dry skin cells Rose Clay -Exfoliates, stimulates circulation
Salt: Choose 1 cup of salt
Epsom Salts -Relaxes the nervous system eases pain and removes toxins
Sea Salt- Draws toxins from the body
Dead Sea Salt -Skin tonic, detoxifying, nutrient enriched
Herbs: 1 cup in total .Try to add at least 2 different herbs
If the herbs are not already powdered then puree them in a blender.
Aloe Vera -Soothes and Heals
Neem Leaves -Anti bacterial, anti fungal
Rose Petal Powder -Stimulates Circulation
Alfalfa Leaf powder -Relives muscle and joint pain, fatigue
Calendula powder- Heals broken skin
Chamomile Powder -Anti inflammatory, Calming
Stinging Nettles Powder- Deep cleanser, soothes irritated skin
Parsley Powder- Detoxifying, soothing
Peppermint Leaf- Stimulation, soothing, stomach upset
Rosehip Powder- Vitamin c, nutrients
St Johns Wart Powder- Healing nutrient
Kelp Powder: 1 cup
To detoxify the body and add vital nutrients that help reduce cellulite and increase circulation
Moisture Agents: Replace the water you will bring to the boil with any of these wetting agents E.g. Add 1 cup of milk, then remove 1 cup of water from the 1.8 liters of spring water.
You can substitute any of these moisture agents for the water. Try and choose 3 different ones to benefit different areas
Apple Cider Vinegar -Helps to heal bruises, soothes irritated skin
Glycerin - Deep skin Moisturizer
Chamomile- Promotes relaxation and detoxifies
Witch Hazel- Skin toner and cleanser
Goats Milk- Balances Ph levels in skin and exfoliates skin cells whilst moisturizing
Whole Cream Milk- Relieves dry and itchy skin and full of nutrients
Fruit Juice -Full of vitamins
Yogurt- Soothes dry and irritated skin
Lemon Juice- detoxifies and cleanses skin cells These essential oils are used to combat cellulite and detoxify the body
Essential Oils- 18mls in total combined oils Or 1% of mix
Lavender Essential Oil -Headaches, stress, insomnia, minor burns, skin rashes, lowers blood pressure. Calmative. Basil Essential Oil- Anti bacterial, headaches, mental alertness, fatigue, stress, Period pains(Blends well with lemon and fennel). Lemon Essential Oil- Cellulite, oily skin, anti bacterial, asthma and other respiratory complaints.
Patchouli Essential Oil -Tightens pores, combats wrinkles, Mobilizes cellulite, stress reliever, insomnia, relaxant, acne, eczema, psoriasis, sores and minor burns (Blends well with lavender and sandalwood).
Sandalwood Essential Oil- Calms the mind and spirit, oily skin, soothes irritated skin, and is an aphrodisiac for men. (Blends well with lavender and sandalwood).
Spearmint Essential Oil- Soothes the skin, calmative, and settles upset tummies.
Lemon Grass Essential Oil- Skin toner, oily skin, fatigue, muscle aches and gastric infections- (Blends well with tea tree and lavender).
Tea Tree Essential Oil- Anti- fungal, acne, skin toner. (Blends well with spearmint, sandalwood, lavender, and eucalyptus).
Juniper Berry Essential Oil -Cellulite, uplifting (Blends well with lavender, patchouli and sandalwood).
Fennel Essential Oil - Diuretic, circulation. Cleansing oil, indigestion and gas. (Blends well with lavender, lemon, basil and sandalwood).
Cypress Essential Oil- Diuretic, varicose veins, circulation, coughs and colds. (Blends well with lavender , sandalwood and patchouli)
Natural Additives: 2 tablespoons of any
Aloe Vera Gel -moisturizer Rice Bran Powder Fine- Prevents wrinkles, exfoliates skin, absorbs excess oil and dirt
Honey Powder- Skin cleaners, softener, absorbs dry skin.
Coconut Milk Powder- Skin softener, full of nutrients
Moisturizing Oils- 2 tablespoons in total only.
Almond Oil -mature skin, sensitive or dry skin
Aloe Vera Oil - anti ageing, skin irritations, cuts and minor burns
Palm Oil - Moisturizing oil
Apricot Kernel Oil- Skin irritations, dry inflamed skin. Absorbs quickly.
Refined Emu Oil- repairs damaged and wrinkled skin, muscle and joint pain, repairs scar tissue.
Shea Oil - retains skins elasticity, moisturizes dry cracked skin
Sesame Oil- moisturizing, retains skins elasticity
Sunflower Oil- moisturizes, regenerate and condition skin
Soybean Oil- moisturizing oil filled with vitamin E
Evening primrose Oil- eczema, nourishes dry skin
Flaxseed Oil - eczema, psoriasis, acne and aging skin
Olive Oil- regenerate new skin cells, draws moisture to external skin cells
Macadamia Oil- Penetrates the skin quickly, anti oxidant
Rapeseed Oil -strengths skin tissue full of vitamins and minerals
Preparing your ingredients
Once you have your ingredients ready boil 1.8lts of water in a large stainless steel stockpot. Once it has reached boiling point add the herbs and remove the pot from the heat. Add all the remaining ingredients to the pot stir well and allow it to cool down for 10 minutes.
Dip your bandages or cloth wraps into the mix one by one making sure your mud mix stays warm, you may need to re-heat it if it cools too quickly. Thoroughly soak each bandage into the mix then wrap it around your body starting from your ankles and working your way up. If you are getting help with this one by all means wear underwear it wont make much difference to the outcome. It is however important to stay warm, so if your room is too chilled wrap yourself in a washable blanket lay back and relax for a good 60 minutes.