Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a wonderful ingredient to have in your arsenal.

What to do with it:

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Topic Application:

Apply coconut oil directly, or you may also dilute with other oils that have added benefits. Coconut oil is great as just one ingredient to many wonderful recipes for your body and soul. With all of the below ideas, add essential oils for even more benefits.

  1. Toss a small chunk in with your detox bath for added moisture. I love how this makes my skin feel after a bath! It is especially useful since the salts can dry your skin out.
  2. Use as a skin moisturizer/lotion.
  3. Apply a small bit to your hair for moisture… very small bit because it can make your hair oily if you use too much… also helpful to apply only to the tips if you are worried about oiliness.
  4. Lip balm
  5. Apply to face to prevent and/or fight acne.
  6. Shaving cream
  7. Cuticle cream
  8. Boost eyelash growth, hair growth
  9. Makeup remover
  10. Apply directly to scrapes, tattoos, or other surface skin wounds to speed healing and disinfect
  11. Eases the pain from canker sores, cold sore, and ulcers, and speeds up healing
  12. Itchy skin, sunburn
  13. Hair conditioner
  14. Bruising
  15. Massage oil
  16. Relieves itching and pain from bug bites, poison ivy, chicken pox
  17. Stretch marks, age spots, skin discoloration, varicose veins, celulite, psoriasis, eczema
  18. Apply under and over eyes before bed to help fight under-eye bags and wrinkles, eases you to sleep (when rubbed over tops of lids), and increases eyelash growth.
  19. Toothpaste
  20. Exfoliating scrub
  21. Perfume
  22. Carrier oil when using essential oils

Ingest/Take Internally:

  1. Immune booster
  2. Colon health
  3. Detox/cleanse
  4. Weight loss
  5. Energy booster
  6. Can replace your butter/oil

References and Other Great Sites:

  1. 200 Amazing Uses for Coconut Oil
  2. 107 Everyday Uses for Coconut Oil
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Detox Baths

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We come in contact with toxins all around us on a daily basis and they build up over time, causing a myriad of side effects.

  1. Sick
  2. Muscle aches; soreness
  3. Migraines and/or headaches
  4. Fatigued
  5. Not getting enough sleep
  6. Stressed

A detox bath can be amazing when you’re sick and is also nice even if you aren’t feeling under the weather.

This bath will help eliminate toxins in your body while also absorbing the minerals and nutrients in the water. I think it’s amazing how I can literally feel the salts pulling the tension out of my feet.

Ingredients:

  1. Run the water as hot as you can handle it. Don’t scald yourself, though!
  2. Dry brush your skin before getting in to increase detox properties. (optional)
  3. When adding ginger, whether freshly grated, dried, or ginger essential oil, keep in mind that the more you add, the more you’ll sweat. That is the main ingredient in the sweating, sauna-like feeling of the intense detox bath. If you can’t handle a ton of heat (me!), tone down the ginger to an appropriate level based on your tolerance. I would say start with less, such as a dash or two of dried ginger and see how it goes.
  4. Set a timer for 20 minutes. You can take a longer bath if you’d like, but 20 minutes is the minimum time for the detox to work. It is encouraged to work up to 40 minutes, if possible. I have a hard time staying in that long. I normally stay in about 30 minutes. Some sources say that the first 20 minutes are used to help your body remove the toxins, while the second 20 minutes are for absorbing the minerals in the water. I think it all kind of happens at the same time, so go with as long as you want.
  5. Light candles. Turn off the lights and get in the tub. Your eyes will adjust to the darkness and the light from the candle will become enough. Feel free to light more candles if you wish. My favorite candles for this meditative bath are the wood-burning wick candles.
  6. With your hands and/or feet, mix the ingredients into the hot water and relax.

Optional and Advice:

  • I like to grab a clean hand towel to keep near the tub to pat my face. This bath is designed to sweat out toxins, so be prepared to sweat. That’s why I have the hand towel near.
  • Play calming music in the background. I like Native American drumming meditation.
  • Have water within reach during your bath. You are sweating and will need to replace those fluids with healthy, clean water to aid in the detox process.
  • Wine. Ok, so this is actually NOT helping you detox, but it does help with the relaxing part, so why not?
  • To further encourage the cleansing, wrap up in a robe or blanket right after getting out. You will lock in the heat and the ginger will continue to make you sweat, allowing you to detox even after you are out of the tub. I don’t usually do this, but you can if really trying to beat a sickness.
  • Sometimes, if I’ve added too much ginger or if I’ve sweated a ton, I take a cool shower right afterwards to wash off the lingering toxins and salts.
  • After you’re dried, apply some coconut oil to your skin with your choice of essential oil to aid in your needs.

*BEWARE: This bath can make you very tired and weak, as your body has been expunging itself of toxins through sweating. The removal of toxins in any way is an exhaustive process, such as massage (you know how tired you feel afterwards, even though it feels much better), dry needling, digestive detoxing, etc.

It is best to do this bath before bedtime as it can make you drowsy afterwards. It is important to drink water during and after. Any time your body detoxes, it is flushing out toxins and if you don’t replace the fluids with clean water, you could feel sick.

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