Hope, Faith & Health Blog

Jun. 26, 2017

I have wanted to do this for some time but was unsure how to start and what to do. This is a big switch from store bought Deodorant to a Natural non chemical based one. I read reviews that Natural Deodorants just don’t work as well and people would complain about sweat and smelling still.

 The issue is that after many many years of using chemicals your body has adjusted and absorbed so much chemicals that you actually need to Detox your pits for a natural Deodorant to work properly. Just like when you try to lose weight and have indulged in so much bad food you do a Detox or Cleanse so your body resets and you absorb the proper nutrition, the same goes for your skin. Armpits are full of pores that absorb tons of chemicals and run thru your blood stream.

I decided to give this a try and Detox my pits. Let me tell you at first it was not easy to switch and many times I wanted to give up and just return to the easy norm of Store bought Dove Deodorant but I pushed thru and was so happy I did!!

For the first week I detoxed every night for 5 days in a row and in the morning and afternoon I applied the deodorant and I found after the 4th day it was working for both Odor and sweat.

Here is how to do it…

Materials needed:

1 Tbsp Bentonite Clay (found on Amazon)

2 tsp Cider Vinegar

Aloe Vera liquid Spray (found on Amazon)

Mix the clay and vinegar in a small glass bowl with a wood or plastic spoon (never use metal it reacts with the clay) put the paste on your pits and sit for 5-15 minutes (I did 5 minutes the first 2 days then 15 minutes the rest of the week) when the time is up wash your armpits in the sink or take a shower. Apply aloe spray to pits for added moisture then apply deodorant to dry pits. Do this 2-3 times a week for a month or two after the first initial week of Detox.

This was a trial and error issue but in the end it worked out and was well worth the little bit of work to get healthy pits!

I hope this article is helpful and you have success in the transition! If you are looking for a Natural Deodorant that does not cost an arm and a leg I do make and sell some in my Etsy shop. www.hopefaithhealth.etsy.com

~Monica

**This is research and findings of Hope Faith Health and not intended to treat or diagnose consult your doctor for medical advice. This may not work for everyone and some may experience sensitivity to skin**

Feb. 21, 2017

As I have discussed before in this blog I have really bad scalp Psoriasis and have struggled with it for many years! I have tried everything from washing my hair less to making scalp oil with essential oils. The Essential oils helps ease the symptoms but the patches were still there and the flaking skin. It was so embarrassing and I felt self conscious having anyone touch my hair or hug me for fear of my scalp flaking on to their shoulder or them seeing my scalp!

I searched high and low for something that actually worked! I tried many shampoos for dandruff or with coal tar in them and nothing was working. I was about to give up and come to grips that I was doomed to have this condition forever and had to manage it to the best of my ability. That was until I discovered Monat Hair care line!

I was noticing my hair start to thin because it could not grow past the patches of dry skin and my hair looked aged and dull from not being healthy due to the psoriasis. I stalked the internet for one last attempt desperate to find something and I came across Monat! People were raving about the results and how they have new hair growth and the patches are GONE from the psoriasis. Then I found a family friend that sells Monat and talked in depth with her as to what products may work for me. We decided on the Let it grow system and the Rejuveniqe Oil they carry.

What products did I get? Ok lets break it down by product in the Let it grow system first. The two products are the Intense repair treatment shampoo and the Intense repair treatment spray. First thing I noticed is the lovely smell of the products, most products I have tried have a stinky “medicated” smell to them and this is sweet and fresh. I noticed a difference in the overall texture and manageability of my hair just after the first wash! I have now been using it for almost two weeks and My hair is denser and soft it even healed my split ends I was getting. So this was great for my hair but what about my scalp?? Well I used the Rejuveniqe Oil for my scalp at night and in the first day I noticed a HUGE change in my scalp the patches were gone in some areas and less itchy in others! I could not believe it this was just ONE application!! I was excited to use it again to see how much I could heal the scalp. So after a week I was astonished my Psoriasis was GONE! I have never had that happen with anything ever! I have to say in all honesty I was sitting there in my bathroom looking thru my hair at my scalp and I started to cry honest to god tears streaming down my face! I found something to help me get my confidence back and my hair as well!!

You know you’ve got a good product when your husband of all people notices a huge difference! I was in love with my hair for the first time in a long time!

How do you get it?? I have a friend who sells it and this is her website. (www.jerilimsdahl.mymonat.com) If you get a chance check out this site and look thru the information to see what products will work for your hair care needs!

One other thing I love about this company is the fact that like everything else I use it is Naturally based and never tested on animals!! “Our revolutionary line of naturally based solutions addresses the effects of the environment, chemicals, product overuse and even aging. And we do it while saying no to questionable ingredients and animal testing!”Monat website.

Can this work for men? Why YES it can! These products also help reduce the amount of DHT on the scalp and help to renew your hair and in some cases have helped to promote re-growth of new hair! I will be trying these on my husband and let you know how that turns out!

I hope you found this informative and helpful.

Thanks

~Monica

*These are the findings of Hope, Faith & Health and are not intended to treat or diagnose issues. Results may vary as well these are my personal results and findings*

Dec. 2, 2016

Every time you put on that lotion after a bath, shower or when you skin feels dry I ask you to first turn it over and read the ingredients! Half of them I am sure you cannot even pronounce or have to Google to find out what they really are made of. There are so many ingredients that are so bad for your body and your health that the US can put into cosmetics and skincare products. We are not heavily regulated as far as chemicals go in the industry and that is truly sad. You could be poisoning your body and not even know it. This is why I have chosen to make my own from scratch! My lotion is made of natural butters and oils found in the earth and grown with high quality and Organic!

Some of the gunk in the commercial
lotions can include:  Water, Glycerin, Stearic Acid,
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Glycol Stearate,
Peg-100 Stearate, Petrolatum,
Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cyclopentasiloxane,
Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Fragrance,
Stearamide Amp, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine,
Carbomer, Disodium Edta, Methylparaben, Propylparaben,
Titanium Dioxide.

 YIKES that is a lot of ingredients. I searched just one of them Disodium EDTA and that was found to have harmful effects with long term use. Environmentalist groups to claim that it is toxic, carcinogenic and mutagenic, or capable of producing mutations in live offspring. The FDA claims that the quantity approved for cosmetic use is not toxic and limits these effects?? Why even have these effects even if it is a small percentage that is a risk I am not willing to take!

My lotion contains Shea Butter, Emulsifying wax, Stearic acid, sweet almond oil or avocado oil and olive oil. Everything is natural and great for your skin without the toxic effects. Please be cautious of your products you put on your body as I have said before it only takes 26 seconds for chemicals to reach your blood stream and affect your overall wellness. I hope this post can help you to be safer and take care of the body you have.

Thanks

~Monica

**This is the research and opinion of hope, faith& Health and not intended to treat or diagnose do your research and form your own conclusions as well.**

Aug. 23, 2016

 

I am sure you have noticed I have been quite busy! I have been making and selling lots of soaps and body butters and I thank everyone who has made the switch to healthier products!! As always I am doing research all the time for new ways to incorporate natural products into my everyday life. I have been experimenting in making my own make-up line with eye shadows and lip products. That has been very fun and I love experimenting I am still trying to perfect it so the quality is there like the make-up you find in stores.

I wear and LOVE Younique brand of make-up due to it is naturally based and they have a wonderful foundation that helps sexually abused women get their lives back and they also have paired up with a foundation that helps defend the innocent children against sexual abuse and if they have unfortunately become victims they have a program that helps in the healing process and teach parents how to talk to their children about sexual abuse. I love selling their make-up and will continue to, however I also want to have options out there for everyone and that is why I have decided to create HFH Cosmetics for 100% Natural Make-up made by hand in small batches for those of you who would prefer that option. Just like every other woman in the world who loves make-up we all use multiple brands and this is why I have chosen this as well. I hope to have the line up soon for everyone to enjoy!!

If you want to check out Younique I have added a link to my website to my Younique website to peruse their line and make purchases. If you have any question on any of the products let me know I would love to help as I do use all of their make-up!

Another thing I have come across is a product called Plexus if you have not heard of it this is a natural based Health supplement that can help with weight management or weight loss, and also help control blood sugar for those diabetics out there or pre diabetics. I love this line of supplements my favorite is the Slim also known as the “Pink Drink” wonderful energy you gain from this. I drink one every morning! Everyone can stand to lose a little weight and this helps you in your journey to a healthy body. Best part is that it is Natural ingredients!! Here is a link to my rep that I use: https://shopmyplexus.com/jeaninemknox/index.html

Also awesome news from Edens Garden Essential Oils company!! They now have a kids line that is safe for use with children 2 yrs and older!!! I am excited about this news and cannot wait to get my supply!! Check it out http://www.edensgarden.com/collections/ok-for-kids 

 

I hope to have more news and new products starting in the fall before Christmas time so keep checking back to see what is new and any deals I may have going on!! Enjoy your day and be healthy.

 

~Monica

 

**These are the opinions and research of Hope, Faith & Health and are not intended to diagnose, treat or prevent illness. Do your research and form your opinions as well and above all have fun trying something new!**

Jul. 28, 2016

If you have read my blog you know I suffer from really bad scalp psoriasis and have been using anything I can to help keep it at bay. I recently discovered Apple Cider Vinegar and the benefits it has for your scalp and hair among many other uses. I was only interested in the use for the scalp to help clear up my psoriasis and tame flaking skin. I have been doing it for about two weeks now and love the results thus far.

I use it about three times a week because I have a bad case right now and wanted to clear it up quickly. Why Apple Cider Vinegar?? Well I have been researching things that can help aid my Essential Oils that are natural to battle my psoriasis and found lots of recommendations about Apple Cider Vinegar and decided to read more about this product. I love that it is all natural of course but the best is all the benefits it has for all sorts of issues and is very versatile. It is a great detoxifier for the body and skin due to the antibacterial and antimicrobial properties it has. It helps to balance the bodies PH levels and aid in the reduction of illnesses and impurities in the body promoting all over wellness and health. I am glad to hear all the benefits but like I said I was only interested in the head area. I have to say I am surprised and pleased at the results not only is the itching and scaling reduced just after two weeks but I have found my hair to be strong, healthy and even a bit thicker!!

Now I know what you are thinking because I thought the same thing Vinegar does not smell the greatest and I don’t want to smell like a salad all day on my head. I can assure you after you use conditioner and have rinsed the hair well it does not smell at all. If you smell it you did not rinse it well enough.

I hope you give it a try even if you are looking to improve the overall texture and strength of your hair.

 

Here is a recipe I use:

 

4 oz flip top bottle

2 oz Apple Cider Vinegar (make sure it has “mother” on the label)

2 oz distilled water

10 drops Lemon Essential Oil

10 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil

 

Combine in the bottle shake before each use first shampoo hair as normal then squirt mixture onto scalp and hair be sure to rub it in and leave on your head at least 5 – 10 min. Follow with conditioner. You can do this 2-3 times a week.

 

I hope you enjoy this information and are able to give it a try!

 

~Monica

 

*These are the opinions of Hope, Faith & Health and are not intended to treat, diagnose, or cure illness use at your own risk.*