New Release: Renegade Beauty
Categories: Health & Healing
About the Book
In this essential full-color guide, Nadine Artemis introduces readers to the concept of “renegade” beauty—a practice of doing less and allowing the elements and the life force of nature to revive the body, skin, and soul so our natural radiance can shine through. Anyone stuck in perpetual loops of new products, facials, and dermatologist appointments will find answers as Artemis illuminates the energizing elements of sun, fresh air, water, the earth, and plants. Renegade Beauty is a comprehensive resource for anyone who wants to simplify their self-care routine, take their health into their own hands, and discover their own radiant beauty.
Welcome to the Post-Pathogen Biome Era
Obsolete, or soon to be, is the medical directive to scrub ourselves, inside and out, from the microbes that share our bodies; whereas once they were a source of fear, now our microbiota are founts of wonder for medical researchers. The Western diet and lifestyle do not support a robust, symbiont population.
Our native bacteria are better at keeping us healthy and our immune system in top shape than the best medical technology and drugs. A group of microbiologists examined what happened to salmonella, a potentially deadly foodborne pathogen, in a healthy gastrointestinal system. When they exposed salmonella to fecal bacteria collected from people with healthy GI tracts, the bacteria inactivated the salmonella.
One contributor to an altered gut microbiome is vitamin A deficiency. Retinoic acid produced alongside the bacteria from vitamin A activates Th17, an immune-system helper cell. Too much Th17 can stimulate autoimmune conditions; and with too little, we are susceptible to infections. This all-important balance—not too much or too little—is why keeping a healthy microbial population is key, and it is something that drugs can’t fix. Our bacteria teach our immune systems what and how to attack when viruses and pathogenic bacteria invade.
The Human Microbiome Project is developing a pharmacopoeia of our microbes and their chemical secretions. When we know which microorganisms and which secretions are important to keeping our health in balance, it could be that medicine in the future may focus on treating or preventing microbiome disorders in lieu of treating disease. Down the road, our drugs may be targeted probiotics and their prebiotic food.
Rewilding: Body as Ecosystem
In this fresh new field in microbiology, there is still plenty of room for clarity and nuance. Yet one conclusion is clear: we are healthiest when our bodies are thriving ecosystems, and to get there we may need to reintroduce or “rewild” ancient microbes into our lives. Dr. Rob Dunn succinctly states that for our health and our children’s health, “We need to come up with a new way of restoring elements of what once was.”
Trailblazing the way to “rewilding” the human body, some sufferers of Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, irritable bowel syndrome, asthma, and allergies are intentionally acquiring anew some of our old body microbial wildlife that we lost due to Western living. Some of these daring people have walked barefoot through the pit latrines of nonurbanized, non-Westernized people groups. Others have intentionally consumed helminths, with the goal of repopulating their bodies. Some of these people have experienced miraculous healing.
Bubbly Bergamot Bliss Bath Bombs
Bubbly bliss for relaxation and before bedtime.
1 cup vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
2 cups baking soda
20 drops bergamot essential oil
10 drops ylang essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
1 tablespoon organic jojoba, olive or coconut oils
1 spritz bottle of pure water (any size will do)
Molds for the balms: muffin tins, silicone ice cube trays or chocolate molds
Thoroughly mix together the baking soda and ascorbic acid in a bowl.
Add the essential oils to the tablespoon of carrier oil. Add this combo to the bowl and mix together quickly before the mixture starts to fizz.
Spray water onto the mixture a mist at a time and continue mixing. Achieve a consistency where the combination is still crumbly yet able to hold its shape when pressed into the palm of your hand. Pack the mix firmly into the molds.
Allow the balms to dry for a couple of hours in a warm, dry place, away from sunlight.
Enjoy within a month for a full fizz effect. After a month, they will not go rancid, only lose their fizz.
Pore Clarifying Mask
15 ml clay
5 ml rosemary powder
5 ml activated charcoal
5 ml jojoba
2 drops carrot seed
2 drops niaouli
2 drops rosemary
Mix in a jar. To use, put some in the palm of your hand or mix in a bowl, adding water until it becomes a spreadable consistency. Leave on for at least a few minutes, or longer for a spa treatment. It may also be used as a cleansing face wash.
About the Author
Nadine Artemis is the author of Holistic Dental Care: The Complete Guide to Healthy Teeth and Gums. She is also the creator of Living Libations, a line of serums, elixirs, and essential oils for those seeking the purest of botanical health and beauty products. Her products have received rave reviews in The New York Times, The National Post, and The Hollywood Reporter. Described by Alanis Morissette as “a true-sense visionary,” Artemis is an innovative aromacologist, developing immune enhancing formulas and medicinal blends for health and wellness. Her healing creations, along with her concept of renegade beauty, encourage effortlessness, eschew regimes, and inspire people to rethink conventional notions of beauty and wellness.