DIY Beauty

Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub

Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub

Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub   I love taking a time out for myself and getting a pedicure, with the lovely soaking, the massaging, the scrubbing. However, the busy life of a working mom often gets in the way of such indulgences. When…

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Honey and Oil Treatment

Honey and Olive Oil Conditioning Treatment

Honey and Olive Oil Conditioning Treatment  The dry winter weather can suck the life out of anybody’s hair. Every couple of weeks, I like to apply a nourishing, moisturizing deep conditioning treatment. For me, it makes a difference. This one is easy…

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White teeth from oil pulling

Oil Pulling for Oral Health

Oil Pulling for Oral Health  A great smile is so important. When you smile from the inside out, other people can feel it, you can feel it, and smiling just lifts you up and reminds you to be happy. While I do…

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Lemon Avocado facial mask

Lemon Avocado Facial Mask

Lemon Avocado Facial Mask  Mid-winter, my face tends to get a little bit pale and I feel that I need to give my skin a pick-me-up. This is a great time to use the avocado lemon facial mask. Its moisturizing and clarifying…

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Create your own love spell potion

Love Spell Potion

Love Spell What fun would it be as an herbalist if I couldn’t research all the magical properties of botanicals and plants? To me, botanicals and crystals are like treasures – little gifts from God to help us along the…

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Silky tresses at Crystal Hills

Deep Cleansing for Silky Tresses

I style my hair frequently and I find that over time, even with regular washing with quality products, my hair starts to look a little bit dull and feels less silky due to continuous use of styling products. I use…

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DIY Ginger Honey Scrub

DIY Ginger Honey Sugar Scrub

Happy New Year everybody! Who among us can truly say that they stuck to clean eating throughout the holiday season?  I did not, and the evidence of this is plain on my skin, most noticeably on my thighs and butt,…

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Beach ready at Crystal Hills Organics

DIY Tummy Tightening Skin Masque

Since autumn began and I have been covering myself up, I have thought very little about my midsection. It is only now, when I am packing for a winter beach holiday, that it occurs to me that my mummy tummy needs…

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Silky skin

Perfectly Soft Hands

The winter air is so very dry where I live, and being a germ-conscious mother, I wash my hands many, many times a day. Needless to say, my winter hands are dry, cracked, sensitive, and not very touchable. Although we…

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peppermint foot scrub

Peppermint Foot Scrub

Now that winter is here and our feet are mostly covered up, we may not be paying them the kind of attention they deserve. You never know when a loved one might surprise you with a foot rub on a cozy…

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Lavender and essential oil

Bianca’s Elixir No. 1.

My friend Bianca is from Romania. She is a concert pianist, a beautiful mother, and a talented dancer. Last week at ballet, when she hugged me hello, I smelled the most beautiful fragrance, as if she had just had an…

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Hair mask

Pear and Vanilla Hair Masque

                      Now that autumn is here, the air is more crisp. But we do not want our hair to be crisp; it should be soft and silky. For this hair…

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pumpkin scrub

Pumpkin Facial Scrub

                      In abundance this season, pumpkins are good for more than making jack-o-lanterns. Pumpkin flesh is rich in alpha hydroxy acids, which is a gentle exfoliator for your skin, packed…

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Brown Sugar and Pumpkin Pie Spice Lip Scrub

Brown Sugar and Pumpkin Pie Spice Lip Scrub

                    Now that the weather has turned crisp and cool, our lips may not be quite as kissably soft as we would like them to be. It is important to stay…

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Matcha Green Tea Powder at CHO

Matcha Green Tea

                      My friend Mary was born in Japan. Everything about her is exotic, and she exudes natural beauty and good health. I asked her one day if she knows of…

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nail cuticle oil

Cuticle Treatment Oil

Whether or not you enjoy at-home manicures and pedicures, it is important for the overall health of your nails to perform regular upkeep so that your nails look clean, healthy, and strong. Eating a balanced diet contributes to growing healthy…

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Milk bath with roses at CHO

Cleopatra-Style Milk Bath with Roses

  My husband laughs at me for being so critical of myself. When we are on the beach, for example, I will look at another woman and say, “I wish that I had her legs,” or “I would love to…

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DIY strawberry sugar scrub

DIY Strawberry Sugar Scrub

Strawberries are a good source of vitamin C, folic acid and dietary fibre. They are sweet, delicious, and satisfying to eat. Their nutritional qualities, which nourish our bodies from the inside, combined with their unique acidic nature, which beautifies our…

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DIY peach facial mask

Radiate a Healthy Glow with this DIY Peach Facial Mask

  Peaches are a wonderful gift from nature. During the summer months, we can enjoy them as a snack, for dessert, and of course as part of a DIY skin treatment. The best time to make this mask is when…

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cherry facial mask

Dessert for your Face

  The fruit-growing season in Canada is short, and when summer comes I like to take advantage of what is fresh, available, and at its flavour peak. In late June and July, cherries are in abundance. They are rich red,…

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