Oil Pulling: A How To Guide for Better Health

Oil Pulling: A How To Guide for Better Health

Have you seen my guide on oil cleansing?

Oil pulling, also known as pulling oil, oil swishing, and Kavala gandusha or gandusha, is an  ancient practice of moving oil around your mouth to remove toxins. It has become popular again in recent years as an easy way to improve your health without a lot of effort.

It’s also my favorite way to start the day. My teeth have never felt cleaner, are whiter than ever, and the skin around my jaw has tightened back up.

What surprised me most is that it clears my head from sleep and wakes me up better than a cup of coffee. I feel invigorated, happy, and ready to start the day.

Why Pull Oil?   […]

DIY Organic Beauty Recipes and ‘Me’ Time

Cinnamon and Vanilla Spice Winter Scrub

That scrumptious looking dessert you see is actually a Cinnamon and Vanilla Spice Winter Scrub from the highly anticipated new book by Mommypotamus. Yum. I got my greedy little hands on it last night and have been busy ever since.

Today is dedicated to luxuriating in homemade goodness. I am going to be clean and polished from head to toe…and it’s not even a holiday.

You see, I have needed some serious ‘me’ time and a way to relieve stress for months.

I have coped by splurging on foods that are psychologically comforting but not particularly healthy. My skin is a mess, and I need a better outlet. These recipes came out at the perfect time.

Katie has been helping me write, measure, stir, and test recipes all morning so far. My stress levels are definitely down while the fun quotient around here is through the roof.

Some Goodies from DIY Natural Beauty Recipes ebook

Today, we’re making   […]

The Oil Cleansing Method For Clear Skin as Soft as a Baby’s Bum

I’m guest posting over at Mommypotamus today. C’mon over and check out my how-to guide on the oil cleansing method. It’s chock full of information with recipes, some useful oils and their benefits, and a step-by-step guide on how to do it.

You also get to see me in all my glory both in I-can’t-believe-I-just-shared-these before pics and my first video. […]

Detox Baths: Recipes to Calm the Inner Beast and Whiny Children

Detox Baths: Recipes to Calm the Inner Beast and Whiny ChildrenPhoto Credit: Dennis Wong

This week, we’re talking about detox baths. Lovely, healing, make-you-feel-human-again detox baths. As a holistic practitioner, I heavily recommend them for a gentle method of pulling toxins out of the skin when the detoxification system is compromised.

Don’t forget to read the first post on Baby Step # 2 |Detox Baths| if you missed it.

There are a wide variety of healing agents like herbs, salts, essential oils, and even foods that can be added to a bath to make it another healing tool in your toolbox. Let’s focus on some that provide a gentle detox, are allergen-free, and use ingredients that can do double duty in other areas of your home.



  1. Drink 12-16 ounces of water during the hour before to be sure you’re hydrated.
  2. Fill tub with very warm water (no more than body temperature for children). ‘Very warm’ should be comfortable. Let’s say a happy medium between room temperature and scalding that makes you say Ahhhh when you sink down into it. […]

Homemade Tooth Powder

C’mon. You can’t really clean you teeth with tooth powder…can you? The resounding answer is YES!

Tooth powder has been a great way to get rid of those horrid commercial toothpastes. Even as a child, I never liked the sickeningly sweet taste of artificial sweeteners.

These sweeteners, cleansers, chemical byproduct fluoride, flavors, colors (why would you color something blue, red, or green  – don’t get me started on the sparkles – that is supposed to make your teeth clean and white?), and sundry other ingredients is an absolutely unnecessary way to clean your teeth.

The carcinogens in them certainly don’t help keep your body clean.

And cavity protection? Nope.

Oral health is a reflection of overall health and the amount of nutrients the body receives and processes. The only way to increase your mouth health is through nutrition. Bad breath? It stems from the gut. Cavities? Nutrient depletion, often over generations. Bad gums? That’s often caused by the very products that are supposed to help.

“So now what?” you may ask. […]