No-Sugar-Added Chocolate Banana Bread

Welcome, summer! Here’s a nice, easy recipe that makes a delicious and pretty healthy treat when paired with summertime berries like strawberries. I used what was on hand, but you can easily make this vegan or gluten-free by substituting some of the ingredients! Hope you enjoy 🙂 No-Sugar-Added Chocolate Banana Bread Ingredients 3 ripe bananas, mashed 1/2 cup stevia-erythritol blend (I used Steviva) or granulated stevia 1/8 cup … Continue reading No-Sugar-Added Chocolate Banana Bread

A Year of Natural Health & Beauty Tip #48: Make Your Own Dry Shampoo for Light, Dark, or Red Hair

Dry shampoo is a weekly hair savior: it de-greases, adds volume and texture, and can help maintain a blowout for up to a week. If you have processed, curly, or dry hair — or if you’re a “no ‘poo” type and avoid shampooing entirely — you might still get greasy, limp roots and wonder whether you should subject your locks to a full wash or leave … Continue reading A Year of Natural Health & Beauty Tip #48: Make Your Own Dry Shampoo for Light, Dark, or Red Hair

A Year of Natural Health & Beauty Tip #46: Sweat It Out with a Ginger Bath

Ginger is an amazing root that has been used since ancient times for its medicinal — and tasty — qualities. Cooking it, pickling it, and using it in teas and tinctures are just a few ways to take advantage of its many healthy properties. But it’s also a great ingredient in skin and body care, because it is both soothing and stimulating. One time-tested way … Continue reading A Year of Natural Health & Beauty Tip #46: Sweat It Out with a Ginger Bath

A Year of Natural Health & Beauty Tip #45: Make Your Own Microdermabrasion Scrub

If you’ve been following along (and participating! ;-)), you already know how easy it is to make your own face and body scrubs just by raiding your kitchen cabinets. You’ve already discovered how cheap it is, too! But what about “fancier” skin treatments, like the ones you get at spas or packaged in lovely glass jars from Sephora? I’m talking about everyone’s favorite youthification (yes, … Continue reading A Year of Natural Health & Beauty Tip #45: Make Your Own Microdermabrasion Scrub

A Year of Natural Health & Beauty Tip #44: Make Your Own Olive Oil Moisturizing Hair Mask

If your hair is coarse, brittle, or over-processed due to coloring, perms, or straightening treatments, it might seem like daily conditioner just won’t do the job. Sure, your hair is lovely right after you’ve conditioned it, but a few hours later, you’re a frizzy mess again. Back in the ’80s (not that I know from personal experience … ahem), hot oil hair treatments were a … Continue reading A Year of Natural Health & Beauty Tip #44: Make Your Own Olive Oil Moisturizing Hair Mask

A Year of Natural Health & Beauty Tip #43: Soak Nails in Lemon to Remove Surface Stains

It’s no secret that I love to use lemons in my skin care. If you’ve been following along this year, you’ve already learned the benefits of using lemon in face masks and face scrubs, using lemon to help create natural hair highlights, and the amazing benefits of drinking lemon water. Today’s tip is another great example of this humble fruit’s brightening benefits: lemon juice will … Continue reading A Year of Natural Health & Beauty Tip #43: Soak Nails in Lemon to Remove Surface Stains