Last week we visited with the girls at GEM Juice Bar to learn more about their delicious, healthy menu for our January focus – New Year, New You.
Aside from their daily consumption of fruit and veggie juices, the Gem girls use the following DIY beauty tricks at home to keep their skin clear and glowing. Stay tuned for next month’s review on their smoothies, juice cleanses, and snacks!
Body Scrub: Coffee grounds + olive oil + honey
Increase circulation, demolish cellulite, and exfoliate skin with recycled coffee grounds body scrub. Combine your morning coffee grounds with an equal amount of extra virgin olive oil that has been warmed in a saucepan. The warm (not hot) oil will help to bring out the coffee’s remaining caffeine, minerals, and beneficial compounds. Add in 2-4 tablespoons of raw, unfiltered honey for anti-microbial benefits. Everyone likes a different texture of paste – so play around with the coffee-oil-honey proportions to find what works best for you.
Inside-Out Beauty: Oil pulling
In Ayurveda, a system of Hindu traditional medicine, gargling treatments such as oil pulling are used to treat imbalances in the body. Oil pulling takes the bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other toxins out of the mouth before they can spread through the rest of the body. This supports the immune system (giving it a short break), reduces stress, and detoxes the body. After committing to daily oil pulling, many people see increased energy, reduced headaches, clear skin, and whiter teeth.
To oil pull, put a tablespoon of extra virgin organic cold pressed oil (coconut oil or olive oil) in your mouth, and swish it around between 5 and 20 minutes. The longer, and more energetically you swish the oil around in your mouth, the more benefits you will reap. NOTE: Once the 5-20 minutes is up, SPIT THE OIL OUT. If you swallow, you’ll be ingesting the toxins you’re trying to get rid of with the oil.
Skin Savior: Sea Buckthorn
Move over apple cider vinegar! Sea Buckthorn oil has long been revered for its nourishing, regenerative, and restorative effect on the skin. Sea Buckthorn is not from the sea, but is a shrub that grows in mountainous and coastal regions of Asia and Europe. There are two variations of Sea Buckthorn – the seed and berry oil. Sea Buckthorn oil not only helps to heal topical damage on the skin, but also slows down signs of aging by tending to the underlying layers of the skin.
To use the Sea Buckthorn topically, apply the berry oil directly on the cleaned, affected area. To use Sea Buckthorn internally, take 5 milligrams of the seed oil 2-3 times a day.