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Summer’s almost here! But before you throw on a bikini and head to the beach you may want to invest in one summer essential that’s sure to solve those troublesome (and often embarrassing!) beauty problems that many of us are faced with once the mercury rises. Coconut guru and author of Going Coconuts Brynley King shares her top tips for tackling seven of your most cringe-worthy summertime dilemmas – and the best part? All you need is one jar of coconut oil!
Let’s get the most embarrassing out of the way first, shall we? Chafing is a common problem that many people experience during our steaming Aussie summer – and it’s not just the thigh area that can fall victim to the dreaded chafe. Fortunately, coconut oil can be used on any part of the body to not only prevent chafe from occurring but also to heal sore and inflamed skin. It’s also perfect to use on infants as an all-natural alternative to nappy rash cream.
Forgot to slip, slop, slap and now you’re looking less like a bronzed goddess and more like a tomato? The properties found in coconut oil are known to relieve the pain of a bad burn plus heal the skin and limit peeling at the same time. Try patting a washcloth splashed with a little apple cider vinegar on burnt skin to relieve stinging before generously applying coconut oil mixed with peppermint oil to the affected area. The peppermint oil helps to cool the skin while the coconut oil heals and protects.
A pop of colour on the lips can make any outfit go from good to great, but if your pout has been receiving a little too much sun, wind and salty air, even the most moisturising lipsticks aren’t going to glide on as they should. Coconut oil works as an incredibly nourishing 100% natural lip balm and Pacific Islanders have been using it for centuries. Feeling creative? Mix 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and olive oil with ¾ teaspoon of honey for a sweeter, DIY lip treatment.
Razor bumps and ingrown hairs aren’t pretty but for many people they’re inevitable after any type of shaving, waxing or hair removal. Coconut oil is anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-fungal which makes it a miracle pre and post hair-removal product. Replace shaving creams or soaps with coconut oil for your closest shave yet before rubbing a decent amount into the area after your shower; and you can say goodbye to painful, unsightly bumps – for good!
Unfortunately, humidity = frizz. Luckily your new beauty Holy Grail works wonders at smoothing and conditioning unruly tresses. Before bedtime, apply a good dollop of oil to your lengths and ends, tie in a topknot and leave in overnight for a super nourishing and inexpensive hair treatment or use as an anti-frizz hair serum by applying a pea size amount to dry hair. You can also protect blonde locks from chlorine damage (green hair is never in fashion) by wetting the hair and evenly distributing coconut oil from roots to tips, which seals in moisture and creates a barrier against harmful pool chemicals.
For many, this time of the year means outdoor barbeques, picnics and the occasional game of backyard cricket, however, it also means the mosquitos are out in full force. If these pesky little bloodsuckers make you itchy just thinking about them, then coconut oil may be your new best friend. When applied to an insect bite, the oil is known to work faster than calamine lotion at stopping the itch and reducing swelling. Plus, if you dab it on the area regularly it works to speed up the healing process too.
Winter can play havoc on our skin, as we often neglect our moisturising routine in favour of hiding our pins under jeans and tracksuit pants. Come summertime, why are we then surprised when we pull on a pair of shorts only to discover our limbs aren’t quite as smooth and supple as we’d like? Bid dry, flaky skin farewell by mixing coconut oil with raw sugar for a DIY body exfoliator, then use the oil on its own as an all-natural, paraben-free body moisturiser.
For more coconut oil tips grab your copy of ‘Going Coconuts’ plus Banaban Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil at www.naturepacifc.com
There’s really nothing good about a sunburn – skin is red, extremely irritable,and sticking to loose clothes isn’t always an option. To assist with the healing process, hydrate the skin with a few of our natural after-sun products. Just remember to apply a generous amount of sunscreen before heading out again!
Who doesn’t love coconut oil? This miracle product actually soothes burns and reduces redness, all whilst keeping the skin hydrated. Apply a new layer every few hours to keep your skin from overheating.
Apple cider vinegar
Trust us, it won’t hurt! Get into the shower and quickly rinse your burns with apple cider vinegar. It might feel a little weird at first, but the apple cider vinegar helps to remove dry patches and heal your skin from the outside. Follow up with a moisturiser before going to bed.
Aloe rose water
Combine equal amounts of rose water and aloe vera into a small bowl. Apply directly onto your serious burns or have a quick rinse in the shower. Not only will it heal your burn, but it smells amazing!
Green tea bags
Fill a bowl with 3-5 tea bags and pour boiling water up to the top. Let the tea bags steep, then wait until the water cools down to room temperature. Apply the mixture right onto your burns to cool-down after a hot day in the sun. You can also apply the tea bags directly to your skin if the burn is small (such as on your forehead or cheeks). Another way to use green tea is to fill up the bathtub and add a few tea bags, then simply sit back and soak!
Apply a tablespoon of grapeseed oil after a cold shower to lock-in moisture and keep your burn from peeling. Repeat this step every few hours to decrease pain and get a good night sleep!
What are some of your remedies for sunburn?
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It’s the time of the year when everybody’s hair goes a little haywire – literally. And with in-salon hair treatments sometimes costing upwards of $100 it can be a real struggle (not to mention expensive) to get your locks in good shape again after they’ve been subjected to the hair torture devices of summer – sun, salt water and styling tools. Which is where this little celebrity secret comes in.
Blake Lively swears by it, so does Kate Hudson; even Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are singing the praises of this unexpected hair saviour and hairdresser’s worst nightmare. No matter what you’ve heard about coconut oil and its much debated health benefits, the one thing that is certain is that when it comes to hair, this stuff really does live up to the hype. Here’s why:
Nourishment with a capital N
The N word is a favourite in the hair salon realm, along with the M word – moisterising. Luckily for your strands, coconut oil is going to do both of those things like a dream because rather than coating the surface of hair like store bought products and hair masks tend to do, the natural oil works to penetrate each strand’s cortex meaning deep nourishment and the added benefits of improved hair strength and flexibility.
At the end of the day when it comes to chemicals, your hair really is better off in the long run without them. Not only can they be harmful to your health but they can also strip hair color, leave you with a frizzy mane and drain the moisture, resulting in hair loss and breakage. All-natural oils like coconut oil are free from harsh sulphates, ethoxylated thickeners, parabens and formaldehydes, which are common nasty ingredients in salon products.
Cheap as chips (or coconuts)
Coconut oil has been used by traditional Pacific Islanders for centuries as a daily grooming routine for the hair and scalp, and do you know how much it costs them? Not a damn thing! While we can’t exactly pluck a coconut from a palm frond here in the Western world, we can stock up on inexpensive coconut oil, coating hair lengths and ends in as much of the good stuff as we like for an in-home hair treatment – minus the pricey salon trip.
For those wanting an all-round coconut hair routine, Nature Pacific has created Virgin Coconut Oil Rich Shampoo with the driest and most damaged hair in mind. The special blend, made from Banaban Virgin Coconut Oil is paired with only the most natural and nourishing ingredients to ensure the special fusion stays with Nature Pacific’s synergy of natural remedies based on thousands of years of Pacific Island tradition.
It’s one of the most raved about super foods of the year and by now most people are well and truly knowledgeable on the myriad health and wellness benefits of coconut oil; but did you know this wonder oil has significant benefits for your furry friends as well? Long gone are the days when man’s best friend was restricted to a bland diet of dry dog food and canned meat. Now your four-legged pal can reap the multiple wellbeing rewards from virgin coconut oil the same way you do.
Coconut guru and author of new book Going Coconuts, Brynley King, has raised her rambunctious French bulldog, Ernie, on a coconut heavy diet with her family’s Fijian-derived Banaban coconut products and he couldn’t be happier or healthier. Now Brynley is sharing her top five tips for why your pooch should make like Ernie and go coconuts as well:
Just like humans, regular consumption of coconut oil has noticeably positive impacts on dog digestion, aiding in the healing of digestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrome and colitis. Plus, when mixed into meals, the oil helps to up the levels of nutrient absorption in your pup, making it easier for their bodies to absorb the proteins, vitamins and minerals in their food.
Promotes good joint health
Many dogs suffer from arthritis, stiff joints and ligament problems, which have a huge impact on their quality of life. The anti-inflammatory properties in coconut oil promote mobility by reducing the painful inflammation associated with arthritis. Massaging coconut oil into any sore joints will also do a world of good for your dog by increasing circulation and relieving built-up tension.
Relieves skin ailments
Applied externally, virgin coconut oil is a miracle skin and coat treatment, helping to heal everything from rashes to small cuts and everything in between. Similar to how we use the oil as a body moisturiser and hair treatment, try rubbing a decent amount of oil into your dog’s coat, skin and paws to moisturise any rough patches, ward off pesky fleas and give them a smooth, glossy coat with the bonus of reducing doggie odor.
Boosts energy levels and aids weight loss
If your fur-baby has been receiving a little too much love in the food department the good fats in coconut oil work wonders at speeding up the metabolism and balancing the thyroid. The medium-chain fatty acids in coconuts are incredibly easy for dogs (and humans) to digest and are converted into energy at a much faster rate than other oils which are usually stored as fat. This is why Ernie’s homemade meals are always cooked with coconut oil instead of vegetable oil.
Supports good oral health
Just as many people have discovered the benefits of oil pulling with coconut oil, it can also be used as an all-natural toothpaste for dogs. Ernie loves the taste of unrefined coconut oil and will gobble it up straight from the spoon, which is fantastic for keeping his teeth and gums healthy; it also eliminates bad doggie breath, which means no more stinky kisses!
Start by adding 1/4 teaspoon of oil per 5kg body weight to your dog’s meal and gradually increase to 1 teaspoon per day. Coconut oil can have a detoxing effect on the body, so if you’re noticing any flu-like symptoms try decreasing the amount. Alternatively, check out Banaban Organic Doggie Crunch – a natural certified organic dog food, high in fibre, iron and trace minerals with all the added health and coat benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil.
To purchase your Banaban Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and Banaban Organic Doggie Crunch, head to www.naturepacific.com.
Coconut oil is currently the oil on everyone’s lips with the whole world raving about the countless ways it can be used, from cooking ingredient to beauty product to household cleaner. Now our much-loved au naturel product has just crossed over from the kitchen to the bedroom and coconut guru and author of Going Coconuts, Brynley King, is here to enlighten you with her top reasons for why coconut oil for sex something you have to try.
1. Personal lubricant
Free of harmful chemicals and synthetic preservatives that may irritate those sensitive nether regions, coconut oil makes for a great inexpensive personal lubricant. Oil lubricants also provide a hell of lot more staying power than water-based lubes for those more, shall we say, lengthy sessions, and even celebrities such as Miranda Kerr have hinted at using the multi-purpose oil for her bedroom activities.
FYI: In some cases oil-based lubricants can break down latex condoms making them ineffective. Opt for polyurethane condoms instead when using coconut oil for sex!
2. Increases sex drive
If your man is leaving you less than satisfied in this area then it may be time to slip a dash of coconut oil into your specialty Sunday morning smoothies he loves so much. A large portion of men and women coco-nutters swear by the oil for improving their libidos and increasing sexual desire, which may be thanks to antioxidants in the oil which help combat free radicals that can cause a lowered libido. To really up the ante in the bedroom stakes be sure to incorporate at least 3 tablespoons of the good stuff into your diet each day.
3. Massage oil
This is a no-brainer. Smells good, tastes good, super moisturising – why wouldn’t you want to slather it all over yourself and your partner. A sensual massage is the perfect way to create intimacy and relieve stress, and unlike other massage oils, coconut oil won’t stain your sheets. If you really want to get crafty, try mixing coconut oil with raw cacao powder and honey for a deliciously naughty, yet healthy, edible body paint.
4. Fights off yeast infections
This isn’t sexy in the slightest but along with what it can do for you and your main squeeze, coconut oil can also be used to remedy the dreaded candida yeast infection which sometimes shows up “down there”. The powerful antifungal, antiviral and antimicrobial properties in the oil mean it’s a great natural solution that can be used internally, by eating a few tablespoons every day, and externally, by giving that area some extra attention during that massage mentioned earlier. Try the treatment for at least a week for noticeable improvement and you may be able to skip that embarrassing trip to the local pharmacy. Hooray!
For more coconut tips and recipes from Brynley King, check out Brynley’s recently released book, Going Coconuts. To purchase a copy head to www.naturepacific.com.
We’re all guilty of product hoarding in our bathrooms. Vanities overrun with bottles, jars and canisters of stuff containing ingredients that claimed to be the next miracle fix for something and countless hundreds of dollars down the sink when we discover, these “cures” are no more than hope in a bottle. But what if you could clear your shelves, uncomplicate your routine and save both time and money while still looking your optimum best?
Celebrities are already on to it, with beauties including Gisele Bundchen and Kourtney Kardashian turning away from complex and expensive routines and onto an all-natural, purely organic fix with virgin, cold pressed coconut oil heralded as their new favourite go-to beauty product.
Coconut guru and author of Going Coconuts, Brynley King, uses coconut oil for just about everything and she is sharing her secrets on what this wonder oil can do for you, your face, body and even your man:
Indulge lack-lustre, frazzled and over styled locks with a DIY coconut oil treatment that will leave hair soft, shiny and with that ‘just-stepped-out-of-the-salon’ look. Comb a dollop through the ends of your hair for a quick frizz fix, or coat the whole hair (including scalp), cover with a shower cap or towel and leave in for 30 minutes or overnight for an intensive, fragrant and super charged moisturising treatment.
Coconut oil is perfect for promoting oral health due to the bevy of anti-bacterial and detoxifying properties it contains. If you are looking for a whiter, brighter and sweeter smelling smile simply combine three tablespoons of organic coconut oil with three tablespoons of aluminium-free baking soda and 25 drops of natural peppermint oil to make your very own homemade toothpaste. It tastes great and is a fabulous natural alternative to toothpaste.
Dump your collection of expensive lotions, creams and ointments, and cut your morning and night routine in half. Coconut oil is the perfect organic moisturiser as it is absorbed into the skin deeper than regular lotions and hydrates without feeling greasy or oily. Try massaging into skin after showering in the evening and wake up with baby soft skin at a fraction of the price.
Unlike harsh makeup removers that seem to take off the top layer of skin along with your foundation, coconut oil is effective at cleansing the face but gentle enough to nourish the skin as well. Apply a small amount to your face, eyelids and eyelashes before gently wiping off with a moist cloth. And even those stubborn waterproof mascaras and long stay lipsticks – gone, with a smear of coconut oil and a gentle wipe.
Instead of using chemical laden anti-dandruff shampoos, massage a dollop of coconut oil into your scalp and leave in overnight. The oil not only moisturises and soothes but protects the hair follicle, promoting hair growth for those long and luscious tresses you’ve always wanted without the flaking, itching or redness.
If your brows are looking a little less Cara Delevingne and a little more Jack Nicholson, smooth a tiny amount of coconut oil onto unkempt brows and sweep a comb through for brows for all day stay put power. Use regularly and will also discover over plucked brows can regain some fullness due to coconut oils hair growth-boosting properties.
Using this wonder product on your more sensitive areas may seem a bit strange; however coconut oil is a great natural alternative to other synthetic personal lubricants which can contain multiple parabens and other toxic nasties.
Spent a little too long soaking up the vitamin D? The anti-inflammatory properties in coconut oil will aid in repairing the damage done by the sun’s harmful rays, relieving any burns and redness, and preventing wrinkles caused by sun exposure.
Achieve a clean shave by coating each leg in about a teaspoon of coconut oil before taking up the razor, for silky smooth pins without the cost of expensive shaving creams.
Create an inexpensive DIY body and face exfoliator by mixing 1 ½ cups of coconut oil with 1/3 cup coffee, salt or sugar for an all-natural solution to removing dead skin. Adding vanilla bean, cinnamon, chai tea or orange grind will create a subtle burst of flavour for delectably silky smooth skin that smells amazing.
Why spend endless amounts of money on coffee scrubs that aren’t tailored to your skin type and condition? There are many scrubs on the market which promise to erase all signs of cellulite, stretch marks and uneven skin tone – but how often does this actually work? Make your own personalised scrub at home with ingredients straight from the pantry, and avoid these unnecessary purchases.
2 cups coffee grounds
1 cup coconut oil
15 drops of essential oil
- Start with the 2 cups of coffee grounds, ensuring that all excess liquid has been removed from the mixture. You can choose to squeeze the liquid out with your hands, or even use a nut bag for a quicker solution.
- Add 1 cup of coconut oil which will create a smooth paste when used on the skin. Be sure to mix well before adding 15 drops of essential oil.
- Feel free to choose any kind of oil that you prefer – lavender, sweet orange and lemon grass are all popular choices which work well on even sensitive skin. These scents will also overpower the coffee smell if you just aren’t it’s biggest fan.
- After you have stirred in the essential oils, pour the mixture into ice-cube trays or muffin trays, then refrigerate. This allows the entire mixture to set, and will feel fresh every time you need to use it!
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