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Oil Cleansing Method

I admit it. I’m a butterfly. I jump from soap to scrub to cream to toner to clean my face– depending on my mood, the weather, and how much time I have.

But I’ve been noticing the texture and tone of my skin isn’t as nice as I’d like, not to mention the new wrinkle that’s appeared under each eye.

So I’m testing the power of a “routine”, and knowing that discipline is not my strong suit, trying to make it as easy as possible.

The Oil Cleansing Method uses just one product, takes only a few minutes, plus feels really good!

I’m doing it morning and night. I don’t need to use moisturizer afterwards, though I am still using my eye creme at night 😉

 

New to the Oil Cleansing Method? Crunchy Betty explains what it is and how it works, and compares different oils to use for different skin types. (*One point I disagree with. Crunchy Betty says it can be more expensive, but I think it’s the opposite!)

The blend I’m using is super-simple: half castor oil, half calendula-infused olive oil. I’ll report back in a couple weeks to let you know how it’s going!

 

For more information and to see how the Oil Cleansing Method is done, watch this video from Hey Fran Hey.

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Do you Drink or Wear your tea?

Holy Basil (aka Tulsi)

I’ve been growing Holy Basil in the garden for three years and only fall deeper in love with each passing season! When you meet this plant, you understand instantly why it is so revered; its fragrance is truly heavenly! Being so useful medicinally while being so pleasant to consume really does seem a kind of miracle…..

Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum) is also commonly called Tulsi (which is Sanskrit for “the incomparable one”) and is worshipped by Hindus throughout India. In Ayurveda, it’s used as herbal tea, dried powder, fresh leaf, or mixed with ghee for the common cold, headaches, stomach disorders, inflammation, heart disease, poisoning, and malaria.

Essential oil can be extracted from Holy Basil and is used in skin care and herbal cosmetics for its anti-biotic, disinfectant, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

 

D.I.Y.

If your skin is acne-prone like mine, you’ll love what Holy Basil can do for you! Make a tea with dried Holy Basil and use it like a toner. It helps clear up acne and blemishes, while making your complexion appear brighter.

You can also use the tea as a hair rinse to add luster to dry hair and soothe an itchy scalp, as well as for a breath-freshening mouth rinse.

I like to add Holy Basil to bathtub tea too. Talk about a reviving, skin-soothing soak!

 

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