I had an AMAZING birthday at the beach a few weeks ago, and celebrated by soaking up all the sun Maui had…literally.
The beach was wonderful, there was hardly anyone on it, and the waves were simply DIVINE (see some of our Birthday Beach Photos).
Unfortunately, while gathering all the snacks, buckets, shovels, and kids, I forgot the sunscreen.
i just knew nothing would happen because we’re usually super diligent when playing in the sun. This one time wouldn’t hurt riiiiight?
It didn’t for the rest of the family.
For Ms. Lavish – it was going down.
The next day my shoulders hurt, and the day after that I started peeling (and it wasn’t pretty).
My face, neck, chest, arms, and back were a hot mess — it was crazy!
I tried everything: shea butter, eczema cream, a baking soda paste my husband whipped up, and a benadryl spray.
It just got worse.
So I had to pull out the BIG GREEN GUNS!
If I hear a sniffle, cough, or just wake up in the morning – there’s No-Thing my juicer can’t fix!
The Refreshing Mango Beauty Tonic is a delicious alkalizing drink that gives your skin a healthy glow, soothes skin and scalp irritations, and gives your body a big ole beauty boost!
With just 5 ingredients (kale, cucumber, cabbage, mango, & lemon) it’s super easy to make and tastes like a very light fruit punch.
Mangos are packed with sugar so using a whole one is all you need for sweetness.
Don’t have a juicer?
Turn this juice into a smoothie by adding 1 cup of fresh water (or coconut water) and 2 tablespoons of your favorite sweetener.
Blend until smooth.
If you want a no- to low-sugar sweetener for your smoothie, I like Sweet Leaf Stevia – Lemon Drop flavor (won’t raise your blood sugar) or just adding 2 dates (a wonderful whole food that keeps this drink raw & wonderful).
Beauty Benefits of LN’s Mango Beauty Tonic
Kale has 98% of Vitamin A which is perfect for skin rehab!
Vitamin A reduces wrinkles (dropping a decade off the face), heals acne, eczema, wounds, sores, psoriasis, skin scaling and yes…sunburn!
Kale is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids (5.4%), which help repair skin and hair from sun damage.
This veggie also contains 7% of Vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant that helps:
- heal scars
- helps the body form red blood cells and use Vitamin K (which helps prevent blood clots)
- strengthens the immune system
- produces healthy, supple skin (YEZZZZ)
Be AWARE Naturalistas…
Wash & Soak your kale (and all of your produce) before juicing, and consider buying organic kale.
Because it’s one of the most heavily sprayed (with those nasty pesticides) veggies in the bunch.
Kale makes the 2014 Dirty Dozen Plus list (like last year) because of this.
Check out my easy DIY Fruit & Veggie Wash Recipe to thoroughly cleanse your produce.
I guarantee you have these ingredients!
I confess…I’m unable to juice without adding at least 1 cucumber to whatever I’m juicing.
They are virtually tasteless, have a TON of water (95%), and are a mild diuretic. This makes them excellent for weight loss AND hydration.
Plus, when it comes to beauty treatments – the anti-inflammatory powers of this green giant are unmatched!
Quick Tip: Remove an itchy mosquito bite with a slice of cucumber and 2 drops of lavender. Rub the lavender on the bite first and then apply the cucumber for 2 to 5 minutes.
Cucumbers help remove toxins from your body making it one of THE most powerful ingredients for detoxification.
They refresh and replenish hair and skin, and contain sulfur that helps stimulate hair growth.
They are also rich in Vitamin E and potassium, which help reduce blemishes, fine lines, and wrinkles.
Ok, before you start to gag, hear me out.
Cabbage, believe it or not, has a mild to non-existent flavor when juiced.
I promise you won’t taste it, and that’s great because the raw benefits contained in it’s leaves are remarkable!
If there was a secret beauty ingredient in this tonic, it would be cabbage.
- It contains sulfur which helps heal wounds and fight infections.
- It’s packed with fiber (helps with weight loss) and feeds the brain by improving memory and concentration.
- It’s extremely rich in Vitamin C (a powerful antioxidant), which helps tone the skin and slows the aging process within the body.
Cabbage is a bad mamma jamma.
It also helps detoxify the body and is on the Clean Fifteen List (along with mangos). This makes it one of the least sprayed veggies in our beauty kingdom!
Mangos bring a healthy glow to your face!
They naturally lighten dark spots on the skin and help unclog your pores. This makes it a must-eat fruit to cure skin irritations and acne.
The Organic Facts site says that these sweet treats are rich in Vitamins A & C. These vitamins help the body create collagen that protects blood vessels and the connective tissues within the body.
Delicious and keeps you beautiful!
Lemons can be used to lighten hair, skin (acne scars), armpits (yes) and remove makeup (a couple of drops in some coconut oil and gurl please!).
Drinking this luscious low glycemic fruit helps your body digest food better and gives you energy.
In any green juice you make, adding a lemon brightens the flavor (so if you’re worried about the cabbage – the lemon overpowers any weird or I’m not so sure about that tastes :-).
It also keeps your juice fresh so if you want to jar it and put it in the fridge for later in the day – you can (without your juice turning into tasteless mush).
A little goes a long way so use less than what you think you need.
About 1/4 to a 1/2 of fresh peeled lemon works well!
I drank this juice and within 48 hours my skin was back to normal. No more pain, shedding, itching, or ridiculousness happening – just beautiful skin.
Make this recipe this weekend and let me know what you think!
- 1/4 cup avocado butter (softened)
- 1 teaspoon kukui nut oil
- 1/8 teaspoon green tea extract
- Add oils and extracts to softened butter.
- Stir until the ingredients are mixed together. Avocado butter is usually a soft butter. If you have a firm butter, soften it in warm water. Do not melt the butter all the way.
- **Recipe Options & Variations**
- Add 2 drops of peppermint oil and 2 drops of rosemary mint essential oils
- **For A Heavier Butter**
- Add 1 tablespoon of shea butter (melted).
- **Healing Tea Salve Variation**
- For an allergy-free, kid friendly healing salve for cuts, burns, scrapes, scars and itchies, add a 1/2 teaspoon of tea tree oil to this recipe. It prevents eczema flare ups and dandruff.