I few weeks ago I shared this book in a post of things I was loving lately. This book has been eye-opening for me. I read it all the way through, and then have been daily picking it up to review.
Shiva Rose, the author, has an interesting story. She was born in Iran. She and her family narrowly escaped to the United States during the Iranian Revolution in the late 1970’s.
After growing up in America, marrying, having children, becoming an actress and going through several hardships, she became very ill. She was diagnosed with lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and scleroderma and was given not long to live. At that point she decided to get the toxins out of her life and go clean with all aspects of living her life.
After doing so, she became the epitome of health. She started blogging about her lifestyle. And, finally she wrote a book and started making her beauty products and selling them online. I have enjoyed reading this book and started incorporating aspects of her lifestyle SLOWLY over the past few months. I feel better physically and mentally and have actually found that a lot of her beauty products work a whole lot better than some of my high-priced products. Even Rourke has been on board with a lot of these routines.
She stresses rituals and routines a lot throughout her book. And, I have incorporated a couple of her nightly routines into my own beauty regime.One is dry-brushing before bathing or showering. It exfoliates the dead skin off of your body and actually feels kind of good to me.Another is to rub Shea butter on my feet before pulling up the covers for bed. It has definitely extended my pedicures!Another ritual is a nightly bath. She has some AMAZING concoctions you can make up and add to your bath. You will not want to get out!!One of my regular favorites is to add a cup of magnesium flakes and 10 drops of your favorite essential oil. I like to use rose or jasmine.This really relieves muscles soreness and aids in sleep. I soak for 20 minutes at least!Another thing she recommends is to put a few drops of castor oil in your conditioner and even a drop on your eyebrows and above your lashes. It helps aid in hair growth.
She has a whole section on masks, which of course am a huge fan. I have tried almost all of them and they are wonderful.
She recommends sesame oil on your hair for a hair mask. Leave on for 15 minutes then shampoo.
My favorite face mask thus far though has to be Greek yogurt mixed with fresh, mashed pineapple. You leave on for 15 minutes. Your skin will feel so tight afterwards!She has a whole section on oils for the face and body. I actually made my own face oil that I keep in this glass bottle. I love it as much as the expensive one I was using before at a fraction of the cost!Another section of the book includes cleaning supplies. I have been making and using my own. So proud of myself!!Another part of the book is dedicated to meditation. I have been delving into meditation for a while now, but my mind won’t stay still. It keeps jumping back and forth between to-do lists. She gives great ways to meditate to keep your mind focused. This has helped me tremendously.
Like I said earlier, I am s-l-o-w-l-y (#snailspace) bringing these things into my lifestyle. The number one reason is because the ingredients needed to do all this are hard to find sometimes. So each week I will purchase a certain oil or herb she uses and try a new concoction.
Some of the things I am looking forward to trying are her home-made exfoliants, facial steams, hydrosols, elixirs, toothpaste and toners. It is all so fun to make, and you can customize your favorite scents and flavors into them. There is also a section on making your own PERFUME!
All in all, I love this book! It is as pretty on the inside as it is on the outside.