Natural Teeth Whitening (Update/Healthier)

Sunflower Oil

I was watching the Wendy Williams show and she had a guest on her show, Cynthia Pasquela and she was on the show to talk about celebrity diets. I didn’t really care about the diet information but she really had great tips about teeth whitening. I loved her advice because it was much healthier than the baking soda advice that I had posted earlier. Cynthia said that there is an ancient Ayurvedic teeth whitening remedy. So to get whiter teeth you take a table spoon of oil and you swish it around in you mouth for about 10 to 15 mins and spit it out. The oil pulls the toxins from your mouth and helps with plaque and overall gum health. I’m glad i found this information to share in a quick post. The last post was a good one and something that a few followers said was tried and true. I was hesitant when I first posted it just because if it isn’t done right you can erode your enamel and I was worried about putting that information out there so this one is much better and healthier. Thanks to all of the people who shared their tooth whitening secrets in the last post.

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Natural Teeth Whitening (Dr. Oz recipe)

Baking Soda
I know some of us are obsessed with getting whiter teeth. Some people are downright passionate about getting that Hollywood bright smile. I applaud those who care about their personal appearance and oral hygiene but let’s not get carried away. People are going to great lengths to get that perfect smile. For one aiming for perfection is an endless quest that most of us will never reach so I am always one to say just be the best you, you can possibly be and be happy with you if it’s not a health issue and I do mean physical and mental health. The great lengths I am referring to is far beyond whitening strips but I am talking about Vaneers which are teeth that are places over your natural teeth after the dentist has shaved your natural teeth down to nubs. Most people in Hollywood have opted for that procedure to get that white smile. Don’t thing that all celebrities wake up that way or that they are using whitening strips like some of us at home. By the way I am not against whitening strips at all I have friends who use them and it works for them and they swear by them and that is great but for Vinegarandwater, I am giving a more natural option and more inexpensive alternative. All of those teeth whitening products can get expensive and who knows what’s really in them? I sure don’t. So I looked up some natural recipes and I came across this recipe by Dr. Oz. I know baking soda is a natural whitener period. You can use it to lighten your skin, lighten scars and it is in most whitening toothpaste. I will say use this sparingly because you can damage your enamel. But it will work. So this recipe is directly the Oz website.

White Teeth
By posting this picture I am not saying your teeth will get this white. It is just a picture.

Dr. Oz’s Teeth Whitening Home Remedy

Ingredients
Baking Soda
Lemon

Directions
In a small bowl, mix a little bit of baking soda with the juice of a freshly squeezed lemon. The mixture should bubble slightly.
Using a cotton swab, wipe saliva and excess plaque from your teeth before brushing on the mixture. Leave the mixture on your teeth for a minute before gently brushing it off with a toothbrush.

Don’t leave the mixture on your teeth for any longer than a minute; the acid erode tooth enamel

Homemade Foot Soak

Foot Soak

 

I was thinking about something relaxing for all of the busy bees out there. When I am on the run all day and finally get to sit down, I love a good foot soak. I just dump things in my water without any real measurements so I had to look up some measurements just for those who need it. The water temperature is at personal preference.  Use 2 to 3 tablespoons per gallon of water used.

 

Basic

1 part Epsom salts
1 part Baking soda
drops of choice EO (optional)

Chamomile Tea

4 bags chamomile tea or mint tea
1/8 cup dried parsley
4 drops EO of choice

Steep in 1 gallon of hot water for 10 minutes before using.

Info modified from here

Aloe Vera For Everything

Aloe

 

I know that a lot of Spanish-speaking countries live by the power of aloe vera when it comes to hair care and skin ailments. Belizeans love this stuff. I heard that aloe vera heals scars and burns quickly. I know that scars are something A Lot of us struggle with and it is the hardest thing to get rid of. Some of us spend nights crying because we can’t see past the scars on our skin. Some of us are convinced that we are ugly because of scars and that leaves deeper scars on our minds and spirits. Scars are a hard thing to overcome and I don’t have a surefire solution because if I did honey I would bottle it up and sell it! But I have heard great things over time about the power of aloe on scars. “People have used it for centuries to treat skin infections, burns, wounds and other kinds of skin conditions. Due to its soothing, moisturizing and healing properties, aloe vera gel can be applied to scars to help the skin repair itself as well as lessen irritation.” Read more http://www.livestrong.com

I know people to just find an aloe vera tree and cut a piece of it off and just start squeezing the gel directly from the plant onto your skin.
Aloe not only heals scars but helps prevent acne you can rub the gel on the affected area twice a day. I read that you would see a difference in as little as one week.

Learn more: Here

Aloe is very good for dry hair. I found a ton of information on different hair products that have aloe vera in it. I have a list of hair care uses for aloe.

Oil
A little bit of Aloe Vera oil on your scalp stimulates the blood circulation. It removes the stress and gives you the feeling of being fresh again.

Gel
A little bit of Aloe Vera gel on the areas of the scalp where you are losing your hair, stimulates new hair growth. As I indicated earlier, Aloe Vera contains enzymes that stimulates new hair growth.
Aloe Vera gel also stimulates the growth of existing hair. The gel is most effective if used at the first sign of hair loss.
Beside stimulating hair growth, Aloe Vera is also a good treatment for greasy hair and dandruff. Aloe Vera gel contains no preservatives or coloring agents and is easy to apply.

Shampoo
Aloe Vera shampoo helps you in eliminating dandruff. It also prevents hair loss and nourishes your scalp making your hair healthier. Your hair gets soft, shiny, silky, smooth and thick. Use Aloe Vera shampoo every day if you like, as Aloe Vera has no side effects.

Conditioner
Hair, when exposed to chemicals, gets damaged. Off course it is better to avoid these chemicals as much as possible. Also if you are suffering from hair loss, the easiest step in this, you can control by yourself. Instead of chemical conditioners, you can use Aloe Vera conditioner. Aloe Vera conditioner is a natural product. Aloe Vera conditioner for silky, soft and smooth hair.

If you do not want to use ready-made
All of the hair information was provided by http://www.aloeveraforhair.org/

Uses: Scars, burns, razor burns, skin irritations
Warning: Do not use on deep wounds
Pros: It soothes the skin
Cons: It’s sticky

Natural Beauty/Alternative Booty

OK so this blog is dedicated to beauty products, alternatives, old wise tales and things of that nature but can we talk about this booty thing? By booty thing I mean the obsession with the rump, the junk in the trunk, the booty. Ok So I was on some other sites reading around and I came across this YouTube video and I ran to you guys immediately.  I hope I’m not branching off too far off topic of this blog but implants are bought for beauty so doesn’t that make it a beauty product? I guess… These booty implants look very unnatural and unhealthy and a lot of women are doing it. I’m disgusted. There are so many women walking around looking rather ridiculous. Celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Tameka “Tiny” Harris and a few others that have done it. I don’t know what the long-term effects of this procedure is but I think people really need to think about their health and what you will look like as an older person with these big lumps where natural tissue should be. Going under the knife is always dangerous and you can get booty naturally ok well you can’t grow a large butt but you can tone so that you have curves. Now I know there are some cases where there’s just no hope to get a shape to it and if it really makes you feel like less of a woman than ok but I feel most people are just being absolutely…stupid (Can I say that?) Stupid! I mean people have died because of trying to cut corners and not get the actual implants. A year ago a man posing as a doctor injected glue and tire sealant in a woman’s butt and she became very ill and infected. I think what bothers me most is the desperation for something that doesn’t prove anything  to anyone important. A booty doesn’t make you beautiful your spirit, confidence and the way you treat the people around you does. a Nikki Minaj butt shouldn’t be the focus of your life.

There are natural ways to exercise you way to give yourself a curvy shape in a healthy way and you don’t have to shell out thousands of dollars to do it. Like everything in natural beauty all you need is dedication and patience. Some celebrities have done that. Why don’t more people take note of those celebrities? Anyway I just needed to say something.  Yoga and Palates are great body shaping and toning exercises for shaping your entire body. Here is a link to some booty shaping exercises. I will actually do a post on stress and the effects it had on our bodies and health and beauty as well as yoga for stress relief and toning a little later.

www.shapefit.com/butt-shaping-exercises.html

Also this video is what struck me to write this blog. Natural is truly better especially if you have to go through what the lady in this video is going through. You Should not be able to flip your butt like that. SMH! I refuse to post it directly on my page but you can click the link and share your thoughts, frustrations and anything else at the bottom.

I will try not to drift this far off topic in the future but I just had to do it this one time

You Live And You Learn

I feel like I have been talking about hair a lot lately but I learned something that made me feel so informed. Hair burns at 451 degrees. Now I remember when i bought my flat-iron a couple of years back and I was looking for the best flat-iron that got hottest because I thought that’s what my hair needed.  My hair is stubborn. My flat-iron goes up to 450 and I would always crank it up to that. In the beginning I thought that it was crazy and unhealthy but after getting used to it and talking to a friend who was equally as ignorant I kept on doing it. I really thought that I needed the highest heat. My friend did too. a Then to reassure ourselves, we started talking about, “Well I’m sure the stove at the shop gets hotter and they know how to do hair so 450 can’t be that bad.” SMH! The ignorance! Now I’m not a stylist and I don’t have patience with hair so I didn’t do it often but once is enough to cause an irreversible problem. So I realized that my hair is “acting up” because I have not flat ironed it in 10 months. New Year’s Eve was the last time for me and it’s because I noticed my hair was burned and every time I touched it the strands would just fall.  I know exactly the problem and yes I do need a trim as well.  You live and you learn. Damn…

On the bright side if you still want to enjoy the ease of straight hair there is a healthier way to do it. There is an Ipak argon oil infused flat-iron that seems much healthier that the regular flat-iron’s in the stores. It has a chamber where there is a heat protectant solution to coat your hair so that it does not burn.  Its’ a about $69.99 which is a lot cheaper than most irons as well. This flat-Irion has vents that infuse the heat protectant solution onto your hair as you flat-iron it. It also has a heat control and steam options.  I wish I knew all of this growing up.  Damn…

Here where you can get the iron

http://www.sallybeauty.com/argan-iron/SBS-301624,default,pd.html

Here is where you can see how to safely flat-iron your hair

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZJ7u2lOuls&list=UUa0PgZLJfRuGrp7DL1urX9Q&index=16&feature=plcp

You Live And You Learn

I feel like I have been talking about hair a lot lately but I learned something that made me feel so informed. Hiar burns at 451 degrees. Now I remember when i bought my flat-iron a couple of years back and I was looking for the best flat iron that got hottest because I thought that’s what my hair needed.  My hair is stubborn. My flat-Irion goes up to 450 and I would always crank it up to that. In the beginning I thought that it was crazy and unhealthy but after getting used to it and talking to a friend who was equally as ignorant I kept on doing it. I really thought that I needed the highest heat. My friend did too. a Then to reassure ourselves, we started talking about, “Well I’m sure the stove at the shop gets hotter and they know how to do hair so 450 can’t be that bad.” SMH! The ignorance! Now I’m not a stylist and I don’t have patience with hair so I didn’t do it often but once is enough to cause an irreversible problem. So I realized that my hair is “acting up” because I have not flat ironed it in 10 months. New Year’s Eve was the last time for me and it’s because I noticed my hair was burned and every time I touched it the strands would just fall.  I know exactly the problem and yes I do need a trim as well.  You live and you learn. Damn…

On the bright side if you still want to enjoy the ease of strait hair there is a healthier way to do it. There is an Ipak argon oil infused flat-iron that seems much healthier that the regular flat-iron’s in the stores. It has a chamber where there is a heat protectant solution to coat your hair so that it does not burn.  Its’ a about $69.99 which is a lot cheaper than most irons as well. This flat-Irion has vents that infuse the heat protectant solution onto your hair as you straiten it. It also has a heat control and steam options.  I wish I knew all of this growing up.  Damn…

Here where you can get the iron

http://www.sallybeauty.com/argan-iron/SBS-301624,default,pd.html

Here is where you can see how to safely flat-iron your hair



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Coffee Facial Mask for Clear Skin

Ingredients
–3 tablespoons of used finely ground coffee
–A Small Glass of Milk
Instructions
–Add the used finely ground coffee into a bowl. Stir in milk until it achieves a think texture. Mix the ingredients till well blended. Try not to make the paste too diluted or it’ll be runny and it’s gonna be messy during application. If mixture becomes too runny, simply add a little more coffee into it.
–When ready, apply the paste onto your face and neck and smooth it out all over your face. Avoid eyes and lips.
–Slowly massage the mixture to your skin and relax for 20 mins.
–While washing off the mask, slowly massage the paste to your skin. It acts further as an exfoliator. Don’t massage too hard if you have sensitive skin
–Pat dry face and apply moisturizer while skin is still damp to seal…

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