Let Food Be Your Cosmetic:
Coconut Oil Outperforms Dangerous
Petroleum Body Care Products
20th May 2013
By Sayer Ji
Contributing Writer for Wake Up World
What you put on your skin goes directly into your body. Indeed, human autopsy studies have shown that mineral oil widely permeates our internal organs; major moisturizer brands have been found to cause tumor formation in treated animals. All the more reason why we need healthy “food cosmetics” as alternatives to petroleum-derived body care products.
It boggles the imagination how most mass market body care products today are almost entirely composed of petroleum-derived chemicals, whose toxicity are thoroughly established. Takeparabens as an example. These endocrine-disrupting, estrogen-like petrochemicals have been found at concentrations 1 million times higher than the estrogen (estradiol) levels naturally found in human breast tissue, leading to the highly concerning conclusion that human hormones are now being eclipsed by synthetic chemicals.
When we slather these chemical concoctions onto our skin, they enter directly into the lymphatic and circulatory systems, depositing in internal organs and body fat. And unlike things you ingest orally, there is no “gate keeping” liver there to protect you from these chemicals entering rapidly into your body through your skin. This is why, of course, you should never put on your body anything you can not or would not eat.
Unfortunately, major trusted brands have been found to be just as bad as more generic, cheaper ones in this respect, making it exceedingly difficult to avoid harm unless you are already wise to the issue and using completely natural body care products.
For instance, back in 2009, the Journal of Investigative Dermatology published a highly concerning study titled “Tumorigenic effect of some commonly used moisturizing creams when applied topically to UVB-pretreated high-risk mice,” wherein branded moisturizers, including Dermabase, Dermovan, Eucerin Original Moisturizing Cream (Eucerin), or Vanicream, were found to increase the rate of formation and number of tumors when applied topically to UVB-pretreated high-risk mice.
Chemical industry public relations spokespersons love to point out that we are not mice, implying that preclinical research like this should not throw up a red flag. Should we be made to wait for the very industries guilty of poisoning us to voluntarily fund multi-million dollar, randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trials to determine whether their products are not also causing cancer in humans? Short of a legal mandate, self-incriminating research like this will never be performed, and not only because such a study would be highly unethical (i.e. intentionally poisoning trial subjects), but because it will reveal a truth fraught with immense legal and financial liabilities.
Needless to say, a logical approach would be to apply the precautionary principle so that when animal toxicological risk assessments show harm, instead of extrapolating an Orwellian “acceptable level of harm” to humans, we take the sane step of avoiding human exposure altogether.
Crude Awakening: Mineral Oil Contaminates Everyone’s Bodies
Sadly, the reality is that we are not only immersed in a sea of petrochemical products, but we bioaccumulate them in our bodies over the decades, carrying them with us to our early graves.
As we disclosed in a previous article titled “Crude Awakening: Mineral Oil Contaminates Everyone’s Bodies“, one of the only studies ever performed on the topic of petrochemical accumulation in the human body found that 48% of the livers and 46% of the spleens of the 465 autopsies analyzed showed signs of mineral-oil induced lipogranuloma (a nodule of necrotic, fatty tissue associated with granulomatous inflammation or a foreign-body reaction around a deposit of an oily substance), indicating just how widespread pathological tissue changes associated with petrochemical exposure really are.
And why should be surprised? Petroleum is everywhere. We build and power our cars from it. Weimplant plastic into our breasts, and we coat our vegetables with USDA/FDA-approved ‘food grade petroleum.’ Our entire global food system is driven by nitrogen urea based fertilizers, pesticides and related agrichemicals which are all petrochemical in origin. Oil derived hydrocarbons form the basis for the molecular building blocks of many synthetic patent medicines, and even some of our vitamins (e.g. dl-alpha tocopherol). Our foreign policy is largely based on invading countries for ostensibly political/ethical reasons who just happen to be sitting on ‘our oil’ (i.e. War = Resource Procurement). It is hard to imagine how we might escape our dependence on the petrochemical industrial establishment, given how vertically integrated it is into every facet of modern life, including the very fabric of our bodies.
But there are concrete steps we can take to improve the situation, starting with our own bodies. One of those is to bring back ancient ‘food cosmetics’ like coconut oil.
In a previous post, we discussed the 13 Evidence-Based Medicinal Properties of Coconut Oil, but we did not mention its beneficial effects on hair and skin. While coconut oil has been used for millennium as both food, medicine and cosmetic, only in the past few decades has scientific research emerged confirming its ancient uses.
Coconut Oil Is Superior to Mineral Oil for Treating Dry Skin
A 2004 randomized double-blind, controlled trial comparing extra virgin coconut oil with mineral oil as a moisturizer for mild to moderate xerosis (dry skin) found that coconut oil performed equally well, as far as objective measurements, and better than mineral oil, as far as the subjective perceptions of those using it.
Coconut Oil Is Superior to Mineral Oil at Protecting the Hair
A 2001 study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science found that coconut penetrates the hair shaft while mineral oil does not. This difference was attributed to coconut oil’s higher affinity with hair protein. The researchers explained their findings further:
The results show that coconut oil penetrates the hair shaft while mineral oil does not. The difference may be due to the polarity of the coconut oil compared to the nonpolar nature of the mineral oil. The affinity of the penetrant to the protein seems to be the cause for this difference in their behavior. This study also indicates that the swelling of hair is limited by the presence oil. Since the process of swelling and deswelling of hair is one of the causes of hair damage by hygral fatigue, coconut oil, which is a better penetrant than mineral oil, may provide better protection from damage by hygral fatigue.
Coconut Oil Protects the Scalp from Fungal Infections
Another study published back in 1993 in the journal Mycoses looked at the use of various commonly used hair oil preparations in India. They found that coconut oil was effective at inhibiting the skin fungi known as dermatophytes, lending a possible explanation for why the fungal infection of the scalp, a condition known as tinea capitis, is so rare in India.
Coconut Oil + Anise Beats Pesticide Spray for Lice
A 2010 study published in the European Journal of Pediatrics found that coconut and anise spray can be a significantly more effective than the highly toxic insecticide Permethrin as an alternative treatment for head louse infestation.
Increasingly, science confirms the value of traditional folk medicine in disease prevention and treatment. After many years of vast misrepresentation, coconut oil has gained wider acceptance not simply as a wholesome food, but as a medicinal agent capable of both nourishing and healing the body in ways that xenobiotic chemicals by their very nature can not.
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Further articles by Sayer Ji
- 7 Ways to Prevent and Even Reverse Heart Disease with Nutrition
- MCT Fats Found In Coconut Oil Boost Brain Function In Only One Dose
- The Evidence-Based Healing Properties of 13 Common Fruits
- Is This Fruit Extract 10,000 Times Better Than Chemotherapy?
- How GMO Farming and Food Is Making Our Gut Flora UNFRIENDLY
- Dental Composites for Kids: Even Worse Than Mercury Amalgam?
- 13 Evidence-Based Medicinal Properties of Coconut Oil
- Five Amazing Healing Honey Facts
About the author:
Sayer Ji is the founder and director of www.GreenMedInfo.com and an advisory board member at the National Health Federation, an international nonprofit, consumer-education, health-freedom organization. He co-authored the book Cancer Killers: The Cause Is The Cure, and is working on another one with Tania Melkonian titled EATomology: An Edible Philosophy of Food.
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Chamomile is no ordinary daisy..
Chamomile has been used as a traditional medicine for thousands of years. Chamomile is part of the Asteraceae plant family, which also ragweed and chrysanthemum belong.
There are two plants known as chamomile: German chamomile is an annual, and it grows in a bushy shrub up to 3 feet tall. Roman chamomile is a perennial that only gets about a foot high and tends to grow along the ground. Both will produce very similar aromatic blossoms, it is German chamomile that is the more commonly grown for its blossoms. Grow in an area that receives full sun, consider growing this herb in a container either indoors or on a patio.
Chamomile is known as the “plant doctor,” chamomile has been known to revive and revitalize plants growing near it.
Give your plants a boost with chamomile tea. Soak a cupful or fresh or dried blossoms in cold water for a day or two, strain and spray it on any plant that looks weak or sickly for a pick-me-up. Add leftover tea on the compost pile as it is well known to jump-start compost.
Plant it throughout the garden, it attracts Hoverflies and predatory wasps that feed off of the larvae of harmful garden pests. Chamomile is especially useful in combating pests such as squash bugs and cabbage moths as the wasps it attracts will kill the pests’ larvae. Plant chamomile as a companion helping to bring potassium, sulfur, and calcium to the surface of the soil.
Chamomile has been widely used by children and adults for thousands of years for a variety of health conditions. Today, chamomile is used as a remedy for sleeplessness, anxiety, excema, gingivitis, colic, upset stomach, gas and diarrhea and more. The flowering tops of the chamomile plant are used to make teas, liquid extracts, capsules, or tablets. Chamomile can also be applied to the skin as a cream or an ointment, or used as a mouth rinse. T he active ingredient in chamomile essential oil is known as bisabolol, which has a number of anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties. Potential side effects of chamomile include drowsiness and allergic reactions from those that suffer allergies from other plants in the daisy family. Not recommended for pregnant woman.
(Please consult a medical professional and or, do your own research prior to use)
Reducing Dark Circles Around Eyes
Chamomile tea has been known to help relieve eye fatigue and dark circles. A simple remedy is to steep 2 chamomile tea bags in hot water, when cooled to room temperature remove the tea bags from the water and place them on your eyes at night as a compress.
- Chamomile Tea for a Cranky Baby (raddestmom.com)
- Chamomile Tea Benefits (glamdollteaston.wordpress.com)
Beautiful Skin – simply
Your skin is comprised of 7 layers of dermis and epidermis which if we want to function in the highest capacity to keep us toxin free than we need to give it a little more attention.
Most people don’t realize that yeast, parasites, bacteria, fungus and petrochemical get clogged up in our skin. The skin is naturally an acidic environment which can become breeding grounds for things that would downright scare the crap out of you if you could see it.
So what’s the solution? Well for this all we need to do is look back afew thousand years to the ancient Egyptians (known for their cleanliness and personal hygiene above all cultures) even the Greeks with their advancements and public bathing etc were dumbfounded at how clean and neat the Egyptians were.
So what did they do? Well originally grains were distilled to make alcohol to clean the skin! Yes “vodka” essentially was invented to clean wounds and open up and clean the largest organ of the body “the skin”. They would mix this alcohol with what we today call “bicarb soda” into a putty consistency and they would scrub the skin all over their bodies to kill all the acidic bacteria etc and to open the skin so it could function optimally.
I have been sharing this of many processes for the last 5 years to thousands of people. Most of them can’t believe how amazing their skin feels and looks after just afew sessions of this. Not to mention when going in the sun your body has the ability to make more Vit D and tends to tan easier and not burn. By simply adding coconut oil I have found many ozzies and others have been able to go out for hours in direct sun without burning.
A good friend of mine on the Gold Coast Michael brown (red head & fair skin) would easily burn every time he went into the sun. He started this process religiously and now can go out for hours and has a great tan.
This is important because petro chemicals in sunscreen actually cause skin cancer. And the more people that get skin cancer the more people use sunscreen it’s a nasty cycle.
So imagine how much your liver and kidneys and other organs will love you if your skin is eliminating the brunt of the toxicity that gets into our bodies from these modern times.
So what do i do? Well you used to have to pay $2,000 and come to one of my weekend courses to find out. But here it is for Free!!
Buy the cheapest bottle of triple distiller VODKA and some aluminium free BI-CARB SODA mix the 2 in a Jar with a lid till its a putty consistency. Have it next to you the next time you shower. Get In and rinse off. Then turn off the shower and scrub your entire body with this putty (I use a scrub brush, a mit or a loofah) I scrub head, face, arms, legs everywhere. You might even get an itch in certain spots. I recommend focusing more on those spots and when your done scrubbing. Get back into the shower and rinse off. That’s it.
Then I recommend getting into the sun for 20-45 min. Depending on how much sun you can handle at first. Then just build up from there. Sun or no your skin will be loving how open and clean it is. Cleaner than it has been in years. This will take the workload off your other organs and keep you healthy and beautiful!!
Thanks for reading this post. If ya like it be sure to share with your friends and I will keep these kinds of posts coming. Cheers :0)
Tyler Tolman TT
Natural Homemade Hair Masks !!
All hair types — Avocado and Honey
Mask a ripened avocado and mix in a tablespoon of organic honey and allow it to sit for 20 minutes before rinsing it off in the shower.
Avocados are rich in a variety of vitamins and nutrients, including vitamin E and protein, both of which your hair needs to remain soft and healthy. Meanwhile, honey is a natural antibacterial agent.
Dry hair –Olive Oil and Egg
In need of some major TLC?? Combine three tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil with two eggs and apply the mixture to your hair and let the mixture sit for 20 minutes before rinsing in the shower.
The olive oil will help hydrate brittle locks, while the protein in the eggs will promote healthy hair growth.
All hair types — Avocado and Honey
Mask a ripened avocado and mix in a tablespoon of organic honey and allow it to sit for 20 minutes before rinsing it off in the shower.
Avocados are rich in a variety of vitamins and nutrients, including vitamin E and protein, both of which your hair needs to remain soft and healthy. Meanwhile, honey is a natural antibacterial agent.
Oily hair — Apple Cider Vinegar and Lemon
Combine 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar with the grated peel of an entire lemon and allow it to set for 15 minutes to absorb the excess oil from your scalp, and then rinse in the shower.
Apple cider vinegar will remove build up from styling products and conditioners and strengthen the hair shaft, leaving you with soft, shiny strands. It will also balance hair’s pH level, kill bacteria, and is a cure for dandruff.
Dry, flaky scalp hair — Banana, Honey and Almond
Mash together 1/2 a ripe banana and add two tablespoons of honey and a few drops of almond oil and allow it to set with a shower cap on for 20 minutes before rinsing.
Bananas can increase the moisture of your hair, smooth frizz and soothe your itchy scalp.
Choose the one that fits you better and bring your hair back to life!! There is no need to buy the priciest conditioners on the market to moisturize and revitalize your hair
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Make Your Own Natural Health and Beauty Products Using Colloidal Silver
Colloidal Silver for Natural Health and Beauty
by Angela Kaelin
Health and beauty aids are important not only to physical health, but to mental health. When we look and smell good, we feel good. The health and beauty industry takes in hundreds of millions of dollars every year, and their commercial beauty aids represents a substantial expense for many people.
Besides being a drain on your wallet, research has shown that some of the ingredients commonly found in these high-priced commercial beauty products — such as aluminum, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium fluoride and dioxins — can pose serious health risks.
Completely avoiding all of them may not be practical or even possible, but colloidal silver provides some ways to ease your body’s toxic burden by providing a healthier alternative for some of the most common commercial beauty products.
Here are a few ways colloidal silver can provide a healthier alternative and save you money. You’ll be amazed to find that colloidal silver combined with some common items that you may already have in your cabinets or that you can cheaply and easily obtain from your local health food store, can actually do a better job than anything you’ve ever used before!
All of the following recipes are very simple. The essential oils recommended are only those considered very safe, but for the sake of additional safety, don’t get any of these products into your eyes. They are all relatively inexpensive and available at health food stores.
Colloidal Silver Aftershave
This recipe is ideal for men with stiff beards who are inclined to getting bumps and ingrown hairs. Colloidal silver helps to soothe and heal any bumps or scratches. Witch hazel is a natural astringent that tightens the pores, moisturizes without being oily and can greatly benefit skin that’s prone to acne.
2 ounces of distilled water
2 ounces of colloidal silver
4 ounces of witch hazel (available at any department store, drug store, or health food store).
6-8 drops of lavender essential oil (optional)
Blend these ingredients in a bottle. Shake well before each application.
Healing and Detoxifying Mask for Men and Women
Women are much more accustomed to using detoxifying masks, and know the immediate positive results they can provide.
But, this simple mask is also recommended for men who may be having problems with ingrown hairs, bumps or blackheads.
It’s great for anyone who wants to gently exfoliate and detoxify their skin.
Here’s how to do it:
Blend old-fashioned oatmeal to a fine powder in a blender.
Put 1/4 cup of powdered oatmeal in a bowl.
Add 2 to 3 tbsp. of colloidal silver and blend into a paste with a spoon.
When you have a thin paste, apply this mixture to your face and neck. Let it remain for 10 to 15 minutes.
Bonus Tips: For increased detoxification, you can add a tbsp. of bentonite clay (available at health food stores) to the above recipe. This will help remove blackkheads, pimples, etc., and pull toxins from your pores. You may have to add a little extra colloidal silver if you choose to add the clay.
For moisturizing and skin-tightening benefits, add 1 tbsp. of honey to the above recipe.
Underarm and Personal Deodorant Spray
Many people are very sensitive to the ingredients in commercial antiperspirants and deodorants. If you’re sensitive or just want an alternative to dangerous aluminum-containing antiperspirants, try thoroughly mixing the following ingredients in an 8 to 12 oz. spray bottle:
2 – 3 ounces of colloidal silver
6 – 9 ounces of distilled water
8 to 10 drops of lavender oil
8 to 10 drops of rosemary oil
8 to 10 drops of sage oil
Sage has a light action as a natural antiperspirant. Perspiration odors on the skin are produced by bacteria. Colloidal silver works as an excellent antibacterial and is extremely beneficial to the skin as well.
Rosemary and lavender are not only aromatic, but they have profound soothing and healing properties, too.
Shake this mixture well before each application.
Healthy Feet Soak
Sweet-smelling feet are healthy feet. If your poor, tired feet spend long hours in hot shoes, they need special treatment in order to maintain your health.
Treating your feet to this colloidal silver soak not only keeps dangerous fungal infections away, but it soothes the feet and helps your whole body to relax.
Ladies, this is an excellent after-work soak or pre-pedicure treatment.
Combine the following in a little tub or pan that you can fit your feet into.
1 qt. water
6-8 ounces of colloidal silver
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup Epsom salts or baking soda
20 drops of peppermint essential oil
20 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
Soak your feet for 15 or 20 minutes. Then dry feet and toes, thoroughly.
All-Natural Minty Flavored Mouthwash
Commercial mouthwashes are not safe products. Just the alcohol content alone in most of them can cause serious problems, including oral cancer.
You can use colloidal silver by itself as a safe, simple and inexpensive mouthwash. It stands on its own. But, if you insist on that “fresh minty taste” and want to make your own minty all-natural mouthwash, try combining the following ingredients in a bottle.
6 ounces distilled water
2-4 ounces colloidal silver
10-15 drops of peppermint oil or spearmint oil
Sometimes these two oils are available in the baking section of your grocery store. Or you can find them in just about any good health food store. They’re very inexpensive.
Like colloidal silver, both of these essential oils have natural anti-bacterial properties. Spearmint also has a reputation for healing gums and whitening teeth.
Shake this mixture well before each use.
Staying Healthy While Stretching Your Dollars
These are just a few of the many ways colloidal silver can help you stretch your dollars while providing you with some of the very best all-natural personal care products you’ll find, anywhere.
Hollywood stars who are into natural health often end up paying through the nose to have all-natural recipes just like these made for them through local apothecaries. Yet they are extremely simple and inexpensive to make yourself.
Don’t forget to share them with friends and family!
- Colloidal Silver Champions Yet Again! (biosil.wordpress.com)
- Colloidal Silver around the house – many uses! (biosil.wordpress.com)
1. Health Benefits of Mung Beans
A very famous Chinese herbal pharmacist, Li Shi Zhen, stated in his book, Ben Cao Gang Mu, that “mung beans are highly recommended not only as a rich source of nutrients but also as medication” and described that mung beans can help to clear heat and toxins from the body, balance the organs and skin, and tonify Qi. Mung beans also improve circulation in the twelve meridian channels throughout the body.
i) Clear Heat & Prevent Heat-stroke
Chinese Medicine believes that the external environment has a strong influence on the body. For example, in a hot summer the body will absorb more heat from its external environment. If the body cannot release this heat, physical changes may occur, including: body will feel hot, red face, very thirsty, dry skin, constipation, lack of energy, headache, dizziness.
For the hot seasons, Traditional Chinese Medicine recommends foods that are cooling in nature, can balance the body’s Yin & Yang and can release the heat. These types of foods should be a part of the daily diet during the summer.
Drinking mung bean soup more than once a day is extremely beneficial in reducing the above symptoms. Upon cooking the mung bean soup it is best kept refrigerated which preserves the dish and also helps to increase its effects. Drinking two or three cups a day of this soup will help to release the summer heat as well as preventing the symptoms above.
ii) Clear Skin & Help Acne
Mung beans are sweet in taste and cooling in nature. One of the very old traditional Chinese books, Kai Bao Ben Cao, mentions that mung beans act more on the Heart channel and clear heat and toxins from the skin, and cool heat in the blood. Therefore, mung beans can help acne and other skin symptoms, such as the common skin rash, cold sores, mouth ulcers, pimples and boils. To help these conditions, mung bean soup should be thick in consistency and at room temperature – see the recipe below.
iii) Clear Toxins from the Blood & Body
Modern science now also considers that mung beans can help clear toxins from the body, including environmental toxins and chemicals.
i) Mung Bean Soup – for skin conditions
2 handfuls of mung beans
4 cups of water
Boil for 3 minutes, remove from heat & cover saucepan with lid. Allow to soak in boiled water for 30 minutes then strain.
Drink the thick liquid soup.
This process can be repeated once again using the same batch of mung beans.
Effects of this dish: Clear skin heat; reduce acne & other skin complaints as mentioned above.
Drink one cup of this soup twice a day in conjunction with regular treatment. Have 2 days break from the soup every 5 days.
ii) Mung Bean Soup – for summer (hot weather conditions)
Boil 2 handfuls of mung beans
7 cups of water
Boil for 15 minutes on low heat. Set the soup aside to cool (it can even be refrigerated). Drink this thin soup as required. The beans can also be eaten if soft enough.
Effects of this dish: Clear body heat, prevent heat attack from the hot season.
i) Avoid eating mung beans if you have diarrhoea or cold hands and feet.
ii) If you are unsure whether or not mung beans are suitable for you, consult your experienced Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner.
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I have never seen so many wonderful benefits for any other product!! Be sure to go for unrefined and pure, organic product.
80 Uses for Coconut OilPersonal Hygiene/Body1. Moisturizer – simply scoop some out of the jar and apply all over your body, including neck and face.
2. Eye cream – apply under the eyes to reduce puffiness, bags, and wrinkles. Use on the lids in the evening.
3. Preshave – coconut oil will prep skin for the pending damage caused by shaving.
4. Aftershave – coconut oil will help heal your skin after shaving without clogging pores.
5. Deodorant – coconut oil alone can be used as a deodorant, but even more effective in combination with cornstarch/arrowroot powder and baking soda!
6. Hair Conditioner/Deep Treatment – use as a leave in hair conditioner by applying a teaspoon of coconut oil to your ends and then running your fingers through your hair to distribute the rest! For a deeper treatment, rub in a tablespoon of coconut oil onto your dry scalp and gently work through to the ends. Put a shower cap on to prevent transfer onto bed linens and leave on overnight.
7. Hair Gel/Defrizzer – rub a little between your palms and either scrunch into hair (for curly hair) or finger comb in through from scalp to ends (for wavy/straight hair).
8. Toothpaste – there are numerous recipes out there but I just mix coconut oil and baking soda and dab a little of the mix on my toothbrush.
9. Make up remover – use a cotton swab and a dab of coconut oil and you would be amazed at how well it works!
10. Chapstick – just rub a little into lips and it not only acts as a softening agent but it also has an SPF of about 4 so you get a little protection!
11. Massage Oil – pretty simple; grab some and rub!
12. Lubricant – it is an all natural, perfectly safe personal lubricant. Not compatible with latex!
13. Sunscreen – all naatural
14. Stretch Mark Cream – coconut oil is great at nourishing damaged skin. It may not be the magic stretch mark cure but it will help.
15. Nipple Cream – works great to nourish cracked, sore, or dry nipples. Apply to a cotton ball and leave on your nipples between feedings.
16. Diaper salve – very comforting on a rashy bum with no harsh chemicals. Also safe for cloth diapers.
17. Cradle cap – having issues with dry skin on your baby’s scalp? Coconut oil will not only nourish your baby’s skin, it also helps eliminate cradle cap. Just rub a teaspoon onto scalp daily.
18. Body scrub – mix coconut oil and sugar together and rub all over! Rinse off and your skin will be super soft! You can add in essential oils if you would like a specific smell.
19. Healing – when applied on scrapes and cuts, coconut oil forms a thin, chemical layer which protects the wound from outside dust, bacteria and virus. Coconut oil speeds up the healing process of bruises by repairing damaged tissues. Plus, it smells a heck-of-a-lot better than anything from the pharmacy.
20. Bug Bites – when applied directly to a bug bite, coconut oil can stop the itching and burning sensation as well as hasten the healing process.
21. Skin problems – coconut oil relieves skin problems such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema.
22. Swimmers Ear – mix garlic oil and coconut oil and put a few drops in affected ear for about 10 minutes. Do this 2-3 times a day and it usually works within one or two days.
General Health and Wellness
23. Stress Relief – relieve mental fatigue by applying coconut oil to the head in a circular, massaging motion. The natural aroma of coconuts is extremely soothing thus helping to lower your stress level.
24. Digestion – the saturated fats in coconut oil have anti-bacterial properties that help control, parasites, and fungi that cause indigestion and other digestion related problems such as irritable bowel syndrome. The fat in coconut oil also aids in the absorption of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, making you healthier all around.
25. Fitness – coconut oil has been proven to stimulate your metabolism, improve thyroid function, and escalate energy levels, all of which help decrease your unwanted fat, while increasing muscle.
26. Nose bleeds – coconut oil can prevent nose bleeding that is caused by sensitivity to weather such as extreme hotness and extreme coldness. This condition happens when the nasal passages become dry because of cold or dry air resulting to burns and cracks in the mucus membranes so bleeding happens. To prevent this just put coconut oil in you nostrils. Coat your finger with coconut oil and then lie down and coat your finger inside your nose. Doing this will strengthen and protect the capillaries in the nasal passages. A Vitamin C supplement will also help prevent nose bleeding.
27. For breastfeeding moms, consuming 3 ½ tablespoons of coconut oil daily will enrich your milk supply.
28. Helps with weight loss & controlling cravings.
29. Helps keep blood sugar levels stable and/or helps with cravings in those with diabetes.
Health Problems (that coconut oil is known for aiding, relieving, or even curing when taken internally)
30. Eczema – in addition to taking it internally, many have success applying it externally, some don’t
31. Skin problems
32. Toenail fungus
33. Hot flashes
34. Bleeding hemorrhoids (can also be applied externally twice a day)
36. Head lice
37. Improvements in menstruation regarding pain/cramps and heavy blood flow
38. Migraines (with regular use)
42. Relieve gallbladder pain
43. Has helped some people improve symptoms of an underactive thyroid gland, results have shown subsequent thyroid blood tests becoming normal
44. Energy boost
45. Flaky, dry skin
46. May relieve acid reflux and indigestion when taken with each meal
47. Adrenal fatigue
49. H. pylori
50. Candida albicans
51. Asthma, even in children
53. Cholesterol – improves HDL (‘good’ cholesterol) to LDL (‘bad’ cholesterol) ratio in people with high cholesterol
54. Chronic fatigue
55. Circulation/feeling cold all the time
56. Stronger immune system
57. Mental Clarity
59. Helps with inflammation in Crohns
Health Problems (that coconut oil is known for aiding, relieving, or even curing when applied topically)
60. Athletes foot
61. Back pain/sore muscles
62. Canker sores
65. Herpes (applied topically and taken internally)
66. Genital warts (through topical application over 6 weeks, and coconut oil enemas twice a day depending on the location of the warts)
67. Circumcision healing – although I am personally against circumcision, I have read that coconut oil is a really great healer for this.
68. Use 1 cup to 1 cup ratio when replacing other oils/butter in recipes with coconut oil.
69. Replacement for butter/lard/Crisco/PAM in it’s solid form – greasing pans, pie crusts, etc.
70. Replacement for various oils in liquid form – baking, cooking, sautéing, etc.
71. Nutritional supplement – melt and add to smoothies.
72. Insect repellent – mix coconut oil with peppermint oil extract and rub it all over exposed skin. Keeps insects off better than anything with Deet! Tons safer too.
73. Great for dogs and cats for general wellness. Just add a teaspoon to their water bowl daily.
74. Goo Gone – just mix equal parts coconut oil and baking soda into a paste. Apply to the “sticky” area and let it set for a minute. Then scrub off with an old toothbrush or the scrubby side of a sponge.
75. Chewing Gum in Hair Remover – just rub some coconut oil over the stuck chewing gum, leave in for about 30 minutes, then roll the gum between your fingertip. Voila! It’s out!
76. Polish Furniture – coconut oil with a little bit of lemon juice to polish wood furniture. However, I recommend you test it first on a very small, unobtrusive part of your furniture to make sure it works the way you’d like.
77. Polishing Bronze – all you have to do is rub a little oil into a cotton towel and then wipe down the statue. It cleans and helps deepen the color of your bronze.
78. Seasoning animal hide drums
79. Seasoning cookware
80. Moisturizing and cleaning leather products
Coconut Oil —- The Champion!
13 Evidence-Based Medicinal Properties of Coconut Oil
While coconut oil has dragged itself out of the muck of vast misrepresentation over the past few years, it still rarely gets the appreciation it truly deserves. Not just a “good” saturated fat, coconut oil is an exceptional healing agent as well, with loads of useful health applications.
SOME EXAMPLES OF “GOOD” SATURATED FAT INCLUDE
§ Fat-burning: Ironic, isn’t it? A saturated fat which can accelerate the loss of midsection fat (the most dangerous kind). Well, there are now two solid, human studies showing just two tablespoons a day (30 ml), in both men and women, is capable of <http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/6-evidence-based-ways-burn-belly-fat-and-extend-your-life> reducing belly fat within 1-3 months.
§ Brain-Boosting: A now famous study, published in 2006 in the journal Neurobiology of Aging, showed that the administration of medium chain triglycerides (most plentifully found in coconut oil) in 20 subjects with Alzheimer’s disease or mild cognitive impairment, resulted in significant increases in ketone bodies (within only 90 minutes after treatment) associated with measurable cognitive improvement in those with less severe cognitive dysfunction. <http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/13-evidence-based-medicinal-properties-coconut-oil#_edn1> [i]
§ Clearing Head Lice: When combined with anise spray, coconut oil was found to be superior to the insecticide permethrin (.43�� <http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/13-evidence-based-medicinal-properties-coconut-oil#_edn2> [ii]
§ Healing Wounds: <http://www.greenmedinfo.com/article/coconut-oil-traditionally-used-indonesian-folk-medicine-wound-management> Coconut has been used for wound healing since time immemorial. Three of the identified mechanisms behind these healing effects are its ability to accelerate re-epithelialization, improve antioxidant enzyme activity, and stimulate higher collagen cross-linking within the tissue being repaired. <http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/13-evidence-based-medicinal-properties-coconut-oil#_edn3> [iii] Coconut oil has even been shown to work synergistically with traditional treatments, such as silver sulphadizine, to speed burn wound recovery. <http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/13-evidence-based-medicinal-properties-coconut-oil#_edn4> [iv]
§ NSAID Alternative: Coconut oil has been demonstrated to have anti-inflammatory, analgesic and fever-reducing properties. <http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/13-evidence-based-medicinal-properties-coconut-oil#_edn5> [v]
§ Anti-Ulcer Activity: Interestingly, coconut milk (which includes coconut oil components), has been shown to be as effective as the conventional drug sucralfate as an NSAID-associated anti-ulcer agent. <http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/13-evidence-based-medicinal-properties-coconut-oil#_edn6> [vi]
§ Anti-Fungal: In 2004, 52 isolates of Candida species were exposed to coconut oil. The most notorious form, Candida albicans, was found to have the highest susceptibility. Researchers remarked: “Coconut oil should be used in the treatment of fungal infections in view of emerging drug-resistant Candida species.” <http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/13-evidence-based-medicinal-properties-coconut-oil#_edn7> [vii]
§ Testosterone-Booster: Coconut oil was found to reduce oxidative stress in the testes of rats, resulting in significantly higher levels of testosterone. <http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/13-evidence-based-medicinal-properties-coconut-oil#_edn8> [viii]
§ Reducing Swollen Prostate: Coconut oil has been found to reduce testosterone-induced benign prostate growth in rats. <http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/13-evidence-based-medicinal-properties-coconut-oil#_edn9> [ix]
§ Improving Blood Lipids: Coconut oil consistently <http://www.greenmedinfo.com/article/dietary-coconut-oil-elevates-hdl-and-reduces-abdominal-obesity-women> improves the LDL:HDL ratio in the blood of those who consume it. Given this effect, coconut oil can nolonger be dismissed for being ‘that saturated fat which clogs the arteries.’
§ Fat-Soluble Nutrient Absorption: Coconut oil was recently found to be superior to safflower oil in enhancing tomato carotenoid absorption. <http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/13-evidence-based-medicinal-properties-coconut-oil#_edn10> [x]
§ Bone Health: Coconut oil has been shown to reduce oxidative stress within the bone, which may prevent structural damage in osteoporotic bone. <http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/13-evidence-based-medicinal-properties-coconut-oil#_edn11> [xi] [Note: <http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/osteoporosis-myth-dangers-high-bone-mineral-density> Osteoporosis is a Myth, as presently defined by the T-Score]
§ Sunscreen: Coconut oil has been shown to block out UV rays by 30��Keep in mind that this is good, insofar as UVA rays are damaging to the skin, whereas UVB rays are highly beneficial (when exposure is moderate). <http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/13-evidence-based-medicinal-properties-coconut-oil#_edn1> [i] Make sure to check this list of other <http://www.greenmedinfo.com/article/herbs-provide-protection-against-harmful-uv-radiation-due-their-antioxidant-activity> sun-blocking oils.
Of course, when speaking about coconut oil, we are only looking at one part of the amazing coconut palm. Each component, including <http://www.greenmedinfo.com/article/coconut-husk-fiber-contains-compounds-pain-and-inflammation-killing-activities> coconut hull fiber, <http://www.greenmedinfo.com/substance/coconut-protein> coconut protein and <http://www.greenmedinfo.com/substance/coconut-water> coconut water has experimentally confirmed therapeutic applications.
Here’s a list of 80 Uses of Coconut Oil:
Offering a myriad of health benefits, coconut oil is affordable, readily available and completely natural. I have completely fallen in love with coconut oil and use it for EVERYTHING. Literally. I buy it in 5 gallon increments and keep it all over my house. I even have some in the car. So here is a little information to inspire you to check out this amazing oil including 80 uses for it!
General information about Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil Is:
· Improves nutrient absorption
Here is a chart outlining the recommended daily dosage of virgin coconut oil for persons over the age of 12. Coconut oil may be consumed by children under 12 but it is advisable to check with a healthcare practitioner on the proper dosage. Any good naturopath will have the information at the ready.
Weight in pounds/kilograms
Number of tablespoons of coconut oil daily
125+ / 57+
75+ / 34+
50+ / 23+
25+ / 11+
Type to use:
· Expeller pressed coconut oil can be used for anything. It does not have a coconutty smell of taste.
· Virgin coconut oil tastes coconutty and is great for cooking and baking where you want that flavor.
· Food grade should always be used.
Did I miss any? Do you use coconut oil for something not on my list? Please add it in the comments. I am always excited to find new ways to implement coconut oil!
Easy & delicious way to consume 1-2 tablespoonsful of coconut oil is to whip it up in a blender with fresh greens and frozen fruit (like spinach and strawberries) in a green smoothie. Search green smoothies on the internet for more recipes. Also combines well with stevia and cocoa if you just want to eat it off the spoon.
Coconut oil can be solid at cooler temperatures but will warm up in your hand before applying to skin & hair.
Coconut oil has a very, very long shelf life and a very high smoke point. Does not go rancid easily.
Olive Oil applications
Activated Charcoal: The Secret To Naturally White Teeth
Activated charcoal – also called activated carbon – is made by processing charcoal with oxygen and either calcium chloride or zinc chloride. It was used medicinally by both Hippocrates and the ancient Egyptians, and it is still the poison remedy of choice in modern day emergency rooms. Why? Because it’s highly adsorptive, which in plain English means it attracts substances to it’s surface like a magnet. Like absorptive substances which work like a sponge, adsorptive materials bind with certain compounds and prevent our bodies from using them.
Fortunately for us, activated charcoal is a bit particular about what it locks onto. It’s not interested in calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, inorganic phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc and other compounds you probably want to hang onto (including your tooth enamel). It does, however, happen to like tannins – the compounds found in coffee, tea (even herbal tea), blueberries, wine and spices like cinnamon that stain our teeth. As a bonus, activated charcoal also balances the mouth’s pH and is even considered beneficial enough to be used in some tooth re-mineralization formulas.
So, are you ready to give it a try? Good!
No wait, there is something I forgot to tell you. This is really important so I hope you’re scrunched up to your screen nice and close. Ready? Okay! Folks, this stuff WORKS. When you start noticing children in grocery carts and little old ladies hovering in your vicinity, you don’t need to go check your makeup in the mirror. They just want to see you smile again. Okay? As someone who used to pop in whitening trays every day I was skeptical, but give this stuff a week or two and you’ll be amazed. Okay, moving on!
How To Whiten Your Teeth With Activated Charcoal
There is no “right” way to whiten teeth with activated charcoal. Koreans put it in their toothpaste,Crunchy Betty swishes with it, and some people simply brush it on straight. Personally, I prefer the following method:
- Open a capsule (about 1/8 teaspoon) and pour about half into a cup.
- Wet your toothbrush and dip it in the charcoal, then brush gently. Keep in mind that you are not trying to scrub your enamel, you are simply massaging the surface of your teeth with the activated charcoal so that it can attract tannins like a magnet.
- After brushing, hold it in your mouth for 2-3 minutes to allow it to continue to work.
- Spit and rinse thoroughly, then follow with a second brushing using your regular tooth powder/paste.
- Now look in the mirror and smile. You may see a difference with the first application. If not, give it a few days to a week and I promise you will!
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* Activated charcoal does bind with iodine and may bind with other vitamins and minerals the body needs, so it is not usually recommended for internal use except when dealing with acute situations such as chemical or food poisoning. Activated charcoal does not work in situations where the material ingested is caustic, such as lye.
Heather Dessinger, aka The Mommypotamus, is a wife, blogger and mom to two amazing kiddos, both waterborn at home. She loves all things fermenty,talks to sock puppets, and dreams of owning her very own flock of backyard chickens. She is the author of two ebooks. Nourished Baby is a simple guide to introducing real food to little ones, and DIY Organic Beauty Recipes is a collection of 50+ beauty and personal care product recipes that really work.