Coconut Oil is an excellent source of MCT's (Medium-Chain Triglycerides). These types of healthy fats help speed up metabolism and are easily digested and converted into energy. In fact, MCT's are unique from other fats because instead of storing them your liver converts them quickly into energy. One study in the [more]
There are many advantages to cooking with Coconut Oil. Coconut Oil has many health benefits and can be used as a healthy butter, margarine, or other vegetable oil substitute in nearly all recipes that call for oil. It naturally has a long shelf life (approximately two years) and maintains its [more]
// // Morning Sickness Coconut Oil provides fantastic relief for morning sickness. It aids morning sickness by calming and soothing the entire digestive system. Coconut Oil neutralizes acidic stomach acid that can cause morning sickness, heartburn, and general digestive discomfort. It's often prescribed as a remedy for diseases associated with vomiting [more]
Constipation may be caused by a number of factors like poor diet, medications, lifestyle habits, disease or illness, pregnancy, and aging. There are many over the counter medications to combat constipation but many contain harsh laxatives that may cause added stress to the body. Coconut Oil is fibrous and works [more]
If you have access to fresh and meaty coconuts at an affordable price, making your own coconut oil can be very cost effective By making your own coconut oil you can also ensure that your oil is processed under minimal conditions and boasts the highest nutritional benefit. Step 1 – Split [more]
For diabetics coconut oil may be a miracle food. Coconut Oil shares the ability with carbohydrates to provide quick energy, while also helping to control cravings for sweets, sugar, and unhealthy foods. The difference in Coconut oil from other simple carbohydrates is that it does not cause an insulin spike [more]
Most commercial sunscreens contain toxic ingredients and endocrine disrupting chemicals. In fact, in the years since sunscreen use began skin cancer rates have actually risen. In many cases commercial sunscreen use may actually promote skin cancer growth and free radical production. Fortunately natural ingredients (many found already right in your kitchen cupboard) can be used to make a very effective and therapeutic sunscreen without any questionable additives or ingredients.
Coconut Oil Sunscreen Ingredients:
¼ cup virgin coconut oil
5 tsp Zinc Oxide (An essential powdered mineral that prevents UV rays from penetrating the skin)
*Where to buy zinc oxide?
3 Tbsp aloe Vera (Best if pure Aloe Vera not bottled gel with alcohol or propylene glycol. May substitute olive, almond, or grapeseed oil)
½ cup filtered water or green tea (strained)
2-4 capsules of Vitamin E Oil (Aside from protecting skin from UV rays, also acts as a preservative – Now Foods sells an awesome and inexpensive Vitamin E Oil)
Beeswax (optional if you prefer thicker sunscreen)
Essential oil for scent (Optional)
Heat oils and aloe until just melted and mixed well
Combine oil and additional ingredients except zinc oxide in a blender
Blend or whisk ingredients until thoroughly mixed
Combine zinc oxide and essential oils (if desired) and stir thoroughly
Place in canning jar or bottle until use
*Makes about ½ cup SPF 20 sunscreen. Should keep SPF for up to 3 months.
Be sure not to inhale zinc oxide Store in cool place (such as a cooler) for easiest application. To increase SPF add more zinc oxide. Sunscreen should be reapplied every 1.5-2 hours. * All of the ingredients listed above can be found on Amazon and are relatively inexpensive.