The Benefits of Coconut Oil

Since I began eating more naturally and healthfully it has led me to be more cautious in other areas of my life where I had been using products with harsh chemicals and additives, such as body products. I’ve learned that anything you put on your skin is absorbed and goes into your blood stream – so if you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin!

When you step into most health food stores, you’ll notice that there are many natural body product options, in fact the choices are overwhelming! I’ve caught myself standing in those aisles for a ridiculously long time reading the ingredients in each product, and then getting too confused to make a decision.

So I decided the next time I went to the store to pick up some face wash or moisturizer I would do my research and know exactly what I was going to buy. It was time to replace my body moisturizer, so on to google I went. I remembered hearing about coconut oil and decided to research it a bit. To my delight I learned that coconut oil has many benefits and is a very versatile product. The best part- it has ONE ingredient, you guessed it coconut oil. If there’s one thing that’s clear, the less ingredients the better- weather it’s food or face wash! I picked up some Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil and I absolutely love it. It has a delicious smell and feels great on my skin.

Healthful Benefits:

Coconut Oil is made up of about 50% lauric acid. Lauric acid is shown to have anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial health-protecting properties. My cousin claims that it helped heal her of mono! That’s some power.

Be sure to purchase organic, unrefined, cold-pressed coconut oil.

Use it as a moisturizer: Take a little bit and massage over your entire body. Some people may not like the thickness of it, but dry skin eats it up.

Use it as a hair mask: It’s also great to use as a hair mask to restore dry or damaged hair. All you have to do it heat a little of it up, distribute through hair and let it sit, preferable overnight. Wash it out in the morning and relish in the shine!

Cook with it: Next time you’re stir frying veggies, use coconut oil instead of olive oil.

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Healing with Raw Honey

Any one else suffering from dry, itchy legs this time of year??  I don’t know what it is!!  Maybe the constant changes in weather?  The detoxifying nature of spring?  I moisturize, I drink my water, but my legs don’t want to budge!  So, I did some research on some of my favorite blogs and websites, and I was reminded about a sweet and sticky trick that I had heard about long before…

RAW HONEY!

Yup, you heard me right.  That sweet and sticky mess that is oh so tasty AND extremely medicinal.  So yesterday and today, I smeared the good stuff all over my legs and let it sit and soak in for about 15 minutes… Not only was it kind of fun, like a mini art project, but I have also noticed a difference, even in 2 days!!

Think I’m crazy??  Well, maybe… (Insert visual of me walking around my kitchen with my pants rolled up, covered knee to ankle in honey).

Ok, so if this doesn’t sound like something you want to experience, then how about a hot, relaxing bath?  Fill up the tub, at about 2 tablespoons of raw honey, and soak it all in.  A nice, hot bath can be super relaxing; light some candles, put on some of your favorite slow tunes, and close your eyes.  All in the while, you are soaking up the wonderful nutrients and moisturizing benefits of raw honey.

Why honey, you may ask?

Well, honeys uses and benefits stretch way beyond your morning oatmeal.

Raw honey contains anti-viral, anti-bacterial, AND anti-fungal properties.  Starting to feel a cold coming on?  Mix some raw honey into a hot cup of water a few times per day and help fight off infection.  Fungus on your toe?   Use raw honey topically to destroy those micro-organisms.   Suffering from bad allergies this time of year?  Local honey can help sooth environmental allergies by exposing you to your local pollans.

Back to our skin…  Raw honey contains a ton of antioxidants, many of which help to renew and rejuvenate our skin.  It doesn’t only moisturize, but it actually helps to soothe irritated and blemished areas of our body.  DIY facemasks are a wonderful way to use raw honey (along with oatmeal and yogurt) to help heal and repair the complexion.

So try it out, and let me know what you think!

And remember, honey should always be purchased in its raw and unfiltered form, ensuring that all of its healing benefits are intact (see picture above).  Check out your local farmers market for a honey booth.