A few of my favorite things

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productsThese are some of my very favorite health-related products. They each are incredibly versatile and can be used in so many different ways. I wasn’t paid for this or anything; I just like sharing neat things. Why I love each one:

Coconut Oil
Not too long ago I started using coconut oil for cooking because I read that it was a healthy butter substitute. We use it when cooking fish, vegetables, etc, and it gives them a nice flavor. More recently I’ve learned that coconut oil can be used for so many other things too: as a lip balm, skin moisturizer; I even put it on my cracked cuticles and they healed right up. I’ve also been using it mixed with apple cider vinegar (see below) as a way to help reduce the appearance of cellulite, which I’ll do another post on soon. Another interesting use for it is something called oil pulling, which is basically using the oil as a sort of mouthwash. I know it sounds gross, but the oil is virtually tasteless (I’ve tried it a few times now) and it’s supposed to help pull the toxins out of your mouth and destroy bacteria. It’s said to help whiten teeth and cure gingivitis as well. You can learn some more coconut oil uses here.

Raw Organic Honey
My mom got me to fall in love with this stuff. There’s nothing like a cup of green tea with a little bit of lemon and some of this stuff. It tastes so good! It’s also full of antioxidants and vitamins, it helps heal burns and scrapes, and soothes a sore throat. I like it even better than regular honey and it makes me feel better knowing that it’s less processed. It looks a little odd at first because it’s more solid than regular honey, but it’s soft and pliable and melts quickly. It’s definitely worth a try.

Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar
This is another one that my mom got me started on. After seeing all sorts of things on Facebook and Pinterest about the many uses of this product, I decided to buy a bottle and give it a go. The boyfriend and I started drinking a shot glass of it every day (always rinse your mouth after so the acidity doesn’t wreck your teeth). I usually mix it with a little bit of water, plug my nose, and chug. It’s only been a few days so I can’t tell if it’s made a difference with anything or not, but I’m hoping it helps our digestion and overall health. ACV can also be used for different cooking and cleaning purposes. Like I said, I’m also using it to help my skin look better and reduce cellulite and I’m already seeing some results from that in just a few days (more to come on that soon). Here is a list of it’s many uses.

Epsom Salt
When I was running fairly often I started using Epsom salt in my baths every so often to help ease the soreness in my legs. I read about detox baths and figured hey, I love reading in the tub, may as well get rid of some of toxins while I’m in there. I like to take them once a  week or every other week or so (I don’t take baths as often in the summer) to help sweat out some bad stuff. It can also be used for gardening and to relieve constipation. Read more about Epsom salt and it’s awesomeness here.

Just thought I’d share with all of you 🙂 sun

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