Natural body treatments are all the rage these days, and thank goodness for that! Once you’ve used a natural body treatment for long enough, and go back to a chemical-based lotion or cream, you can truly tell a difference. They just don’t feel right and often aggravate allergies, not to mention don’t last as long as natural options do. Plus, most lotions and skin treatments on the market contain more ingredients you can’t pronounce than those you can, and certainly don’t contain the benefits that real, natural food-based options do.

But one thing many people don’t realize when choosing natural skin and body topical treatments, is how these actually affect our mood. Our skin, our largest organ, absorbs everything. Think of what you put on your skin like what you eat: would you literally eat spoonfuls of chemicals for the benefits? No! But just like you absorb foods you eat, you also absorb what you put on your skin. Makes sense, right?

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Using natural oils and food-based products is a smart choice for not just your health to avoid the bad stuff, but to also get the benefits. Many contain healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, or homeopathic properties that affect your brain and mood. Here are 5 of the best you can choose that are easy to find, afford, and will make you feel pretty fabulous!

1. Hemp Oil

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Hemp seeds and hemp seed protein is a great plant-based protein option, and the seed’s oil happens to be a fantastic body lotion alternative! You only need a little to go a long way to give your skin a silky, smooth texture. Hemp oil is also alkaline, so it’s fantastic to apply to reduce acidity in the body. It’s also a top source of magnesium and omega-3 fats which benefit the mood and relax the body. When you apply these nutrients to the skin, they don’t interact with digestion like you do when you eat them, however, they do still enter the bloodstream where they can provide benefits. Hemp oil is also rich in vitamin E that promotes youthful, supple, and wrinkle-free skin. Plus, it can help reduce dryness that chemical-products might only enhance.

2. Coconut Oil

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Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid which prevent bacteria on the skin and it can help fight candida yeast overgrowth that can linger on the skin, scalp, and inside the body. It’s also a fantastic source of beneficial saturated fatty acids that lubricate the skin and can help seal wounds or relieve dry, chapped lips. Coconut butter will not work, which is the form you should be eating. Coconut butter is whole coconut flesh with all the fiber and vitamins still in tact. The oil is made by separating the fat from the meat, so be sure you use the oil on your skin and the butter in the kitchen! Coconut oil can also be used to boost the mood in your beauty routine because its scent is a natural, stress-relieving remedy. 

3. Flax Oil

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This oil can be used to heal scars, dry skin, and promote a healthy mood. Flax oil also contains omega 3’s just like hemp oil and also applies easily to boot. You can use it interchangeably with hemp or coconut oil, though its benefits are a bit different. If you use flax (and hemp) be sure you keep them in the fridge since they go rancid at room temperature. See all the different ways to use flax oil as a beauty aid here for more tips and tricks.

4. Sea Salt

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Sea salt is rich in minerals like magnesium that promote relaxation, along with healing to the skin. Using a natural salt (or even Epsom salt) is a fantastic option instead of exfoliating agents sold over the counter. It’s also a great weapon for acne, can help you go to sleep easier, alkalize the skin, and also helps relieve joint pain and inflammation.

5. Essential Oils

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Essential oils are some of the mot popular remedies for a variety of health ailments. They’re best used topically unless you buy food-grade (which can be used for issues like IBS). Use essential oils in your shower to promote energizing and/or relaxing benefits, or mix a drop with coconut oil or another oil to apply a stress-relieving lotion. Many can also relieve the body from headaches and tension, such as peppermint, cinnamon, lavender, lemon, rosemary, four thieves (also known as four knives), cloves, and more. Be sure you choose top quality oils that are 100 percent pure to obtain the best, chemical-free options.

Most any food or liquid from nature will provide you with benefits when used topically. This natural remedy is also one of the simplest ways to maintain a minimalist beauty routine if you’re interested in doing so. Some other skin treatments you can try are apple cider vinegar and avocados, just to name two of the most popular and well-known.

Do you use any of these on your skin and how so?

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