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All-Natural Beauty Recipes For The Inside & Out

April 9, 2014 1 Comment »
All-Natural Beauty Recipes For The Inside & Out

The saying goes that we are what we eat, but I would also add that we are what we drink, too.

With a growing popularity of juicing, I’ve been encouraged to share these very delicious drinks into your daily routines. Don’t be afraid to play with these recipes because there is an infinite number of combinations that can be made.

Below you’ll find five personal recipes of Laura Termini founder of ChicaNOL to remind you just how far a little honey can do.

Honey is used in cooking and beauty regimens because of its many benefits, which is why this golden food has been an ally for many in their quest to lead a natural lifestyle. Feel free to combine all-natural eating with all-natural beauty. I invite you to try each one and start your own quest to inner and outer beauty today.

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Beet, Carrot and Orange Juice with Honey

Honey can help soothe the irritation of a cough as it is a natural cough suppressant.

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons honey (divided)
1 beet
4 carrots
4 celery stalks
1 ½ oranges

Preparation:
Wash all of the vegetables and fruits. Peel the beets and carrots. Peel the orange and roughly chop. Juice the beets, carrots, celery and oranges in a juicer. Serve in a tall glass and add 1 ½ tablespoons of honey, stirring until incorporated. Can be served over ice, if desired.

*If you do not own a juicer, you can create a delicious smoothie instead: Chop the beets, carrots and celery into small pieces and place all into a blender. Cut the orange in half and manually squeeze the juice into the blender. Add some of the orange pulp if desired. Add ½ cup of water and blend until smooth.

Beauty recipe: Facial cleanser for glowing skin
Place the leftover orange peel into a small bowl and squeeze it a bit to release its essence. Add remaining honey and apply to face. Leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Apply your regular face cream and sunblock per usual to protect the freshly cleansed skin.

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Apple, Oat-Bran and Honey Juice
Start your day off right with a high-energy drink!

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients:
2 teaspoons honey (divided)
1 apple, chopped
1 tablespoon oatmeal
1 tablespoon barleycorn
2 tablespoons wheat bran
1 ½ cup water

Preparation:
Wash all of the vegetables and fruits. Place all ingredients, with the exception of the honey, into a blender and blend on high. Sieve the juice into two glasses, one tall and one short; fill the tall glass and pour the remainder into the short glass. Set pulp and the short glass of juice aside for use in the beauty recipe. Add 1 teaspoon of honey into the tall glass and stir until combined. Serve and enjoy.

Beauty recipe: Gentle exfoliator
Place the leftover pulp, ½ cup of the juice and remaining honey into a bowl and mix. Apply mixture to face and hands in circular motions, exfoliating softly. Leave on for 10 minutes. Remove with warm water.

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Banana-Berry Guava Smoothie with Honey
A sweet reward for any time of day

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients:
2 teaspoons honey (divided)
1/3 cup strawberries
1 guava
½ banana
2/3 cup water

Preparation:
Wash the strawberries and remove their stems. Peel and chop the guava and the banana. Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend on a medium speed for 2 minutes or until incorporated, adding water to thin out mixture to desired texture. Pour drink into a glass and enjoy.

Beauty recipe: Softening facial mask
Place the remaining banana and honey into a small bowl. Using a fork, mash banana and mix with the honey to combine. Apply mixture to face and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Avocado-Lime Honey Smoothie
Pre-exercise or post-exercise. Honey is a natural source of energy that can help fuel a workout and can also aid in muscle recovery post-workout when accompanied by a protein.

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients
4 tablespoons honey (divided)
1 small, ripe avocado (divided)
1 handful of parsley
1 teaspoon of lime juice
½ cup water

Preparation
Wash and cut the avocado in half. Remove the seed and roughly chop the pulp. Set aside ½ the pulp. Wash the parsley and chop finely. Place 1 tablespoon of honey, lime juice, ½ the avocado pulp, parsley and water in a blender and blend on high for 20 seconds, or until thoroughly combined. Pour into a glass and enjoy.

Beauty recipe: Hair-shining mask
Place the remaining avocado pulp and honey into a bowl and mix until incorporated. Apply onto dry hair, from scalp to ends. Leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse and wash as usual.

Green Juice with Honey
A snack for a mid-day energy boost

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons honey (divided)
1 pinch of cayenne pepper
3 kale leaves
2 cups fresh spinach
2 celery stalks
¼ cabbage
2 tablespoons parsley
1 aloe vera leaf

Preparation:
Wash all greens. Carefully slice aloe vera leaf in half to expose the pulp. Scrape out pulp and place into a bowl. Set leaf aside for use in the beauty recipe. Juice all the greens and aloe vera pulp in a juicer. Pour juice into a tall glass. Add 1 tablespoon of honey and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Stir well before serving.

*If you do not own a juicer, you can create a tasty green smoothie instead: Roughly chop the kale, spinach, celery, cabbage and parsley into pieces and place all into a blender. Add ½ cup of water and blend until smooth, adding additional water as needed. Stop blender and add honey and pinch of cayenne pepper. Blend for an additional 10 seconds to incorporate the added ingredients. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy.

Beauty recipe: Nourishing facial mask
Add remaining honey onto the exposed side of the aloe vera leaf, spreading evenly. Gently rub this exposed, honeyed side onto your face. Leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse with cold water.

So have fun making these delicious drinks and treat your skin at the same time.

XO,
Rachel

Disclosure: No monetary compensation was provided for this post. All opinions of my own.


One Comment

  1. Lisa April 12, 2014 at 11:40 am - Reply

    Awesome recipes! I think I may wanna eat the gentle exfoliator instead of putting it on my face! Lol

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