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Coconut Oil and Honey Facial Mask

Coconut Oil and Honey Facial Mask

The benefits of coconut oil and honey for your skin.

I have been researching all the benefits of coconut oil for the body and I keep running into the same information of how beneficial coconut oil is for the skin. As my wife and I are getting older and more old age spots appear on our faces and hands we figured why not give coconut oil a try to see if it helps. Many people swear by it and it sure cannot hurt us. Of course, me being the husband I was the one that was more skeptical about smearing stuff on my skin, but I finally got over it and gave it a shot.

But why mix in honey?

Honey has many fantastic ingredients that is also great for the body and skin. Using the coconut oil along with the honey it makes a wonderful face mask. Most people already know that facial mask is very beneficial since they provide concentrated nutrients and minerals for the skin. Many facial masks are made up of honey to begin with so why not make yours at home of these to great ingredients; coconut oil and honey.

Honey contains many natural ingredients such as antioxidants that counteract the effects of free radicals, alpha hydroxy acids which are great exfoliators. Honey also has strong antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties which is also beneficial for the skin and other inflammatory conditions. Honey also has natural properties that is said to help repair damaged tissue and restore many other facial conditions and issues.

If you are considering on trying this homemade coconut oil and honey face mask here are the ingredients and instructions of how to make your own mask.

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons of cold pressed coconut oil.
  • 5 teaspoons raw, unpasteurized honey I would recommend purchasing locally grown honey.
  • 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil, this is optional on your part.

 

Directions:

  • Mix raw honey with coconut oil and lavender essential oil by stirring with a spoon.
  • If mixture is too sticky, put it in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes.
  • Once it’s hardened slightly, remove from refrigerator and stir with a spoon.
  • Aftercleansing your skin, apply DIY coconut oil and honey face mask across your face with your fingers using small circular strokes. Leave mask on for 10-15 minutes.

Suggestions:

  • It’s important to make sure you use raw, organic honey from a trusted source. I recommend purchasing it froma locally owned honey producer.
  • As with anything before using this mask, try a small area on your skin, some people may have sensitive skin and this may not be right for you.
  • To remove the mask, soak a wash cloth in warm water and rest the wash cloth on your face for a few seconds. Then gently remove the mask by wiping gently. Rinse and repeat if necessary.

 

Conclusion:

 

Not everyone has the same skin conditions and chemical balances in their bodies. Be careful at first and try a few small areas as a test area to make sure you do not have any bad reactions to anything.

We would love to hear from you if you have tried this facial mask of coconut oil and honey. If you have used it please inform us how it worked for you.

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Posted by Tom in Lifestyle
Is Sugar Killing Us?

Is Sugar Killing Us?

Sugar a dangerous drug.

On my way to the office this morning I was listening to a DJ on my favorite radio station talking about kicking sugar out of her diet. She was explaining how terrible sweeteners and high fructose is for a person’s body. I could not believe what I was hearing because the symptoms of too much sugar is some of the issues my wife and I struggle with in our lives.

With this peaked interest I decided to do some digging and see why sugar is bad for you. I found that sugar is made up of hydrogen, carbon and oxygen which makes sugar a carbohydrate and the doctor has been telling me to be on a low carb diet. This makes sense to me because every-time I go on a carb free diet I do have more energy and less brain fog. I also found that sugar is one of the worst things to put in our body.

Refined sugar, granulated sugar and high fructose corn syrup goes through a refining process which makes them of no nutritional value for your body. These two substances actually steal your energy and can cause major health issues. The harmful effects of having sugar in your diet goes way beyond that there is no nutritional value. The plain truth is that sugar and high fructose is the single worst ingredient you can have in your diet.

Let’s take a look at what having sugar in your diet can cause.
  • Increases the likelihood of chronic fatigue.
  • Increases mood swings, irritability and anxiety.
  • Foods containing sugar can cause a big spike in blood glucose levels, when this happens your energy level spikes which cause restlessness and insomnia.
  • Raises the level of neurotransmitters called serotonin.
  • Contributes to heart problems.
  • Can create the urge to binge.
  • Makes the pancreas work harder to produce insulin. Diabetes results when the overworked pancreas can no longer eliminate sugar from the blood stream.
  • Compromises the immune system because it lowers the efficiency of white blood cells for a minimum of five hours.
  • Could lead to a fatty liver which will lead to liver disease.
  • Increase cholesterol.
  • Cause cataracts.
  • Increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney.
  • Cause headaches, including migraines.
  • Contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Decrease emotional stability.
  • Feeds candida which is also known as a yeast infection.
  • Can be very addictive like a drug.
  • Sugar and excess fructose causes the body to be leptin resistance. Leptin is a hormone that communicates with your body and tells you when you have had enough food. When the body is leptin resistant and the leptin does not work making a person over eat and cause obesity. There are no symptoms or warning signs that tell you your body is leptin resistant.
  • Excess sugar consumption was linked to deficiencies in memory and overall cognitive health.
  • Added sugar will release a hormone called cortisol. This hormone interferes with your awake and sleep cycle. Get rid of the added sugar and you will find yourself more awake during the day and sleep better at night.

If this list does not scare you to stop eating sugar than I do not know what will. When I did my research for this article I decided it was time to take control of what I put in my mouth and make a lifestyle change to remove this addiction from our lives..

What can we substitute sugar with?

  • Honey, honey has been proven to improve blood lipids, and lower blood glucose levels.
  • Stevia, is a naturally occurring sweetener from the Sunflower family.  It is approximately 300 times sweeter than table sugar, and allegedly has a lower effect on blood glucose levels.  
  • There are other sugar alternatives out on the market, I would recommend that you do your research on each one and make your own decision. I personally like honey since it is all natural and it can help improve issues in the body.

What is next for my family?

My wife and I are going to start a  detox program. I cannot stand being on a diet and from what I read quitting sugar is not a diet. From what it looks like we take in more than a cup full of this white crystal stuff  into our body every day. Forbes reports that American consume 130 pounds of sugar every year or at least 3 pounds per week. This does not sit well with me, There are so many bad side effects from eating sugar I know for me and my house we are going to make a lifestyle change and stop consuming this dangerous drug.

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Posted by Tom in Lifestyle