The Healthiest Coconut Oil – Miracle Substance

Coconut Oil — Miracle Substance / Healthiest Type of Coconut Oil

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Coconut oil is so good for us if it is the right type! In a Google Search of ‘coconut oil anti’ we find coconut has antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic and an antibiotic properties.

Coconut oil comes in many varieties and calibers. Differences range in texture, color, flavor, refined or unrefined, virgin or extra-virgin, cold-pressed or expeller-pressed?… I’ve already lost you, right? I’m boring myself too, but it gets better, I swear. ;P

I love this article from #foodrenegade giving ALL of the information on various coconut oils, leaving the decision up to the consumer, but when it comes to holistic nutrition, sometimes I’m like, “Just tell me, please! Don’t make me research, think, distinguish or decipher.”

Cheers to the passive learner in all of us! [Link] Little blog, by little blog, and one insightful Instagram post at a time, we create or morph our realities and ourselves. It’s incredible!

So, short and sweet:

Experts across holistic nutrition fields agree the most medically beneficial type of coconut oil is: drum roll please….

Organic, cold-pressed, unrefined coconut oil. Unrefined is said to be a synonym of ‘virgin’ and ‘extra-virgin’. This is the best option whether used for hair, skin, cooking, oil-pulling, raw consumption and everything in between.

I especially love organic, cold-pressed, unrefined coconut oil when it is in a reusable glass jar instead of plastic!

Here is easy access to buy online one of my favorites! I love reusing their glass jars. 🙂

 

Here is a link for buying organic coconut oil in bulk to save money.

Click here to learn how to Make Your Own Coconut Oil Toothpaste! [link]

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Matilda A. Juliette

Matilda began introspection and soul work several years ago. She fell in love with yoga during a miserable low point in life. Job sucked, relationship sucked, and when push came to shove she didn’t like herself all that much. She felt she was on the fast track towards a mundane life. Searching for something positive to be a part of, Matilda impulsively purchased six months unlimited at the yoga studio. There she found something she didn’t realize was lost… herself. Yoga— something so simple, yet so complex changed everything.

Matilda is a sultry storyteller. In addition to silly blogs, yummy healthy recipes and reviews, Matilda is the author of the hit novel Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe – Dating and Sexcapades of a Yogi. Follow her for more beautiful short stories, compilations of risky and seductive encounters paired with tasteful karma.

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Any statements or claims about the possible health benefits conferred by any foods or products have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. They are intended for us to question the information we are given and who gives it to us while listening to our bodies intuition to heal ourselves!

This Associate Disclaimer is lovingly borrowed from Food Renegade! Shout out to #FoodRenegade’s blog that I’ve been following for some time now! They have many great articles and information that I highly recommend! Check them out and follow them for awesome articles every week!

DolphinPhotoMatildaJuliette.net is a blog created in hopes of joining the conversation on nutrition, well-being, health, yoga, Satya, green living, low carbon footprints and everything in between. Where we put energy, is where energy grows and we manifest! This is my small offering to the world, desde el corazon. 😉 /|\ Thanks as always for sharing what resonates with you.

Check out my book Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe — Dating and Sexcapades of a Yogi!

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My ElephantJournal Articles! —2014 Links—

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I love love love elephant journal!

The elephant journal blog has blessed my life with information on health and happiness for several years now. Seriously, just like elephant journal on facebook, read some of the articles that interest you in the newsfeed and see what changes happen in life!

Joining elephant journal as a writer in 2014 has expanded my horizons infinitely! 🙂 I am so happy to be a part of the beautiful exchange of information that happens through blogging on elephant journal.

Below are the links to the articles in order of popularity with views and shares! Please read and let me know what you think!

Remember, if you like some of the articles you will probably get a kick out of my book, Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe — Dating and Sexcapades of a Yogi. It is a really fun and easy to read the fictitious romance novel about searching for love in a mindful way and trusting our own individual unique path.

Thank you all so much. As the new year rolls in, I feel super fulfilled by creating something that most people enjoy—my writings! And I truly couldn’t have this profound joy if there weren’t readers or an audience to write for. It is thanks to you readers that I am experiencing such a wonderful life! I am filled with gratitude!

bebeautifulselfElephantJournal Articles:

10 Signs We Picked The Right Human To Love — 137,086 Views

How I Retired At 25 and Never Looked Back — 109,050 Views

Follow Up to How I Retired At 25 — 8,068 Views

What I Saw During Blindfolded Yoga — 580 Views

Organic No-Baking “Cookie Dough” *Vegan Options* — 526 Views

Best Vegan Mushroom Soup Ever! — 1740 Views

Thank you.Thats 257,050 Views in 2014!

Thank you & muchos Namastes for 2015!

xo ~Matilda


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Matilda Juliette is a true lover of life. She finds deep happiness in sharing positivity and ideas with others. As an international yoga teacher and writer, her articles can be found at elephant journal and on her website.

Matilda is also the author of the hit novel Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe – Dating and Sexcapades of a Yogi.  Follow her on Facebook for more sweet stories, health blogs and yoga fun.

What To Get A ‘Non-Consumer’ For The Holidays.

R.R. Shakti made an amazing point in her December newsletter. Her words weaved together so beautifully and accurately I can’t even paraphrase it. Read this wonderful teacher’s words below and be sure to follow her for amazing insight on healing and life. Here’s what she said:

 

O.k. Picture this: 

It is your birthday/anniversary/favorite holiday and your mom/husband/best friend stands at your door with a GIGANTIC gift and a grinning face of joy-filled anticipation.
You say, “No way! I can’t possibly accept that; I’m not worthy.” And then: “Thanks, but no thanks—good-bye,” as you shut the door in his/her face…
Sad picture, right?
But isn’t that exactly like what we do to life, itself, whenever we close out opportunities to receive life’s infinitely abundant blessings? 
For many loving people, it is easy to freely give. receiving receiving 
But to freely RECEIVE…now, that takes practice!
And that is why I LOVE the holidays. 
The gift-giving season is an opportunity to fling the door wide open to every possible gift coming your way. And how you receive the small stuff will determine how you embrace the big, important, life-transforming stuff. 
So whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa‎, Jul, or the Winter Solstice, allow yourself to embody a beautifully balanced practice of giving and receiving.” 

xmasGift giving and receiving in my family has historically been an extremely fun experience. Our tradition has been to play Rock, Paper, Scissors to see what order we open all of our gifts. From childhood through university my parents have still given windup airplane kits, yo-yos, puzzles and remote control cars. Things we actually play with all morning, toys!.

Interestingly, as my brother and I are getting older we find ourselves not needing much and deeply appreciating everything our family has already done and continues to do for us. I live abroad and have to keep a light load, and my brother, an ophthalmologist, doesn’t have much free time to spend on material things. Because of that, our family rule last year was to only give one present and it’s got to be purchased at a thrift store.

It was by far the funniest holiday we’ve had!

As I mentioned in my article How I Retired at 25 and Never Looked Back, I like to think that I practice non-consumerism, which tends to result in a total life-clash during the holidays. Sometimes, it’s weird to receive and sometimes I still feel like I should give… for that reason, I’ve compiled a list of gifts for the holiday grey area and the in-between.

Know first and foremost just that you were thinking of us makes us shine! Sharing a meal together, spending time together, learning from each other and simply basking in each other’s awesomeness is such a gift. Continuing this community is already fulfilling more than we could ask for. Your friendship, support and shared energy already lifts us up so much. Thank you. These things are already enough, here are some ideas if you’d like to do more.

DIY Awesomeness (do it yourself)

Homemade stuff rocks! Some ideas are food, candles, jewelry, organic artisan soaps, Epsom salt and essential oil bath mix. There is nothing better than art or a poem from your kid(s). A letter or a handmade friendship bracelet means something so incredible! Receiving something new that we can hang up in our dwellings and think of you and your family would be perfect! Maybe a handmade scarf, oven mitts, dream catcher or try weaving a basket. I homemade clay bowl from my bestie in high school is still one of my most cherished gifts. Years ago I tried cross-stitching an ornament for my brother of the three Wiseman. The instructions made one guy’s sheep herding stick crooked, so I straightened it. Straightening the stick later made it so the same guy’s hand was no longer holding his cane. His empty hand literally turned out looking like the Wiseman was flipping the bird to everyone. With the dynamic my brother and I have, that made the gift even more perfect. I added antlers to the sheep to complete the masterpiece and he LOVES it!

Sometimes with the energy of consumerism flowing more than normal, and cross-stitch errors resulting in unintentional religious profanity, I feel like giving more. Giving something. Shopping for a self-proclaimed non-consumer can be tricky! Even more so if a non-consumer is shopping for another non-consumer. When searching online for gifts for yogis it is still really materialistic. Chances are they already have a yoga mat, plenty of leggings and workout DVDs. Here is a list of unique gift ideas, multipurpose and interactive are key. Hope it helps and post your ideas below!

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This awesome ancient tool is a kitchen must have. Jamie Oliver says it’s the most important kitchen gadget. A Mortar and Pestle is a bowl with a handheld tool for crushing. Earliest accounts date back to 35,000 BC. That’s right, the Paleolithic Era! Many home chefs believe it performs better than a food processor and exposes better flavor. For tea lovers and DIY herbs: Crush cinnamon, cloves, peppercorn, cumin, ginger or sage. Meddle mint for Moscow Mules. Make salsas, guacamole, dressings, marinades and pesto. Use for garlic, onion, oregano or basil. The possibilities are endless.

Tibetan Singing Bowl

All peace seekers will enjoy practicing this beautiful instrument. Similar to how some make crystal glasses sing with their moist finger, the bowl vibrates to produce sound when it’s wooden ringing stick circles the rim. Tibetan Singing Bowls are used worldwide for music meditation and relaxation.

Mala Beads & Incense

Mala Beads usually contain 108 beads including a Guru bead. They are used in meditation with mantra to keep track of counting so one can focus on the meaning or the sound of the mantra. They are made of many different natural materials from seeds to wooden beads, and stones.

bystumblingBook and a Journal

Journaling is a great therapy and practice to experience life profoundly. There are many great recommended reading lists for yogis to choose from. An empty journal is like a blank canvas, ready to be filled with creative expression!

Essential Oils

Essential Oils are especially wonderful if your non-consumer friend is into self-healing. Often these oils are used in Aromatherapy or Body Work (new age term for massage), but there are slews of health benefits to experience. The gift receiver should consult a doctor especially if pregnant. Proper research is necessary for correct use to benefit the respiratory system, treat stomach bugs including food born illnesses, serve as pain management tools, and act as digestive stimulants. Also, varieties of essential oils are very comforting during a cough or cold, headache and sleep. Some are antibacterial, antiviral and great for making your own toothpaste or putting on your dog so it won’t get flees or ticks!

Yoga Gift Certificate

Great fallback or addition to the gift giving options above. Your favorite yogi will be thrilled with the gift of practice time.

Happy holidays to all! We are so thoroughly grateful for you, your kind hearts, and wonderful friendships.

Que todos los seres de todos los mundos tengan paz y felicidad.

Love and Light!


LunaVashtiToeGrabMatilda Juliette is a true lover of life. She finds deep happiness in sharing positivity and ideas with others. As an international yoga teacher and writer, her articles can be found at elephant journal and matildajuliette.netMatilda is also the author of the hit novel Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe – Dating and Sexcapades of a Yogi. You should totally check it out. 😉 Follow her for more beautiful short stories, compilations of risky and seductive encounters, oh yeah… and health advice/yoga info/nutrition!

Author Photo Credit Luna Vandoorne.

OM Fest – Connecting with Ancient Spirituality

Fernando Molina of Ananda Yoga made an amazing observation in his enlightening lecture on “The New Yoga” during OM Fest in the Mayan Riviera. He pointed out that yoga festivals are where union is even more apparent because the variety of different styles of yoga come together creating a community of peace, healing and light!

OmFest3This is exactly the experience OM Fest delivered! From the most spiritual kundalini session I’ve experienced to waving our hands in the air and clapping during a vinyasa flow with MC YOGI, we truly saw many yogic methods from the hearts of mindful leaders united together as a community of love!

Similar to other yoga festivals I’ve been to, my spirit is on fire in the afterglow of OM Fest. Bliss shines through me, my smile is ear to ear, and I feel great about myself, my job, my relationships, and I have hope for the rest of the world’s crises, too!

OM Fest is the first international festival I’ve attended and the first festival I’ve taught at. Several very special elements made OM Fest unique.

map1The ancient civilization of the Yucatan are the Mayan people who created one of the most developed and sophisticated cultures in the Western Hemisphere pre-Christopher Columbus’s ‘discovery’. The Mayans were very spiritual beings worshiping primarily gods of nature. Their sun god, Kinich Ahau, their rain god, Chaac, and their earth god Ah Uuc Ticab.

What does this have to do with OM Fest? Our gathering took place at historically one of the most spiritual ancient regions in the world, and that divine energy was prevalent. For thousands of years the people of this area have been connected. Connected to nature, connected to time and space, and connected with themselves. They predicted eclipses and built majestic temples aligned with longitude and latitude lines that cast shadows of snakes only during the equinox. The Mayan ancestors were in touch with everything.

MC Yogi and I :D

MC Yogi and I 😀

Amazing teachers, spiritual healers, and peace givers came together with beautiful worldly intentions. Best part is OM Fest is a place where intimate connections flourish! Who doesn’t want a chance to get one on one time with amazing teachers?

Claudine Lecorre took us on a path through a striking visualization before teaching a Kundalini class on strengthening the nervous system. Someway, somehow in working Kundalini up the spine through breath we encountered Zen. Victor Varana taught Kalam-Balam— The Path of the Snake and the Jaguar tying the ancient knowledge both to the practice in our minds as well as for our bodies. Combining methods from two of his passions, yoga and Aikido, he moved us through honestly the most unique sequence I’ve probably ever experienced. Olga Lingard shared her sweet spirit and knowledge of Anusara in an astonishing workshop where hard energetic work pays off with deep relaxation.

Omfest2We practiced balance in Michael Gannon’s Ashtanga workshop, we practiced trusting each other in Marina Barberena and Eliu Flores’s Acro Yoga class, and we practiced connecting to nature in SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) Yoga with Kat Carroll and Itzel Olvera.

Paul King gave an enchanting Iyengar practice that freed my muscles and my spirit. Ayurvedic conferences taught us how we can heal our selves by living well. We gazed inwards with Antonela Roselli as she dug deep within Pratyhara, one part of the eight limbs of yoga that doesn’t get very much attention in North America. We opened hips and hearts. We played like children during laughter yoga, and we slept like babies after sound therapy by Shaman Ahau.

OmFest1Until living in the Mayan Riveria, I hadn’t given much thought to our ancestors or ancient spirituality. Another aspect I hadn’t given much thought to is the effect that music has on our bodies. Since we are such a huge percent water, vibrations have a subconscious effect on us. From beautiful ringing Tibetan singing bowls to the sweet lullabies from Paloma Devi, from Ale Sai of the musical team Moksha chanting ‘Om Namaha Shivaya’ to MC YOGI’s mantras—it was all there! Dancing barefoot in all areas is accepted, encouraged and inevitable. Inda and Yani’s angelic voices chanting mantra sent healing energy through the roof! Smiles twirled as hips swayed. Culturally, these people know how to have a great time. #IMoveLikeAGringa

Another great aspect accompanying the sacred tones was the captivating art! Amanda Giacomini, a remarkable artist was gracious enough to share a copy of three paintings of Shiva, Hanuman and Lakshmi with everyone. Mandalas of all sorts of colors and sizes were displayed. Siri Nath Kaur even taught a Kundalini class on Awakening our Creative Power. Positivity and love flowed freely. I still feel the energy of everyone giving and receiving!

International yoga with international students and international teachers brings international ideas. This kind of variety just doesn’t exist in the festivals I’ve participated in before. (Which is fine, they are aimed at different demographics, I loved those festivals too, and all yoga is good yoga!) OM Fest was refreshing, inviting, welcoming, healing and uplifting all at once! What an event!

All of the traits of OM Fest have made a lasting impression on my heart, and it’s already reflected so brightly in my life and my relationships! I feel it’s added a sense of being well-rounded to my yoga practice. I have found meditation easier to come by and more enjoyable to stay in. I couldn’t be more thrilled with this weekend and hope everyone gets the opportunity to attend such an event! Like OM Fest on FB to receive OM Fest 2015 information as it becomes available. And if you are looking for a spiritual escape close to home, please consider the Mayan Riveria for one of your next adventures. It’s sure to please!


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Matilda frickin’ loves sharing the positive things she stumbles across in life! In addition to silly blogsyummy organic recipes and reviews, Matilda writes for elephant journal and is the author of the hit novel Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe – Dating and Sexcapades of a Yogi. Check it out and follow me around ;). 

DIY Organic Toothpaste (Fluoride = Icky Eeww Gross!)

stretchOne of my favorite parts of being a yoga teacher is that many people ask me for advice on all sorts of issues. (Some other professionals in other areas like doctors or physiotherapists dislike being asked for free advice. I LOVE IT!) Clients, friends and family tend to all ask the same root question in their search for peace, health and happiness.

“What steps can I take to be good to myself?” they ask phrased in a plethora of ways.

It’s that simple. Being good to ourselves results in happiness and health.

‘Good to ourselves’ doesn’t mean treating ourselves to shopping or bags of chips. In this sense it means actually giving your body the nutrients you know it needs regardless of money, actually giving your body the time it needs for rest and exercise, regardless of money, and to give your spirit the opportunities to let go of everything— especially the attachment to money. (Uggg… Something I’m working on!)

The information is already inside of each of us but we have fallen out of practice with listening to our selves. You know what you need! Maybe its different from want, or maybe what you need is the same as what you want. Have you asked through your own words what steps you can take to be good to yourself? Start listening to you. You deserve it and you can allow yourself to feel well by treating yourself well.

When we are good to ourselves, we feel better, we are happier and we treat others better.

A step I guarantee will make you feel better and be happier is ensuring you don’t consume or absorb fluoride. Check out this video 10 Truths About Fluoride. It’s a must see!

Whew. That video is crazy, right?! Here is an article I like on how to remove fluoride from your water. Teaser: Brita and Pur filters don’t cut it.

Just altering two tiny parts of the morning routine will change your life! It’s quick, easy, you’ll save money, create less waste, and feel better! Eliminating fluoride from your prana will not only benefit your dental health, but the health of your whole system increases. The difference is notable!

DIY Toothpaste Recipe

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No more boxes, no more tubes, no more flavors, colors, sweeteners, chemicals and no more fluoride! 😀

What you need:

-Small glass container or jar (Abundantly found at thrift stores!)

-Organic virgin coconut oil (Most detailed article on coconut oil types. Great table in the conclusion.)

-Baking Soda

-Tea Tree, Eucalyptus or Peppermint Essential Oil

Directions:

Put roughly equal parts coconut oil and baking soda together in your cute glass jar. I like to put the oil in first because the baking soda gets stuck in the corners.

Add 15-25 drops of the essential oil of your choice depending on the size of your jar and your personal taste preferences.

Shake or stir depending on your oil’s consistency. I live abroad at the moment. Packages come in Spanish and the coconut oil never gets solid, but I love my drippy DIY toothpaste just the same. If you are in colder climates, oil may be opaque and thicker but it still mixes with baking soda easily.

Creating your own toothpaste produces less garbage, costs less money, and the fluoride stays far away! Using fluoride free floss is also important. The second unnecessary fluoride morning routine is swishing with mouthwash.

For a mouthwash alternative, check out the incredible benefits of oil pulling!

What’s your favorite DIY toothpaste flavor? Catch a typo? Comments below! 🙂


Matilda began introspection and soul work several years ago. She fell in love with yoga during a miserable low point inMatilda life. Job sucked, relationship sucked, and when push came to shove she didn’t like herself all that much. She felt she was on the fast track towards a mundane life. Searching for something positive to be a part of, Matilda impulsively purchased six months unlimited at the yoga studio. There she found something she didn’t realize was lost… herself. Yoga- something so simple, yet so complex changed everything.

Matilda is a sultry storyteller. In addition to silly blogs, yummy healthy recipes and reviews, Matilda is the author of the hit novel Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe – Dating and Sexcapades of a Yogi. Follow her for more beautiful short stories, compilations of risky and seductive encounters paired with tasteful karma.