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C is for Coconut Oil – The Cosmetic Cing of the Citchen!

Coconut Oil could possibly be the best all-purpose product around for your skin and your hair!  We’ve said time and time again that your kitchen is full of fabulous fixes for natural health and natural beauty.  And coconut oil is tops on the list!  Coconut oil is anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial, and also anti-fungal so it will help clear up acne and prevent further blemishes

It fights against those dreaded free radicals caused by aging, pollution, smoke, sun and radiation and environmental pollution.  Coconut oil helps to keep the skin from developing age-related liver spots, and other skin discolorations that come with aging and over exposure to sunlight.  Coconut oil helps to keep the connective tissues supple and strong to prevent your skin from wrinkling and sagging.  It can even help the skin to restore damaged or diseased skin.  The coconut oil is absorbed into the cells of the connective tissue and into the skin and limits the damage that excessive exposure to the sun can cause.  This king of oils has also been studied and shown to aid in stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, heart diseases, weight loss, increased immunity, high blood pressure, dental care, bone strength, and assist in better digestion and metabolism.

And if that’s not enough to convince you to run out and buy some coconut oil (organic is best!), then how about coconut oil for your skin (I slather it all over my face morning and night!) and for your hair.  To make a nourishing, enriching and moisturizing homemade hair mask that will also help to repair split ends, all you need are two ingredients – Coconut Oil and Water!

Wet your hair.  Put a small amount of coconut oil into your hand and rub your hands together.  Run your fingers through your hair, making sure to cover everything from the scalp to the roots with the coconut oil. Cover your head with a plastic bag or a shower cap and secure it with a clip.  Wrap your whole head with a towel and sit back and relax.  Put your feet up.  Close your eyes and think wonderful thoughts!

Keep the coconut oil mask on for about 15 minutes and then rinse it out with warm water. Your hair will be lustrous, shiny, and fabulous!

 

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D is for Double Duty Kitchen Cosmetics – Baking SoDa Does it!

Baking Soda for Natural Health and Natural Beauty

Baking Soda isn’t just double duty – it’s quadruple or quintuple duty for your health, your face, your skin and your hair.

Baking soda is great for cleaning your dentures or your natural teeth.  Soak your dentures in a solution of baking soda and water for sparkling freshness!  Baking soda is a naturally effective way to clean your teeth without scratching them, as well as for fighting bad breath by sprinkling some baking soda on your toothbrush.

A wonderful homemade toothpaste can be made easily – just add 3 parts baking soda to 1 part salt,  3 tsp. of glycerin, and 10 to 20 drops of essential oils of either peppermint, wintergreen, anise, or cinnamon.  Mix with  enough water to make a paste.

Or for a simpler solution that will still clean your teeth, simply sprinkle baking soda into your palm, dip a damp toothbrush into it, and brush your teeth.

Other uses for baking soda include a dry wash for your hair in between regular washings; or you can make your own deodorant using 1/2 C. baking soda, 1/2 C. cornstarch, a few drops of your favorite essential oils (Cedar and sage are appealing to men). Put everything into a glass jar and shake it up. Sprinkle a little onto a damp washcloth, pat on your underarms without rinsing.

The wondrous magic of baking soda doesn’t stop there – you can use it to sprinkle on your carpets and make them smell fresh, to remove stains on cups by making a paste and rubbing it over the stain and rinsing, or you can even unclog your drains in a naturally healthy way by making a solution of ½ cup soda mixed with ½ cup vinegar which you pour into a clogged drain. Cover it with a wet cloth, wait 5 minutes, uncover, and flush with steaming-hot water.

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H is for Healthy Homemade Hair Products, Part 2

Homemade Hair Products for Naturally Beautiful Hair

For a fantastic homemade hair conditioner that will detangle and make your hair shine, mayonnaise is a great conditioner, especially for dry hair.   Depending on the length of your hair, apply approximately 1/2 cup of mayonnaise to your dry hair. Work into hair really well and then cover your hair with a plastic bag, allowing to set for about 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and then shampoo as usual.

Hair Masks are wonderful for deep conditioning at least once a month and they, too, can come straight out of your kitchen.

DEEP CONDITION WITH OLIVE OIL AND HONEY AND ACV

Ingredients
1 tbl. Olive OiL
2 tbl. Honey
1 tbl. Apple cider vinegar

Method
Mix all the ingredients thoroughly and apply it to the hair and scalp. Use a wide toothed comb to comb through the hair and evenly spread the hair mask. Let it stay for an hour and then wash off with lukewarm water. This is one of the best home hair mask recipes.

Apple Cider Vinegar is one of the rinses you can put in your hair for a shiny, lustrous crowning glory of a head!  See previous post – V is for Vinegar – ACV for Natural Health!

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H is for Homemade Hair Products for a Healthy Head, Part 1

Healthy Hair - Naturally Beautiful

For beautiful, naturally healthy hair, look no farther than your kitchen.  In my kitchen, I usually have avocado, mayonnaise, lemons or limes, bananas, yogurt, extra virgin olive oil – sometimes eggs and honey.  Every single one of those items are not only healthy for your insides, but they are also fabulous for giving your hair that extra boost that will make it look gorgeous!

Banana avocado mask

For beautiful locks like those in the picture, don’t eat this!  (Well, that does help!)  Slather your hair in this rich mask to bring back its luster.

A word about bananas in your hair – Bananas add richness and luster, but you have to (I repeat, absolutely have to) blend and puree them before you put them in – otherwise, there will be little bits and pieces of bananas left in your hair – trust me, I’ve had that happen!

Ingredients

  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 3 Tbsp yogurt
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Directions

  1. Blend banana, egg and avocado in blender.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and blend until well combined.
  3. Apply to hair from roots to tips.
  4. Leave in for 30 minutes and then wash out with a moisturizing shampoo.
  5. Double the recipe for long hair.
  6. Use twice a month to maintain healthy hair.

Healthy hair rinses -

To give your hair a great shine and help remove soap build up, instead of reaching for that extra expensive hair product, use these common household ingredients.
If you are a blonde, add a couple of tablespoons of lemon juice to your rinse water.   For brunettes and redheads, apple cider vinegar in your rinse water.  For everyone, stir 1 tsp. of honey into 4 C. (1 quart) warm water. After shampooing, pour mixture through hair. Do not rinse out. Dry as normal.

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