A most important word as you move further along that road of life. Our bodies need plenty of oil and grease and fat to keep functioning. You might notice some dry skin on your hands and reach for the squirt bottle of Nivea and feel pretty good about yourself. Well, let’s think about all those generations of people that preceded our mass producing plastic laden corporately dictated greedy society (email me if you want to know what I really think J): there were no Nivea squirt bottles, and yet, they managed to get along fine. They used things like milk, olive oil, honey, shea butter, coconut oil, lanolin and even lard. In other words, some of the things you probably have in your pantry right now.
Then why do we have lotion? Profit. Corporate logic: If we can make millions selling people water which has been chemically mixed with a miniscule amount of moisturizer – call it ‘non-greasy’ and ‘fast –absorbing’ then maybe the public will think it’s something great and buy it! Well, we did buy it and they do make millions. Congratulations to Johnson&Johnson, Unilever, Pfizer etc. for outwitting the gullible public. You’ve had your day.
Grease is supposed to be greasy and it only takes a few minutes to absorb anyway, so I recommend the original form ( almond oil, sesame oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, even olive oil, in fact any organic oil will do) and if you need it to smell nice then add some essential oil. There are many benefits to this:
- Saves you money
- Saves plastic packaging
- Increases lubrication to the joints (so dry skin is usually an indicator of things drying up on the inside, especially joints and ligaments)
- Reduces the questionable chemical onslaught to our bodies that wreak havoc in our endocrine system
Here’s a quick recipe that I use for almost every dry skin emergency that can possibly arise ever:
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup shea butter,
- 10-20 drops peppermint essential oil,
- 3-4 tablespoons raw organic honey
Blend in a blender and store in a jar (yes, if it gets warm it melts – but then it when it get cold it firms up again)
And of course it’s always OKAY to schmear some of that Extra Virgin Olive Oil onto your hands and face just before dipping your focaccia 🙂 Because remember…it is essential to eat grease too…as long as they are not the refined pale versions of their authentic origins.
We need fat for normal brain functions, we need fat for our joints to stay supple and working, we need fat to metabolize fat (without fat we make no bile, without bile we cannot metabolize fat), we need fat for our hair and nails to stay strong and flexible, we need fat to metabolize several fat soluble vitamins and minerals, and we need fat to keep our largest organ (the skin again) supple and wrinkle free, and best of all, we need fat to stay slim! You heard me, you need fat to stay slim! Healthy fats are easy to get in nuts and seeds, avocados, coconut oil, olive oil, mustard oil, cocoa butter, you can even eat shea butter (grade A only) if you don’t mind the taste. And if you aren’t vegan or vegetarian, you can always get healthy fats from pastured organic dairy such as whole milk, yogurt, cheese, butter or ghee. And no…whole milk is not bad for you, its actually better for you than lowfat or skim.
So cheers to good fat…Stay Soft! Stay Well!