Loving Derma e Natural Skincare!

For over 25 years Derma E has been developing skin care products rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and botanicals that have been proven effective at battling conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, scarring and aging. The company uses scientifically proven ingredients where there is documented evidence of effectiveness, such as alpha lipoic acid, oregano, Ester-C, and hyaluronic acid.

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Treat Yourself to Turmeric!

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a culinary spice related to the ginger root that can be ground fresh or used in powdered form. As previously mentioned, turmeric has documented anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties and is associated with the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. The elderly in India who consume turmeric in their curries daily have the world’s lowest rate of Alzheimer’s. Since eating curry every day is unrealistic for most of us, below are some ways to incorporate turmeric into your regular routine.

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Seventh Generation Fresh Citrus Natural Hand Wash

Scented with essential oils and botanical extracts, this is a great hand wash for messy places, such as the kitchen, where an expensive bottle of organic hand wash might not be economical. While the ingredient list is not entirely organic essential oils (our ideal), this soap doesn’t contain any parabens, dyes, or synthetic fragrances. The best part is the great value, costing around $3 for a 12 ounce container at Home Depot.

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The Medicinal Powers of Manuka Honey

Manuka honey is made from the nectar collected by European honey bees that forage bushes in New Zealand and Southeastern Australia known as manuka bushes or Leptospermum scoparium. Manuka honey is dark in color and has a strong medicinal flavor. We keep this honey in our medicine cabinet, not the kitchen, due to its well documented antibacterial and anti fungal properties.

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Loving So Delicious Cultured Coconut Milk Yogurt

This month we are experimenting with eliminating regular yogurt from the diet to see if it helps clear up acne (so far it has)! In an effort to replace our usual decadent snack (Greek Gods Honey Yogurt, sshh, don’t tell anyone) we tried a few non-dairy varieties. The verdict? Soy yogurt is disgusting. Goat yogurt tastes like goat. But this coconut milk yogurt is actually quite delicious AND it contains more live cultures than regular dairy.

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European Hot Chocolate In New York

A few years ago in a little town called Ronda in Spain, we stumbled across the most amazing hot chocolate beverage imaginable (above). European hot chocolate is thick, rich melted dark chocolate without added sugars, powders, chemicals or preservatives. We had yet to find anything resembling this until a recent visit the MarieBelle chocolate store in New York’s SoHo area.

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