A trip to the coast is the ideal summer vacation for most Americans. People are willing to fly or drive to the nearest sandy beach, even if it’s days away, all for a dose of that sweet “vitamin sea.” Instinctively, we know a relaxing vacation benefits the body and spirit. But now, actual scientific research backs up those feelings. Sure, almost any vacation is going to make a person feel more relaxed. However, studies have shown that people who live near the ocean—even with all the normal stresses of work and daily life—tend to experience better mental and physical health. Of course, most Americans don’t live within view of a coastline and have to make the best of those occasional opportunities to put their feet in the sand.
Tub tea is one of the newest old things to hit the natural self-care market. Essentially, a tub tea is nothing more than a handful of herbs and flowers left to steep in a warm bath. The delicious fragrance and beneficial essential oils of the plants bring the relaxation powers of a good soak to whole new level of ahhhh. You can purchase pre-made herbal soak mixtures from a variety of sources, but it’s important to know exactly what’s in them and how old they are.
Another downside to pre-made tub tea mixes is that many are unnecessarily expensive. Dried botanical material is affordable and readily available for purchase online, and you just may find a bounty of bath herbs in your own backyard if you know what to look for.
Smooth skin is always in season, but anyone with less-than-perfect skin knows summer is the worst time to have outbreaks of chronic skin issues. All those shorts, tank tops and sleeveless dresses hang in the closet mocking you as you cover up bumps and red patches with long sleeves and pants. And it’s not just about vanity. Higher temperatures and sweaty skin can make conditions like acne, pityriasis rosea and keratosis pilaris look and feel worse. Using coconut oil for keratosis pilaris and similar types of skin irritations can help clear your skin, creating more comfort and more confidence all year long.
Caring for your teeth doesn’t really have to be costly. Fortunately, for us, there is an all-natural product we can use to promote healthier teeth – organic extra virgin coconut oil.
For years now, organic extra virgin coconut oil has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for better oral health through a process called oil pulling. In this technique, a tablespoon of coconut oil is swished in the mouth for at least 5 minutes. After which, it is spit out to get rid of the bad bacteria.
If you think oil pulling with coconut oil is not enough, these reasons might convince you to use such oil for your teeth.
Sure, organic coconut sugar may not be new to most of you, but it’s still a trending topic because of the many rumors attached to it. Well, let us clear things one at a time.
First off, this sugar is not from the fruit of the coconut palm itself. Instead, it comes from the sap of the blossoms of the tree, which is placed under controlled heat to let the water evaporate. Because of its brown color and sweet taste, it is often confused with brown sugar.
Yet, even if we know how and where organic coconut sugar comes from, there are still things we need to know about it. We’ve listed some of them below.