Activated Charcoal… not what you grill with.

Activated CharcoalActivated Charcoal is not what is sounds like.  It’s not something you’ll throw under the grill to cook your hamburger, it’s actually a fine black powder made from refined coconuts.  It’s 100% alkaline and is spinning with electrons.  It has been used dated back to 450BC by Hindu’s and also by Hippocrates + Pliney, and last, but not least, it was used in WWI and was placed in the masks of soldiers to keep them from inhaling toxic chemicals.

But today, we use it to detoxify the body and skin.  On the skin, it absorbs toxins that are trapped under and is great to fight acne and cellulite.  It can speed up healing wounds, relieve itchiness from bites or stings, remove toxins from bites or stings, eliminates body odor from underarms, feet, and the scalp.  But we’re not done yet… you can even use it as a teeth whitener or reduce/eliminate body gas!!

This ingredient is in our Green Lava and Moroccan Lava Masks.  But don’t feel like you have to limit this to your face.. you can use it all over your body!  Take 1 tsp of the mask powder and combine it with 1 tsp of water, rosewater, or even coconut oil and mix it together to make a paste.  Then you rub it on your face and let it sit for a minimum of 10 minutes.  Then wipe off with warm water and a rag.  If you want to make a body mask, use the same technique of 1 tsp of mask powder to 1 tsp of your chosen ingredient and begin to put on your body working from the top down (this is a specific method to doing this, not just a suggestion).  Keep it on for 10 min and then hop in the shower and rinse it off.  Be sure to drink water and keep hydrated because when you are pulling out the toxins, you want to replenish with fluid!

We received our information from Livestrong,

Happy New Year!

Even though last Wednesday was the official start of 2014. We all know that any resolutions we’ve made with ourselves, do not truly start until the following Monday 😉 With that in mind…Happy New Year! Now get out there and Do something your future self with thank you for 🙂 Whether it be to make a change in your daily routine/schedule (implementing mine now as we speak), join a kickball league, hitting the gym or just making a few changes to a more holistic and healthier lifestyle, just get out there and do it TODAY! -kenzie

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Put your fresh face forward for 2014

FreshFaceChoose from our variety of Clay masks to cleanse and rejuvenate your face.. or body!  After you wash/rinse your face, top it off with our Wake Your Face solution; made with chamomile tea and essential oils of lavender and melaleuca.

6 Ways to Ease Your Hangover

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Happy New Year! If you’re one of the many revelers around the world who over-imbibed last night, remember for next time that the only real way to cure a hangover is to drink in moderation and avoid getting one at all. But in the meantime, don’t panic, because there are a few easy remedies that will ease your head-pounding, body-aching, regret-having pain.

NewsFeed consulted Dr. Jason Burke, an anesthesiologist who specializes in the treatment of veisalgia (otherwise known as the common hangover) to shed some light on which cures will best alleviate the symptoms. Before you read on, go ahead and grab a glass of water to tide you over.

1. Greasy breakfast food

If you’re craving a big breakfast full of fatty foods, follow your instincts. Fat contains more calories than protein or carbs, so it’s the fastest way to help your body process out the breakdown products of alcohol, Dr…

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Growing Up

We’re so excited to finally announce that the Two Simple Owls can now be found on the shelves at Growing Up.

Growing up is located near downtown St.Petersburg and they have the largest, local selection of cloth diapers and accessories as well as organic clothing and toys. We can’t get enough of them! 🙂

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DIY Elderberry

DIY ElderberryElderberry was most recently seen on The Walking Dead (amazing show).  They used it to help the sick get better!  Mountain Rose Herbs states that you can find Elderberry growing in moist areas along rivers, roads, and in forests, this immune boosting botanical has a long history of use in traditional European medicine. Elderberry syrup is a proven remedy for preventing and recovering from the flu, colds, excessive mucus, sore throats, and contains large amounts of antioxidants, potassium, beta carotene, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin C.

Take a tablespoon daily to ward off illness and a teaspoon every 2-3 hours while sick. For children under 2, add the syrup to hot water to kill any microbes in the honey. You can even drizzle the delicious syrup over pancakes, yogurt, or ice cream!

Elderberry Syrup Recipe

  • 1 cup fresh or 1/2 cup dried organic Elderberries (harvest blue or black, avoid poisonous reds) –
  • 3 cups water –
  • 1 cup raw local honey –
  • 1 organic Cinnamon stick,
  • 3 organic Cloves, and organic Ginger (optional)
  1. Place berries, water, and spices in a saucepan and bring to a boil
  2. Reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Smash the berries to release remaining juice
  4. Strain the mixture.
  5. Allow liquid to cool and stir in honey.

Will last for 2-3 months stored in the fridge.

Motivation Monday: Think about it

ThinkAboutWe started this business because we wanted to help heal, educate, and make awesome products!  We don’t want to quit and and can’t even think about quitting when we begin to think about WHY we even started Two Simple Owls.  So when you start feeling down and defeated and begin to question your path… remember to THINK about WHY you started and your outlook on things just may change!!