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Losing collagen happens. Which is probably why the skincare industry makes billions of dollars every year on anti-aging creams, serums, and cleansers that promise to reduce wrinkles and give your skin a healthy glow. But these products usually fall short on the results you’re looking for. Instead of paying $20-$100 on a single jar of false promises, try these natural remedies that help you defy the signs of aging!

Eat More Fish

Fish is considered to be a low-fat protein source that does wonderful things for the entire body, including keeping skin looking young. Incorporate fish that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon, into your diet to give your skin a plumper, fresh look. Omega-3 fatty acids also contains antioxidants that get rid of toxins, which makes this the top recommendation for healthier-looking skin.

Banana and Honey Mask

If your skin tends to be on the dry side, mash up a banana and mix it up with honey to create a completely chemical free face mask that will do wonders for you. Bananas contain vitamins A, D, and E that protect your skin from harmful UV rays and provide it with a clean and radiant glow. Honey contains antibacterial properties and humectant, which will lock in moisture and keep your face from becoming dry in unfavorable weather conditions. Apply the mixture to your face and let it soak into your skin for approximately 15 minutes before rinsing.

Good Old-Fashioned Water

If your skin is more dry than normal, consider incorporating more water into your diet. One of the biggest causes of dry skin, other than the weather, is simply that you are dehydrated and need more liquids in your body. Drink the recommended amount of water for your body type each day and soon you will notice healthier looking skin. To enhance the skin healing properties of your water, infuse it with citrus fruits or cucumber slices to get more vitamins into your system.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is rich and bold, and can be used for more than just cooking! It has been used to moisturize skin for thousands of years and does not leave a greasy residue behind. Olive oil contains good fats and hydroxytyrosol, which fight off the free radicals that damage your skin. Olive oil also contains a healthy dose of vitamin E which provides your skin with beneficial antioxidants. Rub a small amount of olive oil on your face before you go to sleep at night and wake up to a fresh look, radiant glow (and a noticeable reduction in wrinkle definition).

Pineapple and Lemon Juice Rub

Speaking of wrinkles, give your face a nice citrus rinse with a mixture of pineapple juice and lemon juice. Not only will your skin feel clean and fresh, but the acids found in the citrus juice will go to work smoothing out your skin and making it soft. Citrus juices are rich in vitamin C, which is great for good skin health.

Premature aging? Ha! Dry skin? Oh no. Again, don’t break the bank for expensive creams and wrinkle treatments, use ingredients you most likely already have at home. You will be rewarded with a fabulous glow and take years off the clock in no time.

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Bring on the Bees! Flowers to Attract These Beneficial Insects

Most farmers know the importance of having beneficial pollinators, like honey bees, near the garden or farm–so much so that many farmers also become beekeepers, hosting beehives on their properties. Bees and other insects are important for pollination, especially fruit trees and bushes, like blueberry, cherries, and most stone fruit trees that cannot self-pollinate. However, maintaining beehives can be difficult for small farmers or home gardeners who have little space and little time to spare. Instead, imagine a garden full of lush, colorful blooms that are as attractive to bees as they are to us! Include the following flowers in your garden for an open invitation for
the bees.

Calendula

Plant calendula to attract the bees with its sweet nectar, and reap the many benefits of this beautiful flower. Calendula comes in many varieties, ranging from yellows to oranges to pale pinks. These bright blooms quickly attract the bees (and butterflies, too!) while also acting a trap for some pests, such as the leafy green destroying aphids. Not to mention, calendula is also edible, traditionally used stews and teas. Calendula is also great for making salves and adding into any bouquet, making this flower a top choice for any garden.

Foxglove

This flower is toxic to humans and other mammals, keeping the deer and rabbits away. But, the bees and the hummingbirds love the nectar of the foxglove! Foxgloves come in just about any color and are often grown by market gardeners as a cut-flower for spikes in bouquets. Foxgloves provide brilliant blooms to enliven any garden or farm and are easy to grow. Grow in full sun with lots of water in rich soil. If you enjoy having them around, these flowers will self-seed, providing blooms and bees for years to come.

Yarrow

Yarrow is a perennial herb that will bring the bees to your space starting early in the summer. Yarrow often comes in pale, pastel colors and has many uses. Most flower farmers grow yarrow for bouquets while many home gardeners use yarrow as a medicinal herb used in treating fevers, common colds, and other inflammatory-type illnesses. Yarrow is easy to care for in the garden, requiring water only in times of drought and minimal to no fertilization. This low-maintenance plant is certainly an essential in your bee garden.

Sunflower

Sunflowers are the highlight of most gardens, with their tall-reaching blooms that follow the sun throughout the day. Bees, too, can’t seem to stay away from the prolific pollen produced from these bloomin’ beauties. Sunflowers grow best direct seeded into well-draining soil in an area that receives full sun throughout the summer. Some varieties of sunflowers will self-seed, and you will have yourself an endlessly growing sunflower field to keep the bees comin’ over the years.

The list of bee-attracting plants does not end there. For other options, think herbs! Add lavender, mint varieties, thyme, rosemary, chives, borage, and even oregano to bring in the bees. Simply imagine herbs and flowers with attractive scents and colorful blooms, and it’s likely to be these pollinator’s dream.


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