Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Sugar, Lemon and Honey... a perfect Trio!

by Katy Green
Lemon Honey Scrub

Sugar, Honey and Lemon are the perfect antidote for a sore throat or a cold but are there more opportunities to mix these natural ingredients? Yes, and I'm sure you may know a couple receipe's but if your an organic newbie this may be news to you and if your an organic veteran, you may be surprised.

Quick Exfoliation Remedy for Dry Skin:

Note: Raw Sugar may be a bit better than white sugar and especially brown sugar but sugar is sugar - all are manufactured and processed and too much sugar (any kind) is not good for major consumption.

Don't exfoliate daily because this mix could irritate the skin - once or twice a month is best.
  • 1 Tablespoon of Raw Brown Sugar in a bowl or any container that is suitable for mixing
  • Two generous squeezes of lemon juice
  • Combine and rub over hands first for less than 30 seconds
  • Wash hands and then rub a dime size of olive oil to seal.
Soft smooth supple skin at less than half the price at a spa and a lot less time.

You can use the lemon and sugar combination to exfoliate your entire body just remember more sugar than lemon but not too much of either. Each person has a different level of dry skin so you should personalize the mix for you.

If you don't have time try Shoptobegreen's Tea with Lemon and Honey Sugar Scrub:

Citrus limonum (Lemon) Essential Oil
Lemon and Honey Scrub Proudfoot

Honey, Sugar and Lemon Exfoliation Facial Masque:
  • 2 tablespoons of Raw Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of natural organic honey
  • 1/2 lemon juice squeezed (use a natural lemon)
  • Mix Well
  • Wash your face first before applying and your neck as well if you plan to do a full facial.
  • Apply mix with your fingers or the back of a spoon and apply generously
  • Wait for 10-15 minutes (you may feel a tingling sensation)
  • Wash with cool water and pat face dry.
  • Apply your facial moisturizer after for smooth supple skin.
I would advise against exfoliating daily because it will damage your skin. Remember lemon juice is acidic and our skin produces natural oils. Exfoliate once a week, or twice a month or once a month depending on your skin type.

If your skin is sensitive to lemon juice try Shotobegreen's Solay Daily Detox Face Scrub.
Note: The manufacture claims it is safe to use daily but I would be cautious about daily scrubbing.

Himalayan salt water) base re-mineralizing the skin.
A soft Healthy glow.  Instant results seen. 100% vegan. Organic

Soothing Lemon, Honey and Sugar Drink: (warm or cold)

Did you know that a large lemon contains 45 mg of Vitamin C, 75% more than the daily requirement according to righteatinghabits.com.

  • 2 cups of boiling water
  • 1 cup lemon juice (squeezed and strained)
  • 1 tsp of natural honey
  • 1 tsp of raw sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
  • A dash of Angostura Bitters (optional) for a zesty flavor

Boil the water, combine ingredients, mix and let cool. Add lemon wedge for garnish or in the drink.

Sparkling Honey Lemonade Sugar Iced Drink (great for warm weather):

  • 6 cups of cold water (sparkling)
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp of raw sugar
  • 2 cups of honey
  • 1 lemon zest
  • wedge lemon (lime)
Combine lemon juice, raw sugar and honey in a saucepan.  Heat until sugar and honey are blended with the juice. Chill until cold or if you want to serve it right away pour into a large pitcher of ice. Add 6 cups of cold sparkling water and stir. Mix lemon zest. 

CHECK OUT: Shoptobegreen.com "Lemon Products" for more lemon choices.

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