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DETOXIFICATION AT HOME

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Detoxification is about resting, cleaning and nourishing the body from the inside out. Detoxification means cleaning the blood. This is done by removing impurities from the blood. Detoxification has been practiced for centuries by different cultures around the world including Ayurvedic (Indian) and Chinese medicine systems.
Why you need to detoxify.
Today with more toxins in the environment than ever, it is critical to detoxify. From the food we eat to the air we breath in. Living without toxic build up is virtually impossible, which is why our body has built in mechanisms to deal with toxic overload and some of these mechanisms include crying, sweating (you wonder why people use anti-perspirant), urination and defeacation.
Exposure to toxins is part of life, however, with the abundance of chemicals and pesticides in our food and environment. And the increasing level of stress in our society, our body is overwhelmed with toxic build up and so needs additional help expelling toxins. Often times toxins bind to our sex hormone or thyroid hormones and slow down metabolism or weight gain. Our liver, small intestine, kidneys and colon are the major organs involved in the body’s detoxification system.
Symptoms you need to detoxify include but are not limited to
– Unexplained fatigue
– Irritated skin
– Allergies
– Mental confusion
– Bloating
– Menstrual problems

How to detoxify.
1) Drink lots and lots of water. I can’t over emphasise this point and it doesn’t cost you anything. Water can to flush out toxins from your body naturally. Proper water intake can contribute to clearer skin, properly functioning organs and a more effective circulatory, respiratory and digestive systems.
2) Do lots of exercise and sweat it out- we all know that exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. You don’t just have to turn to exercise when you want to lose weight, it should be done regularly. When it comes to naturally and effectively cleansing the body exercise is a great option. When you are exercising you not only help the body shed fat and excess weight, but you are also getting rid of toxins. As you sweat, these toxins can come out and therefore cleansing takes place.

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3) Replace coffees and beverages with green tea. Green tea is a superfood and it is a-m-a-z-i-n-g. A little coffee is okay maybe once a week. Green tea offers important antioxidants that our body needs in the most natural form.
4) Eat more fiber in its natural form and lots of fruits. Not only is it part of a healthy diet that will contribute to weight loss, but it’s also essential way of cleasing the body in the most natural form.
Our body especially the digestive tract, tend to onto some substance that enter. This may be toxins, preservativea from foods that we eat, or waste that is not disposed properly by the body. When you introduce fiber into our diet, it helps to keep the digestive tract working properly. Fresh fruits and vegetables, beans and legumes, and whole grains are all excellent sources of fiber.
5) Get more sleep at night
Without proper sleep you can gain weight, you may have a compromised immune system and of course you lack natural energy. Lack of sleep can catch up on you after a while. When you try to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night you give your body a chance to rest and recuperate. Sleep is not a luxury but an important way that your body rebuild and prepare for the activities that you have ahead the next day.
6) Avoid obvious environmental toxins which range from second hand smoke, smog to diminished air quality. If something doesn’t smell or feel right chances are that its not doing no good to your system.
7) Cut out simple carbohydrate, white sugar and flour and any fried foods.
The starchy sides at dinner such as white rice or pasta are as damaging to your waistline and your health as doughnuts, cakes and cookies. Many people don’t understand just how harmful products made with white sugar and flour can be but they result in toxins in the body that you don’t want. I also love rice but there healthy ways of taking rice why not go for brown rice(contains all the good nutrients) its very healthy rather than parboiled and peeled white rice.
8) Stop microwaving your food- microwaving changes the protein structure of your food making it potentially harmful to your body.

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9) Learn to incorporate superfoods into each meal.
Superfoods are a delicious and nutritious group of foods including foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids like Olive oil (Cold pressed), Salmon, Avocado, Almonds. Also take foods that are bright in colour as it means that they contain plenty antioxidants such as Spinach, Tomatoes, Sweet potatoes, Oranges, Carrots, Apples etc
10) Try fasting for a day or two
Replace foods with natural juices (100%- not 5alive o)made from fresh fruits and vegetable can really help. When you give your body a chance to rest in this capacity, it has time to recuperate and rejuvenate. Juicing your food floods your body with live enzymes and a lot of antioxidants that help not only to neutralize free radicals but also strengthen and support the immune system. Antioxidants even have anti-aging properties.
11) Make sure you use 100% cold pressed organic oils for cooking. Increase your vitamin C intake.
Learning how to detoxify the body doesn’t have to be complicated, but it does mean that you will have to make healthy choices that really work for you. To start detoxifying it is important that you detoxify your liver, kidneys and colon first as they are the major organ that detoxify and if they are blocked with toxins imagine doing yourself more harm than good. So make sure to detoxify them first, this would be discussed in a later post. If it your first time detoxifying you would encounter some unpleasant side effects such as headaches, nausea, fatigue, constipation, diarrhea. The side effects are completely normal just imagine opening flood gates. Hope you get the gist.
Question and comments are always welcomed. Follow us on twittering @naturesecreto. Have a beautiful week ahead.

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UNBELIEVABLE USES OF BAKING SODA

Hola! So the weekends are here again (happy dance- well its not like I have any job particularly). I know have been kinda quiet well have been down a little.
Straight off to business, I have been talking about baking soda this baking soda that and I just decided to make a post about the amazing uses of baking soda. I made a very big error on my part by saying baking soda and baking powder are the same well (turns eyes) they aren’t. Lemme explain baking soda contains only Sodium bi-carbonate while baking powder also has Sodium Bi-carbonate with added substances such as corn starch and Aluminum sulphate depending on the brand. Baking powder contains about the right amount of acid  to neutralize the Sodium Bi-carbonate present not completely sha.
Baking soda aka Sodium Bi-carbonate, helps regulate pH and has the ability to retard further changes in the pH balance, known as buffering.

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* Baking soda can be used to freshen the mouth- put one teaspoon in half a glass of water, swish, spit and rinse. Odors are neutralized.
* Making your own homemade toothpaste also homemade teeth whitener by just dipping your brush in the baking soda.
* To soak oral appliances or tools- soak them in two teaspoons baking soda dissolved in a glass or small bowl of water
* It can be used as a deodorant by putting it onto your underage to neutralize odors. For more on odors or body odour check Here
* As a facial scrub and body exfoliant -three parts baking soda to one part water. Rub in a gentle circular motion to exfoliant the skin. Rinse clean and it can be used daily. For more on skin care check this post
*Is your dull and looking lifeless it may be due to product build up. Making a paste of baking soda or adding it to your shampoo would do the trick.
* Clean brushes or combs by soaking it in a small basin of water containing two teaspoon of baking soda.
* Soothe your feet- dissolve three teaspoon of baking soda in a tub of warm water and soak your feet. Gently scrub.
* Baking soda can be used to clean the microwave, freshen stale-smelling  sponges.
* Baking soda is a safe way to clean dirt and residue off fresh fruit and vegetables. Just sprinkle a little on a clean damp sponge, scrub and rinse.
* Can be used to deodorant drains- pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain while running warm tap water. It will neutralize both acid and base odors for a fresh drain.
* To soothe mosquito bites – make a paste out of water and baking soda. Apply it to the bite and any swelling or itching would stop right away.
* To gently clean baby clothes and diapers by adding 1/2 cup to your detergent and soak.

These are just some of the uses of baking soda. The uses of baking soda are just too numerous to mention.

“You can have everything you want in life if you just help enough other people get what they want”

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SALT

Whenever we are  eating beans in our house, I guess its d salt geenie that performs the magic but I always end up putting too much salt in the beans. Anytime my Dad calls me, whenever he is eating the beans I cooked I know I added too much salt arrrgh. He won’t eat it and I didn’t understand why. So much so that he joked that salty beans is my signature. So I got digging and this is what I found…..
Salt (table salt) is a crystalline mineral that is composed primarily of Sodim chloride. Salt is one of the oldest, most ubiquitous food seasonings and salting is an important method of food preservation.

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Salt for human consumption is produced in different forms – Unrefined salt (such as sea salt), refined salt(table salt) and iodized salt.
Table salt- in many cuisines around the world, salt is used in cooking. Table salt is refined salt, which contains about 97% to 99% Sodium chloride. It usually contains additives which address a variety of health concerns, especially in the developing world. The identities and amount of additives vary widely from country to country. In Nigeria here we have iodized salts.
Benefits of taking salt
Chlorine and Sodium ions, the two major components of salt, are needed by all living creatures in small quantity.
* Salt is used in regulating the water content (fluid balance) of the body. The sodium ion itself is used for electrical signaling in the nervous system
* Salt is a great preservative that preserves blood cells and blood vessels.
* Salt also provides Chlorine, which helps produce acids necessary to digest protein and enzymes for carbohydrate digestion, and is necessary for proper brain functioning and growth.
* Salt contains Magnesium, which is important for producing enzymes, nerve transmission, bone formation, resistance to heart diseases and it also contains many other trace minerals.

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Health effect of eating too little salt
* Muscle cramp which is due to the fact that our body is drawing Sodium out of our your muscles, which can be very painful.
* Dizziness can occur when sodium level is drastically low in the body.
* Unexplained fatigue- low sodium levels in the body which causes you to have very low energy levels due to the sodium deficiency.
* Breathing difficulties- when Sodium levels reach their extreme, either extremely high or extremely low levels can create difficulties in breathing.
* Death – in extreme cases Death can occur.
Funny enough we don’t have low levels of Salt intake (well not that I know of) but we are dealing with high levels of Salt intake and how to curb it. I just had to chip in the benefits of salt so that we don’t avoid salt totally.

Health hazards of taking too much salts.
This is a global problem and research has shown that too much salt can push blood pressure up, increasing the risk of circulatory diseases such as heart diseases and stroke. This is the major health hazard of taking too much salt.
-Higher intake of Salt, sodium or salty foods is linked to an increase in stomach cancer. Research shows that salt as well as salty foods are a “probable cause of stomach cancer”.
-The more salt you take, the more Calcium your body flushes out in your urine.
– The morethe content of sodium ion in the body the more water is retained in the body and this puts pressure on the kidneys, Arteries, heart and brain. Which could ultimately lead to kidney failure.
– It might lead to Angina (sharp pains in the chest when being active).

Way forward.
After reading about the hazards of taking too much salt, I promise to cut back on the salt but how do I do it.
A very modest decrease in the amount of salt can have dramatic health benefit.
– Dr Kristen Bibbing-Domingo, U.Cal- SF
# Most of our salt comes from prepared foods, like ready made breads & cracker, canned & frozen foods, ready to eat breakfast cereals, cheese and restaurant foods. Unbelievable isn’t it but that’s the truth especially those packaged potato chip with the name Sp****le *to much salt*.
# Just reduce the amount of salt used when cooking. Try to make use of natural spices like Ginger and Garlic. Your tongue would grow accustomed to eating less salts and you would be better off.
*If you eat nothing but processed foods and naturally raised beef, chicken, eggs and milk; that you prepare yourself with a light hand on the salt shaker, you are taking in far more potassium than sodium. And potassium is more useful and healthy compared to sodium.

Finally the recommended salt intake is 300 milligrams about 1 teaspoon of salt per day. Rinse, wash and dilute processed foods before consumption.

BURNS

Howdy! Its been a long time, am so sorry for being AWOL.
Straight to business…
Burns are like the major home accident lets take a look at their causes, types, symptoms and my favorite part home/ natural remedy.
Burns are injuries to the skin and underlying tissues. Skin damage resulting from burns can be minor or can present a life threatening emergency, depending on the heat’s intensity, the total area of tissues burned and the length of exposure to the skin.

TYPES
Majority of burns are flame burns since they are caused by fire. Contact with flame can cause direct injury to the skin and tissue.
Damage to the skin caused by hot object is called Contact burn. In such an instance, the burn is confined to that part of the skin that came in contact with the hot object e.g iron, cigarette.
Sunburn involve damage to the skin caused by UV rays, emitted by the sun.
Electrical burn is caused by electricity. The burns are widely deep and may cause severe damage to the skin and its underlying tissues.
Chemical burn occur when in contact with flammable gases or chemicals. That are serious and it is advised you see a Doctor.

Classification of burns.

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Burns are classified according to the depth and extent of injury.
Burn depth depends on the layer of the skin that is damaged. Symptoms depend on the depth of damage.
First- degree burns
Involve the outermost layer of the skin called the Epidermis and such burns are superficial.
Symptom– cause pain lasting up to 2-3 days followed by the peeling of the skin over the next few days. The part of the skin affected is usually red in colour with blisters.

Second- degree burn
It affects some of the underlying layers i.e the dermis and Epidermis. This type of burn is also called Partial thickness burn.
Symptoms- The part of the skin affected is Red. Blisters are the first sign. As the Epidermis is destroyed, it begins to separate from the dermis. Fluid builds beneath it, causing blisters. Eventually, the blisters will spread into one another until the very thin Epidermis falls away, exposing the raw dermis underneath.
The victim begins to loose fluid, heat and the ability to block infection.

Third-degree burns
The injury extends to all the layers of the skin. The Epidermis and dermis have both been destroyed.
Symptoms– The victim has the same trouble with fluid loss, heat loss and infection that come with second-degree burn.

Fourth-degree burns
The part of the skin affected is black and charred. It involves injuries to the muscle or bones.

Home/ Herbal Remedy
HONEY- is commonly used for burns. And the covering of burns with honey has been shown to produce less scaring. Raw honey has wonderful antiseptic and healing properties.
* Diluted Vinegar – cover the burn area with a cloth soaked in diluted vinegar. Refresh the vinegar compress as often as needed, especially if the pain becomes stronger.
* Alone vera- apply aloe vera gel directly to the burn. Its soothing and rejuvenating properties will help cool the burned skin. Fresh inner fillets is preferred. Fresh alone vera quickly soothes painful burns with little or no scaring.
* Diluted Lavender oil -is also known to reduce pain and also prevent scaring. Lavender oil is oil of the essential that can be used directly on the skin without dilution. Everything should be done in moderation.
* Potato peels- provide moisture and also has antibacterial properties that help in healing and getting rid of burn scar.
* Lemon and tomato juice– can also be used to lighten and eliminate scars and burns.

Please do consult your Doctor for burns in the third and fourth degrees. Not all burns can be treated at home.

I hope I have been forgiven.
As always please feel free to drop your comments and suggestions.

RED ALERT!!! HYPERTENSION

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Blood pressure is the amount of pressure that is exerted on the arteries of the body as the blood circulates round the system. The human body is so constituted there must be a balance between the contraction of the left ventricle of the heart and the amount of blood pumped out into the aorta. When the pressure that the blood exerts on the blood vessels is consistently and abnormally high, it is called HYPERTENSION, when it is consistently and abnormally low, it is called HYPOTENSION. Normal blood pressure at rest is within the range of 100-140 mmHg (top reading) and 60-90 mmHg (bottom reading). A blood pressure is considered 135/70 mmHg or 140/70 mmHg is considered normal. A blood pressure of 140/90 mmHg is considered slightly high. A blood pressure of 150/90 or 150/100 is considered severe.

TYPES OF HYPERTENSION.
There are two types OF hypertension namely, primary and secondary hypertension.
Primary hypertension has no apparant cause, it just occurs. This is the case in 80-90% hypertension cases.
Secondary hypertension is caused by an underlying disease such as diabetes or kidney problem.

Causes
*Heredity – from clinical observations, however, there is enough reason to conclude that hypertension runs in the family. Some other opinion insist that what is inherited is the tendency towards the sickness, not the sickness itself.
*Those brought up on high calorie diets are likely to develop hypertension. High intake of salts also leads to hypertension.
*Negative attitudes to life, hatred, envy, anxiety, excessive worry, are unhealthy mental attitudes. Persons in these states of mind are prone to severe hypertension.

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SYMPTOMS
Rarely shows any symptom and its identification is usually through screening, or when seeking healthcare for an unrelated problem.
Lightheadedness
Vertigo
Altered vision or fainting episodes.
Tinnitus (buzzing or hissing in the ears).

Homemade treatments
HONEY – can reduce pressure from the heart and it also has a calming effect on the blood vessels and hence it can help in reducing high blood pressure. People suffering from hypertension must make it an habit to consume 1 to 2 teaspoon of honey on a daily basis. It is a good idea to take 2 teaspoon of honey on an empty stomach in the morning.
Banana
Are one of the most amazing foods, when it comes to keeping us healthy as they have so many kinds of vitamins and minerals in their in the case if high blood pressure, the potassium in the banana works to lower the blood pressure. So eating 1-2 bananas a day can be fabulous for your health.
GARLIC
Regular use of garlic has been shown to reduce the blood pressure by 10-15%. That’s about 20 points for many people with high blood pressure.
Dosage– You can take garlic in the clove form, in the powdered form, minced form or even as paste. There is no fixed dosage.  There are no side effects of garlic, so you don’t have to worry about the excess of it unless you are pregnant.
Preparation – you can add it to food, but the best is probably eating it in the form of a clove.
It is recommended to eat fresh clove of garlic to reduce your high blood pressure. It seems to work better raw than in food in powdered form or paste.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This is a miracle cure for high blood pressure patients. ACV acts very fast, & you will start seeing a difference in your blood pressure within a week. You don’t need any medication for blood pressure with ACV.
Dosage– Take one full tablespoon 3 times a day for best results.
Preparation– If it’s too strong for you, you can mix it with a blissful of water. Buy a non pasteurized brand. A good one is Braggs Organic Apple Cider Vinegar.
You can also try to use the roots(cut) of Talinum triangulare (Yoruba- Gbure. English- water leaf) in 10 litres of water. Measure 10 handful of the root.
Dosage- 1/2 glass twice daily for 2 months.
Squeezing the fresh leaves of Ficus asperfolia called Epin in yoruba in water. Drink a glassful thrice daily.
And don’t forget cayenne  pepper.
I hope I have been able to do justice to the topic.
Has anyone tried other remedies that work? Please feel free to comment.

THE TRUTH ABOUT PILES aka JEDIJEDI

Piles/ Hemorrhoids popularly called jedijedi is prevalent among the young. I don’t think there is a house in Nigeria without a herbal concoction for PILES. Let’s examine the science of PILES.

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Pile also called Hemorrhoids, but contrary to the popular believe that it is caused only  when you take refined or sugary foods in excess is not true. We would later look at the causes of piles.
Hemorrhoids could be described as masses or clumps of tissues within the anal canal. These masses of tissue contain blood vessels and their surrounding, supporting tissues is made up of muscle and elastic fibres. Although most people think Hemorrhoids are abnormal, it is only when the Hemorrhoids cushions become too big that the Hemorrhoids can cause problems and be considered abnormal. In that case, we say that a person has Hemorrhoids or swollen veins in the rectum or anus. The type of Hemorrhoids you have depends on where they occur first.

Types of Piles/ Hemorrhoids
Internal Hemorrhoids– occur inside the anal cavity and usually cause painless bleeding at the end of a bowel movement. Sometimes, an internal hemorrhoids may stretch down until it bulges outside the anus and it is called a Prolapsed Hemorrhoid. A Prolapsed hemorrhoid will go back inside d rectum on its  own. If it does not happen, u can gently push it back inside or consult a Physician.

External Hemorrhoid- occur outside the anus. It can be felt as a bulge in the anus. Although they can be itchy and painful.

SYMPTOMS
Most common clinical feature of pile includes passage of blood along with stool.
Acute pain, itching and irritation around the anus.
Sensation of fullness, usually described as feeling the urge to have a bowel movement even when there is no stool. Straining worsens the discomfort.

CAUSES
Taking refined and sugary foods such as biscuits, ice cream and soft drinks.
One of the cause(main) is straining when a person is trying to have a bowel movement. This may happen if someone is constipated or has diarrhea.

TREATMENT
Drinking 2 to 3 glasses of warm water on rising and before bedtime. Emphasis on warm water.
Taking of foods rich in fibre such as whole grains, vegetables, fruits among others.
Lemon juice – saturate a cotton ball in a glass of freshly squeezed lemon juice. While this may cause a mild burning or tingling sensation during the first application, you have the assurance that it will quickly go away.
Banana- while this fruit is widely recognized for being an effective laxative, you should know that consuming boiled ones for two times each day can also help in eliminating Hemorrhoids. Just make sure that you boil ripe banana.
Ginger and Onion- Rubbing onion with water and consuming it works effectively in obtaining relief from the problems. You can also use ginger to naturally treat the problem by mixing it with mint(efirin) and lime juice and a tablespoon of honey.

You can also boil 2 Irish potatoes for 10 minutes. Eat the half boiled potatoes, peel inclusive. Do this every night for 10 days.

Neem tree ire Dongoyaro plant and 8 bottles of water. Squeeze some quantity of the leaves in the water. Drink one glassful twice a day.
The already prepared herbal concoction can also be taken.

When to seek medical advice
You need to get help from the  doctor if you notice that the symptom of pile are already accompanied by weakness and lightheadedness since this might indicate loss of significant amount of blood.

Have a wonderful week ahead.
As always I would love to hear from you.

ACHIEVE THAT BEAUTIFUL SKIN WITH NO STRESS OR HASSLE…

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Skin! Skin!! Skin!!!
Who doesn’t want a beautiful? We all spend a fortune chasing that elusive perfect skin, it’s so much of a big deal to ladies and guys well some guys. Let’s look at all the things you should know about skincare.
The human skin is the outer covering of the body. Though nearly all human skin is covered with hair follicles, it can appear hairless. To achieve that perfect skin, you must have a regimen or a way you want to take care of the skin to achieve that youthful, beautiful skin.

Basics of skincare
You need to follow these basics religiously to achieve that perfect skin. And who says the perfect skin should cost millions, you can achieve that youthful, perfect skin using products from your kitchen.

*CLEANSING
The purpose of a cleanser or soap is to surround, loosen and make it easy to remove dirt, debris, germs, excess oils and left-over products applied to the skin or face. Unfortunately, there are harmful effects of cleansers on the skin. Often people think their skin isn’t  clean unless it feels dry and tight after they wash it. Instead of spending a huge amount on cleansers, you can make your one and they are as effective as store bought ones.
Raw Honey Cleanser.
All you need is 1 tablespoon of honey and 1teaspoon of baking powder. Mix together into a paste and massage in2 damp skin for 1minute. Rinse with warm water and finish with a cold splash to close the cuticles.
Or you  can use 1 ripe tomato with 2 tablespoon of milk and 2 tablespoon of lemon, lime, orange. Mix it together and use it to wash your face.
Oil cleanse is also very effective that would be discussed in a later post.

*Toners
Toners are meant to remove all remaining traces of oil, make up and dirt. It balances the pH of your skin and prepares it for Moisturizing.
A simple recipe for a toner is a teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar in a cup of water. (ACV is very acidic a little goes a long way).

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*Moisturizer
Moisturizing is an essential step in good skincare. An effective Moisturizer will have a combination of ingredients that
1. Cut down damage from free radicals.
2. Help the cells to function normally.
3. Replenish the skin’s natural ingredient that help maintain it’s structure.
You won’t believe this but the best Moisturizers are Oils. *Am like what*. But that’s the truth and by oils I mean natural oils such as pure coconut oil, Hemp seed oil(this particular oil is filled with ceramides that make your skin happy), extra virgin Olive oil and butters like shea butter, cocoa butter among others.

*Exfoliation
This process removes dead skin from cells gently and should be done one or twice a week.
A good recipe is equal parts of sea salt and oil creates a natural scrub that will help remove impurities without stripping excess oil.
A recipe is the sugar face scrub
1 tablespoon organic cane sugar
1-2 drops of water
1-2drops of orange, lemon or lavender essential oil.
Also you can make use of oatmeal(cooked oats) and a tablespoon of water. Apply to the face and let it dry for five minutes and rinse off.
Tomato sugar face scrub
You need 1tomato
1tablespoon of sugar
Cut the tomato in half and dip into the sugar. Rub your face with the tomato in circular motion. Leave it on for 10 minutes.

And lastly you need a sunscreen to protect you from the UV rays.

As always questions and comments are welcomed .
Has anyone tried any of the recipes mentioned above? Feel free to drop other recipes I might have skipped.