• 26Apr

    …”Alleviating Age Spots


    Age spots, often called liver spots because of their unattractive brown color, can crop up on your face, hands, arms, or legs, and make you look and feel years older. Age spots are actually caused by free radicals — toxins that accumulate in your body and trigger everything from acne to cancer — as well as dietary imbalances and deficiencies.

    To alleviate age spots, use juicing to fill in the nutritional gaps. Nutrients that eliminate age spots include beta-carotene (found in kale, parsley, carrots, and spinach); vitamin C (found in spinach, green peppers, kale, parsley, and citrus fruit such as oranges, lemons, grapes, cherries, and grapefruit); and vitamin E (found in carrots, asparagus, and spinach). In addition, you might want to put your skin on a cleansing diet that eliminates caffeine, alcohol, fast food, junk food, and foods with a high sugar content.
    Easing Psoriasis

    Psoriasis is a medical condition that occurs when skin cells grow too quickly. Faulty signals in the immune system cause new skin cells to form in days rather than weeks, causing a pile-up of itchy silvery scales and thick, scaly skin called plaques that typically develop on the elbows, knees, lower back, and scalp. About half of people with psoriasis also have dull nails with pits and ridges.

    Nutrients that Help Ease Psoriasis

    Scientists believe psoriasis may also be triggered by a poor diet or allergies and that specific nutrients can help alleviate or prevent it. Excessive shedding of skin can lead to a zinc deficiency, which is detrimental to skin health because zinc is necessary for absorbing linoleic acid, a fatty acid that promotes healthy skin. Pumpkin seeds, which are high in both zinc and linoleic acid, can alleviate deficiencies, as can parsley and carrots, which are high in zinc. Selenium (found in chard, ginger, and red Swiss chard) helps decrease inflammation associated with psoriasis, while beta-carotene (found in carrots, kale, and cantaloupe) helps combat substances responsible for triggering accelerated skin growth. People with psoriasis should avoid nuts, citrus fruit, and tomatoes, which can aggravate the condition.

    Studies show that psoriasis is often triggered by stress, a skin injury, or strep throat, although triggers are not universal, and what triggers psoriasis in one person may not cause it to develop in another. The disease is also believed to have a hereditary component, making some people more susceptible to it than others.

    Other fruits and vegetables that help ease symptoms of psoriasis include ginger, which reduces inflammation; beets, which have natural detoxifying agents; pineapples and papayas, which have enzymes that promote digestion and help decrease accelerated skin growth; and spinach, kale, and beet greens, which are high in folic acid….”


  • 18Nov

    How To Get Rid Of Dark Spots On Face?
    via Natural Home Remedies by author on 11/18/11


  • 17Nov

    Avoiding Age Spots on the Raw Food Diet
    January 25th, 2009 . by Tonya Zavasta


  • 02Sep

    By the way, are your hives gone, Mapuana? How is your energy level now? – M

    On Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 12:40 PM, Mapuana wrote –
    For the most part YESS!! I haven’t had to take the Benadryl for a few weeks now. That Basic Zapper helped so much with the parasites. At times I’ve had a very small dot of a hive reaction to something but other than that I’m verrry happy to have that experience/healing crisis under control. There are so many reasons why my body reacted the way it did and I’m not alone in that as far as transitioning to a raw food diet. Going from consuming toxins for decades then all of a sudden I’m consuming “major” cleansing and detoxification live foods and the body starts to cleanse itself and dumps all the toxins into my system that the liver and body is not capable of handing. Not to mention the parasites going nuts as I’m drawn to alot of anti-parasitic foods. One thing I’d advise anyone thinking of transitioning to a healthier live food regime is that you should also undergo colonics or some kind of cleansing regime at the start or as you go along or you may experience a healing crisis. At the moment I’m between cleanses from the Oxygen based cleanse from Global Healing Center and will start my first Liver Gallbladder Cleanse in a few days, rest, then do another Live Gallbladder/Parasite Cleanse and see from there. I just finished my first 6 Day Deep Level Cleanse, that’s I felt soo good and energetic yesterday I’m saving for the Terminator Zapper which helps you not only kill parasites, bacteria, fungi and viruses, but it also helps to eliminate heavy metals. From what Matt Monarch and Kevin Gianni says, it’s pretty much an experiment with the body and this life style. They still experience a healing crisis from time to time, even Angela. Everyone’s body will react differently. I’ve learned so much from this experience.
    On Wednesday, September 1, 2010, Mapuana wrote:

    > Have you girls noticed any changes since using DIY products? My facial skin and overall body skin has improved greatly and I’m very happy with the hair products due to shinier and softer hair. And the transition to live foods has had great results. I’m gonna experiment with the new recipes for cleansing the teeth and gums. I know you said you love making DIY products D, so I take it you’re quite happy with the outcome of using DIY products? I just ran out of the Seventh Generation laundry soap and would like to try making the non-toxic liquid/gel laundry soap I saw on youtube, I’m incorporating Borax and Baking Soda in the laundry soap, and am using Spectrum’s Distilled Organic White Vinegar in the rinse as a fabric softener and to kill mites, bacteria, fungi.
    On Thu, Sep 2, 2010 at 10:10 AM, Mapuana wrote:

    Good Morning Mary,

    Has there been any improvement that you’ve noticed as compared to using the before DIY products. It’s about the 6 month mark so it’s a good time to review what works and what doesn’t. I’d like to make notes in the log that I keep. If and when we do workshops or speakings on the subject and lifestyle change, the information will be imperative when others ask for our help. I still get questions all the time and women are genuinely very interested in healthier cosmetics. I’ll send a video on how to make your own laundry powder or liquid, I prefer the liquid.

    > My energy level is pretty good these days, pretty amazing!! Life is good!!
    My skin is much softer, smoother, smaller pores, more toned, firmer, a more even and balanced look if that makes sense. I had large areas, not spots, on my fore head where Melatonin was “over produced” which created dark pigments in the skin due to chemical reactions from medications. It looked as if I had been burnt or something, very noticeable. Since regularly using the honey to cleanse and lemon/lime juice to help lighten and exfoliate, it’s faded alot to give my face a more even, balanced look, maybe not so noticeable anymore. There are no new wrinkles and improvement in areas that tend to wrinkle. My body skin is alot softer and smoother, it looks and feels healthier. It feels happy! I really like all I’ve accomplished so far with the ingredients I’m using. I’ve continued to use the Carrot Seed EO but in very limited amounts like maybe 1-2 drops in a 1 oz. bottle of facial serum. With that ratio I haven’t had anymore issues of dryness and believe that it’s beneficial. I’ll give it another 6 months on this regime and routine and see then what I can improve, or if it’s even necessary.

    I attest this dramatic improvement to the overall changes I’ve made. Keep in mind that some months back when I switched lifestyles, it was literally overnight. I never really transitioned. The upgrade/download came and I did a complete 360 degrees in what I put into my body, what I put on my body and most importantly, how I changed/upgraded my reality thru thoughts and actions.

    On Thu, Sep 2, 2010 at 8:12 AM, Mary wrote:

    My skin is generally softer and I swear there are endorphins in the scent of cocoa butter. However, the age spots on my face and hands are not diminished. Wrinkles are about the same despite the great things about anti-aging I have read about rosehip seed oil. I love that the products are pure though I wonder if I am saving money. I like the homemade lip balm too. How about you?

    DIY Correction


    On 2nd look, the wrinkles around my eyes and in my neck are almost totally gone. The wrinkles around my mouth are the same or even worse. Hopefully that’s just from smiling because then who cares?

    On Thu, Sep 2, 2010 at 6:57 AM, Mary wrote:

    I am using DIY face and body products as well as tooth powder and salt
    wash. I haven’t had a chance to look at the laundry stuff but am very
    interested, particularly in your mention of using vinegar for fabric

    Mapuana – Also, just having finished my first ever deep colon cleanse, I’m now seeing even more overall improvement. For me, the most important thing I’ve learned is that cleansing the colon, ridding ones self of parasites and detoxing from the accumulated toxins is imperative in working towards wellness in all aspects. Not just eating fresh live nutrient dense, high vibrational, high frequency life force energy foods. From my own so far experience , I now see the wisdom of that knowledge!

    from D- 9/2/10
    Hi Mapuana,
    I just finished reading all your body experiences. Wow! Congrats on going through all that cleansing. Geez – I’m with you and astounded by you. It’s weird how, all of a sudden you’re ready to do such a thing. And you’re like me – I did some fasting and cleasing, colonics, rested, did some more, and continued for many months! Gosh.
    Right now I’m still using the zapper which I feel is really working. I like to feel the energy from it and can, literally, feel the slight buzz i get from it. I just had a parasite cleanse again tonight – thought maybe I was done, but, hey, it’s good to get them out of the deep tissues and organs or intestines, or wherever they’re coming from. My skin on my hands continues to heal with this, the diotamaceous earth I use every day, and the natural face serums, MSM lotion, natural body wash and shampoo, the dish soap and hand soap you sent us recipes for. I will never go back to chemicals again. How awful. This stuff is so wonderful, pure and simple. I love it and I love making it. I never get tired of re-filling the bottles.
    I never really look at my wrinkles any more. They have definitely not increased, and perhaps are less. They were so deep – my skin has alot of healing to go through and it will take a long time. But my skin is so soft ,everywhere, and feels young and happy. I like to feel my skin, and it smells fantastic. Haven’t used deodorant in forever – except the 2 days I traveled to Oregon, which was weird! I experienced allergies and detoxing!
    It was good to hear that the other rawfoodists experience more and more healing, also some crises occasionally. That sounds very human and correct. I’m glad they’re sharing.
    Thanks again for all your recipes and all your sharing!
    Mapuana -I forgot that the Zappers are reputed to help skin tone and I’ve used it 24/7 for a month today. That would have contributed to the improvements I’ve noticed, besides the Oxygen colon cleansing.

  • 03Apr

    Thanks for sending this, Mapuana!


    Aloha Kakou,  Mahalo nui loa on the MSM!  I haven’t experienced anymore pain in the knee since I started to take the MSM.  I also started to apply the powder diluted in water to the area.  The first DIY organic product that I made was a lotion using Kalapana Gold beeswax, organic cold pressed oils and water which came out pretty good.  The draw back there was not using any preservatives in them so it started to get mold pretty quickly, especially here in the warmer climate.  I’m now researching making a lotion or cream with the MSM and thought I’d share the recipe I found.  I suppose making smaller batches and keeping them in the fridge may solve the mold issue.  When I first started to research DIY organic body care products, I found that even those with the USDA seal were not always truthful, natural and organic so I decided to make my own.

    In ignorance I put the MSM into my first meal of green juice after I came back from shopping and gagged it down.  I didn’t want to waste the juice so I toughed it out.  I now slam it down and chase it with lemon or lime juice diluted in water.  Even putting it into a smoothie won’t help.  The citrus helps tremedously and takes the taste away.

    “The Miracle of MSM – The Natural Solution for Pain”

    Co Authored by Stanley W Jacob MD., Ronald M Lawrence MD., and Martin Zukker.

    Both Dr Jacob and Dr Lawrence are members of the International Association for the Study of Pain with many years experience of the clinical use of MSM.

    Dr Lawrence is the Assistant Clinical Professor of the UCLA School of Medicine and former Physician for the American Olympic Sports team.


    2. General information on MSM Gels / Creams and Lotions

    Pure MSM can be applied topically (as a Gel / Cream or Lotion).

    You can buy ready made MSM creams and lotions on the web from a variety of companies however:

    a). They tend to be expensive.

    b). Most of the really good ones seem to be in the USA so you also have to pay the extra shipping if ordering from the UK.

    The page below shows how to:

    Make your own MSM Gel / cream / lotion – Easily and cheaply

    MSM is non allergenic so no matter which recipe you use below, always rub a small amount of your finished product on to a small area and leave for several hours to make absolutely sure it suits you individually.

    Important – for the recipe below use

    99.9% Pure New Horizons MSM Crystal Flakes.


    Impure or animal grades or MSM containing fillers, flow agents or additives !


    3). Recipe 1:

    MSM / Aloe Vera Gel:

    The easiest, quickest and probably the most effective recipe of them all!

    Non greasy and absorbs in to the skin and tissues extremely rapidly)

    Note: Because you are making it yourself, you won’t be adding preservatives (like most manufacturers do) so it’s best to make 100mls at a time – that way you can keep making it freshly and it won’t have a chance to spoil.

    All you need is:

    • Pure Aloe Vera Gel – 100mls (or more if you want to make more)
    • MSM Crystal Flakes – 15 grams for every 100mls of Aloe Vera Gel)

    (Note: 3 x rounded teaspoons of Crystal Flakes = approx 15 grams)


    1). Put 100mls (or more) of pure Aloe Vera Gel in a container or mixing bowl. (=it’s equal to 3.4oz.)

    2). Add approx 15 grams of MSM (3 x rounded teaspoons of Crystal Flakes)

    If you want to make more, simply add 15g of MSM for every 100mls of Aloe Vera Gel you use.


    Don’t add more than approx 15grams of MSM for each 100mls of Aloe Vera Gel you use -

    Why? Not that it’s dangerous or anything, its simply that if you add too much, it will become a saturated solution i.e. the MSM won’t dissolve and will re-crystallise and become gritty to use !

    3). Mix with a fork or spoon and leave for about 30 mins. The MSM will dissolve naturally in the Aloe Vera Gel. (Note: Use an electric hand blender if you want it to dissolve really quickly)

    Both pure MSM and Pure Aloe Vera are non allergenic so are usually suitable for even the most sensitive skin types, however, always rub a small amount on a small area of skin and leave for several hours to make absolutely sure it suits you.

    Use: As often as you wish.

    Storage: Store in a sealed container (Use a well washed out old cream tub).

    Storage: Store in a cupboard at room temperature.


    4). Recipe 2:

    MSM Cream / Lotion


    In the recipe below, you are going to add MSM to a shop bought cream or lotion of your choice so if you have sensitive skin, choose a cream or lotion that you know suits your skin!


    You will have noticed that many shop bought creams and lotions are white. This is because when you blend oil with water it emulsifies and turns white.

    Basically if a cream or lotion is white it means that you will be able to add a little more water along with the vital ingredient MSM !

    Note: don’t try to add MSM directly to a cream without first dissolving it in water Why? – Simply because it won’t dissolve and ends up gritty !!!

    Go to your local shop or drug store – Super Drug in the UK has some great economically priced creams and lotions. Select one that you personally like the smell of, the thicker the better as you are gong to dilute it slightly !

    Note - You are going to make a cream / lotion that contains 15% MSM (The amount recommended by the MSM Doctors).

    Important - Without solvents it’s difficult to raise the concentration of MSM above 15%. If you put too much MSM in your cream it will re-crystallise and feel gritty when you rub it on – so stick to around 15% or slightly less.

    This simply means that for every 100mls of cream you have, you need to add approx 15g of MSM.

    If you don’t have any scales, a rounded teaspoon of MSM weighs approx 5 grams


    For 100mls of cream add 15grams (approx 3 rounded teaspoons of MSM)

    For 200mls of cream add 30grams (approx 6 rounded teaspoons of MSM)

    For 400mls of cream add 60 grams (approx 12 rounded teaspoons of MSM)


    1. Put 100mls of Cream or lotion in a mixing bowl or container.

    2. Place the appropriate amount of MSM into a cup.

    3. Add about 2 tablespoons of boiling water. (Don’t worry, MSM is a mineral not a vitamin so it’s properties are not affected or denatured in any way by heat, even at extremely high temperatures.

    4. Cover the cup and place in a microwave for about 10 seconds. Check that the crystal flakes have completely dissolved, if not, repeat for another 10 seconds.

    5. When fully dissolved, slowly add to the cream and stir very thoroughly.

    You now have your very own MSM rich cream – if you added too much water it will be a lotion!

    How to Use

    Rub into the affected area as often as you wish. For best results take MSM Crystal Flakes, capsules or tablets daily as a supplement.

    M says, I wonder if aloe vera gel would stop a headache since it has salicylic acid in it.”

    Great idea, M! You could rub MSM cream on the temples and the site of pain!

  • 23Mar

    Age Spot Remover Recipe



    Those dark brown spots that often show up on the hands, face, back and neck as you get older are called age spots. According to a report reviewed by Harvey Simon, MD, an associate professor at Harvard Medical School, aging leads to a slower division of skin cells which results in the thinning of the skin. With this thinning in the layers of the skin, the melanin that is produced in the skin tends to lump together, creating sporadic, darker age spots. Age spots can be treated by a dermatologist through various means, all of which can become quite expensive. You can also make this simple recipe at home for lightening and removing age spots.

    1/2 c. yogurt,

    1/4 c. apple cider vinegar,

    1/2 lemon,

    2 T. aloe vera gel

    Step 1

    Measure 1/2 cup of plain yogurt (preferably organic) and 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar and put in a blender. The yogurt contains lactic acid, which increases cell turnover and helps renew the skin. Apple cider vinegar helps regulate the pH level of the skin, and also encourages the renewal or exfoliation of the skin.

    Step 2

    Roll a fresh lemon under your palm, along a countertop, and then cut in half. Squeeze the juice from one of the lemon halves and then add it to the yogurt and vinegar in the blender. Do not add the seeds. Lemon contains citric acid which helps lighten the skin. You can substitute with an orange.

    Step 3

    Cut a large leaf from an aloe vera plant, and slice it in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop out 2 tbsp. of the fresh aloe vera gel and add to the blender. If you do not have an aloe vera plant, you can purchase fresh aloe vera gel from a health food store. Aloe vera helps protect and smooth the surface of the skin.

    Step 4

    Blend all ingredients for 30 to 45 seconds. Transfer the mixture to a glass jar that can be sealed.

    Step 5

    Apply the mixture to your age spots using gentle, circular motions. Allow to dry for 15 minutes, and then add a second layer. Allow to dry for 15 minutes, and then add a third layer. Allow the third and final layer to dry for 30 minutes.

    Step 6

    Rinse the spot remover from your skin, and moisturize as usual. Use a moisturizer with a minimum SPF of 15 to protect from sun damage. This treatment should be repeated twice daily.

    Step 7

    Refrigerate spot remover for future use.


    Home Remedies for Age and Sun Spots


    By Danielle Briones

    Published on May 20, 2008

    Skin discolorations resulting from age and sun spots can mar an otherwise perfect complexion. Fortunately, there are a number of home remedies and professional skin care treatments that can make such unsightly spots fade away.

    DocShop can help you find a cosmetic dermatologist in your area today.

    1) The Juice of Lemons

    The citric acid in lemons makes this fruit one of the strongest natural skin lightening remedies. After dabbing lemon juice on age spots twice a day for two months, dark spots should begin to fade.

    2) The Juice of Onions

    Finely chop up an onion, extract its juice, and try applying it to sun spots. The acidity of the onion juice can induce skin peeling, which has a bleaching effect.

    3) The Juice of Fresh Garlic

    The acid in garlic can also result in the shedding of outer layers of skin; rub fresh garlic directly on your age spots each night, and pigmentation should start to even out in six to eight weeks.

    4) Apple Cider Vinegar

    Apple cider vinegar is believed to have a number of healing properties and is used as a home remedy to treat a number of ailments. The natural acidity of the vinegar promotes exfoliation of the skin and balances the skin’s pH level.

    5) Milk Products

    Lactic acid is one of the most popular ingredients used in professional skin care products, chemical peels, and other non-invasive cosmetic treatments. It increases the rate of cell turnover, thereby regenerating and revitalizing the skin. Milk, buttermilk, and yogurt are all ingredients in homemade facial recipes because they contain lactic acid.

    6) Castor Oil

    While castor oil does not contain skin bleaching properties, it can improve skin texture. If age or sun spots are rougher than surrounding skin, try dabbing castor oil on the blemishes. Over time, the castor oil may help smooth out sun and liver spots.

    7) Aloe Vera

    Aloe vera has healing properties similar to those of castor oil, and daily application to age spots can help even out your skin’s complexion.

    8) Vitamin E

    A well-known remedy for scars, Vitamin E can also be used on sun spots. Men and women who use vitamin E to help reduce the appearance of age spots recommend applying vitamin E directly on affected areas, in addition to taking a daily vitamin E supplement.

    Age Spot Remedy Recipe


    • ¼ C. plain organic yogurt
    • 1/8 C. organic apple cider vinegar
    • Juice of ¼ lemon
    • 1 T. aloe vera


    1) Mix the ingredients in a bowl. Apply the solution to the entire face and neck and allow it to dry for 10 minutes. Apply another layer to the face and neck and wait about 10 minutes. Repeat.

    2) Thoroughly wash the face and neck.

    3) Apply a lightening solution (a skin care product containing hydroquinone, lemon juice, etc.) only on age spots and let dry.

    4) Moisturize.


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