Kombucha Skin Care!

Last year, I learned how to make my own Kombucha. Since I put just about everything I eat on my skin, I assumed my Kombucha and its “mother” would be no different. I looked up the benefits of “Kombucha skincare” and this is what I found (I just copied and pasted from http://www.kombuchakamp.com because I’m feeling a bit lazy this morning):

  • • The culture pulls circulation to the surface of the skin which regenerates the skin cells
  • • The pH of the culture has the effect of a mild and all natural acid peel which sloughs dead skin cells and leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth
  • The Kombucha culture also has many topical uses. One of the terms for the SCOBY is zooglea, which translates as “living skin” and helps heal the skin from burns, wounds and other skin ailments. Biofilms are not new and have a wide range of applications from medicinal bandages, replacement blood veins, speaker diaphragms and more. BASYC is one such biofilm that is being tested and manufactured for such purposes. They have isolated an acetobacter xylinium strain – one of the bacteria native to the Kombucha culture – to create this biofilm.
  • You can use pieces of the culture topically to speed healing of cuts, burns and other wounds. Cut a piece to size and hold in place with a bandage wrap. It will sting a bit, much like iodine.
  • • The pH of the culture inhibits the growth of harmful organisms.
  • • The bacteria send out microfibrils which are filament strands that link up with those of other bacteria creating a nano-structure that thickens over time.

For years people have told me that I look much younger than I rightfully should – I’m 33 years old and people always guess I’m at least 10 years younger! Maybe it has something to do with how I eat and what I put on my skin. Since I started making Kombucha and using it in my skincare regimen, the “you look so young” compliments increased and someone even asked me if I was 18!

Ready for my Kombucha mask recipe?! I thought so…

Ingredients:

  • Homemade Kombucha (you don’t need much)
  • Scoby (that’s the Kombucha’s “mother” or Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria and Yeast)
  • Coconut, avocado, almond, or olive oil (I use coconut oil)
  • Bentonite clay (optional)
  • Raw honey (optional)

Directions:

  1. Blend all ingredients together in your blender
  2. Apply to skin and hair
  3. Let sit for at least 15 minutes
  4. Rinse well and follow with moisturizer (I use coconut oil)

This mask may sting a bit and cause your skin to redden. Fear not, your skin is undergoing a homemade chemical peel and… the juice is well worth the squeeze! 

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Quick Tips To You From Me!

I’ve been on a hiatus, and for that I’m sorry. I thought I’d quickly share some tips with you so that you know I haven’t forgotten about you!

Tip 1
Got ants? Squeeze fresh lemon juice along your baseboards and any other areas ants may sneak through, then sprinkle with cayenne pepper. Let sit for as long as you can stand (without making you crazy) then wipe clean with a towel, hot water, and liquid Castile soap.

Tip 2
Pour 1 part Apple Cider Vinegar to 1 part distilled water in a bottle and shake well. Use this as a toner for your face or freshly shaven areas. You can also use this on your scalp and hair in place of shampoo and conditioner!

Tip 3
Lubricate your bike chains with olive oil. You already have some in your kitchen, use it up!

I’m on my way to Transcendence Festival to teach a DIY workshop and a hoopdance workshop and will be back next week. I promise to share more with you then!

Do you have some tips for me? I’d love to read them!

www.transcendencefestival.com

Simple DIY Hair Conditioner

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Raw, Unfiltered Honey
  • 1 Egg Yolk

Directions:

Whisk ingredients together. Apply to dry hair. Leave on for 30 minutes before shampooing.

*Do not throw away the unused egg white! Rub it all over your face and decolletage area and leave it on until you get in the shower.*

Do you have a conditioner recipe you swear by? Share it here.

 

100% Homemade Ranch Salad Dressing

What you need

Homemade buttermilk:
1 tbsp of white vinegar or fresh lemon juice to 1 cup of milk. Mix milk and acid together then let stand at room temp for 15 minutes prior to use, or until milk curdles.

Homemade mayonnaise:
•1 cup of olive oil
•1 egg
•1-2 tbsp fresh lemon juice or white vinegar
• Sea salt

Separate egg yolk from white. Save white for recipes- there’s no wasting here! Beat yolk and salt together using a hand mixer. Add lemon juice or vinegar and continue to beat. Slowly add oil, drop by drop (very important), while mixing. If your mayo is too thick you can add water to thin. You’ll know when you’re done when you get creamy, fluffy, white mayonnaise.

Other ingredients:
• Dill, finely chopped
• Parsley, finely chopped
• Thyme, finely chopped
• Paprika
• Chives, finely chopped
• Garlic, minced
• Sea salt

What you do
Combine mayo, buttermilk, herbs, spices, garlic, and salt then mix well to incorporate ingredients. Transfer to a bottle for storing. Let sit in fridge for 2 hours before serving.

I only make this to use as ranch dressing, not dip. I have a yogurt dip recipe (very similar to ranch) posted on my blog under the title: Simple Dips Anyone Can Make.

Do you like ranch dressing? Have you made your own version of this recipe?

Ravioli: Delizioso!

What you need
• Homemade ravioli sheets or store-bought wonton wraps
• Ricotta cheese
• Pancetta or prosciutto, chopped
• An egg
• Fresh oregano
• Fresh basil, finely chopped
• Fresh garlic
• Butter
• Fresh sage, roughly chopped
• Himalayan or sea salt

What you do
Mix together ricotta, egg, pancetta or prosciutto, oregano, basil, and sea salt then let sit. Boil water in a wok or pot. Put a tsp of ricotta mixture in the center of your pasta square or wonton wrap. Wet the edges of pasta with water. Cover pasta with another pasta square or wonton wrap. Seal edges down. (The goal is to make a sealed and stuffed pillow out of the pasta and ricotta.) Continue making ravioli until all ingredients are used. Boil ravioli in water for about 10-15 minutes. Remove from water. Heat butter, salt, and fresh sage in a skillet, stirring as to not let burn. When heated through, pour butter mixture on top of pasta and serve.

*I serve the ravioli with a salad. Salad dressing recipes are posted on my blog.*

How do you make pasta?

Avocado Hair Mask

What you need
• Avocado
• 2 tbsp of Raw, unfiltered honey
• 1 egg
• 1/4 cup of avocado, olive, almond, or coconut oil
• Plastic cap

What you do
Comb hair through until completely detangled. (If you need help detangling, mix 1 part apple cider vinegar and 1 part water in a spray bottle and use that as a detangler- it works!) Combine all ingredients (except for plastic cap) in a bowl and blend well to incorporate. Then apply generously to hair and scalp. Wrap hair up and place plastic cap on your head. Leave on for an hour before rinsing.

Do you have a hair mask recipe you’d like share? Caring is sharing!