Category Archives: Natural Body Care

What to do About Arm Flab

What to do About Muscle Atrophy After Age 50.

by Redstone Promotional Communications / Circkles.com

After 35 years of age, we start to lose muscle mass at a rate of 3-5% every year. By age 50, you will lose 40% of your muscle. Ever notice that elderly people have extremely flabby arms? This process starts when you are middle aged, and sooner for women than men. But, with a little work, you can have the muscle mass of someone 10 years younger than you.

Strength exercises don’t have to be strenuous to help maintain muscle mass. Something as simple as doing leg lifts or push ups can keep muscles toned. If you do them every day for a year, you will notice a difference.

Your heart is also a muscle, so consider that muscle-building exercise and aerobics can also strengthen your heart and may help prevent a heart attack. Below are some muscle-toning exercises that anybody can do without fancy, expensive weight-training equipment and a personal trainer. Plus, if kids need “Play 60” so do adults. So 60 minutes of exercise a day will not only keep you toned, it has numeroushealth benefits beyond that.

Thigh and Butt Builders:

I saw a woman – about 60 years old – a couple weeks ago that was wearing the spandex leggings that are so popular now. You could not only see every panty line, but also that her butt cheeks were sagging terribly. It was gross, I have to say. Obviously she didn’t care what she looked like or wasn’t aware of how she looked, but some of us take some pride in our appearance no matter how old we get. It just makes you feel better about yourself overall. I would never have been caught dead in public looking like that, and if I did, I sure wouldn’t wear spandex to highlight it.

Butt Lifters: Kneel on the floor with your hands in front of you and lift your leg behind you for 20 repetitions to start with. After you see how sore you may or may not be, increase the reps to 30-50 every day. In about 3 months, you will see your butt start to lift.

Inner Thigh Toners: The outside of the thighs are generally not a problem, but the inside thigh gets flabby pretty quickly because it’s not used much. Biking helps, but doing inner thigh exercises will tone it up better. Laying on your back with your legs bent, let your legs fall to the side then pull them back up to touch at the knees. Do these thigh pull-ups for 30-50 reps to start every day. The more likely a muscle area is to atrophy with age, the more diligently and consistently you have to work that area. Working it every day is best to see any improvement.

Flabby Upper Arms:

For women who don’t typically have much upper body strength to start with, the upper arm is one of the worst problem areas to keep toned. Especially that rarely used part of the back of the arm to prevent that flab that sways back and forth when you shake your arms after age 50.

Push-ups help a great deal, also, scrubbing floors or other surfaces by hand with a rag works the back of the arms and serves a dual purpose of getting exercise while cleaning your house at the same time, which can often be a lot less boring than strength-buildingexercises. Also, if you have hand weights or dumbbells of at least 3-4 pounds each, you can tone up that arm flab by lifting a weight behind your body for a minimum of 20-30 reps to start.

Get rid of Muffin Top:

The exercises in this video are more difficult than they look, but I can say from personal experience, they work to help get rid of that unsightly bra bulge in the back and that little bit of stomach that hangs over your jeans (called a muffin top) even if you are fairly slim. Tight abdominal muscles help prevent muscle atrophy that causes so many women to have to have surgery later in life for prolapsed internal organs like a prolapsed uterus that doctors surgically reinforce with mesh. Not the way to go if you can prevent it.

No Poo Hair Care

Natural Body Care: No Poo Alternatives.

by Circkles.com

Hair loses its luster and vitality due to all the hair care products we put in it and the heavy buildup left behind by most shampoos and conditioners. Lately there has been a new fad of not washing your hair with harsh soaps/shampoos to improve hair health and vitality. Is there any truth to this? Yeah. Some.

We tried the “No Wash” fad of not washing your hair at all but just rinsing it once a month. Sounds gross, and it does take some getting used to at first, but we did see some natural oils return to our hair and the scalp was less dry.

Based on the theory that there are actually tiny microorganisms that live in the hair follicles and scalp which are responsible for the overall health of your hair, and that continually cleaning your hair with soaps kills them thus destroying the health of your scalp and hair, we found some pros and cons to this. The pros are that yes, not shampooing more often than once a week did seem to improve the overall health of the hair by restoring its natural oils, but it did seem to increase dandruff. We eventually found that we still had to moisturize the hair with something to make it manageable and for styling purposes.

Most women who have tried going poo-less all agree that the first week your hair may feel and look worse, but that the no-poo method takes at least 3 weeks to notice any improvement. After months of giving up their poo, they all agreed that their hair’s natural shine returned, one woman’s hair actually got darker, and all agree that with the natural oils returning, their hair is softer, less frizzy and doesn’t need conditioner. They all stated their scalps felt better, less dry and itchy, over time as well.

no shampoo comparison

Vinegar, Water, Aloe Hair Rinse.

Next we tried a few of the minimalist fads for washing the hair; such as using a diluted vinegar and water solution to rinse the hair with followed by a rinse of aloe vera juice if needed for moisturizing. This actually worked pretty well. The vinegar removes any buildup form previous hair products and also softens hard water that contains minerals that can dry the hair and scalp. This No Poo solution works wel,l and surprisingly, no, you do not smell like a pickle from the vinegar. Some hair care experts also claim the vinegar helps the hair’s pH balance which also keeps it looking more luxurious.

In a pint jar, pour 1 cup rice or apple cider vinegar into the jar then top off with 2-3 cups distilled water. You can wash your hair with a mild bar soap if it is oily then apply the vinegar solution, or if your hair is typically dry, just use the vinegar solution followed by pouring about 1 cup of aloe vera juice (not the gel or you may not be able to rinse it out of your hair) over your scalp.

Baking Soda and Vinegar No Poo.

2-3 Tbsp baking soda in a pint jar three quarters full of water. Pour this over your hair and scalp then rinse with an apple cider vinegar solution of 1/4 cup vinegar in a pint jar topped off with distilled water.

Many women found the baking soda drying after a few months, but when they switched to the first method of just using vinegar and followed it with aloe juice, they were pleased with the moisture content of their hair. If your hair feels dirty or greasy, use these no poo methods more often until you get the results you are looking for.

Special Note: These solutions work best if you mix them with distilled water, or filtered water, which will make your hair softer. The whole point is to use the vinegar to dilute and rinse out heavy minerals in tap water, so using tap water to mix your vinegar solutions would make them pointless.

Also, many women have tried the No Poo methods and given them up after 3-6 months for various reasons. Some of these reasons could have been avoided if they had used distilled or filtered water as mentioned above. Try it, see if you like it, if not, you can always go back to poos, but if you can manage to withstand the uncomfortable results of the first couple of weeks on a no-poo regimen, you may really like the results and think of all the money you will save on worthless hair care products.

We will say this much, the human scalp and hair were never meant to be washed every single day. That was a viscous social misnomer that unfortunately took hold and made us all feel like scumbags if we didn’t take a shower and wash our hair every day. Once a week is more than enough. Consider dogs and cats, who never wash their fur in the wild and it does just fine. In fact, it look gorgeous without all the goop and poo we use on our heads. Forget the social faux pas and do what is best for the health of your head; just don’t tell anybody: unless they are gleening about how beautiful your hair looks and are asking what you use. Or in this case, it will be what you don’t use.

Photos from top: 1.) No shampoo method. 2.) After 20 days, the photo on the left is with just rinsing with water and not using any hair shampoos or products. The photo on the right is after using the baking soda method. The hair is less greasy looking.

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Homemade Shaving Cream

Homemade Shaving Cream.

Shave Cream Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive, almond or coconut oil
  • 2-3 TBSP Shea or Cocoa Butter
  • 1/4 cup Aloe Gel or Honey
  • 1 TBSP Kaolin clay or white cosmetic clay (optional)
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup Liquid Castille Soap
  • Vitamin E or GSE (to preserve)

Shave Cream Instructions

  1. Melt the oil and shea/cocoa butter in a double boiler until just melted
  2. Remove from heat and add other ingredients
  3. Whisk or blend well for several minutes
  4. Transfer to jar or container to store
  5. Check while it is cooling to make sure it doesn’t start to separate. If it does, shake or mix well to re-incorporate.
  6. Lasts up to six months

 

Good Cosmetic Makeups and Bad Makeups

Wearing makeup has pros and cons. It can hide minor imperfections, even out complexion problems, and SPF makeups can help protect your face from harmful UV exposure, but just recently, it has been discovered that some makeups can do more harm than good to your complexion and overall health.

As we have said many time before in our Body Care blog posts and articles, what you put on your skin is just as important as what you put in your body because everything you put on your skin gets absorbed directly into your bloodstream bypassing the protective qualities your liver has when you digest something through your stomach. Therefore, what you put on your skin is actually more important than what you eat.

Read this entire  archived article…

Lighten Age Spots Naturally.

How to use common, inexpensive lemon juice to lighten and often remove age spots:

Fresh, organic lemons work the best. Cut a thin slice off the lemon, squeeze the juice into a shallow dish, dip a cotton swab into the juice and apply it to age spots with a gentle rubbing motion to work it into the skin. Do this twice a day, but be careful not to overdo it since lemon juice can be irritating and actually burn sensitive or irritated skin.

This remedy only works if you stay out of the sun while you are doing the treatment. Keep your skin covered at all times while exposed to the sun for up to 2 months. It usually takes 1-2 months to experience a noticeable lighting of the dark spots if you are being diligent about this treatment. Some people have reported seeing results immediately after only about a week of using this natural treatment. It depends on how severe the age spots are (how dark) as well as how regularly you apply the lemon juice and how diligent you are about keeping your face out of the sun while doing it.

Read full article here and how to tie a Shemagh.

Skin Benefits of Goat’s Milk Products

Have dry skin or age spots? Who doesn’t? Goats milk body care products have natural alpha hydroxy acid and they will help to lighten age spots and moisturize skin more than many other soap ingredients, except for soaps that add oils such as olive oil soaps.

Cosmetic chemists call goat’s milk “nature’s liposomes” because it is so easily absorbed into the skin, bringing with it moisture and restorative proteins, minerals and vitamins.

Goat’s milk also contains over 50 nutrients, including the vital vitamins of A, C and B-complex, minerals and other elements that nourish and rejuvenate dehydrated skin. Vitamin A slows down the effects of aging, as well as prevents age spots and thickening of the skin. Zinc contributes to the reconstruction of collagen fibres, encouraging moisture retention and maintaining the skin’s elasticity/ Riboflavin or Vitamin B-2 is another anti-oxidant and is essential for healthy skin, nails, hair and general good health.

Alpha-Hydroxy acid(AHA) naturally exfoliate skin. Goat’s milk has AHA components that contribute to the micro-peeling process, gentry scrubbing off dead skin cells. Goat’s milk helps nourish the newly-grown skin and may encourage the production of elastin. New skin emerges smooth, healthy and younger looking.

See our main health page, Health Circkles, for much more alternative health information than what is posted on this blog, including full articles on health issues, news, nutrition and anything alternative health related. Also, follow our clubs.

BODY CARE au naturel: Easily Make Your Own Facial Toner.

Natural and Organic alternative body care products. What you put on your body is absorbed by the skin directly into your bloodstream, so it is just as important as what you eat. We will discuss products on the market here as well as products you can make yourself at home.

Grapefruit Essential oilAbout twice a week, it’s a good idea to give your pores a good cleaning. Everyday dirt and grime and makeup clog pores quickly and even soap does not always get rid of it all. So here’s a simple and healthy toner that your face will love, you can make yourself for half the cost of buying it already made in the store.

1-2 drops of grapefruit essential oil or orange essential oil

Witch hazel – a good natural astringent and antibacterial disinfectant.

Small, empty used bottle.

Pour enough witch hazel into the small bottle to almost fill it, then add a couple drops of the essential oil. This will clean your skin very well of any residue from soaps, makeup and grime as well as tighten pores, and the vitamin C in the citrus essential oil is a good antioxidant to help heal skin from sun damage.

See our main health page, Health Circkles, for much more alternative health information than what is posted on this blog, including full articles on health issues, news, nutrition and anything alternative health related.

BODY CARE au naturel: Make Your Own Deodorant.

deodorant_homemadeNatural and Organic alternative body care products. What you put on your body is absorbed by the skin directly into your bloodstream, so what you put on your skin is just as important as what you eat. We will discuss products on the market here as well as products you can make yourself at home.

Although it has not been proven or at least not published as proven, many people want to stay away from using manufactured deodorants and antiperspirants because they contain aluminum and are suspected to possibly lead to breast cancer. Here is a simple recipe for making your own deodorant from household products.

1/2 cup cornstarch, arrowroot powder or bentonite clay
1/2 cup baking soda
1-2 drops of your favorite perfume or essential oil. Sweet orange, grapefruit or lavender are nice. Also rosewaters.
Witch Hazel.
Optional: Coconut Oil

You cannot mix the witch hazel in with the powdered ingredients, so take a cotton swab, pour some witch hazel on it and rub in all over your armpit area. Let it dry, do not wash it off. It helps to close pores and disinfect odors.
Mix the powders together in a jar with a lid and add a couple drops of scented oil or perfume (if you want). Shake them up to mix them and keep a lid on so they will absorb the scented oil. Splash a bit of powder under each arm after you cleanse with the witch hazel. Keep the powdered mix handy so you have it ready when you need it daily.

To make this more like a cream, add enough coconut oil to the powders to make it the consistency you want. Then you can also add the witch hazel to it.

Bug Repellent Oil.

mosquitoTo repel flies, ticks and mosquitoes naturally:

Essential oil of Citronella, Eucalyptus, Bergamot or Lavender. Mix three parts olive or grapeseed oil of one part essential oil of one of these herbs known to repel bugs.

Keep in a lotion bottle in the refrigerator until you need it. Then pour some into your hands, rub it on top of your hair and body. Use lightly.

Homemade Face Cream

face_cream2/3 cup Rosewater or Orange water

1/3 cup aloe gel

Essential oil of choice, something like grapefruit, Vitamin E oil, Vitamin A oil, are good facial oils

3/4 cup apricot or almond oil

1/3 cup cocoa butter

1 tsp anhydrous lanolin (can find online for body care making products)

2 Tbsp liquid lecithin (necessary to break down the oils so they mix with the other liquids and don’t separate.)

1/2 ounce grated beeswax.

Melt oils and beeswax together. Cool. Add aloe gel to rose or orange water and whip in a blender. Gradually drizzle the oil mixture into the aloe gel mixture and whip on highest speed. It will get very thick, then you know it’s done. Keep in a jar in the refrigerator.