101 Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has become somewhat of a revelation for me. I began using it for my hair a couple of years ago, and it works wonders. If you are looking for an intensive hair treatment that is completely natural, I suggest using coconut oil, which you can find at grocery stores and health food stores everywhere. You can use it as an intensive treatment and leave it on overnight with a shower cap, even just leaving it on for 20 minutes does the trick (it really just depends how dry your hair is). This is one of the many benefits coconut oil has.
Coconut oil also has some tremendous benefits for your skin. It relieves dry skin including eczema, it cures acne (because of its anti-bacterial properties), it lightens age spots, and it has be known to relieve bumps on the legs, arms, and back (commonly known as keratosis pilaris or “chicken skin”). Pregnant women also use it to prevent stretch marks.
There are also some miraculous health benefits for those who use coconut oil for relief from cancer, diabetes, HIV, kidneys problems, high blood pressure and cholesterol. When taken orally it helps to improve bone strength and dental health.
Coconut oil is also one of the best oils to use when cooking over high heat, unlike olive oil. To learn more about when not to cook with olive oil click here: www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/why_you_shouldn_t_always_cook_with_olive_oil

Here is an extensive list of the benefits of coconut oil (101 to be exact):
1. Great for baking, stir-frys or as a dairy free replacement to butter.
2. Taken as a supplement for daily energy
3. As a coffee creamer when emulsified into coffee
4. On the skin as a basic lotion
5. In homemade lotion bars for soft, smooth skin
6. In homemade deodorant or deodorant bars
7. As an eye-makeup remover
8. As a cloth diaper safe diaper cream (just rub on baby’s bottom)
9. In making your own Remineralizing Toothpaste
10. To lighten age spots when rubbed directly on the skin
11. To prevent stretch marks during pregnancy
12. To support healthy thyroid function
13. In homemade Mayo without the high PUFA vegetable oils
14. To help increase sun tolerance and avoid burning
15. As a naturally SPF 4 sunscreen
16. In homemade lotion recipes
17. To get rid of cradle cap on baby- just massage in to head, leave on for a few minutes and gently rinse with a warm wash cloth
18. Topically to kill yeast or yeast infections
19. As a delicious tropical massage oil
20. It’s high Lauric acid and MCFA content helps boost metabolism
21. A tiny dab rubbed on your hands and then through hair will help get rid of friz
22. As an intensive nighttime facial moisturizer
23. Mixed with equal parts sugar for a smoothing body scrub (use in the shower)
24. Rubbed on lips as a natural chap stick
25. Topically, can help skin heal faster after injury or infection
26. Directly on the perineum to help heal after birth
27. As an incredibly intensive natural conditioner- Rub into dry hair, put a shower cap on and leave for several hours
28. On feet to fight athlete’s foot or tor fungus
29. In place of Lanolin cream on nursing nipples to sooth irritation (also great for baby!)
30. Can help sooth psoriasis or eczema
31. There is some evidence that regular ingestion of coconut oil can help prevent or reverse Alzheimers
32. With apple cider vinegar as a natural treatment for lice that actually works
33. In natural Homemade Sunscreen
34. In healthy brain boosting snack for kids like Coconut Clusters
35. In a filling and energy boosting Brain Powder Smoothie
36. Rub coconut oil on the inside of your nose to help alleviate allergy symptoms
37. Nursing moms can take 3-4 tablespoons a day (and Vitamin D) to increase milk supply and nutrients
38. There is some evidence that coconut oil helps digestion and may even kill intestinal parasites or yeast
39. Mix a tablespoon with a tablespoon of chia seeds for an all-day energy boost (do NOT take this at night!)
40. Can help improve insulin levels
41. Oil pulling with coconut oil and a drop of oregano oil helps improve gum health
42. Can help improve cholesterol ratios
43. Blend a tablespoon into hot tea to help speed recovery from cold or flu
44. In Homemade Natural Bug-Off Lotion Bars
45. As a replacement for vegetable oils in any recipe
46. Better for high-temperature cooking than olive or vegetable oils
47. Can help reduce appearance of varicose veins
48. After initial heat is gone, can help speed healing of sunburn
49. Is an immediate source of energy when eaten and isn’t stored as fat
50. As a natural personal lubricant that won’t disturb vaginal flora
51. As a naturally antibacterial skin cream
52. In natural homemade diaper cream
53. As a natural shave cream and after shave lotion
54. When used consistently on skin it can help get rid of cellulite
55. To season cast iron skillets
56. It’s anti-inflammatory properties can help lessen arthritis
57. Can reduce the itch of mosquito bites
58. Can help resolve acne when used regularly
59. Can be rubbed into scalp daily to stimulate hair growth
60. I’ve used in kids ears to help speed ear infection healing
61. On split ends to de-frizz
62. A small amount can be rubbed into real leather to soften and condition (shiny leather only… test a small area first)
63. By itself as a great tanning oil
64. Mixed with salt to remove dry skin on feet
65. Can help speed weight loss when consumed daily
66. Can help improve sleep when taken daily
67. Can be used to speed healing of fungal infections when taken internally and used externally
68. A tablespoon melted into a cup of warm tea can help sooth a sore throat
69. To help sooth the itch of chicken pox or poison ivy
70. It has been shown to increase absorption of calcium and magnesium
71. Internally as part of the protocol to help remineralize teeth
72. Some evidence shows that the beneficial fats in coconut oil can help with depression and anxiety
73. By itself as a natural deodorant
74. By itself or with baking soda as a naturally whitening toothpaste
75. For pets struggling with skin issues when used externally
76. Some evidence suggests that the beneficial fats in coconut oil are helpful for those with Autism
77. In homemade vapor rub
78. As a safe cooking oil for deep frying
79. A tablespoon taken before each meal can help improve digestion
80. Can be taken in warm ginger tea to sooth heartburn or nausea
81. As a completely natural baby lotion
82. On hands after doing dishes to avoid dry skin
83. Mixed with catnip, rosemary, or mint essential oils as a natural bug repellent
84. Can be used on mom’s nipple and baby’s mouth to help treat thrush
85. Many use it as an anti-aging facial moisturizer
86. Use to make coconut cream concentrate for a brain boosting snack
87. Can be used internally and externally to speed recovery from UTIs
88. When taken regularly, it can help fight candida
89. When taken regularly, it can boost hormone production
90. Can relieve the pain of hemorrhoids when used topically
91. Can boost circulation and help those who often feel cold
92. On cuticles to help nails grow
93. Rub into elbows daily to help alleviate dry, flaky elbows
94. Add to smoothies to give them a nutritional boost
95. Internally during pregnancy to help provide baby necessary fats for development (especially when taken with Fermented Cod Liver Oil)
96. In any recipes where vegetable oils are used
97. Whipped with shea butter for a soothing body balm
98. One reader swears by using coconut oil to treat yeast infection. She suggests soaking a tampon in it and inserting the tampon for a few hours.
99. Naturally clears up cold sores
100. Ingesting coconut oil daily can help with allergy symptoms
101. Ingesting coconut oil daily can increase mental alertness (http://wellnessmama.com/5734/101-uses-for-coconut-oil)



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Give me strength

I found myself in another part of my brain today.
I have a different blood running through my veins today.
Realized if there’s a meaning to life it’s got to be change.
We like to walk upon familiarity but being content upon the introduction of something new isn’t that strange.
Sometimes it’s a healing; sometimes it feels like a cut, but there is always good to come out of it even if you trip in the middle of your strut.
Regardless of the outcomes, we seize the day;
Knowing that where there is bad, good is lying not too far away.
Let the hard times make us strong and the good times help us to move on
Because before we know it, life is gone
And there’s a whole lot more meaning to it than being society’s pawn.

Poetic Enlightenment – Unformatted

When you let your head hang heavy you’ll sink like a broken boat
Keep your head up and you will begin to float
Because the way you perceive
Determines what you receive
I used to see the world through my own two eyes
Now, world, I see it from yours
There are so many lies
Put down your swords
Just look and see
I see what is all around me
I concentrate on the instantaneous values of truth
No longer submerged within the mind of my youth
What I’ve been through
Helps me stay true
When I make a decision
I let my shadow follow beside
Complete with such precision
Because I did it with all of my mind
The light is no longer too bright
My eyes adjust
I look up and it’s the perfect sight

Change is Inevitable

Nothing stays the same
Constant change is what makes the world turn
Change evokes change within us
So embrace it; let it guide you
And never take what you have at that valued moment for granted
Because it won’t be here forever
And when it’s gone, it’s gone
No matter how hard you try to hold on

Let It Be

Our hearts beat without thought
Our breath breathes and eyes blink
We give and we take
We love and we hate
We jump and we fall
Through all:
Let the trees teach you to stand tall
Let the clouds coach you to move, change and shape
Let the ground keep you as real as the roots that grow from within
Let the sunrise show you new beginnings
Let the warmth of the sun embrace you and show you bliss
Let our eyelids fall down with the moon
Let the beating hearts that surround you intrigue you
Let your soul beam and be free
Let the music teach your heart and feet to dance in-sync
Let your feelings be expressed without fear of judgement
Let your body, mind, and soul be balanced and united
Let yourself live, learn, and love devotedly
Let the universe teach you all that we are: Stardust gravitating through a diminutive dimension in time, meeting, loving, moving on.
Let the air you breathe carry in positivity
Let your heart beat and your eyes blink
Let your being work like the amazing instrument it is, as the universe does so.
Let your mind unlock the beauty of the universe.
Let us all find peace within
All is one; Let it be as so.