7 AMAZING USES OF COCONUT OIL

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While Dietitians, myself included, advise against coconut oil in the diet, it may be surprising for you to realize that the naturally occurring saturated fat in coconut oil actually has some amazing health benefits. Try a drop of it to reap all offered myriad benefits. Plus, coconut oil is completely natural, affordable and readily available. Here are seven uses of this oil.

1. Skin care

Do you want to look like you have just come back from an hour of yoga? Is your wish to keep your skin youthful and healthy looking for a long time?  Coconut oil does wonders as a moisturizer for all the types of skin, especially dry and aging ones, leaving you refreshed and looking widely awake without requiring a headstand. The thing is that fat in the oil helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles without any irritation. Coconut oil can help with skin problems such as dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis and other skin issues. In fact, the coconut oil is frequently used in brandy skin care products.

2. Stress relief

Relieve mental fatigue by applying coconut oil to your head in a motion of circular massaging. The natural aroma of this oil is extremely soothing thus helping to lower your stress level and you will never feel exhausted even after long office day, nonstop screaming kids and your dog leaving a little present on the vintage bedspread. You will be provided with an immediate energy source.

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3. Digestion

The medium chained triglycerides are saturated fats in coconut oil, which have anti inflectional properties that help control bacteria and fungi causing indigestion and other gastro-intestinal system related problems even in irritable bowel syndrome. The fat in coconut oil also helps in the absorption of minerals, vitamins and amino acids, making you even healthier all around.  Moderation is key.

4. Fitness

Coconut oil has been proven to improve thyroid function, boost your metabolism and increase energy levels, all of that help decrease the unwanted fat and increase muscles. That is why coconut oil is gaining popularity among fitness buffs.

5. Energy

Your body sends medium chained fatty acids also called medium chained triglycerides directly to your liver to use as energy. It makes coconut oil a powerful source of instant energy to the body, a function, which is usually served in the diet by simple carbohydrates.

6. Healing

When applied on cuts and scrapes, coconut oil creates a thin chemical layer that protects the wound from bacteria, outside dust and virus. Coconut oil speeds up the healing process of injuries by repairing damaged tissues. In addition, it smells a lot better than anything from the pharmacy.

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7. Hair care

Why spend $ 25 on hair conditioners if you can get even more benefit for even less price. Coconut oil is one of the most nutritious products you can use to treat your hair. Massage a little of the oil onto your scalp and presto no more dandruff. Since coconut oil provides the essential proteins required for nourishing damaged hair, it is used in a ton of hair products anyway. So cut to the chase and skip all those unnecessary chemicals.  Spray a little on your hairbrush and transform your dried out, frizzy  hair into a lustrous shine!

SAVE MONEY AND USE COCONUT OIL IN YOUR OVERALL HEALTH CARE!

OATMEAL: YOUR SPA AT HOME!

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Scrambled oats is one of the easy pack foods that may taste great on a cold morning while going to work. However, it makes you think. Instead of just using oatmeal for an ordinary breakfast or even a great breakfast for that matter, what if people use oatmeal to solve the impact of health and household problems? CREATE YOU OWN SPA AT HOME USING OATMEAL!

General skin problems
You can make oatmeal scrub or oatmeal soap and, of course, pricey commercial oatmeal skin products are also available for tackling other skin problems. An option is to grind two tbsp of oatmeal into a powder in a blender. Then add a tsp of baking soda and enough water to make a thick paste. Spread on a clean, dry face and rinse after 15 minutes. It is recommended doing a patch test first, as your skin can be sensitive to the baking soda.

Oatmeal can also be used as a remedy for Acne
If you are a teenager addled with acne or a menopausal woman with adult acne, make your breakfast oatmeal, let it cool and then spread it over your problem skin. Wait for about 10 minutes and then rinse. This old remedy has some sound logic, according to the research foundation. Oatmeal can remove and absorb oil and bacteria from skin and exfoliate dead skin cells, all of that can fight acne. Tea tree oil and honey are helpful additives too.

Poison ivy or chicken pox
If poison ivy, chicken pox or even sunburn makes you itch like crazy, try an oatmeal bath. Grind oats or oat flour into a fine powder, and then pour it into cheesecloth or an old but clean piece of pantyhose. Tie it around the bathtub faucet and draw a tepid bath and periodically squeeze the water into the tub or rub the pouch straight on the itchy skin. I don’t recommend putting the oatmeal directly into the bathwater as I have then had to work on a clogged drain at the end of the bath.

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Exhaustion
Oatmeal is not just good for ailing skin. You can make a rejuvenating and soothing facial mask right in your own kitchen. One digest book offers the following recipe: Blend a half cup hot water with 1/3 cup oatmeal for three or four minutes, then add two tbsp each plain honey and yogurt, plus an egg white. Spread thinly on your face, then relax for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water.

Stress
You do not need to get poison ivy to have an excuse for an oatmeal bath. Experts suggest adding 1 cup of milk, 2 cups of oats and 1 tbsp of honey to the bath to moisturize the skin and relax the body. You can also use scented oils in a ground oatmeal pouch, as described in the chicken pox paragraph above.  Again, I recommend the pouch for the oatmeal!

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Diet helper
Replace all flour with homemade oat flour
by grinding oats in a processor for baking pancakes, cookies and quick breads. You get two times more fiber so you feel fuller with fewer calories.

Exercise booster
Eat some oatmeal pancakes for a better training. Do not believe it? Researchers have found that oatmeal boosts endurance if eaten about two hours before workout. Oats trigger your body to burn fat more quickly for fueling muscles.

TREAT YOURSELF TO A DAY AT THE SPA AT HOME!

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