May 232015
 

Buying A Juicer - Choices & Recommendations - www.RadianceCentral.com

Since 2009, I’ve been hosting monthly online Juice Fasting Programs. Juicers is one topic that comes up a lot! As you already know, there’s a lot to choose from – different prices, different machines, and I would say each juicer has it’s strengths and weaknesses.

When shopping for a juicer, it can get confusing, even overwhelming. There’s so many to choose from, especially if you are new to juicing.

In today’s article and video, I talk about my own experience of using different juicers over the last two decades, what I’ve used and what I recommend. I also explain the different types of juicers available, how they work, what they are best used for, and the pros and cons of each type of juicer. At the end of the article I also go over some of the questions you need to ask yourself before buying a juicer, and what to ask a sales person, so you clearly know what you’re looking for, and if what you are potentially buying really suits your needs.

If you are buying your first juicer

If you are new to juicing, and thinking about trying out juicing, one thing I recommend is looking into buying a used juicer. Surprisingly, you can find a top quality juicer for very little money, and you can potentially save hundreds of dollars!

It’s amazing how many people sell their juicers, and many of these juicers have never been used, or have been used just a handful of times. You can easily find used, lightly used, and discounted juicers on eBay, Craig’s List, local classifieds, and garage sales.

I recommend people buy used juicers when they are first starting out with juicing to make sure they will really use the juicer, and that it’s a worthwhile investment. How many kitchen appliances do people buy and never use? Plenty!

If you decide to buy a brand new juicer, and you’re completely new to juicing (and you aren’t 100% sure juicing is for you), you can always start off with buying a cheaper, inexpensive juicer, and later upgrade to a better quality one. This way you can get started, and later on you’ll have a better idea what type of juicer will best suit your needs.

The juicers I have used over the years

I started juicing about 20 years ago. At the time a friend of mine had given me his juicer he barely used. It was a cheap centrifugal juicer that worked ok. I ended up using the juicer for almost ten years until one of the parts broke, and it was too old to replace.

Even though it wasn’t the best juicer in the world, because I was using it almost every day, I learned the optimal way to use the machine and juice my fruits and vegetables. I learned what it was good at juicing, and what it wasn’t good at juicing. Over time, I also learned the best ways to prepare and cut-up my fruits and vegetables, and how to feed them into the machine to yield the most juice.

I have to say, since it was the first juicer I personally owned, I didn’t have anything to compare it to, and as long as it could produce juice, I was happy.

Then one day one of the parts broke, and I couldn’t replace it. Since I had been using the juicer for almost a decade, and using it almost every day, I knew I needed to get a new juicer. For me, a juicer is an essential appliance I don’t want to live without. At the time, I was also excited to upgrade my juicer as well!

I decided to buy a Champion Juicer. My mother had a Champion Juicer, and as a child she made juice with it. I had very fond memories of her juicer and I trusted how durable the machine is. What I liked about the Champion was it was a solid machine, I could juice large volumes of juice without it getting clogged up (great for juice fasting), easy clean-up, and the mouth of the juicer was large that I didn’t have to cut everything up into small pieces. A Champion Juicer is a masticating juicer, in my opinion, a step up form a centrifugal juicer.

What I didn’t like about the Champion Juicer was it didn’t juice greens very well. It’s not to say it couldn’t juice greens, it just wasn’t as efficient as other high quality juicers. It was better than a centrifugal juicer, but not the best. And like the centrifugal juicer, I couldn’t juice wheatgrass with it. (In recent years Champion has made a greens attachment that you can attach to the machine to be able to juice greens, but back when I had that juicer, that part wasn’t available).

I also found that the juicer could heat up quite easily, especially if I was juicing large volumes of juice at a time (more than a quart/litre).

I used my Champion Juicer for five years until I moved to Bali, Indonesia, from Montreal, Canada. When I moved overseas, I didn’t bring anything with me, so I had to purchase a new juicer.

The new juicer I bought was an Hurom Slow Juicer, which I have been using for the past 5 years. I’ve been really happy with the Hurom. Like the Champion Juicer, it’s a masticating juicer, but unlike the Champion, it can juice leafy greens, herbs, sprouts, and wheatgrass, and the machine never heats up when making large volumes of juice.

The Hurom Slow Juicer is also the most efficient at extracting the juice from fruits and vegetables out of all the juicers I have used and owned, thus far. You can tell how efficient a juicer is by the pulp that comes out of the juicer after extracting the juice. If the pulp is still wet, that means the juicer hasn’t extracted as much juice as it could. If it’s dry, that means the juicer has done a good job!

I will say the Hurom Slow Juicer makes great juice, but the machine itself isn’t as solid or durable like the Champion Juicer. The parts are much smaller, so it involves a little more effort to clean the juicer after using it. Also the mouth/feed of the juicer is smaller, narrower, so I do have to cut the fruits, vegetables, and greens into smaller pieces, and the juicer can get clogged or jammed easily.

Personally,  I don’t mind the extra time and effort I have to put in to get a good quality juice, for me it’s worth it!

As you can see over the last 20 years, I’ve upgraded my juicers a few times. Most juicers are made to last a long time, and the higher the quality juicer you buy, the more likely they offer warrantees, replacement parts, and servicing.

Over the years I have definitely learned a lot about juicers, how they work, which ones are good for what, and the things you need to be aware of before buying a juicer. Below I’ve outlined everything you need to know, and what to ask when purchasing a juicer.

Knowing your options – the different types of juicers

Before purchasing a juicer, it’s important to know what your options are and the different types of machines available.

There are four different types of juicers:

  • Centrifugal Juicers
  • Masticating Juicers (single auger)
  • Triturating Juicers (twin gear)
  • Press (Hydraulic or Commercial)

Centrifugal Juicers:

These juicers are usually lower in cost. How the juicer works is in the centre of the juicer is a basket that is made out of a fine mesh screen and small blades or teeth on the inside of the basket/screen. When turned on, the basket spins at a high speed and the fruits and vegetables fed into the machine are shredded up and pushed through the screen to extract and separate the juice from the pulp/fiber.

Recommended centrifugal juicer brands: Breville, Jack Lalanne

Pros:

  • Lower cost juicer.
  • Simple to use, clean, and easy to put together.
  • Good as a starter juicer.
  • Good at juicing carrots, beets, apples, pears, pineapple, melons, cucumbers, cabbage, celery, etc.

Cons:

  • Not always the most efficient at extracting all the juice from fruits and vegetables (depending on the machine, pulp can be quite wet after juicing).
  • Some machines can clog up easily if juicing large quantities.
  • Not good at juicing greens, herbs, sprouts, or soft fruit (mangos, papaya, peaches, apricot).
  • Can’t juice wheatgrass.
  • Can’t make nut butters.

 

Masticating Juicers:

These are mid-high end juicers. How the machine works is there’s a large auger in the centre of machine that as it turns – it twists, shreds, and breaks down the fiber of the fruits and vegetables, and presses the juice out through a screen. Some machines are designed that the auger rotates or spins at a high speed (like a Champion Juicer), or at a lower speed (like a Hurom Slow Juicer or Omega Vert). The slower the auger moves, the less air passing through, and therefore the less friction and oxidation, which means, less potential heating of the machine, and less loss of nutrients in the juice.

Recommended masticating juicer brands: Hurom Slow Juicer, Omega VRTChampion

Pros:

  • More efficient at extracting juice than the centrifugal juicers.
  • Machine can usually make nut butters.
  • Replacement parts and servicing are easily available.
  • Can juice most fruits and vegetables.

Cons:

  • More expensive than a centrifugal juicer.
  • Not all machines can juice greens very well.
  • Some machines can’t juice wheatgrass at all.

 

Triturating Juicers (Twin Gear Juicers)

The twin gear juicers are high end juicers, and best known for juicing green leafy vegetables and wheatgrass efficiently. How the machine works is the fruits and vegetables pass in between two small rotating gears which are breaking down the fibres and pressing the juice through a screen. This is a slower juicer, which prevents heating and oxidation of the juices, which in turn preserves the nutritional value of the juices.

Triturating / Twin Gear juicer brands: Green Star, Super Angel

Pros:

  • Most efficient at extracting juice from green leafy vegetables and wheatgrass.
  • Replacement parts and servicing are easily available.
  • Slower at extracting juice, therefore less oxidation and retains nutritional content of the juiced fruits and vegetables.
  • Can make nut butters.
  • Can juice most fruits, vegetables, and greens.

Cons:

  • Expensive.
  • Must cut fruits and vegetable into smaller pieces to juice.
  • Slower at extracting juice than other types of juicers.
  • Machines are made with smaller parts, therefore more difficult to clean.
  • Known to not juice soft fruit so well.

 

Press Juicers (Hydraulic or Commercial Press)

If you’ve got a few thousand dollars to spend on a juicer, you can get a hydraulic or commercial press juicer! Out of all the juicers on the market, this type of juicer will extract the most juice out of the fruits, vegetables, and greens, and ensure that nothing is heated up, oxidized, or losing it’s nutritional value. How these types of machines work is the fruits and vegetables are cut up, and the juice is extracted through an actual press.

Recommended press juicer brand: Norwalk Juicer

Pros:

  • Highest quality juice extractors on the market.
  • Makes commercial quality juices.
  • Most efficient at extracting juice from fruits, vegetables, and greens without oxidation.
  • Replacement parts and servicing are easily available.
  • Some machines have lifetime warrantees.
  • Can juice all fruits, vegetables, and greens.

Cons:

  • Expensive.
  • Can be difficult to use, and slow to extract juice.
  • Machines can be time-consuming to set-up and clean.

 

Know what you are looking for

Now that you know all the different types of juicers available, there’s a few other things that are important to know before selecting a juicer to buy: it’s best to know what you’ll be using the juicer for, how often you’ll be using the machine, how much juice you’ll want to be making, will help you decide what juicer will best suit your needs.

Ask Yourself:

What kind of juices will you be making?

Knowing what kinds of juices you’ll be making, and what you’ll most likely be juicing, will help you figure out which juicer is the best for you. Some people only like green juices and want to be juicing wheatgrass regularly – if that’s the case for you, you have to make sure the juicer is good at extracting juice from greens and wheatgrass (like a Green Star, Super Angel, Hurom Slow JuicerOmega Vrt). Others don’t care so much for greens, and rather be drinking more vegetable and carrot juice, and therefore a centrifugal juicer or masticating juicer would be a better option.

How often and how much juice will you be making?

You need to ask yourself how often you’ll be juicing, and how much of a clean-up are you willing to do? Some people can’t be bothered with much of a clean up, and therefore they are better off getting a machine that is known to be easy to clean. For others, it might not matter if they need to spend an extra 5 minutes cleaning up, they want a good machine. Knowing how you are in the kitchen will ensure you buy a machine that is appropriate for your routine, and ensure that you enjoy juicing and you’ll use the machine regularly.

Will you ever be doing juice fasting?

If you plan to do juice fasting, you’ll need a machine that you can easily make a large quantity of juice with, that won’t clog up, or need to be cleaned out after making just 1-2 cups of juice. Masticating juicers are usually the best for making large quantities of juice. Twin gear juicers can make large quantities, but it might take longer to make. Centrifugal juicers can easily clog-up, and might need to be cleaned out while making larger quantities of juice.

What’s your budget? Short term, long term?

As I described in my own experience with juicing over the last two decades, I started off with a cheap juicer that was given to me, and over the years I upgraded. If you are on a tight budget, perhaps better to buy a cheaper juicer now, and upgrade later. If you’re not on a budget, but unsure if you want to be investing so much money in a juicer, you too can buy a cheaper juicer now, and upgrade later. You can also just buy a super awesome juicer now, take great care of it, and hopefully never have to upgrade or buy a new juicer again! Whatever works for you!

 

When buying a juicer, questions to ask the sales person:

– On a scale of 0-10, how good is the juicer?

– What is the warrantee? For how long? Can replacement parts be purchased if something breaks? If needed, can the machine be serviced?

– Can it juice green leafy vegetables?

– Can it juice wheatgrass?

– Can it juice soft fruit like apricots, mangos and papaya?

– Can it make nut butters?

– How easy is it to clean?

– Does it make juice fairly fast or slow?

– Can large quantities of juice be easily made at one time (more than a litre/quart)?

– Does the juicer clog up, or get jammed easily?

– How efficient is it at extracting juice? (is the pulp wet or dry?)

– Does the fruits, vegetables, and greens need to be prepared in a special way before putting them in the juicer (does everything need to be cut up into tiny pieces, or can large pieces be juiced?)

– Is the machine durable?

– On average, how long will this juicer last?

– Is this the best juicer for my budget?

 

 And one last thing…

When you’ve decided on a juicer, before buying it, do an internet search of the brand and model. Nowadays there’s so many consumer reviews on the internet. This can also help to narrow down your search, and enable you to purchase the right machine for your needs.

Watch today’s video below to learn more about juicers, my own experience over the last 20 years using and buying different juicers, and a more thorough explanation of the different juicers available.

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Apr 182015
 

Living Libations Product Review (from my wish list) - www.RadianceCentral.com

Another Living Libations Review!

Two months ago I did a review of Living Libations skin care line of all the products I love, repurchased, and recommend. At the end of the review, I included my Wish List of items I still wanted to buy and try. Little did I know at the time, I would be gifted those very items!

How I was gifted my Living Libations Wish List?

I’m not sure you know this, but I’m actually a very shy person. Over the years I have featured various product reviews on Raw Radiant Health and Radiance Central, as well as in newsletters to my mailing list, but I’ve never forwarded the reviews to the companies and brands I’ve reviewed! Yes, very strange, I know! Even in cyberspace, I’m very shy! This is something I’m working on. So, a week after I posted the review of the Living Libations products, I decided to send them the link to the product review. I love their products, why not let them know?!

Well, after I sent Living Libations the link, they replied telling me they wanted to send me the products on my Wish List, all the way to Bali!!! Words can’t express just how excited, thrilled, and overjoyed I was (let’s just say I was jumping up and down like I had won the lottery!!). A few weeks later the products on my Wish List arrived, and oh my goodness are they HEAVENLY, definitely worthy of a full review!

What was on my Living Libations Wish List?

Let’s start with what was on my Wish List – Gardenia Petal Perfume, RoseGlow Creme, and Vanilla Best Skin Ever. I’m excited because each item is so different, and I’ve been using all products daily for over 2 weeks to give you a full, honest review.

My love affair with Gardenia

I’ve mentioned in my previous review of Living Libations how much I love gardenia flowers. I have gardenia trees growing in my garden, I keep making my husband plant more, and one day when we build our own home, we plan to plant gardenia trees outside the bedroom windows (who wouldn’t want to wake up to the beautiful aroma of fresh gardenia flowers every day?). I love gardenias that much!

Gardenia from my garden - www.RadianceCentral.com(Gardenia from my garden!)

As much as I love the fresh gardenia flowers, I’ve never found a good gardenia perfume I liked (especially a natural, non-toxic one) until I received Living Libations Gardenia Petal Perfume! Oh my gooooooodnessssss! I have to say they have found a way to bottle gardenia in it’s truest, most divine form. It’s that good. When people describe perfumes as intoxicating, I now understand what they mean, Gardenia Petal Perfume is intoxicating, it’s absolutely gorgeous. I normally don’t wear perfume because I am so picky about scents, but since receiving Gardenia Petal Perfume, I’ve been wearing it every single day (sometimes to bed too!). I’ll be honest and say I started panicking about what will happen when it runs out?!! I’ve now started saving money to buy the larger bottle!

Living Libations Gardenia Petal Perfume - www.RadianceCentral.com

RoseGlow Crème revisited

As mentioned in my previous Living Libations review, I love the RoseGlow line, both the serum and face cream, so I was super excited to receive a jar of the RoseGlow Creme. I finished my last jar of the RoseGlow Creme when I was pregnant with Luna Ray, so it’s been over a year and a half since I last used it. Once I started using it again, from the first day on, I was sweetly reminded just how much I love the RoseGlow products.

There’s just something about the RoseGlow Crème that is so gentle and nourishing. Being close to 40 and living in the hot tropics, I need a good moisturizer that is rich enough to deeply moisturize my skin, but light enough that it doesn’t settle on the surface of my skin or feel too heavy. What I love about the RoseGlow Crème is it’s not heavy, and it’s not too light either, it’s right in the middle, so it can be used in any climate, and probably on any skin type that needs a moisture boost, especially for those that are over 35, and their skin is starting to “mature.”

Living Libations RoseGlow Creme - www.RadianceCentral.com

The Vanilla Best Skin Ever

I will be very honest and say that I was VERY nervous about trying the Vanilla Best Skin Ever. Here’s the story why:

Not too long ago I did a blog post about how my skin care routine has changed over the years. One of the biggest changes in my skin care routine was after I gave birth to my daughter, I switched from using raw honey to wash my face, to using coconut oil. I made the switch because post-pregnancy I was having all sorts of skin issues like rashes, breakouts, and dry skin. I attributed it to nursing/breastfeeding, the fluctuating post-pregnancy hormones, sleepless nights, sleeping with air conditioning (my daughter gets terrible heat rash otherwise), and the fact I’m getting older too.

I really took to washing my face with oil, not only was it moisturizing, but gentle as well. Up until a month or so ago, I was always using coconut oil to wash my face twice a day. Aside from a small rash on my forehead, my skin seemed to respond well to cleansing with the oil. Then one day I ran out of coconut oil, and substituted it with olive oil. Two days after using the olive oil the rash on my forehead completely vanished! I had that rash for over a year, it was not a red rash, nor an itchy rash, just very tiny little bumps, like dermatitis, that I never connected to the coconut oil. For some reason I always thought the bumpy skin had to do with nursing and post-pregnancy hormones because I developed the patch of bumpy skin right after giving birth. For some reason I never connected the change of facial cleansers to the rash, perhaps because it was not something that appeared overnight, but gradually developed.

So imagine if the skin on your forehead went from bumpy to super smooth in less than an a week, all from changing your cleanser – would you switch your cleanser to something else right away, try something new? Probably not! And that was the predicament I was in. I had just switched from using coconut oil that was causing tiny bumps on my forehead, to olive oil which cleared it all up (and fast), and then I received the beautiful gift of Vanilla Best Skin Ever, which is a cleansing oil. I was terrified to try it, but at the same time it smelled so good, I couldn’t resist.

Living Libations Vanilla Best Skin Ever - www.RadianceCentral.com

Vanilla Best Skin Ever is actually giving me the best skin ever!

It’s now been 2 weeks I’ve been using Vanilla Best Skin Ever, and it is awesome! I love it! The bumpy rash never returned on my forehead (thank goodness!), my skin is clear and smooth, and instead of leaving an oily film on my skin that a lot of oils do, I find my skin is more velvety and smooth after washing it, as opposed to oily and shiny. I think this is because the oil itself is very light, not heavy at all.

Experimenting with different oil facial cleansers. 

I have to say it’s been a really good experience experimenting with all these different oils to cleanse my face with, because each one seems to do something different to my skin! As happy as I was with having the olive oil clear up the bumpy texture on my forehead, I found that within 2-3 hour of washing my face with olive oil, my skin would get terribly oily. Not just a mid-day shine, but an actual heavy layer of oil would accumulate on the surface of my skin, and by mid-day I would have the urge to re-wash or rinse my face. This never happened with the coconut oil (but I got the bumpy forehead instead), and luckily when I switched to the Vanilla Best Skin Ever, I’ve had none of these skin issues whatsoever.

So based on my experience, if one oil cleanser doesn’t work well, or causes a rash or breakouts, doesn’t mean all oils will! Do keep experimenting and trying different ones. Nowadays there’s so many different oils available, either as pure oil, or oil-blends that companies like Living Libations formulate. I have to say I’m loving the Vanilla Best Skin Ever, not only is it great as a cleanser, but it smells beautiful, and can even be used as body oil as well (or even a few drops on your wrist as a very subtle perfume). Love, love, love!!!

A huge thank you, not only for the gift, but for making such lovely products!

To end off I would like to thank Living Libations for the beautiful gift (I’m already saving-up to re-purchase the Gardenia Petal Perfume!). I truly love their products! Since doing the last review of their product line, many of you have been sharing what you’ve bought from them, and what you recommend, which has been a lot of fun!! (I love reading reviews!). From everyone’s recommendations, over and over again I keep hearing great things about Living Libations Seabuckthorn Shampoo & Conditioner, (which for some reason I never thought to try), and MANY people have been recommending the Seabuckthorn Best Skin Ever.

Have you used any of Living Libations natural skin care products? If so what have you tried? Please share!


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Mar 192015
 

Tips for dark circles under eyes - www.RadianceCentral.com

Do you have dark circles under your eyes and it’s not coming from a lack of sleep?!

As a kid I suffered from dark under eye circles, in fact my mother would put me to bed earlier and earlier hoping it would go away! The dark circles had nothing to do with a lack of sleep, or how rested I was. It was only until she took me to a doctor, did we find out I had bad environmental allergies, especially to dust which was causing the problem. Even today, after all these years, I still have to take extra pre-cautions to make sure my home is free of dust, and other airborne allergens.

Based on my own experience and those of others, dark circles under the eyes can be caused by many things from fatigue, allergies, eye strain, dehydration, diet, deficiencies, health conditions, and even one’s facial bone structure.

Here’s a bunch of suggestions I have if you have dark circles under your eyes: 

 

1- Go for a check-up

Always best to check-in with a doctor or naturopath and have them take a look at you, and do the appropriate tests (like blood tests). Dark circles under the eyes can be caused by deficiencies like an iron deficiency (anemia), or it could be a sign that you have a thyroid issue, adrenal issue, etc.

2- Boost your nutrition by eating nutrient dense foods

Eat more vegetables! Not only eating more, but having more variety, plus cooking and preparing your vegetables in different ways will ensure you are getting a good variety of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Some nutrients are better absorbed when the food is cooked, others are more absorbable when the food is raw– so best to have a good combination of both! Personally, I like to  prepare my vegetables in all different ways like having salads, soups, smoothies, freshly pressed green juices, raw veggies and dip, steamed or sautéed vegetables, baked vegetables, etc– this ensures I have a lot of variety, cover my nutritional needs, and I continue to enjoy my healthy food!

Drinking freshly pressed green juice (daily) and/or wheatgrass juice (regularly) will also give you a nutritional boost. Many people have noticed that over time of adding fresh juice to their diets, dark circles and puffiness around the eyes go away. If you don’t have access to fresh juices, you can always try a green powder – personally I will always say that “fresh is best,” but I also know that not everyone has immediate access to fresh juices, so in the time being, you can add a good quality green powder to your diet.

Like freshly pressed green juices, homemade bone broth is also a fantastic addition to your diet, not only for the minerals but to boost your body’s collagen production as well, which is always good for having a more youthful appearance and healthy skin.

3- Avoid eye strain

Don’t be staring into computer screens, tablets, and phones for too long. Make sure to be reading in well lit areas, and most importantly, take breaks! You eyes need rest too!

4- Sleeping in an environment that is clean, dust-free, clutter-free, and even hypo-allergenic

When you sleep at night, make sure there is fresh air and good air circulation. If possible, open a window slightly to get some good, clean air in. If using an air conditioner or central heating, make sure the vents are clean, free of any mold, dirt, or dust.

Make sure your sleeping area is clean, dust-free and doesn’t have too many objects around it that can accumulate dust. Best to clean your bedroom and especially your sleeping area at least once or twice a week, change bed linens and pillow cases regularly, and also flip your mattress and pillows regularly. All these things can make a big difference, not only on your under eye circles, but the quality of your sleep, and overall health as well!

Some people have allergies to feathers (or the dust and microbes that accumulate in feathers). Perhaps replacing your down duvet and pillows with synthetic fiber filled ones can help (I know for myself this has always made a huge difference), or you can even try to sleep without a pillow!

5- Different sleep positions may help

Sometime sleeping with a an extra pillow to prop your head higher can help to prevent water retention or accumulation in the face and under the eyes, which could be contributing to the appearance of dark circles under your eyes. Even changing your sleeping position can help too, perhaps if you sleep on your stomach or side, try sleeping on your back and see if that helps.

6- Decreasing salt and sodium in your diet

There are definitely certain foods and condiments loaded with salt or sodium that is anything but beautifying! I know for myself anything with tamari, soy sauce, or miso makes my under eyes ballon! Keep note if some mornings you wake up with serious puffiness, what did you eat the day before that could be causing it?

7- Homemade Eye Masks

Need a quick eye pick-me-up or a temporary solution? Try an eye mask! They do work. It won’t get rid of it permanently, but for a few hours they could make a big difference making your eyes less dark, puffy, and saggy.

Two easy and natural eye masks I like are fresh cucumber slices and used tea bags:

Cucumber Eye Mask:
1- Slice fresh cucumber (2 slices) and place in the fridge or freezer to make sure they are really cold.
2- Place over closed, clean eyes for 15-30 minutes

Tea Bag Eye Mask
1- Place two used tea bags (that contain caffeine like black or green tea bags) in refrigerator or freezer until very cold
2- Place over closed, clean eyes for 15-30 minutes

8- Non-toxic cosmetics and skin care products

You can always use non-toxic eye creams and non-toxic make-up to conceal the dark circles under your eyes. I know for myself, taking care of my baby daughter Luna Ray, I’m definitely very appreciative of non-toxic make-up when we go through sleepless nights!!

Products and cosmetics I recommend:
I love Living Libations’ Open Sky Eye Serum and All Seeing Eye Crème. The All Seeing Eye Crème I store in the refrigerator so it’s nice and cool when I put it under my eyes. The Open Sky Eye Serum I use only at night for extra moisture.

I also really like RMS Beauty “un” cover-up, it’s an extremely light weight, non-toxic concealer which I find great for using under the eye’s because it won’t build up in the creases and fine lines (a.k.a wrinkles) under my eyes like other heavier, cakey make-up does. Because it’s so light it doesn’t clog pores, or dry out the skin either.


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Dec 102014
 

Over the weekend I was reading Wayne Dyer’s book, “Excuses Begone!” At the end of the book, he talked about being right or being kind– I love this! Simple but profound! In today’s video I talk about how this has shifted my perspective and helped in my personal relationships.

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May 262014
 

Last week I did a video giving suggestions for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). Someone posted a question about my opinion of psyllium husk powder.

Many doctors and natural health care practitioners recommend psyllium husk powder as a fiber supplement for those that have IBS, chronic constipation or diarrhea, which in my opinion may or may not help! In today’s video I go over this, plus give some suggestions for those that want to try a fiber supplement, whether it be psyllium husk powder or something else like chia seeds or freshly ground flax seed powder- I talk about what is available and how to take it.
 

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