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10 BEAUTY BENEFITS OF COCONUT OIL

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Coconut oil is everywhere right now. You don’t know whether to eat it, drink it, or bathe in it. Are you going cuckoo for coconut oil? Let us help break it down for you in simple terms so that you can try these great uses for coconut oil tonight!

Note: For any at-home treatment the best kind to use is certified organic, RAW, virgin coconut oil and stored at room temperature. You don’t want to use any coconut oil that has been extracted with heat or refined in any way because that strips the oil of its powerful antioxidants and healing properties.

Hair Care

Oil Treatment

Coconut oil can work wonders for dry, damaged, and frizzy hair. Its fatty acids soften hair. The best way to apply it is to rub a small amount between your hands, so you’re moisturizing them at the same time. Then, apply it to your hair from roots to ends, one section at a time, and comb through. The longer you can leave it in the better! Wrap your hair in a towel for at least 15 minutes and then follow with a gentle shampoo. If you are feeling extremely bold, consider sleeping with it and shampooing in the morning.

Dandruff Treatment

Dandruff and dry scalp go hand in hand. So send moisture right to the roots with a nightly coconut oil treatment. Just apply lightly to roots and massage in, which will also stimulate hair growth. Leave in for a few minutes, then shampoo.

Frizz Tamer

This is one of the most popular coconut oil beauty uses because its natural oils repel water and prevent frizz. Smooth a tiny amount of coconut oil onto the ends of your hair to add a little shine, or lightly coat over the top of your hair, smoothing loose strands. Remember that a little goes a long way.

Oral Care

Coconut oil has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. Gargling and swishing (about a tablespoon amount) for 20 minutes with a spoonful of oil (a.k.a. oil pulling) can help clear up germs in the mouth and plaque, which can lead to fresher breath, whiter teeth, healthier gums, and can even help prevent tooth decay.

Skin Care

Eye Makeup Remover

Yes, coconut oil even works on waterproof mascara! Put a little on a cotton ball and gently sweep it over your eyes, paying attention to your under-eyes as well. The oil does a great job breaking down waxy, inky eye makeup, and leaves the delicate area hydrated too. Once you’re done, wash your face as usual.

Cheekbone Highlighter

Nothing perks up a tired face like a little highlighter. Simply sweep a small amount of coconut oil on top of your makeup. It gives your skin a glowing, dewy look. You can dab directly on the inner corners of the eye and on the apples of the cheeks for a fresh-faced look.

Night Cream

Although coconut oil can be used alone as a moisturizer, I always recommend cleansing the skin and applying a serum that penetrates the skin. Coconut oil can be mixed in with your favorite moisturizer because the fatty acids help reinforce the skin’s natural lipid barrier. This process helps lock in moisture, promoting hydration, while the antioxidants are great for smoothing fine lines and wrinkles.

Lip Balm

Coconut oil is the ideal remedy for chapped lips because it’s semisolid at room temperature. Pack a bit in a miniature jar and smooth over lips throughout the day.

Shaving Balm

Due to the lubricating nature of coconut oil, it makes for a great shaving balm. Conventional shaving cream is an expensive cocktail of chemicals that you don’t need to get a nice clean shave on your legs or underarms. As an alternative, coconut oil is inexpensive, naturally antimicrobial, and smells divine. Plus, its skin-soothing properties will leave your legs looking hydrated (but never greasy)!

Miscellaneous

Coconut oil provides so many benefits for the skin. It can promote faster healing for wounds, provide comfort for burns, and even increase hydration and reduce water loss in dehydrated skin.

DIY Beauty Products

Just finished making breakfast for the kids and don’t have time to get to the spa? Here are some quick and easy DIY uses for coconut oil that will leave you soft, smooth, and feeling pampered!

Body Scrub

  • Heat 1/2 cup of coconut oil on very low heat. Remove from heat, then add 1 cup of brown sugar. (If you want a scrub that will stimulate the muscles and detoxify the body, substitute for 1 cup of coffee grounds.) Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil.

Healing and Hydrating Face Mask

  • Combine 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Apply directly to dry, clean face and neck. Let mask set for 15-20 minutes. Then remove with a warm washcloth.

Anti-Aging Body Lotion

  • Mix 1/2 cup of coconut oil, 1 cup shea butter, and a few drops of vanilla extract.

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Aloe Vera for Acid Reflux (and an awesome aloe cocktail!)

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The aloe gel is a super healer and toner in the digestive tract—all the way through from the esophagus to the large intestine. It also contains a special polysaccharide that makes nutrients more bioavailable in the stomach (it coats the lining). It slows gastric emptying and also reduces hydrochloric acid production. For a person with digestive issues and/or nutrient absorption impairment, this is great news! It helps the body digest foods more effectively without producing excess acid.

In the past six months alone, I have had six people begin drinking aloe vera juice to reduce acid reflux symptoms (ranging in severity from a person having been on acid-blockers for 15 years to someone who had been prescribed Prilosec for a chronic cough). All six people eliminated their issues 100%.

Bonus: I had one client experiment on herself by adding a drop or two of lemon essential oil to her aloe juice—she swears by it! After that happened, I told a couple more clients about that method, and they tried it too. All three people say the lemon oil in water worked wonders as well! One other client, who is very into essential oils, used an oil called Di-Gize—she tried rubbing it on her torso at night and also drank a drop or two with water. She said both worked amazingly well. But please note, you should only ingest super high quality oils (cheaper oils can have impurities or be adulterated). If you want to know more, or if you just like essential oils, please join my essential oils facebook group. There are no rules—just be nice and don’t solicit people! I use Young Living Oils, and I’m happy to share what I have learned with you.

My favorite brand of aloe to recommend (because not everyone can find whole aloe leaves) is Lily of the Desert. They have the least processed product I can find, and they don’t have a lot of junk added to the juice! Look for Lily of the Desert Aloe Juice, Whole Leaf. I think the Inner Filet version will work too, but I know for sure the Whole Leaf works.

Note: I had one person tell me they tried a cheap brand they found in Wal-Mart, and it did not work. I’m guessing it was more processed and had more fillers.

The amount a person needs is dependent on the severity and details of the issue they have. For acid reflux, starting with 1-4 ounces in the morning (before eating) generally does the trick, and for people with more severe problems, they may need to drink another ounce (or more) later in the day (or before each meal). There’s no magic formula because everyone is different! I recommend starting with 1 ounce, before breakfast and increasing it in quantity and frequency as needed. You probably won’t need more than 4 ounces per day (at least I haven’t experienced this with any of my clients).

My favorite way to consume aloe is in a drink I make in the blender (Because, really, it’s good for everyone…not just people with acid reflux! It will heal most digestive issues, like colitis, and other irritations and damage, as well as treat constipation and some IBS symptoms…but it’s good for you even if you are perfectly healthy!). If you have acid reflux, you may just want to keep it simple and take shots of the Aloe Juice (the blender drink calls for Aloe Gel).

(I like to serve this as one of my samples at Smoothie Workshops—people are always pleasantly surprised!). I posted about aloe in 2010, so you can read that post too if you like—it’s geared more toward the nutrient benefits of aloe, not specifically toward acid reflux.

Aloe Cooler

In the blender:

3-inch chunk of aloe gel (either buy Lily of the Desert Aloe Gel and add about 3 Tbsp, or filet an aloe leaf and cut a 3-inch chunk)
Juice from 1 lemon and 2 limes (if citrus is irritating to your reflux issues, use a different type of juice!)
8 ounces coconut water (fermented or plain)
stevia to taste
ice

Blend until smooth—it’s fizzy! Feel free to add a little Grey Goose if you’re into that kind of thing :-)

Mom and I drank this one day after a really sweaty walk, and we couldn’t get over how refreshing and awesome it was.

Aloe Cooler — 3 inch chunk of aloe gel, juice from 1 lemon and 2 limes, coconut water (fermented or plain), stevia to taste, ice!

Aloe is one of my very favorite examples of Food as Medicine, and I’m probably way more excited about it than I should be—but I’m past worrying about being too enthusiastic. It works—and I hope that people will start to see that acid-blockers are a crappy bandaid solution to an issue that your body can heal if it is just given the right tools and assistance!

I’ve also made this with cherry juice, and it’s amazing! I know the picture of the cherry version looks like mostly foam, and it is foamy at first, but let it settle if you don’t want to drink that part (I like it) and it’s a smooth cherry aloe cocktail!

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This Plant Is Called “Gifts Of God” As It Is Said To Cure Over 100 Diseases!

Recently, an old lady wrote to us praising the benefits of a certain plant which she calls “God’s Gift”. The woman was fighting a cyst in her breast for years, and she was left with no other option than to try natural remedies. Luckily, a herb called Chaya made her cyst go away in just 3 months, and she was able to feel the results only 3 days after starting the treatment.

Chaya, also known as tree spinach, is a fast-growing perennial shrub that originates from Mexico. Although not well-known, the shrub possesses incredible health benefits that can treat a variety of diseases and conditions. Here are the top health benefits of Chaya:

– Regulates your cholesterol levels;
– Regulates the levels of uric acid in the body;
– Improves the brain function and eyesight;
– Raises the levels of calcium in the body;
– Treats and prevents anemia;
– Treats osteoporosis;
– Regulates the blood sugar levels in the body;
– Prevents infections, sore throat, hemorrhoids and headaches;
– Cleans the liver;
– Balances the metabolic system.

This is just a small portion of Chaya’s health benefits. The plant can treat almost all diseases and conditions, and can be consumed in salads, soups or as a tea. However, it should never be consumed raw.

Here’s how to prepare Chaya tea:

Ingredients

-2 cups of water
-6 Chaya leaves

Preparation

Just bring the water to boil in a pot, then add the leaves and simmer the mixture for 10 minutes. Strain it in the end and let it cool down a bit, then enjoy your cup of healthy Chaya tea! We recommend drinking 3 cups of the tea before meals to treat and prevent numerous diseases.

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DO YOU HAVE A LUMP ON YOUR NECK, BACK OR BEHIND YOUR EAR? HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW?

DO YOU HAVE A LUMP ON YOUR NECK, BACK OR BEHIND YOUR EAR? HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Epidermoid cysts are a relatively common occurrence for many people. Several people refer to epidermoid cysts as sebaceous cysts, but this is a common mistake. According to the Mayo Clinic, real sebaceous cysts are uncommon and originate from the sebaceous glands that lubricate hair and skin.

Usually painless, epidermoid cysts do not often require treatment. However, sometimes infection or appearance lead to people opting for removal. While there are certainly medical facilities equipped to handle the removal, many people opt for a more natural approach to healing. Here, we will discuss those options.

HOME REMEDIES FOR EPIDERMOID CYST REMOVAL

Fortunately, some home remedies can assist with the removal of a skin cyst. Home Remedy Hacks offer the following tips:

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera has long been used as a soothing agent for various skin conditions. You may apply the sap from the plant directly to the cyst or for faster results; you can drink Aloe Vera juice.

Apple Cider Vinegar

The acetic acid found in apple cider vinegar proves to be the helpful agent in combatting cysts. It works to protect the skin from bacteria and kill the infection brought on by the cyst. Just apply the vinegar directly to the infected area and cover with a bandage. The same process must be completed daily for a week until a hard layer of skin forms over the cyst. Remove the hard layer to allow the cyst to drain. Keep the area clean and within a week, new skin will start to grow.

Dandelion

One tablespoon of dandelion mixed with viola can fight infection brought on by cysts. Simply seep the mixture in boiling water for 45 minutes. Strain the concoction and drink it up to 4 times per day for up to 10 days. You can even use the solution to apply directly to the cysts for added relief.

Epsom Salt

Epsom salt soothes the infected skin. Fill a bathtub with water and use a generous amount of salt. Soak in the tub allowing the salt to relieve the pain and swelling associated with the cyst.

Milk

Milk is a great option for cyst removal. Simply soak a tea bag in milk and place it on the cyst overnight. With repeated application, the cyst will reduce in size and heal faster.

Honey

A paste made with honey, wheatgrass and banana proves to be helpful for removing cysts. Put the paste directly on the infected area and cover with a cloth overnight. Regular application will lead to a faster recovery.

Castor Oil

For immediate reduction in size, heat and castor oil will do the trick. Apply castor oil directly to the cyst and cover with a hot bag of water or cloth. Overnight, the cyst will get smaller.

Epidermoid cysts are fairly common and usually should not be cause for alarm. However, if your cyst ruptures, becomes infected, or is the source of pain, then you should seek medical attention.

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