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I Wish I Knew These Amazing Uses for Coconut Oil Earlier

I Wish I Knew These Amazing Uses for Coconut Oil Earlier

Coconuts, and more specifically their oil, have gained quite the reputation over the past few years – and it’s no wonder! Touted as one of the healthiest foods to include in our diets thanks to its high lauric acid (a medium chain fatty acid that supposedly positively impacts our cholesterol levels – don’t worry, I didn’t know this either!) content and its impressive vitamin profile, coconut oil also has a myriad of other uses in areas ranging from beauty and grooming, to pet care or house cleaning.

Thanks to its increase in popularity in recent months, this brilliant product is becoming more and more accessible, meaning that now is the perfect time to stock up and experiment with its numerous uses. If you’ve bought a jar but aren’t quite sure as to what to do with it, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Here are 100 amazing uses for coconut oil – we guarantee you won’t have heard of at least half!

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Cooking and baking

  1. A substitute coconut oil for butter or shortening in baked good recipes.
  2. A safe oil for deep-frying.
  3. Use instead of butter or oil to grease your cake tins.
  4. A delicious, healthy alternative to other coffee creamers.
  5. An essential ingredient for bulletproof coffee.
  6. An alternative to other oils in Asian-inspired dishes, such as stir-fries and soups.
  7. Add it to your food processor with your nuts of choice to make a deliciously smooth nut butter.
  8. Melt it with peanut butter, add sea salt and set in the fridge for your very own healthy peanut butter fudge.
  9. Add to cacao powder and honey and set in the fridge for delicious chocolate treats.
  10. Mix it with cacao and pop it in the microwave for an – almost – instant guilt-free chocolate and coconut microwave cake.
  11. Try a different take on mayonnaise by using half coconut oil, half olive oil in your next batch.
  12. Use it to elevate your winter vegetables (especially sweet potatoes) by tossing them in coconut oil before you roast them.
  13. Try an alternative salad dressing.
  14. Use it in a delicious, healthy granola.
  15. Use it on toast instead of butter.
  16. Substitute it for peanut butter in your oatmeal for a healthy and tasty alternative.
  17. Try it in a delicious Brain Power smoothie.
  18. Mix with a tablespoon of chia seeds for an all-day energy boost.
  19. A different and moreish topping for your freshly popped popcorn.
  20. Use for seasoning your cast-iron pans and giving them a non-stick coating.
  21. Use for conditioning your wooden chopping boards.

Beauty

  1. An alternative to expensive hair treatments by whipping up a coconut oil and honey hair mask.
  2. Apply melted oil to damp hair and place under a heated towel for 40 minutes for a deep-conditioning treatment.
  3. Use it as an intensive overnight hair treatment.
  4. A great flyaway, frizzy hair tamer.
  5. A natural way to fight split ends.
  6. Apply to damp hair, let it sit for 2-3 minutes, and comb gently for detangling.
  7. Use it to shape and moisturise your moustache or beard.
  8. Whip up your very own lip balm to treat sore, chapped lips.
  9. Mix it with your favorite lipstick for a moisturizing lip tint.
  10. Mix it with some pigment or eye shadow for a fashionable, glossy look.
  11. A natural alternative to highlighter for a gorgeous, healthy glow.
  12. A wonderful way to soothe and heal dry and sore nostrils in the winter.
  13. Rub into your nails and cuticles to restore softness and shine.
  14. An excellent moisturizer for dry and cracked feet.
  15. Melt and mix with sugar for a simple, moisturizing body scrub.
  16. Swirl into your bath water for a moisturizing soak.
  17. Smooth over your eyebrows and eyelashes to soften the hairs and keep them in place.
  18. Use as a make-up remover..
  19. Use as a shaving and after-shave lotion.
  20. Preventing ingrown hairs by applying regularly to affected areas.
  21. For glowy, dewy skin, mix with baking soda and apply in circular movements onto your face before rinsing.
  22. Use as a facial moisturizer if you have very dry, sensitive skin.
  23. Use as an intensive night-time moisturizer.
  24. Got new ink? Apply oil as a DIY tattoo moisturizer/healer.
  25. A natural way of reducing age spots.
  26. A wonderful massage oil either on its own or with essential oils.
  27. A natural way of helping stretchmarks fade.
  28. An ingredient for making your own soothing coconut soap.
  29. Use as a (very weak) deodorant.

Health and wellness

  1. Simply mix with peppermint extract for a natural alternative to Vapor Rub.
  2. Helps fight diaper rashes.
  3. Helps calm eczema flare-up.
  4. Helps to reduce sweeling and itching for any bug bite.
  5. Repels insects very effectively.
  6. Very useful to help soothe burns and help them heal faster (this works for sunburns, too).
  7. Increase levels of “good” cholesterol due to its high levels of lauric acid.
  8. Its anti-viral properties make it super effective against cold sores.
  9. Melt and mix with honey and lemon juice if you have a sore throat for a comforting anti-bacterial drink.
  10. Try adding to ginger tea to alleviate heartburn or nausea.
  11. Great for repelling lice and protecting your children from any outbreaks.
  12. Protects your feet from athlete’s foot.
  13. Great for oil pulling.
  14. Has strong anti-viral, -bacterial and -fungal properties and will help boost your immune system.
  15. Soothes dry, scratchy coughs.
  16. Can be used in aromatherapy.
  17. Helps prevent cracked nipples during breastfeeding.
  18. Can improve calcium and magnesium absorption into your system, making it great for boosting bone health.
  19. Its medium-chain saturated fats are also fabulous metabolism boosters.
  20. Has also been proven to be an effective appetite suppressant.
  21. Significant evidence states that ingesting coconut oil regularly may help with Alzheimers.
  22. Helps ease arthritis.
  23. Helps wounds and small cuts heal faster.
  24. Helps with constipation by lubricating your digestive tract.
  25. Helps keep your digestion regular and looks after your gut.
  26. Mix with baking powder for a DIY toothpaste.
  27. Use it in tandem with sunscreen for a gorgeous, even tan, and protected skin.
  28. A great natural remedy for cradle cap in babies.
  29. Adding a little oil to baby’s bath is a wonderful way to keep his or her skin supple and healthy.
  30. Mix with 10 drops of grapefruit essential oil for an effective cellulite remedy.
  31. Mix with lavender essential oil and sprinkle on a pillow to encourage sleep.

Cleaning and housekeeping

  1. Replaces your traditional wood polish.
  2. Helps remove rust from household appliances.
  3. Apply to a rag and clean your shower to get rid of pesky soap scum.
  4. Lubricate door hinges with it to avoid irritating squeaky sounds.
  5. A super effective way to remove chewing gum from clothing.
  6. A great alternative to shoe polish – just remove dirt with a cloth and rub into your shoes using a circular motion.
  7. Use instead of gasoline as an all-natural fire starter.
  8. Use unstick zippers and keep them in good condition.
  9. Use to lubricate small motors, such as your blender – a little goes a long way!
  10. Very effective for greasing bicycle chains.
  11. Use to buff up metal and give it a healthy shine.
  12. Combine with lye, water and essential oils of your choice for an all-natural laundry detergent.

Pet care

  1. May help reduce hair balls: simply apply to your cat’s paws.
  2. Apply to your dog’s paws to help soothe cracked, painful skin.
  3. Very effective for repelling fleas.
  4. Rub through your dog or cat’s coat to give it a healthy sheen.
  5. Very effective for keeping your horse’s mane and tail healthy and shiny.
  6. If your pet regularly gets allergies, feeding him a little oil daily can help reduce itchiness.
  7. If you live on a farm and keep cows, it is a wonderful udder soother.

Phew, what a long list! I bet some of these amazing uses for coconut oil surprised you. Which ones did you already know of, and which did you discover today? Let us know in the comments!

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How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

1. Exercise

It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

2. Drink in Moderation

I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

4. Watch Less Television

A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

5. Eat Less Red Meat

Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

6. Don’t Smoke

This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

7. Socialize

Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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9. Be Optimistic

Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

10. Own a Pet

Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

11. Drink Coffee

Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

12. Eat Less

Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

13. Meditate

Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

15. Laugh Often

Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

17. Cook Your Own Food

When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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18. Eat Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

19. Floss

Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

21. Have Sex

Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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Reference

[1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
[2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
[3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
[4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
[5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
[6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
[7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
[8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
[9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
[10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
[11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
[12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
[15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
[16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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