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Non-Toxic, DIY Hair Care!

Non-Toxic, DIY Hair Care!

Non-Toxic, DIY Hair Care! Many of you may think this is crazy, but shampoo can be really harmful to your hair, Shampoo is practically detergent it cleans your hair, but it also strips it of all the healthy oil your body naturally produces, which is supposed to protect your hair and keep it soft and strong. So in simple words we are washing our hair with practically the same type of soap we use to wash dishes, but with an extra dose of chemicals. When you think about it, it seems rather unnecessary. It’s a cycle, the more shampoo you use, the more you need, and it goes on and on.

DIY Hair Care!

If you want to recover your hair’s shining natural beauty, the answer is easy: Go shampoo free! We’re not saying don’t wash, there are many easy, natural ways to protect and keep your hair clean and here are a couple just for you:

Baking soda: It’s gentle, it’s the weakest alkaline, and it very gently clarifies hair from chemical buildup. Put one tablespoon of baking soda to one cup of water, and massage your scalp with it while you are taking a bath, your hair will naturally get cleaned once the scalp is clarified.
Apple cider vinegar: It detangles the hair follicles, seals the cuticles, and balances the hair’s pH balance. Put one-tablespoon apple cider vinegar to one-cup water, pour a little on just the ends of your hair, as you would do with conditioner. The smell will fade in about an hour; so don’t let that scare you away!

http://simplemom.net/how-to-clean-your-hair-without-shampoo/

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The 10 Best Things You Can Do For Your Skin

The 10 Best Things You Can Do For Your Skin

There are many things you can do for your skin, and many of these things are not necessarily provided by pharmaceutical industries, in fact many of the fancy treatments we now use are packed with chemicals that in long term affect our skin badly.
Not all of them are bad, you just have to get to know them and your skin, its ok to give them a chance, and they need at least six weeks to work. If nothing has changed by week six, the product will never work for you. Here we tell you the 10 best things you can do for your skin.

The 10 Best Things You Can Do For Your Skin

1. Always try natural options, when it comes to nature, the original is better than the copy, since the biological structure of the skin is designed to recognize and utilize natural ingredients.
2. First of all begin by keeping it clean. Cleanse for approximately 2 minutes every night, twice a day.
3. Stop squeezing pimples. When people squeeze, it can rupture the duct that produces oil, causing trauma, infection and, eventually, scarring.
4. Begin from the inside out, avoid sugar intake as much as possible, since everything you put into your body is reflected in your skin.

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5. Avoid sugar, but introduce chocolate, dark chocolate will arm your skin with additional flavonols, protective nutrients that researchers believe absorb UV light and increase blood flow to the skin, improving its appearance.
6. Get to know your skin type, this way you will ensure you’re using the correct cleanser and moisturizer.
7. Exfoliate once a week to remove old dead cell material. Use a “fractionated” oil to moisturize, this will mimic and replace your acid mantle, but those with sensitive skin may experience excessive skin irritation and should not exfoliate that often.
8. Have a good sleep; while you’re logging quality snooze time, havoc may be breaking out on your face. Hormonal surges during sleep cause your sebaceous glands to pump oil.
9. Also try to wash your sheets weekly, since when you sleep, lotions, hair gels, and oils sweat off of your body and onto your linens.
10. Take a chill pill; stress slows down the skin’s rejuvenation process. It can reduce cell renewal, destroy collagen fibers in the skin, and break down elastin, thus speeding up the aging process.

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Best Detox Bath

Best Detox Bath

Best Detox Bath

This is the perfect way to assist your body to eliminate toxins through sweating, also to absorb minerals and nutrients the water provides, making you feel refreshed and awake. This is an ancient remedy that you can perform in the comfort of your own home.

Follow the next steps for perfect results, it is very important that you choose one day that you don’t have anything to do for at least 1 hour, where you are not going to stress out or hurry, this is your time, and you are giving it to yourself as a gift. The bath will take approximately 40 minutes, the first 20 your body will remove the toxins while the second 20 your body will absorb the minerals and nutrients.

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Begin by filling your tub with hot water, for better results try to use chlorine filter, and add magnesium sulfate (Epsom Salt-very inexpensive), which helps the body combat hypertension, since the sulfate flushes toxins and helps proteins in brain tissue and joints.

Add 1-2 cups (or more) of baking soda, which is known for its cleansing ability and anti-fungal properties, leaving skin very soft.

Then add 1 tablespoon of ground ginger or fresh ginger tea to increase your heat levels, helping to sweat out the toxins.

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Add aromatherapy oils, these oils have particular therapeutic properties to take advantage of and will make the bath an even more pleasant and relaxing experience. Tea tree and eucalyptus assist in detoxification, or you can use fresh herbs to suit your mood if you prefer.

After 40-45 minutes, its time to come back. Get out of the tub slowly and carefully, your body just had a huge workout by getting rid of all the toxins, so you may feel a little weak.

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Drink plenty of water, and rub down your body with a veggie bristle brush to stimulate the lymphatic system, aiding the release of toxins.  Enjoy the rest of your day. Repeat as needed.

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Home made Remedy For Acne ( Banana Peel )

Home made Remedy For Acne ( Banana Peel)

Before you go to any store to buy some chemical acne treatments, visit first your kitchen cupboards or grocery store for some nice organic bananas, the best treatment for moderate to severe cases of acne. Here we give you a homemade remedy for acne, banana peel.

Begin by eating and enjoying the other amazing health benefits of the banana, and save the peel, make sure it is yellow/black for more efficiency, and rub the infected area with it.

The inside part of the banana peel decays into black color as you rub due to whatever soot gets on your face, rub your face for approximately 10 minutes, if the banana peel gets entirely black, replace it with another one.

After rubbing your face, do not wash it, it will lose the effect of what you just did. The compound of the peel will help you remove the infection from the skin, wash your face just before you are going to bed.
This is no magical potion, you need to be consistent, do this every day, you’ll see improvements after the first day, but it takes a little time to fully work, with this amazing natural remedy the infection is weakened and cannot grow anymore.

 

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Super-foods on a Stick!

This is a combination of super-foods on a stick, it is crazy healthy and delicious! Bananas are just amazingly delicious and if you cover them with chocolate, there are just no words to explain this amazingness.

And it is perfect as a sweet treat packed with antioxidants, and all ingredients are literally super-foods, raw cacao, cacao nibs, and goji berries, among others (go crazy with the toppings, the more you add, the better it will be)

All you need is:

• 3 bananas
• 2-3 tablespoons raw cacao powder
• 1-2 droppers liquid stevia (optional)
• 3 ounces of water
• A handful of raw cacao nibs
• A handful of any super-food you want. (I use goji berries)

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Peel bananas, place a stick into the end of 2 bananas and place in freezer until soft frozen, then place another banana, cacao powder, stevia, water into a blender and blend until creamy, then dunk the frozen banana into the chocolate sauce and top it with any topping you like!

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Gallstones, Simple Overview

Gallstones, Simple Overview

Gallstones, Simple Overview

Several people have asked recently about gallstones, mostly whether or not to have surgery. Gallstones are small hard solids formed in the gallbladder of cholesterol, bilirubin, and other waste products. They can cause severe symptoms or none, and the preferred treatment is surgery. Risk factors include being female, being overweight, losing a lot of weight quickly, and certain medications. This can also cause gallbladder disease which can be life-threatening as it blocks digestive enzymes from the pancreas.

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Symptoms include pain in right upper abdomen that starts about 30 minutes after a fatty meal, this can last up to 5 hours. The pain is usually severe, dull, and constant. Other symptoms can include nausea and vomiting, fever, indigestion, bloating, jaundice, and intolerance for high-fat foods.

Measures to take at home include intake of only clear liquids to give the gallbladder a rest, acetaminophen, and resting after meals.

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There is a “gallbladder cleanse” or flush that includes olive oil, herbs, and clear liquids. Proponents state this can work, doctors say no, for people suffering it can be worth a shot but keep in mind you may still need medical care. There are several recipes for this available online.

There is a ‘shock-wave’ treatment that can break the stones so that they are able to pass through ducts on their own, this is not always effective.

The most common surgical procedure is referred to as a ‘lap chole’ and involves 2 small slits on either side of the gallbladder, a laser probe goes in and breaks up the stones and removes them with a small device doctors call a ‘cherry-picker.’ This usually involves an overnight stay but often is performed as same day surgery.

If there are no symptoms there is usually no treatment. Vomiting with other symptoms requires immediate medical attention.

Sources: http://www.emedicinehealth.com/gallstones/page8_em.htm#gallstones_medical_treatment

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/gallbladder-cleanse/AN01283

http://curezone.com/cleanse/liver/

 

 

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Foods for Hypothyroidism

Foods for Hypothyroidism

Foods for Hypothyroidism

So you’ve been diagnosed with a sluggish thyroid, and you’re wondering what comes next. There are some dietary additions and subtractions that can help regain your thyroid’s optimal balance, and can help reduce your symptoms. Here we give you a list of food for hypothyroidism.

Foods for Hypothyroidism

Foods that are rich in iodine are very beneficial, think shellfish and seaweed. Coconut oil helps regulate your thyroid and boost your metabolism, it also helps with the dry skin and dandruff common with hypothyroidism. Foods rich in fiber have amazing benefits. Eating several small meals as compared to 2 or 3 large ones also helps keep things on an even keel. Organic butter, cod liver oil, and eggs are also good for you. Brown rice, onion, spinach, asparagus, bananas, whole grains, oatmeal, oily fish, sunflower seeds, and apricots are all good choices.

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Foods to limit include broccoli, sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, peaches, pears, cabbage, strawberries, flax, kale and turnips. These are healthy foods, but they can inhibit absorption of iodine, which is needed by those with hypothyroidism.

Foods to eliminate completely include non-fermented soy products, anything processed or packaged, and white flours.

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An iodine-rich sea salt and supplements of selenium and zinc will also help regulate your thyroid. This is not intended to replace the advice of your health care professional, but to work with it, for maximum benefit.

Foods for Hypothyroidism
[Last updated on June 26th 2014]

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Healing Scars Naturally: Which Remedies Work Best?

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We often receive emails asking for help to get rid of scar tissue, stretch marks, etc. Much of your ability to not show scars depends on genetics, but there are some natural remedies that can visibly improve the appearance of scars and stretch marks over time. These include bentonite clay (topically) and carrot juice (orally).

Aloe Vera Juice

soothes inflamed skin and is a fantastic way to remove scars, boost the immune system, and regenerate damaged tissue. Aloe Vera has acerbic qualities that with regular usage helps prevent acne breakouts or scars and results in softer skin, decreased swelling, and new cell growth reducing acne scars which fade over time.

Studies suggest that commercial aloe preparations are not as effective as fresh aloe leaves in healing scars and wounds. The best option is too keep an aloe plant in your kitchen or backyard and apply a fresh leaf on your scars or stretch marks every day. You can usually use a leaf for 2-3 days.

Bentonite clay

is a unique substance that works as an internal and external cleanser, it’s made of flat crystal flake that carries a strong negative ionic charge called Montmorillonite, which elevates your body’s pH and absorbs some of the hydrogens from your cells enabling them to fill that space with needed oxygen.

Coconut oil’s ability to nourish and heal the skin and its wonderful moisturizing and healing powers have been known for generations. As a saturated fat consisting primarily of medium-chain fatty acids (MCTs), it is not easily oxidized and does not cause harmful free radical damage like polyunsaturated vegetable oils.

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Carrot Juice

is rich in nutrients that are good for skin like potassium, which prevents skin dryness, reduces blemishes and scars, and hydrates skin. It’s an anti-inflammatory and helps revitalize and tone skin. Drinking it regularly will keep your skin moisturized, smooth, soft, and supple. It’s packed with antioxidants that prevent skin problems like eczema, dermatitis, wrinkles, and rashes.

Hazelnut Oil

can be used as a skin cream and/or lotion. It resists soiling, allowing you to keep your homemade skin creams longer. Hazelnut oil is rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids. Vitamin E may help reduce the appearance of scar tissue.

Vitamin E

is an antioxidant that helps protect your skin from sun damage, because of this it’s added to many over-the-counter skin care preparations. It’s found in food including eggs, fruits, and vegetables and is an essential part of your daily diet.

Vitamin C

is an antioxidant that helps reverse skin damage. You can use lemon juice on your skin as it’s rich in vitamin C, but it’s very drying, so eat foods rich in vitamin C and get it orally instead.

Finally,

Asparagus

and some herbs renew your skin’s natural moisture and youthfulness.
This infographic summarizes the best options for healing scars, wounds, and stretch marks naturally:
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Foods for Natural Breast Enlargement

Foods for Natural Breast Enlargement

You may have heard many times that eating chicken has the ability to enlarge your breasts because of the estrogen they contain. This female hormone helps women to develop body curves during puberty, but there are actually many foods that can help you with breast enhancement. Small breasts are often caused by the secretion of testosterone that causes suppression of the breast tissue and its regular growth cycle.

Some of the foods you can try are fruits and vegetables, whole grains, garlic, walnuts, apples, cherries, fenugreek, strawberries, Saw Palmetto, fennel seeds, chickpeas, and black-eyed peas, these are good options for breast enlargement without surgery.

Breast enlargement without sergury

Did you know the weight, on average, of a healthy breast is about 0.5 kilograms, or a little over a pound?  If you don’t identify with this, don’t worry, as in almost everything in life, there is a solution. We’ve heard many times about chicken and its ability to improve breast growth, but this is because of hormonal additives being fed to cattle, and chickens so is in meat, cheese, and eggs that are responsible for stimulating breast growth.

Some foods contain python-estrogens and estrogen, a female hormone that helps females develop curves, there are actually many natural foods that can help you with breast enhancement. You won’t wake up a cup size bigger tomorrow, but the following foods can help you with a moderate and healthy increase of breast tissue.

Fenugreek causes growth of breast cells and increases water retention, which makes the breasts larger.
Fennel seeds are high in estrogen content and have been used to help promote milk production for centuries. Saw Palmetto is another herb that has been used to raise estrogen levels in menopausal women and increases breast size as a secondary effect.

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Again, foods to increase, so you can increase breast size, are fruits and vegetables, whole grains, garlic, walnuts, apple, cherries, strawberries, chickpeas, and black-eyed peas.

If you are interested in learning some breast facts, check out 15 things you didn’t know about breasts.

Edited 7/30/14 SCD

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Simple Ways to Reduce Your Cancer Risk

Simple Ways to Reduce Your Cancer Risk

This is not to say getting cancer is anyone’s fault, its just some tips on things that can reduce your risk. When you are very in tune with your body you are more likely to sense something wrong earlier, early detection can be crucial to a good prognosis. Use these tips to keep your body functioning at the top of its game!

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Colors for Health

Colors for Health

Different food colors have different health benefits, which gives a whole new meaning to the recommended rainbow of foods. Green foods are helpful for detoxification, yellow foods promote beauty, purple foods can increase longevity, and so much more! A well balanced diet has many pretty colors, which improves your health every day!

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Herbs for Organs

Herbs for Organs

Certain foods help certain parts of the body, and certain herbs do this as well. I think this is helpful knowledge when planning recipes and seasonings for foods, to choose herbs and foods that benefit areas you may be looking to improve in healthy natural ways. For instance, if you have a family history of heart disease, you may consider adding garlic, motherwort, turmeric, and cacao to your food. Enjoy!

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4 All Natural Homemade Hair Masks

4 All Natural Homemade Hair Masks

Here we have Four different masks for each type of hair that you can easily make in minutes using all-natural ingredients you probably have sitting in your refrigerator or cupboard right now!

Dry hair/ Damaged Hair –Olive Oil and Egg

Is your hair damaged from straightening, curling, blow drying or even dying your hair? You can try this hair mask two to three times a month to help get your damaged hair back in shape.

Mix three tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil with One egg Yolk and apply the mixture to your dry hair Use hair cap to avoid any mess and let the mixture sit on your hair for 30 minutes or more before rinsing in the shower. You can Shampoo your hair after rinsing with water .

Egg yolks won’t only make your hair softer, shinier and healthier but help you to grow it long as well. And, in order to get all the benefits egg yolks provide, simply mix 2 egg yolks with 2 tbsp of olive oil, dilute the mixture by adding a cup of water and then slowly and thoroughly massage this mask into your scalp. Give your hair and scalp 15 to 20 minutes to absorb all the needed nutrients and then rinse off.

The olive oil will help hydrate brittle locks, while the protein in the eggs will promote healthy hair growth.

All hair types — Avocado and Honey

Ingredients:

1 whole avocado
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon olive oil

Use the whole avocado and mix in a tablespoon of organic honey, use your hand for mixing it because this way you will get a better mixture. Apply it on dry hair from root to end ( use more on your ends ) allow it to sit for 30 minutes or more before rinsing it off in the shower.

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Avocados are rich in a variety of vitamins and nutrients, including vitamin E and protein, both of which your hair needs to remain soft and healthy. Meanwhile, honey is a natural antibacterial agent.

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Oily hair — Apple Cider Vinegar and Lemon

Ingredients:

1- Apple Cider Vinegar
2- Lemon

Combine 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar with the grated peel of an entire lemon Apply it on your dry hair and allow it to set for 15 minutes to absorb the excess oil from your scalp, and then rinse in the shower.

Apple cider vinegar will remove build up from styling products and conditioners and strengthen the hair shaft, leaving you with soft, shiny strands. It will also balance hair’s pH level, kill bacteria, and is a cure for dandruff.

 

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Dry, flaky scalp hair — Banana, Honey and Almond

Ingredients:

1-Half a Banana
2-Honey
3-Almond oil

Mash together 1/2 a ripe banana and add two tablespoons of honey and a few drops of almond oil and allow it to set with a shower cap on for 20 minutes before rinsing.

Bananas can increase the moisture of your hair, smooth frizz and soothe your itchy scalp.

Choose the one that fits you better and bring your hair back to life!! There is no need to buy the priciest conditioners on the market to moisturize and revitalize your hair

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Ginger and Lemon Concoction

Ginger and Lemon Concoction

ginger lemon concoction

This is the perfect remedy for sore throats or coughs, since lemon provides vitamin C, which is required for the synthesis of collagen, an important structural component of blood vessels, tendons, ligaments, and bone. Meanwhile, ginger is a warming and stimulating and encourages sweating to eliminate toxins and dispel mucus and catarrh.
And, you won’t be throwing your money towards expensive medications, you probably will find all you need in your larder.

• 4 oz piece of fresh root ginger
• 600ml of water (2 ½ cups)
• Juice and rind of one lemon
• Pinch of cayenne pepper

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Begin by cutting the ginger root into thin slices (no need to peel), mix all the ingredients together in a pan with the water and begin to boil, cover the pan for 20 minutes and remove from heat.
Drink one cupful at a time, if you want a sweetener, reach for honey, which can actually add more healthful benefits to our amazing and ready to go ginger lemon concoction! Enjoy!

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Carrot Benefits

Carrot Benefits

I absolutely love carrots, I eat them almost every day! I buy a bag, wash and cut them, and store them in the fridge for convenience. I like them all by themselves, with hummus, cooked, on salads, wherever! Great to know something I love to eat is so good for me. After all, who does not need a stronger immune system, a healthier liver, and better dental health?

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Energy Boosting Foods

Energy Boosting Foods

We all know that we are what we eat, good intake means proper output and performance. Did you know that eating certain foods can actually increase your energy levels? Something to keep in mind for breakfast, that mid-afternoon slump, and whenever our hind ends are just dragging! I love lentil soup with spinach, after seeing this am going to try it with kale!

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Top Natural Remedies For Sinus Congestion You Can Make at Home!

Top Natural Remedies For Sinus Congestion You Can Make at Home!

Your nose incorporates an intricate system of narrow passages and eight hollow, air-containing spaces connected to both your eyes and ears that enable you to inhale air from the environment and process it before it gets to your lungs, and that’s why we need to protect it from health problems like cold and flu, allergies and sinusitis that evolve to sinus congestion, also known as nasal congestion or rhinitis, which happens whenever there is blockage in any of the four pairs of sinus passageways in the skull.

Here are the top homemade natural remedies you can do in the comfort of your own house:

• Make efforts to promote steady mucous flow in the nasal passage, take a hot shower and breathe the soothing vapors to get some instant relief by using a humidifier to open up clogged nasal passages.
• Take one teaspoon of regular salt and mix it with two cups of warm water and pour it into the nostrils by tilting your head back. When the solution hits your nasal system, you can get relief from your sinus congestion. Use a neti pot for this, if you have one.
• Since sinus infections are caused by nasal inflammation, and turmeric possesses anti-inflammatory properties, it also has a powerful compound known as curcumin, which helps to heal the sinus cavity and clear the airways.
• Spicy foods will help in improving the flow of mucous within nasal passages. When the sinus passage opens up, you can get instant relief.
• Steam and inhale over a stove a pot of oregano oil and water, which is an effective sinus infection treatment, make a tent with a towel over your head.

natural remedies for sinus infection

• Cut an onion into pieces and then sniff the cut pieces of onion, also eating raw onions can be helpful in the treatment of sinus congestion.
• Hot tomato juice is an excellent home remedy for getting relief from sinus congestion. Boil one cup of tomato juice along with one tablespoon of chopped garlic, half tablespoon of hot sauce, one tablespoon of lemon juice and a pinch of celery salt.
• Drink hot herbal tea regularly as it can help to make the mucus thin, and will help in flushing out the toxins that are inside your body.

In addition to, these tips also provide some relief: elevate your head while sleeping, apply warm compresses to your face multiple times daily for 5 minutes each and also take lots of Vitamin C and liquids. Be well!

Top Natural Remedies For Sinus Congestion You Can Make at Home!

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Clear Scars Naturally!

Clear Scars Naturally!

Several people email and ask us how to get rid of scar tissue, stretch marks, etc. Much of your ability to not show scars depends on genetics, but there are some natural remedies that can visibly improve the appearance of scars and stretch marks over time. These include bentonite clay (topically) and carrot juice (orally) check out this poster for more!

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