coconut soda!!!

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I didn’t realize how misinformed I was about skincare until I started practicing a little witchcraft. I thought that apricot scrubs were good, oil was bad, and that cystic acne couldn’t be treated topically. Oh, was I wrong. About a year ago, I befriended a 30 year practicing witch who had about 14 years cosmetology experience at the time. Having just discovered Paganism myself, I constantly bugged her about both subjects. She taught me some basics and I’ve been using them ever since. They really work. And it’s a nice and easy introduction to spells if you’re looking to get into somethin’ spooky. 

First things first: Apricot scrubs are TERRIBLE. Any facial scrub that has granules you can see is going to put tiny cuts in your already irritated face and make your acne more susceptible to infection/irritation. She recommended using a mixture of coconut oil and baking soda to make a paste that will very very gently remove dead skin without causing redness. People with rosacea should avoid using any type of scrub, even though this one is very mild. Never exfoliate more than 2-3 times a week, and never ever do it two days in a row. When you’re done, make sure you put as much oil as you can in the trash can- rinsing it off in the sink will clog the drain over time. And remember- the thicker the paste, the more coarse the scrub will be. Scrub using gentle yet wide circular motions, timing yourself at about 60 seconds. 

Oil is not bad for your skin! Coconut oil has tiny molecules unlike other oils, so it can penetrate hair and skin better than other oils. Coconut oil is excellent at pulling your natural facial oils out of your pores without stripping moisture. After you use the scrub, use a warm, damp wash cloth to gently wipe away the oil and baking soda. You should always moisturize immediately after cleansing, but I’ve noticed that after using this cleanser my skin doesn’t ususally need it. Besides coconut oil, lavender oil, grapeseed oil, and sweet almond oil are also very good for acne prone skin. Tea tree oil can be diluted heavily and applied to spot treat, but do not use more than once a week in small quantities or it will make your skin itchy and red. Always always always moisturize before putting on makeup by the way!

As for the face masks! I have a face mask recipe that will reduce my pore size by like 80-90%. Seriously. If I used it once a week I’d have perfect skin, but I don’t, so even when my skin is at its worst, this mask still kicks ass. I don’t have exact measurements for everything (or anything really) so please be patient with yourself when making them. But that’s the beauty of this recipe- you can change it to fit your skin problems with a little research and a trip to the health food store. Side note: Do the mask right after you use the scrub. Otherwise it won’t work as well.

The base of the mask is this magical powder called kaolin clay. I buy it in bulk at the health food store and it’s cheap as hell. It’s just a mild clay that turns to putty then hardens in ten minutes. I probably use ¾ cup, maybe even a full cup for a mask. Just depends on how many liquids you want to include. Star out small and add as you go.

After putting a starter amount of clay into a small bowl, I set that aside and start on the liquids. I like to use tea instead of water. I make a teensy amount of hot water then pour it over green tea, rose petals, and calendula petals. Green tea is anti-inflammatory, rose balances pH, and calendula is great for skin. Try to buy organic so you’re not dousing yourself in pesticides. I set these aside to brew. The less water you use, the stronger the tincture, and the less time you need to wait. 

I only have a few essential oils, but if you do a little research, it is super easy to pick out some that are good for skin and are non-comodegenetic (won’t clog pores). I take my little bowl of clay and start adding a few drops of lavender oil, a few drops of grapeseed oil, a squirt of sweet almond, and two tiny drops of tea tree. Other options are ylang ylang (good for oily skin), chamomile (very soothing), and clary sage (for reverse aging and puffiness). I would say maybe 5 oils would be a good maximum, just because you need room for the tea. 

Add the tea by holding the flowers back with a spoon and pouring tiny little amounts into the clay and oil mixture, stirring frequently so that you don’t get it too thin. You want it the texture of Elmer’s glue. If a few petals get into the mask, that’s fine. Some people add loose green tea leaves to their masks straight up, so whatever’s clever. Then just smear the mask on, avoiding the eye area if you used tea tree oil, and leave it on for about 10 minutes. It will harden so if you want to drink anything you should use a straw, and the mask will flake a bit towards the end, so be aware of that. Once the ten minutes is up, just splash wet water on your face to turn it back to glue texture, then wash off with warm water. This may take a while. Then after you dry your face with a clean towel, check out your pores in the mirror! This is my favorite part because there are patches of my skin when I don’t have visible pores at all, and where I do, they are so much lighter and smaller. The essential oils must penetrate the blackheads or something, I have no idea, but it does what no Biore strips or Clean and Clear scrub have ever done before. 

Make sure you moisturize after ! I have really bad acne so I follow up with benzoyl peroxide (doctor’s orders) and a light drugstore moisturizer to keep my pores looking like this as long as possible. I recommend doing this mask once a week at least, but definitely no more that once every three days. And don’t pop pimples! Give these remedies some time and you will see a huge difference. 

One more thing: Rose water. I make my own, but it can be bought at $30 a bottle at Sephora. However, I don’t use mine that often because it’s non-organic, so unless you have the hookup on organic roses, you might want to steer clear. Basically all it is is rose tea. I get roses from my boyfriend frequently, so I hang them up to dry thoroughly and then collect the petals in a burlap bag. Once I have a grocery bag’s worth, I toss them in a pot to boil. There are lots of ways to do this online, but mine is very simple. Just bring petals to a soft boil, steep until it’s dark red, then let cool. I store mine in a massive mason jar in the refrigerator. I leave some petals in there to make it stronger, but you can strain them immediately if you like. Definitely strain them before using the water to make you life a little easier.

I use rose water as a toner between cleansing and moisturizing. It’s cool from refrigeration, which calms any puffiness, and it apparently balances pH. Another cool thing about it is it moistens your face right before you moisturize. Lotion doesn’t always add moisture to your skin, it often just retains what moisture you have. So if you moisturize damp skin, you’ll retain more moisture. Seems weird but it works.

The witchcraft comes in where you want it to. I like to put intention in the stirring; meaning I stir right if I want to embrace good vibes and positive outcomes, stir left if I have something negative on my mind that I want to banish. I think there is magic in the herbs and oils themselves so I don’t get too fancy or chant, but it is totally a thing for people to chant while making these kinds of elixirs. Tumblr is full of awesome little rituals! I just tend to keep it simple. 

So anyways this is basically everything I know about skincare, and it was all taught to me by a woman in her late thirties that looks like she’s 24. Kudos if you read this entire thing! Seacrest out.

Kitchen Witchery- Non-soap soap

So sometimes you have skin conditions where soap with any kind of chemicals is too harsh on skin and you find yourself in need of an alternative. I came up with this after a lot of research about the effects the ingredients would have on the skin.

You will need:

a pump soap bottle (empty)

baking soda

fractionated coconut oil (or any other body-safe oil)

lemon essential oil

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So the key to keeping this soap as something that would not have any negative reactions (unless you actually happen to have an allergy to one of the above mentioned ingredients) was to keep the soap as simple as possible.

Put ¼ cup of baking soda into a mixing bowl. Add ½ cup liquid coconut oil. Stir together until well mixed. Add around 20 drops of lemon oil for scent. (can be replaced with any other body safe essential oil if you hate lemons). The mixture should feel smooth with a slightly grainy texture. (you can add more baking soda if you want a harsher texture, or more oil for a smoother texture.)

When you wash, the baking soda will gently exfoliate dead skin and neutralize body odor. The coconut oil will add essential nutrients to the skin.  This wash is safe all over.

Three notes- 1. This will not create suds. 2. The baking soda will settle in between uses, so shake bottle well before using. 3. To create a larger batch, simply double ingredients.

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Witch Tip

I love saving jars and things to make spell jars out of or keep herbs, seeds, etc. in, but I’m picky and I hate the adhesive that is left behind when you peel off the labels. 

Easy fix! 

~ Coconut oil

~ Baking soda

Just mix these two together, until it’s a thick paste. Most of the time is requires double the baking soda of coconut oil used. Then, just wet your jar and apply some of the mixture and scrub with both your hands, a wet rag or sponge, and the adhesive will come clean off! And there you have it - a clear jar that will make your spell jars and herb jars look pretty. Hope this helped!

tbh, just like, in general, i think after vodka, my fave alcohol is rum. just saying.

I made banana bread this morning and it turned out amazing! It’s super easy and quick and healthy :)

Here’s the recipe:

200g wholemeal spelt flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 tablespoons coconut sugar
3 medium sized overripe bananas
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
3 tablespoons plant milk
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Combine flour, baking soda and coconut sugar in a bowl.
2. In another bowl, mash the banana and mix with maple syrup, coconut oil, plant milk and vanilla extract.
3. Stir the dry into the wet ingredients.
4. Pour into a greased baking dish and bake for 30 minutes at 175 degrees Celcious.
5. Let it cool down for a few minutes and remove it from the baking dish.

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Banana bread

Ingredients:

200g wholemeal spelt flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 tablespoons coconut sugar
3 medium sized overripe bananas
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
5-10 tablespoons plant milk
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

How to:

1. Combine flour, baking soda and coconut sugar in a bowl.
2. In another bowl, mash the banana and mix with maple syrup, coconut oil, plant milk and vanilla extract.
3. Stir the dry into the wet ingredients.
4. Pour into a greased baking dish and bake for 40-50 minutes at 175 degrees Celcius.
5. Let it cool down for a few minutes and remove it from the baking dish.

some Outsiders headcanons for your health

- Steve and Dallas hated shirts
- like 90% of the time, they were shirtless

- Johnny’s mother was Italian

- Dallas smoked the most out of the gang

- Mr. Curtis smoked but quit when he was about 35 so he wouldn’t influence the boys
- Pony, Johnny and Dallas took up smoking anyway

- Mr. Curtis didn’t smoke when his kids were babies or when his wife was pregnant.

- Two-Bit love love loves affection. cuddles and hugs and huggles are his shit. (cuddles + hugs = huggles)

- the Curtises made sure to have a very comfy couch for the boys if they ever needed a place to crash

- they have two couches in the living room

- Johnny loves people watching

- Darry wears his father’s wedding ring on his right ring finger

- Cherry’s favorite color is light blue

- Darry loves coconut
- Soda hates it

- both sets on grandparents were in the car as well, the night Mr. and Mrs. Curtis died

- Dallas went to a Catholic school before he dropped out his sophomore year of high school

- Pony spends most of his time in the summer at the library
- Johnny only follows because he likes the air conditioning

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Toothpaste tubes- easily one of the most non-recyclable, non-zero waste, landfill-bound packaging.

Before I officially started my zero waste life, I switched to homemade toothpaste. One, to cut out all the ingredients I can’t pronounce. Two, to save my pineal gland by cutting out fluoride. Three, because it’s so damn trashy! An average household throws away 1-2 tubes a month!

And they’re not even recyclable!

Zero waste/Homemade toothpaste requires three ingredients:

1. Baking Soda- polishes teeth, fights bad breath, neutralizes acids

2. Coconut Oil- reduces bacteria, anti-fungal

3. Peppermint Oil- Antiseptic for pain, freshens breath

4. Tea Tree Oil (Optional)

Start with the baking soda and fill your container up ¾ full.

Fill up the rest of the container with slightly melted coconut oil.

Just enough so you have space to stir.

Stir slowly and push out chunks and air bubbles with the fork.

Continue to add baking soda and coconut oil as needed until it gets to the consistency of icing.

Add 10 drops of peppermint oil and tea tree oil.

Stir the mixture.

Check for flavor and consistency.

Close and store.

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Chocolate Vegan Cupcake Recipe (Yields 12 cupcakes)

Ingredients:
1 ½ cups AP Flour
¼ cup Light cocoa powder
1 Tbsp. Baking soda
½ cup Sugar
½ cup Coconut sugar
½ tsp. Sea Salt
¼ cup Coconut Oil, warmed
1 ½ Tbsp. Vinegar
1 tsp. Vanilla extract
1 cup Cold Water

Directions:
1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, sugar, coconut sugar and salt until well combined.
2. In a smaller bowl, mix together the coconut oil, vinegar, vanilla and water until well combined.
3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until no lumps remain.
4. Pour into cupcake liners and bake at 350F for 18 min or until the cupcakes bounce back in the center.
5. Cool before frosting.

anonymous asked:

Pro tip for everyone who struggles to regularly brush their teeth!! Mix coconut oil and baking soda, and if you have charcoal powder, but that's optional, brush your teeth with it and it takes all the oil off your teeth, and you don't need to do it that often and it keeps your teeth clean, the only downside is it tastes really bad. I forget to brush a lot and this really helps me out

Thank you so much pal! I hope his helps some of you guys. ❤️

Banana Bread

Solid and sticky banana bread, just perfect!

1 cup coconut flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
4 large eggs
2 cups mashed extremely ripe bananas (4-5)
1 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup coconut oil, melted


Preheat the oven to 325F. Line a 9x5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper or grease the pan with coconut oil.

You can whisk manually or a hand mixer (I used a mixer) in the following order:
Eggs, bananas, vanilla, honey, oil, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, coconut flour.

Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top.
Bake in the preheated oven for about an hour (my oven is slow, I needed an hour and 15 minutes for the toothpick test).

Wait until it cools, then very gently turn it out of the pan (I didn’t wait, and it slid right out of my hot pan, and the corner broke off. You can see it on the picture, but the bread is actually so sticky I could just stick it right back for the pic :) )

Enjoy!

Keto pizza! Doesn’t look perfect but it tastes perfect 👌 So good I’m making a second attempt tomorrow :)

Crust:

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (saved a little for topping), 1 egg, 1 tbsp ground flax, 1 tbsp coconut flour, dash baking soda, salt and italian herbs

Toppings:

2 tbsp pasta sauce/tomato sauce, leftover mozzarella, bacon, avocado, spinach (underneath), herbs.

Bake at 425F for 15-20 (I got distracted and left it in longer, darkened a little too much for my liking but still a soft + crispy crust!)

Bake at a lower temp for a longer time if you want your bacon and other toppings to be more crispy.

Entire recipe is 6-7g net carbs :)

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Low carb dark chocolate coconut cookies!

66 calories and 2g net carbs each :)

Makes 20 cookies!

Ingredients:

1 ¼ cup almond flour
¼ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
¼ cup 85% dark chocolate ( chopped)
3 tablespoons coconut oil ( melted)
1 egg
Sweetener of your choice
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions:

Mix together almond flour, baking soda, shredded coconut, salt, chopped dark chocolate in a large mixing bowl. If you are using granulated sweetner, mix it in to this mix. If using drops, add it in the next step.

In a separate bowl, beat egg until uniform in color. Add in melted
Coconut oil, vanilla and whisk well.

Add liquid ingredients into almond meal
Mix and fold with a spatula until just combined. Cover and place in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roll 1 inch balls of dough and place on nonstick baking sheet about an ink apart.

Press down lightly to flatten a bit. Bake for 7-10 minutes or until edges are brown. Enjoy!

Zodiac Signs As Jelly Bean Flavors

Aries: Very Cherry, Top Banana, Cinnamon, Sizzling Cinnamon, and Pomegranate 

Taurus: Vanilla, Dark Chocolate, Caramel Apple, Green Apple, Cherry Cola, and Grape.

Gemini: Lemon Lime, Lemon, Tutti-Frutti, Lemon Drop, and Licorice.

Cancer: Buttered Popcorn, Caramel Corn, Chocolate Pudding, Cream Soda, and Toasted Marshmallow. 

Leo: Tangerine, Peach, Orange Sherbet, Pink Grapefruit, and Orange.

Virgo: Cantaloupe, Caramel Corn, and Café Latte.

Libra: Island Punch, Strawberry Daiquiri, Bubble Gum, Mint, Strawberry Jam, and Strawberry Cheesecake.

Scorpio: Wild Blackberry, Plum, Cappuccino, Berry Blue, Raspberry, and Blueberry. 

Sagittarius: Mango, Lemon, and Pina Colada.

Capricorn: Green Tea, Wild Blackberry, Root beer, Toffee, and Cream Soda. 

Aquarius: Coconut, Kiwi, Margarita, Cotton Candy, and Lime. 

Pisces: Watermelon, Crushed Pineapple, and Top Banana.