On my quest to live healthier (cancer does that to you) I have stopped (to the best of my ability) using any lotions that aren't natural. This is not an easy thing to do (on a limited budget) Aunt Pat somehow ran across Coconut Oil and bought a huge jar for herself... she doesn't cook... so it's purely a cosmetic purchase. She immediately thought of me - she's like that and told me all about how great and natural and organic it was. AND of course shared some of her escapades in using it. SHE should have her own blog! Then she bought me a jar from Costco and mailed it to me. YEP she's GREAT like that. PLUS I know she wanted me to have my own fun with it. LOL
So this morning I decided to try it. I am normally at church on a Sunday morning but as Round 5 of my TCH CHEMO treatment is not quite worn off yet I stayed home. (why do I always capitalize CHEMO?) The first thing I did was take some of the coconut oil out of the huge jar and put it in a smaller glass one - for TWO reasons - first the thought of dipping my hand in and out of that jar and rubbing it on my body over and over grossed me out... thinking long term here.. the jar is HUGE,this is gonna last a long time and second, I actually MIGHT want to cook with it. I do cook. Well.. I DID cook before I lost all sense of taste and desire to enjoy any food. (which shall pass) and NO I haven't lost any weight. Not fair... seriously.... NOT.
The coconut oil looks like CRISCO - the white solid stuff so I was a little surprised when as soon as I got it in my hand it turned to liquid... DUH - the label does say it will liquify at 75 degrees.... and my shower and body were clearly over 75 degrees.
Immediately I was transformed BACK TO CHILDHOOD - obviously my Grandma - who raised me - used alot of coconut in her cooking... I do seem to remember some coconut macaroons..... but she must have used it for other things to for it to take me immediately back there!
Once I got done I kinda felt like a greased cookie sheet! And now I am smelling like Coconut macaroons. NO I am not gonna make any, I can't taste them... so I'll enjoy the smell. Before I tried this I Googled it and read you could lick your fingers when you were done it's that healthy for you. I didn't. Once I accidentally got some other lotion in my mouth and it burned for a long time...
Before Breast Cancer was part of my history I was curious about natural things. I know God put everything we need to live healthily on this earth and we've just lost sight of that or destroyed it or are too stubborn to admit it. Sometimes I'd add a new thing to my routine or read about it and think, yeah that sounds right - but the current of living in this time is pretty strong and it's moving fast so those thoughts would mostly get swept away. Occasionally a few would take hold - like breaking my Pepsi addiction but usually not for long. Now, I hope I can swim upstream a bit more and make healthier choices for me and hopefully give others a little motivation to do the same!
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