Making the Switch from Coffee to Tea

teaHold your breath. I know a lot of people are going to gasp at this statement: I made the switch from coffee to tea, and I am loving it.

I am a coffee girl. I’ve been drinking the rich stuff since high school. So, believe me when I say, I love, love coffee. It holds a special place in my heart.

Yum – that half and half creamer and cinnamon sprinkle on top of the lovely foam. Delish. Even just plain black coffee, I am one of those unique people that loves drinking that!

As you can imagine it was hard to part from such a tasty, soothing treat. it is like a comfort thing for me. However, my body is really thanking me for the switch.

Here’s why – my hormones are more balanced during the day (I don’t have highs and lows), my anxious feelings have disappeared, unwanted sweating has ceased, my skin looks ten times better, no more dairy in my drink (less fattening) and that vice/addiction is gone completely.tee

No longer do I wake up and crave a Cup of Joe. Now, I crave a hot cup of tea. But, if I somehow do not have time to drink up in the morning, I am not helpless and can go throughout the day without a pick-me-up or a headache.

Don’t get me wrong, I still drink a little caffeine. I am not one of those who preach that herbal tea is the only kind that is good for you. So, occasionally I will have a cup of black tea or earl grey with almond milk. Yet, these teas, though they have caffeine in them, have so much less than a cup of coffee.

Hopefully, I will make the full switch to just herbal, decaf tea. But right now, in this phase in my life, this change seems needed and just good for me. And, you can still enjoy Starbucks. Order a skim or soy chai tea latte!

If you are having a few health issues like unwanted sweating, anxiousness or just feel unbalanced, try giving up the coffee. I did and my body is really thanking me. I don’t think I will look back from here. It’s hard to give up something that is so good; but, your health is worth far more than just a stimulant to the brain.

Homemade Body Scrub Recipe

bath saltWant to make some awesome homemade bath scrub? Well, you are in luck. I have just the recipe for you. Who wants to pay almost $20 for a little tub of wonderful smelling scrub? I would rather make my own little scrub (that works just the same) and save on the money.

Now, you don’t have to use the scents that I used or the oil I used. You can make your own unique blend of shower scrub. I use this daily on my arms and legs. It not only makes your skin glow, it evens out all those lumps and bumps (for those over18). How great!

You will need: 1 cup sea salt, ½ cup raw sugar, 1 tbsp. baking soda, 5-6 drops of essential oils, 2 shakes of dried rosemary (optional), 4 heaping tbsp. coconut oil (melted in the microwave or over the stove). You can also use olive oil, if you prefer!

First, dump your salt and sugar into a bowl and mix these together. You do not have to use both salt and sugar. You can pick just one or the other, but I like the combination of the mixture.

Add in the baking soda and mix thoroughly. Next drop in the essential oil of your choice (for this I used a geranium oil). This oil is excellent for the skin, and its aromatic influence helps release negative memories. Used traditionally to support the circulatory and nervous systems, a great deal of its strength lies in its ability to revitalize body tissues.

Shake in your rosemary and make a nice little dry blend. It should smell fantastic!bath salt 3

Put the coconut oil in a separate bowl and melt in the microwave. When melted, pour this wet mixture into your dry salts/sugar. And mix together with a large fork or spoon.

The texture is yours to decide. If you think it is a little too dry, add some more oil. If you think it’s too wet, pour in some more salts.

For the jar, I just recycled one of my old containers from Bath and Body Works. And rub-a-dub-dub! You just made your very own bath scrub for a fraction of the price. These are great for gifts too!

 

Tips on Incorporating Coconut Oil in Your Daily Life

COCONUT OILIf you are a heath fanatic, probably don’t have to tell you twice about the benefits of coconut oil. However, it’s neat to see a little chart and bullet points of just how wonderful this gift from God is! Daily consumption (in moderation, let’s not eat the whole jar) of this sweet oil will keep you in tiptop shape.

According to Dr. Oz, coconut oil can fight off the aging process, keep your weight balanced, fend off diseases, conditions hair and skin and much, much more. You can read the full article from his website, here.

If you are like me, you are rushing out the door in the morning to beat the heavy morning traffic. And sometimes getting your daily dose of coconut oil is not really on the forefront of your mind. Well, here are some great tips on how to incorporate coconut oil in your daily life:

Add ½ a tbsp. to your morning coffee: seriously, along with your creamer or almond milk just stir in a sweet spoonful of this disease fighting oil. It will melt pretty quickly and flavor your coffee just enough.

Apply to hair for an overnight conditioner: no need to buy those overpriced deep conditioners anymore at a beauty store. Just use coconut oil. Use about 2 handfuls of this oil. Let it melt in your hands before apply to the roots and ends of your hair. Pin up your wet locks for overnight conditioning.

Use for the crinkles in your neck: ladies, we all know about those neck wrinkles. You can actually use coconut oil to lessen the effects of the lines. Just rub some on in the morning or night. You will notice a difference in a week.

Use in homemade body scrubs: most of the homemade body scrubs call for some type of oil at the base. Why not use coconut oil? You can have a little tropical body shower scrub that moistens skin and awakens your senses. Recipe for scrubs here.coconut oil

Rub on cuticles for nail growth: yes, you can make your fingernails thicker and stronger with coconut oil. Just apply the oil to your cuticles and watch your nails grow long and healthy.

In yummy stir-fry’s: when your recipe calls for some type of oil or butter, just replace it with coconut oil. Trust me, it will give your dish a nice, little refreshing taste.

Good for soothing sunburn: yep, if you got a little burned on your long weekend vaca, you can use coconut oil to soothe that burn. Chuck the aloe vera from the store and use this oil instead.

Can heal and ease bug bites: summer is here and so are mosquitos! Yikes, so good thing you know that coconut oil can ease the itching of these pesky bug bites.

Put on dry skin areas like elbows, knees and heels: you know these areas are a little bit rougher than others, coconut oil can help those little elbows or heels. Just use it like a lotion and watch your skin glow!

Add a gob to your morning shake: if you make green shakes like me, just add in a spoonful of this miracle oil. You won’t taste it. It will just make your little breakfast a bit creamier and healthier. Yum and score!