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Review of Hesta Organic: Organic Cotton is the best on your skin and for the health of the environment & planet

Hesta Women’s Organic Cotton Basic Panties/Briefs Underwear 3 Pack (Apparel)
This review is posted on Amazon.

Why would I choose to spend more money on my undergarments, when I could buy ones that are much cheaper?

There are many reasons – here are a few:
1- NO chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, GMO’s are used to grow the cotton and cotton is one of the highest laden pesticide crops on the planet
2- For the health of my own body – as what is on my skin (clothes I wear, soaps,lotions and creams I use) leach out through the pores into the body, especially when I sweat, so if it is conventional cotton, then the chemicals are going from the skin into my body and directly into the bloodstream. Most important are the garments that are closest to the skin, especially when it comes to more sensitive and private areas, that goes for bras or tank tops, as well.
3- For the health of the environment & planet – what is planted in the the ground and grown in the soil, affects the health of all of nature, including people, plants, animals, bees, air, etc. If we can all do one more thing to help change the status of the earth, it would he to use more organic products, whether textiles, food, skin care, etc. We can turn the tide by demanding more organic because are using it more and will create more need for organic farms and farms. This all leads to a more sustainable environment that benefit all creations.

This is a great product and the company does everything right! They understand the importance of organic and are GOTS certified, which is the highest standard for textiles. They do not use any dyes, bleaches and toxic sustances to make their products. They are environmentally friendly and cause no harm to your body.

I like that it comes in a 3 pack, so can use and then wash and have another to wear. I also very highly recommend that you use a mild soap like Dr. Bronner’s that has no sodium lauryl sulfate or other sulfates that are not good for you and hand wash and let it air dry. You may not have thought of this, but it makes sense, as why would you buy something organic, whether clothes or food and then use chemical detergent or tap water to clean it and then you are defeating the purpose!

The material is super soft, fits comfortably and is breathable and I am happy to support organic products (for my health and the planet) and this company.

Please do check out my youtube channel: TheRawsomeVeganGal, as I will have a video review of this product on there, as well.

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3 Pack of Black Organic Undergarments – Size Small from Hesta Organic

Organic Black Undergarment – Size Small from Hesta Organic

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Disclaimer: I was not sponsored to write this review, but I did receive a sample of the product(s). These are strictly my opinions. I only review products that I, myself would use and purchase.

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How to Get Rid of Facial Hair by Tonya Zavasta

I found this article to be very informative on how to get rid of facial hair using only natural food ingredients, that is why I am reposting it on my blog. Like Tonya says, you have to be consistent and do it for a while, on a day-to-day basis to see results.

How to Get Rid of Facial Hair by Tonya Zavasta

What causes this condition?

Many women experience excess facial hair, especially as they age. The root of the problem: the overproduction of male hormones called androgens.

All women’s bodies generate these hormones, and commonly do so without producing excess hair. So long, that is, that hormone production levels stay normal. But several factors can pull androgen production beyond the normal.

Big factors here include heredity and obesity. Fat cells store androgens. Some medical conditions can lead to unwanted facial hair. Corticosteroid medications—prednisone, birth control pills, and hormone replacement treatments among these—can all affect hormone levels, too. Menopause can bring a decrease in the production of estrogen, also leading to darker and more prominent facial hair.

You can manage your facial hair growth with your diet.
Make sure you read the article: Unwanted Facial Hair and Your Diet

Natural Remedies for Removing Facial Hair

Many natural remedies offer beneficial effects for your skin and will help you remove that pesky facial hair! Here are a few common topical home treatments that work well when repeated a couple of times a week…

Lemon juice and honey. Apply a mixture of 1 tbsp. of juice and 4 tbsp. honey. Remove gently after 15 minutes.

Raw papaya and turmeric powder. Create a paste combining 1 to 2 tbsp. raw papaya with ½ tsp. of turmeric powder. Massage onto face. Rinse away after 15 minutes.

Oatmeal and banana. Create a paste with 1 ripe banana and 1 to 2 tsps. of oats and massage into area for 15 minutes. Rinse off with water.

Water and turmeric powder. Create a paste by combining 1 to 2 tsps. of turmeric with water. Wash off after 15 minutes.

Basil and onion. Remove the thin translucent film from between the layers of two onions. Crush 10 to 12 leaves of basil with the film to create a paste. Apply the mixture to affected area. After 15 minutes, rinse off.

Organic gram flour and turmeric powder. Create a paste using 1-2 tsp. of turmeric with ¼ cup of flour and water. Apply to area and leave until dry. Wipe away gently with a warm cloth.

These methods will require consistency and patience. A few applications won’t do it. Nor will spotty use. Consistency over many weeks is what you’ll need for success.

Turmeric for Clear Skin

It’s a cluster of natural processes working together that give these remedies their powerful practical value: exfoliating, cleansing, moisturizing, and anti-oxidant properties. The one ingredient that appears most often in good homeopathic recipes is turmeric. Turmeric has been used for many generations across many cultures, for radiant, healthy skin. In addition to having anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, it has also been shown to prevent excess hair growth. It’s nothing less than wonderful for the complexion.

This is why I’ve selected turmeric as one of the ingredients in my new GlaciClear Facial Masque, and combined it with several other nourishing elements, including Canadian Marine Glacial Clay, aloe vera, green tea, and chamomile extracts, for undeniably fresh, clean results.

Applying this masque daily will not only give you a glowing, blemish-free complexion, but it will keep the facial hairs at bay.

If you are interested in learning more about Tonya and all that she offers, click on the link on the right-hand side column that has a picture of her at 57 (she is actually almost 59). She is a great role model and testament to living a healthy vibrant lifestyle and retaining her youthful vigor and vitality.

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Company Review: Freeland Foods/Go Raw -Raw Organic Vegan Snacks

Freeland Foods/Go Raw – Raw Organic Vegan Snacks (serving the public since 2002 – 10 years)

I have known this company for many years and consider myself a friend of the owner. It is great to develop close(r) relationships with those who are pioneers in this industry and who are truly “real,” in their life, lifestyle and how they conduct business. It is a great model and great story. The first time I met Rob(ert) Freeland was at the Hillcrest Farmer’s Market in San Diego more then 10 years ago and he was selling some raw vegan snack products (he studied and worked at the Optimum Health Institute prior to starting this business). I did not know much about raw food, but he gave me a snack to try and I liked it. At the time they were in wax paper type bags and had a sticker/label on it with information about the product (they’ve come a long way since then). I brought some products to a class I was teaching on raw foods at the School of Healing Arts in Pacific Beach and people were very interested.

Rob rented a space on University Avenue and built his own custom dehydrators to produce the products. I visited there a number of times and got to see how the production worked. I was one of the first to sample the chocolate before it was introduced to the public. From there, eventually the company and Freeland family (wife and children) made a big change by moving north to be closer to family and found a space to expand the business (Rob and family have moved back to San Diego, but the business is still up north, but plans are in the works to move it back to SD). Time has created great success for Rob and the company. The public gets to enjoy the benefits of great certified organic raw vegan snack products (flax snax, granola, super cookies and chips, chocolate, energy bars and sprouted seeds) that are free of oils, sugars, GMO’S, nuts, gluten and wheat. Having an option like this is great!

Please be mindful that these are dehydrated snacks. This means that you will need to drink lots of fluids to make up for that. Also most have flax and/or other seeds and/or coconut so the fat content will be much higher then if you simply ate some fresh fruit. Don’t get me wrong, the snacks are delicious and it is very easy to “indulge” and eat more then you intended to. Eating too much fat is not beneficial to the body regardless of whether it is raw or cooked, vegan, vegetarian or animal-based. The reason being, is that it creates more of an acidic state in the body in which it will need to work harder to return to an alkaline balance.

I support Rob and his company with all they do in promoting eating foods that are closer to nature and are better for the planet then the other “crap” people are eating. These snacks are a transition/stepping stone to getting further into eating whole, fresh, raw, organic fruits and vegetables. We are helping ourselves and helping the planet, as well!

I do have some constructive criticism to share: There are some changes I would like to see in ingredients currently used in the products. First, would be replacing sea salt with kelp powder (I have an article about this in a previous blog post that was written by Roger Haeske, and not all of you are going to agree with me on what he says – you can do your own research – I have read many other articles on the subject of salt and why it is not beneficial to our health – we do need sodium because it is a mineral, but sodium chloride is not!). I would also like to see an alternative to agave syrup because it is not all it is “cracked up” to be (with the research done, it has been touted to be on par with HFCS -high fructose corn syrup – not good!). I believe that coconut sugar in liquid form would be a better option, but not sure if it is raw. I would also like to see a veggie chip that is made out of something other then kale (which has saturated the market by other companies).

Please check out the website (scroll down to link on the far right-hand side of this page) for more information about the company, products and locations to purchase.

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