Posts Tagged Coconut oil

Oil Pulling – It’s a Mouth Thing

When I first heard of the term “Oil Pulling” I was like… what the…..???? Someone suggested it to me though a post I made on

I have NO idea what in the world it was so I googled it.

In a nut shell…. It’s using oils as a mouthwash-like agent for about 10-20 minutes swishing it around your mouth and between your teeth. (No gurgling needed.)

SO what sort of oils are people using? Sesame Oil, Safflower Oil, Sunflower Oil….. and the all too popular COCONUT OIL! (I love you Coconut Oil) My husband doesn’t even get jealous because he loves Coconut Oil too!! Ha-ha!

The questions I then began asking are;  Why use coconut oil over other oils? How do you use it? How does it work? What does it do? Why use this over mouth wash? The following information is what I came across.

Q: Why use coconut oil over other oils? 
A: Quite simply the best answer is that coconut oil is flavorless. It didn’t taste funky or left any after taste. It also has great medicinal properties. (We’ll get into that answering other questions.)
Q: How do you use the coconut oil? 
A: I scooped out about a teaspoon to a tablespoons of coconut oil and put it in my mouth. It’s chunky at first but coconut oil melts at 76 degrees so give it about 5-10 seconds, and it’ll be completely liquid in your mouth. At this point you just “push” and “pull” the liquid through your teeth and swish it around in your mouth for about 10-20 minutes. The brush your teeth as usual. 
Q: How does it work? What does it do for your mouth? 
A: The oil swishing around in your mouth helps pull bad bacteria into it. It loosens the plaque around your teeth. It kills bad bacteria, and microbial substances that aid in decay of your teeth. It is also safe and easy on the enamel of your teeth. (Sounds a lot like mouthwash, right?)
Q: Why use oil pulling over mouthwash?
A: The answer is pretty simple. It is not as harsh on your teeth and mouth. Let’s face it doing that 30 second mouth swish of Listerine can be torture. It can erode the enamel of the teeth . Mouthwash doesn’t always kill as much as it advertises, you can find all sorts of medical studies about how affective the difference mouthwashes really are in their statistics. 

My Personal Experience:

Since 10-15 minutes seems like an obnoxious time I decided to try this while taking a shower.  Suddenly it wasn’t so bad, and it wasn’t really distracting me from doing my shower normals. As my shower began to come to an end I spit out the coconut oil and brushed my teeth as usual.

I noticed that the filmy plaque brushed away much easier. The biggest surprise was in the morning! When I woke up I noticed that my mouth was not as filmy and nasty feeling and my breath was not horrible! (Yes I “tested” the breath in the hand trick AND my husband agreed to be test my “morning breath”. Now that’s love right there! Ha-ha)

Before I began my regime routine to get ready for work I pop in another teaspoon of coconut oil and swished as I got ready. I spat, then brushed as normal. I noticed through out the day that I do not have as much plaque filmy build up around my teeth either, and my breath is great!

I also have a few teeth problem that I have yet gone to the dentist about fixing, but since I have used the coconut oil I have noticed my two teeth that tend to bother me have been less sensitive.

I have been doing this now for a week, and thus far I think it has been very successful.  I’ll keep you posted!



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Do It Yourself – Face Moisturizer

I live in an area that has horribly hard water. I thought I had hard water from where I was from…. oh heck no where I am now is by far worse.

I used to only use coconut oil on my face after a shower or face wash. Now I need even more moisture, and this is what I now do and keep at my sink.

(PS Largely influenced by One Good Thing by Jillee.)

What do you need:
-6 tablespoons coconut oil
-2 tablespoons olive oil
– 4 capsules of Vitamin E Supplement Oil (Or Straight Vit E Oil)
– (Optional) 3 drops of lavender essential oil & 3 drops of lemon oil
What to do: Poke holes in your Vitamin E Capsules and squeeze out the oil into a bowl. Take all remaining ingredients and mix them together in a bowl. Once everything is mixed well put everything in an air tight container and put into the freezer for approx 10 minutes. (This is so the coconut oil can solidify again.) 
After a shower apply about a dime size (more or less) amount to your finger tip and rub between your fingers, then message into your face in circular motions. Don’t forget under your eyes and your neck!  Let the mixture soak into your skin. If you absolutely must, only blot with a microfiber towel or cotton t-shirt.

FYI: Coconut oil’s liquify point is 76 degrees, so after a hot steamy shower could begin to melt your moisturizer. Don’t worry if doesn’t so anything to the chemical make up to it, just changes to a liquified state. The oils do not separate.

FYI: A 3:1 ratio is the best when you use coconut oil to olive oil


Q: Susan, will these oils cause me to have break outs? A: Here is the thing, OIL isn’t the culprit to out breaks per say. Dirt, Bacteria, and Unhealthy oils are your culprits. 

S: This made my face way too oily I can’t use it. A: Wait! Give it a chance. What happens is we use very harsh sulfates on our skin and face and most of the time we’re using moisturizers that actually cause more drying or have silicone filers in them. Your face then works extra hard to try and replenish it’s natural oils. It takes a transitioning time to become accustomed your face and skin not having to constantly over compensate. 

S: I have waited and waited for this transitioning time to end and I still feel like a grease bucket! A: Don’t fret! We’re all made differently, and some people have naturally much oilier skin. Here are some alternative oil suggestions to replace the olive oil with. 

Almond Oil – Medium oil, absorbs semi-quickly.
Grapeseed Oil – Very light Great for skin that breaks out easily or clogs easily. This is a good start Oil.
Jojoba Oil – Light and silky oil, absorbs very well.
Safflower Oil – Light oil with healing properties. This is best for scars and acne healing. It has the highest levels of nutrients than other carrier oils.

So you see? We can work with this mix pretty well! Experiment.

Did You Know? 

Vitamin E Oil helps decrease the visual of scars and helps decrease wrinkles. 
Coconut oil contains Lauric Acid which has properties of being antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and offer free-radical-fighting antioxidants.
Vit E, Coconut Oil, and Olive Oil act as a super punch for healing wounds! Oh and let us not forget Honey on that one too!

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Do It Yourself – Skin Exfoliating, Shaving, and Brightening Solution

This is one of my favorite finds. It’s another goody brought to you by One Good Thing by Jillee. (slightly altered)

Men, you can use this mixture too! Don’t knock it before you try it!

Firstly, I’ll start with my mistake. When I applied this mixture I did not let my skin soak in the water and become saturated first. I found that the mix was too harsh then! Thus this being the reason why it was in the instructions for using this scrub!

What you need: (NON sensitive skin)
-1 & 1/4 cup of sugar 
-1/2 cup of Olive Oil
-1/4 cup liquid coconut oil
-3 tbs of lemon or lime juice OR 3-5 drops of lemon essential oil
-Optional – Your preferred scented oil. I used Acacia for my last batch
What you need:  (FOR sensitive skin)
-1 & 1/4 cup of BROWN sugar 
-1/2 cup of Olive Oil
-1/4 cup liquid coconut oil
-3 tbs of lemon or lime juice OR 3-5 drops of lemon essential oil
-Optional – Your preferred scented oil. I used Acacia for my last batch
What to do: Melt your coconut oil in the microwave for 10 seconds or until melted. Gather all your ingredients and add them into a bowl mixing them all together. One mixed thoroughly place the mix into an air tight container and head off to the bathroom! 
****Soak your skin in the shower or bathtub for at least 5 minutes****
****Caution, you bathtub will become slippery from the oils****
****Sugar on the outside of your skin will not cause outbreaks in acne****
Scoop out a small amount of mix into your hand and begin to work over your skin in circular motions. The sugar will begin to break down from the water. Rinse at your leisure with cool water. (Why cool water? It closes up your pores. Always rinse you conditioner and your face with cool water.)

I do use this to shave with. I just rub it into my legs and go. I find that it is not only VERY moisturizing, but I last longer in between shavings! I went from once every week to once every two weeks. I believe it also lightened the hair on my legs.

My legs turned out very smoothe, moisturized, and no red bumps. Ill never use shaving cream again.

I have used this mixture on my face. I highly recommend using the brown sugar sensitive skin version as it is not as harsh. I just rub and rinse. I often do not even need to add moisturizer to my face after my shower. I blot lightly with an old cotton t-shirt (that is mostly used for hair) and go on my merry way.

Let me know how this works for you!

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Do It Yourself – Vicks Vapor Rub

Why bother paying for some Vicks Vapor Rub when you have all the materials right in your very home? When the little guy gets a stuffy nose mom is to the rescue!

First thing is first a nice soothing warm bath with toys and bubbles! I don’t care how sick my son gets he loves a bath and a nice bath with some Eucalyptus Essential Oil and Lavender Oil it is the perfect relief for that congested chest and stuffy nose. 

(For Adults) I came across this gem from My Crazy Blessed Life for vapor shower discs. One Good Thing By Jillee also has a formula for this!  Oh it’s genius! You could use this to make a relaxing aroma infused shower. A nice hot lavender shower after a long day….. I’m drooling as I type this!  (PS I can’t take a bath in my bath! Their like half size tubs, oh how I miss a nice big garden tub)

Anyways, back on track (you’re getting a two for one deal here) Easy Peasy Vapor Rub. I did explore a few blogs on the topic, and this time it came down to materials I had on hand.

Here are a couple to look at.

Wellness Mama

Mommy Potamus

Wholistic Living with Melissa

One Good Thing By Jillee

As much as I really love the idea of adding cocoa butter and bees wax I don’t have those materials so I went with good ol’ faithful straight up coconut oil. 
What you need?
-1/4 cup coconut oil
-10 drops Eucalyptus Oil
-10 drops Rosemary Oil
-10 drops Lavender Oil
What to do? It’s simple. Melt, mix, cool and store in a dry cool place. Coconut oil melts at 76 degrees. After you have a solid form just take some into your hands and rub the chest, under nose, and feet. 

Being sick is no fun and companies take too much out of our pockets by playing to our ignorance. We don’t need to spend our hard earned money on dozens of medicinal items when for thousands upon thousands of years natural remedies have been used just fine and just as if not more effective. I’m not saying everything needs to be hand or homemade, but let us be practical, and in my mind items that I use everyday that have multi purpose use out of them is by far more practical than the one shot, one use item. Think About It.

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Do It Yourself – Make Up Remover Wipes

I hate spending money on a bunch of beauty products. Why spend a bunch of money on anti-aging stuff or removers that have harsh drying agents and silicones in them? NOPE not for me, I find quality ingredients in my kitchen.

We hear all the time how good olive oil is for our skin and hair. Coconut oil is not a new kid on the block either. Best of all, most people are not allergic to oils in general. If you can’t tolerate Olive oil you can try almond oil or grapeseed oil.

For those times I do wear makeup I often start taking it off before my shower. These wipes are perfect for getting those eyes clean of make up w/o hard scrubbing those very sensitive eyes and the sensitive skin around the eyes.

My version is modified and originally sparked by One Good Thing By Jillee (I just adore her) Anyways, it’s a combo between her wipes and olive oil coconut oil mash up.

Make-Up Remover Wipes 

(Similar to the refresher wipes)
What do you need? 
-1 container to hold a 1/2 ream of paper towels
-1 half ream of bounty paper towels
– 3 cups warm distilled water
-2 tablespoons coconut oil
-1 tablespoons olive oil
-3-5 drops lavender oil or lemon oil
What to do?   Mix all of your ingredients together and with the paper towels in the container add the ingredients. Cover and let sit for about 3 minutes and then flip to let the other side soak up. 
Some people do add no-tear baby wash, I don’t think it’s needed, but it doesn’t hurt either. 

Ready to use immediately!! This will not sting your eyes, and your make up should slid right off.

I do this right before my shower and then I wash my face in the shower with my exfoliating mix.

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Do It Yourself – Chocolate Hard Shell Sauce

I don’t know about you, but I love chocolate covered fruit and ice cream. Instead of buying that magic hard shell chocolate sauce I make my own! Not only is it easy but it’s cheaper! (My favorite combination!)

Hard Shell Chocolate Sauce

What you need?
-6 ounces of Chocolate (Personal Preference Semi-Sweet)
-1 table spoon coconut oil
-1 small pot 1/2 way with water
-1 small pot that can sit on top of the one with water. 
What to do?  First, my disclaimer, my microwave and I have frequent disagreements so I just the stove, however this can be done in a microwave. 
Bring your water to a low simmer. Once it is simmering pour in your chocolate chips and coconut oil into the top pan and set it on top of the pan with simmering water. You chocolate should begin melting very shortly. As it melts, stir until it is completely melted. 
Immediately add to the top of your ice cream and put it into the freezer for a minute. Viola, hard shell chocolate sauce. 
Another Favorite is chocolate covered strawberries. Use a kabob skewer and insert the end into the top of the strawberry and swirl it around (I find it easier to leave the stems on.) If you want to add coconut or nuts just sprinkle them on top of the strawberry while the chocolate is still wet and then refrigerate until chocolate is set. 

It really is that simple. Coconut oil gives it that nice shine and helps the chocolate harden faster with very little work. ENJOY!



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Do It Yourself – Hair Moisture Deep Treatment

I have very fine, thin, curly strawberry blonde hair. I take a great deal into taking care of it. Thanks to my mom for sharing her hair loss genetics with me. So the healthier it is the better. About three years ago, maybe almost four, I began to take a deeper interest to take care of my hair and really learn about it. Hair with body has a harder time with natural oils moving down the shaft, and it is more susceptible to damage caused by products.

Through my investigations and experiments I have come to realize that spending a ton of money on hair products isn’t always necessary. In fact, you can do the right things to keep your hair in tip top shape for almost no money at all!

Hair really is all about experimentation. Every one’s hair is not created equally, and your hair will not like the same sort of products that my hair will.

These recipes (I will add many over time) are to be used as deep conditioning treatments. Once every couple of weeks it is a good idea to let a deep treatment sit on your head for 30-60 minutes.

Common items found in a home made recipes.

Oils: Oils are the number one conditioning agent for hair. Olive, Coconut, Almond, Jojoba, Argon, etc.

Humecants: These are ingredients that help attract moisture to your hair. In the summer time most people stock up on humecants in their products.

Butters: Butters are often moisturizing sealants that help trap moisture in your hair and keep it from escaping. Winter time is the most common time to use a lot of products with butters.

Protein and other miscellaneous nutrients: Your hair needs nutrients, but what your hair needs can vary from time to time.

What’s so great about these ideas is we often have them in our kitchen. The nutrients we put IN our bodies is also good on the OUTSIDE of our bodies too. Makes perfect sense right!?

Let’s start with a very basic first step to a night of hair love

Before you introduce a nice deep treatment you want to help restore some of the PH balance in your hair. This recipe also helps with fighting dandruff, getting rid of harmful bacteria, remove gunk and build up, closes the hair cuticle restoring your hair to a much shinier and smooth state. It is not the most pleasant smelling thing, but the benefits out weigh the smell by 100 fold.

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse 

What you need: 
-Spray bottle or storage container
-1/4 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar (Ratio is typically one part vinegar with three parts water)
-3/4 cup of distilled water
-Optional; 5-10 drops scented oil 
What to do: On unclean damp or dry hair, spray mixture generously to hair and scalp messaging scalp firmly to loosen dirt and build up. Continue to spray hair down working from the top to bottom. Allow the mixture to sit in your hair for approximately 3-5 minutes and rinse thoroughly with warm water. 

Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment v. 1 (This Method Is CG Safe)

What you need: 
-One container for the mixture to sit in. 
-Shower cap and saran Wrap
-1 tablespoons olive oil
-3 tablespoons coconut oil
-1 tablespoon dark local honey 
-Optional 3 tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt (This is a protein, for those who are protein sensitive skip it.)
What to do: Mix your ingredients together in a container. On already wet hair apply generously throughout your hair and message into your scalp comb fingers through your hair. Use saran wrap to wrap your hair closely to your hair and then top with a shower cap. Allow treatment to sit in your head for 30-60 minutes. The natural heat from your head should be efficient enough heat for the deep treatment. Once you have reached your time, rinse out your hair thoroughly. 

IF you are like me and you’re coconut oil sensitive use a little bit of shampoo (just a tiny bit) that has NO SULFATES in the shampoo. Condition as normal. If you are UNLIKE me and you are not coconut oil sensitive do not worry about shampooing (Technically the Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse cleansed your hair for you and you do not need to shampoo, water scrubbing should be sufficient.) Condition as normal.

This is one of MANY hair deep conditioning treatments I will post. I will continue to add different recipes to this particular post as I experiment more.


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