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Whether you’re a man or a woman, I know these tips will spur some ideas in your own mind about some steps you can take from time to time to tend to your physical body temple in a chemical-free way.
As you are reading this I will be on a 10 day silent retreat away from the hoopla of life, without electronics, no cell phones or internet, no talking, reading or listening to music is allowed. My day starts at 4 a.m. and ends at 9:30 p.m. and 99% of the day is spent in medication and introspection. To prepare for my ‘inward journey’ I have started to slow down my daily to-do’s and shifted from outpouring to in-pouring. Taking are of ones vessel is of utmost importance since this is your vehicle for awakening.
Here are just some ideas:
Before the Shower
Lighten Your Hair Naturally
In the summer time I use lemon juice to give my hair a natural highlight effect. I place a few teaspoon full of lemon juice into a spray bottle and then wet my hair with the slightly wet hair. Go for a walk in the sun for approximately 20-30 minutes until your hair is dry.
Natural Hair Mask
Then I moisturize my hair with a coconut mask. You can leave coconut on your hair over night but make sure you place a towel on your pillow. My hair is pretty thin and it’s better for me to rinse the coconut out after about 30 minutes.
While I let my hair soak in the coconut oil here are some other things I do.
Brighten Your Teeth – Naturally
With the same lemon juice I mix half a teaspoon full of baking soda and take a sip and swirl it around my mouth for about 3 minutes. Spit out the lemon juice, dry-brush your teeth and rinse. You will notice instantly that your teeth got a few shades lighter.
Keep some lemon juice and baking soda for after you get out of the shower. More on what to do with this later.
Pamper Your Skin With This…
Before I begin taking care of my skin I dry brush my face and neck with a facial dry brush made of natural bristles. It helps to remove dead skin and bring circulation to the surface so the following steps have an even better effect.
While your hair is soaking in the coconut oil and after you’ve rinsed with lemon juice and baking soda, I take some coconut oil with a half a teaspoon of Turmeric and rub that all over my chest and face area (everywhere except the eyelids and lips). I massage my skin with this for a good 2-3 minutes. Wash your hands immediately and make sure you do this over a sink and without any clothes on; remove any mats on the floor too. Don’t do this if you just had your nails done (they will be yellow). Turmeric stains like crazy, so keep things out of the way. As soon as you are done rubbing in the solution, wash your hands with a natural olive oil bar of soap (something like Kiss My Face, which has no chemicals in it). The way coconut oil and Turmeric makes my skin feel is just heavenly!
By the way, you can also brush your teeth with the same coconut oil and Turmeric solution. Use an old brush that you only use for brushing with this solution (it will be yellow after you do this).
I leave this solution on your skin for a few minutes while I take care of my feet. After about 5 minutes I rinse the Turmeric solution off over the sink. I don’t worry about removing the whole thing because I remove the rest in the shower.
By the way, you can also put a little Cayenne pepper with coconut and use that as massage oil. It invigorates the skin and stimulates the blood vessels. Don’t use too much or it will burn. And make sure you rinse it off afterwards to avoid staining.
In the Shower
Water is Holy
I’m a huge fan of water and its enormous power to carry electricity. Shower time is holy time for me. Why? Because whatever I think and feel in the shower affects the water pouring over my body, which then pours down the drain through the ground and into a water reservoir somewhere only to recycle back into the ground and nourish the world. In other words, your thoughts and how you treat your shower time hugely affects you and the world! Use this time wisely as it is your manifestation time on steroids (without most people even being aware of this).
Before you get in the shower, however, dry brush your body with a natural body brush or a straw glove. You will notice a huge difference when you go in the shower if you first dry brush.
The Use of Soap
I haven’t used soap for more than a year. I’m not kidding. It makes no sense to me that there is a billion dollar industry that convinces us to use their harsh chemicals to wash off natural body oil and then re-hydrate our skin with yet more chemicals. We all complain about GMO altered products and find it insulting that anyone would come along and elbow Mother Nature out of the way when she has created perfect food for us, and yet we are doing the same by removing her precious body oils, which are made to protect our skin, only to then slap even more chemicals on our skin.
Makes no sense, really!
You don’t need more than a washcloth and water to keep clean. If your Eau-de-Funk is unbearable or insulting to those around you, use a soap bar like Kiss My Face, which is 100% cold pressed olive oil (from Greece), with zero chemicals in it. I even brush my teeth with this bar of soap (or coconut oil, my favorite). I haven’t brushed my teeth in a very long time with ‘regular’ tooth paste.
After the Shower
I make my own solution of coconut oil and essential oils. Use your own preference on what scents you want to add to your coconut oil. I have tried lavender and currently use Jasmine (one of my favorites).
Rub your entire body with coconut oil (keep out of hair) as well as under your feet to keep your feet smooth (put socks on right away). Stay naked for 5 minutes until coconut oil has been absorbed into your skin. Coconut oil does not stain, although leave extra time for absorption if you are wearing a sating or silk blouse immediately afterwards.
I also use coconut oil as my sun lotion. I never, ever use any other sun block on my skin other than coconut oil. I just don’t want the chemicals getting absorbed into my skin and coconut oil does a heck of a better job regulating my sun intake.
I also use coconut oil as my tooth paste (or the olive oil Kiss My Face soap bar) and I use it as my make-up remover.
Make sure you rub coconut oil on your feet, including your toes. It keeps nail fungus away and heals any current nail fungus. I then put a couple of drops of Cajeput oil on my toe nails, which further heals and prevents toe nail fungus.
I vary with what I place at the bottom of my feet. Once I am back in my room the coconut oil has been absorbed on my feet. I then spray home-made magnesium oil on the bottom of my feet along with a few drops of Frankincense, provided it is evening time. Magnesium oil is great before bed time. I also place a few drops of Lavender oil on the bottom of my feet. We have over 1,000 pores per square inch on the bottom of our feet alone!
If I shower in the morning I would skip the magnesium oil but put a couple of drops of cinnamon or peppermint oil on the bottom of my feet. Put socks afterwards for a few minutes.
By the way, I buy organic and Fair Trade when possible.
Sun Spots Be Gone!
You know those freckles and age spots, also known as liver spots or sun spots? People pay big bucks to have a dermatologist lighten them with chemicals. There are a few alternatives:
Lemon juice and baking soda: Take a Q-tip and put some of the solution on individual age spots or just spread it wherever you need it. This you can leave on over night if you want to or if it’s stings or you’re going out, you can remove it. I prefer to leave things on if I can (except things like Cayenne pepper or Turmeric, because they stain).
I have a long list of things I use as alternatives to chemicals. These are just some things to get your mind going. I would love it if you shared your own tips and tricks!
I’m off to my time in silence and solitude. Enjoy your time!
Please share this article far and wide and let’s help each other use less and less chemicals, or none at all!
- Organic Coconut Oil (Fair Trade)
- Essential oils (Jasmine, Tangerine, Chamomille, Vanilla, Lavender, etc.)
- Organic Coconut Oil
- Magnesium Oil (evening)
- Frankincense Oil (morning and evening),
- Peppermint Oil (morning only)
- Lavender (evening)
- Cinammon or Nutmeg (morning)
- Organic Coconut Oil
- Cajeput Oil
- Lemon juice for natural highlights (leave in 20-30 minutes); 2-3 times a week until desired highlights are achieved
- Coconut oil for hair pack – about once a month (leave in for 30-60 minutes or over night if you have thick hair – use towel on pillow)
- Conditioner: 1/4 apple cider vinegar with 3/4 distilled water
- Lemon juice with Baking Soda (leave on all day or remove after 30 minutes)
- Lemon juice with Baking Soda (don’t brush teeth, just rinse for 3 minutes)
- Coconut Oil (can also be used for oil pulling)
- Kiss My Face soap bar (unscented); you can use this also to wash your hair
- 1/2 magnesium oil and 1/2 distilled water (make sure it is distilled and not regular or even purified water)
- You can do an ounce of each, place in small spray bottle