So in my last post I shared that the exploration into gluten free baking (from scratch, not a mix) has taken me to some interesting places, and I've found something for me along the way.
I cam across some interesting blogs, beginning with http://www.sortacrunchy.net/sortacrunchy/
I thought. What is Crunchy living? Sounds like granola to me. (Have I
mentioned I love Granola?) I was intrigued. A little research revealed
that Sorta Crunchy is about more natural living. Ok, I can get behind
that. To the right of the home page was a little picture that said "I
wash my face with oil." That sounded different. But interesting.
little more research and I thought, well... that sounds... (you guessed
it) interesting! Now, a little history. My skin is beginning to show a
few signs of age. And I recently invested in one of those expensive
face creams (after I ran out of the Avon stuff). And my skin reacted to
it. Little red dots, and dryness. Which was odd since I was buying moisturizing
lotion. After an allergy to my husband's propellant had me running to
the doctor for a steroid shot (my eyes swelled shut), the reactions to
the creams got worse. So, I thought, let's trade the steroid cream out
for some all natural oils. (It worked wonders for the girl who would
become Queen Esther.) Further research on the how-to's led to a blog
about washing your face with "pure" honey. http://www.crunchybetty.com/honey-challenge
I thought (again). I have pure white clover honey in the pantry. A
really big bottle. Rather than spending a lot of money to buy some oils,
let's try this honey thing!
So today I began an
experiment. Taking the time I would spend in the shower and using it to
help out my poor skin, I first filled the tub with warm water and epsom
salt (to give this busy Mama a bit of relaxation along the way, and
soothe those muscle aches). Then I gave myself a "honey" of a facial. I
followed this by washing my hair with baking soda (another blog I saw in
my research: http://simplemom.net/how-to-clean-your-hair-without-shampoo/) and then, I used the honey as conditioner.
The results? My hair felt... well, a lot like hair. (I
hear it takes a while to see changes. That's one of those non bounding
processes I referenced before.) But my face felt... Nice. I mean really,
really, nice! Soft and smooth and only a tiny bit of dryness left in
the "trouble spot" that has been lingering since the allergic reaction
After getting ready for the day, I noticed
the skin just below my lips was dry. And this time instead of grabbing
the chapstick I decided to try a little honey as the moisturizer. I put a
tiny drop on my finger, and rubbed it until it was a little bit warm.
The effect was... sweet!
A couple hours
later and my face still feels smooth. (It's been a no make up kind of
day.) My lips aren't chapped anymore. And I think I may just try this
honey thing again... or even, the 'oil cleansing method'. It's nice to
try something new every now and then. Keeps life fresh and interesting.
It's also good to be sure I am taking care of me so I can take better
care of those I love. I've learned that finding balance is a process,
created day by day, until it becomes habit.
encourage all you other caregivers out there to take a little time to
renew, and refresh. Look for something that lifts you up, adding
sweetness to your spirit. Take time to delight in a golden day, to bring
a little more nourishment to your heart and soul. And be sure to
gather gratefulness along the way!