DIY Activated Charcoal Exfoliating Facial Cleanser

I like to use this DIY facial cleanser once every other day in the mornings to wash my face.  It gently exfoliates, detoxifies and moisturizes my skin after a nights rest.

I would suggest only using this cleanser once per week if you have very dry or sensitive skin, as the baking soda may cause irritation if used too often.

I would not recommend using this cleanser to remove makeup or around the mouth or eye area.  Please also do a patch test before using all over your face 🙂

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Ingredients:

1/2 c coconut oil

1 1/2 tsp activated charcoal powder (or the contents of about 5-6 capsules)

1 tbsp baking soda

6 drops Frankincense essential oil (I use Young Living)

6 drops Lavender essential oil (I use Young Living)

A few quick facts about the amazing ingredients in this cleanser:

Coconut Oil is antibacterial, anti fungal, and moisturizing.  Naturally!

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Activated Charcoal Powder draws out bacteria, poisons, chemicals, dirt and other unwanted toxins to the surface of skin.

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Baking Soda is great for exfoliating and removing dead skin cells.  It also brightens the complexion.

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Lavender Essential Oil is calming and can help with certain skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, eczema, and wrinkles.  It is also anti fungal.

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Frankincense Essential Oil is used to reduce inflammation as well as disinfect.

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Make this Exfoliating Cleanser:

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.

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Mix all ingredients well.  I used a fork and it worked just fine. (You can also use a whisk if you like)

Try to get as many lumps out as possible, but don’t worry too much because the coconut oil will melt once it is warmed by your hands and face.

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Transfer the mixture to glass air tight container.  Allow to set for a few hours.  Store covered in a cool, dark place.

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Don’t worry if the consistency changes, as coconut oil tends to harden and liquify depending on its surroundings.

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Here is what is looks like:

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How to Use as a Facial Wash/Scrub:

  1. With warm water, wet a face cloth and hold over entire face for about 30 seconds to open up your pores.
  2. Take a small amount of the cleanser in your hands and gently apply all over face (avoiding lip and eye area completely)
  3. Gently massage the product in a circular motion for about 30 seconds.
  4. Wet your face cloth again with warm water and hold over face for a few seconds.  Repeat this motion a few times until the product loosens up.
  5. Use the wet face cloth to remove any excess product from face.  (Remember be gentle!)
  6. Splash face with cold water to close pores.
  7. Pat face dry with a clean towel.
  8. Moisturize with either a tiny bit of coconut oil or your favourite moisturizer.

As mentioned before, use once per week if sensitive or dry skin.  I use this every other day only in the morning.

Please note I am not an expert and this is only my opinion from my personal experience using this recipe.  If you have serious skin issues, please consult your dermatologist prior to trying this and always patch test!

ENJOY!!

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37: Falling off the Bandwagon

So I have not been posting at all concerning my treatment plan or what has been going on with me because I have completely fallen off of everything.

Ever since I ended up in the hospital with excruciating abdominal pain, back pain, and reacted horribly to Hydroxychloroquine, I have just gotten out of the habit of everything and have not found it in me to get back on track.

On Friday, I went to go see a functional medicine Registered Nurse who works with a lot of Lyme patients, but who also looks at your body as a whole and checks for any underlying issues in additional to lyme disease and co-infections.

She was wonderfully empathetic and very very thorough.  I was sent for a bunch of blood and urine tests again to check my hormone levels, thyroid, Vitamin D, Adrenal levels, etc.  She also wants to explore the possibility of some digestive issues and will be sending me to a Gastroenterologist to ensure that I do not have an issue with malabsorption.

I am currently only taking the Nystatin, Azithromycin and two different probiotics (which I stopped for a few days there) because I was neglecting myself and my treatment.  I really feel quite lost and am hoping that I can get back on track soon.

I completed my blood tests and e-mailed my LLMD in the US to inquire about what my next step should be.

I have been horrible….I ate sugar….I ingested foods that I am not supposed to…I drank a glass of wine!!! I didn’t take my meds….I haven’t been drinking enough water…no detoxing….not going to bed on time….I have been stressing and overdoing way too many things and putting my health on the back burner.

I know this is all wrong and my health should come first….but I just wanted to feel like I was a normal person for a few days…and now I am suffering the consequences of my actions.

Today I am completely floppy and my limbs feel like they weigh about 1000 pounds each, brutal headache, major skin breakouts, feel like I cannot open my eyes, major neck pain, nausea galore, mood swings, bloating and inflammation, feeling internal heat and sweats, body aches…and on and on and on…..

I promised myself that I will bounce back from this so here is the plan:

  1.  My new RN is going to oversee my treatment and speak with my LLMD in the US to make sure they are both on the same page
  2. I have e-mailed my LLMD in the US to ask what my next step should be and regarding my concerns
  3. I have completed my recent blood and urine tests and will wait for results to follow up with my RN
  4. I am waiting for an appointment to the Gastroenterologist
  5. I continue to take my Nystatin/Azithromycin/probiotics
  6. I force myself to drink 2-3 litres of water a day
  7. I get adequate rest and put my health first
  8. I start activated charcoal for detox again
  9. I maintain my diet and do not ingest any more sugar, alcohol, or inflammatory foods that will make me feel worse

I feel like for a while there I was self sabotaging and I finally picked myself back up and said “you can do this” and am taking the necessary steps to make it happen.

I can’t do much else until I hear back from my LLMD in the US…so until then, I will be a good girl and drink my water, eat well, rest lots and detox.

Can you tell I have been avoiding this?  It just feels like too much sometimes and I honestly just want to avoid talking about it because it feels like it consumes my life.  BUT I want to get better…so here’s to the next step and me moving out of the denial stage of this illness.

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DIY Acne Mud Spot Treatment

Yesterday I did a wonderful detox face mask which brought some nasty impurities to the surface.  Naturally, I am tempted to spot treat them some more, so I found this recipe and tried it out.  I can say that I am surely not disappointed.

I was going to post before and after, but really, who  wants to see a close up of my gross pimple?  Not me haha

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 Tbsp Bentonite Clay

1 Capsule Activated Charcoal

1 Tsp Coconut Oil

1 Tsp Whole Leaf Aloe Vera Juice

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Plastic Spoon

Small Plastic Container (to store mask)

*Note:  No metal bowls or spoons, as this will reduce the efficacy of the bentonite clay.

How to:

1.  Add all ingredients into your bowl.  (Remove activated charcoal from capsule and dispose of the empty capsule).

2. Mix all your ingredients well.  You will need to kind of mash it together with your plastic spoon and smooth out any lumps.  It may take a minute or two.

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3.  Wet a face cloth with warm to hot water and place over area to be treated for about  minute.  (To open your pores).  Dry area and immediately apply a small thin layer of mud to the desired spot.

4.  Set timer for 20 minutes.  Remove mud.  The area may be slightly red, but this will go away in time.  Do not leave on for longer than 20 minutes.  Store in the fridge.

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*Note:  This should not burn, tingle, or itch.  If you feel any of these things, remove immediately and do not use, you could have an allergy.

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