Thursday, November 19, 2015

Ode to coconut oil

Disclaimer: I am not a poet nor do I claim to be. Don't judge me. I simply want to share my fondness of coconut oil.

                    


Oh coconut oil, how wonderful you are!!
Whether out of a tub or out of a jar
You make my curls perfect
You freshen my breath
Life without you is a fate worse than death

Oh coconut oil, you're such a dream
You clean my face
And become shaving cream



Ok, I give up. I warned y'all that I'm no poet. The point is, coconut oil is basically everything. Here are some of the things I use it for:


  • Styling aid - Instead of mousse or gel, I use about 1/2 a teaspoon on my hair while wet, wrap in a towel and then air dry. I suggest using refined for your hair and face because it doesn't have a smell.
  • Face wash and make-up remover - There is a strange science to oil washing. Oil breaks down oil and coconut oil also moisturizes so it slows oil production in the skin,. Weird huh? This is how to oil wash your face - rub a teaspoon of coconut oil on your face and then lay a hot, wet wasg cloth on your face for about 30 seconds and then use the rag to wipe the coconut oil off.
  • Oil pulling - This one is simple. Make sure you use unrefined, organic, extra virgin coconut oil for this one. I use Carrington Farms to oil pull. The reason for this is because the unrefined, extra virgin coconut oil has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Oil pulling is actually an ancient practice that kills the bacteria in the mouth, whitens teeth and freshens breath!!! You simply put a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth and swish for 20 minutes!!! I do it while I'm taking my shower. Don't do it any longer than 20 minutes because if you do, the bacteria will be reabsorbed in your mouth. Make sure you DON'T SWALLOW and spit it in the trash can or outside so your drain pipes don't clog.
Other things I have used coconut oil for are shaving cream, lotion and even on my dog's wound from when we had him neutered. 

I also recently started a ketogenic diet so I can be as light as possible for my first 5k (yay!!!) so I am eating a tablespoon of the morning first thing too. I'm not going to lie, this is a tough one. This morning I had to swallow it with Green Apple Spark to even get it down but it will be worth it when I cross that finish line. Getterdone for the Jingle Run!!!

Anyone interested in the Jingle Run can click here.

Stay beautiful friends and keep shining!!!

Love Always,

Heather


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