19 August 2013

What is a Naturopathic Doctor?

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dr. Tara Andresen - ND. All opinions are 100% mine.

If you suffer from a chronic condition, naturopathic doctor may help you find relief.  A naturopathic doctor can diagnose, treat, and prevent illnesses.  They help their patients live as healthy as possibly by using the body's ability to heal itself using natural remedies.  


naturopathic clinic can treat many different conditions, including:

  • Women's health from puberty to menopause
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attack prevention
  • High cholesterol
  • Back and neck pain
  • Arthritis
  • Headaches
  • Fibromyalgia
  • TMJ
  • Allergies
  • Heartburn
  • Diarrhea
  • Crohn's disease
  • Food sensitivities
  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Weight management


A naturopathic doctor diagnoses illness much like a general doctor does using tests.  The doctor may use blood work, saliva testing, or a urine test in the office.  The samples can be tested in the office, or they can be sent out to a lab for further testing.


Treatment is typically different at a naturopathic clinic.  The doctor may recommend simple diet or lifestyle changes to help you reduce symptoms or pain.  The doctor may also use one of the following treatments:

  • Acupuncture
  • Botanical medicine
  • Spinal manipulation
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Nutrition supplementation

If you live in Toronto, Ontario, visit Dr. Tara Andresen, ND at drtaraandresennd.com for more information.  She offers treatment and prevention for many diseases and conditions, including those mentioned above.  


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09 August 2013

DIY Eye Shadow Primer Recipe

Do you use eye shadow primer?  I didn't used to until I got a free sample.  Now I won't apply my eye makeup without it.

Primer is like foundation for your eye makeup.  It helps it go on smoother, reduces creasing, and helps your makeup stay longer.  If your makeup creases or wears off after a few hours, try using a primer.  You may also want to look in to makeup for oily eyelids if your makes dissolves or melts quickly.

Primer is expensive, but you can make your DIY eye shadow primer very easily!

Here are a few different recipes to help you get started making your own.  Personally, I use coconut oil in place of petroleum just because coconut oil makes a great eye cream on its own, so it makes sense to use it in a eye product like primer.  Of course, you can use your own base.

DIY Eyeshadow Primer Recipe

If I don't have homemade eyeshadow primer on hand, I will dust some arrowroot powder on my lids before I apply my eyeshadow.  If I need my shadow to last all day, I'll use some of my foundation over the powder and let it dry before applying my shadow.

Blushing Barbies Eyeshadow Primer - This uses a lotion as a base, but you could also use your daily moisturizer.  Just try to use an unscented and dye free lotion so you don't irritate your eyes.

Primer Recipe - I really like this post because she shows pictures of her DIY primer vs an expensive one. The expensive one wins, but the price and no chemicals make the DIY better to me.

Easy Primer Recipe - I've tried this one, and it isn't as great as the other two recipes, but it is easy.  This is perfect if you run out of handmade or storebought primer and need some now.

Want to make your own eyeshadow too?  Try these easy DIY eyeshadow recipes!
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01 August 2013

DIY Coffee Scrub Exfoliator Recipe

After you get burnt, peeling skin is annoying and embarrassing.  Slough it away with this easy DIY coffee scrub!  Chlorine and sun exposure can dry out your skin, but this recipe will soothe and moisturize your skin so you are ready to hit the beach in a bikini again.

DIY Coffee Scrub Recipe

What You Need

1/4 cup coffee grounds from brewed coffee
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup aloe vera gel


1.  Melt coconut oil in a glass dish in the microwave.  It melts fast, so use 10 second intervals until melted.
2.  Add aloe vera and coffee grounds and let cool completely.  Stir occasionally.
3.  When set, use the scrub in the shower to gently scrub away dead skin cells and moisturize your skin.

Do not use on your face or on sunburnt skin.  Wait for your skin to heal after a burn to use this.

Coconut oil is an excellent skin moisturizer, and aloe vera is said to have healing properties for dry skin.

How easy is this DIY coffee scrub recipe?