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May 31st, 2015

16 Ways To Use Coconut Oil

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16 Ways To Use Coconut Oil

Plain old vegetable oil is so 2000-and-late. Coconut oil is today’s choice for those in the know—and it’s more than a flash in the pan.

A lot of the buzz surrounding coconut oil comes from its medium-chain triglycerides (MCT). This type of fat is rapidly metabolized in the liver so it’s immediately available as an energy source; it’s also easier to burn off and harder to store as fat. Some MCT, like lauric acid, work to keep you healthy by eliminating disease causing microbes and lowering inflammation.

But coconut oil is good for more than cooking—it’s incredibly versatile. Whether you want whiter teeth or smoother skin, let coconut oil prove how well it can multitask.

Uses for Coconut Oil

1. As a butter substiture in baking

Whether you’re vegan, or just looking to cut out some cholesterol, coconut oil easily replaces butter in most baking recipes. Just substitute room-temperature coconut oil for butter at a 1:1 ratio (by weight).

2. On toast

Spread coconut oil on toast for a slightly sweet butter or jam alternative.

3. In bulletproof coffee

By now, you’ve probably heard of bulletproof coffee—the coffee, butter, and MCT oil concoction gaining popularity as an energy drink. If you don’t have butter or MCT oil on hand, coconut oil blended into coffee gives you the same sustained buzz.

4. In a supercharged smoothie

Add some oomph to your morning smoothie with coconut oil. Just a tablespoon or two will give you a boost of healthy fats.

5. To soothe a sore throat

You’ve probably heard the old hot-tea-and-honey remedy for a sore throat. But a spoonful of coconut oil in tea works just as well!

6. In freezer fudge

Whip up a batch of this vegan, raw, Paleo-friendly fudge in your freezer. Mix together 1 cup of nut butter, 1/4 cup coconut oil, and several tablespoons of cacao powder (depending on how chocolatey you like your fudge). Throw it into the freezer for 30 minutes, and enjoy!

7. In oil pulling

Oil pulling—an integral part of Ayurvedic medicine—whitens teeth, cleans the mouth, and banishes bad breath. To try it, swish liquid coconut oil around in your mouth for 15 to 20 minutes. Spit it out and rinse well when you’re done!

8. As a moisturizer

Coconut oil—or really any oil—makes a great natural lotion. Just rub a small amount on your skin to gently moisturizer your whole body.

9. As a leave-in conditioner

Banish split ends and condition an unruly head of hair by adding coconut oil into your haircare routine. Before showering, rub a small amount of coconut oil through your hair and leave it in for 10 minutes.

10. In DIY body scrub

If you’re into DIY beauty treatments, coconut oil is about to become your new best friend. Make a simple exfoliating body scrub by mixing 1/2 cup of coconut oil with 3/4 cup of brown sugar or sea salt. (If the scrub is too course, add a bit more oil to soften it.)

11. To stop bug bites from itching

The worst thing you can do to a bug bite is scratch it. Instead, slather on some coconut oil. The oil forms a protective layer to allow the bug bites or stings to heal, and even soothes away that annoying itch.

12. As a lip balm

Since coconut oil is so moisturizing, it makes a great natural lip balm. Your lips will feel super soft—and taste like the tropics.

13. In the bath

Skip the bubble bath in favor of some coconut oil and essential oils. Soothing coconut oil will slowly condition your skin, and the sweet scent of your favorite essential oil will help you relax.

14. As a makeup remover

Wiping your face and eyelids with coconut oil will gently remove your makeup and moisturize your skin.

15. To soothe diaper rash

This miracle oil will even do wonders for your little ones if they’re suffering for diaper rash. Just smooth a small amount onto the rash, and watch it clear up!

16. As a remedy for lice

The only thing worse than getting head lice may be the complicated process to get rid of them. This easy, natural treatment is much easier than the conventional, chemical-filled method. After rinsing hair with apple cider vinegar, comb it out. Then coat your scalp and hair with coconut oil, and leave it on for 12 to 24 hours.

This post originally appeared on ThriveMarket

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/16-unexpected-ways-to-use-coconut-oil.html#ixzz3biTzJj2Q

May 16th, 2015

It’s All In The Palm Of Your Hand – Press These Points For Wherever You Hurt

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It’s All In The Palm Of Your Hand – Press These Points For Wherever You Hurt

The Palm of Your Hand!

The palm of your hand has many aspects and can be used to help heal pain. I’m all for natural healing. I was at a healing fair a couple of weeks ago and had my palm analyzed. I was very interesting to see what one can do with the palm of your hand. I hope you get something out of these excercise. Here is the url I got this from. http://higherperspectives.com/palm-reflexology/?c=hcrb.

Your palm, your thumb and your fingernails can tell a lot about your heart, your digestion and reproductive system.

Palm readers claim they can read your future through the heart-line, while traditional Chinese medicine doctors say they can study your palm and learn about the state of your heart, healthwise.

The color (pink is healthy), appearance of blue veins and lunula (white crescent at the base of the fingernail) all are indicators of health in TCM.

Health problems can show up in your hands, palms and fingernails and if you read the warning signs, you can improve your constitution.

Some days you may feel like you’ve got the whole world in the palm of your hands. That might be a little lofty, but it can be said that you have yourself in the palm of your hands. Certain pressure points on your hands can help relieve pain in other parts of the body. Here’s what to do:

  • Press the thumb point on the appropriate area of your hand for 5 seconds.
  • Release the thumb for 3 seconds.
  • Press again.
  • Repeat for several minutes.
  • Repeat several times a day.

May 12th, 2015

Cucumbers, 13 Uses

Cucumbers, 13 Uses That Will Amaze You

I ran across this article on cucumbers and felt I should share it with my readers. Talk about a vegetable that is so good for you. There are so many benefits that I’m sure not everyone knows what cucumbers can do for you. Please enjoy this article I found.

Cucumbers Are An Excellent Source of Multiple B Vitamins

Cucumbers are an excellent source of multiple B vitamins, including vitamin B1, vitamin B5, and vitamin B7. They are also rich in potassium, manganese, magnesium, vitamin C and copper. Apart from the healthy benefits, cucumbers have a refreshing taste and can be easily added to sandwiches or salads. Here are all the things that you can do with cucumbers.

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1. Fresh and unpeeled cucumber is rich in potassium, vitamin C, vitamin K, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, pantothenic acid and vitamin A.
2. When you feel tired, you can use cucumbers as a substitute for caffeine because they are a natural source of B vitamins and carbohydrates.
3. If you don’t want your mirror fogging while you take a hot shower, you can rub a cucumber on the mirror before taking a bath.
4. Cucumbers can help you to get rid of garden pests. You just need to place cucumber slices in a pie tin in your garden. Cucumber chemicals will react together with the aluminum and the pests will go away.
5. Cucumbers can also help you fight cellulite. The procedure is very simple. You just need to rub the cucumber slices to the cellulite areas. Cucumber phytochemicals react together with the collagen and tighten the skin. This can help with wrinkles as well.
6. If you are prone to hangovers and headaches after a few drinks, you can just eat a cucumber before going to bed. The next morning you will wake up refreshed and energized. The electrolytes, vitamin B and sugar, contained in the cucumber, will maintain your body in balance.
7. Cucumbers can also suppress your appetite. They are healthy, rich in vitamins and minerals, and will keep you full for a longer time.
8. You can polish your shoes with a cucumber! Just rub a slice of cucumber on your shoes and they will be shiny thanks to the chemicals contained in the cucumber.
9. You can use cucumber as a lubricant as well. If you`re out of WD 40 , just cut a cucumber and rub it along the area that needs to be lubricated.
10. Cucumber can be used as a natural stress reliever. Cut the whole cucumber and put it in boiling water. It will release a relaxing aroma along with the steam, as in a spa.
11. Cucumber can help you get rid of the bad breath. It contains phytochemicals which can kill the bacteria in the mouth and which are responsible for the bad breath.
12. You can clean any stainless steel, sinks or faucets by rubbing cucumber slices on the surface. It also makes them shiny again.
13. Pen, crayon and marker stains can be erased by rubbing the outside of a cucumber to the problem area.

To read the original article go here: http://www.justhealthylifestyle.com/13-uses-for-cucumbers-that-will-amaze-you/

May 7th, 2015

Lemons and Their Benefits

16 Health Benefits Of Drinking Warm Lemon Water

Lemons and Their Benefits

I have chronic constipation. I was talking to a friend last week about this. She recommended that I drink hot lemon juice in the morning and take probiotics. I have decided to take her up on drinking the lemon juice and taking the probiotics. The product that I take is becoming too expensive for me and this will be more natural and healthy for my body. Here are some tips I ran across that might encourage you to do the same thing. Lemons are also good to help you lose weight.

Lemon water flushes out toxins and is extremely beneficial for the body.

Warm lemon water serves as the perfect ‘good morning drink’, as it aids the digestive system and makes the process of eliminating the waste products from the body easier. It prevents the problem of constipation and diarrhea, by ensuring smooth bowel functions.

Nutritional Value Of Lemons

A glass of lemon juice contains less than 25 calories. It is a rich source of nutrients like calcium, potassium, vitamin C and pectin fiber. It also has medicinal values and antibacterial properties. It also contains traces of iron and vitamin A.

Lemon, a fruit popular for its therapeutic properties, helps maintain your immune system and thus, protects you from the clutches of most types of infections. It also plays the role of a blood purifier. Lemon is a fabulous antiseptic and lime-water juice also works wonders for people having heart problems, owing to its high potassium content. So, make it a part of your daily routine to drink a glass of warm lemon water in the morning and enjoy its health benefits. Read on for more interesting information on the benefits lemon water.

Lemons are vitamin C rich citrus fruits that enhance your beauty, by rejuvenating skin from within bringing a glow to your face. One of the major health benefits of drinking lemon water is that it paves way for losing weight faster, thus acting as a great weight loss remedy.

 

Lemon water flushes out toxins and is extremely beneficial for the body.

Warm lemon water serves as the perfect ‘good morning drink’, as it aids the digestive system and makes the process of eliminating the waste products from the body easier. It prevents the problem of constipation and diarrhea, by ensuring smooth bowel functions.

16 Health Benefits Of Drinking Warm Lemon Water

  • Lemon is an excellent and rich source of vitamin C, an essential nutrient that protects the body against immune system deficiencies
  • Lemons contain pectin fiber which is very beneficial for colon health and also serves as a powerful antibacterial
  • It balances to maintain the pH levels in the body 
  • Having warm lemon juice early in the morning helps flush out toxins
  • It aids digestion and encourages the production of bile
  • It is also a great source citric acid, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium
  • It helps prevent the growth and multiplication of pathogenic bacteria that cause infections and diseases
  • It helps reducing pain and inflammation in joints and knees as it dissolves uric acid
  • It helps cure the common cold
  • The potassium content in lemon helps nourish brain and nerve cells
  • It strengthens the liver by providing energy to the liver enzymes when they are too dilute
  • It helps balance the calcium and oxygen levels in the liver In case of a heart burn, taking a glass of concentrated lemon juice can give relief
  • It is of immense benefit to the skin and it prevents the formation of wrinkles and acne

 

  • It helps maintain the health of the eyes and helps fight against eye problems
  • Aids in the production of digestive juices
  • Lemon juice helps replenish body salts especially after a strenuous workout session

 

Packed with all the goodness, make it a point to begin your day with a glass of warm lemon juice. It’s cleansing and healing effects will have positive effects on your health in the long run. However, it is very important to note that lemon juice when comes directly in contact with the teeth, can ruin the enamel on the teeth. Hence, it is advised to consume it diluted and also rinse your mouth thoroughly after drinking lemon juice.

Here is an awesome blog with more information on how great lemons are: Please go here: https://www.positivehealthwellness.com/diet-nutrition/benefits-lemon-water-morning-make/

You can also read this article on http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/cheers-to-drinking-warm-lemon-water

 

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