As breeze filled mornings melt into lazy afternoons and the sun reaches its vibrant seasonal heights, there is a sense of tender nostalgia that prevails as summer sets in. People line parade-filled streets, colorful flowers show their charming faces, gardens hang heavy with plump veggies and bright berries, and sandy toes bring traces of the beach into our homes. With the ample hours of sunlight bringing an opportunity to frolic about outdoors, summer certainly provides a chance to refresh and revitalize both the body and mind. Yet, one of the last things you probably want is to end up with is a raw, stinging sunburn nor is it desirable to take a time out to slather yourself in slippery, white, chemical-ridden sunblock. So, let’s explore some all natural solutions for your sun-worshipping woes.
You can go ahead and call it the "miracle mineral" if you want to, but all silly names and taglines aside, magnesium is a truly incredible nutrient. What more can you say about a mineral that is essential for the function of every single cell in your body? Learn how to make your own magnesium-infused body butter combining the healing benefits of lush cold-pressed coconut oil and organic cocoa butter, and scented with a splash of your favorite essential oils. Experience the benefits of transdermal magnesium therapy, while simultaneously replenishing the skin and delighting your senses: does it really get any better than that?
Hair. Oh, the wacky things we do with our hair. Whether you are just trying to tame your fly-aways and frizzies enough to make it through the day or are scrolling through the infinite Hairstyle Boards on pinterest to create the latest gem-studded up-do, a lot of effort can go into creating lovely locks. One study recently reported that the average woman spends over $50,000 on hair products and cuts over her lifetime, with men not as far behind as they want you to believe. Instead of purchasing a mismatch of synthetic products to fill up your bathroom vanity and getting a lavish haircut to hide your hair insecurities, learn 3 easy tips to nourish your hair from the inside out. You can also make your own all natural hair gel...to make sure you are stylin' along the way of course!
We know that coconut oil is good for the skin...but getting it out of the jar? Well that can be a daunting, spoon-bending, jar-breaking endeavor. Ever since publishing our post on Saving your Skin: The Benefits of Coconut Oil, I have recieved several skeptical questions about how exactly to use awkward, solid coconut oil on the skin. I shared one of my favorite tricks in a post on Homemade Whipped Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil Lotion, and still get questions about it: "could it really only take one ingredient and just a couple of minutes?" "Is it that inexpensive to have a high quality moisturizer?" "Is oil actually okay to put on all skin types?" The answer is a big YES across the board, and here is a quick video to show you just how easy it is!
Coconut milk is d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s! Not only does it make a fresh-tasting addition to recipes, but it has incredible health benefits. Rich with energy-boosting fats and trace minerals, the unique composition of coconut milk makes it a very helpful and healing addition to many Western diets. Learn how to make your own coconut milk at home in just about 10 minutes using dehydrated organic coconut flakes. This is a great real food tip you won't want to miss!
Recent studies on cosmetics have reported that women who use makeup daily absorb almost 5 lbs of chemicals from their cosmetics per year. although cosmetic and toiletry industry officials continue to claim that all of their products are safe, it seems as though it is high time for a healthy dose of consumer curiosity. Take a look at the ingredients in your cosmetics and see how many things you can pronounce. If you have spent a lot of time focusing on the content of your food and on purifying your drinking water, it may be time to consider revamping the products you put on your skin, lips, hair and nails. Lipsticks, which are often used well past their expiration dates, are some of the worst perpetrators. They are made with a base of cheap unstable oils, harsh alcohols, synthetic dyes and other chemicals, which quickly go rancid. If you are thinking about adding a little something to give your lips fall color this season, try making your own naturally tinted lip stain from nourishing, wholesome ingredients including wonderfully healing healthy fats and oils. This truly simple and very inexpensive recipe looks elegant and feels great.
94% of Americans claim that they dutifully lather up their pearly whites nightly. We are a nation captivated by mega-watt smiles, collectively spending over $2 billion a year on dental products including toothpaste, mouthwash and dental floss. Yet, despite these efforts towards dental hygiene, reports indicate that 75% of the population suffers from some form of periodontal gum disease. Tooth decay remains the most common chronic disease among children, affecting 59% of those aged 5-17 years. Something just doesn't add up...
We say it time and time again: making your own bone broth is one of the most wonderful, healing things you can do for your body. But did you know you can also use the fat from bone broth as a wonderful healthy cooking fat? As fall settles into the air and days crawl to shorter lengths, the desire to sip wonderful brimming bowls of soup grows irresistibly. While bone broth is beautiful at anytime of the year, there is something about the golden spoonfuls and curls of aromatic steam that are particularly appealing in colder months. In the theme of traditional cooking, wherein no part of a meal goes to waste, saving the skimmed fat from the top of bone broth is also an excellent way to have yourself a truly nutrient dense cooking fat. By storing the collected fat in a small glass container, you are not only being penny savvy, but ensuring that you have an incredible source of pure animal fat to incorporate into your diet. This is especially important in the winter months when we need the rich nourishment to sustain our energy levels.
It’s a fact that is gross but true...all humans produce some amount of sweat and body odor. Starting in the gloriously awkward, braces-wearing days of puberty and on into later adulthood, we are taught to dutifully fend off any offensive underarm smells by smearing on globs of odor-fighting antiperspirants and deodorants. However, despite their common use, these odor-fighting personal care items contain a shocking amount of toxic substances and irritating chemicals that are really just not worth the trade-off. So next time you are searching for a stench-eliminating weapon, try making your own natural deodorant with coconut oil instead. Inexpensive, strong and long-lasting, this wholesome alternative is quite effective and can actually be fun to make. Who ever imagined that “deodorant” could ever be used in the same sentence as “fun”?