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I’m OBSESSED with Coconut Oil

12 Feb

5285ef7ac994779e8103a229eb258d92Okay, I have been a fan of coconut oil for a few years now.  I was just using it on my face, neck and chest at night to avoid wrinkles and for a cheap make up remover, but lately I have learned so many other amazing reasons to use it!

For example, I always use olive oil when I am cooking my veggies.  Then I learned that you should not heat up olive oil because if you heat the oil too high, the beneficial compounds in oil start to degrade, and potentially health-harming compounds form..  When you need to heat up oil, you need to use coconut oil.  I have been using this instead of using a non-stick spray as well.  I also have used it for my acid reflux.

Here are 101 uses for Coconut oil from SkinnyMs.com:

Health Benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil:

  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Improves thyroid function
  • Aids with digestion
  • Stabilizes blood sugar
  • Suppresses the appetite
  • Treats Irritable Bowl Syndrome
  • Improves immune function
  • Relieves stress
  • Increases metabolism
  • Works as a natural energy boost
  • Moisturizes dry or chapped nostrils
  • Soothes achy muscles
  • Prevents dandruff- when used as a shampoo
  • Treats eczema or psoriasis- by ingesting and using topically
  • Treats ringworm
  • Soothes sore throats- when gargled with
  • Cures yeast infections- both internal and external
  • Promotes weight loss
  • Treats cold sores
  • Treats pink eye
  • Prevents hangnails- when rubbed into the cuticle
  • Treats small cuts and scrapes
  • Treats minor skin irritations
  • Treats bee stings or insect bites
  • Treats hemorrhoids
  • Prevents and cures urinary tract infections
  • Clears up acne
  • Assists with menopausal dryness
  • Eliminates congestion
  • Prevents gingivitis
  • Treats rosacea
  • Removes warts
  • Soothes dry/itchy eyes
  • Treats jock itch
  • Eliminates head lice
  • Eliminates nausea- when rubbed on the inside of the wrist
  • Relieves sunburn pain
  • Works as a natural lubricant- not to be used with latex
  • Treats athlete’s foot
  • Prevents swimmer’s ear
  • Eliminates bad breath
  • Treats hives

Benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil to New or Expectant Mothers:

  • Helps to prevent gestational diabetes
  • Assists in removing newborn meconium
  • Soothes diaper rash
  • Increases milk production
  • Soothes chapped or cracked nipples due to nursing
  • Soothes pain due to teething
  • Cures Cradle Cap

Beauty and Hygiene Benefits

  • Eliminates stretch marks
  • Smooths wrinkles
  • Works as a facial scrub- when mixed with baking soda
  • Conditions lips as an ingredient in natural lip balm
  • Works as a deep conditioner for hair
  • Prevents natural body odor when rubbed under the arms
  • Cleanses skin as a natural soap
  • Removes makeup
  • Moisturizes as a bath oil
  • Eliminates dry or cracked heels
  • Eliminates and fades ages spots
  • Cleans mascara brushes
  • Conditions eye lashes
  • Moisturizes and firms the skin around the eye
  • Works as a natural face wash
  • Prevents hair dye from running onto the face when rubbed along the hairline
  • Minimizes the appearance of pores
  • Strengthens nails
  • Improves skin tone
  • Prevents sagging skin

Cooking Benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil:

  • A healthy addition to salad oils
  • Substitutes for vegetable oils in baked goods
  • Substitutes for frying oils
  • Substitutes for butter
  • Tenderizes roast meats
  • Adds nutrients to soups and stews
  • Sweetens teas and coffees
  • Flavors ice cubes for cold drinks

Other Household Benefits of Coconut Oil:

  • Conditions cutting boards
  • Polishes metal
  • Moisturizes leather
  • Seasons cast iron skillets
  • Replaces WD-40
  • Creates a natural insect repellant when mixed with peppermint oil
  • Prevents freezer burn
  • Cleanses tubs and showers
  • Polishes stainless steel
  • Cleans barbecues
  • Removes wax
  • Removes insects from bumpers
  • Removes sap
  • Unsticks stubborn zippers
  • Polishes shoes
  • Lubricates bike chains
  • Shines plant leaves
  • Lubricates guitar strings
  • Removes gum from hair and fabrics
  • Replaces other oils in play dough and Goo recipes

Benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil to Your Pet:

  • Improves bad breath
  • Shampoos and conditions fur
  • Eliminates fleas and ticks
  • Prevents kitty litter from sticking to the tray

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BullyVille at PHX Pride!

23 Apr

Here is the CheaterVille and BullyVille pics from PHX PRIDE 2012! What a blast! I love our new site BullyVille.com! Stop the hate! Lady Gagas main dancer, Michael Silas, was representing! 

my life

13 Apr


Greek Yogurt always wins!

25 Mar

Salamba Sirsasana

25 Mar

Salamba Sirsasana is my favorite yoga move!!!

 

According to Yogajournal.com;

Benefits

  • Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression
  • Stimulates the pituitary and pineal glands
  • Strengthens the arms, legs, and spine
  • Strengthens the lungs
  • Tones the abdominal organs
  • Improves digestion
  • Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause
  • Therapeutic for asthma, infertility, insomnia, and sinusitis

Trader Joe’s Love!

25 Mar

curl up

23 Mar

happy

14 Mar

be thankful

1 Mar

Erica from L.I.V.E  handed this out at our meeting last night and I just loved it.  Makes me remember how much I have to be thankful for!

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