Pretty Wellness on YouTube, Healthy Tip of the Week #1

There are some health tips that are so easy to implement, I’m embarrassed that I didn’t start following them sooner. For this week’s Pretty Wellness on YouTube health minute, I explain the benefits and how to make a warm water and lemon wellness drink. It’s such a simple addition, yet possesses many benefits including boosting immunity, balancing pH, aiding in digestion and rehydrating the body after a night’s sleep. Adding a dash of cayenne pepper or cinnamon also curbs my tweet cravings and provides additional detoxification elements.

All-Natural Beauty: DIY Deep Hair Conditioner

I’ve enjoyed playing with make-up and hair since I was a little girl. I still love beauty products, so made an event out of throwing out my old school cosmetics for new clean and green ones. Since I’ve changed my lifestyle to eliminate toxins, I’ve come to appreciate all the many organic and natural products with few ingredients. At first, I scrutinized ingredients myself, then looked to well-credentialed sources like the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database. This is a fun adventure, but also can be time consuming and pricey. So, I set out to create some of my own. This short video demonstrates how to make a deep hair conditioner using only three ingredients.

All-Natural Beauty: DIY Deep Hair Conditioner

Have you ever created your own beauty products? If so, please share. If not, what is stopping you?

Natural Beauty Routine: Oil Pulling

Over the past few years, I’ve noticed oil pulling trending within health and wellness publications. Since I’m all about investigating healthy practices that promote a clean lifestyle, I figured I would look into it further. In this video, I discuss what oil pulling is and the presumed benefits of adding it to my natural beauty routine.

Natural Beauty Routine Oil Pulling
Natural Beauty Routine: Oil Pulling Quick Notes

Oil pulling is an ancient Indian Ayurvedic practice that involves swooshing oil in your mouth. Its antimicrobial properties are thought to promote mouth hygiene, as well as fight off bacteria, viruses and yeasts. While it’s been around for more than 3,000 years, there’s little medical research supporting this practice. Though some doctors and natural practitioners believe it’s a clean way to boost oral health with little harm.*

My Experience

I started out taking baby steps, using 1/2 tbsp. of coconut oil to swoosh in my mouth for only a few minutes. It took a few days to get used to the chunky oil settling between my teeth. Though, after 30 seconds, it liquified making it easier to swoosh. Once used to the oil pulling technique, it became super easy to add to my morning beauty regimen. Since I’m swooshing for 15-20 minutes, I now wake up and shower first, or do something that doesn’t entail talking for a few minutes. I then brush my teeth afterward and my mouth feels as clean as a fresh dentist polish. I’ve noticed my teeth look a little whiter too. As for the immunity boosting properties, I’ll keep you posted to see whether I get a cold this winter.

What is a part of your morning “get-ready” routine?

Sources: WebMD.com and CNN.com

*Though most publications I read didn’t show any harmful side effects, I suggest talking to your medical or natural practitioner before starting any new wellness practice.

DIY Non-Toxic “Green” Counter & Glass Cleaner Product, Pretty Wellness TV, Episode 12

When I first went “green” with household products, I researched a few days on the internet and then spent several hours at Whole Foods. I enjoyed sharing my adventures learning about the importance of using more natural ingredients with far less chemicals. However, I wish I would have stumbled upon this super quick and easy DIY non-toxic counter and glass cleaner product earlier. It takes a minute to make, uses only two ingredients and works on counters, glass and even produce.

Enjoy our new one-minute “How To” videos. This week, we demonstrate how easy it is to make a vinegar and water cleaning solution.

Let us know if you would make your own cleansers knowing it’s cheaper and easier than buying the pricey brands?

Healthy Holiday Treats: Pretty Wellness TV, Episode 11

I love the holiday season and all the festivities. However, it’s easy to over indulge and feel sluggish because of it. So, what better way to keep your eating in check (and impress the hosts) by bringing your own creations to share. Whether you love to cook or would rather pick a treat up at the store, here’s our holiday episode on healthy Hanukkah and Christmas inspired side dishes and desserts. Please comment and share your favorite holiday recipes or Pinterest inspired creations.

Fox CT & Healthy Holiday Gifts

I’ve always loved speaking about health and wellness, so this morning was really exciting. After I posted the Healthy Holiday Gift Guides for kids and adults, Fox CT invited me to come in-studio to showcase some of them. Anchor, Erika Arias, and I had some fun chatting about a few of my favorites for this season.