I just finished our summer media tour with CHFA and wanted to share this content because I LOVE it so much! You might not realize, but there are ingredients that come from all over the world that have been used for centuries to help with everything from bug bites to giving you glowing skin.
At CHFA we identified the “Seven Natural Health Wonders of the World.” These are my top five favourite.
Turmeric has been trending for ages, its use dates back nearly 4,000 years ago and it’s what gives yellow curries that beautiful, rich yellow colour. Today across the globe, turmeric is used and praised for its anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to help alleviate joint pain and immune disorders. It can even act as a digestive aid.
My favourite way to use turmeric is to make my own DIY turmeric face mask. It is super easy and the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric help to reduce redness and irritation, whether from acne or breakouts, so it’s a great face mask.
Watch this video to find out how you can easily make this amazing mask:
1: Simply mix 15 ml (1 tbsp) of coconut flour, 5 ml (1 tsp) of turmeric, a couple drops of honey, and 30 ml (2 tbsp) of almond milk to make a paste.
2: Apply a small amount to your arm as a test to ensure the mask won’t irritate your skin.
3: When comfortable, apply a thin layer to your face, let dry for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse off for rejuvenated skin.
Arnica comes from a little yellow flower that is native to Europe and has long been used medicinally. Historically arnica has been used to help relieve pain in joints and muscles. It is often used as a topical cream and is easy to find at your local chfa member health food store. I find that rubbing arnica on a sore joint or muscle can help soothe the pain and provide fast relief.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an essential oil that is native to Australia. Today the name tea tree is used for several plants, mostly from Australia and New Zealand. This essential oil is antimicrobial – meaning that can be used to kill unwanted bacteria. It can be used to treat athlete’s foot and other skin conditions, including dandruff and acne. It can also be used to soothe bug bites, making it a must to pack on the next family trip. Find out more about tea tree including how you can use it in your home to make a natural reed diffuser or deodorize here.
Argan oil comes from a tree that grows wild in Morocco, and is known as the “Tree of Life.” Argan oil is produced from the kernels of the tree and is one of the rarest oils in the world. This oil boasts potent effects for improving skin elasticity in post-menopausal women and is proven to reduce the appearances of darkly pigmented age spots. Argan is considered an effective anti-aging oil due to properties such as the high levels of vitamin E and anti -oxidants that help neutralize free radical damage. I love using Argan oil to make a simple oil exfoliating face scrub. Just take a few drops of Argan oil and add pure vanilla extract to fine brown sugar and lightly massage it into your face using a circular motion and then rinse it off.
Originally cultivated by the Aztecs, chia seeds have been praised and prized throughout history for their dense nutritional profile. Many people do not realize that chia seeds are a complete protein and contain all nine essential amino acids. They are also a rich source of fibre, which helps to slow digestion and can help with weight-maintenance, making these superfood seeds the perfect breakfast choice. I like to soak my chia overnight in some almond milk for the perfect grab and go breakfast in the morning. Check out the recipe here:
Simply soak 125 ml (1/2 cup) chia seeds in 475 ml (2 cups) of hemp milk with some cinnamon and natural vanilla extract for a delicious and healthy breakfast.
There are still more natural health secrets from around the world which you can find on the CHFA website here. You can also watch my interview here.
What is your favourite natural health secret and how do you use it?