Monthly Archives: July 2013

An Aiding Fragrance: Coconut Oil

As a lot of you may know, there is bound to be something useful in your kitchen that could be also beneficial for your health. If you know me, it’s my personal mission to utilize the things I find in my everyday. So as an occasional cook, I’ve dabbled with using different oils—olive oil when I’m roasting veggies, peanut oil when I make stir fry and canola oil when I bake. But there’s been a newer kind I’ve added to the family of my oil collection and that is coconut. There has been some hype of late about Coconut oil, so surely there had to be something more to it than its fragrant scent when being poured on a pan in the kitchen. This is what I’ve found:

Coconut oil is used in many natural beauty products, and for good reason: It naturally has antibacterial and antifungal properties that are highly beneficial when utilized as an moisturizer. Because Coconut oil is known to increase hydration, reduce water loss (especially with dry skin) and it smells real nice, it isn’t difficult to gather it can (or must!) be beneficial in other ways too.

Not only is Coconut oil said to be good for skin, but this specific oil—especially when it’s in its virgin form, has been said to be successfully used also as:

Shaving cream for your legs—its naturally antimicrobial so it has skin-soothing properties that will leave your legs looking hydrated and seldom oily), eye-makeup remover, conditioner for hair, lip balm—the fatty acids from the oil can create a barrier that may lock moisture and cuticle healers—it’s anti-fungal which can aid ragged cuticles. Though it will not help your nails grow, it can protect!

This is just to name a few, but the power of Coconut oil is worth looking into. Of course some of the above bullet points may not work as well for you (because let’s be honest, we all have different skin). But I want to challenge you to test this out—as I myself am. Only you can figure out what works best and for what areas of your body.

 

 

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Sweetness for Your Skin

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Honey is undoubtedly one of my favorite and simple ingredients of life that go a long, long way. It’s extensive ability to be used for a variety of tasks that include anything from cleaning wounds due to it’s antibacterial qualities, as a dietary supplement, as a gel for super sleek hair or to the perfect condiment for tea, it’s dynamic ability proves importance when concerning everyday living. And while everyday honey is great for all of these things, I’ve learned not all honey is created equal.

There is a newer type of honey that is quickly gaining popularity and for its purity and potency: Manuka honey—produced in Australia and New Zealand from the nectar of the Manuka tree. The more potent the honey, the stronger and more dynamic it is. So as a honey that contains an extra and natural occurring active ingredient that makes it distinct from other honeys, Manuka honey stands strong. (Most honeys’ benefits are easily restrained and/or destroyed when exposed to heat and light—where Manuka’s potent powers maintains it’s abilities). This is why my current obsession is Manuka honey.

Its special quality is known as UMF and the higher the UMF, the more potent the honey and its powers (enthusiasts say that you need a UMF of 10 or higher for the honey to be properly effective). So when doing your honey research, take this measurement and apply it towards your discoveries and findings.

When considering Manuka honey in skin care products, this is an ingredient you’ll want to keep an eye out for. Because it contains an ingredient with powerful antibacterial, anti microbial, antiviral, antioxidant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti fungal properties, it benefits are dynamically endless and favorable, especially because Manuka honey can:

• Treat skin blemishes/acne
• Promote glowing skin
• Protect skin from sun damage
• Treat Burns
• Moisturize severely dry skin
• Provide vitamin and mineral rich goodness, including copper, iron, silica, vitamin B, manganese, chlorine, calcium, potassium, sodium, phosphorous, aluminum and magnesium
• Prevent scarring
• And tone the skin and tighten pores

The benefits don’t stop there and are endless. Our everyday living can be affected greatly when we understand honey and it’s various forms and how it can be best applied to our specific needs and towards our health. Luckily, we can be certain that it’s definitely good for breakfast–but we should feel encouraged, honey can definitely go beyond that.