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Education, Health & Beauty, Nutrition
Big thank you to Franca from Best of Nature for leading our very first Natural Beauty Class in Ocean! Franca gave us an overload of great information. Here are some of the key takeaways:   BENTONITE What It IsBentonite is aged volcanic ash, which is detoxifying and healing for problem skin.  It has been used for hundreds of years as an effective, all natural healing clay. When Bentonite comes in contact with a toxin, chemical, or heavy metal, the clay draws out and absorbs the toxins. Perfect as a deep cleansing facial, to heal problem skin conditions, and to soothe bug bites or itchy skin. How To Use ItBENTONITE CLAY FACIAL – Mix one tablespoon (scoopful) of clay with a tablespoon of warm water to make a smooth paste. If mixture is too thin, add more clay, if too thick, add more water. Apply a medium layer to the face and upper part of the neck, avoiding the eye area. Leave on to dry to allow toxins and any impurities to be drawn to the surface. You will feel the skin grow tight as the mask dries. Remove the mask first by gently rubbing in a circular motion with water for an overall exfoliation. Wash off any excess mud mask with lukewarm water and gently pat dry. If desired, apply a small amount of Best of Nature Rose Water or Vitamin E Oil to finish off the treatment. This treatment is especially effective on acne-prone skin. BENTONITE POULTICE FOR BUG BITES, STINGS OR BURNS – Create a poultice by adding warm water to a small amount of Bentonite Clay (the amount depends upon the area to be treated). Apply to problem area and wrap a wet gauze or cloth over it and leave on for an hour or two. You can also add a very small amount of body oil such as Olive, Almond or Avocado to the mixture to nourish the skin. As the mixture dries it is normal to feel a tightening of the skin – this is where Bentonite excels! – as it draws out the toxins and quickly heals the area. Wash area with warm water and pat dry with a towel. BENTONITE POULTICE FOR PROBLEM SKIN & RASHES – For discomfort due to eczema, psoriasis, and rashes from chicken pox or poison ivy, mix a small amount of Bentonite with warm water to make a paste. Test on a small area first. Apply Bentonite/water mixture and leave on until it dries. Wash off with warm water and pat dry with a towel. BENTONITE MUD PACK FOR BACK ACNE – Mix a small amount of Bentonite with warm water to make a paste. If desired add a few drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil (excellent for acne) to the recipe. Lie on your stomach and have someone apply a medium layer to area of back to be treated. Leave on until the mixture dries. You will feel a tightening of the skin – this is normal and means the Bentonite is drawing the oil and impurities from the skin. Once dry, wash off in the shower and towel dry. Apply one to three times a week until acne clears. BENTONITE DETOXIFYING BATH – Mix 6 to 8 scoops of Bentonite in a warm bath. Use a whisk if desired to mix the Bentonite thoroughly into the water. Soak for 15 to 30 minutes for a relaxing, detoxifying, skin softening bath. Towel dry and apply a moisturizer. BENTONITE DETOXIFYING FOOT BATH – Mix 4 scoops of Bentonite in a foot bath (any container will do as long as it’s not metal and it’s big enough for your feet to fit comfortably) of warm water. Use a whisk if desired to mix Bentonite thoroughly into water. Soak for 15 to 30 minutes for a relaxing, detoxifying foot bath. Towel dry your feet and apply a moisturizer. BENTONITE DETOXIFYING FOOT MASK – Mix two tablespoons (scoopfuls) of clay with two tablespoons of warm water to make a smooth paste. If mixture is too thin, add more clay, if too thick, add more water. Apply a thick layer to the soles of your feet. You won’t be able to walk around so you can try hanging your feet over the arm of a chair or anything similar which works for your comfort. Leave on to dry to allow toxins and any impurities to be drawn to the surface. You will feel the skin grow tight as the mask dries. Remove the mask first by gently rubbing in a circular motion with water for an overall exfoliation. Wash off any excess mud mask with lukewarm water and gently pat dry with a towel. Apply a moisturizer. Important NoteDo not let Bentonite come into contact with anything metal, as this will reduce the effectiveness of the treatments.  RHASSOUL What It IsRhassoul is a Moroccan lava clay, which is rejuvenating for skin and hair. It is a truly exquisite, revitalizing spa quality clay unearthed from ancient deposits within the fertile Atlas Mountains of Morocco. Its detoxifying properties improve skin clarity, remove dead layers, smooth texture and improve elasticity for younger looking skin. It is also wonderful for hair -- it brings out the shine and texture. ​Rhassoul: Moroccan Lava Clay  How To Use It​RHASSOUL CLAY FACIAL MASK – Mix one tablespoon (scoopful) of clay with a tablespoon of water to make a smooth paste. If mixture is too thin, add more clay, if too thick, add more water. Apply a medium layer to the face and upper part of the neck, avoiding the eye area. Leave on to dry to allow full absorption of Atlas Mountain Minerals and extraction of any impurities. Remove the mask first by gently rubbing in a circular motion with water for an overall exfoliation. Wash off any excess mud mask with lukewarm water and gently pat dry. If desired, apply a small amount of Best of Nature Rose Water or Vitamin E Oil to finish off the treatment. RHASSOUL REVITALIZING HAIR MUD MASK – To naturally clean, condition, volumize and bring out the shine in hair. Mix a small amount of Rhassoul Clay (amount depends upon length of hair – try 4 scoops of clay for medium length hair) with warm water to make a smooth mud. If desired, add a tiny amount of Argan Oil to more deeply condition hair. You may also mix in five or so drops of your favorite essential oil for aromatherapy. Once your Rhassoul mixture is prepared, wet hair thoroughly, squeezing to remove excess moisture. Divide hair into sections and apply Rhassoul mud to damp hair from root to tip, running fingers through hair if needed to coat strands more thoroughly. Once hair is fully coated, cover hair with a plastic shower cap. Leave on for 20 to 30 minutes. Remove cap and rinse hair thoroughly. Style as usual. RHASSOUL REJUVENATING BODY WRAP – Add warm water to small amount of Rhassoul Clay Powder and mix well to a mud-like consistency. Apply to area to be treated and let dry. If desired, cover with mylar or cellophane wrap. After thirty minutes, remove wrap (if applied) and wash skin.​​  ROSE CLAY What It IsRose clay is made of French pink kaolin, which provides gentile cleansing for sensitive skin. It is the mildest of all facial clays. It gently cleanses and exfoliates the skin while improving the circulation for a healthier glow.​​ How To Use ItROSE CLAY FACIAL – Mix one tablespoon (scoopful) of clay with a tablespoon of water to make a smooth paste. If mixture is too thin, add more clay, if too thick, add more water. Apply a medium layer to the face and upper part of the neck, avoiding the eye area. Leave on to dry to allow toxins and any impurities to be drawn to the surface. Remove the mask first by gently rubbing in a circular motion with water for an overall exfoliation. Wash off any excess mud mask with lukewarm water and gently pat dry. If desired, apply a small amount of Best of Nature Rose Water or Vitamin E Oil to finish off the treatment  SEAWEED POWDER  What It IsSeaweed Powder is made of Kombu Sea Tangle -- a cellulite-reducing and slimming body wrap as well as a nourishing facial mask. How It WorksKombu is a mineral rich seaweed powder, wild harvested from the North Atlantic Ocean, which is used for cellulite reducing, slimming and detoxifying body wraps and facials.​​ How To Use It​ ​​FACIAL – Mix one tablespoon (scoopful) of Seaweed Powder with a tablespoonful of warm water. If desired, add a few drops of essential oil or a body oil. If mixture is too thin, add more Seaweed, if too thick, add more water. Apply to face and upper part of neck, avoiding the eye area. Let dry and gently wash off. SLIMMING ANTI CELLULITE BODY WRAP – Add warm water to small amount of Seaweed Powder and mix well to a mud-like consistency. Apply to area to be treated and let dry. If desired, cover with mylar or cellophane wrap. After thirty minutes, remove wrap (if applied) and wash skin. INVIGORATING ANTI CELLULITE BODY SCRUB – Mix 6 tablespoons (scoopfuls) of Seaweed Powder with 1/2 cup body oil (such as Sweet Almond, Olive, Avocado, Coconut, etc), 1/2 cup Dead Sea Salt and a few drops of your favorite essential oil or essential oil blend. Store in a tightly capped jar for use as needed. Apply small amount of scrub mixture to body and massage gently into skin. Wash off, towel dry and apply a natural body moisturizer to the area. PAIN RELIEF BODY WRAP – Add warm water to a small amount of Seaweed Powder and mix well to a mud-like consistency. Apply to area to be treated and wrap with cellophane wrap. Apply mild heat from a heating pad over wrap. Allow Seaweed mixture to dry. After fifteen to thirty minutes, remove wrap and wash skin. Can provide relief for muscle aches and joint pain. SKIN SOFTENING BATH – Add 4 tablespoons (scoopfuls) of Seaweed Powder to warm water in a bowl or pitcher and mix well. Pour Seaweed-infused water into warm water in your bathtub; doing this in two steps allows the Kombu to mix more easily into the tub of water. Soak in the tub as long as desired. Drain tub and rinse yourself off with warm water. Towel dry and relax! Your skin will be smooth as silk. ImportantFor external use only, do not consume. Should be avoided for those with iodine or seaweed allergies. Product is all natural seaweed and smells like the ocean. Some may find unpleasant. Test small amount before use. ​​MOROCCAN ROSE WATER   What It IsHydrating TonerBest of Nature’s Moroccan Rose Water is 100% pure and natural, made from fresh Rosa Damascena petals. The Rose Water acts as a toner to naturally balance the skin’s pH, making it soft, smooth and radiant How To Use ItFor skin toning, apply Rose Water with a cotton ball to a clean and dry face, neck and surrounding area using upward strokes. It can also be poured into a bath as desired to have a scented and relaxing experience.  ​BEST OF NATURE 100% PURE BODY OILS ​Sunflower Oil - ​Sunflower Oil is a light moisturizer for normal to dry skin. Rich in skin nourishing Vitamin E and Omega-6 fatty acid, Sunflower Oil improves mature skin by encouraging new skin cells to form. For sensitive skin, Sunflower helps reduce redness and inflammation for a more even, healthy skin tone​​. Avocado Oil - ​​Avocado oil has a natural SPF and is said to have healing and regenerating qualities. This highly therapeutic oil is rich in many vitamins and minerals. Grapeseed Oil - ​​Grapeseed Oil easily absorbed into the skin and it also has some astringent qualities, which makes it good for oily, acne prone skin. ​Argan Oil - ​​Argan Oil is one of the thickest oils. It helps prevent premature aging and reduces wrinkles​.    Never miss an event. 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