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How To Use Coconut Oil For Skin Problems

How To Use Coconut Oil For Skin Problems

At the top of our minds, we all know a thing or two about coconut oil and how coconut oil for skin it is a great moisturising agent. Used widely in the tropical areas of the world, the saturated fats in coconut oil are the main component that help keep our skin feeling gentle and smooth to the touch.

Skin problems such as dry and cracking skin, eczema, dull skin are common issues we face at one point or another and coconut oil for skin has been an effective and natural all-in-one solution to solve these problems. So, look no further than the wonders of this tropical fruit and check out these recipes to tackle some of the most persistent skin problems we face.

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    1. Eczema

    Eczema can be really uncomfortable especially during the night when it is the itchiest. Scratching the itch will only cause minor breakages of the skin’s surface which can lead to a bacterial infection.

    To heal eczema, it is essential to penetrate deep into the skin first before the outer layer can heal itself. To do that, one can make a homemade eczema cream which consists of coconut oil which has the properties to moisturise deep in the skin.

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    The homemade cream can be made with simple ingredients such as 1/4 cup of shea butter, 1/4 cup of coconut oil, and 15 drops each of lavender and tea tree essential oils. Fill a saucepan with half water and heat it. In a jar, combine the shea butter with the coconut oil and place in saucepan until the oils melt and combine. Mix the essential oils together and put in the fridge to solidify it. Apply when needed.

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      2. Coconut Oil Face Mask for Dull Skin

      What makes coconut oil friendly and effective to brighten up dull skin is its richness in nutritional content such as Vitamin E, C and good fatty acids that makes skin supple. Hence, it is no wonder that many facial products contain this highly respected oil.

      To tackle dull skin, homemade masks are easy to do and will save you a tonne of money. One of the best Coconut Oil Face Masks is the Honey Lemon Coconut Oil Face Mask. Fragrant and easy to do with common household ingredients, this face mask will brighten up your face after use.

      Simply combine 1 tablespoon of coconut oil with 2 teaspoons of raw honey and 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice and apply a thick coat onto face. Allow the mixture to sit for 10 minutes then rinse.

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        3. Coconut Oil for Skin which is Dry

        If you constantly suffer from dry and flaky skin, there is a high chance you have a deficiency in Vitamin E or Vitamin C. Luckily for Coconut Oil, it is rich in both vitamins and can help penetrate the skin due to its high Lauric acid content which is also used in medicines to fight viral infections.

        If putting pure coconut oil sound daunting to you, try making a homemade body butter with shea butter, coconut oil and jojoba oil. Add in a few drops of essential oil for fragrance. Combine all ingredients together in a jar and allow it to melt in a saucepan of hot water. Once combined, placed in fridge to solidify and apply after when needed.

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          4. Coconut Oil as Sunscreen

          According to the Environmental Working Group, 75% of commercial sunscreens contain toxic chemicals harmful to the skin. As an alternative, pure virgin coconut oil can be used which helps prevent the skin from cancers and sunburn.

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          According to Bruce Fife, author of Coconut Cures: Preventing and Treating Common Health Problems with Coconut Oil, what Coconut Oil does for the skin is that it doesn’t completely block out UVB rays which are also needed to produce Vitamin D, but is very effective in blocking UVA rays which are responsible for sunburns.

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            5. Coconut Oil for Athlete’s Foot

            An itch between the toes is torturous and there are many stories out there where the itch causing fungus keeps coming back with no absolute cure to it. But many reports have shown that Coconut Oil can dispel fungus once and for all and stop it from returning.

            Tea Tree Oil has been the best natural alternative but is hard to apply all over the foot and does not smell pleasant to some. Using refined coconut oil, the smell is natural and relatively easy to apply and to leave on overnight. If you are suffering from fungus that is recurring, try massaging your feet with coconut oil and wrap it in a plastic bag. Wear a sock and leave it on overnight.

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            Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

            Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

            My mother was a great knitter and produced some wonderful garments such as Aran sweaters which were extremely fashionable when I was young. She also knitted while my father drove, which caused great amusement. I often wondered why she did that but I think I know the answer now.

            Knitting is good for your mental health, according to some research studies. The Washington Post mentions a 2013 survey of about 3,500 knitters who were asked how they felt after a knitting session. Over 80% of them said they definitely felt happier. It is not a totally female occupation as more and more men take it up to get the same benefits. Harry Styles (One Direction) enjoys knitting. So does Russell Crowe although he does it to help him with anger management!

            The Neural Knitwork Project

            In Australia, Neural Knitworks was started to encourage people to knit and also become aware of neuroscience and mental health issues. Knit-ins were organized but garments were not the only things created. The knitters produced handmade neurons (1,665 of them!) to make a giant brain. The 2015 project will make more neural knitted networks (neural knitworks) and they will be visible online. You can see some more examples of woolly neurons on the Neural Knitworks Facebook page.

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            While people knitted, crocheted and crafted yarn, they listened to experts talking about mental health issues such as addiction, dementia, depression, and how neurons work.

            The knitting and neural connection

            The human brain has about 80 billion neurons. Learning new skills, social interaction, and physical activity all help to forge neural connections which keep the brain healthy and active. They are creating networks to control movement and make memories. The knitters learn that as they create the woollen neurons, their own neurons are forming new pathways in their brains. Their creations are mimicking the processes in their brains to a certain extent. At the same time, their brains are registering new and interesting information as they learn interesting facts about the brain and how it works. I love the knitworks and networks pun. What a brilliant idea!

            More mental health benefits from knitting

            Betsan Corkhill is a physiotherapist and has published some results of completed studies on her website, appropriately named Stitchlinks. She conducted some experiments herself and found that knitting was really helpful in reducing panic and anxiety attacks.

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            “You are using up an awful lot of brain capacity to perform a coordinated series of movements. The more capacity you take up by being involved in a complex task, the less capacity you have for bad thoughts.”- Betsan Corkhill

            Knitters feel happier and in a better mood

            Ann Futterman-Collier, Well Being Lab at Northern Arizona University, is very interested in how textile therapy (sewing, knitting, weaving and lace-making) can play an important role in mood repair and in lifting depressive states.

            She researched 60 women and divided them into three different groups to do some writing, meditating and work with textiles. She monitored their heartbeat, blood pressure and saliva production. The women in the textiles group had the best results when their mood was assessed afterwards. They were in a better mood and had managed to reduce their negative thoughts better than those in the writing and meditation groups.

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            “People who were given the task to make something actually had less of an inflammatory response in the face of a ‘stressor’.” – Dr. Futterman Collier

            The dopamine effect on our happiness

            Our brains produce a chemical called dopamine. This helps us to feel happy, more motivated, and assists also with focus and concentration. We get a boost of dopamine after sex, food, exercise, sleep, and creative activities.

            There are medications to increase dopamine but there are lots of ways we can do it naturally. Textile therapy and crafting are the easiest and cheapest. We can create something and then admire it. In addition, this allows for a little bit of praise and congratulations. Although this is likely not your goal, all these can boost our dopamine and we just feel happier and more fulfilled. These are essential in facing new challenges and coping with disappointment in life.

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            “Sometimes, people come up to me when I am knitting and they say things like, “Oh, I wish I could knit, but I’m just not the kind of person who can sit and waste time like that.” How can knitting be wasting time? First, I never just knit; I knit and think, knit and listen, knit and watch. Second, you aren’t wasting time if you get a useful or beautiful object at the end of it.” – Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit’s End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much.

            If you thought knitting and textiles were for old ladies, think again!

            Featured photo credit: DSC_0012/Mary-Frances Main via flickr.com

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