Cacao is one of the most popular and oldest foods in the world. Dating as far back as 1,400 BCE, people have been eating and using cacao in their everyday lives ever since, sometimes without even realizing it. While your first thought about raw cacao may be to eat it, you can also use it on your body to lock in moisture, treat small wounds and more. [Read more…]
Hydrolyzed collagen has taken the beauty and wellness world by storm, with many claiming that it improves everything from joint health to wrinkles. Most importantly, those claims are backed by studies. While there are several foods you can eat to increase your collagen intake, supplements are becoming increasingly popular. Since collagen production slows in your 30s, bumping up your levels via supplements could be a smart move. But what exactly is hydrolyzed collagen, and should you include it in your health and beauty regime?
You probably recognize marigolds as the cheery garden staple that can brighten up any yard. The benefits of this plant don’t stop in the garden, however. The species of marigold known scientifically as Calendula officinalis and more commonly referred to as calendula or pot marigold has been used for its anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties for thousands of years. It is not only a popular ancient remedy either, according to a 2013 report, over 200 modern medical and commercial formulations contain calendula marigold extract. Here are just a few benefits of this amazing plant and ways to use it in the home.
Few pantry staples are as useful — or as inexpensive — as baking soda. At around $1 a box, this ingredient will quickly become your new favorite beauty go-to. From homemade toothpaste to a cleaner for your makeup brushes, here are 11 easy ways to include baking soda in your beauty routine. [Read more…]