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How To Make Homemade Coconut Butter

How To Make Homemade Coconut Butter
How To Make Homemade Coconut Butter. Photo – (with permission)

Now this recipe has to be a serious contender for “easiest recipe in the universe”. 🙂 It is made from just one ingredient (can you guess what it is? not difficult!) and is super healthy.

Coconut is great stuff. But it has not always been thought to be so good for you. For example, it’s interesting the turnaround that has happened in the last few years over coconut oil. Coconut oil does not contain trans fats. Some people still think that coconut oil is dangerous to health due to its saturated fat content, however it is important to understand things a little more deeply here.

Close to two-thirds of the saturated fat of coconut oil is in the form of medium-chain fatty acids, which are now considered to be very beneficial to health – they are easily digestible, provide rapid energy, are antimicrobial and thought beneficial to the immune system.

The bad press that coconut oil achieved “back in the day” stems from the heavy promotion by industry of margarine and other edible oils – and some studies which used hydrogenated coconut oil (not good!) instead of pure natural, leading to false results.

Advertising in those days promoted polyunsaturated fats as being super healthy – however, these have now been reported to go rancid when exposed to oxygen in the air – and to produce harmful free radicals in our bodies.

A significant body of work now points to the fact that coconut oil is extremely healthful – not only in the diet but for the skin. One more tip – seek out organic, extra virgin, non-hydrogenated (of course), cold pressed, raw coconut oil to make your coconut butter!

Ok, that’s enough tips and info from me, now here is the link to the original coconut butter tutorial:

All this is putting me in the mood for some toast with coconut butter. Do you have any nice tips and uses for coconut butter? Let us know! 🙂

How To Make A Homemade Salt & Lemon Body Scrub

How To Make A Homemade Salt & Lemon Body Scrub
Image – (with permission)

Today’s super discovery is for a simple home-made salt and lemon body scrub recipe. This is a fantastic natural formula that uses inexpensive ingredients. It’s also customizable to your personal preferences.

What is a body scrub? And how do you use it? A body scrub is a mixture of salt, epsom salt, herbs and oils – with ingredients to soften, cleanse and exfoliate the skin and relax the body. You rub it vigorously all over your skin and then shower or rinse off afterwards.

Ahh, thinking about this is causing my mind to drift back to the glorious day when I first discovered the delights of body scrub…. it was a few years ago, and I had a fairly-new girlfriend. Every so often, she would bring up the subject of going to the Japanese spa down in the city, telling me how much she loved it. Finally, I capitulated and off we went.

I noticed that she brought a whole basket of lotions, essential oils and herbal this-and-that. The next thing you know, we are in our swimwear and sitting in the steam room. She pulls out this tub of what looked like sludgy salt, and opened the jar. “What is it?” I whispered quietly (you are not really supposed to talk in the Japanese spa, you are supposed to maintain a zen-like silence and meditative composure.) “It’s body scrub” she said. “I made it myself – with olive oil, salt and herbs. Here, it’s amazing for the skin.” She scooped some out and started rubbing it all over my back and arms. “Now you do me” she said. I followed her lead and started rubbing the salt scrub on her. “No, harder!” Are we having fun yet? No doubt we were, and were giggling and making far too much noise, as we were soon told off by one of the attendants. Not for covering each other in salt scrub, I must add, but for talking. The spa environment was supposed to be quiet meditation. We were having too much fun.

After the spa, I felt amazingly relaxed, refreshed and revitalized. It was a fantastic date – and we’ve been back there many times. We always take the salt scrub and the basket of other herbal treats. 🙂

Ok here is the link to the original formula and tutorial for making your own salt scrub:

Have you ever made your own body scrub? Got any other tips? Please let us know on our Facebook page or in the comments. 🙂

22 Home Remedies For Acne

22 Home Remedies For AcnePhoto –

Acne is a frustrating condition that begins when sebum (grease), dirt and dead skin cells get trapped in the pores of the skin, causing them to clog and allowing for the growth of bacteria. There are all kinds of treatments for acne available, but nowadays people are becoming rightly cautious about the amount of exposure of our skin to chemicals – and so interest in the use of natural remedies has increased.

The various remedies available – whether alternative or otherwise – work in different ways to combat acne and pimples. One mode of action is antibacterial: Get rid of the bacteria and the infection ceases. Other remedies provide “deep cleansing” that shifts dirt that gets left behind by ordinary washing.

The skin is one of the great cleansing organs of the body and toxins are eliminated via sweating. These toxins also are considered an influence on acne and pimples – and so eating a “cleaner” diet may be of benefit.

We found a brilliant tutorial listing 22 natural ways to prevent / clear up acne. These “cover all the bases” from keeping a clean pillowcase through to applying all manner of things to the skin – from potato through to lemon juice and many more besides.

One tip I would like to add would be to investigate the use of a more gentle soap on the face. The more harsh chemicals strip the natural oils from the face, possibly leading to increased oil production. That said, I would suggest to be sure to wash the face regularly. Washing the face with plain, cool water at least twice a day does wonders for the complexion in my opinion!

One more tip: If you are interested in learning more about herbal remedies for acne, we have a further page dedicated to the subject, with much further info: 10 Herbs For Acne

Here is the link to the full list from Everyday Roots of 22 Acne And Pimple Remedies: