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DIY: coconut and flower hair oil treatment and a pineapple foot rub

16 Jun

               

Coconut oil and flower hair oil treatment:

(This will need to be prepared the night before you plan to use it)

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh flower petals
  • 2 tablespoons rose water

Directions:

  1. Bring the 1/2 cup of coconut oil to a boil in a small pan
  2. Add the rose water
  3. Add the fresh flower petals of your choice
  4. Let return to a boil for three minutes
  5. Let the flowers steep in the oil overnight
  6. In the morning, strain the oil through a coffee filter or cheesecloth into an airtight container
  7. When ready to oil your hair, rub a few tablespoons in your hair and wrap tight in a towel
  8. Let sit for about 20 minutes, then shampoo and rinse as normal

Pineapple Foot Rub

This one is easy as pie:

  • Take 1 cup of fresh pineapple and puree in a food processor
  • Take the pineapple mixture and spread and rub all over feet including your heels and around your nails (you may feel a tingle)
  • After 10 minutes rinse off with warm water and pat dry

Make your own lotion from coconut oil!

18 May

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If you’ve read my post on coconut oil then you already know all of the benefits it brings…but making your own lotion from it is one of my favorites!  It lasts longer than store bought lotions and is really good for your skin!  You don’t need much to make the lotion, you probably have some of these things in your kitchen already.

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup  olive oil (or almond oil)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup beeswax
  •  1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil

You can also add essential oils if you would like!

All you have to do is:

  • mix the ingredients into a glass jar (any kind will do as long as it’s big enough to contain the ingredients)
  • heat a couple inches of water in a sauce pan (enough to submerge the bottom bit of the jar)
  • place the jar in the hot water and watch the ingredients melt, shaking around occasionally
  • pour into small jar or container of your choice and put on lid and you’re done!

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Summer Saviors: things around the house that will save you (and your pocket)

11 Apr

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There are a few key items that I like to keep around my house, and that I suggest you do as well.  These include: coconut oil, olive oil, baking soda, and honey (raw). There are so many uses for these items, and it helps to have them handy when treating certain ailments…rather than having to run to the store to buy special or expensive products for each situation.  Here’s some examples that could come in handy this Summer:

  • coconut oil has hundreds of uses… and can come in handy to soothe sunburn and also to as a moisturizer for dry skin. For more uses check out my post under PRODUCTS TO LOVE: Coconut Oil
  • baking soda, when mixed into a paste with a mashed up banana (and scrapings of the peel), and about a fourth of a cup of whole grain oats, makes an awesome remedy for super itchy bug bites! Leave it on for 8-10 minutes and rinse off. Major relief and no worries of any harmful chemicals on the skin!
  • raw honey prevents infections around wounds, and can be used as a sunburn treatment when mixed with a mashed up cucumber and a few teaspoons of aloe…just use enough honey to keep the mixture from running off the skin.
  • olive oil also has many uses, and is great for its moisturizing properties.  It works amazingly as a hot oil treatment for frizzy hair! Just heat the oil to slightly warm in a heat safe container and dip your hair in it, then wrap up in a shower cap and warm towel and let sit for 20-30 minutes. Then rinse with warm water and shampoo (probably twice to make sure you get all out).  And viola! Super soft and silky tresses!

Just some uses that are inexpensive and can help get you through the Summer!  I’d love to hear about how you use them…

 

DIY Simple Summer Body Scrubs

28 Mar

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Want to get rid of your dry Winter skin and beach body beautiful?  Here are two DIY scrubs that you can make at home and will leave your skin silky smooth!

For a yummy coconut-scented scrub:

you will need

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup virgin coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • a jar/container to hold the mixture

To make this scrub, add the coconut oil to the brown sugar and mix it really well, adding the vanilla extract at the end and mixing a little more.

For a nice summer glow:

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup cane sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • a couple drops of essential oil (we used lavender)
  • a jar/container to hold the mixture

Just whip these ingredients together, put into a container, and you’ve got your scrub!

(TIP: keep scrubs in airtight containers and keep water out to preserve for a few weeks)

ENJOY!

The amazing benefits of Coconut Oil!

23 Mar

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Coconut oil.  This is one product that should be a staple in every household! It smells yummy and can be found easily.  It comes from the Philippines (shout out to my fellow Filipinas/Filipinos!) but Trader Joe’s has it at a good price.  I use it every morning to wash my face and wake up!…but there are hundreds of uses for the stuff! Here’s just some of it’s benefits:

Beauty wise:

  • moisturizes skin (amazingly)
  • can be made into an awesome body scrub
  • removes makeup
  • can be used in place of shave gel/cream
  • use as deodorant
  • smooths frizz and conditions hair
  • cleans makeup brushes
  • prevents acne breakouts
  • smooths appearance of wrinkles
  • and many more!

Health wise:

  • helps eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis
  • lowers cholesterol
  • aids in weight loss (even though it’s a fat, your body uses it to produce energy instead)
  • stimulates metabolism and thyroid function
  • supports the immune system
  • helps control blood sugar for those with Diabetes
  • reduces heart disease
  • improves cognitive function in the brain
  • when applied to skin it forms a protective antibacterial layer for infected body parts
  • speeds up healing time of bruises, wounds
  • soothes bites, heals burns
  • helps treat athlete’s foot
  • is a decongestant
  • helps treat ringworm
  • treats lice, dandruff
  • increases milk flow of nursing mothers when consumed
  • speeds recovery from sickness
  • and even helps treat stinky doggie breath!

There are plenty more uses but I thought these were the most interesting and beneficial.  I’d love to hear what other great uses are out there!

Penny Pincher: DIY Beach Sea Salt Spray for Hair

22 Mar

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Love the look of beachy waves in your hair?  While it may not yet be Summer, you can still obtain the look by using Sea Salt spray…and I’ve got a DIY version that works just as good as the kind you can buy in the store. Just a few simple ingredients which you may already have at home:

  • Plastic spray bottle
  • Sea salt
  • Coconut oil (or even olive oil will do)
  • 8-16 oz water depending on the size of your bottle
  • Yummy smelling essential oil (if you want to add a nice scent along with the coconut)

Just mix the water, essential oil, coconut oil (no more than 1 tbsp per 8oz), and the sea salt (more salt=more texture) in the plastic bottle. Shake it up until the oil mixes well.
Now you’re ready to go! Just spray onto damp hair and scrunch with your fingers to get nice, natural, beachy waves!

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Penny Pincher: DIY Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment

14 Mar

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Ever have a deep conditioning treatment done at a salon?  I used to get one every time I visited for a shampoo and haircut.  Always left my hair feeling silky smooth, but also left my pocket pretty empty..and considering my hair is super long, it was always an extra charge.  So I started looking for recipes  for deep conditioning treatments…and found and awesome one that they use at The Broot (which is a hair treatment bar that uses organic products instead of chemicals.)  The treatment there is about $35 a pop if I’m not mistaken.  Well, you can make your own version at home with a few simple natural products!

Here’s what you need:

  • 1/4 cup mayonaise
  • 1/2 an avacado
  • 2 oz water
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

Just mix these ingredients and apply to your hair…leave on for 20 minutes or so…shampoo and rinse and you’re done! Beautiful, hydrated hair!

Enjoy!