6 Ways To Use Coconut Oil Outside of The Kitchen

6 ways to use coconut oil outside the kitchen and as part of your daily routine!

Fan of cooking with coconut oil? I know I am, and if you haven’t discovered how versatile this oil is ( both in and out of the kitchen), you’ve got to give it a try! We cook everything from eggs in it and use it as a butter substitute in baking.

You can also use coconut oil in your daily skincare regime and as a substitute for toxic things like (makeup remover or cold cream).

Conditioning Hair Treatment

I make a mixture of organic coconut oil, castor oil, and rosemary essential oil as a deep conditioning hair treatment. I started doing this after I went to a hair salon to get some highlights in my hair and they basically destroyed it. I dyed my hair back to its usual dark hue, but the texture was so brittle I knew I had to start attempting to restore it.

I therefore use this oil-based hair treatment and also take he shu wu, a Chinese herb that can help with hair growth and is purportedly taken to restore hair.

If you make a similar coconut oil hair treatment, leave it on for a few hours and then shampoo it twice to make sure all of the oil is out of your hair. The product- at least for me- is softer hair.

Makeup Remover

Coconut oil is by far the best makeup remover I’ve ever used! Simply put a little on a washcloth or damp paper towel and use it to remove your makeup prior to bed.

DIY Body Scrub

Do you like coffee? Would you like to make an easy peppermint mocha body scrub? I bet you would, and guess what the base of our recipe is? Well yes, coffee. But the hydration part is coconut oil.

Mix organic brown sugar, coffee, coconut oil, and one or two drops of high-quality peppermint essential oil together and put it in a glass jar in your bathroom. You can add as much coconut oil to this mixture as you wish as the texture and consistency of this scrub is down to your personal preference.

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DIY Coconut Oil Lip Scrub

Similar to the coffee scrub, this easy to use lip scrub consists of just two ingredients: brown sugar and a little coconut oil. Mix the two together til you get the desired consistency of your liking and use your finger to massage it on your lips. Wipe off the mixture with a wet clot when you’re finished.

Shaving Gel Replacement

I’ve been using coconut oil instead of shaving gel or soap for several months and it’s been an easy adjustment. Plus, no harsh chemicals or fake scents that are in shaving gel. But it’s again down to personal preference. You may prefer a foaming type of cream when you shave or a rich lather soap, but it’s worth trying coconut oil as a substitute.

DIY Charcoal Toothpaste

Our favorite way to use coconut oil in our daily regime is as the base for our home-made charcoal toothpaste. While this recipe will make your sink dirty, it will make your teeth pearly white and it’s sans fluoride.

Like with the other DIY recipes I listed, how much coconut oil and other ingredients you add depends on what texture you want it to be. The ingredients we use to make this are activated charcoal ( we open & use two capsules), coconut oil, baking soda, and essential oil of choice ( we mainly use peppermint). Mix these ingredients until desired consistency is reached, then have fun brushing your teeth! We love this DIY coconut oil toothpaste so much that we never buy toothpaste anymore as nothing we’ve found makes our teeth this white.

With regards to cleaning your sink post use, because the toothpaste is in a base of coconut oil, it’s rather easy to remove; simply use a sponge or damp paper towel to remove the charcoal remnants from your sink.

What do you use coconut oil for in your home? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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How to teach your kids about health and wellness

How to teach your kids about health and wellness

Perhaps what’s lacking most in today’s schools is that few teach children about wellness, health, and self care.

This is lack of attention being placed on eating a Whole Foods based diet and staying active has created a society that’s sick and out of shape, where cancer rates are skyrocketing and billions of dollars are spent on pharmaceuticals.

It’s therefore integral that parents begin to teach their kids how to adopt healthy eating and lifestyle habits.

The best way we can do this is to be an example, and to also devote a little time each week to learning more about herbalism, nutrition, and wellness. The more we learn, the more inspired and motivated we will be to begin adopting healthy habits ourselves, and our children will begin to see this lifestyle shift in our own lives, which may inspire them to also want to learn more about plant medicine and nutrition.

Keeping our children informed on why we’re eating certain foods and avoiding others is crucial. By letting them know of a recent study or book you’ve read or having them watch a documentary with you, you’re keeping them involved in the process and helping them understand they why behind your lifestyle choices. This will also help them too want to make informed decisions in every aspect of their lives.

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Getting your kids to help you make herbal tinctures and tonics or when you prepare your meal is another key way to help your kids learn more, from a hands on perspective. Children that learn these life skills at an early age are more likely to turn into healthy adults later in life.

There are great books and games for children that are looking to learn more about health, such as the Herb Fairies audiobooks and Wild Craft board game.

How are you teaching your children about health and wellness? Leave your tips in the comments below!

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Learning how to improve your health & create an holistic home

More and more of our family and friends have mention that they’re struggling with health issues. The fact is that more adults & children than ever before are suffering from toxic overload, due to the chemicals in our water supply and air, as well as food.

While this may sound depressing, the good news is that more and more people are becoming aware of just how important nutrition & adopting a healthy lifestyle.

In fact, family members that would never to listen to us about nutrition and herbs are talking about organic supplements they’re taking, and how they’ve changed their diet!

Because of the internet, there is a wealth of information available about how to create a holistic home in the form of blogs, research papers, and courses. There is so much information available though that it can be confusing.

So where do you begin your studies in holistic living?

I personally recommend you:

+ Make a list of sites ( like this one) that are themed after holistic & natural health

+ Research topics you’d like to study, such as essential oils

+ Ask friends and family who are health conscious what they’re reading

Starting A Holistic Living Library

Starting a home ( or online) library with health books & courses is a great idea, no matter how far you are on your journey to creating an holistic home!

One affordable way to get started is to purchase healthy living resources in a bundle.

You’ve probably seen some bundles around from time to time, but they’re not all created equally. One particular bundle we enjoy is called the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle, which features not only ebooks but free products, eCourses, discounts, and more.

It’s the perfect way to get started in learning more about holistic living!

What I love about Ultimate Bundles is the quality and value of the resources included in each bundle, how easy it is to download and use, their amazing customer service team, and the physical bonus offers included with each one.

And because of your interest in holistic living, I have a feeling you’re going to love their newest bundle, and I want to let you know that it’s available now for just a few days.

The Ultimate Healthy Living bundle contains 83 superb eBooks and eCourses designed to help you:

  • prepare wholesome & delicious real food
  • get the toxins out of your house for good
  • understand and use natural remedies
  • breathe new life into your exercise habits
  • raise exceptionally healthy kids in an unhealthy world
  • plus learn about gardening and homesteading, meal planning, women’s health issues, and so much more.

The combined value of everything in the bundle is over $2,400, but you get it all for a ridiculous 98% off!

Worried about information overload? Don’t be: there’s a handy Getting Started Guide to help you take action right away.

Ryan and Steph (and their awesome team) are extremely picky about what they include in their bundles and spend a whole lot of time researching which resources would be BEST suited to the needs of people like you.

On top of the eBooks, this years bundle has FREE Maca, kombucha tea and probiotics, and numerous other health products you can get for free or for a discount. We just ordered our maca and a face cream that we can’t wait to try! It’s loaded with organic oils, and usually costs almost 40 dollars.

Because of their commitment to including only the best eBooks and eCourses, over 64,000 people like you have purchased an Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle over the last five years. That many people simply can’t be wrong!

This years edition of The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle – with over 95% never-before-included resources – is available to you now, but only for a few days.

On September 26th at 11:59 PM Eastern Time, The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle (2016 Edition) will no longer be available.

Click here to find out more and get your Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle!

Please note we are proud affiliates of the bundle, after purchasing it ourselves. We’ve been investing in it every year since 2013 and highly recommend it. 

 

 

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5 Basic Steps To A Healthier Home

5 steps to creating a health home & life

Starting to adopt healthier lifestyles can be a rewarding challenge for many of us who have been eating a Standard American Diet high in processed foods. Although it can be tough to start out with, the rewards for every family member are manifold. Illness and disease can subside or be eliminated. And children can have a healthier start on their lives; these habits will be ingrained in them for possibly decades.

Here are 5 basic steps you can consider if you are wanting to have a healthier home but aren’t sure where to begin.

1.) Avoid Commercials That Advertise Junk Food

Kids are easily swayed to consume junk food of various kinds by the multimillion dollar marketing campaigns that work tirelessly to hook kids as early as possible and have them as customers for life. Many adults today were subjected to such marketing and without their even knowing it are reaching for their favorite ‘comfort foods’ because of the advertising they saw as a child. Hence the struggle many of us have to adopt healthier eating habits.

2.) Join Like Minded Support Groups

If you aren’t sure of what’s best to buy, what’s in season, where your local farmer’s market is located, try joining a few online groups that can offer you support and advice.

Some sites to check out:

–  Our Holistic Families group on Facebook

Herbal Academy of New England ( which has excellent classes on herbalism and uber helpful blog posts)

Mothering Mag forum for almost every holistic question you can imagine!

3.) Talk To Your Local Organic Farmer

One of the best ways to learn more about what you eat while supporting your local economy is to speak with organic and pesticide free farmers in your area. Head on over to your local farmer’s market and take a gander around and develop a relationship with the farmers, ask about any specials they may have and what they recommend.

4.) Begin Reading Holistic Health Books

One of the best ways to enrich your life is by learning as much as you can about anatomy, biology, nutrition, and botany to name a few!  As daunting as that may sound, there are plenty of easy to read ebooks and books of all varieties, many of which may be available at your local library or bookstore or if not, on Amazon. One book I send to all my family and friends is Healthy Living From The Inside Out by Mariel Hemmingway. It offers great suggestions, resources, tips/tricks for eating healthier and also for cleaning your home. Patrick Holford’s Optimum Nutrition Bible goes more in depth into vitamins and supplements and nutrition. Prescription for Natural Healing is a must have resource that goes into herbs and their usage.

5.) Begin to replace toxic house hold cleaner with natural ones

Clean with vinegar and/or essential oils instead of toxic chemicals. You will save yourself money too! It’s relatively easy to make a general antibacterial soap from mixing the unscented Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap with Thieves essential oil, which is a blend made from cinnamon and other amazing essential oils that can kill germs. On Guard from DoTERRA and Germ Fighter from Plant Therapy are similar blends. We use the latter, which comes in a 30ml and 100ml size and is quite affordable. We use it for sanitizing surfaces too.

Another bonus tip to help you create a healthier home is to green your makeup and skincare items. You may think that this will cost you more but I’ve found that by buying fewer makeup items ( and purchasing more holistic versions) plus making my own facial serums I actually save money when compared to buying cheaper items at say the pharmacy. Why is that? We ladies tend to purchase more when we’re at say Target or a drug store beauty counter because things cost less. And there is such a variety! And while it may be fun to peruse the makeup isle, it’s better on your wallet to only order your staples ( like a good natural mascara and lipstick) and ignoring the ever-changing popular makeup trends. But, if you want to go all-out Kardashian and still go green, there are loads of eco-friendly and organic, cruelty-free brands on the market.

Related Post: The Best Skincare Brands For Holistic Moms

Start where you can and within your budget!

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