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Oily Skin and Acne Treatment with Cypress Oil

What if I told you that there is completely natural and 100% organic way of controlling your acne breakout? If you’re surprised don’t be because today on OiB I will tell you about the wonderful gift of nature known as Cypress Oil from which you can make a DIY PORE REFINING  and a lovely BALANCING FACIAL TONER.

Cypress Oil works by enhancing the regeneration of cells which makes it effective in controlling the oil on the skin and preventing further acne or blackhead from breaking out.

Skin Care Directions:
The process to make your very own Balancing Facial Toner is quite an easy one and if you adhere strictly to these steps you should have no problem.

1. First of all, grab a coloured glass atomizer and fill it with 4 ounces of distilled water.

2. Next up, drop around 15-30 drops of pure Cypress oil in the atomizer bottle.

3. Wait for 2-3 hours to ensure that the Cypress oil is completely synced with the distilled water.

Application:
For applying this toner you simply need to spray or pour the toner on a round cotton bud until it saturates the toner. After that simply massage it on your face or affected area in circular motions. Now just wait for 5- minutes so that your face is completely dried.

For a Satisfying Blend:
If you want to enhance the effectiveness of your DIY balancing toner then I would suggest that you blend lavender or lemon oil with the mixture.

Important Note:
I would always advice you to never compromise on quality by opting for cheap and artificial copies of essential oils. They are strictly not recommended for therapeutic usage. I would
recommend that you only buy high quality and 100% organic essential oils that have been thoroughly tested and free from any chemicals and pesticides.

Conclusion:

You should keep in mind that aroma therapy should be used to complement your treatment and in no way should be an alternate to contemporary medicine. Never self diagnose your problem and always consult your local GP before trying anything new. However, this Cypress Oil balancing toner has been personally tried and tested by me with full effect and I hope you guys will be able to enjoy the same benefits. I hope you liked this DIY recipe and do leave your valuable feedback on the comments section.

Already on your way to make facial toner? Do not hesitate to ask questions in the comments
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Witch Hazel as a Skin toner?

The pollution, dust and the UV rays from the sun is making the skin dull and dark. I know it cos I live under the tropical weather since 3 years now. Like me, I’m quite sure you are in search of a perfect natural skin toner. I was also searching it many years before, that is when I stumbled upon hazel. Extract from this medicinal plant can be used as a skin toner.

Witch hazel its origin in American, the American Indians used it for fighting many skin problems.

It’s perfect for fighting many skin conditions like acne, sore skin and even skin cancer.

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Witch Hazel Plant. Photo credit Indianapublicmedia.org | www.OrganicIsBeautiful.com

So in the event if you’re looking for a perfect skin toner. And longing for a healthy skin then take my advice and go for Witch hazel. This natural and colorful plant definitely has many benefits for your skin.

What is Witch hazel?

Also called the winter bloom this plant finds its its origin in North America. The leaves and the bark of this plant has many medicinal uses. It is well known for its skin healing properties, and so it is used to naturally fight against acne, inflammation, small cuts, blisters, and much more.

Preparation of the Toner

From the bark and the leaves of this plant a special type of liquid is extracted called polyphenols and tannins. This is then mixed along with alcohol to make a very concentrated fluid called Witch hazel toner. This liquid can be used as a natural skill toner. The availability of the Witch hazel extract can be a problem, visit your nearest market and check whether it is available or not. If not ask the store if he or she can get it or not.

The fun part is, this toner can be taken internally also just like a medicine. Rich in medicinal value it can be used to cure cold, vomiting, flu and much more.

Benefits of Witch Hazel Toner

Witch hazel is among the best treatment to fight acne. The healing nature of Witch hazel helps to get over skin inflammation, oiliness and sometime rashes. Witch hazel has a anti septic nature which fights against the bacteria’s, it also reduces growth of bacteria on the skin.

Applying the toner leaves a protective layer on the skin, this helps to keep the skin tone and tidy for a longer period of time is. Witch hazel toner has another very important property, it shrinks the pores and skin and reduces the production of sweat and body’s natural oil, there are only very few natural substances which are capable to do so.

Many of these qualities have made me a huge fan of Witch hazel toner, I also strongly recommend you to use it incorporate in your daily life.

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You can use Witch hazel toner with other natural acne fighting agents like a tea tree oil and coconut oil to get best results. I remember one of my colleagues to whom I recommended the tea tree oil, also started using Witch hazel and the results were staggering. So, if you are facing similar problems then you must definitely go for it.

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Witch hazel can be also used by elderly women who are concerned about their ageing skin. Witch hazel toner reduces the wrinkles, dryness and tightness of the skin. The protective layer also protects your skin from further damage, it’s an all in all natural anti-aging serum. Witch hazel toner reduces the skin discolouration and bring back the youthful of your skin.

If you believe Witch hazel is the right product for you than just give it a try. I’m quite sure you will be very satisfied with the results. Use it and let me know about the results.

Amanda.

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I Just Got Back From My 1st Acupuncture Session And…

…it was a real discovery. I assume most of you would have heard about acupuncture by now, yes you know the one, that treatment where you have pins stuck into your body. You must be asking yourself “now where’s the appeal in that?”

When I came to try it for the first time I went to the session underprepared with a friend (the one in the header picture). Traditional Chinese Medicine is highly regarded here in Malaysia.

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It was very easy to find a suitable healing and relaxation centre just a few street away from my home in Kuala Lumpur, right in China town. To be honest with you, we were both a little naïve and with only a minimal view of what to expect.

That’s why I am here to help you out and give you a few key pointers about how to prepare for your first session.

My first visit was full of little surprises and one of the main things I learned was the various different styles and techniques of acupuncture that were available.

Having an awareness and knowledge of what to expect will hopefully give you that little bit of confidence to go and try it out and ease your mind of those posing questions to ensure there are no surprises when you go and give Acupuncture a whirl. 😉

 The main “need to knows”

So before you got to your first session there are a few things you just need to know:

We’ve all done it, felt a bit off colour or sick and then cancelled an appointment. Acupuncture can actually treat more than pain and can even be used to treat your annoying cold or stomach bug or even further medical conditions such as stress or other types of disorders.

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You should always eat and never make the mistake of attending an acupuncture session on an empty stomach. Eating prior to treatment, even if only a small snack helps ensure the body has enough energy. This is known to assist in acupunctures treatment potential. If you don’t eat you may experience dizzy spells or feel light headed.

If your thoughts were anything like mine, I was always under the impression that you had to remove your close for acupuncture, just like you would for a massage. This is not the case.

Although Acupuncturists obviously have to access areas under your clothes they intend to ensure that skin is exposed in small portions. Loose clothing is always a good idea.

When I went for my first Acupuncture I was asked a number of what could be in the views of some people awkward or embarrassing questions. Do not be alarmed this is just a simple way for the Acupuncturists to find out more about you your health and lifestyle and what you hope to achieve from taking part in the treatment.

The equipment really isn’t that scary

By my own admissions I take hygiene very seriously and one of my initial concerns was to do with the equipment used.

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Acupuncture | OrganicIsBeautiful

I had no reason to worry:

  • Acupuncture needles are not the same as hypodermic ones they are thinner and more flexible
  • Needles are not reused
  • Needles are not the only equipment there is other equipment or techniques
  • Quite often one treatment is not sufficient and further sessions may be required
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    Acupuncture | OrganicIsBeautiful

How did I feel?

My first session of Acupuncture left me feeling totally relaxed, invigorated and to an extent relieved of some of my pains. I would describe Acupuncture as a pleasurable and easily tolerable pain that after every session left me feeling ecstatic.

So now I have settled your concerns all that is left to do is for you to give it a try. I assure you that once you have tried it you will only want more. Go and see for yourself and you’ll feel that relaxed it will be as if you are walking with one foot off the ground.

Amanda,

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So, I run my first 50km Ultra trail marathon last week.

The Ultra trail TMBT 2015 was my first Utra trail marathon. It was exactly 7 days ago and its actually feels like it was yesterday. It took me 13hrs15min to cross the finish line.

Not 10, not 11 but exactly 13:15min.

This figure seems surrealistic now like it was somebody else score, not mine. At the time, my ultimate goal was to do the best I can and completely enjoy every step (yes, even the painful ones) of the 50km.

It is NOT a half marathon.

→ First 21km marathon: MBII Maybank Bali Marathon (Edition: Aug. 2014). After months of treadmills running and park training, it was THE benchmark to test myself against.

I found it extremely enjoyable and well-balanced: running 21km was long enough to be a realistic test of fitness, physical stamina, and mental strength, but yet it remained short enough to be within reach of anyone willing to train consistently for a couple of months.

→ First trail marathon: Guang Nuang trail Marathon (Edition: Oct. 2014). I have discovered the joy of running in trees rather than traffic, around national parks rather than around in circles, and up mountains rather than speed bumps.

On the D day, it was never steep enough to be completely uncomfortable; you just feel like you’re having a good I knew I found a new hobby

→ First Ultra-trail marathon: TMBT 201 (Edition: last week). Set in Borneo, across the rainforest field of the Mount Kota Kinabalu.

I am not gonna lie, it was physically demanding. My learning outcome:  The mental aspect of running is so much more influential than what it’s given credit for.

What I am thinking about during 13hr15min of solo run?

I am not puking, and nothing is broken, so keep going.

Running an ultra-trail marathon is an emotional commitment. I cried, laugh, screamed, cried and laugh again. An endless circle. I’m a very goal-driven, results-oriented person (anyone out there agree with my self assessment?). What I do? I visualize myself crossing the finish line. It helped me a lot, especially during times when I felt very tired, the weather condition were terrible, and I needed to dig deed to find the motivation not to give up.

I bribed myself all the time.

There’ll come a point in the ultra when your body will be so exhausted that it will be all about playing the mental game. I learn to trick my mind to get more from my body. It felt like my brain was my boss, and my body its machine. My body simply obeyed on what to do and what not to do. My (virtual) self-proclaimed gift were (per order of difficulty): A trip to the beach, a giant chocolate brownie cake, or a nap.… whatever got me to go out and run.

Think of it as an 10km warm-up session, followed by a 2* 15km training run followed by an 8-km race.

I noticed something. Each time my mind was heading south, I became emotionnaly filled with self-doubts or thought of pulling out. Almost instantly and with no warning, it affected my body, drawn me down almost instantly. Hence, to avoid feeling overwhelming, I used to cut each step as a serie of running sequences, each set as a mini-marathon race.

Repeat after me, “I am having FUN”.

Getting to the finish line is part of the fun.

Yes, I said fun.

Paths are usually narrow and organic which makes for a truly unique running experience. There were no monotony.

During the TMBT, I could run over over rocks, tree roots and across streams. It meant to find a good balance between distraction from the outside scenery and mental inner focus: every step requires a keen attention making it a zen-like running workout. And to be honest with you, I usually find it a challenge to keep my brain engaged so I don’t slack off.

Step means you had to walk and not run!
Step means you had to walk and not run!

Would I do it again?

Yes, 100% yes. The pain following the race was completely worth it.People say that it is important to fill your life with goals that are worth finishing and eliminate the rest.

Well. Now, I agree.

Running is 80 percent mental, 20 percent physical. So goes the sports adage. It’s a reminder that our  bodies can go longer than we tend to think they can.

“If you want to be competitive, you have to learn how to deal with the discomfort. A lot of the heavy, good physical training is about training the brain to cope with discomfort.” Runners Word

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