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Many of the "organic" and "natural" beauty care products may just not be what they claim to be. When it comes to beauty care products, unfortunately there isn't much regulation when it comes to what can be called organic and natural. So how do you know the diffference? Investigate and review the ingredients before buying something. Here are some great sites to check out on the subject

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Natural Cleaning Products

Some people have decided to change their cleaning products in an attempt to help clean up their life. Here are some basic ingredients you can use to get rid of some of the cleaning chemicals from your home.

-Baking soda neutralizes acid, softens fabrics, as well as deodorizes, effective on glass coffee pots and glassware; removes red-wine stains from carpeting. A paste (made with water) can shine stainless steel and silver; the paste can also remove tea stains from cups and saucers. Make a paste with a castile- or vegetable-based liquid soap and a drop of essential oil (tea tree or lavender) to clean sinks, countertops, toilets and tubs. Pour 1 cup down the sink to clear a clogged drain, followed by 3 cups of boiling water.

All-purpose cleaner: Place 4 tablespoons baking soda to 1 quart warm water. Shake well.

Oven cleaner: Moisten oven surfaces with water and sprinkle baking soda on them. Scrub with steel wool.

Toilet bowl cleaner: Mix ¼ cup baking soda and 1 cup vinegar, pour into toilet, wait 5 minutes, then scrub with brush.

-Vinegar removes mildew, grease, and wax; deodorizes; cleans brick and stone. Cleans linoleum floors and glass (from windows to shower doors) when mixed with water and a little liquid soap (castile or vegetable). Cuts grease and removes stains; removes soap scum and cleans toilets (add a bit of baking soda if you like). Pour down drains once a week for antibacterial cleaning. Add to water in a spray bottle to kill mold and mildew.

As a metal cleaner and polish: For stainless steel, use undiluted white vinegar; for tarnished copper, boil the item in a pot of water with 1 tablespoon salt and 1 cup white vinegar.

-Coarse salt cleans copper pans and scours cookware. Sprinkle salt on fresh spills in the oven, then wipe off. Sprinkle salt on rust stains and squeeze a lime or lemon over them, let sit for several hours and wipe off.

-Essential oils Mix lavender or tea tree essential oils with water and spray on kitchen or bathroom surfaces for an environmentally and people-friendly antibacterial spray.

-Lemon juice deodorizes, cleans glass, and removes stains. Use as a bleaching agent on clothing, and to remove grease from your stove and countertops. Add 2 Tbsp lemon juice to 10 drops of (real) lemon oil and a few drops of jojoba oil to clean and polish wood furniture.

-Olive oil use to lubricate and polish wood furniture (three parts olive oil to one part vinegar; or two parts olive oil with one part lemon juice).

-Halved potatoes can remove rust from baking pans or tinware - follow with a salt scrub or dip the potato in salt before scrubbing.

-Tea tree oil can be added to vinegar/water solutions for its antibacterial properties. Use it to kill mold and mildew, and on kitchen and bathroom surfaces instead of chemical products. Add 50 drops to a bucket of water to clean countertops and tile floors.

-Borax deodorizes, prevents mold and mildew, and removes stains. As a disinfectant mix ½ cup borax into 1 gallon of hot water.

You should also check out Dr Bronner's Magic Soaps. You can use them for a body cleanser, as a laundry detergent, dilute it with water and use it as a household cleanser, an even as a toothpaste! Go to http://www.drbronner.com to find out more, and look in their FAQ for dilutions and measurements.

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Lavender is a natural anti-bacterial and anti-viral agent. For years it has been used for conditions including insomnia, alopecia (hair loss), anxiety, stress, postoperative pain, and ACNE! Herbalists treat fungal infections (such as candidiasis), wounds, eczema, and acne, with lavender oil. It has also been shown to stimulate the growth of new skin cells helping to heal acne and scarring.

You can use pure lavender oil as a spot treatment. Here is a how-to video on how to use straight lavender oil on spots: http://www.expertvillage.com/videos/aromat...-treat-acne.htm

To use all over your face you can mix it with a carrier, such as PURE jojoba oil. When looking for lavender oil make sure it us pure, and not "fragrance quality", which is cut with alcohol.

Articles and websites on the benefits of lavender:

http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/lavender-000260.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lavender

http://www.veriditasbotanicals.com/oils_lav.html

http://www.joys-of-lavender.com/uses-for-l...ential-oil.html

http://www.clear-pores.com/lavender-essent...tic-crafter.php

Lavender Acne Dabbing Lotion Recipe

http://www.massrecipes.com/recipes/03/07/l...tion347753.html

Neem with Tea Tree & Lavender ACNE Soap (haven't used this myself)

http://www.aromatherapyoutlet.com/Merchant...ategory_Code=AS

Skincare products with lavender: (I have only personally used Terressentials)

http://sumico.us/LearnMore.html

http://www.terressentials.com

http://www.venusnaturals.com/acne-treatment.html

http://www.dermaxime.com/lavender.htm

Lots of different things including essential oils for purchase:

http://www.handmadenaturals.com/

Lana_MD

What I eat

I know that people are big on the acne/diet link. I believe that to some extent there is a link, especially for those who have a food allergy or suffer from moderate to severe acne. I think it could also trigger breakouts in those with mild acne. Diet can effect so many aspects of life, and skin is certainly one of them. If you eat food that has no nutritional value as the bulk of your diet, your skin (and body) will not be as magnificent as it could be.

That being said, I have not totally eliminated "bad" foods from my diet. I drink organic milk, the whole kind full of all those yummy fats. I have wheat and grains. I try to eat organic fruits and veggies everyday. I eat red meat--nothing better than a rare filet mignon! I eat pizza. I eat sugar. I try to avoid artificial colors and preservatives. I drink about 64 oz of spring water a day. I also drink sweat tea and soda on occasion. Luckily, acne doesn't appear to be triggered by anything I eat or drink.

A normal day of eating would be 2 cups of coffee with cream. A fruit/veggie shake/smoothie. A handful of cashews. For lunch I'll have leftovers from the night before (usually veggies or brown rice). Then a normal supper (usually meat, veggie, and a potato, sweet potato, or brown rice). I probably have a piece of chocolate everyday as a dessert. Usually dark chocolate, but I also have milk and white chocolate too.

So that's what I eat :)

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