The Benefits of Oil Pulling

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According to Wikipedia, Oil Pulling or oil swishing is a folk remedy where oil  is “swished” or “held” in the mouth. Oil pulling is an old age Ayurvedic practice (Hindu traditional medicine) which originated in India and has now gone mainstream and is used to minimize bacteria growth.

When I was first introduced to Oil Pulling I was given a list of oral benefits, but after carefully researching this technique, I now know that this method has even greater healing properties than I was first told.

Benefits of Oil Pulling:

  • Brighter and whiter teeth
  • Healthier gums
  • Better breath
  • Clearer skin (can eliminate skin conditions such as eczema or acne)
  • Increased energy
  • Clearer sinuses and alleviated allergies
  • Migraine relief
  • Better sleep
  • Regulated menstrual cycles
  • Improved PMS symptoms
How does Oil Pulling work?
1. First thing in the morning on an empty stomach and before drinking any liquids (including water), pour a tablespoon of oil into your mouth. Most popular are sesame or coconut, but research indicates that there are also multiple benefits in using sunflower, olive, or safflower oil.

2. Swish the oil in a relaxed mode around your mouth without swallowing for 20min. Do not tilt your head back. Use your tongue to help move the liquid around.

3. At the end of 20min spit the liquid in the bathroom trash and rinse a couple of times with warm water.

4. Follow up with brushing, using your toothpaste of choice and go about your day as usual.

How Often should I do oil pulling?
Some research recommended daily while others recommended 3-5 days per week.
Why 20 Minutes?

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Step Away from the Antiperspirants

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You’re out of the house for the day, at work, running errands, or just enjoying the beautiful creation that God has made. Half way through the day you remember you’ve forgotten something……deodorant! Immediately panic kicks in and that tell-tell tingling sensation under the arms and perspiration begins.

It’s amazing that until that point you were fine however, the moment your omission is recognized, your body struggles to maintain composure.

BUT DON’T PANIC, SWEAT IS NECESSARY!

Sweat is just the body’s way of regulating its temperature. Thankfully, sweat itself is odorless, it’s the bacteria under the arm and in other places where hair is present that causes the body odor.

Armed with this knowledge maybe you’ll think twice before picking up a bottle of antiperspirant deodorant.

What? No antiperspirant deodorant?

I know, it sounds crazy but guess what? Dr. Celeste hasn’t used deodorant since July 12 and is reporting an odor-free experience! She did this because she felt God calling her away from antiperspirants.

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Ch-Ch-Ch Chia – The Miracle Seed

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Remember Chia Pets and that famous little opening Ch-Ch-Ch Chia?

Well the Chia Pet was created from the amazing chia seed. At first glance these little seeds may not look like much, but take a closer look and you’ll see that there’s more to them then meets the eye.

Chia Seeds originated from the Aztec and Mayan Civilization, and means Strength. And boy are they powerful!

In an article written on We Women Health and Fitness the author listed several facts about this seed.

As it relates to our FOOD. They contain…
  • 5 times the amount of calcium that milk has.
  • 3 times the amount of antioxidants that blueberries have.
  • 3 times the amount of iron in spinach.
  • 2 times the amount of fiber in oatmeal.
  • 2 times the amount of protein of any other bean, seed or grain.
  • 2 times the amount of potassium in a banana.

They also contain more Omega3 then salmon gram for gram.

As it relates to our BODIES. The Chia Seed:

  • Support hydration
  • Protect us from the damaging effects of the environment
  • Is a natural energy booster
  • Helps build muscle
  • Helps with joint pain relief
  • Is cleansing

As it relates to our SKIN and HAIR:

The gel from the chia seed can be used to hydrate our strands as well as aid in giving our hair a healthy glow. Chia gel plus lemon juice can infuse your hair with moisture and protect your locks from dry air.
 
DIY from WikiHow:
  • Add 1/3 cup chia seeds to a resealable container and pour in 2 cups of water. Whisk well and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Whisk the mixture again and let it sit in the refrigerator for 15 minutes or until it turns into a gel.
  • Mix 3 Tbsp of lemon juice into the gel.
  • Apply the concoction to your hair and let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing it off.
Chia seed can also be used to exfoliate the skin when combined with coconut oil and lemon juice.
  • Mix 1/2 cup coconut oil and 1 Tbsp lemon juice with 2 Tbsp chia seeds.
  • Gently wet your face with warm water and apply the chia exfoliating scrub to your skin. Let it set for 2 minutes, during which it should begin to form a gel.
  • Remove the chia scrub with a wet washcloth and rinse your face with cool water when finished.
You can also:
  • Prepare a hydrating mask for your skin
  • Use chia oil in an eye cream
  • Treat facial redness and scars
Get these and more DIY’s on Wikihow.
Tip: I like to add chia seeds to my water. I combine 2Tbsp of seeds to 1 Cup of water and let it steep for 20 minutes. It’s good for extra energy especially before starting any exercise routine. That’s why Chia Seed is known as a super-food for athletes.
After looking at all the benefits of this marvelous seed, is there any doubt that this little seed would be a great addition to your daily routine? It literally works from the inside out and can be a natural and healthy substitute for products that may have unhealthy additives in them.

Here’s to your health!

Stephanie

Certified Natural Health Professional

**Disclaimer: Please pray and ask God for direction and always consult a doctor before starting any new regimen. **

 

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Any and Every Thing

“The way you do anything is the way you do everything,” was a phrase I heard this weekend at a training event.

I had to let that sink in.

“The way you do anything is the way you do everything.”

I have this habit of doing “good enough.” Not all the time, but usually around mundane, unrewarding tasks.

If I’m washing the dishes, I’ll wash everything but one pan thinking it’s better than it was.

If I’m walking in the neighborhood, I’ll cut the walk short thinking at least I walked.

If I’m feeding a healthy meal to my family, I’ll include one unhealthy item thinking at least we eat better than most people.

Even as I type I’m realizing how this habit shows up everywhere: marriage, parenting, ministry…I’m really into this good enough thing.

But is God calling me to good enough or best?

Well the Word tells us in Ecclesiaties 9:10, Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.

How might my marriage, ministry, parenting, etc. exceed expectation if I completed the “mundane” tasks associated with each with all my might?!

So this week I vow to do better. Not “good enough” better but “all my might” better.

How does the phrase “the way you do anything is the way your do everything” speak to you? Please comment below.

With God all things are possible,
Dr. Celeste

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Oh the Things You Can Do with Honey!

honeyHoney is not only delicious on toast and in teas, but also great for the skin.

In an article written by Jessica Padykula she listed these benefits of honey on the skin:

  • Acne: Honey is naturally antibacterial, which makes it great for acne treatment and prevention.
  • Aging: Honey is full of antioxidants, it is great for slowing down the aging process.
  • Complexion boost: Honey is extremely moisturizing and soothing, so it helps create a glow.
  • Pores: Honey is clarifying because it opens up pores making them easy to unclog.

WAYS TO USE HONEY

Honey as a daily face cleanser.

All you need is a quarter size amount of raw honey* (available at your local grocer). Simply massage it in an upward circular motion and then rinse off with warm or lukewarm water. You will notice immediately that your skin is baby soft and has a natural glow.

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New Blog Feature: Surrender Your Diet Health and Beauty Edition!

Hi I’m Stephanie Davis, Executive Administrative Assistant for Dr. Celeste Owens Ministries and Certified Natural Health Professional.

Starting tomorrow, July 9,  I’ll be writing a blog entitled Surrender Your Diet: Health and Beauty Edition

Each week I will highlight a new product. I’ll let you know if you should surrender it or not and why. Then, when necessary, offer a healthy alternative so you can get the same effect without all the harmful chemicals and additives.

It’s not only imperative that we be mindful of what we put IN the body, but also what we put ON the body.

Agreed?

Well let’s get healthy together.

Here’s to your health!
Stephanie

CLICK HERE to join the Surrender Your Diet Community on Facebook.

 

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Swimsuits for India — A Six Month Prayer Challenge

Last year, around this time, I heard a profound message on the importance of praying for others. The preacher told the story of “Bob” a new convert, who decided to pray for Kenya after being challenged by a friend to do so.

After some time Bob was having dinner with some associates and there “just so happened” to be a woman there who was the director of the biggest orphanage in…you guessed it…KENYA!

Bob sparked up a conversation and was invited to visit her country. He witnessed the great needs of orphanage and was moved. After a series of letters, he convinced medical suppliers to send millions of dollars of supplies to the orphanage. The leaders in the country were so impressed Bob was invited back for a celebration. As Bob toured the country, which included a visit to the prison, Bob commented that he thought the officials should free the political prisoners. Months later he received a call from the US government thanking him for playing a huge role in the freeing of the prisoners (something they had been trying to do for years)!

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As One Fast Ends, Another Begins

This Sunday marks the end of 40 days of surrender and the beginning of the 21 days of financial responsibility ‪#‎61Days‬.

Let’s celebrate this milestone together at Potomac Adventist Bookstore where I’ll present on the topic “You are Released.” Ooh wee, the Lord has placed a word in my spirit that I think will bless your socks off. This is your time–you are released, BUT there are some conditions to the MANIFESTATION of your release…let’s talk about it.

Register for this life-changing event on Facebook or just simply show up. I look forward to our time of fellowship.

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P.S. Michelle Singletary’s book is at this bookstore too if you still need to get your copy. We start The 21 Day Financial Fast Monday, July 7!

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61 Days of Fasting — Week 4 — You Yet Holding on?

Hello Surrender Fasters,

When I was a teenager I loved to listen to a recording of Carlton Pearson telling the story of his encounters with a little ole church mother named Mother Sherman. He stated that in between Sundays she would ask, “You yet holding on?” as if he would backslide between Sundays!

Well considering we’ve just entered the most challenging time of the fast, I need to play Mother Sherman and ask, “You yet holding on?”

I pray the answer is YES.

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61 Days of Fasting – Ending Week 2

As we close our 2nd week of fasting let’s reflect on what God has done. Has He shown up for you in a major way? Are you more aware of more Him throughout the day? What aha moments have you experienced?

For me, the number 7 (completion) keeps appearing. I spoke at a retreat last weekend and the hotel room assigned to me was on the 7th floor. Today as I am listening to the Daily Audio Bible, Brian read how it took Solomon 7 years to build the temple. Then he goes on to read from Acts 7 and Psalm 127!!! Wow, God!

So how is He showing up in your life?

Facebook Interchange:

Tabatha: Good Morning Celeste Chisholm Owens and everyone doing the fast. The Lord dropped the word Preparation in my spirit and lead me to read Genesis 41:14. “Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him quickly out of the dungeon; and he shaved, changed his clothing, and came to Pharaoh”. In my study bible is said that Joseph was prepared not because he knew this was going to happen but because of his knowledge of God. Having a intimate relationship with God and spending time with him daily keeps us prepared for everything that happens in our lives.

Gwen: I always want to comment about how I am doing on the fast but seems like nothing new is happening.

Tabatha: Gwendolyn Goggins-Jackson something new is always happening. Little things are changing everyday. God is showing us new things everyday regardless of how small. Chase after God like you chase after God like you never have before. Rise early and seek him. God is going to do a new thing. Expect it. Ask Celeste Chisholm Owens Won’t he do it!! I hear Celeste Chisholm Owens voice sometimes when I’m not sure saying “Wont he do it” Her life is an example of Yes he will.

Celeste: Yes Tabathabeautifulme Burley He will do it! Gwendolyn Goggins-Jackson right from the start God declared “Let Me Do a New Thing.” Today I want you to pray to the Lord and let tell Him know that you are ready to receive the HIS NEW THING. Perhaps He’s just waiting for an invitation…Then let us know how this works out. We can’t wait to hear the praise report!!!

Gwen: Thought I had deleted my comment because it wasn’t finished. Still trying to find my purpose before my time is up, then I read about all the celebrities whose careers took off. over the age of sixty which gave me hope that I am still here for His purpose. The best is yet to come!!! Listening to His voice!!! Thank you Tabathabeautifulme Burley.

Debra: God released in my spirit the name of another book and confirmed through an Elder something that only God and I had talked about. God knows the desires of our hearts and will confirm them to let us know that He has heard what we have prayed in our heart to let us know that He has heard our desires. What an experience to know that we have a God who loves us enough to answer us personally and to let us know He hears us. Having that personal, consistent, intimate time with Him is the key to hearing God’s voice.

Shauntia: Commitment is what has resonated in my spirit the past few days. This weekend I came so close to giving into the very thing I surrendered but then I felt so convicted in my heart. At that the moment the scripture Mark 25:21 came into my mind “thou has been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many”. Once I spoke those words it was as if a sense of peace and strength came over me. Not sure what it all means for me now and why that particular scripture; but I’m wise enough to not lean on my own understanding, so I’m just trusting God.

 

 

 

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