Why I Keep These Two Powerful Mutli-Tasking Foods in My Bathroom!
If I were going to be banished to a deserted island and could take two things, raw apple cider vinegar and coconut oil would be serious contenders. By now, we’ve all probably heard about the untold health benefits that both apple cider vinegar (ACV) and extra virgin cold pressed coconut oil give us when ingested, but they multi-task in the beauty and personal care arena too!
ORGANIC RAW APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
(With Mother Probiotics. It must be cloudy and have the healing, murky strands of live yeast, usually collecting at the bottom of the glass.)
MORNING PROBIOTIC TONIC
Chock full of healing probiotics, antibacterial properties, enzymes, and polyphenols.
Each morning, I drink 1 teaspoon of ACV mixed with 1 cup of water (I might add a squeeze of lemon and turmeric if I feel like walking to the kitchen. I eventually make my way there anyway for warm water and lemon or green tea with lemon.)
For a sore throat, I’ll gargle with a solution of warm water, 1 teaspoon AVC, and 2 teaspoons sea salt.
PROBIOTIC RICH SKIN PH BALANCER
Dampen a cotton pad, then add a few drops of ACV to it and use as a toner.
I wash with a gel cleanser with a Clarisonic brush (really wakes up my skin!) in the mornings only, so I follow with diluted ACV as it helps rebalance the pH levels that gel soaps can disturb. (In the evenings I do an oil and hot cloth melt to removed makeup and cleanse in one step, followed by a multi-step evening program of serums and potions!)
ACV is rich in probiotics that are not only good for your gut, but for skin bacteria to help keep it healthy and acne free!
WONDER HAIR TONIC
This was an incredible revelation to me when I first tried it some ten years ago and have since passed it onto many friends as the cheapest hair treatment ever.
ACV helps remove the build up from hair products (even organic hair products do this eventually!) and this simple rinse makes my hair shiny and soft like a child's. (Truly after the first time I tried it, my family and I used to say my hair felt as soft as my little girl's! hair!)
Add 1-2 tablespoons ACV to 1-2 cups of water—depending on the length of your hair.
Pour over your hair after you shampoo, let it sit a minute, then rinse with water.
Conditioner optional, but I usually only put it on the very ends.
Do 1-2 x weekly.
NATURAL TEETH WHITENER
Dab a bit of ACV on a cotton pad and rub along your teeth, let it sit for a minute, then rinse.
COSMETIC BRUSH BATH
Add 1 teaspoon of ACV to 1 cup hot water mixed with 2 drops of gentle soap.
Soak brushes for 5 minutes, rinse with warm water, and air dry brush side up.
Dampen a cotton swab with ACV and pat on itchy insect bites.
Follow with a little coconut oil to promote healing and prevent scarring.
EXTRA VIRGIN COLD PRESSED COCONUT OIL
How often I use this for beauty care rivals how often I use it in cooking!
AYURVEDIC OIL PULLING
Detoxifies the mouth, fights bacteria, kills bad breath, prevents tooth decay, and whitens teeth.
Swish 1 tablespoon of oil around in mouth. (I do this for 8-10 minutes, but if you’re a champ, do up to the recommended 20! I see significant whitening benefits even though I’m a wimp who can only manage 10. When I travel and don’t have it with me, I notice how quickly my mouth and teeth feel yucky. I oil pull after I brush my teeth while in the shower, and continue it while I’m drying, moisturizing, etc. I must have good plumbing in my home because I just spit it into the sink and run hot water, but some people will spit it into a tissue and throw it in the bin. Its up to you and your plumbing!)
Rinse with water.
PHENOMENAL HAIR + SCALP TREATMENT
Once weekly, I apply coconut oil on my tresses for an hour before I wash my hair.
Coconut oil is said to penetrate the hair shaft better than any other oil. Truthfully, I started to use this rather than other oils because it's the one that multi-tasks and therefore lives in my bathroom. And, it's cost effective, but it must be true because my hair feels really silky soft afterwards, no matter how many split ends I might have. This really helps in between haircuts!
Unlike most hair conditioners that are used only on the ends, I really massage the oil also into my scalp because it’s a great scalp conditioner, prevents dandruff, and its anti-inflammatory properties help stop hair loss and promote growth. (I learned this remedy from my Ayurvedic doctor firsthand years ago when I had an episode of Alopecia Areata—a frightening autoimmune disease that causes your body to expel its own hair. I had it for 15 years and an episode only occurred every 3-4 years, but it was always stressful when it did. I cleaned up my diet and haven't had it in ten years. Technically, there is no "cure," but I choose to believe that taming inflammation in the body can heal so many health conditions!)
INSTANT HAIR GLOSS + FLYAWAY TAMER
I dab a bit in my palms to pat down flyaway hairs and add shine—especially when my hair is in a slicked back style!
On the beach, I'll rub coconut oil in my hair for a sleek, wet hair topknot. Instant beach chic plus hair mask!
BODY + NAIL MOISTURIZER
Coconut oil is my go-to summer skin savior!
Not only is it super moisturizing (and makes me feel like I'm on perpetual holiday), it helps prevent cellulite, offers slight sun protection, and has anti-fungal properties that can fight nail fungus and athlete’s foot.
Oh, and it also helps prevent stretch marks! (I don't have any from two pregnancies!)
DELICIOUS BODY SCRUB
In addition to pure coconut oil, I also keep a separate jar in my shower of my pre-mixed coconut oil, cane sugar, cacao, and coffee body scrub.
I need this pre-mixed and ready to go because I use it nearly every day in the summer!
I do a coconut oil melt and hot cloth when my skin seems extra parched or lackluster. You can buy fancy "coconut melts,” but the food item we all love and eat works perfectly well. (I do not use coconut oil daily on my face—just as a mask occasionally. I usually use organic argan or rosehips oil with added essential oils.)
Acne sufferers always cringe about putting oils on their skin, but coconut oil's lauric acid has antibacterial properties to help kill even acne causing bacteria. I know it takes some courage for the first time to use it on the face! No one wants a sudden breakout, so I definitely don't encourage people to make bold experiments with their face!
WATERPROOF EYE MAKEUP REMOVER
I haven’t bought makeup remover in ages because I’ve been using organic oils for skincare for the last 15 years.
My usual multi-purpose facial oil is argan or rose hips oil with added rose and frankincense essential oils (my own little blend!), but coconut oil takes off my summer season waterproof mascara instantly—and that means less pulling on the delicate tissues around the eyes!
Bonus: like castor oil, it’s well known to promote lash growth!
GENTLE LIP SCRUB
A dab of coconut oil with cane sugar makes a quick scrub for soft, kissable lips!
EFFECTIVE MASSAGE OIL
I mix coconut oil with a little Weleda Arnica Massage Oil and an essential oil like Ylang Ylang to give my body parts (or my beloved’s body parts) a little extra love, much needed after long sessions of yoga.
QUICK SUNBURN AID
Coconut oil is soothing on skin that has seen too much sun.
Mix with fresh aloe vera gel from the plant itself for extra relief!
ALL PURPOSE SALVE
Dab a cotton swab of coconut oil and apply it to little wounds—burns from kitchen work, razor burn, mosquito bites, tiny scrapes. The lauric acid makes coconut oil like a natural version of Neosporin and will expedite wound healing and help prevent scarring.
It works on delicate baby’s bottoms and can help soothe diaper thrush too!
NON-TOXIC INSECT REPELLANT
Very light repellent on its own, but mix a couple drops of citronella or rosemary essential oil with coconut oil and it really wards off insects.
Even if I have to use my other repellent (I like Badger's Anti-Bug Balm and Stick), I’ll still use this coco oil and citronella mix around my face because even the Badger balm has such a strong scent that I don’t like it so close to my nose.
Now, quick run to your kitchen and take some for your bathroom! Hope you enjoy its dozens of uses!
Don't have any in the house? Easy . . .