I Sat Inside a Himalayan Salt Cave and this is What Happened— What is it and is it Worth the Hype?

Being Salty Might Actually be a Good Thing…

As a wellness blogger I am always in search of the next #selfcare treatment that is going to leave me better than it found me. I’ve heard about Salt Caves through my co-workers and friends, their raves about it intrigued me, but also left me wondering in speculation. Living in NYC with so much pollution and then working in the casinos when I first moved to Vegas  a few years back, I thought my lungs could give it a try. You know I HAD to see for myself if it was as good as they say, because I am always down to try something in honor of seeking health and wellness. So when the lovely owner invited me to her beautiful Himalayan Salt Room here in Vegas, I jumped at the opportunity.

To give you a little background history on Himalayan salt caves, the modern dry salt therapy is inspired by the the salt mines and caves in Europe and Russia. As the workers were mining the salt (chiseling, grinding and hammering at the salt), tiny salt particles were being disbursed into the air. Working in conditions below the Earth’s surface where air pressure, circulation, humidity and temperature affected the quality of the environment the miners were getting Spa treatment and they didn’t even know it! (I kid, I kid).

Considering that mining jobs were usually recognized as dangerous to life and health, salt miners seemed to thrive on good health. They rarely had any respiratory issues and also looked younger due to great skin appearance.

What is it like?

You are sitting in a room with literally tons of crystal salt rock, a dim glow provided by rock lamps, reclining chairs and soothing instrumental background music. Meanwhile, during your session, a machine outside the room (called a halo-generator) grinds dry salt and pumps micro particles of it into the air providing the healing experience of Halo-therapy. Bacteria and fungus cannot survive in these conditions.

Benefits of Himalayan Salt Caves

People have reported relief from respiratory ailments such as:

♥ Asthma

♥Allergies

♥Bronchitis

♥Pulmonary diseases

♥Colds, cystic fibrosis

♥Ear infections and sinusitis

♥Acne

♥Eczema, psoriasis etc.

A recent study  shows that children with mild asthma who went for two sessions per week for seven weeks gained greater improvements in their bronchial hyper-reactivity (constrictions and spasms that cause asthma symptoms) than the control group did.

When fine salt particles are inhaled, they will fall on the airway linings and draw water into the airway, thinning the mucous and making it easier to raise, thus making people feel better. The rooms are allergen free so spending consistent amount of time in a clean environment produces relief to any known symptoms.

Just spending 45 minutes at a time in a quite, safe, uninterrupted space can do so much good for the mind body and soul.

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Final Thoughts…

So what are the overall benefits of going to a modern day Salt Cave? Well after visiting my local Salt Cave a couple of times I have some insight I can share with you guys. I ended up really liking it, and this may be TMI but the next morning I while brushing my teeth I spit out blood with additional mucus.. Which coincides with the reported benefits of Himalayan salt which is reduction of inflammation and mucus in the body. My body was already detoxing after just one session.

After conducting this research and experiencing it once myself, it inspired me to create a little challenge for myself and review Salt Therapy more in depth for you guys. I will be going twice a week and reporting any differences in how I feel. I have suffered years of  second hand smoke in both NYC and Las Vegas. So I am pumped and ready to detox my lungs and breathe life into my body.

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Green Beauty Valentines Day Gift Guide: Organic-Natural-Vegan-Cruelty Free Products

1.Vapour Beauty Siren Lipsticks

Finding Organic lipsticks can be a tough, but an extremely important task. I tend to only wear organic or natural brands on my lips, the reason why is we are essentially ingesting the product we chose to apply to our lips so why not protect them? But, with brands like Vapour Beauty we no longer have to sacrifice pigment and wear anymore! They are truly one of my  first and dearest organic brands I experimented with and immediately fell in love. The packaging also gives you a luxury feel. My favorite shade by far is Intuition, its the perfect berry deep burgundy red but if you apply lightly gives you a just bitten flush. The two shades above Scandal and Courtesan are a perfect choice for this special day. Retails for $25

Why I love Vapour Lipsticks-

Long lasting, Cruelty-Free, Chemical-Free & Non-Nano.

Super hydrating and creamy formulation leaving your lips really moisturized. Feels like a lip balm!

Botanically infused with nourishing ingredients like Myrrh, calming Rose, restorative Lemon, and Pomegranate!

Made with 70% Organic & 30% Natural Mineral Pigments

Ingredients: Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax), Castor Isostearate Beeswax Succinate*, Mica, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Organic Prunus Domesticus (Plum) & Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Flavor Oil, Organic Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract, Organic Camelina Sativa Oil, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Organic Rosa Damascena (Rose) Buds, Organic Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm) Leaf Extract, Wildcrafted Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Gum, Stevia Rebaudiana (Stevia) Leaf Extract, [+/–: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Carmine (CI 75470), Manganese Violet (CI 77742)]. * Eco Cert Ingredient

2. Indie lee Vanilla Citrus Moisturizing Oil

I love companies that serve a higher purpose and strive to educate other women on the risks associated with the products they are putting on their skin. Indie Lee created her company after conquering a life-threatening brain tumor that pointed to environmental toxins. Our actions have consequences and she was a direct victim of that. Her story is making a difference and her products are too! I mean who wouldn’t trade out fragrance filled, toxic oils for nourishing, lightweight products? I am seriously in love. I apply generously both morning and night no matter how much I apply, face stays super hydrated but never greasy. The vanilla and hint of sweet orange aroma is so intoxicating, you will want to eat it… or perhaps your V-Day date can eat it right off of you  because its made up of 100% Natural ingredients. So go ahead and slather this on both you and your lover and spoil yourself to some nourishing massages. Retails for $36

Why I ♥ Indie Lee Oils

♥ Multi-Functional: you can apply to your hair, face, and body and smell oh so yummy (super light fresh scent)

♥Made with an essential oil blend

♥ Resusable glass packaging

♥Simple 100% Natural Ingredients

Ingredients: Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (apricot) Oil, Vanilla Planifolia (vanilla), Citrus Aurantium Sinensis (sweet orange)

3. 100 Percent Pure Natural Nail Polish

Valentines day is the perfect excuse to rock some bold red nails. Nail polish is something I don’t wear often as there aren’t many super clean options out there. We use our hands every single day, touch our face, use it it to eat, etc. Therefore when I do decide to wear some for a special occasion I choose brands like 100% Pure. This brand is based on providing super clean options changing the beauty world as we see it today. This Cherry Deep Red in the shade Cherry Pop will compliment any look and is definitely my  new go to. Retails for $12

Ingredients: Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Styrene/acrylates Copolymer, Stearalkonium Bentonite, N-butyl Alcohol, Benzophenone-1, Silica, Alumina, Trimethylpentanediyl Dibenzoate, Polyvinyl Butyral. May Contain: Aluminum Powder, Bismuth Oxychloride, Oxides, Red 34 Lake, Red 6 Lake, Red 7 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide, Mica, Blue 1, Yellow 11, Titanium Dioxide, Violet 2, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Polybutylene Terephthalate, Ethylene/Va Copolymer

4. 24 Karat Gold Luxe Restorative Balm

Things to ♥

♥Deeply hydrates  renews, restores and protects skin.

♥Made with Shea, argan, marula and borage oil which deeply moisturize mixed with pomegranate seed oil, cranberry seed oil and sea buckthorn oil all which provide anti- aging antioxidant  properties. This indulgent potion is catalyzed deep into the dermis by pure gold, added for intensive hydration and repair.

♥Gold helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines by improving blood circulation and brightening the skin.

I mean…need I say more?! This balm is super hydrating, you will feel as though you are applying butter on your face. Has a super lightweight fragrance and would be great to apply after a deep penetrating mask or facial. So go on and spoil yourself or loved one! Retails for $60

5. One Love Organics: Konjac the cleansing sponge

The Cleansing Sponge is made with 100-percent pure konjac plant fiber. It detoxifies pores and gently exfoliates the skin. Can be used alone or with your favorite face wash! Keeping it simple has always been my best route to clear skin. I always stick to organic and natural face washes that focus on hydration, in combination with this sponge my skin is squeaky clean and moisturized. Retails for $10

Ingredients: konjac-mannan plant fiber (glucomannan)

 

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Coocoo for Coconuts!

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Have you always longed for smooth, healthy skin, and silky hair? Well I do and after years of trial and error and damaging my skin with chemical filled products, I finally caved in and decided to try the healthy alternative. Ummmm… why did I not jump on this bandwagon sooner? I have absolutely NO idea, but I am an Aries and we can be stubborn at times so forgive me okay? But now that I have educated myself a bit I save money, calories, and actually gain health benefits by using coconut oil as a part of my everyday routine. When used on your body or taken orally, virgin coconut oil helps keep skin soft and smooth. Its Vitamin E wonderfulness makes it a great anti-wrinkle, age defying cold cream for the eyes! Much research explains why many seem to say coconut oil is responsible for that and many more health benefits. It prevents diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and other degenerative diseases.

It also fights bacterial, fungal and viral infections of the skin and body. I going to be honest here, I have always suffered from having a bit of fungi grow on my toe nails, from injuries (but really being in denial as a kid that I had big feet and would stuff them into small shoes…) and once I incorporated coconut oil into my diet it has disappeared! It’s long gone. CAN YOU TELL HOW EXCITED I AM ABOUT THIS?!

If all of the benefits already mentioned aren’t up to par then let me just remind you about the constant struggle of living a healthy and fit lifestyle. I know firsthand how difficult and expensive transitioning into a healthy lifestyle can be. That makes discovering nutrient rich, organic and inexpensive items you can find in your local supermarket super valuable. Coconut Oil is the modern day remedy moms should use for literally EVERYTHING. Here are 5 amazing everyday POWERFUL uses for Coconut Oil:

1.Hair Mask:

You might have noticed that coconut oil turns into a creamy solid at room temperature (turns to liquid at 76 degrees). I personally like to soak my hair in coconut oil a few hours before my clarifying and deep conditioning routine ( link to this blog here). My hair has gained their curls back after years of dying and heating my hair! It has felt like a miracle especially after moving to Las Vegas in the super dry weather. *Tip- keep a jar of Extra Virgin Coconut oil in my bathroom and in my kitchen for easy access. Or if you prefer an “I’m fabulous and have no time, busy person, friendly version” simply shampoo and apply a generous amount of the oil to wet strands and twist hair into a bun. Let it sit for at least five minutes before rinsing to add moisture and shine back into limp locks.

2. Cooking:

Letting go of fried foods is a very challenging task, but because there are a few exceptions to the rule, coconut oil makes giving up oily food a lot easier to bare. You won’t be able to tell the difference in taste but there definitely is a difference in calories!

3. Makeup Remover:

Once you dip a cotton ball into some of this baby and remove your toughest water-proof, black liner, and mascara you wonder why you’ve wasted so much time and money in searching for the perfect makeup remover. This is a chemical free, gentle, and nourishing beauty item that is in your kitchen RIGHT NOW. Do yourself the favor and just try it already. You’re welcome.

4. Face & Body Scrub:

When mixed with 1/3 organic brown sugar you have yourself a coconut powdered donut scrub going on in your bathroom. It is the perfect mixture you can create right in the shower without having to prep. Works amazing as a lip scrub, face, and body exfoliator once a week for a deep but gentle cleansing.

5. Massage Oil:

Massage Massage Massage! Massage it on your scalp to promote hair growth. Massage it on your face as you are removing makeup or as you exfoliate facial massages is are coffee for the skin, it makes everything come alive. Massage your body (or someone else, hehe) for some much needed TLC.

[question]Comment and share if you guys would like to see some DIY posts using coconut oil or some more reasons why you should have been using coconut oil since…yesterday.[/question]

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What’s In My Bag?! Essentials every girl needs.

 

My must have products for everyday use, you’d be surprised how much fits in this adorable, classic mini bag from Henri Bendel. It’s an oldie from when I used to work for them, when I first moved to Vegas. It’s apart of their No.7 collection, which are Chanel inspired pieces. The founder of Henri Bendel  was close friends with her and actually had a lot to do with her move here in the U.S. I’m obsessed with everything on their site, I spoil myself every once in a while whenever they have sales (which is often). Be sure to check them out, its a little piece from home I love to take with me. I am definitely one of those girls who carry around everything but the kitchen in my over-sized bag but I can’t deny how much I’m loving the small/mini bag trend as of late (my shoulders are thankful also). Continue reading to see how I downsize all of my essentials to these key items.

WALLET

I Love this cute little wallet, I got it a while back and of course they sold old (click on Henri Bendel for something similar). It fits perfectly in just about any purse, and you would be surprised how much it holds. Henri Bendel as per usual.

WIPES

Deodorant Wipes (Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes) If anyone has tried going organic with deodorants than you know the struggle of keeping dry and smelling like fresh. It’s a blend of natural essential oils and coconut milk, these are odor-neutralizing, aluminum-free wipes so they are a MUST have in my bag wherever I go. Plus they 100% vegan and cruelty free. The only con is that after a while the coconut smell can be a bit overbearing, maybe a scent like Eucalyptus would really change the game. Huh, Pacifica? What do you think!?

Lotion Cleansing Wipes  (TAHITIAN GARDENIA HAND & BODY LOTION WIPES) Working in a High School things can get pretty smelly and to be frank it is a Petri Dish filled with bacteria just waiting to jump and get you sick! So to protect myself from that I wash my hands 24/7 which causes my hands to get painfully dry as the day comes to an end. Receiving these wipes has really saved me, in addition to the clean and pleasant scent of citrusy crisp Jasmine. It not only cleanses my skin it also leaves it feeling moisturized so I don’t even have to apply lotion.

LOTION

Indian Coconut Nectar Body Butter Tube now this scent has a delightful Caribbean coconutty smell. It’s light enough to not clash with any other scent you may have on. It’s also super hydrating with a buttery texture (as the name clearly states, Pacifica doesn’t lie). I literally just feel up on my hands for a few minutes after applying. Although I don’t need to I will always carry some sort of lotion or body butter with me as I don’t use the wipes every time I cleanse my hands. I work in a high school so I was my hands a million times a day, the soap can be so harsh on my skin that at times it gets soooooo dry it’s actually very painful by the end of the day. The only thing that has truly soothed and healed my skin has been using green, clean products.

LIPPIES

Tarte Lipsurgence I love this lippie, truly feels like a balm so that is why I carry it around with me. I usually need something soothing (like this). The formula is supposed to respond to your skin’s natural pH and energy, giving their own unique shade of pink.

Juice Beauty’s Phyto Pigments Liquid Lip in Blythe. It’s the perfect  muted mauve color for every day use. Although it is sold as a liquid lip, it’s the perfect gloss consistency, smooth…almost slippery, not sticky like many glosses out there. Made with organic ingredients derived from organic apple, grape buds, lemon bark, and organic Shea Butter. Lipsticks were one of the first makeup products I swapped when going green. So many conventional lipsticks carry toxins and heavy metals that when repeatedly applied become an unhealthy dose.

 Take a second to think about how many times you reapply lipstick in one day/night out. While you are eating, chatting, sipping on a drink… those chemicals enter your body and you end up eating most of it throughout the day. It’s worth making the change for everyday wear. 

MISCELLANEOUS..BUT STILL VERY MUCH NEEDED

SUNGLASSES

Quay Kitti Shades purchased at NastyGal

HEADPHONES

I must admit the Taylor Gold & Black Headphones aren’t the most comfortable but they sure are badass and are foldable, so they fit in small purses!

PERFUME

 ELIZABETH & JAMES White Rollerball I just love this, makes me feel sexy and a little closer to Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen…don’t judge me.

MINTS

Trader Joes Organic Peppermints They’re organic and yummy and who doesn’t need fresh breath?

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GREEN IS GOLD

Hey Guys! Welcome to the place where Green meets Glam! I am on a mission to prove that living a healthy lifestyle does not have to be a painful and boring process. I live by the motto that “Green is Gold”, meaning that our health is priority; we need to nurture and care for ourselves in order to be the best version we can be! Happy people lead to positive actions, which in turn creates a happier environment for us to live in. So, why not right?

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Follow me on Instagram @beautybyBUFFY for beauty posts and green inspiration

I’m a proud, born and raised New Yorker. I grew up surrounded by and looking up to all things glitz and glam, in the hustle and bustle of a city that never sleeps. Yes, its allure is hard to resist but there’s also a side of stress and constant pollution that takes a toll on the people living there. It took for me to get to a scary place in my life in order to be forced into living a healthier lifestyle. I was always interested and seeking making healthy choices, but I was far from close to having the knowledge I have now. Let me tell you something if you are not ready that shit is HARD and can be intimidating. As I began my commitment to a greener, environmentally cautious life, I quickly became overwhelmed with everything I was doing “wrong” and all of the information I had yet to learn! I was shocked to see some of the things that get overlooked on a day to day basis. The ingredients of what we put in and on our bodies, what container they are being kept in, what lipstick am I not only putting on my lips but inevitably eating that is actually poison!?!

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The questions were never ending and I quickly realized this is a never ending process. This then led me to creating this blog. I am so very passionate about creating a life I can be proud of, where nurturing and caring for myself is a part of my everyday life.  I’ve created a space where I hope we can all come together and share our experiences, our knowledge, and along the way create the people we want to become. Being a Latina from the Heights in NYC I wasn’t always exposed to the information I needed to make better choices. Mangu with Salami y Queso Frito were staples in my household and some habits die hard. But compromise is Key and there is no easy way there

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We all have to start somewhere; I truly believe there is no right and wrong during your healthy living progress. This is such an intimate journey where we truly learn about ourselves and begin shaping who we are and begin our contribution to the world. As we grow we find out what works best for the most important person, YOU.  Knowledge is Power so join me on this journey and together we can get informed and make our own decisions.

As an English major/Special Education Teacher, research and writing are a part of my job and I have committed to sharing all of my findings and discoveries along the way. I know the struggle is real and I am here to help! I have always been a lover of skin care, makeup, and all things beauty so the blog will focus on creating glam makeup looks (without the toxins), reviewing the latest green product on the market, and everything in between that will help you lead amazing positive lives!

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