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”?
Have you ever raised a skeptical brow at all of the fancy scrubs, bubbles, masks, creams and oils lining the shelves of beauty departments? Often neon in color, craftily named and intensely fragranced, they tend to seem more like chemistry experiments than skin care products. But the fact of the matter is that skin is the largest organ in the body, and deserves to be treated well. Nourishing the skin certainly doesn’t have to be as fake, complicated and expensive as fancy spas make you believe. Try out this back to basics Homemade Celtic Sea Salt Scrub with Organic Oils. It is a revitalizing exfoliating treatment, rich with topical vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids that is sure to become one of your new favorite DIY secrets.
It’s true, we’ve been talking a lot about skin health lately. That’s because skin is so vitally important and tragically ignored! As the largest organ in the body, it serves as a first line barrier to prevent infection, protects from injury, regulates our body temperature, and is a phenomenal mirror reflecting the state of internal health. Furthermore, research has shown that you effectively absorb more than 60% of what is put on your skin on average. That’s a scary fact when you look at all of the chemicals that can be found in the skin care products on the market today. Ever since we started discussing the benefits of coconut oil for the skin, we’ve recieved a lot of questions about just how to use it, especially without lugging around a cumbersome jar of the stuff everywhere you go. Try out this easy DIY project for Whipped Extra Virgin Coconut Oil Lotion with Vitamin E.
Ravaged by the stresses of modern life, a girlfriend and I recently embarked on a celebratory retreat weekend into the mountains of New Hampshire, armed with good music, whole foods and several yoga/relaxation sessions to work on. Along the way, between playing steering wheel drums and sticking our heads out the open windows on the highway, we stopped at a local organic foods store to grab up some products for a “natural facial.” I was shocked to find that each item I grabbed- even the ones in muted, sand-toned bottles, with satisfying names like “Marshmallow Miracle”- contained a slew of ingredients I didn’t recognize. Concerned by this new-found battery of chemicals my friend and I were about to slather all over our skin, we promptly evacuated the aisle and agreed judiciously to leave this piece of our pampering for another day.