Not Your Average Detox

Not Your Average Detox

Part Three

 I just realized I didn’t weigh before I started this process but this is a detox not a weight loss cleanse. It has certainly gotten things moving, if you know what I mean. I’ve been trying to eat at least three apples a day in addition to other fruits and vegetables. More fermented foods too. I love sourkraut! 

So, this detox seems to be great for my IBS-C. Plus, I do feel like be shed a couple of pounds, at least. 

 
I had some fantastic results from the DIY wrap too! I left it on for about two hours and it took off two inches from my waist an an inch from my thighs. I’ll measure again after 72 hours and see if it lasted or improved. 


Recipes-

Spicy Tumeric Ginger Detox Drink

 
The original recipe can be found here.

I loved this tea so much because it really made me feel great and it smelled amazing! I want to make it at least once a month. 

Ingredients:

  • 6-inch piece of fresh Ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric
  • 2 Cinnamon sticks- I used 2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon because it’s what I had at home but next time I will get cinnamon sticks. 
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground Cayenne
  • Raw Honey and Lemon added for personal taste. 

Directions:

Peel ginger and slice thinly. Use the side of the knife to smash the ginger (exposing more surface area).

Add ginger slices to a saucepan with 6 cups of water and bring to a boil. Turn the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.

Add the cinnamon sticks, turmeric, and cayenne. Simmer for another 10 minutes.

Strain into a mug and Stir in a spoonful of honey and squeeze of lemon.

I drank one pot a day for three days and I’d just leave it simmering on the stove all day because it smelled so wonderful. I left a lid on it so it wouldn’t evaporate. This is going to be my favorite way to warm up this winter! 

Green Tea Body Wrap

 
The original recipe can be found here

Ingredients:

  • Ace bandage (or some type of fabric that can absorb water and be wrapped around the body. I used towels).
  • Plastic wrap
  • 2 cups of water
  • 3 Green tea bags 
  • 1/4 cup sea salt
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil  
  • 1 cup of drinking water

Directions:

Bring 2 cups water to boil with most of the salt and tea bags.

Drink the cup of water before wrapping

Let the water boil for 2 minutes then allow it to cool. 

 While the water is boiling, combine the remaining salt (about 2 tbsp) with the coconut oil and massage into the area(s) you plan to wrap.

Unroll the ace bandage and soak it in the salt water tea until it soaks up the liquid. 

Tightly wrap oiled areas. Make sure the water is not too hot but still warm! 

Lock in the heat and moisture by wrapping the bandaged areas with plastic wrap.

I doubled the recipe so I could to my waist and thunder thighs. I stayed wrapped for about two hours. 

My measurements after the wrap- 

Waist 2 inches smaller! After 72 hours, I shrank another inch!

Thighs were one inch smaller and there was no change after 72 hours. 


Invigorating Citrus Detox Bath

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 2 cups Epsom salt
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • A couple drops of peppermint essential oil and a drop of orange oil
  • 1 cup of drinking water

Directions:

Drink the cup of water. 

Add all ingredients to a hot fresh bath. Swirl the water to help the salt and soda dissolve and enjoy. 

I like to rub the orange slices on my skin. It is very invigorating and really seems to curb the fatigue in my upper body. Sometimes a bath can be exhausting and leave me feeling drained but not with the oranges! I started adding peppermint oil because it smells fantastic and soothes my head. 

Hydration is key! Especially when detoxing. I always bring a cold bottle of water with me and try to finish it before I get out of the bath. 

Yoga or a massage during detox to move toxins through the body to encourage the release of lymphatic fluids. Always drink water before doing any kind of detox. If your body is dehydrated, it won’t be able to move the toxins out of the body. Think of it like an internal rinse. 

Stay sexy Spoonies and happy detoxing!

Featured image courtesy of Pinterest from popwisdom.joaomognon.com

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Pain Relief Scrub

Pain Relief Scrub

I learned a lot from making last scrub. So, I’ve made some changes to the Snowball Scrub recipe. I added essential oils for pain relief and doubled the amount of salt I used. Also, the coconut oil makes quite a bit of the glitter (if you added it) stick to you. Some people like that, some don’t. I was worried about just how much essential oils to use. I wanted the maximum benefit but I have sensitive skin and didn’t want to risk causing irritation. I found a nifty little chart and lots of other helpful tips on this site.

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Here are the essential oils I chose for my scrub and why:
Lavender- Relaxant, reduces anxiety
Rosemary- Anti-inflammatory
Peppermint- Anti-inflammatory, mood booster, reduces fatigue and headaches
Eucalyptus- Anti-inflammatory, energizing

This time, I made sure my coconut oil was completely melted before adding the Epsom salt. Be careful though, it doesn’t take long! I used a 1:1 ratio for coconut oil and salt this time too. I also added a little course sea salt. I would have liked to add some Himalayan pink salt as well but I don’t have any, yet. I planned on adding this grinder to my next Amazon.com order. There are just too many health benefits and I love salt, probably way too much! Anyway, if it’s cool in your house, you’ll want to mix quickly. So, add the oils and stir. I used a metal fork to make sure everything was well blended. I added 48 drops of essential oil for one cup of carrier oil. Since I used four different types of essential oil, I added 12 drops of each to the mix. Because you are using essential oils, you need to make sure the container you’re keeping your scrub in has a lid. Otherwise, it’ll lose all it’s potency. The smell of lavender and peppermint fill the entire bathroom when I open the scrub jar at the end of a steamy shower. It’s somehow relaxing and invigorating. It soothes my achy joints and comforts my sore muscles. With the changes, this scrub is stronger, much thicker and makes a better exfoliant.
I love coconut oil! I’ve started using it for pretty much everything! I quit buying conditioner and my skin has never been softer or clearer! I even made my own toothpaste. I’ve had a lot of fun experimenting and I can’t believe how beneficial it’s been. I’ve gotten more adventurous and even made my own sugar wax! That recipe doesn’t call for coconut oil but I probably wouldn’t have been brave enough to try it if I hadn’t been so successful with my coconut oil experiments. So, give it a shot! I’m sure it’ll pay off. 😉

Get experimental and stay sexy, Spoonies!

A Homemade Spoonie Christmas

A Homemade Spoonie Christmas

Recently, I made a homemade salt scrub. It was so easy and I’m so happy with the results. I have always wanted to try making something like that but it always seemed a bit intimidating because I’d never done it before. I didn’t want to go out and spend a bunch of money on ingredients and then make a mistake or dislike the finished product but, it was cheap, easy and I loved it!
So, I’m sharing the recipe because this scrub would make the perfect gift for anyone on your list. It’s customizable too!

This is my finished product.
This is my finished product.

For gifting I would suggest smaller containers and maybe adding a little glitter for aesthetic purposes. Tie a ribbon around it and call it Snowball Scrub. Feel free to use the my featured graphic as a label.

Snowball Scrub

You will need:

Coconut Oil

Epsom Salt

Essential Oils

Small Jars

Measuring cups

The ratio for oil to salt is 2:1 so for every cup of oil you will add 1/2 a cup of salt. If you are using small jars, you may just need 1/2 a cup of oil and 1/4 cup of salt. I would make each batch individually so you can customize it with different oils. Remember, the smaller the batch, the fewer drops of essential oil you’ll need. That is powerful stuff!

So, line up your jars and pour 1 cup of oil into each jar. Coconut oil starts to liquify at about 76 degrees so if your house is cool, you may need to stir the oil to loosen it up a bit. Use whatever brand of coconut oil you prefer. You can use any oil of your choice actually but make sure it is good for the skin and won’t clog pores.

Other great carrier oils:

Avocado- Great for skin

Almond- Soothing

Sunflower- Easily absorbed

Grapeseed- Non-greasy

This is the coconut oil I used. It is one of the least expensive at the grocery store and it has so many uses!
This is the coconut oil I used. It is one of the least expensive at the grocery store and it has so many uses!

Next, you will add the salt. For 1 cup of oil we add 1/2 cup of salt. You can get salt with essential oils already in them and just skip the next step or you can add a few more drops of oil to make it more soothing or relaxing. Of course, you can buy plain Epsom salt for ultimate customization but, I just used what I had.

This is what I had and it worked just fine.
This is what I had and it worked just fine.

Now, it is time to add the oils! For our mixture, we can add up to 10 drops of oil. The Epsom salt I used was already infused with rosemary and mint to I added some eucalyptus oil because it is an anti-inflammatory and lavender oil because it is a relaxant. Two things a fibro fighter always needs! I keep it in a jar with the lid screwed on tight so that when I open it, the smell fills the steamy shower.

Other great essential oils to add:

Chamomile- Relaxant

Peppermint- Anti-inflammatory

Frankincense- Soothes skin

Orange- Revitalizing

Geranium- PMS and Nerve pain

Lemon- Detoxifying

These oils are from fabulousfrannie.com and I love them!
These oils are from fabulousfrannie.com and I love them!

Happy gifting!