Citrus Stocking Stuffers from the Burts and the Bees

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Citrus stocking stuffers that everyone will love.  Available at your local drug and grocery store and online.

The Burt’s Bees brand is synonymous with natural goodness and quality making their products perfect for gift giving.  Here are a few of my favorite featuring our citrus friends the lemon, orange, and grapefruit.

Left to right:Let the healing begin with Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream. Chock full of Sweet Almond Oil and Cocoa Seed Butter to condition cuticles and Vitamin E and Sunflower Oil to nourish brittle nails tip to toe.  Also available in seasonal Burt’s Bees Basics gift sets and the classic Tips and Toes Kit or Hand Repair Kit.

An early morning shower with Extra Energizing Citrus and Ginger Body Wash makes waking up a snap.  Not at all gooey, this liquid wash quickly lathers up to cleanse and invigorate.  The scent will remind you of ginger ale and will leave you feeling equally effervescent.  I recommend this product for the man kind.

My favorite of the bunch?  Refreshing Lip Balm with Pink Grapefruit. Bursting with tropical grapefruit taste and scent from Vitamin C and E rich grapefruit oil, it’s like inhaling a freshly peeled grapefruit every time you apply!   Rosemary leaf extract naturally preserves this balm with its moisturizing, protective base of sunflower seed, coconut, soybean and canola oils.  Yum!

All items are easily accessible at your local drug or grocery store as well as multiple online sources.  Stock up, socks up!

To read more about how Burt got his start, read the quirky The Unusual Story of Burt’s Bees: Minding Our Own Beeswax.

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Lemons: They Do a Body Good

Nothing says yummy like The Body Shop‘s line of Sweet Lemon products.  I happened upon these creamy lemon products while killing time during an airport layover.   While I purchased the lip balm, I waited on the lotions.  It’s kind of funny to have a Body Shop at the airport being as any goods you buy over 4 oz. would instantly be confiscated at security.  “We can ship to your home,”  the lovely Indian Body Shop consultant with long wavy black hair reminded me.

Your body will thank you for using the Body Shop’s Sweet Lemon Whipped Lotion, Lip Butter and Body Butter.

Although I opted to pick up the Sweet Lemon Body Butter and Whip Body Lotion on my return trip, I did enjoy listening as she recalled a childhood memory of women in her homeland spending sunny afternoons picking large ripe lemons straight from the trees and squeezing the juice over their scalps to prevent dryness while adding shine to their waist length ebony locks of hair.  The peel of the lemon, she confided, is good for rubbing into the scalp, too.  For more on this home remedy visit Dandruff Treatment Using Lemon as well as the Body Shop’s Sweet Lemon Beautifying Oil.

Once back on my home turf, I couldn’t wait to try both the Sweet Lemon Whip Lotion and Body Butter I had purchased.  I do love body butters and any lotion with the word “whip” in it conjures up something delightfully light, airy, and sweet.  (Wipe out those whipped cream fantasies you thought I was leading up to.  Shame on you!)

Needless to say, these products did not disappoint.  Both are rich and creamy and quickly absorb leaving one’s skin smooth and moisturized.   With a scent that conjures up the freshly squeezed lemons in an Indian woman’s courtyard and the perfume of sweet lemon blossoms, you’ll pretty much just want to inhale yourself all day long!

Lemons.  They do a body good.

Note: The Body Shop’s pink grapefruit scent is also intoxicating in its own right.  The glycerin-based soap with pink grapefruit seed oil, an essential fatty acid that  helps to repair the skin’s moisture barrier, gets my vote for a refreshing way to wake up in the morning shower.

Wake up and smell the grapefruit.

Pearls Beauty Hot Oil Hair Treatment from Indiamart with lemon and tea tree oil cleanses the scalp while maintaining hair’s natural shine.

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Citrus to the Maxx

One of my favorite stores is T.J. Maxx.  And yes, it really is a “new store everyday!”  You have to be a certain kind of shopper to enjoy a store like T.J.’s, or T.K.’s as it is known in Europe.  The Maxx is not for shoppers on a mission or those, like the boyfriend, who like to go in, get it and get out.  On one trip into the Maxx, he lamented, “It’s like you’re just looking for things to buy.”   Exaaaactly!    You don’t really go into T.J.’s to buy, say, a specific item like a navy pair of shoes.  You go in and see what clever footwear just happens to be in your size and for a great price.   You feel so lucky when you find that perfect pair of shoes that you didn’t know you needed just a few minutes before.

On a trip to London, I was surprised to find the Maxx logo with a T.K. prefix. T.J.’s is T.K.’s in Europe so as not to be confused with the existing discount chain, TJ Hughes.

In addition to a veritable shoe buffet, T.J.’s features an abundance of body products such as soaps and lotions,  scrubs and balms, hand washes and perfumes, as well as shower gels and shampoos.  And, there are always lots of wonderful scents to choose from–Banana Vanilla and Cherry Almond, for example.  Citrus scents abound as well: Sumatra, grapefruit, lime, lemon, tangerine, kumquat, and more.

In just a few minutes, I gather up these examples to show how easy it is to find items that stand out on their own or look great bundled together for a gift.  While always a better deal at stores like Marshalls, Tuesday Morning, T.K. or T.J. Maxx, some products, or close similes thereof, are available online.   And, when it comes to facial products, be sure to check expiration dates.

Front row, left to right:

1. Body Shop’s Jolly Orange Bath and Shower Gel: a soap-free shower gel containing real orange seed oil with an aromatic scent of citrus and spice

2. Squeeze Eau de Parfum by Lilly Pulitzer. Fragrance Notes: pink grapefruit, lychee, lotus blossom, sun-drenched woods, water musk red currant, wild rose.

3. Lemongrass appears to be a favorite when is comes to hand soaps and T. J. carries several varieties.  Perhaps that is because the essential oils from the leaves of this grassy herb have an intense citrus aroma.  Lemon grass is also used to treat fungal infections and repel insects.  It’s interesting to note that the culinary influence of lemongrass shows up in how it is paired with other ingredients such as these lemongrass hand soap: Burt’s Bees with green tea, Kiss My Face with Clary sage, and the organic Nature’s Gate with Clary sage as well.  Good enough to eat.

4.  Lather up with this moisturizing Orange Jelly Bean Shower Gel and Bubble Bath from Philosophy.  Perfect for Easter baskets, too! The Maxx has a great selection of Philosophy products year round.
 

5.  Finds like this Bon Chic Seda France Orange Sumatra Flower candle are one of a kind’s from season’s past.  Visit Seda France for new luxury candle fragrances in citrus scents such as Italian Bergamot…or keep a look out for your own last season’s find and score a deal on this luxury brand.

6. I love reed scent diffusers to gently fragrance the home and T.J.’s always has a great variety to choose from, especially around the holidays.  Trinity Candle Factory is a nice online source for diffuser kits and they feature a long list of scents, including kumquat.  Kumquat, Chinese for “golden orange,” is exceptionally sweet and fragrant.  Although primarily sought after for their fruit, kumquat leaves and twigs provide oil prized for perfumery and aromatherapy.   Other citrus scents include Florida Orange and Lemon chiffon.  Handily, they have reed diffuser oil refills for order as well.    Another online source for diffusers is  Archipelago Botanicals  with scents such as Bergamot Tobacco, Mango Tangerine, Grapefruit, Pomegranate Citrus and Verbena Basil. 

 Back Row, left to right:

1 A blend of Tangerine and Lemongrass scents this hand soap.

2.  Oh, I wish I hadn’t left this little box of delectable Lavare lemon poppy seed bath soap squares behind.  Lavare products are always nicely packaged and feature botanical prints.  Great for gifts and stocking stuffers.

3.  A whimsical label.  Hand soap in sweet orange.

4.  And back to the Body Shop’s Jolly Orange line, this time in a body scrub.

Expand your search to linens and dinnerware as well.  On this outing, T.J.’s also features rustic  lemon themed dinnerware, “Lemon Sketch” by Maxcera. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So go on…take a stroll up and down the aisles until you find a treasure that you didn’t know you needed.  Your home will look and smell all the sweeter for it.

Lemon and Ginger: Healthy Friends

Lemon ginger water, photograph by Linda Wagner

What could be more comforting than curling up in a cozy spot with your favorite blanket and book and while sipping on mug of piping hot lemon ginger water lightly sweetened with stevia or honey?  Whether nursing a cold or just settling in for the evening,  lem-gin is delicious and potentially full of health benefits.  I know my aunt always made a pot of green beans with ground ginger from the spice rack and served up a bowl before road trips with twist and turns through the Cumberland valley to those of us who tended to get car sick.  Not in the mood for something hot or not a fan of ginger?  Keep a picture of lemon water on hand in your refrigerator and pour yourself a tall glass to refresh and hydrate twice daily.   The goal, says Payal Banka a Registered Dietician and an MBA in Hospital & Healthcare management, is to consume the juice of half a lemon daily.

For Hot Lemon Ginger Water you’ll need:

  • 1/2 inch knob of ginger sliced thinly or grated
  • lemon juice and zest
  • Stevia or honey to taste

Simply pour boiling water over the ginger, let steep for about 5 mins then add lemon juice, a bit of zest, and stevia to taste.  Lovely to sip and inhale.

Health Benefits of the Lemon:

  1. Good for stomach Lemon can help relieve many digestion problems when mixed with hot water. These include nausea, heartburn and parasites. The digestive qualities of lemon juice may also help relieve symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn.  It is even known to help relieve hiccups when consumed as a juice.
  2. Great for Skin Lemon, being a natural antiseptic medicine, can help cure problems related to skin.  Rich in Vitamin C, it is known to rejuvenate skin from within with daily consumption.
  3. Fights Throat Infections Lemon aids in fighting problems related to throat infections and sore throats as it has an antibacterial property. For sore throat, dilute one-half lemon juice with one-half water and gargle frequently.
  4. Good for Weight Loss One of the major health benefits of drinking lemon water is that it paves way for losing weight faster, thus acting as a great weight loss remedy. If a person takes lemon juice mixed with lukewarm water and honey, it can reduce the body weight as well.
  5. Assists in Controlling High Blood Pressure Lemon water is high in potassium, known to aid high blood pressure, dizziness, and nausea.
  6. Assist in curing Respiratory Disorders Lemon water assists in curing respiratory problems, along with breathing problems and revives a person suffering from asthma.
  7. Good for treating Rheumatism Lemon is also a diuretic and hence  can treat rheumatism and arthritis. It helps to flush out bacteria and toxins out of the body.
  8. Reduces Fever Lemon water can treat a person who is suffering from cold, flu or fever. It helps to break fever by increasing perspiration.
  9. Aromatherapy Effects help reduce mental stress.  Just zesting a lemon releases the fragrant oils.  Adding to hot water, icreases the effect as well.

Ginger also has health generating qualities like the ones listed below via Health Diaries:

  1. Morning Sickness A review of several studies has concluded that ginger is just as effective in treating morning sickness.
  2. Motion Sickness Remedy Ginger is an effective remedy for the nausea associated with motion sickness. 
  3. Reduces Pain and Inflammation One study showed that ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and is a powerful natural painkiller.
  4. Heartburn Relief Ginger has long been used as a natural heartburn remedy.  It is most often taken in the form of tea for this purpose.
  5. Cold and Flu Prevention and Treatment Ginger has long been used as a natural treatment for colds and the flu. Many people also find ginger helpful in the case of stomach flus or food poisoning, which is not surprising given the positive effects ginger has upon the digestive tract.
  6. Migraine Relief Research has shown that ginger may provide migraine relief due to its ability to stop prostaglandins from causing pain and inflammation in blood vessels.
  7. Menstrual Cramp Relief In Chinese medicine, ginger tea with brown sugar is used to treat menstrual cramps.
  8. Prevention of Diabetic Nephropathy A study done on diabetic rats found that those rats given ginger had a reduced incidence of diabetic nephropathy (kidney damage)  – via Health Diaries
Of course, while it’s nice to know that a tall glass of lemon water or hot cup of lemon ginger infusion can potentially aid one’s health, enjoying these natural ingredients should not preclude one from seeking medical counsel and screenings or serve as a substitution for recommended medical treatments.

Read more: http://www.lifemojo.com/lifestyle/top-10-health-benefits-of-lemon-water-1422542#ixzz1lX8vdgTn