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What Do Skin Care Experts Use for Radiant Ageless Skin?

Great question! So, what do the women who formulate skincare products for a living rely on for gorgeous skin? I started formulating skincare some years back when I couldn't find a strong enough cream that was natural. I wanted a day cream that also worked for my skin type- sensitive! I love natural, but there are some phytonutrients that are more powerful and give better results than others. I like the ones with the highest GLA's. I had researched for many years before I came to the best regimen and formula for skin care that gives that synergistic potent balancing blend. Here are a few skin secrets I use before I leave the house. No matter how demanding my schedule...

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The Best Soaps To Shrink Large Pores

  Large pores are a common problem that both men and women face daily. From the reality of an impure environment to learning to maintain good daily cleansing habits, achieving smaller pores is possible with a little bit of knowledge. By choosing the right products and learning about cleaner natural ingredients you can easily achieve smaller pores with these helpful tips. Keep reading to learn more. Looking for soaps to shrink pores? Go Here   I've been assisting people in helping them to learn to love their skin again for years. It's a joy listening to the many compliments people get after using our bar soaps and skincare. I am so thankful that my own troubled skin issues resulted in...

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Is a Vegan Lifestyle Really Healthy (Part 2)

If you followed my last blog "Is a Vegan Lifestyle Really Healthy (Part 1)" then you may be here again for "Part 2" and wanting some more ideas. I will certainly post some fun and tasty recipes that I will be trying this week! My assistant Kimberly inspired me to find out how to make Vegan Eggs! I thought, what a great idea! Often overlooked in obtaining a healthy lifestyle, and important to bring to our attention is exercise. Before I inspire your pallet with some exciting and colorful recipes, I'd like to say for the record, that exercise has been proven to be even more important than the food we eat. That's right. I will say it again. If...

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4 Secret Benefits of Borage You'll Love

It’s no secret that as we age, our skin starts to lose its elasticity and youthful glow. Everyone is now looking for the best ways to nourish their skin and to prevent fine lines and wrinkles, without having to use harsh procedures like Botox. Drum roll, please… borage oil is about to become your new best friend.   Here are some benefits of Borage oil you’ll love: What is Borage? Borage, also known as Borago Officinalis, is a powerful wildflower. Though Borage used to be grown and harvested for its leaves and stems, it is now used for a very valuable oil found in its seeds-- borage oil.   Borage oil is famous for its rich source of a fatty acid known as...

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Herbal Salves That Help Burns & Bites

Can a simple salve or herb stop pain from a cut, burn, or bug bite on contact? Is there truly such a thing? Cuts burns and bites can cause skin infections if not treated properly. What can we do to stop that pain or prevent something even worse? I have been collecting and growing herbs and plants for a bit, and thankfully I had medicinal herbs in my garden. Yesterday, I wanted to see if I could melt a granulated sweetener (a type of natural sugar) into a liquid in my kitchen. I do not eat sugar and did not grow up with sugar or even stevia or any of that stuff. I was unfamiliar with its potential for severe...

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The Mood Elevating Power of Lemon Myrtle & Lemongrass

Essential Oils are fascinating little gifts from nature that benefit the skin. I believe almost everything we need to aid mankind in healing and well-being can be found in the earth and gifts from nature. One of those gifts is Lemon Myrtle backousia citradoria, and Lemongrass cymbopogen citratus, both used to repel bugs and also enjoyed as a beneficial healing plant. Both Lemongrass and Lemon Myrtle have Citral along with many other interesting chemical compounds, which give it the lovely lemony scent so often cherished by citrus lovers the world over.   Bugs do not appreciate i the scent of citral but we humans sure do! It works hard at repelling bugs from our skin! It's best used with other essential oils to...

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SUN SPOTS & PHOTO AGING

Do you use sunblock on more than you face? What about your sidearm closest to the driver's side window of your car? Or how about driving in your car with your face exposed to the side windows while the UV rays blast through? Next time you drive, take notice of where the light cascades and start applying sunblock to those areas so you can avoid skin cancer, premature wrinkles, and brown age spots. We are all exposed to extra UV rays on our daily drives to and from work, the grocery store, school, the gym etc.   I started noticing a few sun spots on my chest and when I looked into the view mirror I noticed the sun hitting my chest!...

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WHY I ADORE CARROT SEED OIL FOR AGE SPOTS & SUN CARE (antioxidants)

The other day I was writing a blog post about the power of using zinc sunscreens to stave off skin cancer and brown spots caused by the sun repeatedly hitting our skin during our short car rides to the store, gym, work, etc- adding up to regular exposure over and over creating unwanted dark spots on our chest arms and face. You can read more about that here.   In this edition of my blog, I want to share with you why I adore carrot seed oil to prevent skin damage and dark spots in the first place while sharing some medical research so you will appreciate and understand why I include it in two products that I make. Our Bright Eyes and Day Cream as well...

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How To Avoid & Get Rid of Age Spots Summer Protection and Beyond (Antioxidants)

When we are in our twenties we rarely think of taking care of our skin the way we do in our late thirties, forties and beyond. If you are in your twenties start protecting your skin using reef safe sunscreen now. Don’t wait for sunspots to show up because that means you will be more prone to them as you age. As we age we are bombarded with free radicals that cause cellular damage and breakdown.   Using a fortifying natural plant based replenisher helps combat free radical damage by providing your skin and body with nutrient rich plants and botanicals which are high in antioxidants- and that's a good thing for you skin, body, and health. It wasn’t until...

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The Magic Of Emulsion Creams. Here's How To Protect Your Skin.

Depending on where you live or travel when the weather drops, there's less moisture for your skin. When winter arrives, the cold air wicks water away from our skin and creates dry micro patches that can crack and wrinkle our skin more quickly. This makes the more delicate and sensitive area of our face look more crepey and aged. No one wants crepey looking chicken skin. In a nutshell, winter (as well as summer) dehydrates our skin (and lips). Summer sun can do as much damage as the winter cold. Weather deeply affects our skin and, you'll want to protect and hydrate your skin and lips no matter what time of year it is. Did you know that products that...

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Natural Soy Milk Recipe For Hot Flashes (Natural Perimenopause & Menopause Remedy)

Whether its perimenopause (the time before actual menopause) or menopause (the time when a woman has ceased from having her cycle for more than a year), many women wish for help with hot flashes and many other unwanted menopausal symptoms. We want balanced hormones.   Hormones can be helped by the foods we choose to eat or choose not to eat. It's beneficial to avoid unhealthy foods and instead opt for leafy greens and more natural food choices. Below I will share how I help control warm & hot flashes (including cold flashes). If you want the Natural Soy Milk Recipe alone simply skip to the bottom of this post.   I want to invite you to learn more about the foods that can exacerbate...

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Is a Vegan Lifestyle Really Healthy? Part 1 (Nutrition)

Vegan food, Vegan Clothing, the Vegan Lifestyle. It's pretty much everywhere these days. But why choose a vegan plant-based meal over a balanced meat-based plate you ask? It's a great question. Often Vegans (as well as Vegetarians) are met with the disbelief that one can obtain all the daily requirements in a purely vegan diet. So how is a Vegan to make sure to get the daily requirements of Calcium, Vitamin D, Protein, B12, and Zinc? These are important questions and should be addressed. Vegans, as well as non-Vegans, should have the opportunity to see the science behind the health benefits of the Vegan lifestyle. Maybe you're a Vegan or have flirted with the idea of becoming Vegan. Perhaps you've been leery of...

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Plant Based Gluten Free Waffles Recipe Oil Free, Dairy Free (Vegan)

Everybody loves a good waffle with some fresh local or seasonal fruit and a dash of sweet and pure maple syrup. If you have been searching for truly vegan, gluten free, dairy free delicious and nutritious waffles search no more! This is a favorite recipe my husband and I love to eat and enjoy sharing. Its also a bulk recipe designed to make enough for the whole family, freeze and enjoy as you pop a few in the toaster through your busy week. Our recipe is simple, easy and fun and will surely make you smile guilt free. Enjoy!  Ingredients for Michelle's Bulk Cooking Vegan Gluten Free Waffle Recipe.Makes approx 32 toaster-sized waffles   You will need the following for Michelle's...

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Michelle's Healthy Homemade (Gluten Free) Granola Recipe

Have you ever walked the cereal isle of the grocery store searching through many brands and ingredients to settle for the most healthy granola? One claimed natural flavors but contained an additive food dye or synthetic preservative  for "freshness", or another stated it was made with real honey or pure maple syrup but contained the "Ssss" word. Settle no more! Granola is not only good for you but can be a a delicious bulk staple food you can make yourself that's cost affective and free from all the things you don't want in your diet like synthetic flavors, preservatives, high fructose syrups and/or "SUGAR"! Enjoy my healthy homemade, gluten free, sugar free, vegan granola recipe and daily nutritious staple you can add...

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7 Simple Tips for Radiant Healthy Skin (Crepey Skin Buster)

If you don't quite know what crepey skin is- well, it's skin that looks slightly dry and line-like. If you look at a twenty-something-year-olds arm near the crease she is as smooth and silky as butter. Once you get closer to your late twenties, thirties, forties and upward- it's crepey skin days versus better days. This happens from the loss of collagen/estrogen as a natural result of the aging process and other factors but it doesn't have to show on our face and skin. Here are 7 solutions to age gracefully and with vibrant health. 1. Drink pure water instead of sodas or even vitamin water (eight 8 oz glasses is recommended). You can squeeze a lemon or lime in for the...

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7 Health Tips For Combating Viruses & Bacterial Infections (Avoid Influenza)

Hygiene, diet, exercise and lifestyle in every has always played a role in the overall physical health and mental well being of a person or society. We had some ups and mostly downs last year. A year that will be remembered to be a challenge for even our modern medicine and the heroes and professionals that made an impact and a difference to bring awareness and the hope of how precious life is. 2020 has passed and as we move forward we can following simple, common and beneficial tips to stay healthy and positive. Here are 7 valuable tips for combating viruses & bacterial Infections everyday. 1. Wash your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds using soap and water & avoid touching your eyes nose and face...

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How to stay thin happy & vegan without even thinking about it!

It's the funniest thing. Facebook friends. You know the ones from high school and junior high you haven’t seen a bajillion years? People seem to want to know where others have ended up in life. Where did Suzy smiles end up? I get it! We are curious. But do you know what question I get asked the most by people who haven't seen me in 25 plus years? "Are you still thin?" That's the burning question in people's minds after all these years! Second only to "Are you still married?" Ha! Yes, to both *smile*. They are legit questions. I mean, we all change. It’s part of life. But wouldn't it be nice to buy a little time and stay looking healthy...

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Reboot 2021 Better Health Community Relationships & Self Care

Life is about relationships. We all want healthy, loving relationships, but they don't always seem to come so easy. They also don't happen automatically. In fact, sometimes they don't happen at all. Here's why. Success in relationships (including with yourself) need to have a plan in place. No one intentionally plans to fail. However, many don't realize that not having a plan- is a plan- to fail. With a little careful planning, anyone can create enough time to do what they want and love. The problem is that priorities get mangled by the hectic time stealing schedule life throws at us. This is where we have to grab the reigns, redirect and take the time to plan and create. Good...

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ME AND A TREE SKIN CARE BRAND- (WHAT SETS US APART).

WHY WE MAKE NATURAL PRODUCTS I use all my own products and so do my friends and family. I greatly enjoy making face, hair, and body care products from fresh plants, flowers, oils, and minerals because I know they are safe And naturally occurring in the earth- as well as beautiful to look at as I work them into my natural formulas. Acne, eczema, psoriasis and the like, doesn't need to be complicated. We have helped thousands with our excellent face, hair, and body bar soaps, day & night face care creams and body lotions. All of our products are carefully crafted with botanicals to help your skin thrive and get back into balance to give you clear beautiful skin - fast. You don't need harsh chemicals to have clear...

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BEAT THE BLUES 2020 HOLIDAY IDEA & GIFT GUIDE

Looking for some festive fun and creative holiday ideas to break out of the "isolation blues?" According to an article published by ProHealthCare.org, a report came out by the National Academies of Sciences, showing that people are more lonely than they've ever been before from all the prolonged social isolation and lockdown mandates (read report here). We can break the cycle by planning some ways to connect with each other no matter what is going on around us- and we must! Our health depends on it! If you are able to gather together in person- good for you! If not then let's have fun finding ways to light up the holiday season this year both for ourselves and our loved ones who may be too far away or unable to gather...

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NEW! CUSTOM ECO NOTE CARDS WITH GIFTS!

Make It memorable! Send a free ecard note with your order!To learn more about eco note cards with gifts read on! We all do a lot better when we know we are not alone. We are made for companionship. At times, we are unable to be right next to family, friends, and co-workers, but we don't have to "feel alienated" from each other. There are some hard-working people on the front lines of our lives right now and thanks to them we still get our mail, our groceries, and health taken care of in a time of unprecedented change. It's nice to know that we can still connect through those places and soon hopefully things will return back to a pace...

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Gift Ideas Everyone Appreciates

It's the end of the year, and you want to say thank you to the people that you're grateful to this year, but what kind of gift is appropriate? There are so many different health philosophies out there that it can almost start to feel like politics. It's hard to know where to begin with gift-giving sometimes. Here's a great tip that helps relax the mood. One thing I personally love about our customers is that they appreciate the many options we have for vegans and vegetarians. The whole point of my business is to provide cruelty-free options for everyone and to keep chemicals out of ME AND A TREE SKINCARE and out of the products I provide to the...

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Gel Peels & Toxic Skincare

 did something out of the ordinary the other day- I bought two well known name-brand skin care items to compare with my own skin care brand just for research and fun. From time to time, I will purchase other skin care brands to see the latest skin care trends, offerings, packaging, quality, feel etc. I have improved my brand by trying new items and making my own rendition of them with completely fresh and natural ingredients. I was perusing a store and came across two brands that I am pretty familiar with. I don't want to call them out directly so will I change their names . Let's call brand #1 Famous Model Skin Care, and brand #2 we will...

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How To Save Time Bulk Cooking Healthy Veggie Burgers That Taste Great

You're busy; you're tired, and the last thing you want to do it cook. I get it! I work long hours in my own business, and there are days when I don't have time to prep and cook, so I bulk cook once every month or two to save time down the line. If eating healthy is important to you (as it most likely is if you are reading this right now), then you'll enjoy this simple life hack on bulk cooking healthy and tasty meals- particularly veggie burgers. We all know that pre-packaged grocery store-bought food doesn't taste as good as a home-cooked meal, and everyone prefers home-cooked meals. Busy people need energy and also struggle to find healthy options that don't take...

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Voted Best Soaps & Skincare (Based On Natural Chemistry)

There's nothing better to me than getting a personal email from one of our satisfied and loyal customers. Hearing people's success with their skin confidence never gets old to me, and I always enjoy bringing people's confidence alive through naturally made skincare, soaps, face creams, herbal products, balms, and more. Thank you for making Me and a Tree Artisan Skincare your natural choice! I formulate many products for the skin but believe it or not; the most difficult of all is the formulation of our soaps. Soap has to have that precise balance of cleansing without over-cleansing while also delivering a soft moisturizing feel without being too oily and slick. A high-quality bar of good soap has a nice natural creamy...

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Eco Friendly Packaging & Products By Me and a Tree Skincare

Eco-friendly packaging and products are important. Here at Me and a Tree, we do everything in our power to make sure we are not harming animals and the environment. This is why we choose natural plant-based materials in our ingredients; however, eco-friendly packaging is important as well. One way we help is by selecting biodegradable packaging peanuts for all of our online orders.  You wouldn't want your purchased goodies to break, spill, or leak out during shipping! This is why we choose biodegradable packing peanuts in addition to recycled paper to help protect items while making sure the materials chosen also easily break down in an eco-friendly way.  Biodegradable packing peanuts are made from natural, nontoxic sources, such as rice, grain & corn starch. They dissolve in water and...

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3 Tips To Identifying What May Be Causing Your Skin Problems Ingredient Do's & Don'ts

One of the most frequent questions I get asked as a skin care maker is, "will this face or body cream make my skin break out?" I can't even count the number of times people ask me for help with their skin troubles from dealing with break outs from their "dermatologists recommended" cream to more serious issues. They often complain about a rash or overly dry skin (which leads to premature aging) from the prescription. They are usually frustrated and want something that works. They don't want the "solution" from the dermatologist that failed to solve their skin problem. Can you relate? So, how do you know if the skin care cream you are buying will moisturize your skin or cause breakouts...

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How To Apply Essential Oils Safely & Promote Health

The essential oil industry is BOOMING right now! So many people are using these lovely naturals plant-based scents in place of chemically-laden products and for good reason. Cancer rates are skyrocketing and people are demanding more natural alternatives. Essential oils are versatile in so many ways that it makes perfect sense that people are choosing a natural alternative over commercially promoted potentially cancer-causing cleaners, body care and natural alternatives to wellbeing and medicine. There are responsible and irresponsible ways of using essential oils. We will go over a few things to be mindful of below. Essential Oils & Your Body. Plants, for the most part, are easy to assimilate into our bodies and are easily excreted back out of our...

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Tea Tree Oil & Mosquito Bites

Yesterday, I was out enjoying a nice walk in the evening here in South Florida. After the heavy rains, the puddles were finally drying up, and I was anxious to get outdoors and go for a nice evening run. I was attacked by mosquitoes, unfortunately.  I also acquired a few itchy spots after my jog around the lush green freshly watered neighborhood. Here's what happened...    I didn't realize that mosquitoes found their way under my shirt (and possibly bit through my running clothes) and bit my sides and legs (oh joy!). I usually don't get bitten by them (my husband does!), and when I do, I don't usually get much of a reaction. This time was a little bit different.  I realize that I was likely swarmed by...

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Boost Your Antioxidants & Lower Inflammation

What is an antioxidant and why is it important?It's so important what we put ON our body but it's just as important what we put INTO our body too. Cells need oxygen and nutrition to do their job well. Likely you are using a good natural brand for your skincare and body care needs by now. If you aren't you should be. There's no reason to use chemical-laden unhealthful products in this day and age. There are a great many natural handcrafted artisan skincare brands that offer freshly made natural plant-based products while avoiding the longer shelf life (as in never breaking down) chemical stabilizers and fillers that don't add benefits to the skin and have been linked to cancer, endocrine disruption...

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