Posted on June 12th, 2012 No comments
We love hearing about natural remedies and thanks to this article on Natural News, we learned even more about the many ways apple cider vinegar can boost your overall health. Here are a handful of surprising ways this kitchen cabinet staple helps your body:
-Body Detox: Apple cider vinegar helps balance the overall pH balance of your body which aids in detoxifying. Apple cider vinegar can help stimulate cardiovascular circulation and detox the liver.
-Weight Loss: Studies show regular intake of acetic acid, prevalent in apple cider vinegar, lead to decline in body weight, abdominal fat and waist circumference.
-Lower Blood Pressure and Cholesterol: According to a 2001 study published in Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry, a huge benefit of apple cider vinegar is it’s ability to lower blood pressure and triglycerides, a.k.a. “bad” cholesterol.
Interesting, right? Here are some suggestions on ways to incorporate apple cider vinegar into your daily diet: add a spoonful to your morning smoothie, add a dash to your bowl of soup or put a splash in a glass of ice water and honey. For more health benefits, check out the full Natural News article here.
Posted on March 8th, 2011 No comments
One delicious way to go green is to support your local farmers and buy your groceries from them. This Saturday, grab some reusable grocery bags and head down to the Green City Market for fresh, in-season fruits, veggies, and more. Chicago’s only year round farmer’s market, the Green City Market, is located in the South Gallery of The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and is open from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
To up the green ante, opt for public transportation. You can take the following CTA bus routes to Green City market: 22 Clark, 36 Broadway, 76 Diversey, 151 Sheridan, 156 LaSalle. The closest train stop is the Fullerton Brown, Purple, and Red line (walk east on Fullerton to the Museum). Alternately, free parking is available at the Diversey Harbor Parking lot across from the Museum on North Cannon Drive.
Posted on June 30th, 2010 No comments5 Simple Eco-Friendly Ways to Pamper Yourself
1) Give your basic bath a boost
Baths are a simple way to de-stress after a long day and relax tired muscles. Several pure, all-natural household ingredients make it easy to transform your everyday bath into a luxurious soak session. Simply add a cup of milk, two tablespoons of honey, two pinches of sea salt, and a ½ cup of oatmeal to running bathwater. The wholesome ingredients work together to detoxify, soften, and soothe skin.
2) Fix yourself a cup of green tea
The Chinese have been aware of the mind-blowing benefits of this miracle brew since ancient times. A study from Harvard outlines several of the medical benefits to this bloat-banishing drink, including lowering cholesterol and reducing the risk of cancer. Steep a green tea bag in a mug of hot water for several minutes, add a spoonful of honey for a little extra sweetness, and cheers to your fabulous self!
3) A facial regimen to please every green gal
Put your best face forward. The SPA at Hotel Felix offers a number of world-class and environmentally-friendly treatments for your pleasure. Here are two of our favorite eco-friendly facial treatments offered exclusively at the SPA at Hotel Felix:
- Sundari Omega 3 Facial: Breathe new life into dry or stressed skin with this deeply nourishing, intensely hydrating facial. Our own Omega3+ complex uses naturally active ingredients to restore skin’s lost lipids; softening, renewing and awakening your natural glow. ($120*)
- Sundari Facial: Awaken and rejuvenate your skin with this holistic facial that is customized for your skin’s specific needs. Naturally active ingredients like lemon, sandalwood and lavender are custom-blended for an intensive cleansing and gentle exfoliation. Our signature balancing marmassage completes this experience for newly radiant skin. ($105*)
Call to book a treatment with us at 312.256.8000 or make your reservation online.
To keep your skin naturally vibrant and gorgeously glowing in between treatments, be sure to exfoliate at least once a week. Here is a simple, all-natural recipe to transform your face into lustrous, baby soft skin:
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
- dash of honey
Mix all ingredients together. Smooth the mixture onto face and décolletage and massage gently. Rinse with warm water.
*Prices subject to change, see website (www.hotelfelixchicago.com) for complete pricing details
4) Refresh your feet the all-natural way
Your tootsies are tired! Reward them with a nice, long, relaxing soak. Prepare a pail or bathtub with warm water. While the water is running, add two drops each of chamomile and lavender essential oils. Both herbs are known for their relaxing properties.
Next, immerse your feet in the fragrant water. After soaking for several minutes, gently slough away dead skin and fast track circulation with a pumice stone. Pumice stones are naturally formed from lava and are an excellent tool to smooth your feet. Dip your feet back in the water to rinse off any remaining dead skin. Finish off by slathering on your favorite deep-moisturizing lotion.
5) All-organic (& edible) deep-conditioning hair mask
For a silky smooth mask for your mane, look no further than your kitchen cabinet. Our all-natural hair treatment will turn your limp, lackluster strands into shiny, luscious locks. Simply mix one jar of organic mayonnaise (such as Spectrum®) with one ripe organic avocado (the riper it is, the easier to mash) until you have a uniform mixture. Apply the mask liberally to your hair, from roots to tips. Wrap hair with a slightly damp towel and leave on for 30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and enjoy your newly conditioned coif!