This week on the blog, we'll continue Detoxing our Bathrooms with some simple DIY Recipes and other Money-Saving Tips. One natural, nourishing, money-saving product my bathroom (and kitchen) always has stocked is coconut oil. I keep a little in a small mason jar and use it as a moisturizer for my skin instead of lotion. It is a wonderful and soothing treatment for the skin. It goes on greasy, but absorbs quickly and you smell faintly like the tropics for a few hours. In colder months, for an extra treat, I'll immerse the jar in hot water while I shower and then when I'm ready to use it, it's warm and melted.
A simple, yet highly effective dental treatment is Oil Pulling. This simple Ayurvedic treatment is great for cleaning the teeth and gums, whitening the teeth, maintaining good oral health and preventing bad breath. For directions, check out my previous post. I like using coconut oil for this, but you can use any oil, sesame and sunflower work well.
Coconut oil is also a great treatment for the scalp and hair. If you have dandruff, dryness or itch, you can rub coconut oil into your scalp, wrap a towel around your head and let it absorb, preferably overnight while you sleep. For an extra anti-dandruff boost, you can add a few drops of rosemary oil and some neem oil, (recipe below). You can also use coconut oil to smooth away any frizzies or split ends. Just put a very small amount on your fingers and smooth your dry hair with it and voila- smooth, silky locks!
Coconut oil also finds its way into my homemade toothpaste and deodorant recipes. I find making my own deodorant saves me a lot of money and it's the only natural product I've used on my underarms that actually works. Try out the recipe and see for yourself!
Another thrifty, natural ingredient that's wonderful for skin and hair is Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). For glowing, healthy skin from the inside out, I add a teaspoon of ACV to a glass of water every morning to promote detoxification. A mixture of ACV and water also makes an exceptionally good hair rinse. It removes residue allowing the hair to be soft and extra shiny. I use this once per week on my hair, (recipe below).
Dandruff Treatment Recipe 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted 1 Tbsp neem oil 6 drops Rosemary essential oil -Melt coconut oil, pour into glass container. Add neem oil and stir until combined. Add Rosemary oil. Massage warmed oil into scalp. Wrap head in a towel and leave on for at least 30 minutes or overnight while you sleep. Wash out in the morning.
Apple Cider Shine Rinse 1/2 Tbsp raw apple cider vinegar 1 cup filtered or distilled water -Mix water and ACV in a spray bottle and leave in the shower. After shampooing the hair, spray scalp and hair with shine rinse. You can rinse it off or leave it on your hair to help detangle knots. This rinse also helps reduce scalp itch and dandruff. The smell of ACV will dissipate within an hour, so don't worry about smelling like vinegar!
Next week on the blog, how to make Body Butters. Decadent, nourishing, put a smile on your face treats! Thanks so much for reading and if you have any questions or recipes you'd like to share, please leave a comment!