DIY All-Natural Skin Exfoliator For Silky Soft Legs
"The sugar rubs off all the dirt and dead skin, the lemon juice works as a mild skin peel revealing brighter, smoother skin, and, of course, the olive oil penetrates deep into the skin and provides long-lasting moisture.”
Via One Good Thing
Vapor Rub is probably one of those things that always need to be on hand. Now you can make your own using all natural ingredients! Cheep, Free, and Happy has all the ingredients and directions to make your own!
"Vapor Rub is a mentholated topical gel intended to assist with minor medical conditions that temporarily impair breathing, including the common cold. It is applied to the chest, often immediately before sleeping.”
How many of you suffer from severely cracked and dry feet no matter what you do? While pumice stones (as pictured) and nightly deep tissue massages with creams can be extremely helpful, it’s usually not enough and the dryness and cracks seem to re-appear over time. I suggest going gluten-free for 2 months! That means eliminating (as much as possible) foods containing wheat. That doesn’t mean spending all of your grocery money on “Gluten-free” labeled products either! We’re not trying to be trendy here. Just be aware and research “Wheat” and its possible effects on your health. There’s a book/blog titled, "Wheat Belly" by William Davis, that I think is a pretty good place to start!
Back to your feet! They serve as an alert system; indicators of your health as a whole. More often than not, the intense dryness and cracking is letting you know there’s some kind of internal blockage! Something is in the way of your body receiving the essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients that would normally allow your skin to soften and heal properly. Combine the exfoliation and topical application of moisture with the dietary changes and you’ll see a major change! And this isn’t just about feet. Imagine what other ailments can be reversed once you clear out the blockage. Something to consider!
The Huffington Post conducts study confirming effectiveness of the Oil Pulling Method | Read the article here.
If you’ve been following me for awhile, you already know I swear by the Ayurvedic practice of Oil Pulling. It’s the morning ritual of chewing and swishing around a capful of natural oil in your mouth (for 15-20 min) to decrease the bacteria in your body. I have whiter teeth, fresher breath and way less visits to the dentist because of it. It decreases internal toxins, as well, making it extremely helpful for sufferers of asthma, allergies, sinus pressure, migraines, hangovers and an endless list of ailments!
The Huffington Post just posted a study “that showed oil pulling can decrease the bacteria associated with dental cavities.” In my video tutorial a few months back, I mentioned that Sesame Oil was way more effective than Coconut Oil. Having put both oils to the test for a few weeks, I could feel my body reacting more to the Sesame Oil. The study also confirmed my theory by explaining their test group results and finding, “Sesame oil experienced a five-fold decrease in bacteria while the coconut oil group experienced a two-fold decrease."
So happy they took the time to create test groups and confirmed it’s effectiveness! Just wanted to share with you guys in case you were still a bit skeptical.
If you missed my Oil Pulling YouTube tutorial, you can watch it here.
Have any of you put it to the test?
DIY Coconut Lotion Bars
Coconut Oil‘s nourishing properties make it an excellent skin lotion and homemade lotion bars make it even easier to apply. Lotion bars are very moisturizing and incredibly easy to make with only a few ingredients. No liquid ingredients are used so no emulsifying or preservatives are needed.
Uses for Lotion Bars:
I often give lotion bars as gifts since they can be easily customized with essential oils or natural scents. They are completely natural and safe on babies and children. The coconut oil and shea butter create a natural SPF, which make them ideal for outdoor activities.
- 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
- 1/2 cup Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter
- 2/3 cup Beewax Pellets or grated beeswax
- Optional: 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
- Optional: Essential Oils for scent
How to Make:
When I first started making this recipe I used a double boiler and blender before I realized that there was a much easier way that didn’t require excessive dishes. Here’s the easy way (my blender thanks you!):
Combine ingredients in a quart size or larger glass mason jar or reused glass jar. Fill a medium size saucepan with a couple inches of water and place on a burner over medium high heat. I recommend putting a lid on the jar to prevent water from getting in as this ruins the lotion bars.
Bring the water to a simmer and stir or shake the contents of the jar until completely melted. This should take about ten minutes. Quickly pour into whatever molds you are using. I highly recommend silicon muffin cups or molds if you have them because they are so easy to clean. Regular muffin tins or even small glass jars also work. You can even use small jelly-size glass jars if you want to keep the lotion bar in the jar for travel or to give as a gift. This recipe will make approximately 6 lotion bars if using muffin cups or small jars.
Leave in molds for at least 4 hours or overnight (preferable) and carefully pop out of molds. I wrap in cellophane bags and tie with burlap and twine for gifts.
How to Use Lotion Bars:
Lotion bars are designed for use on dry skin in place of lotion. Apply the same way that you would use soap in the shower but on dry skin with no need to wash off. The heat of your skin will transfer a very thin layer of moisturizing lotion to the skin, which will absorb in 3-5 minutes.
- Add 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oil for scent. I like lavender.
- Add 10 drops of peppermint essential oil and 1/2 tsp of powdered ginger for use on sore muscles after working out.