PAMPER YOURSELF WITH NATURAL INGREDIENTS.
Did you stock up on trendy coconut oil, only to find out that it isn’t so healthy to eat? Don’t waste it! The high saturated fat content makes it a great moisturizer—plus, it’s antimicrobial and antifungal. Try these remedies from Elizabeth Taddiken, N.D., a naturopathic physician at the Rockwood Natural Medicine Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ. CARE FOR YOUR HAIR
Soften locks with a spa-worthy hair mask. Mix 3 to 5Tbsp organic refined coconut oil (in its liquid state) with 20 drops rosemary essential oil. Massage into hair and cover with a shower cap. Let it sit for 30 to 60 minutes, then shampoo out.
TREAT YOUR FEET
Summer’s heat can up your chances of getting athlete’s foot, a fungal infection often triggered by sweaty feet. Coconut oil may help soothe the infection and flaking skin. After you apply athlete’s foot treatment, top it with a layer of organic refined coconut oil and cover with cotton socks. (For more on healthy feet, see page 42.)
SMOOTH YOUR LIPS
Make your own balm: Add 2Tbsp organic refined coconut oil, 2Tbsp cocoa butter, and 2Tbsp grated beeswax or beeswax pellets (find these online or at craft stores) to a heat-resistant measuring cup. Pour 2 inches of water into a small pot, then add the measuring cup so only the bottom is submerged. Heat water on low to medium heat until ingredients melt, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and carefully pour mixture into lip balm containers (fills 12 to 15 0.25-oz containers). Add 2 drops cinnamon essential oil per container and stir; cover immediately. Refrigerate to cool, then share with your friends!