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Natural tea and beeswax sunscreen recipe

Now that the sun is out in full force, and you’ve tried this recipe for sugar wax, it’s time to up the ante and make a paraban-free, organic, and skin-nourishing sunscreen. Last summer 2020, The Wall Street Journal reports that chemicals in our sunscreen may be building up in our bodies faster than we thought, […]

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Natural perfumes inspired by citrus and etrog

Family circumstance and curiosity led boutique and natural perfumer Ayala Moriel from the city of Tel Aviv to the other end of the world on the west coast of Canada. After landing in Vancouver in her early 20s, her sense for Middle Eastern scents helped her create a unique line of natural perfumes for women […]

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Are Brazilian Blowouts Putting Kinks in Health?

More popular in the US than the Middle East, the Brazilian Blowout craze (with its chemicals) did make the headlines in Dubai. I’ve never understood the desire to chemically straighten one’s hair, perhaps because my wavy locks can go either way, and natural tricks for my hair type work just fine. Even so, many curly-haired […]

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Thyme Is A Natural Acne Remedy

New research has found that thyme, the main ingredient in Zaa’tar, could be more effective in treating acne than prescription creams In Palestine no breakfast is complete without a small plate of oil and Zaa’tar, a special herb mix of thyme, sesame seeds and salt. New research has now found that herbal preparations of thyme […]

Henna – A Natural New Hair Hue for Summer

Who would have thought that nature could provide such vivid hues? Here you see the strength of “redbeard” henna. Since the dawn of time, people have been finding ways to improve, change and diversify their appearance for cultural and personal reasons. These methods of beautifying yourself are just as diverse as they are natural and […]

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Summer Help When Hair + Humidity = Frizz

The humidity of the Middle East can result in a six month stretch of “bad hair day”. But help is on the way, naturally. Image via Perfecto Insecto When I think of summer, one of the first ideas that pops into my head is the beach, followed very closely by the thought “Oh no, but […]

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RECIPE: Soothing, Sensual Rosewater

The fragrance of roses is a Middle Eastern favorite for pastries and delights. This old-fashioned recipe shows how to make it yourself. Photo by Marlis1 via Flickr. In the Middle East, rose water scents pastries like Ma’amoul cookies, puddings, and clothes. It comes in tiny glass bottles if it’s concentrated, and in larger plastic bottles […]

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Environmental Triggers of Arthritis Include Lipstick and Hairspray

There are environmental triggers (hairspray! lipstick!) of common autoimmune diseases such as arthritis, a TAU researcher reports. Our immediate environment interacts with our genetic programming and can determine if we will succumb to an autoimmune disease, says rheumatologist Prof. Michael Ehrenfeld of Tel Aviv University’s Sackler School of Medicine, who is seeking to unravel those mysteries. […]

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Ecomum Scratches Her Head From…Lice!

The kid’s got head lice, again? Ecomum offers her natural tips. Oh the joys of back to school, done with all the holidays (for now), found bliss in returning to a routine and actually drinking my tea while it’s still hot. Then being a mum and thinking this is just too good to be true […]