I also believed the publicity of fashionable cosmetic brands and bought expensive creams…until I studied chemistry and understood what it was they made me pay for, and pay a lot! When I got out of the shock I realized that we basically pay for the same non-natural harmful chemicals as we find in cheap creams at the supermarket, (and in some household chemicals!), and we gladly pay 100 euros for a small jar (or 300 for La Mer). Same stuff, just another bran and price. Ignorance is bliss? No, not bliss, just ignorance.
So I found ‘natural’ brands. They were great, until they grew big. Brands like Dr. Hauska, Weleda, Lush, Caudalie, Body Shop, etc, they all start out so nicely, with all (almost) natural ingredients. But as soon as they grew, as soon as they need storage, and far away transports, they also need preservatives and other substances to keep it from rotting so they ad alcohols, parabens and other killers. What’s the point in buying creams made of a few organic oils, if the rest of the ingredients come from petroleum? Big business is just not compatible with staying natural.
So I started making my own mixes. Small amounts in small bottles, or even directly in my hand before putting it on my skin, so they don’t go rancid. Today I wouldn’t dream of putting anything unnatural on me, nor eat it. Here is a recipe we use at our retreats. I got it from models I worked with. They wouldn’t put any of them on their skin (only make publicity for them) not even the ones that claim they are for sensitive skins.
Olive Retreat Facial (only use the ingredients you tolerate)
- Cleansing Mask; warm your skin with steam to open the pores. Mix wheat (or oat) flower with a little water, apply thin layer and let it sit until dry. Scrub it of with wet organic coffee as used in a French press. Be careful around the eyes where the skin is thin.
- Nurturing Mask; mix a half soft avocado with a teaspoon of honey and a few drops of lemon or water, apply and let it sit for 10 minutes.
- Moisturize; mix half a teaspoon clean filtered water with olive oil, almond oil or any other oil, in your hand and apply. You can add an essential oil that your skin agrees with.
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Naturopaths who deeply believe Natural Immunity is still the best, and therefore we work in defense of it.
Since 20+ years we have successfully been consultants in the natural health sector to support individuals and we are in particular working with entrepreneurs and professionals. Our mission is to defend natural health, the only one that really works so far. We mainly but not entirely use Eastern philosophy such as Ayurveda, TCM, Yoga, Thai chi, Falun Gong, and only honest modern science.
Everyone can heal naturally, it's what bodies and (free) minds want. Our O• Method is based on physics, chemistry and biology with emphasis on the first one as the rest often follow naturally. We divide our work in three parts: Body-Mind-Soul. To allow them all to detox and let go we work with energy (Prana, Xi, Vitality, Spirit, Pneuma or whatever you call the life force, it's the same force mentioned in ancient texts) to heal on all levels, i.e. from chronic disease, toxicity, depression and traumas using our own method, reaching 96% success rate which is unheard of by others in our sector. Would you know of anyone with that result, let us know.
Considering that we invented and dumped >120.000 (petro)chemically derived substances since 1945, of which many are very toxic, getting healthy will most likely include a good old body detox sooner or later.
My love for Ayurveda started in 1993 with Deepak Chopra and after a few turns in life I quit my job as a Nordic Brand Manager and BI strategist at the largest Nordic telecom operator and re-schooled in natural medicine. Besides Dr. Chopra I have studied Dr. Lad, Dr. Siva (Pune, India) and other prominent teachers in their field, but the real difference comes with a practiced. I added nutrition, Orthomolecular Medicine with Dr. Nielsen (USA/Spain) and herbalism.
Today we teach those whom want to continue our work and we love to dig down in etymology and the original (mainly Avestan, Pali and Sanskrit) scripts to understand the words fully and I fall in love with the concepts over and over again for every sutra. This love affair that created a few books (Amazon), presentations, essayes and many events and consultations, is still giving us Yang-Yin balance and inspiration. I guess with that we are recognizing the value of Dao De Ching 💚🌿💜
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Cant wait to try the nurturing mask!