Summer is the perfect time of year to turn your attention to personal grooming. The warm weather means hot days at the beach, by the pool, and otherwise outdoors, which can damage your skin and your hair if you don’t take the necessary steps to protect it.
The problem is, a lot of personal grooming items – such as hair product, moisturizers, lip balm, etc. – contain toxic chemicals that harm your bones.
Today we’re going to solve this problem with just one ingredient that has no less than eight uses. And the best part is, it’s non-toxic and (if you don't already have it in your pantry) you can easily get it. In fact, it’s edible (and even alkalizing)!
New Uses For An Old Favorite: Coconut Oil
Savers are well aware that antioxidant-rich, virgin coconut oil is good for bones. In fact, a 2012 study showed that virgin coconut oil actually prevents bone loss.1 But there’s even more to this tropical ingredient, and today you’ll discover some amazing and unusual ways to use it.
Coconut Oil As A Personal Care Product
It’s a great idea to keep a jar of coconut oil in your bathroom…and if you find it a little too hard to work with, you can follow the recipe below to make your own spreadable, whipped coconut oil.
Here are some ideas for using coconut oil for personal care.
1. Massage Oil
Mix a few drops of your favorite essential oil with a heaping spoonful of coconut oil to create good-smelling massage oil. Lavender is a fresh scent that promotes relaxation, while mint or citrus help perk you up (mint is especially refreshing on a summer day).
Believe it or not, coconut oil’s antibacterial properties make a great mouthwash. Put a spoonful in your mouth and it will melt quickly. For a fresher breath, you can mix it with a drop of mint or cinnamon essential oil first if you like. Swish the coconut oil around in your mouth for 10 to 20 minutes to get the full effect. Then spit it into the trashcan (so it doesn’t clog the sink).
3. Tame Frizzy Hair
Rub a very small amount of coconut oil – about the size of a pea – between the palms of your hands. Then work it gently and evenly through your hair to tame fly-aways and frizz, which can be a problem in summer humidity.\
4. Makeup Remover
After washing your face, use coconut oil to gently remove any residual makeup. It’s especially good at removing eye shadow, eye liner, mascara, and other eye makeup.
5. Skin Soother
Coconut oil is excellent for minor burns, including sunburns. It can also be safely used on itchy rashes.
6. Pre-Shampoo Treatment
Before shampooing, take a couple of teaspoons of coconut oil and work it thoroughly into your hair. Leave it for about an hour – put a shower cap over your head – and then shampoo as usual.
7. Nail and Cuticle Treatment
Massage softened coconut oil into your fingernails and toenails to help soften hangnails and cuticles. The antibacterial, anti-fungal properties of coconut oil help keep the nails and nail bed healthy.
Use coconut oil directly on your skin as a moisturizer, or use the whipped oil described below. Coconut oil has been known to soothe acne and soften scars and stretch marks. You can use it as a lip balm, too, right out of the jar.
For a bone-healthy moisturizer that you can use any time, try this easy recipe.
Whipped Coconut Oil Whole-Body Moisturizer
- 1 cup virgin coconut oil
- Your favorite essential oil for scent (optional)
Scoop the coconut oil into a mixing bowl (do not melt it first) and, using the whisk attachment, whip the coconut oil at high speed until it becomes light and fluffy (about 6 minutes). If you decide to add essential oil, put a few drops in toward the end of mixing. Store whipped oil in a glass jar. If your house is very warm (over 75 degrees), store it in the refrigerator.
Non-Toxic Personal Care
Chemical toxins are especially prevalent in personal care products, that are inevitably absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream.
By using the tips and ideas above, you can take a simple step to reduce your toxin exposure. And when it comes to bone health, this is crucial.
You see, toxic overload can stress major organs such as the liver and kidneys. If these organs are not functioning properly, toxins build up in your system, creating an acidic environment that is detrimental to your bones.
Keep Toxins At Bay And Protect Your Bones
In addition to implementing a non-toxic personal care regimen, cleansing the body and the major detoxification organs promotes an alkaline environment and aids in the absorption and utilization of critical Foundation Supplements necessary for increasing and maintaining bone density.
A whole-body cleanse may sound intimidating, but with OsteoCleanse™, The 7 Day Bone-Building Accelerator, it’s actually easy. It does not involve any difficult-to-find supplements or foods. Instead, OsteoCleanse™ focuses on cleansing foods and beverages that remove toxins from your body very effectively.
You’ll very quickly notice how much better you feel when you get rid of the toxins!
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It’s the best way to get your non-toxic, bone-smart summer underway!
Till next time,
1 Hyatullina, Z., et al. “Virgin coconut oil supplementation prevents bone loss in osteoporosis rat model.” Evidence-based Complementary ad Alternative Medicine. Sep 16, 2012. Web. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23024690