Just last night, Cece and I went with my aunt to Rita's Water Ice. They do not serve coconut oil at Rita's. That's not where I was going with this. While I did not notice biting bugs or mosquitoes, Cece was saying that the backs of her legs tickled and she needed to scratch them. I asked her to come over so I could take a look and she had what looked like huge welts all over the backs of her legs. I worried that it was poison ivy. It was not. I asked her not to scratch which took all the will power she had. When we got home, Jeff checked her and confirmed they looked like bug bites. I was kicking myself for not having already concocted some bug spray. What better day to make bug spray than the day AFTER you need it? But I immediately thought of coconut oil. It was hard to ignore that thought what with the 40 pound vat that had arrived just that afternoon. I smoothed some all over the backs of her legs. When she woke up this morning, the welts had gone down. The bites looked more like normal sized bug bites and she reported no more itching.
The reason I am sharing all this is because coconut oil makes up the base of both of our deodorant recipes. And some people wonder why. Well, if you read the link above with 160 uses, you will note that the first thing mentioned about coconut oil is that it is anti-bacterial. So, you sweat and you sniff, and think my sweat stinks. Right? Wrong! Your sweat doesn't stink, but the bacteria under your arm does, and it breaks down when mixed with the sweat produced by the glands in your armpits. But, what do you think takes care of that bacteria? You guessed it!! Coconut oil.
And now, I leave you with...oil pulling.