Tips for Your Optimal Beauty Traveling Adventures

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I travel quite a bit. And I’m not talking about short domestic trips, I’m talking trips across the world. So, healthy preparation and travel tips have become an expertise of mine simply through trial and error.

For those of you who don’t know me very well, I’m from America but I live in New Zealand. I am very family oriented and have amazing friends I grew up with so I like to go home every 6-7 months.

When I travel across the country I might be embarking on 24+ hours of straight travel without much sleep and multiple plane rides.

Today, I am going to share with you my favorite Optimal Beauty travel tips! You can use these on any international or domestic flight and road trips too.

  1. Prep your food! Many people don’t know that you can bring any food and any amount of food you want (as long as it fits the carry-on baggage requirements) and doesn’t contain liquid which you can deal with after you get through security. The trick here is making sure the food you’re bringing is A) Filling B) Delicious so you’re not tempted and satisfied C) Nutritious so you can thrive as much as possible. Fab food to bring can be a quinoa salad with nutritional yeast and lemons on the side, quinoa or other grain prepped with coconut oil, salt and pepper, pancakes (yes they travel well!), veggie sticks, fruit, nuts & seeds, 100% dried fruit bar, healthy chocolate such as Luvju from Loving Earth (for sweet cravings). I also bring various selections of tea bags. I bring 3 types 1) for relaxation such as chamomile or Yogi’s Bedtime 2) green tea or peppermint for revitalization 3) favorite tea of the moment which could be anything from vanilla rooibos, Yogi Skin Detox, etc. I also make sure to bring an empty water bottle with me, fill it up in the airport after security as well as buying 2 extra Liter bottles. I also pack super foods in a  baggy to take to the nearest juice/smoothie bar (there is almost always somewhere in an airport with a blender) and ask them to blend it with ice and water and sometimes fruit too. Just make sure to tell them NOT to add sugar because a lot of the time they will think you want it. An example of a good super food blend might be: green powder, cacao powder, maca powder, cinnamon, desiccated coconut, brown rice/pea protein powder.
  2. Equipment. I highly recommend a neck pillow which you can pick up at the airport. They’re small enough to carry around/find a spot for in your bag and very comfortable. Lavender essential oil is always in my bag of goodies for relaxation. Put a few drops on your temples and rub in a circular motion. This will help you relax. Same method with citrus or peppermint essential oil for when you need to wake up. Bring layers. It tends to be very cold on flights and domestic flights don’t always have blankets and international flights don’t always have extras (which I always find I want). A sleep mask. They do give you one on international flights, but you might want to bring your own just in case. The darkness the mask provides will help you fall asleep more easily as light kills the melatonin you need to promote sleep. A good book. Music on your iPod, iPhone, etc. I also bring Chlorella or Spirulina tablets to take in between meals as they help curb appetite and contain a huge array of vitamins and minerals. I also make sure I bring a sufficient amount of my vitamins and supplements depending on travel time. Probiotics, digestive enzymes, milk thistle, B-Vitamisn are all on my list. You might want to bring along some organic stevia for sweetening your herbal tea with and you might want to carry on some toothpaste, a toothbrush, a hairbrush, deodorant and natural perfume. After long flights you’re likely going to be a littttttle stale. Better to have these things with you than searching for them in-between flights.
  3. Starbucks is very useful. You can always get a cup of hot water to steep your organic tea in and if you’re not allergic to gluten you can oder their oatmeal (contains small amount of gluten) without the toppings and steeped in hot water. Flavor with stevia and cinnamon (provided there) and eat as a healthy, filling meal or snack! Delish.
  4. Stretch and walk. During your layovers and on your flights walk around and stretch. Blood clots can occur from sitting for too long. Keep your circulation in motion by stretching and walking as much as possible. Also, it is helpful to wear loose clothing for better circulation and that way your feet and ankles will be less likely to swell up.
  5. Hydrate. I mentioned the importance of stocking up on water above but it’s important to know that flying is extremely dehydrating and you should make a point to drink even more than usual. Coconut water is the perfect energy drink/way to completely hydrate and replenish your electrolytes. If you can find coconut water at the airport you can mix it with green powder for one of the most nutritious snacks in the world.
  6. Be prepared to just relax and chill out. This is important for international flights. They ARE SO LONG and if you’re antsy to “do something” you’re just simply out of luck. It will help a lot with boredom if you just accept that this is a time for you to relax.

I hope this helps!

Do you have any other tips to add to the list?

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Do You REALLY Love Your Life?

Hi there, beautiful! Today, I’m going to ask you a very important question…

Do you love your life? Really love it? Are you allowing yourself to receive everything you have always wanted?

I hope so! Many people don’t and you could very well be one of them. It is so important that we listen to our hearts, follow our bliss and live the life we really love. A big part of that is being authentic. We cant be truly happy until we are 100% honest with ourselves about who we really are. Forget about who you are supposed to be and just be YOU. After all, there is only one of you now and forever, and that’s a pretty miraculous thing in and of itself.

2 books to help you get started with this journey include:
The Power of Now by, Eckhart Tolle

&

 Spirit Junkie by, Gabrielle Bernstein.

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Video: Do You Need Supplements to Thrive?

I personally believe in the absolute amazing power of food. I believe it is extremely healing, can be used as medicine and is completely beautifying.

It depends on the person, but I believe in simplifying things and do not think most people need many supplements to really thrive and achieve Optimal Beauty.

xoxo, Danielle

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A Glance Into The Truth About Disordered Eating and Recovery

Guest post by, Pailine Hanuise 

Dedicated to Katie Mary Bennett whom will always be in my heart. ❤

I usually like to keep this blog all about natural beauty, nutrition, inspiration and healthy recipes. However, I have recently realized how little I know about eating disorders. I recently had a friend pass away from anorexia. I was at a loss for words…to say the least. I was confused and devastated to name a few of the emotions I felt…

I didn’t understand so many things. Therefore, I called on my beautiful friend and fellow health coach, Pauline. She specializes in recovery from poor body image and eating disorder struggles. I hope this post can shed some light on the subject for you just as it did for me. All my love, Danielle

We might think Eating disorders are rare illnesses that only teenage girls develop because they consciously decide to stop eating to feel better in their body. But in reality, eating disorders are much more common and dangerous than that.

In fact 25% of women in our modern societies will develop a type of eating disorder at one stage in their life. This means that 1 on 4 woman you know will be affected. This is a lot of women.

Eating disorders are not limited to anorexia and bulimia or absolutely linked to extreme thinness as we might think.

Eating disorders are much more complex than this outdated stereotype. Disordered eating includes everything related to food and body image that makes the life of the sufferer painful and difficult.This can be overeating, over exercising, chronic dieting, food restrictions, fears developed around certain food group(s), negative body image or any combination of the above.

You can be ok with your eating but if you are always thinking about how your body looks like and feel bad about it, you will loose your self-worth, self-confidence and at one stage or another this might impact your eating behaviours.

Something that I always have to clarify for people is that you do not have to be underweight to have an eating disorder. They come in all form and shapes. Another thing that is often misunderstood is that disordered eating has nothing to do with one’s willpower. You can have as much willpower as you can imagine, once you find yourself stuck in these destructive behaviours it’s often too late to find your way out by yourself, just with the help of your own willpower.

I usually like to eating disorders to very strong phobias, because this is what they are in a way… phobia of certain foods, phobia of weight gain & phobia of others judgement. And as per all other phobias, they have nothing to do with one’s willpower. But the great news is that we can fully recover from them!

I know it because Ive learned the hard way. After seeing my little sister recovering from deep anorexia, I managed to heal my lifelong battle with bulimia. All my life I struggled with this illness. After more than 15 years of struggles and hitting rock bottom, I am now totally recovered. I am healthier and happier than ever before and I am helping women all over the world to do the same!

So If I can give you a few tips and advices I would definitely tell you not to leave a negative body image or a food issue (as big or as small as it can be) destroy your life and stealing it from you.

Because you can’t enjoy life when you suffer from any type of disordered eating or poor body image, the first thing to do is to seek and ask for help. I know it might sound impossible when you’re stuck in these horrible illnesses but heaps of progress has been made these last years and we are understanding them more and more everyday.

It’s much better to start recovery now and focus on it during the next few months than choosing the easiest solution and keep destroying your health and your self-worth for God knows how long.

Another important thing is to realise that, even though you might have spent all your life struggling with these illnesses, stuck by the limiting beliefs that go with them, things can change and you can change too.

Do you see yourself growing older and not feeling good and confident in your own body?

Do you see yourself having kids while still struggling with disordered eating?

I hope not! Well poor body image or disordered eating are not part of your personality. You have the power to change! And even if it’s never too late, the earliest is the best!

More and more resources are available online for all budgets – I publish free weekly articles and video blogs to help you get a better body image & relationship with food for example.

Also if you feel you need to talk to someone who can understand what you are going through or have any questions, feel free to drop me a line 😉

Pauline Hanuise is a certified Holistic Recovery & Health Coach and is a member of the American Association Of Drugless Practitioners (AADP). She believes everyone deserves freedom over food, health & happiness. Having recovered from 15 years of struggles with eating disorders, she is now dedicated to help people making peace with food and get a better life. She is the creator of the health and wellness website paulinehanuise.com and the Facebook community ‘Respect Yourself‘ where she gives tips and advice about health, wellness and happiness.

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Video: Defining Self-Love

Let’s break it down. ❤

  • Self love can change your life.
  • Self-love is essential for living a truly healthful life and your Optimal Beauty dreams. You won’t truly feel alive, vibrant and your best if you leave this factor behind.
  • Self love is about accepting yourself, right now, exactly as you are.
  • Self-love is about not worrying what anyone else is thinking. It includes leaving comparison and toxic gossiping behind.
  • There are both acts of self-love and living a life through self-love expression.
  • Self-worth, self-care and self-love all go hand in hand.
  • We need to take time out for ourselves every day.This should not be viewed as selfish, egotistical or self-centered.

Affirmations from Sacred Self’s Self-Love Cards a.k.a. little nuggets of wisdom:

  • “I accept myself exactly as I am in this moment. Now.”
  • “Self-love is letting go of the need for others’ approval. I approve of myself.”
  • “I only feel lack when I am not complete within myself.Today I acknowledge my wholeness and perfection.”

All my love,

Danielle xoxo

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Interview: Brenda Janscheck on Kid’s Health and Wellebing

Today, I am so excited to introduce Brenda Janscheck, owner and founder of Brenda Janscheck Health & Lifestyle. To me, Brenda is the epitome of a superstar mom. She runs her own business, has a family and still finds time to take incredible care of herself. What I am in awe of most, is how she takes care of her two kids. She is an expert in kids’ health and I am so excited for you to read the interview below. Whether you have kids now, want them one day or know anyone who does; this interview will shed some light on how to best care for them. Nutrition is of utmost importance in a kid’s life even from the time they are born. And I’ll give you a hint; mainstream media has most likely thrown you way off and is steering you in the opposite direction you want to go. Keep reading to find out more!

Hi Brenda. Thank you so much for being here today! Let’s get right into it.

1. What do you think is the biggest problem when it comes to kids’ nutrition today? 

The biggest problem to my mind is that so much of the food our children eat is actually completely deficient in nutrition. Parents are so busy that they are reaching for convenience foods, which are highly processed, contain bad fats, are full of additives, colours, preservatives, refined sugars/ flours and rancid oils. These foods are contributing to a dramatic increase in serious illness and disease such as obesity, Type 2 diabetes, cancer, attention disorders and more.

I consider every bite of food an opportunity to properly nourish our bodies, mind and soul, and so many children are missing out on these opportunities each day.

“Let food be they medicine and let medicine be thy food” as Hippocrates said.

2. How do you do such an amazing job adequately nourishing your kids so that their mood & blood sugar levels are stable and their energy stays constant throughout the day?

I know how to create well-balanced meals (protein, good fats and complex carbohydrates) which cover the main food groups. Providing this balance allows my children to stay focused and energised through the day and eating this way will bode well for their future health. I make sure their meals are nutrient dense and I pack them very healthy homemade lunches. It takes me a bit more time, but my children’s health is a priority.

3. Why is it, do you think, that many parents don’t think the same nutritional rules apply to kids the same way they do to adults?  

Parents (and children) are bombarded on a daily basis with advertising for “healthy” kid’s food, like breakfast cereals and muesli bars, when in actual fact these products are mostly very high in sugar and highly processed. A little education in this area can go a long way in improving our children’s health.
For some, particularly those that are busy (which is every parent I know!), there is so much misinformation clouding the real value of our food that they just give up and accept advertisements and mainstream information as fact.
4. How do you deal with your kids being exposed to toxic, processed foods when they’re at friends’ houses and school?

I find this quite frustrating, and obviously I wish that this wasn’t the case, but I have chosen not to create stress around this for my family, as stress itself is detrimental to our health.
My children have a very healthy, 80% healthy wholefoods organic diet, so I know their bodies can handle “sometimes” food on those occasions. Lots of mums in my community have attended my healthy kids’ workshops, so bit by bit I am noticing the pleasing ripple-effect of change. I also hope to do more work in schools to educate children, parents and teachers about the importance of healthy eating.

5. What are your main suggestions for people with newborns and toddlers?

Obviously, breastfeeding is optimal for a minimum of 6 months, but so many mums have issues with this, I advise them not to be too hard on themselves if it doesn’t work out.
And when introducing first solid foods (approx 4-6mths), be wary that mainstream experts suggest rice cereal or grains as the baby’s first foods, but these are in fact not ideal ,and can compromise your child’s gut health, leading to future issues. Stick to fruit, veges and protein. Here is a great guide for babies and early toddlers
And just a note on pre-conception, the health of the parents ova and sperm play a very important role in determining the healthy of the fetus and future health of the child.

6. Approximately how much sugar do your kids consume daily? How do you think this differs from most kids?
My kids consume natural sugar each day, mainly in the form fruit, and a healthy treat in their lunchboxes. The sugar they have is unrefined (eg raw honey, Canadian maple syrup, dates or coconut sugar). These types of sugars still have many of their vitamins, mineral and enzymes intact.
If they are having sugar, I try to accompany it with a healthy fat and protein which helps to slow the absorption of the sugar, and therefore helps to avoid the nasty blood sugar spikes it would otherwise cause. Refined sugar is an addictive poison deplete of any nutritional value and which, in fact, strips their bodies of existing nutrition.

7. What are some small things that can be done about kids nutrition?

I always recommend implementing small changes slowly. Some good places to start would be for parents and children to learn how to read ingredients lists on packaged foods.
Meal planning is a great method of ensuring time is allocated to cooking home-made meals and avoiding last minute take-out or packaged meals. Also, eliminate all nutrient depleted/deficient foods from the pantry, and replace with fresh wholefoods.
I always recommend that my clients focus on the foods that their children love to eat, and I guide them on how to create the most delicious nutrient dense version possible!
Encouraging kids to help in the kitchen is a great idea too. Studies show that they are more likely to eat what they create.

8. Favorite healthy treat to prepare for your kids:
I love healthifying recipes, which is exactly what I did with this very popular version of my “Notella”
‘Notella’

We all know and love the scrumptious spread Nutella. But when you consider there are 5 teaspoons of sugar in each two-tablespoon serve, you wonder if there’s a better way.
Well, there are a few healthy versions of the Nutella recipe floating around, and I’ve played around with them and tweaked the living daylights out of these recipes to finally create my family’s favourite version.
We all think it’s much tastier than the commercial Nutella, and it’s much healthier too, using healthy oils and no artificial flavours. What’s more, sugar is not the main ingredient in this version.

We love our Notella:
spread on sourdough toast for breakfast or a snack
spread over apples or bananas
mixed with natural yoghurt
spread on spelt and buckwheat pancakes
mixed with warm milk for a hot chocolate
eaten straight out of the jar with spoon
With regard to the hazelnuts in Notella, I always recommend activating them the night before by soaking in a water and acid medium (like Apple Cider Vinegar) and rinsing well in the morning. This makes the nuts much more digestible.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup hazelnuts
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup or brown rice syrup or raw honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or vanilla powder
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • 1-2 tablespoons macadamia oil

Preparation:

  • Place nuts in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  • Add cacao powder, maple syrup, brown rice syrup or raw honey (or a combination), vanilla and coconut oil.
  • Whizz up all ingredients. It will be a little thick so add in macadamia oil as required and whizz until smooth.
  • Store in a glass jar in the fridge.

Brenda Janschek is a qualified health coach, supporting busy mums to raise happy, healthy families through preventative health She is a speaker, wellness blogger, and a busy mother of two.

She is an avid spokesperson for children’s health, nutrition and family wellbeing, passionately bringing scrumptious goodness & positive well being into the homes of families throughout Australia.

She is the creator of Brenda Janschek Health & Lifestyle and you can connect with her via her Facebook Community,Twitter and Instagram @brendajanschek.

Coconut Oil: True Love at Its Finest

I have had a serious love affair going on with coconut oil since I was introduced it! So many people are unaware of this miraculous oil. Read this post to discover it in all of its wonder. 

Coconut oil makes you look good, feel good and it tastes fantastic…what’s not to love?

The Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
Used both internally and externally coconut oil:

  • Boosts Energy Levels and Helps Chronic Fatigue
  • Coconut oil is metabolized and converted by the liver directly into energy
  • Maintains Healthy Food Nutrients and is the Best Choice for Healthy Cooking
  • Coconut oil is a highly stable fat that does not oxidize when heated making it a very safe and healthy cooking oil.
  • Increases Metabolic Rate and Leads to Weight Loss
  • Coconut oil increases your metabolism so you burn more KJ’s which leads to natural and healthy weight loss.
  • Supports Immune Function by Killing Disease Causing Bacteria, Fungi and Viruses
  • The MCFAs in coconut oil offer antiviral, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties.
  • Supports and Improves Symptoms of Digestive Disorders
  • Coconut oil possesses a gastrointestinal antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect.
  • Creates Radiant Skin – As an Antioxidant it Reversing Free Radical Damage
  • Coconut oil provides fat-soluble vitamins, minerals and super nutrition factors to damaged tissue.
  • Is a Beauty Elixir – Excellent as a Skin and Hair Moisturizer
  • Coconut oil nourishes, moisturizes and protects your hair and skin by replenishing the body’s natural oils (Sebum).
  • Helps Reduce Sugar Cravings and Balance Blood Sugar
  • People using coconut oil have noticed their ability to go without food for longer without symptoms of hypoglycemia and with less cravings and feelings of satisfaction.
  • Supports Healthy Thyroid Function and Hormone Balance
  • Regular consumption of coconut oil restores thyroid function by assisting the hormones transport to the cells.
  • Oil Pulling is a Simple and Effective Way to Detox Your Body; An ancient Ayurvedic health tradition which involves using the oil as a mouth wash and spitting it out. The fat enzymes in the oil literally pull toxins, pus and bacteria from the body. It also whitens the teeth.
  • Adults take 2- 4 tablespoons daily and children take 2 teaspoons every morning.
  • When first taking Virgin Coconut Oil start with 1 Tbsp with each meal. Some people experience loose motions for a few days (this may be a sign of intestinal fungal infection or candidiasis as it is being destroyed). For those with a sensitive taste or stomach it may be helpful to mix with tea, juice, yoghurt or add to some food such as oats, nuts and seeds.
  • Virgin Coconut Oil is both safe and recommended for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
  • Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA’s) Fats are chains of carbon atoms that are surrounded by hydrogen. The more hydrogen the more saturation and the more stable the molecular structure.
  • Coconut oil is a saturated fat that consists primarily of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA’s). The MCFAs in coconut oil possess incredible health-giving properties. Other than coconut oil these MCFAs can only be naturally found in mothers breast milk. This is what gives coconut oil its reputation as ‘The breast milk of mother nature’.
  • The shorter MCFA chains require less energy and fewer enzymes to digest. For most people, coconut oil can be emulsified during digestion without burdening the gall bladder or liver. Unlike animal fats it is also friendly for the kidneys and can help dissolve kidney stones.
  • Thus, coconut oil provides more energy more quickly than other fat sources. People who suffer from poor digestion, especially liver or gall bladder problems would benefit more by using coconut oil rather than other oils in their diet.
  • Immune System Enhancing Properties – MCFA
  • Coconut oil contains the following MCFAs: Caprylic acid C8, Capric acid C10, Lauric acid C12, Myristic Acid C14. Each of these contain antiviral, antimicrobial and antifungal properties. Lauric acid has the greatest antiviral activity. Caprylic acid is the most potent yeast fighting substance.
  • Research says that MCFAs disrupt the lipid membranes of viruses, bacteria, yeast and fungi because their membranes are both very similar. This confuses the microbes and viruses causing them to weaken and become easy prey to white blood cells, which in turn strengthens the body’s immune system.
  • Those who suffer from candida and other fungal infections may greatly benefit from coconut oil. Psoriasis and eczema are actually skin infections caused by a fungus and can be helped by applying coconut oil topically.
  • Cholesterol. Much of the mass media claims that saturated fats lead to clogging of the arteries and cholesterol problems, when in reality it is cooked unsaturated fats (commercial and vegetable oils), bad calcium, and foreign cholesterol from eating animal products that constitutes arterial plaque.
  • Coconut oil contains no cholesterol and may actually help lower cholesterol levels. People from areas in the world that have a staple base of coconut in their diet have consistently lower levels of cholesterol than those that don’t.
  • The cholesterol-lowering properties of coconut oil are a direct result of it’s ability to stimulate thyroid function. In the presence of adequate thyroid hormone cholesterol is converted into necessary anti-aging steroids.
  • Dr Raymond Peat who is a leading researcher in hormone health, details how coconut oil, when added regularly to a balanced diet, lowers cholesterol to normal by promoting its conversion into pregnenolone. Dr Peat recommends increasing pregnenolone for women with hormone imbalances.
  • Pregnenolone improves circulation in the skin, gives the face a lift, restores sagging skin, and restores bags under the eyes by promoting the contractions of muscle like cells. Pregnenolone counters fatigue, enhances memory, protects the nerves from stress, and has anti anxiety properties.
  • Antioxidants. Research has also indicated that coconut oil may in itself have antioxidant properties, since the oil is highly stable and reduces our need for vitamin E, whereas unsaturated oils increase our need for vitamin E. Coconut oil is known to produce pregnenolone an anti aging steroid produced naturally by the body and pregnenolone is an antioxidant.
  • Thyroid and Weight Loss. Cooked unsaturated oils suppress the metabolism, contributing to hypothyroidism and weight gain. Bad oils not only suppress our tissues response to the thyroid hormone, they also suppress transport of the hormone on the thyroid-transport protein. Consuming coconut oil regularly restores thyroid function, may help relieve thyroid function, and actually increases the metabolic rate leading to weight loss.
  • Blood Sugar. One of the most noticeable affect for people when they start consuming coconut oil regularly is the ability to go for several hours without eating, and having feelings of hunger without the symptoms of hypoglycemia and erratic blood sugar levels. Erratic blood sugar stresses the system and calls in the need of adrenal glands.
  • Shifting to coconut oil as a major source of our fat and energy normalizes blood sugar levels, increases energy, decreases the stress on our system, and thus reduces our need for the adrenal hormones, and removes the effects of adrenal stress.
  • Cooking. Coconut oil is the most stable of any oil or butter and can be heated to very high temperatures. Therefore if you are going to heat food, coconut oil is the healthiest and wisest choice for cooking. Unlike other fats and oils coconut oil when heated does not form dangerous trans fatty acids because it is a completely saturated fat. Simply making the simple switch to using coconut oil for all of your cooking needs can have tremendous beneficial affects to your overall health and energy levels.

* reference David Wolfe, Eating for Beauty*

Tips:

  • Organic, extra virgin coconut oil will taste the best and is the only coconut oil I recommend. 
  • Signs of Rancid Coconut Oil:

1. Yellow in colour

2. Blotchy, or a non-smoothe consistency

3. It tastes and smells bad, like stale or bitter – well of course!

4. It makes you gag. This can’t be too clean if you are rejecting it in this way.

Clean fresh and pure coconut oil will be crystal clear when melted and white when solid. During the in-between phase it will naturally be cloudy.

Please note that an initial reaction from coconut oil such as unsettled feelings in the stomach, or a break out of acne, does not necessarily mean that the oil is rancid. A good oil can cause this reaction as your body is going into detox mode due to the effective anti-fungal, ant-bacterial and ant-viral properties in coconut oil. Detox reactions will pass after just a few days of consistent use.

Uses: 

  1. Skin Health: I use coconut oil as my primary face and body lotion/moisturizer. And imagine, all those nutrients you get by eating it, you are absorbing into your skin! *bonus*
  2. Add to a Smoothie (Or Eat Straight from the Jar. I love taking a tsp of coconut oil with a little bee pollen on a spoon)
  3. Shaving cream  (Men and women)
  4. Eye Make-Up Removal : Pure coconut oil is gentle and moisturizing with absolutely no chemicals. It takes off makeup effortlessly and without the harsh chemicals.
  5. Baking
  6. Cooking: Besides grapeseed oil, it is the only oil that won’t turn into a carcinogen when cooked at high heat (carcinogens cause cancer)
  7. Hair mask: After a shower add coconut oil to your hair like a leave-in conditioner. Leave for 2 hours or over night and wash thoroughly once finished. If leaving overnight you may have to wash it more than once depending on your hair type.
  8. Cuticle care: Use as a cuticle care cream
  9. Massage oil
  10. Lip balm
  11. Bug repellent
  12. Shoe polish
  13. Oil pull: gum health, detox, whiten teeth, etc. See how and why in this post I wrote.
  14. Frizz tamer
  15. SPF 4 sunscreen, apply regularly
  16. DIY toothpaste
  17. Facial cleanser

“I personally take around 4 tablespoons of coconut oil per day either on salads, in my cooking or in my cups of green tea!!  I will not go a day without Coconut Oil.  It is also great for the skin and hair.”- Miranda Kerr

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