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With everything we are exposed to these days, it is so important to keep health and wellness a top priority. It can be difficult to know where to start when keeping a healthy home and family. These articles will help guide you to thrive when it comes to your level of health and wellness.

Health & Wellness

The Hidden Risks of Toxic Deodorants + 4 Natural Deodorants that Actually Work

January 18, 2018

Whether you’ve just dabbled, or you’re head over heels into green beauty, you have likely heard about the  aluminum (amongst other harmful ingredients) lurking in your conventional deodorant stick. This is one of the worst culprits for health decay when it comes to hygiene for many reasons. My intention is never to use ‘scare tactics’ to promote natural living.. so while the information I provide on the effects of using conventional deodorant may be ‘off-putting’, I do think it is important to address the facts and the potential risks of using them. I am glad someone taught me this years ago, so I wanted to share with you some of the reasons I have strayed away from conventional brands of deodorant:

* This post includes affiliate links. This means that any product purchased from my links will generate a small commission (At no extra cost to you). As always, I will only recommend products that have passed my seal of approval and that I truly love.. these commissions help to cover Bloom + Clementine’s fees so that this website can stay alive and I can continue sharing my green beauty passion with you all. Thank you for supporting my little green space on the internet. *

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How to Detox your Underarms: A Simple + Effective 2 Ingredient Recipe

April 18, 2017

Switching to a natural lifestyle after years of using conventional products can be daunting, especially when you learn that even after switching over to the green side there can still be remnants of toxic ingredients that linger in your body in mass amounts. Using conventional deodorant is the perfect example of this. Most deodorants are filled with aluminum, among many other toxic ingredients, which wreak havoc on your entire system (and is well documented to cause breast cancer in women). Even after switching to a natural alternative there may still be side effects that occur when in the “transition period” and these can be prolonged if you don’t plan on helping your underarms with a detox treatment in the process. Many men and women find that they can’t get rid of the excess smell or they notice a red rash when they stop using their conventional brand. Both of these side effects can lead to men and women giving up on the entire idea of natural deodorants far too early when all they needed was a bit more time and a little extra underarm TLC. What does this all mean? In addition to switching to a natural deodorant, you should consider detoxing your armpits to draw out impurities and toxic remnants that are still present under your arms. 

 

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Food & Recipes Health & Wellness

Vegan ‘Turmeric & Cinnamon’ Buddha Bowl Recipe

March 14, 2017

This dish is one that I came up with when I was in need of some extra antioxidants and proteins in my diet. I love quinoa salads and so I decided to get creative and incorporate protein rich quinoa & hemp hearts with some superfood vegetables and spices. This is a great option for lunch as it has all the important makings of a healthy meal: complex carbs, digestible protein, superfood worthy vegetables, antioxidants and fat burning spices. This recipe is vegan, gluten free and dairy free.. not to mention, super delicious! Hope you enjoy!

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Green Beauty Health & Wellness

How to Get Rid of Acne Naturally: The Oil Cleansing Method + My Top 5 Reccomendations

March 5, 2017

When I was a teenager, I carried the burden of the occasional break out. Something that no teenager wants to deal with but something that most experience (thanks a lot hormones). But nothing compared to the skin tornado that happened when I hit my early 20’s. This unfortunate breakout was partly due to ending my relationship with the Birth Control Pill and it took some serious shots at my self confidence. I literally tried everything in my power to tame the acne that had erupted all over my face but nothing was working. I went as far as taking the drug Accutane, which requires monthly blood tests to ensure your liver is processing it properly (yikes). While this “wonder drug” did give me clear skin for a year or so, eventually it came back and with a vengeance. I was at a loss of what to do and enlisted the help of my Naturopath who referred me to a holistic aesthetician. I am so grateful that I met this amazing woman for so many reasons and her knowledge of natural skin care is one of them. She started by assessing my skin and eventually came up with a skin care regime for me. This is what the regime looked like:

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12 Health Benefits of Diffusing Essential Oils & How to Choose a Diffuser

January 24, 2017

 

In the last five years or so there has been quite a buzz surrounding essential oils. They have gone mainstream, and while I am completely pro essential oil, I know that this big boom of popularity has come with its downfalls. This includes: the distribution of oils that are not as high quality as they are portrayed, the improper use of oils (including the advice to have your children ingest certain essential oils, yikes), or using oils in a way that destroys their quality or potency. Essential oils contain a plethora of health benefits, but whether or not you’re using them properly is what determines the level of benefits you’ll actually receive.

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Natural and Fluoride-Free Toothpaste for Adults and Children:

November 20, 2016

​Shopping Dental hygiene is a daunting task when you’re into green living. Along with deodorant, it was one of the hardest products to navigate since so many natural toothpastes can taste awful and leave you without that fresh feeling. So I’ve teamed up with the perfectly curated green beauty shop, Green & Pure, to talk all about our favourite tooth paste by Theodent. My search for the perfect fluoride free toothpaste begins with an unfortunate dental blunder from my childhood.

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Organic Hannahpads: 10 Reasons you should try Cloth pads + FAQ’s Answered

October 14, 2016

I have been on the hunt for safer alternatives to the conventional feminine products you find in pharmacies. I have tried a few options so far (you can read all about my experience using the menstrual cup here). The choice to use products filled with chemicals just doesn’t resonate as a healthy choice in my mind. The fact that Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is something that could possibly occur when using a conventional brand of tampons just makes my head spin. Not to mention I despise disposable pads and everything about them.. They are made of plastic, they crinkle every time you move, they bunch up causing leakage, they are itchy against the skin, they smell terrible, and are filled with chemicals used to absorb. For years now I have stayed away from pads for these very reasons even when I could have used the extra absorbency. Using cloth pads had never really crossed my mind as a good alternative.. boy, was I wrong..

* This post includes some affiliate links. This means that any product purchased from my links will generate a small commission (At no extra cost to you). As always, I will only recommend brands that have passed my seal of approval and that I truly love.. these commissions help to cover Bloom + Clementine’s fees so that this website can stay alive and I can continue sharing my green beauty passion with you all. Thank you for supporting my little green space on the internet. *

* This post has been updated January 2020, to include a more recent account and review of Hannah Pads. *

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I REALLY wanted to love the Menstrual Cup, but I didn’t and here’s why..

September 13, 2016

This ones for the Ladies!

For those who don’t know what a Menstrual Cup is.. It is an alternative way to deal with periods that doesn’t involve chemical filled cotton tampons or pads. It is a small medical grade silicone cup that is worn similarly to a tampon but rather than absorbing, it catches blood. This was supposed to be my new go to and I wanted so badly to love this product.. Sadly, after months of trial and error this option didn’t work for me. This doesn’t mean that it wont work for everyone because I’ve heard some positive testimonials to this cup and certainly don’t want to knock an invention that is working towards improving women’s health, but I know that many women are looking for healthier options and so I wanted to give my most honest opinion.

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My Favourite Seasonal Detox: A Beneficial & Non-Restrictive Program

March 17, 2016

I have done my fair share of detox systems and I must say that coming from a background of eating issues, I am very cautious on what I will recommend to others. Many of the cleanse or detox programs on the market require you to replace a meal with their product or they use harsh ingredients that cause a laxative effect wreaking havoc on your electrolytes and organs. I am also quite an advocate of healthy eating and lifestyle over any fad diets or programs. I just don’t believe in miracle programs and I don’t use them as a weight loss aid at this point. Setting a goal of weight loss is fine, but this should not be your primary goal, health should be! When you provide your body with the proper nutrients, vitamins and minerals it needs to function, it will eventually shift to its most effective set weight point. It’s a good idea to cleanse your system every season change if possible. This gives your body a little kick start and gets rid of some unwanted baggage to help every system run a bit more smoothly.

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10 Reasons Why Sugar is Harmful & a Healthy Alternative: (Healthy Hot Chocolate Recipe included)

March 7, 2016

I have been searching FOREVER for a sugar substitute that wasn’t made of harmful chemicals. I am not concerned about the calories as much as I am the health issues resulting from products like Splenda, or even sugar itself. There has been a lot of coverage on the health issues caused by sugar. In addition to this, most of the people eating sugar aren’t using raw cane sugar but are ingesting the white granulated, highly processed, highly BLEACHED table sugar. No, that white table sugar is not in it’s natural form.

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