Bitter Greens for Health & Beauty

Something I love almost as much as my chocolate ~ is BITTER GREENS.

Why you ask!?

These powerful healing leaves actually become quite delicious the more you eat them, PLUS they are amazing for promoting beautiful skin, detoxifying the liver, & encouraging sluggish digestion.  Pictured is a fresh crop of dandelion leaves from my small herb garden... also marinated BITTER GREENS.

Bitter Greens

Bitter Greens for Health & Beauty
A nice healthy recipe by Abigal O'Neill

Author:
Cuisine: healthy kitchin
Recipe type: side dish/topping
Serves: 4

Prep time: 
Total time: 

Ingredients
  • 1 bunch dandelion leaves
  • 1 small bunch radicchio (very bitter!)
  • 4 tablespoons cold pressed organic olive oil
  • ½ teas celtic salt
  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar
  • half a lemon - squeezed.
  • I sprinkled over a few marigolds to serve.

Instructions
  1. Cut out stems as far up as you can using a sharp knife to cut leafy bits off or remove manually
  2. Chop finely
  3. add oil, lemon, salt & agave.

YUMMM! Honestly so good. Enjoy a small spoonful with your next tasty vegetarian dish (such as the stuffed mushrooms & rice in Issue # 7)  for all the blessings they bestow!

Love & chocolate xxx Abigail

First published by Abigail O'Neill on Organiceyourlife.com on February 2nd 2012, updated in 2020


100% Free Body Exfoliant

Something I love to do weekly is exfoliate my entire body. Usually, I use a spicy salt scrub which I make myself, using ginger powder, high quality epsom salts, sea salt, essential oils & more secret spices! ;)

Body exfoliant for free

Nothing is better than something for nothing though! SO I thought I'd let you in on a crazy little secret. My 100% free, no-mix - no-fuss exfoliant which leaves the skin feeling soft & supple, & is available to anyone!

Beach body scrub

Only be prepared to get a few looks! Haha... I strip off (to bikini's) usually use some coconut oil to nourish & protect while in the sun, & THEN OHHH YESS... SCRUB my skin all over with gorgeous white Aussie sand before plunging into the sea.  If the sand is hot feels soo nice to roll around on it coating the entire body for a while then plunge again. If there is seaweed I use it aswell, to massage the skin, plunge AGAIN lol, then towel dry & moisturize. MMMM. SOO GOOD.

If you don't live close to the beach

PS. If you don't live near a beach, maybe when it rains you can do something else super-crazy... I also like to slide in the mud... LOL I know! But it's AMAZING for your skin! Once it was pouring rain & my friend & I (with our delighted children) went sliding down the lawn in our knickers (it was actually all muddy - I have red soil where I live, soo nice). After showering in my outdoor shower, I was astonished at how gorgeous & soft it made my skin look.

LOVE & CHOCOLATE XXX ABIGAIL

READ MORE: Model Skincare

READ MORE: Skin Detox with a clay mask

First published by Abigail O'Neill on organiceyourlife.com on January 12th 2012, updated in 2020


Power naps are powerful!

I am the biggest advocate of taking naps. It gives you a lot of energy to excel the rest of the day!

Why you should take power naps

In my monthly column on www.youbeauty.com, I recently wrote that sleeping is probably my favorite hobby 

When I was younger, I would always take a nap just right after I came home from school, before starting my homework. Right now, in between pictures on a shoot, or when I am at home working, I still take naps.

How to take a power nap

It does not really have to last a long time, it can be between 15 to 30 min. You can lay down on a bed, sofa, out on a field of grass or on a floor! Even in your lunch break you could enjoy a moment of sleep. (If you are one of the lucky ones who enjoy having an office by themselves).

I believe naps are the best thing for you to revive yourself, so go close your eyes and doze off for 15 minutes or so!

Funny story about the picture above: It was shot by Juergen Teller in Berlin somewhere in the second half of the 90's. I was tired and during a break from shooting I went to take a powernap. When I woke up Juergen Teller was in my face taking this picture! Amazing it ended up being such an important image in the campaign for Jigsaw. I told you taking a nap is important! ;)

Love, Lonneke

First published on December 18th 2011, updated in 2020

Photo by Juergen Teller for Jigsaw London


My 5 favorite John Masters Organics products

I have tried many all-organic shampoos and conditioners, but nothing gave my hair a healthy shine, but they only dulled my hair. I am still looking for a 100% organic & green haircare, but John Masters Organics haircare comes pretty close, and I love to use this for my hair. In fact, when I use his shampoo, I have to go less to the hair stylist to cut my hair and put a gloss in my hair, as my hair stays much stronger and shinier longer!

When I recently wanted to visit the John Masters hair salon in NYC, I found out they left! Too bad, now I have to order their products online.

The story behind John Masters Organics

This is what I found out: The vision of John Masters, a pioneer in the city of New York when it comes to creating a hair salon with more than what just meets the eye.

"We only get one body, and we only get one planet."

His personal - strict- product guideline that I found online:

1. No sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, DEAs, MEAs, or TEAs

2. No GMOs (Genetically Modified Organism)

3. No petro-chemicals

4. No animal testing

5. No artificial colors, fragrances or fillers

6. Ingredients must be as organic as possible

7. All plant extracts and essential oils must be certified organic whenever possible

8. All essential oils used must be steam-distilled and not extracted with propylene glycol - which kills the effect of the oils

9. All plant oils must be cold pressed, not heat distilled - which kills the therapeutic properties of plant oils

10. All ingredients must be proven to be beneficial to the hair or skin

11. All ingredients must be harvested in an environmentally-friendly manner (wild-crafted)

12. All ingredients must be biodegradable as possible

My favorite John Masters  products that I use at the moment

(Click on the pictures for more information or to purchase)

 

1. Evening Primrose Shampoo in the winter

2. Scalp Stimulating Shampoo with Spearmint & Meadowsweet for when my scalp gets dry.

3. Lavender and Avocado intensive conditioner


4.Blood orange & vanilla body wash (this smells so good!)

5. Blood orange and vanilla body milk (leaves my skin soft and I am obsessed with this scent)

Besides skincare, bodycare and haircare, they also have pet care!  Check all his products out on is website:

www.johnmasters.com

Love, Lonneke

This post reflects my honest opinion and I am not paid for it. 


BREAKING FREE

There's plenty of inspirational reading to be found online, in magazines & self help books to do with becoming the 'best you' you can be. Don't you love that?! Great concept.

Be your best you

Imagine it just for a moment. Close your eyes & visualize yourself living your best life! Your best healthy, gorgeous self!

READ MORE: Beautify with essential oils

I was out enjoying lunch the other day with my family & a simply dressed, radiant woman sat down close by us & we shared a word or two.

What impresses me in another person

What always impresses me most about a person is their smile. Their radiance. Their GLOW. This lovely lady wasn't wearing much make-up - if any, but she was amazing! Healthy, happy & at peace with herself & us as well. She was no supermodel, but bound to brighten up the day of anyone she may have bumped in to! For sure!!... It was raining too... & she had the cutest little puppy. :)

Breaking free

Love people. Be kind. Put on something nice in the morning & GLOW all day long. The coolest thing is that being your best you isn't only about you...! Let's break free of our own limitations & be beautiful. Touching the lives of others & inspiring them too. ;))

Love Abigail

Published on April 27th 2012, updated in 2019


Toxic Nail Polish

My favorite nontoxic manicure

We don't realize how much we are exposed to toxic products in our lives.  I do like to always find a good nontoxic alternative that I can share with you on OrganiceYourLife.com! Today I want to focus on ways to get a nontoxic manicure.

I found a few products that make my manicure easier and less toxic. Check out the products below!

(click on photos for more information or to purchase)

Hand cream

I LOVE this dr. Bronner hand lotion. It nourishes, but is not really sticky, and it is also nice for your whole body. It smells like peppermint and gives a cooling sensation, which is great because I sometimes feel like my joints are inflamed.

Whenever I get a manicure, I also ask for a hand massage. I LOVE a good hand massage as it releases all the stress from my body!

Cuticle oil

Jojoba oil is a good oil for the cuticles, but you can use basically any oil. My friend Maruja wrote an article about the benefits of Jojoba Oil.

My favorite cuticle cutter

This is an easy tool for the cuticles that need to be cut.

Nail file

I like glass nail files as they are reusable (and better for the environment), and they file the nail in a softer manner, so your nails are easier to shape.

Priti nail polish

This nail polish is nontoxic and they state it is free of the following:

  • Toluene
  • Dibutyl Phthalate
  • Formaldehyde
  • Formaldehyde Resin
  • Camphor
  • TPHP
  • Xylene
  • Parabens

This nail polish does not chip as fast and slowly wears off.  I really like how sheer the texture is and it is easy to apply. I like "Coronation" in sheer Pink as it is a nice basic day to day color.

Zoya nail polish

Zoya nail polish is also nontoxic and they state they are great for pregnant women and Zoya is free of the "big 10":

  • Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde Resin
  • Dibutl
  • Toluene
  • Camphor
  • TPHP
  • Parabens
  • Xylene and Etyl
  • Tosylamide and Lead

I really like this nail polish brand Zoya for the darker colors. I found this set of 4 that are great for the upcoming holidays:

Soy nail polish remover

I also like Priti NYC nail polish remover. Priti nail polish remover is based on soy, and it does smell, but not as bad.I t is non-toxic. Best thing is, the nail polish comes right off, and it leaves your nails shiny and healthy! Not like the drying acetone that I used to take my nail polish off with.

Even when I had to do many shoots a week and would get many changes of nail polishes, I could take the nail polish off without ruining my nails.

Take care of your hands and nails in a nice way with a nontoxic manicure!

Love, Lonneke


homemade body scrub

Making your own body scrub, it is very easy!

You basically need 3 ingredients ( preferably organic).

3 ingredient homemade body scrub

  1. A scrubbing ingredient: crushed salt, sand, sugar, crushed nuts or anything else that can scrub but is not too coarse.
  2. An oil to nurture and soften the skin. Anything from olive oil (not extra virgin) to coconut oil, almond oil.
  3. A drop of an ingredient for the scent: lemon, tea tree, rose water, vanilla whatever is your favorite scent!

Mix it all and use it on wet skin, and massage softly onto your skin. Afterwards, rinse with water. It works and makes your skin soft and smell great!

Team OYL

READ MORE: Abigail O'Neill shared her love for a 100% free body exfoliant!

 

Abigail O'Neill loves to exfoliate with 100% free and homemade body scrub!

First published on August 14th 2009, updated in 2019


chocolate massage

Two things I love with a passion? Chocolate and massages. You can imagine my delight when I recently discovered that you can actually combine the two! Even though both are considered luxury products, I personally believe they are extremely healthy for you and (dare I say it) even quite necessary for your wellbeing.

Why chocolate?

Uhm...seriously? It's just damn good! :D

But it's also actually really good FOR you, especially dark chocolate has a lot of health benefits: It contains alkaloids like theobromine, that increase serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain. (Serotonin has various functions, including control of appetite, mood and anger, endorphins work as natural pain relievers and produce a sense of well being). Scientists also claim that chocolate, eaten in moderation, can lower blood pressure.

Abigail O'Neill's Model Chocolate book
Abigail O'Neill's Model Chocolate book

Why massages?

(Again: seriously?)

As opposed to the calvinistic belief that massages are a decadent indulgence, they are actually a powerful pain management tool, a very effective stress reliever and therefore a good way to keep your body healthy. Massages relieve pain, reduce anxiety, depression and blood pressure. They also stimulate the release of endorphins and serotonin. Another interesting fact is that they increase peripheral blood lymphocytes, which stimulates the immune system by getting rid of the body's waste products. This is because massages improve both blood and lymph circulation, which helps your body gain strength and maximizes your energy level. Efficient circulation also helps in muscle recovery, growth, and promotes the natural healing process.

Why chocolate massages?

Well, duh... Ok, in the highly unlikely case you're not convinced yet, here's why: Needless to say, it smells delicious, and the warm chocolate on your back feels amazing. But there's much more to it: The combination of almond oil and cocoa really hydrates your skin, and therefore has an anti-aging effect, plus it contains various minerals that improve skin texture. Cocoa contains anti-oxidants, that have a detoxing effect on your body. Also, it contains tannic acid, known for its slimming effect. And this is only the physical part! It's very good for the mind too: The double increase of serotonin and endorphin makes you feel super relaxed, peaceful and gives you a feeling of happiness.

Can anyone resist...?

 

Model Chocolate

xoxo Abigail 

p.s. check out my book Model Chocolate for delicious chocolate recipes!

Organice Your Life choice for a chocolate massage if you don't want to make the chocolate massage oil yourself: Chocolate Massage Oil/Body Oil 8 fl. oz. with All Natural Plant Oils


Skin Detox with a Clay Mask

Today, I wanted to introduce this 100% natural and pure organic clay mask.

Clay masks are known for their ability for drawing out impurities from the skin. Montmorillonite Clay is known for its ability to absorb positively charged ions in the body. When wet, the clay develops a strong negative charge. Toxins, heavy metals, bacteria and most viruses are positively charged. The clay draws the impurities out like a magnet. This type of clay was even used to by scientists and farmers in the Ukraine after Chernobyl to absorb excess radiation from their bodies.

I like this AFRICAN HEALING CLAY by Healthway from South Africa for skin detox. What’s unique about this clay mask is that while most other clay masks direct you to let it dry and rinse off, this one directs you to keep the mask wet with wet hands or spray bottle while you apply the mask for about 30 minutes. I personally like using my hands. This product contains very high percentages of Calcium Montmorillonite Clay. When Georgina Grenville, the South African model introduced me to Healthway, I tried it out. For my dry skin, their CLAY-KELP worked wonderfully, and it left my skin clean, supple and re-hydrated. Another time, I recommended it to a friend whose skin breaks out with every product she tries.  She loves it and her skin is improving using this everyday.  In the first few days, some people might see more pimples come out, but it is a part of detox process and it goes away.

Healthway ships to different countries including to the USA.

Love,

Munemi

First published January 2012, updated in 2019

p.s. Another Organice Your Life choice for a clay mask: Green Tea Clay 2.4oz Clay by evanhealy

 

 


Jojoba oil

Before I decided to focus on my music and Vocal Psychology to help people find their inner voice, I worked as a psychologist and gave trainings on the subject of personal effectivity. I would give people advice on how to reach their goals better, and 2 terms I used a lot were 'efficiency' (how you reach a goal) and 'effectivity' (IF you reach a goal). If there's one thing I'm very fond of, it's efficiency... I like it when things make sense, I like it when you can use something for multiple reasons, I love it when I have found the shortest route to what I want. And obviously I want my methods to work as well....

My discovery of Jojoba Oil

What's with the lecture, you might ask? To illustrate why I almost cried a little bit when I read an article from one of my favorite bloggers, Gala Darling. She wrote about how jojoba oil was 'the elixir of the gods', describing how it is really good (effectivity) for your hair AND skin (efficiency).

Needless to say, I was fascinated by this information... I ordered a bottle from an online shop and tried it out for the past 2 weeks. I used 2 drops of it every night after cleansing but before moisturizing my skin, and 3 drops after I washed my hair. Conclusion: I AM STUNNED! It really works miracles!

What did Jojoba oil do for my skin and hair

My skin is usually of the notorious combination type, where my T-zone is oily and the rest dry. The jojoba oil really evens it out, which is great for so many reasons: obviously it just looks better and healthier, I don't have to touch up my make up during the day, my hair stays cleaner etc.

My hair is curly and thick, and it gets dry very easily. The jojoba oil makes it look very shiny and healthy and my curls really come alive! Also, it seems like I don't have to wash it as often (which could also be the result of my better skin).

Other ways you can use it

  • Lip balm
  • Eye make up remover (that doesn't irritate your eyes)
  • Shave prep
  • Massage oil
  • For a higher IQ (ok, that might not be true)

I swear I am not a spokesperson for this product (yet). But I could be, I am psyched to have found this! Try it out at home, it's very cheap, you don't need much of it for any purpose (another efficiency factor) and it's effective... And I didn't even mention the fact that your bathroom will look so organized, after you've thrown away your moisturizer, lip balm, make up remover and hair products!

Read more about Jojoba Oil

XOXO Maruja 

Follow my work for Vocal Psychology, where I will teach you to sing your heart out!

Picture: Maruja Retana for her single Right Through Me.

First published in 2013. Updated in 2019


Valentina by Alique

Model skincare

The more I learn about nutrition and beauty, The more I come to understand that the secret to looking radiant is to do more internally than externally!

For me that means: eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, making your daily meals at least 80% or more raw - less cooking, boiling, heating, microwaving, frying your food, -drinking more water, take high quality oils as a supplement ( choose one of the following: raw coconut oil, organic olive oil, hemp seed oil, flaxseed oil, avocado).

RELATED: Why you need to drink enough water

My beauty model skincare regimen

Externally your beauty regimen shouldn’t be complicated at all! I got rid of bunch of expensive creams. I used to spend crazy amount of money on commercial beauty products. Today,  I replaced them all with just a few products that I found work best for me.

click on pictures for more information

Raw coconut oil

Coconut oil is the best body moisturizer, occasionally I use it on my face (1 drop of coco oil is all you need for an entire face).

OYL choice: Garden of Life Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil - Unrefined Cold Pressed Coconut Oil for Hair, Skin and Cooking, 14 Ounce

Raw honey

I use organic raw honey as my daily healing  mask.

OYL choice: Ys Eco Bee Organic Honey 1 Pound Jar

Cleanser

I just discovered black Japanese soap “Deitanseki Clay Soap”. I found it while visiting  Morikami Japanese Garden in Miami. It deeply hydrates skin. Does not clog pores , gently cleanse face, especially the pores, with micro-porous active ingredients. Enriched with Kaolin Clay and selected Carbon Powder The Bentonite helps your skin retain its natural moisture. (click on picture for more information or to purchase it)

Face moisturizer

I have a couple of different face creams.  I switch between them all the time:  “EMINENCE” Rose Moisturizer:


and “Dr. Perricone” Hypoallergenic Nourishing Moisturizer:

Thermal water

I wash my face with Thermal Water, also use it as a toner before applying moisturizer.

OYL choice :Eau Thermale Avene Thermal Spring Water, Soothing Calming Facial Mist Spray for Sensitive Skin, 10.1 oz.

 

Face scrub

I love  “REN” face scrub.

Clay mask

Again, “REN” clay mask is amazing. Or you can purchase any clay mask at your healthy food store.

Pineapple mask

I always have a fresh pineapple at home.  I use it as a peeling mask, fruit acid “eat away” dead skin cells leaving your skin looking fresh.  How to use pineapple as a peeling mask: Take a piece of pineapple, rub it all over the face. Leave it for 5 minutes. Rinse. Spray Thermal water following by moisturizer or coconut oil.  (you can substitute it to strawberry or papaya)

My tip - If you are going to spend money on beauty product, invest it in a really good face moisturizer, like I did :)

LOVE, Valentina Zelyaeva 

First published by Valentina on OrganiceYourLife.com on January 3rd 2012, updated in 2019.

photo by Alique for Organice Your Life


Model Hair Care

As a model I get to work a lot for hair campaigns ( I've been blonde, light brown, dark brown, reddish...)  - so I take extra care of it in my daily routine.

Model hair care

We hear a lot about homemade hair care... many of them really work, some only help a little, but great improvements takes BIG actions! Let's face it , nowadays we have very effective hair treatments/products at the local supermarket and we can use that to make really smart creations at home combining some of them with organic ingredients.

To show you I am really into haircare for my work, look at a few of my advertising campaigns below:

Carol for Wella
Carol for Wella
Carol for Garnier
Carol for Garnier
Carol for Nutrihair
Carol for Nutrihair

My good friend and amazing Brazilian hair dresser Marco Antônio Di Biaggi  (he is the Twitter KING with hundred thousands of followers, nobody beats him ) , gave me some tips that I would like to share with you:

Marco Antonio & I at his salon.
Marco Antonio & I at his salon.

Haircare tips by Marco Antonio Biaggi

  • The "must have" product in my opinion and also in Marco's - is the Argan Oil. A variety of brands make this Morrocan oil their main ingredient to help nourishing damaged hair. As rich and powerful as the Argan Oil, is the coconut oil, the quinoa oil and the grape seed oil. Hair products containing these ingredients can be find in stores such as AéSOP, Lush and Whole Foods Market.

OYL choice:Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil Travel Size - Organic and Natural Oil that Nourishes, Conditions, and Heals (15ml/0.5oz)

  • So here it goes my first tip: Take your regular moisturizing/ hydrating treatment mask you're used to and add 3 to 5 drops of the Argan Oil to a little amount on the palm of your hand, apply on your hair as usual and leave it for 15-20 minutes washing away later then. Marco Antônio says that for better results you may start the treatment with previous cleaned hair.
  • As a Brazilian girl, I LOVE coconut water! I've tried combining the power of the coconut oil and the coconut water itself and I found very satisfying results. So just leave 5 drops of the coconut oil acting on the length of your hair for 20 minutes and then wash it away with coconut water from the coconut. WARNING! Do not use those coconut water sold in boxes!! The idea is to be totally organic and this water contains a bunch of other ingredients such as added sweeteners or preservatives which doesn't any good for the hair.

OYL choice: Fractionated Coconut Oil – 100% Pure & Natural Premium Therapeutic Grade - Coconut Carrier Oil for Aromatherapy, Massage, Moisturizing Skin & Hair – Huge 16 OZ

  • Today's final tip is to complement two strenghts : Olive oil and raw honey. Olive oil is good for conditioning and dandruff control, and the honey attracts and holds moisture - perfect for damaged and dry hair. Mix it up 1/2 cup of honey and 1/4 cup of olive oil , then warm it in a microwave for 15 seconds. Apply a small amount of the mixture on damp hair down to its ends. Cover the hair with a towel and have it for 30 minutes. Finalize giving it a nice shampooing, rinse and dry. You will feel the difference with the very first touch!

OYL choice: Ys Eco Bee Organic Honey 1 Pound Jar

Carol & friend at a photo shoot with her hair done
Me with my boyfriend Fabio at a photo shoot with my hair done.

I use these recipes every once in a while and look how beautiful and healthy my hair looks!! Thanks Marco Antônio for the tips!

Kisses, Carol

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Healthy hair for every day!

First published on August 27th 2012, updated in 2019