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  • DIY Chapped Lip Treatment

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    In the winter months our bodies crave hydration. The cold air dries out our tissues, and there is only so much hydration from the inside can help. In addition to drinking water, we have to apply extra goodness from the outside.
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  • Elderberry Throat Drops

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    It’s that season! Runny noses, scratchy throats, and incessant coughing are everywhere. When they spread to you, there is only one thing you can do: take care of yourself. Rest, warm liquids, and herbal remedies will give you a fast recovery.
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  • Cranberry Seed Muffins

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    I’ve been making a concerted effort to avoid wheat lately, but unfortunately that means cutting out one of my favorite foods, bread. Learning to live without sandwiches or toast is something that takes some getting used to. To help fill the void, I began looking into alternatives, and was really excited when I found this “Life Changing Loaf of Bread” from one of my favorite food bloggers, Sarah of My New Roots.
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  • Whole Foods Downtown: Bakery Spotlight

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    If there’s one thing we love shamelessly indulging in, it’s sweets. One of our favorite places to go to satisfy our sweet tooth in Austin is the original Whole Foods downtown on South Lamar Boulevard.
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  • DIY Aromatherapy Sinus Relief

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    The seasons are changing.Temperatures are rising and falling to new extremes each day, and with them there is a toll is exerted on our sinuses. We are more prone to infections, clogs, and discomfort around our nose and eyes come this time of year. To help keep them clear and to give relief, you can simply inhale some of Mother Nature’s healing scents. Eucalyptus, peppermint, and lavender are a dynamic force that help clogs and give soothing energy to sinus cavities. Next time you need a little something to make you feel better, try putting together one of these simple “smelling pouches”.

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  • DIY Healthy Hair Rinse

    After visiting the Officina Profumo Farmeceutica di Santa Maria Novella in Florence, I discovered hair rinses and became very intrigued to try some of my own. I did a little research and got to experimenting.

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  • Rice Water Beauty Secrets

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    For centuries, Asian women have been utilizing the somewhat secret beauty benefits of rice. One of the most-used homemade products is rice water, which can help make your skin flawless and your hair silky and shiny.

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  • Florence’s Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella

    On a recent trip to Italy, I visited the world mecca for holistic beauty. Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella is the oldest known pharmacy still in operation today. But don’t be fooled when I say, “pharmacy.” This place is so much more than your average CVS or Walgreens. I was so struck and amazed by the institution, that I wanted to share a peek inside its walls. If you ever find yourself in Florence, please, pay the site a visit.

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  • The Benefits of Lavender

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    One of our favorite herbs is lavender. With a beautiful dusty purple color, fragrant aroma, and tons of uses in your every day life that are both pleasant and good for you, how could anyone not love this wonderous plant?

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  • Healthy Skin, From the Inside Out

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    We often try to fix our skin issues from the outside in. We cover in cream, we scrub, we pick, we pop, we conceal - but really - the best thing is to start from within. People walking down the street with good skin, if not for sheer genes, have a beautiful glow because they take care of themselves in other ways first. Leading a healthy lifestyle and taking the steps below will invariably give you a better starting point. From there, please, wear sunscreen to avoid sunspots and aging, exfoliate, and once in a while, let your skin breathe.

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