I'd like to wish all the mothers out there a wonderful Mother's Day this week! And since this week we are all about mom's (join us on our Facebook page for a daily gift certificate giveaway) I thought we should share some great ways that we can pamper ourselves a bit. Expensive spa-treatments not necessary, you can find a wealth of body care product right in your kitchen! Here are some of the more common ones, and the different ways you can use them:
Of course by now everyone knows the benefits of using coconut oil in your nutrition. But this super food (can we call oil a food?) can also do wonders externally:
- Deep conditioner. Warm up the oil (if you don't have coconut oil you can use olive oil or almond oil, but really, for all it's benefits, you need to keep coconut oil around). Pour the warm oil on your roots and hair, put your hair up and leave in for 15-20 minutes. This will condition your hair and help with hair growth.
- Oil pulling. Oil pulling is simply about a tablespoon of oil in your mouth and swishing it around like you would mouthwash but for about 15-20 minutes (you can do this while conditioning your hair). Oil pulling is a very old technique of clearing your body of toxins and whitening your teeth and freshening your breath. Be sure to spit it out in the trash as the oil can clog up your drain.
- Clean teeth. While we are working on your mouth, you can also mix some coconut oil with 2 tablespoons baking soda and 1 teaspoon Pink Himalayan Salt for an all natural tooth paste.
- Moisturizer. Massage coconut oil on your skin for an all natural moisturizer!
Honey is loaded with nutrients, antioxidants, and healing compounds. Just make sure you buy raw honey for all the benefits:
- Simple face mask. Spread 1 teaspoon of honey on your clean, dry face. Leave for 15-20 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water. The honey will help moisturize your skin.
- Bath soak. Dissolve 2 heaping tablespoons of honey in 1 cup of hot water. Add to your bathwater and soak.
- Sun burn treatment. Thanks to the anti-inflammatory effects of honey, and its ability to restore hydration to the deepest layers of sun exposed skin, it's a great remedy to calm burnt skin. Mix one part honey with two parts aloe vera gel and apply to skin.
- Honey & Sugar Scrub. Mix 1 tablespoon of honey with 1 tablespoon brown sugar. Apply to wet skin and massage in circle motion (avoiding the eyes). Rinse thoroughly. Smells so good!
Apple Cider Vinegar
You really should drink ACV for all its benefits, but in total transparency - I can't stand the taste! If you can manage it, good for you, it will do wonders! But here are some other ways we can make ACV work for us, and as always, raw and organic is best:
- Hair rinse. Mix one part ACV with one part water for a great hair rinse that will remove left over product and leave your hair soft and smooth. Pour (or spray if you have a spray bottle) the vinegar/water mixture all of your hair after shampooing and massage it into your scalp. Leave on for a few minutes and rinse. No need for conditioner!
- Facial toner. ACV can restore your skin's natural pH balance, helping with redness and blemishes and making your skin soft. Just mix one part ACV to two parts water. Dab it lightly all over your skin after cleansing for a light, moisture locking layer.
- Bath soak. If you want to enjoy that soft, balanced skin, all over - just add a couple of tablespoons of ACV to your bathwater, and soak!
I hope you found some tips in here you can try at home this weekend. Take some time to pamper yourself! Share in the comments if you have any tried and true natural body care tips!