Miranda uses it. Giselle uses it. Even Gwyneth and Angelina use it. EVERYBODY is talking about it. If that’s not a sign of a must-have thing I don’t know what it is. All hail the latest ‘It’ beauty product, which doubles as food and about a zillion other things –Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.
You might be surprised to learn that coconut oil is considered the healthiest oil on earth. Strange, seeing as we’ve always been told to go easy on the laksas and other foods containing coconut milk. But in actual fact, coconut oil isn’t stored in the body as fat. As nature’s highest source of medium chained fatty acids, it is used up as energy instead of being absorbed into the lymphatic system.
Coconut Oil is also extremely high in lauric acid, which the body converts into monolaurin. Monolaurin exhibits strong antiviral and antimicrobial properties, helping us to increase our immunity and fight off infections and viruses. All in all, this means that coconut oil, especially the unrefined stuff, works wonders for the body. Not just on the inside, but on the outside as well.
So if you want to make like the models and Hollywood starlets, here are some ways you can add coconut oil to your diet and lifestyle.
*Cook with it. Swap your regular cooking oil for the good stuff. Coconut doesn’t break down at high temperatures like other oils and it adds a subtle coconut flavor to food. Great for Asian dishes.
*Bake with it. Coconut oil is delicious in place of butter or oil when baking cakes, muffins, cookies, desserts etc.
*Add to coffee or tea. An easy way to get the health benefit of coconut oil is adding a teaspoon to your morning coffee or tea.
*Use as a moisturiser. The fatty acids in coconut oil will do wonders for your skin, and you can use it as a face and body moisturiser. Bonus is you’ll smell like an island paradise.
*Use as a hair conditioner. Smooth a tiny amount of coconut oil through the ends of your hair for added strength and shine. Especially good for taming frizzy, flyaway hair.
*Use as a makeup remover. Oil is the best kind of makeup remover and you shouldn’t be scared of putting it on your face. Coconut oil’s incredible antibacterial properties make it especially good.
*Use as a shaving gel. Guaranteed to give you silky smooth pins, with none of the added nasties of mainstream shaving gels.
*Use as a massage oil. A great all natural massage oil for adults and babies as well.
Now what are you waiting for? Go get yourself some extra virgin coconut oil!
BIO: Lauren Shuttleworth is an ambassador with Save Elephant Foundation, an organisation dedicated to raising awareness about the plight of the Asian elephant. She's also an heco-warrior, vintage fashionista, organic beauty addict and everyday blogger/contributer/writer.
My friend (Hi Kate if you’re reading!) shared this recipe with me upon request and I love it. Again a super simple recipe I am positive all will be able to recreate.
Ingredients For Salad:
· 1 cup of quinoa cooked and cooled
Do you find it difficult sometimes to fit exercise into your busy schedule?
I'm going to share with you how you can exercise at home, at work or out running errands. Everyone, even the busiest person, has several opportunities during the day to do some kind of exercise. It is important for those of us who don't have the time to go to the gym everyday, to find other ways to get our heart beating, our blood pumping and all of those wonderful endorphins released!
The power of slow is an idea that, to get what you want or to succeed at something, you must think and act long term. Great things happen over long periods of time.
Unfortunately, we have become accustomed to getting what we want, when we want it. We are seeking instant gratification and the world we live in tells us we are entitled to it and we should get
Every day we are given numerous opportunities to interact, listen, learn and love the people that cross our path, yet how many of us actually set out each day to really bless those people in an obvious, selfless, honest to goodness way, expecting nothing in return?
Recently I partook in an experience that opened my eyes to how much our communities need love, yet are so resistant and untrusting to accept it when it has no ‘catch’, ‘commitment’, or ‘hidden motive.’ Heading onto the streets with plates of homemade cookies and cupcakes vowing to passers-by it was ‘simply just a random act of kindness/love’ proved a little harder than we thought.
With many questioning why on earth people would think to do that just for the sake being nice, when they could keep the treats for themselves. The answer here is love. ‘The fruit of the spirit makes us happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled.’ All of these qualities are found at the centre of love- Selfless, warm, and unconditional love.
And they all have the power to enrich, enlighten and make a more fulfilling life not just for the one who holds them, but for all the people they meet. Even without cookies or cupcakes, you have the capability to reach out to others around you, and live in a selfless and loving way, and the more you give of yourself in the process of helping others, the more you actually receive yourself.
‘It doesn’t matter how much you have, what matters is how much you are willing to give of what you have.’ You are entitled to having unconditional love. To find it first, start inwards and then project it outwards. It is when we sow these seeds of acting from love we begin to harvest opportunities for greatness, not just for ourselves, but for the world around us.
Rosie is a proud Kiwi, currently studying a bachelor of Visual Communication Design, an avid junkie for all things health and wellness related, Organic/alternative skincare lover, Jesus follower, who believes that by nurturing your gifts and passions and taking all challenges as lessons, the greatest successes will become you fortune.
by Stefanie Gomez
If you have decided to detox your home and get rid of the chemicals under your sink, remember to use an approved method from your municipality to prevent harmful chemicals from polluting the environment. Most cities and towns have specific locations to manage chemical disposal, and while getting them out of your house is a good idea, be responsible with your choice of methods.
The next step is figuring out how to clean your home without all those convenient (but toxic) chemicals. We’ve put together a step-by-step list of directions to revamp your entire cleaning regimen to one that will have your house clean and disinfected without the toxicity and health hazard associated with manufactured cleaners. It’s not hard and you’ll be surprised to learn that you can even save a lot of money over store bought cleaning supplies.
1. Choose Green Containers
Recycled glass containers are the perfect choice for your new cleaning supplies. Spray bottle tips can be added if necessary for windows or mirrors. If you are concerned about using glass containers (or if there are children in your home) consider choosing recycled aluminum bottles. Try to avoid plastic bottles. The less PVC in your home, the better.
2. Reusable Cloths
Artificial cloths such as paper towel and other disposable cleaning supplies add up to a lot of expense over the year and a great deal of waste disposal. Why should you throw out a cloth every time it is dirty? Invest in some quality 100% cotton cleaning cloths that can be thrown into the washing machine. You’ll trim your budget again and you will be making a more sustainable choice.
3. Make Your Own Cleaners
Don’t be shocked because your Grandmother used to do it all the time! Using typical household ingredients such as vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice are powerful cleaning agents that can be used for just about anything including windows, removing stains and degreasing.
• Lemon juice (citric acid) is one of the strongest food-acids in the world. Use this to kill virtually any household bacteria in kitchens and bathrooms. Add a little to the mop water to disinfect shower floors and tiles.
• Sodium Borate (Borax) is a powerful disinfectant that also deodorizes.
• White vinegar kills mildew and removes grease and build up. It is also great for soaking
• Cornstarch is a great additive to shampoo carpets and rugs to deodorize and lift dirt, silverware to polish and for cleaning glass and mirrors.
4. Air Fresheners
Some of the most pervasive contributors to poor indoor air quality and toxins are the very things we use to make our homes smell good. Perfumed air fresheners (whether liquid or solid) irritate the respiratory tract and create issues for individuals with allergies.
Did you know that about 75% of American homes use some form of air freshener? The market for sales of these products is almost 2 billion dollars per year according to the Natural Resources Defense Council
(NRDC). Some chemicals used in these products have been researched and the phthalates used in them are linked to reproductive abnormalities in children and birth defects among pregnant women.
Is it worth the risk? Opt instead to create your own natural air freshers such as using vinegar and basic soapy water to disinfect strong smells (i.e., on a counter or cutting board). Invest in some good quality house plants which not only improve the oxygenation of your home, but also remove odors. Dried herbs and flowers in bowls or a vase can also lightly scent a space naturally and for your better health.
Stefanie Gomez is associated with Essentia, manufacturers of the world’s only natural memoryfoam mattresses. She understands the importance about green/Healthy living hence she generally blogs about eco-friendly lifestyle, health/wellness, healthy and sustainable living options. She is also passionate about reading, photography, cooking, gadgets and yoga.
Flash back to sophomore year of high school. That Christmas my dad bought me my first journal. I was hesitant at first. What on earth would I fill it with? The answer was anything and everything! As it turned out that first journal contains a collection of dreams, lots of magazine clippings, movie ticket stubs and even my first stab at wedding planning before Pinterest came along! Now 4 years later I am just cracking the cover of journal number 12, and I couldn’t me more thankful to my dad for getting me hooked on journaling.
In this Tez Talks I interview actor/director Mark Webber on his strategies of letting go. From his humble beginnings of being a homeless kid on the streets of Philadelphia to starring in and making waves in Hollywood, his story is really inspiring and beautiful.
NOTE: The audio is really bad so sorry! I tried fixing it for 2 days but the computer must've overheated and the buzzing is really loud so it sounds a bit distorted. We decided we would still upload it regardless
Farmers markets are great places to buy fresh, seasonal, organic foods and also help out your local farmers! In this day and age when most of the food we see in grocery stores and restaurants comes from factory farms and processing plants, it is more important than ever to support those who produce natural fare. There is no better way to get your food than straight from the source (the earth) and farms also benefit the global ecosystem and spare animals from cruelty. Factories on the other hand emit high amounts of pollution, waste energy, and pose a danger to our health with the usage of fertilizers, pesticides, diesel, and hormones.
Some things in life work in funny ways, and sometimes something so routine, so everyday, can lead you to something a little bigger. Earlier this year, I changed doctors and booked in for my first consultation…routine, right? She sent me for a blood test just to check everything out…routine again, yes? Now, anyone that knows me knows that me + injections = disaster zone, I am terrified to say the least (and yes, I know it’s only a tiny little prick that doesn’t hurt, but puhhllllease tell my sub-conscious that so it doesn’t get me worked up in a tizzy)!! So, as you can imagine, I procrastinated going for this blood test as long as I could. But, I bit the bullet and off I went…(and shock horror, I survived!)