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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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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

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14 Mar

I <3 Tj’s!

29 Feb

You will soon come to find out that I am in love with trader joe’s!!! most of my food comes from their.

new balance 20 minimus trail

29 Feb

I find my new balance 20 minimus trail shoes to be so amazing for running! They are so comfy and light weight.  I cross train, run, walk,etc in them.  One thing I wouldn’t recommend is hiking in them! The rocks were pretty sharp through these bad boys! But I work out in them 5-7 days a week and have yet to get one blister! I usually have loads of blisters from my previous shoes!

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