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July 23, 2013

Natural Beauty

Maintaining your own natural beauty balance is reliant upon your own desire to lean inwardly, and appreciate your natural self for all that you are worth.  Richard Simmons once said something inspiring on the subject of natural beauty--pink sequins were involved--so I feel compelled to quote him.  He said, with his endearing smile, "you are worth more than all of the rainbows in the sky and you are worth more than all of the pearls in the ocean."   What a beautiful sentiment, and it resonates with me, because he has dedicated his life to healthy living and fitness and here he is expressing the importance of self-worth. (Photo Credit:

There is an important relationship between the physical and psychological planes of our bodies.  With his words, Richard Simmons revealed that he deeply understands the connection that I have also drawn between health and self-confidence, and its relationship to beauty.  There is an energetic connection that exists to show us the way back to beauty...into ourselves...naturally.  In the midst of the warmth of summertime holding us, let us return home to beauty.

Eden Sassoon, owner of the first ever finishing studio In West Hollywood, is a true natural beauty and exemplifies this philosophy with her spiritual mantra about beauty.  She always says, “Just Be.”  Simple and perfect!. (Photo Credit:




Beauty has virtue in pure, healthy ingredients as a path to wellness, both internally and exteriorly.  With my love of food and as a natural cook, I yearned to fuse these loves of mine into something greater.  It has blossomed, beautifully into a greater, hierarchical truth and that is my core understanding of beauty, in its many forms.

Calendula is a beautiful flower closely connected with skin health.  It is commonly used as a homeopathic remedy for several skin ailments.  Among the healing qualities of this delicate flower, include relief of skin inflammation, bruising, slow healing wounds, and eczema.  Calendula also has anti-fungal properties, and is widely known as antimicrobial and anti-viral.(Photo Credit:

Often, seasonal changes affect our skin, so it is important to return to balance.  This natural beauty recipe will purify your skin and help it to maintain its moisture.  Carrots are rich in Vitamin A, known for supporting acne-prone skin.  Almond Oil is a wonderful, natural moisturizer.  As Calendula is antimicrobial, it is an excellent skin purifier.

Floral Healing Mask


2 Tablespoons Calendula Flowers

3 Carrots

3 Cups Water

2 Tablespoons Almond Oil

6 Tablespoons Organic Honey

Preparation & Application

Bring a medium pot of water to a boil.  Throw in carrots, cut into chunks with the skin on.  The nutrients are in the skins, so no need to peel...just wash well.  Boil until the carrots are soft, 15 minutes.  Mash them in a bowl.  Add 6 tablespoons of organic honey and Almond Oil.  Add Calendula flowers.  Mix until you have a smooth orange paste.  Place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to let cool.  It is a good idea to use a tongue depressor for application, so you do not deposit the oil and germs from your fingertips to your skin.  Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse with cool water to seal the pores.


Tagged: calendula, eden sassoon, natural beauty

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Tips, remedies, recipes and more from beauty expert and author Elizabeth TenHouten


Author and beauty expert whose advice has appeared in national online and print publications, radio interviews, and television.
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