What better way to feel more beautiful than to follow a care routine that supports you, as much as it does the environment? The following tips form part of a careful selection of sustainable products in which you can use to integrate the principles of conscious consumption (like reducing and reusing) to help you attain natural beauty.
Start with a super supplement
Known as the ‘Miracle Tree’ - the first recorded use of the Moringa plant was in Northern India and dates back to 2000 BC.
This medicinal herb is a nutritious substance that would serve as an incredible addition to your diet. It is a superfood that is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and a powerful antioxidant agent that supports the immune system, promotes the efficient functioning of major organs and encourages supple skin and healthy hair growth. To find out more about the benefits of Moringa, visit Mommy Authority, which you can find here.
What makes Moringa even more marvelous is that it’s amazing for the environment. The Moringa Oleifera is a fast growing, drought resistant and multipurpose tree that is known to:
- Promote sustainable economic development
- Assist with water and air purification
- Reverse deforestation
- Improve biodiversity
- Improve soil fertility
- Increase food security
By using this supplement for its expansive health benefits, you increase the demand for this miracle substance and empower the potential that it can have on impoverished communities, water and food security, as well as the fight against global warming.
A touch of turmeric
Turmeric has been used for a variety of applications for many years, with residue (found in pots) dating back as far as 2500 BC. However, it wasn’t until 500BC that this golden root became known for its medicinal properties, forming an important aspect of a natural and ancient Indian system of healing known as Ayurvedic medicine - which is still relevant today!
Known as the ‘Golden Goddess’, Turmeric powder is a nutritional, non-toxic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and cancer-fighting substance. Curcumin is the primary bioactive component of turmeric which promotes its many health benefits; such as improved brain function and heart health, combating arthritis and depression, as well as helping to detox major organs while boosting immunity. Turmeric is also a great product to include in your beauty regimen, applying it as a key ingredient in the following ways:
- A nourishing face wash to promote healthy and glowing skin, reducing signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines.
- A healing facemask; reducing inflammation, stress, and scarring. This serves as a suitable solution for eczema and acne.
- As part of a facial scrub for removing facial hair which is a result of hormonal imbalances.
- A pigmentation-reducing paste for stretch marks, scars, and spots.
- A hair-mask for relieving dry scalp and dandruff.
- An oily paste for gently exfoliating and smoothing cracked feet.
With turmeric, you can reduce your expenses on personal care products by reusing this versatile spice in a variety of ways and applications. Ensure to purchase brands that support the Sustainable Spices Initiative; which educate Indian farmers, support trade, and promote a positive environmental impact.
Aloe Vera vroom
In ancient Mesopotamia, as far back as 2,200 BC, it’s documented that Aloe was used for its cleansing effects and seen as a divine plant.
Today, Aloe Vera gel still has a variety of benefits that promote overall vitality. When ingested, the antioxidant compounds help detox the body, reduce blood sugar levels, and strengthen the immune system while fighting bad bacteria. When used topically, it has a bunch of beneficial impacts, including:
- Moisturizing skin
- Reducing wrinkles
- Promoting hair growth
- Eliminating dandruff
- Healing sunburn
- Preventing the buildup of dental plaque
If you want to make the most of this amazing plant - grow it yourself! Otherwise known as the ‘Oxygen Bomb’ - Aloe Vera can increase indoor air quality in your home through purification processes. That and it’s a lovely plant that simply brightens up any room just by being in it.
Once the leaves become big and luscious, you can harvest the gel yourself - saving you money and reducing any waste from product packaging. The gel can also be frozen, so you can also save some of your time in the process!
We have used these natural products for many years, and with correct and conscious practice - may continue to do so for thousands more. These simple tips are a few of the many ways that you can integrate sustainability into your beauty routine. What’s best is, by having consideration for the environment and the impact you may have it, this makes you beautiful on the inside too.
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