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How to Hack Headaches Naturally (And Smell Like a York Peppermint Patty)

How to Hack Headaches Naturally (And Smell Like a York Peppermint Patty)

GOOD MORNING EVERYONE!!!

Oh, I’m sorry. Was that too loud for you? Headache got you down? I feel your pain. No, really, I actually feel your pain. A LOT. Which is why I was so thrilled to discover this super easy natural headache remedy that kicks my daily Lyme-induced headaches faster than you can say: “This is not the head you’re looking for…”

So let’s get started! Here’s what you’ll need for this delicious and 100% natural headache-busting concoction:

  1. Organic Peppermint Essential Oil. I like this one by Aura Cacia, but if you can swing the price, Young Living is by far the best essential oil company to use, as they’re therapeutic grade. DoTerra is also said to be fabulous, although I have yet to try them personally. Just starting out and don’t want to invest in top-of-the-line oils quite yet? Use code “Healthy15” for 15% off of link above!
  2. Jojoba Oil I enjoy this one by Desert Essence. Use code “Comeback10” for an additional 10% off, or check the deals section, as Vitacost is always offering great savings, and may have a better bargain!
  3. A 1/3 oz. dark glass canister to store your awesome blend. I use this one with a stainless steel rollerball applicator for ease, but you can use any dark glass container. Dark glass should always be used to protect the essential oils. Plastic should not be used, as the chemicals in it will leach into your blend, and essential oils can actually eat through plastic! This is also why any rollerball applicators should be stainless steel instead of plastic.

I’ve linked the ones I used because, hey, let’s just make life easy, right? Now that you have your supplies, find the two minutes it will take to make this super simple DIY and lets get a-mixing!

DIY Headache Blend: 

Step One: Pop out the stainless steel roller ball. Since we’re using a 1/3 oz. bottle, we’ll add 5-20 drops (3-10%) of organic Peppermint Essential Oil. It should be diluted, as it can irritate the skin if applied neat. How much you put in will depend on your preference. I actually prefer an even stronger potion than recommended, but everyone’s tolerance to essential oils is different, so start low. I can only tolerate very low doses of most other oils, so find out what your sweet spot is before wasting product (and risking skin irritation.) Want to learn more about diluting essential oils? Here is a great article on how many drops you should use for a wide variety of aromatherapy purposes!

Step Two: Fill bottle with Jojoba oil. Leave a little room at the top so the rollerball won’t cause an overflow when you insert it. I like to use Jojoba because it most closely replicates our natural sebum (oil), but you could also try Grape seed, Hemp, or Avocado. Avoid coconut, as the scent profile is too overwhelming to compliment the peppermint.

Step Three: Pop the rollerball back in and cap it. Shake, shake, shake. It also helps to dance around the room. Now uncap, breathe deeply the aromatic bouquet of minty goodness, and declare: “Headache, be-gone!” Then apply liberally to the back of your neck where the spine meets the ol’ noggin, lightly over your temples, behind your ears, over your solar plexus, and your pulse points if you desire. You can also apply some at the base of your spine. Oooh, tingly! (Tingling is normal. Do not be alarmed. Unless you didn’t listen to me and decided not to dilute the essential oil, or exceed the recommended amount. Then any skin irritation that may occur is totally on you.)

Step Four: Breathe slowly and deeply for at least ten breaths, and say: “I am calm. I am at peace. I have everything that I need.” It’s amazing how just taking a moment in a dark, quiet space to breathe into the pain can help- did you know deep breathing literally changes your brain chemistry?! No wonder yogis are so zen! Then sit back and wait for the amazing dance of the tingle-plum fairy to soothe that ache into oblivion!

Step Five: Wash your hands! For any of you who’ve ever used IcyHot and forgotten this crucial final step before rubbing your eyes, you know it is NOT fun!

And that’s it! Now that your blend is made, you can keep it with you on the go, and apply whenever your head begins to feel like a tiny Ewok is running around, bashing your noggin like a stormtrooper helmet. (RE: Final scene in Return of the Jedi.)

Enjoy! If you make this, leave me a comment on how it turns out, or take a picture and tag me on Instagram @KaitlynGGuay.

Happy Tingling! (Okay, that just sounds weird, let me try that again…)

Happy Blending! (Much better, yes?)

The Lip Balm Revolution: Gratitude Never Looked So Good

The Lip Balm Revolution: Gratitude Never Looked So Good

**Side effects may include increased happiness, gratitude, and luscious lips.

If you’re like me, when asked the classic “You’re stranded on a desert island and can only have three items with you” question, you always start with: “well, lip balm, of course!” (Because nothing says survival like a glossy lip.) If this is you, then I invite you to join my Lip Balm Revolution!

The revolution rules are simple: Keep a lip balm in your pocket at all times. Wait, what? You don’t ALWAYS wear pocket-ful attire? What are you, a HEATHEN? Fine. I suppose you can also carry it in your purse/briefcase. (Sidebar: Why is it called a briefcase? Isn’t that rather reductive? Can’t it be a stuffcase? As in: “Hey guys, check out my new stuffcase! The case holding all my stuff!” But I digress.) Okay, so back to the rules. Keep a lip balm on you at all times. In the morning, dedicate said lip balm with something you are grateful for. Then every time you re-apply throughout the day, remind yourself of what you’re grateful for. And that’s it! A simple, effective way to start implementing gratitude into your daily routine. And as we learned from my recent post, practicing gratitude increases happiness, health, and general well-being, and lowers stress, anxiety, and sleep issues.

But what’s that? You want MORE? You want to not only incorporate gratitude, but also try and encourage a more positive mindset? Well aren’t you ambitious! Enter what I have dubbed the “Lip Slip” challenge.

To do the Lip Slip challenge, all you need is one lip product you absolutely ABHORE. Maybe it’s the one that leaves a sticky, waxy cast behind– kind of like you just made out with a crayola crayon. Or the tinted balm with the frosty undertone that makes you look like you just sucked down a box of powdered donuts. Or for you high-achieving competitive types who like to push yourselves, pick a lip stick in a truly atrocious color. (Talk about upping the ante, fellas!) Now keep it with you. And every time you notice that you are complaining without even a hint of a solution for said problem in sight, WAH-WAH! You have committed a Lip Slip. (The lesser known evil of what happened to Janet Jackson at the SuperBowl Halftime show. Hey-o!) Your punishment? To put on your dreaded Lip Slip product. Keep it on until you’ve found a way to turn that negativity on its head. (Upside: Depending on how brave you were with your selection, this may produce so much embarrassment that you will TOTALLY think twice before committing another Lip Slip! Downside: If you’re a husky 6 foot rugby player walking around in a marsala red lip, you may have some ‘splainin’ to do.)

This holiday season, my Lip Balm Revolution choice is: The organic (and vegan) Tinted Cinnamon Lip Balm from Hurraw! (Because who DOESN’T feel like cheering after remembering what they’re grateful for?!) Or my all-time favorite (non-tinted AND super affordable) lip balm: Dr. Bronner’s Organic Lip Balm in Peppermint. (Find it here on Pharmaca and use their daily coupon code for additional 15-30% off!) And as for my Lip Slip challenge? I’m thinking either old-lady orange or sour-grape purple. <Shudder.> I’m a nude lip gal, so these “fashion forward” shades put the fear of mod in me. (See what I did there?)

Join me in the revolution! If you do, be sure to tag me on Instagram @KaitlynGGuay. Have a Lip Slip? Laugh about it! Snap a pic, tag me, and use #LipSlip.

Hoping this was of (lip) service!

Wax on,

The Foda

Chronic Beauty: 5 Green Beauty Health Hacks

Chronic Beauty: 5 Green Beauty Health Hacks 

Glowing. Youthful. Dewy. Radiant. Healthy.

These buzz words are used to advertise pretty much every beauty product ever. Why? Because these words epitomize health and awesomeness. And don’t lie– even if we already have health, we want more. If we don’t have it (see: illness, chronic) then we definitely subscribe to the whole “fake it ‘til you make it” routine. After all, there’s nothing worse than being sick AND having people constantly tell you how “tired” you look. (Which, let’s face it, is really just a euphemism for: daaammmnnnn girl, you look like hell!) So how can we hack the look of health when our bodies are in a constant war zone, leaving us with sallow skin, puffy eyes, and purplish eye bags so intense it incites neighborhood gossip over why we’re constantly getting punched in the face? Naturally, when you’re already battling for health, the last thing you want is to load more toxic conventional products onto the largest, most porous organ in your body (your skin) especially once you know that it takes under 25 seconds for 60% of said product to enter your bloodstream. (Eek!) So here’s my top 5 tried-and-true all natural/organic green beauty health hacks.

  1. The W3LL PEOPLE Bio-Brightener Stick. This bad boy is AMAZING! It’s by far my number one health hack. I can pop this baby on, and even if I’m practically tottering with fatigue, holding onto my husband’s arm for support, hunched from losing my lunch just an hour before, I always get comments on how great I look. (Note: I don’t get out much due to my illness, so these comments are usually coming from health professionals. So that should say something in and of itself, mmmkay?) This creamy brightener comes in a super easy to apply pancake stick form, and lasts FOREVER. I warm up the product by lightly circling my finger over the top, and then swipe over the inner third of my lid (focusing more product at the inner corner), over the brown bone, cupid’s bow, and lately, I’ve also really been loving tapping just a tiny bit over my cheekbones. (The first time I did this, my mom gasped that I looked like a model. Blush. Mumble thank you. Tell her she’s your mom, so she’s not a reliable critic. Then secretly promise yourself to never. Stop. Using it.) I could rave about this all day, but let’s just say it’s health in a stick. ‘Nough said. I buy mine off Pharmaca, because they’re always having 15-30% off sales, and for the month of December, they’re running a special on W3LL PEOPLE with an additional 15% off the sale price. Score!
  2. Kjaer Weis Cream Blush. I always get complimented when I wear these. They are dewy, highly pigmented so they’ll last forever, beautifully formulated (organic!), and hello? Can we talk about the packaging? That luxe hefty silver refillable compact that makes me want to laugh dismissively and say trite phrases in an upper-crust nasal voice, like, “oh, this old thing?” and “hello daaaaahhhhling!” LOVE. (Plus after the initial purchase, refills are way cheaper.) I find the color “Blossoming” to be the exact color I flush. It’s the perfect snow bunny just-got-back-from-the-slopes look. I also have “Abundance” which has a lovely mauve undertone, and was designed to be a double duty product for cheek color and contouring! I also like to pop this in my crease, where it somehow magically pulls more purple than it does on the cheek. I love this color when I’m doing a cooler toned look to match my favorite silver and turquoise jewelry (yes I plan my makeup and outfits around my jewelry, what do you think I am, a wildebeest?!) Just be sure to apply lightly, lest you get that punched-in-the-face look due to the purple undertone. These two are my favorites but blush is such a personal preference, so I highly recommend scooting over to SpiritBeautyLounge and checking out their sample program: 6 samples for $25. After that, you can find these on Integrity Botanicals for 15% off your purchase if you give your email.
  3. Evan Healy HydroSouls. I love this hack! Not only do I use this facial mist after I cleanse to re-balance and alkalize my skin, but I also use it to set my makeup! Spraying your face with a hydrosoul helps your makeup set, stay longer, and imparts a subtle, dewy finish. (It also stops you from breathing in any microscopic powder particles near your nose and mouth. Umm… Yes, please!) Plus, Evan Healy’s production technique purposely retains the benefits of the essential oils by distilling at a low heat over a long period of time, something many companies gloss over, since it’s faster and cheaper to distill oils with a high heat (which kills off most of the benefits.) I personally use the Lemon Thyme Facial Tonic HydroSoul, because it’s great for my oily/blemish prone skin, but my favorite is and shall always be the Tulsi Holy Basil HydroSoul. I call this my “happy juice.” The aroma is intoxicating, and tulsi basil is a rockstar for lowering stress, combating neurological issues, and regulating hormones.
  4. Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic Shampoo and Leave-in Conditioner. Okay, look. You have to resign yourself to the fact that this shampoo? Doesn’t foam. The foam is GONE, man. Shhh. It’s okay. Let it go. Once you get past this, prepare to line your shower with bubblewrap because you? Are about to swoon. The milky blend of essential oils smells heavenly- spicy with a super-powered sinus-awakening shot of mint. I seriously imagine I’m a fairy traipsing through an enchanted forest every time I use this. It makes my hair shiny, super soft, and somehow manages to straighten out my hair. The Leave-in conditioner is just as luxurious, and smells like spiced cedar. This is no flowery fruity typical lady mix, oh, no sir! (My husband actually stole the travel-sized tube I bought when I first tried this conditioner, and now he uses it exclusively.) Check out the travel sizes of the shampoo here and leave-in conditioner here, or go for the full sizes here and here. I use Pharmaca and wait for a 25-30% off sale to keep the costs down. Note: There’s also a 32 oz. shampoo option that comes with a pump for any of you with a PICC line who need to shower one-handed. Been there, my friends!
  5. W3LL PEOPLE Nudist ColorBalm OR Ilia Beauty Tinted Lip Conditioner. Nothing says health like a luscious, moisture-rich lip. That said, I’m all about every-day functional beauty, and lipstick? Doesn’t come out of my drawer unless I’m going to a super fancy shindig. That’s why these two formulations are perfect. My daily shade is the W3LL PEOPLE Nudist ColorBalm in #7 (Nude.) It’s the PERFECT nude: a gorgeous neutral pinky-brown that is highly moisturizing and is very buildable. Slick on over a lip balm for a very subtle wash, or do what I do and build up over freshly cleansed lips. I like to finish by buffing a few circles over the pout of my lips, and then let it set for a few minutes. No lie, this technique lasts me until practically dinner time! I also really like #1 (Coral) for a warm rosy, dewy flush, and #3 (Cherry) for an understated holiday red. Now, if you prefer more of a conditioning lipstick to the Nudist lipstick/lip balm hybrid, it’s Ilia Beauty all the way! Long wearing, very comfortable on the lips, and the colors are just beautiful! (And if you apply to clean, dry lips, also extremely pigmented.) My favorites are “Shell Shock” which pulls more of a brighter coral-pink on me, and “Bang Bang” which is described as “red lipstick for people who are afraid of red.” So true. Both of these are sooo lustrous, you’ll find yourself rubbing your lips together constantly! (It’s okay. It makes you look pensive… I hope…)

Well, that’s it, folks! My 5 Green Beauty Health Hacks. I hope you enjoyed my first Chronic Beauty post, and if you did, don’t forget to like and share! If you try any (or all) of these hacks, be sure to snap a pic and tag me on Instagram @KaitlynGGuay!

Love and Light,

The Foda

P.S. Have a Green Beauty Health Hack you think I need to know about? Comment down below! I love hearing from you!