obesity. In addition to this, oatmeal can also come in handy for a host of your skin and beauty needs. Oatmeal can soak up the excess oil on your skin and help treat acne. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help to treat dry skin and remove dead skin cells.
Oats also contain compounds called saponins, which are natural cleansers. They remove the dirt and oil that clog the pores and exfoliate the skin.
Here are 5 ways you can use oatmeal for your skin and beauty needs:
1. For Acne: A bowl of oatmeal may do wonders for your
acne. Oatmeal contains zinc that is said to reduce
inflammation and kill the acne-causing bacterial action. It also helps to soak up the excess oil from the skin that may trigger acne. (Also Read:
Oats can remove the dead skin cells and act as a natural moisturiser
What To Do: Draw yourself a simple oatmeal bath. Add some uncooked oatmeal and
baking soda to your bath water. And simply soak in the antioxidants for about 20 minutes. Pat yourself dry. You can also use colloidal oatmeal in your bathwater. Colloidal oatmeal is a specially blended product, which are designed for baths.
3. For Black Heads: Oatmeal is packed with chemical compounds called saponins, which are known for their natural cleansing activity. Black heads are nothing but clogged
pores on your skin. Oatmeal helps to declog the pores and gives you a smooth and clear skin. (Also Read:
lemon juice. Mix it well until you get a fine paste. Apply this on to your nose and the most affected area. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water.
4. Relieves Itching:
Itching is mostly caused due to inflammation under the skin or when the skin's pH level is high. Oatmeal helps to normalise your skin's pH levels, which helps to restore your skin's natural pH and soften the dry skin. It also protects the skin from external irritants, by lending moisture to the skin.
Oatmeal protects the skin from external irritants, by lending moisture to the skin
What To Do: Blend some oats into powder; mix it with water until you get a fine paste. Apply this paste on your skin and itchy area. Leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse it off with cold water. You can also make a paste of oats and
milk and follow the same regime, for effective results.
5. Exfoliate: Now you know that oatmeal's saponins have intense exfoliating properties. It helps in removal of the oldest dead skin cells on the skin's outermost surface, and gives you a
coconut oil. Apply this scrub on your face and let it stay for 20 minutes. Clean your face with soft wet tissues. For best results, use the scrub at least twice in a week. If you want a nourished and beautiful skin, then use oatmeal to treat your skin woes. If, for any reason, it is not suiting your skin, it is advised that you stop and consult your dermatologist immediately.
Lush, shiny, manageable and healthy hair can be yours, with coconut oil!
You can even clear out commercial conditioners, shine, and styling products, and replace them with this all-natural solution. Coconut oil is rich in anti-microbial properties, lauric acid, and medium-chain fatty acids that strengthen hair, condition the scalp, and help to regrow hair.
While I have supported the internal health benefits of coconut oil for quite sometime, it’s time to bring light to coconut oil’s other uses, one of which is using it as an all-natural, multi-tasking hair care product. Rich in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, the nourishing benefits coconut oil for hair keeps your hair strong, shiny and looking great!
Benefits of Coconut Oil for Hair
If your hair is dry and brittle, chances are you are not consuming enough fresh water. Water helps to keep the entire body hydrated, including hair and skin. As we age, hormone health plays a significant part in the health of hair as well.
Eat for your best hair health by including lots of healthy fats, drinking plenty of water, and using natural hair care products, including coconut oil for hair, instead of dangerous chemical laden shampoos, conditioners or styling agents.
Coconut oil is rich in antioxidants, and has antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties. When used on hair, it improves scalp health, fights infections and fungus, supports hair growth, all while adding volume and shine without the common harmful chemicals.
If you look on the ingredient labels of many of your favorite cosmetics and hair products, you will find coconut oil listed. However, most cosmetics and hair products also contain other ingredients that can be harmful to your health, while actually damaging your hair and skin.
The harsh chemicals in commercial hair care products can leave your hair flat, dry, and damaged. Adding coconut oil in small amounts simply isn’t enough. So avoid traditional products and add coconut oil to your regimen along with your favorite natural organic shampoos and products.
While some of these healthier hair products may cost a little more, the good news is that food-grade coconut oil is safe, affordable, and can effectively replacemany hair care products in your cabinets.
5 Ways to Use Coconut Oil for Hair
Coconut oil is free of the scary chemicals that lurk in commercial hair products, and is an excellent conditioner, for all types of hair. According to a study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science, coconut oil out performs sunflower oil and mineral oil, and is the only oil that reduces protein loss.(1) Avoid all beauty products that contain mineral oil, especially for children.
It is the protein loss in hair that leads to dryness and breakage. The lauric acid has a low molecular weight, and is able to actually penetrate the hair shaft, nourishing the hair with vitamins, minerals and the medium-chain fatty acids.
Coconut oil helps to prevent damage from combing and brushing, and it is safe to use on children. It can be used as a leave-in conditioner, or used as an intensive conditioner for a couple of hours, or overnight. The key to using all natural coconut oil as a leave-in hair conditioner, is finding the right amount for your hair. A little goes a long way.
For short hair, start with just a ¼ teaspoon, warmed in your palms. For longer, thicker hair, you may need up to a ½ tablespoon. You want to use sparingly on thinner hair, as it can weigh hair down if too much is used. Pay particular attention to ends and the shaft of the hair. Smooth through hair, and proceed to style as normal.
As an intensive conditioner to restore hair, after washing with a gentle natural shampoo, apply 1 teaspoon (for short hair), 2 teaspoons (for shoulder length hair) and 1 tablespoon (for long hair) after warming in the palm of your hands. Apply to hair shaft and ends, and then rub into scalp. Cover with a shower cap, and leave on for 1-2 hours, or overnight. Wash with gentle shampoo, and style as normal.
For dry or damaged hair, add a couple of drops of sandalwood essential oil and/or geranium essential oil for both leave-in and intensive coconut oil for hair conditioning treatments. These essential oils support moisture retention, and work to increase the moisturizing and conditioning effects of the coconut oil for hair.
2. Hair Growth
Coconut oil is a safe, effective, and reasonably priced solution if you have thinning hair. It can actually help grow hair, longer and thicker. The essential nutrients including the lauric acid, penetrates the hair shaft improving the overall health of the hair.
The health of hair is often a result of internal issues, and incorporating natural hair loss remedies will help. Foods high in Omega-3 fats, pumpkin, chia, and flax seeds, and green tea, and all help support healthy hair growth, from the inside out. Before trying prescription hair growth preparations that only work for 50% of individuals (2) and only works with continued use, modify your diet, and use coconut oil for hair conditioning and styling. The harsh chemicals can cause scalp irritation and even hair growth where hair is not desired.
HAIR GROWTH TREATMENT:
When massaged into the scalp, coconut oil helps to improve blood circulation, supporting hair growth. It is important to massage the coconut oil into the scalp with gentle pressure for 10 minutes, 3 or 4 times per week. If you want to just focus on scalp conditioning and hair growth, you will only need 1 teaspoon.
However, if you want the benefits of a deep conditioning, follow the steps above. Instead of using sandalwood essential oil, add 4 drops of rosemary essential oil, which is known to increase new hair growth over 20%. Rosemary oil also helps to increase circulation in the scalp, and when used with coconut oil can produce fantastic results.
After massaging the oils into the scalp for 10 minutes, place a shower cap on, and allow the heat of your body to work with the oils to improve scalp health. Follow with a gentle cleanser like my Homemade Rosemary Mint Shampoo. It smells great, and is gentle on all hair types.
Rich with vitamin K and vitamin E, coconut oil helps to reduce dandruff, and make hair follicles healthy. These treatments are not just for thinning hair; if you are experiencing hair fall while washing, brushing, or style, these treatments with essential oils can help.
People have used coconut oil for skin for hundreds of years to fight dandruff. This unsightly, and often itchy, condition can be caused by dry skin conditions, sensitivity to the harsh chemicals in hair care products, and commonly yeast-like fungal (Malassezia) infections.(3)
Coconut oil’s medium-chain fatty acids including lauric acid and capric acid, have strong antiviral, antimicrobial and antifungal properties that target the fungus and help to kill it as well as viruses and bacteria that may be lurking on your scalp.
Many prescription and over-the-counter dandruff shampoos can actually make dandruff worse, and don’t fix the root cause of the flakiness. If the problem is fungal, or if the problem is dry skin, topical applications of coconut oil will make a difference.
Many commercial shampooscontain chemicals that are harmful. These include parabens, propylene glycol, polyethylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate, and many others. Dandruff shampoos are even worse, and contain ammonium laureth sulfate, magnesium aluminum silicate, and selenium sulfide.
And the majority of the time, these preparations simply do not work. The goal is to make the scalp healthier, free from fungus, and moisturized, to put an end to dandruff. Treating with coconut oil will not make dandruff go away overnight, but many can see results in just a week or so.
TO TREAT DANDRUFF:
Essential oils including lavender, wintergreen, thyme, and tea tree, all help to fight fungus and yeast. For an intensive dandruff treatment, after washing hair, mix 2 teaspoons of coconut oil with 5 drops of one of the oils mentioned above, or a combination, and massage into the scalp.
Be sure to really work the mixture into the scalp, from neck to forehead, and behind the ears. Cover with a shower cap, and if possible sit in the sun for 20-30 minutes to increase the heat, or simply use a hair dryer on a low setting to heat the cap.
Remove cap, and wash with a gentle natural shampoo. Repeat this 2 to 3 times per week, or even more often, as desired. Like with the conditioning or hair growth treatment, you can leave it on overnight. Just be sure to wear the shower cap to avoid staining bed linens.
Yes, coconut oil is a great styling agent, and free from the dangerous chemicals in conventional hair care products! This is one of the most overlooked coconut oil for hair uses. Hair dryers, flat irons, hot rollers, and curling irons zap the moisture out of the hair shaft causing it to be brittle and prone to tangling.
Coconut oil helps to prevent this type of thermal damage, and when used in the proper amount for your hair length and texture, tames fly aways, frizz, and more. People with thick curly hair often fight frizz in humid climates. Coconut oil helps to tame the frizz, by penetrating into the curls. It can be applied throughout the day for touch-ups, just be sure to use it sparingly.
TO TAME FRIZZ:
Start with a tiny amount (1/4 teaspoon – 1 teaspoon) depending on hair, warming in palms. Smooth from root to tips, and blow dry and style as desired. It will take just a bit longer to dry your hair, but it will be soft, shiny, and manageable.
Disguise split ends, and nourish them at the same time by using just a tiny bit of coconut oil on just the ends.
TO PROTECT FROM THE SUN:
Hair, like skin, is prone to sun damage. Coconut oil is a natural sunscreen, with an SPF of 8.(4) If you are planning a day out in the sun, use it as a leave-in conditioner for all day protection. And, while you are at it, use it on exposed skin as well. Coconut oil is a safe and effective sunscreen for children and adults alike.
Detangling hair is a chore; and can often cause breakage. Coconut oil improves hair break stress by penetrating the hair shaft. (5) It also surrounds the hair, and makes it easier to remove knots after washing, or in the evenings. Smooth a small amount through hair, paying particular attention to tangled areas and damaged ends. Use a wide-tooth comb, starting from the bottom, and slowly work your way up.
Using coconut oil for hair regularly will improve the overall health of the hair, and help to prevent tangles. If tangled hair is a continuing problem, trimming the damage ends will help.
NOTE: If you have thin or fine hair, apply coconut oil sparingly to hair for styling. Also, do not apply it to the scalp as this can weigh down the hair.
5. Lice Prevention & Lice Treatment
One of the best uses of coconut oil for hair is in the treatment and prevention of lice! According to a study published in the European Journal of Pediatrics, combination of coconut oil and anise spray is more effective, than the commonly used prescription lice treatment permethrin.(6)
In fact, in the controlled study, the coconut oil based spray was 82% successful and the permethrin was only 42% successful, and 33 of the 50 participants reported scalp irritation when following the conventional treatment.
Another study published in the Israel Medical Association Journal found greater success, although they added ylang ylang oil to the coconut oil and anise oil combination. The treatment was successful in 92.3% of children and caused no serious side effects.(7)
Because coconut oil penetrates the hair shaft, and the scalp, it helps to repel lice and can keep their eggs from attaching to the hair. With the addition of essential oils including ylang ylang, tea tree, and anise, lice don’t have a chance.
To keep lice at bay, use coconut oil as mentioned above as a leave-in hair conditioner, or to detangle and style hair. If there is an infestation of lice, mix 3 tablespoons of coconut oil with 1 teaspoon of each ylang ylang, anise, and tea tree oils. Double the recipe for longer hair; this should be enough for shoulder-length hair.
Apply the solution all over the scalp, massage in, and pulling through the ends. Comb through the hair with a fine toothcomb. Cover in a shower cap, and allow to sit for 2 hours. If possible, sit in the sun or use a hair dryer to periodically warm up the cap. Carefully remove shower cap, and seal in zip lock bag for disposal.
At the end of 2 hours, comb hair once again, prior to washing and rinsing thoroughly, twice. While hair is still wet, combine 2 cups of apple cider vinegar and 1 cup water in a small spray bottle. Saturate the hair, spraying ½ the bottle on the scalp and hair. Lean over the sink and pour the remaining mixture over the hair, massaging lightly.
Rinse thoroughly and comb hair once again with a fine toothcomb. Follow with a light application of coconut oil, cover with a shower cap, or style as desired, and allow to remain on the hair until next washing.
As with most lice treatments, the process needs to be repeated every 5-10 days for a couple of weeks. This helps to ensure that all lice, and their eggs are eradicated. Between treatments, comb hair morning and night with a fine toothcomb, and use coconut oil as a leave-in conditioner.
As coconut oil both repels and kills lice, at the first notification of a lice outbreak, start using coconut oil as a leave-in conditioner.
Coconut Oil Hair Recipes
Coconut Oil Shampoo
Here is one of my favorite coconut oil shampoo recipes, that will leave your hair feeling soft and healthy. As every person’s hair is different, feel free to adjust the coconut oil level to suit your hair needs. For fine hair you may reduce the coconut oil amount as needed to 1/4 cup, and for thick dry or curly hair, you may need to increase this amount or add a few drops of avocado oil as well.
1 cup liquid castile soap
1/3 cup canned coconut milk
1/3 cup coconut oil
50-60 drops of favorite essential oils
Melt coconut oil and coconut milk together over very low heat, as to not damage any of the nutrients. Pour into a bottle with a secure lid, and top with the castile soap. Shake well. And then, shake some more. Add 50 drops of your favorite essential oils, and shake again.
Great essential oils for hair include lavender, wild orange, peppermint, lemongrass, rosemary, clary sage, and rosemary.
This shampoo will not be as thick as commercial shampoos; squeeze on hair directly from the bottle. Wash, and rinse well.
Coconut Oil Conditioner
2/3 cup coconut oil
1 tablespoon vitamin E oil
1 tablespoon Jojoba oil
10 drops of your favorite essential oil
Mix all ingredients in a bowl with a hand mixer until well combined. This may take several minutes. You want a smooth and creamy conditioner. In the shower, after washing hair with Coconut Oil Shampoo, use a teaspoon or two and smooth through hair. Allow to penetrate hair for the remainder of your shower, and rinse very well.
NOTE: If you color your hair, especially red, coconut oil may fade the color. For most hair types and colors, it will not.
BONUS: Coconut oil is a great base for natural hair colors as it penetrates the hair shaft. For darker hair, mix 2 tablespoons of coconut oil with 1 cup of strong coffee, with 1 tablespoon of spent grounds, and apply to hair. Allow to sit for 45 – 60 minutes, the longer you leave it, the darker the results. Rinse well and style as desired.
For blonde hair, or to add subtle highlights, mix 1/2 cup of strong chamomile tea, ¼ cup fresh lemon juice, and ¼ cup coconut oil in a blender until emulsified. Apply to hair and roots and cover with a shower cap. Sit in the sun, or use a hair dryer to keep the cap warm for 45 minutes to 75 minutes. Rinse well.
Shopping for Coconut Oil
Using coconut oil for hair is one of the best things you can do to avoid harmful chemicals that are in many commercial hair care products. Protect hair from the elements, keep it strong, nourished, shiny, and manageable by using coconut oil for conditioning, styling, hair growth, to get rid of dandruff, and treat lice.
Look for extra virgin organic coconut oil; when you open the jar, the aroma should remind you of fresh coconuts.
Apple is considered as one the healthiest fruits but this same nutritious fruit can turn fatal. Yes, you heard it right. Apple seeds are capable of poisoning and causing death. Apple seeds contain amygdalin, a substance which releases cyanide when it comes in contact with human digestive enzymes. Amygdalin contains cyanide and sugar which when ingested by the body gets converted into hydrogen cyanide (HCN). This cyanide can make you sick and can even kill you. But acute toxicity is rare with accidental ingestion of seeds.
How cyanide works?
Cyanide is infamous as one of the deadliest poisons with a long history in mass suicide and chemical warfare. Cyanide works by interfering with oxygen supply. And yes, apart from its chemical form it is also found in seeds of some fruits including, apricots, cherries, plum, peaches and apples. These seeds have tough protective coating which seals the amygdalin inside them. This strong protective layer of seeds is resistant to the digestive juices.
How much cyanide is poisonous?
About 200 grinded apple seeds, which means around a cup of it, can be fatal for the human body. Cyanide can damage your heart and brain. It can even lead to coma and death in rare cases. In fact, if consumed in large quantities, the symptoms can occur instantly including, seizures, shortness of breath, trembling, spasm, increased heart rate, respiratory failure, low blood pressure, all of which can lead to loss of consciousness. Survivors of poisoning can show evidence of heart and brain damage.
Also, lower amount of cyanide can lead to problems like nausea, headache, vomiting, stomach cramps, dizziness, confusion and weakness.
The exact amount that can poison someone depends on their body weight. To be more precise 0.5 to 3.5mg of cyanide per kg of a human body can be poisonous. Though it also depends on individual tolerance and the type of apples.
1 gram of finely crushed or chewed apple seeds contain 0.06-0.24 mg of cyanide.
Swallowing whole apple seeds is unlikely to cause any complications, as they pass without causing any harms to the body.
Still it's a good idea to remove the seeds before eating the apple. Nevertheless, if you accidentally eat a few seeds, don't worry. But you should immediately spit them out to avoid any potential issues.
A study by American scientists presented Wednesday supports the view that a substance in egg white has the ability to lower blood pressure without negative effects. Scientists reported that a component of egg whites, already popular as a substitute for whole eggs among health-conscious consumers concerned about cholesterol in the yolk may have another beneficial effect in reducing blood pressure, reports Science Daily. Their study was part of the 245th National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific society, which continues here through Thursday. "Our research suggests that there may be another reason to call it 'the incredible, edible egg,'" said study leader Zhipeng Yu, Ph.D., of Jilin University. "We have evidence from the laboratory that a substance in egg white — it's a peptide, one of the building blocks of proteins — reduces blood pressure about as much as a low dose of Captopril, a high-blood-pressure drug," Zhipeng Yu said. Yu and colleagues, who are with Clemson University, used a peptide called RVPSL. Scientists previously discovered that the substance, like the family of medications that includes Captopril, Vasotec and Monopril, was an angiotensin-converting-enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. It has a powerful ability to inhibit or block the action of ACE, a substance produced in the body that raises blood pressure. The results of feeding the substance were positive, showing that RVPSL did not have apparent toxic effects and lowered blood pressure by amounts comparable to low doses of Captopril.
hair care, natural oils can prove to be quite beneficial. If you wish to have a soft, supple and nourished skin, then
natural oils can do wonders as they have their own unique set of skin benefitting properties. Rice bran oil is used as a dressing in salads. It is not only great for cooking but is also widely used as a natural skin care product. It is quite rich in various vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Rice bran is the outer layer of rice grain. According to Bangalore-based nutritionist Dr. Anju Sood, "Rice bran oil has the right amount of poly unsaturated fatty acids in it. Apart from this, it also has flavonoids present which can do wonders for skin and hair health." Here's a list of 5 benefits that rice bran oil has to offer. Read on to know more about them.
1. Nourishes Hair: Rice bran oil is rich in
omega 3 and 6 fatty acids which help nourish the hair. If you happen to have frizzy hair, then bring this oil to your rescue as regular use of this use oil could possibly make your hair thicker and easily manageable. To reap its benefits, massage your hair using this oil before hair wash. It will keep your hair follicles healthy.
Rice bran oil enhances the blood circulation around the eye area and prevents puffy eyes and dark circles
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Who doesn’t love dates?! If you need a bit more convincing, join Beauty and Tips as we take a look at the top 10 amazing health benefits of black dates.
Dates are that rare thing for kids: Healthy fruits that actually taste good, too! If your childhood was like most peoples’, it would surely have included dates (as well as spinach, eew). But while all that other good stuff your mom tried to get you to eat tasted icky, dates stood out for their amazing taste. As we get older, our tastebuds mature and we also start to care about our health. As well as asking, “will I enjoy the way this food tastes?”, we also ask, “what’s its nutritional makeup?” Where dates are concerned, there are lots of powerful antioxidants and very few calories. In fact, a single date contains just 20 calories but 5g of carbs and 2.8mg of calcium. They also contain magnesium, manganese, protein, potassium, iron and calcium. Not bad, huh?! Let’s take a look at 10 amazing health benefits of black dates.
Black Dates Boost Heart Health
Let’s face it, more of us need to get serious about our heart health. Heart disease is now the biggest killer of American adults and claimed the life of one in 4 in 2008. That’s a scary stat, but unless we wake up and start eating the right things and doing the right things, more and more of us will be mere statistics.
Because black dates contain antioxidants, they can prevent heart disease by making sure the arteries don’t get clogged with plaque. These antioxidants also boost the remove of cholesterol from your artery cells. As well as this, dates are also rich in something called isoflavones which have been found to lower our risk of developing heart disease.
Black Dates Brighten Skin
If your skin isn’t looking its best at the moment, you’ll need to consume more vitamin C, which brings out the best in your skin, brightening it, slowing down the ageing process and eliminating nasty wrinkles. And black dates happen to be super rich in it!
Black Dates Can Boost Bone Health
When people think of food that’s good for their bones, they tend to think of milk. But milk is just one source of key minerals that are good for your bones. Because dates contain the likes of manganese, selenium, magnesium and copper, they’re another excellent go-to food if you want to strengthen your bones.
Keeping your bones strong is important, too. If you don’t look after your bones, you’re at risk of developing osteoporosis, a bone-thinning disease that can seriously affect the quality of your life. Fortunately, it can be prevented by eating the right things.
Black Dates Can Make You Smarter
Wanna get smarter? You might want to start eating more dates. This is because dates can fight inflammation in the brain, protect you from oxidative stress, boost cognitive performance and reduce your risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Our brain is a vital organ that, as powerful as it is, needs our help. Support it by eating more black dates.
Black Dates Treat Allergies
One of the lesser known but most potent benefits of black dates is that they can treat allergies. This is largely down to their sulphur content. If you struggle with a seasonal allergy, consume more black dates to reduce the risk of you suffering a reaction.
Black Dates Help With Digestion
Let’s face it, we’ve all taken ourselves to the doctors at some point or another with indigestion. In fact, indigestion is the most common reason we go to the doctors. Whether it’s mild (bloating, gas) or severe (cramping, irritable bowel syndrome), poor digestive health can wreak havoc with our lives. However, indigestion is largely caused by a poor diet. Fix it up and you can probably avoid gastrointestinal issues as much as possible. Black dates improve things down there because they contain lots of dietary fibre, which plays a key role in ensuring that food gets passed through your gastrointestinal tract with as few problems as possible.
Black Dates Can Help To Prevent Certain Cancers
We all fear the Big C, but who among us are doing the things that could reduce our risk of developing it? While there’s no prevention measure that absolutely guarantees 100% immunity against cancer, there are certainly things you can do that will lower your risk – and eating more black dates is one of them. Rich in powerful antioxidants, when eaten alongside other fruits and vegetables, black dates can improve your long-term health.
Black Dates Can Help You Gain Weight
Looking to get to a healthy weight? Black dates help you gain weight the healthy way thanks to their essential vitamins, proteins and sugar content.
Black Dates Boost Energy Levels
Professional hikers who know what they’re doing always take raisins and black dates with them on a hike because these dried fruits are a fantastic way of getting a pick-me-up when our energy levels are beginning to flag. Indeed, black dates are rich in natural sugars, such as fructose, glucose and sucrose, as well as compound carbs that give us a near-instant burst of energy. So the next time you need energy in work or outdoors, much on some black dates!
Black Dates Promote Healthy Hair
There surely isn’t a woman alive who doesn’t care about her hair. But are you doing the right things that will keep your hair strong, glowing and youthful? Perhaps you didn’t realise it, but there’s a connection between what you eat and how your hair looks. If your diet is poor, your hair might start to grow slowly, fall out and lose its lustre. But it’s okay because eating the right things can restore your hair’s shine and vitality. From now on, have a date with a black date more often. These dried fruits contain the key nutrients that can treat hair loss and other hair issues, improving its density, strength, volume and colour.
How much do you spend a month on expensive skin care products and facials? Making this homemade facial oil at under $5 for a 2 oz bottle will give you better results for a fraction of the cost! Wrinkles, blotchiness, dark spots, and blemishes… BE GONE!
There’s no real secret here, as with all of my homemade moisturizers the trick is to use the correct oils for YOUR skin and that’s where I come in. I’ve done the research already, I’ve looked at many DIY face oil recipes using only natural oils, I’ve made lots of them and I’ll share the best ones below.
Why Make Your Own Homemade Facial Oil Recipes?
I almost tried to compare this to ‘store bought face oil’ but there really isn’t a comparable product available. These recipes are fresh, they haven’t been sitting on a store shelf for 2 years! But to give you some sort of a comparison, if you buy the store bought product containing commercial preservatives you would be paying over four times more than the cost of this facial oil recipe.
As I make DIY face oil recipes using only natural oils they have an 18 month shelf life. The oils can be expensive to buy up front but a little goes a long way, so once you have your supply it will save you a small fortune in the long run (more on the cost below).
These oils are 100% natural & pure, they should be the number one beneficial ingredient in all over the counter moisturizers. But unknown to the average shopper some manufacturers only use a little of the good expensive oils, they then mix in other fillers (cheaper oils). You only have to read the percentages to see proof of this. When we make our own recipes we have zero commercial restraints, we can use a larger percentage of the best oils to get full benefit for each application.
The volume in these recipes would normally last for a good couple of months. But because I make them myself and I don’t have to pay the large price tag of a store bought product I can afford to indulge a little… So I use them on my entire body once or twice a week!
Putting these homemade facial oils on your skin will not make it greasy, most of the time I use thin light oils that are easily absorbed by the skin, they are wonderfully nourishing and will hydrate your skin to the max.
How To Use This DIY Face Oil
You can use these face moisturizer recipes as often as you like, they can replace your homemade wrinkle cream all together or you can alternate between the two. You could use one of these homemade face oil combinations for overnight and use a moisturizing cream during the day or vice versa.
Remember to shake this facial oil before using, as you will see in the pictures the oils can divide.
Simply place a little of the oil on your forehead, nose, cheekbones and chin, then massage in. With your fingertips gently smooth the homemade face moisturizer over your face, using upward strokes massage the moisturizer into the neck, cheeks and forehead, and then in circles for around the eyes starting from the inner to the outer corners of the eyes.
This is very easy, all you need to do is decide upon a carrier oil or two and then mix this with a selection of essential oils.
Each of the homemade facial oil recipes below make around 50g which will just fit in a 2 oz airless bottle, it fills to the top without much room for going over. So if you are experimenting try to make sure your oils add up to around 50g or just under.
Wheatgerm and Vitamin E oil are both natural anti-oxidants which help preserve your oils even longer, although not compulsory I often include a small amount in my facial oil recipes. In particular Evening Primrose and Rosehip Seed which are both great for wrinkles have a shorter shelf life than some of the other oils.
The rest is up for experimentation…
Equipment & Ingredients:
Here’s what you will need to make face moisturizer recipes using only natural oils.
To show you how easy this is I’m making my favorite homemade facial oil (more recipes below), it’s a balanced facial oil recipe for mature skin. This blend helps to firm my skin and increase elasticity reducing small lines and wrinkles.
The Evening Primrose in this recipe is well know for its wonderful skin healing benefits.
The Avocado is an extremely rich oil comprising higher levels of Vitamins A, B1, B2, D and E.
Neroli essential oil is often referred to as the ‘God Of Essential Oils’. It can be expensive but it promotes healing of the skin, is suitable for all skin types especially mature skin and particularly good at healing scars and stretch marks.
Frankincense is another a very important skin healer that has many positive references going as far back as the Bible.
Cost Breakown For This Facial Oil:
Oil Ave Bulk Cost Per Gram/Drop Recipe Avacado $1 per oz 3.3 cents per gram 16g = $.53 Rice Bran Oil $1 per oz 3.3 cents per gram 20g = $.66 Evening Primrose $2.25 per oz 7.5 cents per gram 12g = $.90 Vitamin E $6 per oz 20 cents per gram 2g = $.40 Neroli $8 per ml (25 drops) 32 cents per drop 4dr = $1.28 Frankincense $2 per ml (25 drops) 8 cents per drop 4dr = $.32 Total Depends on Volume $4.09
Why Making This Makes Total Sense:
We have already discussed why this homemade facial oil of the highest quality, in a store you would pay more than 10 ten times this amount. As you can see the total Cost for my favorite homemade facial oil is $4.09 for a 2 oz bottle.
Granted it can be a sizeable outlay up front to buy your essential oils, a 5 ml bottle of Neroli (the God of all Essential Oils) can cost $30-$40 and Frankincense is around $10-$15. But it’s simple economics, a 5 ml bottle holds around 125 drops and has a shelf life of several years, you have enough here to make this recipe once per month for two years. And lets not forget you can also use these oils in so many other homemade beauty recipes.
When I first started I teamed up with a couple of friends to share essential oils, so we only had to pay a third of the cost. We then saved the cash we would have spent on over the counter products to fund future ingredients. I now have such a large collection that I’m making my own skin care recipes, bath products and soaps at a fraction of the cost.
The carrier oils are all sold in different quantities which makes demonstrating the initial outlay for these a little complicated. As an average we can take the cost of purchasing your carrier oils (which are cheaper the more you buy) at around $40. This will get you enough Evening Primrose and Avocado for a year and you will still have enough Rice Bran and Vitamin E left for the following year.
So the total cost to get you started making my facial oil can be between $90 and $150 depending on where you shop for your oils. But the second year will cost you just the $20 for Evening Primrose and Avocado, in the long run you will be way ahead.
Once you have your ingredients it only takes a few minutes to mix, and if you are making homemade gifts then it makes even more sense.
To me it’s just common sense to make my own facial oil!
Step 1. Using your digital scale, weigh all the ingredients into a small jug or bowl and stir them well.
Step 2. Pour the contents into a bottle and label it for your own reference.
Voilà, you now have a very cost effective, freshly prepared, preservative free facial oil… Enjoy!
My Deep Moisturizing Overnight Facial Oil
Here’s an excellent homemade facial oil for night time!
This is a wonderful skin balancing oil that’s suitable for all skin types. If you are suffering with dull or dry skin, then this overnight treatment is ideal for you.
If you have sensitive skin the Rosehip oil is one of the finest base oils you can use, and it is quickly absorbed into the skin without leaving any greasiness. It performs marvels upon scars and is a prevalent oil employed for the treatment of lines and wrinkles as well as premature ageing.
The Geranium essential oil balances out the sebum production and nourishes both dry and combination skin.
Jasmine is very hydrating, used in soaps, perfumes and many cosmetics for dry sensitive skin.
Rub this oil into warm, thoroughly cleansed skin before going to bed each night to allow the oil to be fully absorbed while you sleep for an ultra conditioning effect.
Best Oils To Choose For The Face
One of oil blends here may well be perfect for your skin, if not here’s a handy reference guide should you prefer a little experimenting.
Recipes For Other Skin Types
Antioxidant Facial Oil Recipe For Combination Skin
Great for all skin types especially combination skins due to the re-balancing properties of Jojoba. Sweet Almond oil is most commonly known for an ability to soften, soothe, and recondition the skin.
Apricot oil is a delightful and comparable to Sweet Almond, yet more suitable for delicate or prematurely aged skin. As mentioned earlier Avocado is an extremely rich oil comprising higher levels of Vitamins A, B1, B2, D and E.
Grapeseed oil is outstanding because of its natural non-allergenic properties it is typically used as the base oil for ointments, creams and lotions. It is particularly good for skin types that don’t absorb oils very well, and it doesn’t leave a greasy feeling.
At a December meeting, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee discussed its decision to no longer deem cholesterol a "nutrient of concern," according to the Washington Post. The last set of guidelines, in 2010, said to consume less than 300 milligrams per day of dietary cholesterol, about the amount in one egg.
The committee will soon release a report – expected in the coming weeks – for the federal government to use as the basis of its dietary guidelines, and is withholding comment until the publication, said a spokeswoman from the Department of Health and Human Services.
"The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is currently finalizing its report to the federal government detailing its scientific recommendations," HHS said in a statement. The committee did not reverse warnings on high levels of what is commonly considered "bad cholesterol," which has been linked to heart disease and possibly other health problems.
For decades, the government has warned against diets high in cholesterol. But now many nutritionists believe that cholesterol intake may not significantly impact cholesterol blood levels or increase the risk of heart disease in healthy adults, according to the Washington Post.
The advisory panel's report will be sent to HHS and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the agencies that decide which recommendations to incorporate in the final set of dietary guidelines, due at the end of this year. "We need to wait and see what the committee actually says before saying too much about this," said New York University nutrition professor Marion Nestle.
fats. They are usually grown in the tropical regions. When it comes to cocoa butter, it is velvety in texture and has a sweet aroma. Apart from this, it contains heaps of
vitamin E and omega 3 unsaturated fats. Be it cosmetics or
chocolates, cocoa butter is widely used in various forms. It is often regarded as one of the best ingredients for the skin as it keeps it well hydrated. Here are some of the untold benefits of cocoa butter:
1. Rich In Antioxidants These days one can find various cosmetic products available in the market that contain cocoa butter as one of their vital components. Various
Cocoa butter can do wonders to your lips as it can keep them hydrated
5. Reduces Stretch Marks Stretch marks can often make you feel conscious about yourself. You will be surprised to know that cocoa butter could reduce the
stretch marks from your body as well. Its antioxidant properties can fights against the stretch marks and can make your skin look scar-free.
Cocoa butter fights against the stretch marks So start using cocoa butter to reap its amazing skin benefits. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed within this article are the personal opinions of the author. NDTV is not responsible for the accuracy, completeness, suitability, or validity of any information on this article. All information is provided on an as-is basis. The information, facts or opinions appearing in the article do not reflect the views of NDTV and NDTV does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same.
Soup is a successful dieter’s secret weapon! A 2014 study found that regular soup eaters have smaller waists and weigh less than people who don’t eat soup. Look for those with low-fat milk or low-sodium broth and add your own veggies for slimming fiber. Check out this list of 33 foods that are way more nutritious than you ever realized!
And end them with bread
People with type 2 diabetes had 30 percent higher peak blood sugar when they ate bread before a meal compared with when they ate it after a meal, according to a small study published in Diabetes Care. Related research has shown that a rapid increase in blood sugar causes hormonal and metabolic changes that promote excessive eating in obese individuals. Eating bread after a meal slows the conversion of refined carbohydrates into sugar and may keep food consumption in check, especially in people with weight problems, insulin resistance, or diabetes. (Don't miss these 10 effortless ways to eat healthy on vacation.)
Fiber up your breakfast
One of the best healthy eating tips is to start ramping up your fiber intake is breakfast. People who eat high-fiber cereals are 80 percent more likely to achieve their daily fiber target than those who don’t. Add fresh or dried fruits to breakfast cereal and replace white bread with whole-grain varieties. Here are 11 more simple tricks for eating healthy without even trying.
And include PB at breakfast
Forget butter, jelly, or cream cheese. Peanut butter raises the protein quality and quantity when added to bread, producing a highly nutritious and satiating food. Look for low-salt and low-sugar varieties. Make sure you know these easy little tricks to eat less fat without missing it.
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Want your kids to start picking baby carrots over cookies? Ask them, “What would Batman eat?” This simple question encourages children to make healthier fast-food choices, according to researchers from Cornell University. When researchers posed the WWBE question, offering children the choice between apple slices or chips, 45 percent chose the apples. Substitute your child’s favorite superhero if Batman doesn’t do the trick.
Get smoothie savvy
When buying a ready-made smoothie, make sure it contains whole fruit, not just juice. Fruit juice has none of the important fiber that you get from fresh fruits. And if you sip juicy smoothies slowly over time, the acidic juice can damage your tooth enamel.
Swap out granola
Granola is often fiber-rich and low on the glycemic index, so it keeps you feeling full for longer. It may also contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, B vitamins, iron, and folate from the rolled oats, fruits, nuts, and seeds. On the downside, however, many granolas are packed with sugar and high in saturated fat. Instead, sprinkle nuts, seeds, or dried fruit over your oatmeal and you’ll get the same taste and nutrition as granola while slashing your sugar and fat intake. Don't miss these 18 simple secrets for making your food healthier.
Imbibe with your meals
Evidence from France and other wine-producing countries clearly shows that drinking alcohol with meals is best for your health.
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Order cocktails on the rocks
Warmer drinks are absorbed faster (and therefore get you drunk more quickly) than colder cocktails. Instead of a boozy night cap, try eating one of these 30 guilt-free healthy snack foods.
Steer clear of wrap sandwiches
Substituting a thin-looking wrap for a traditional bread sandwich might seem like a skinnier option, but it’s not. The tortilla alone can sneak in as many as 300 to 400 calories—and that’s not counting the filling! Opt for a sammie made with whole-grain bread (the grainier the better) spread with a little low-fat mayo, then filled with a hard-boiled egg, roast turkey, or chicken, plus a pile of tomatoes, roasted peppers, and dark-green lettuce. Here are 10 more healthy food swaps that you never even thought of before.
Choose dark bottles of olive oil
You can add olive oil to your list of healthy eating tips! This delicious oil is especially high in the key MUFA component oleic acid, which appears to lower “bad” LDL cholesterol levels and combat inflammation. It may also help reduce high blood pressure. Light and heat can make oils go rancid, so dark bottles are best. And buy “extra virgin.” It has the freshest flavor and highest levels of phytonutrients.
Enjoy eggs guilt free
Eggs are such an egg-cellent source of nutrition that they easily qualify as a superfood. A single egg contains 6 grams of high-quality protein and 12 different vitamins and minerals, including the antioxidant selenium, vitamins B2 and B12, and the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which may reduce the risk of macular degeneration. There is no clear link between eating eggs and the risk of heart disease, as once thought. Most of us no longer need to limit egg consumption, unless advised to do so, as health experts concede that concerns about their effect on cholesterol levels were largely unfounded.
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And drink a little OJ with them
The body’s absorption of iron in the eggs is enhanced when you eat them with vitamin C. Similarly, it’s a good idea to squeeze lemon over spinach. Those dark greens are a good source of iron, but for the body to absorb plant forms of the mineral more easily, spinach needs to be paired with vitamin C (hence the shot of lemon).
Food shop with a friend
This way you can get the most of buy-one-get-one-free or similar bargain foods you might waste or eat too much of. Next time you grocery shop, make sure a few of these 50 healthy supermarket foods are on your shopping list.
And eat an apple before you go
At the start of a shopping trip, Cornell researchers randomly gave 120 people a sample of an apple, a cookie, or nothing. Those who received the apple bought 28 percent more fruits and vegetables than those who got a cookie and 25 percent more than those who got no snack.
Splurge on grass-fed meat
What an animal eats determines the kind of fat prevalent in its meat. A 2009 study showed that, compared to cattle bred indoors, pasture-raised, grass-fed beef had lower total saturated fat, more omega-3 fatty acids, a healthier ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 acids, and higher levels of some vitamins. The Environmental Working Group, a consumer watchdog organization, points out that these benefits are in addition to the fact that eating organic or grass-fed beef reduces your exposure to antibiotics, hormones, and pesticides that can accumulate in animal fat.
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And cut way, way back on processed meats
One study from the Harvard School of Public Health found that people who regularly ate processed meats had a 42 percent higher risk of heart disease and a 19 percent higher risk of type 2 diabetes. So what should you have in your lunchtime sandwich? If there’s leftover chicken from last night’s dinner, carve it up and place it between two slices of high-fiber, whole-grain bread, with sliced tomato and lettuce. Buy freshly carved meat from the deli counter and choose sliced packaged meats—not those described as “re-formed.”
Pick “live” yogurt
Yogurt is a top source of calcium, protein, and potassium, but its status as a superfood comes down to the probiotic bacteria, which are present in “live” yogurt. These bacteria help maintain the ideal balance of bacteria in the gut and we’re only just beginning to grasp how important this is for health and longevity. Yogurt with live, active cultures is particularly helpful for people with gut disorders, such as constipation, diarrhea, and irritable bowel syndrome. Make sure you know these 15 ways to change your bad eating habits in just one day.
And mix it well
That watery stuff sitting on top is whey, and it’s filled with protein, bone-strengthening calcium, vitamin D, and gut-friendly probiotics. When you pour it in the sink, your body misses out.
Hack prepared grocery store meals for healthier suppers
Supermarket prepared meals can help when things get hectic. It's okay to use them as a base, but you'll want to incorporate some healthy eating tips like reducing their total salt and fat or adding nutrients like extra steamed broccoli to broccoli and cheese soup, more kidney beans and chopped tomatoes to a ready-made chili, or extra veggie toppings to a pizza, like sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, or artichoke hearts, all served with a large, colorful side salad.
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Get clever about leftovers
A traditional roast dinner can generate many further possibilities. At its simplest, leftover roast meat can be used for weekday lunches in sandwiches or salads, reducing the amount of salty processed meat you eat. Or a small amount of chicken can go a long way in a risotto. Once the carcass has been picked clean, it can be simmered with vegetables and aromatics to make stock for soup or to use as a base in another casserole. If you have leftover lamb, you can make a tasty curry or use leftover beef, plus a can of tomatoes and red kidney beans to make a quick chili con carne. Or make meat patties: Blitz the meat in a food processor, dip in egg and breadcrumbs, then brush with a little olive oil and fry on a griddle.
Quit sugary carbonated drinks
In their place, enjoy carbonated water—on its own or with a slice or squeeze of lemon or lime, with a splash of real fruit juice.
It’s more effort, but buying fresh-cut versions at produce stands may shortchange you a little on nutrients. After six days in the fridge, cubed pineapple loses 10 percent of its vitamin C and 25 percent of its carotenoids (antioxidants) when compared with whole fruit sliced the same day it’s eaten, according to research.
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Microwaving or baking retains the most nutrients. If you peel and boil the spuds, you lose all the fiber in the skin and about ttwo-thirdsof the vitamin C.
Select your fast food choice before you get there
Commit to ordering that salad in advance of arriving at the drive-thru. “Our research suggests that under stress, the rewarding aspects of an outcome [as in eating a juicy burger] get more attention than the potential negative consequences [as in overloading on salt, fat, and calories],” says Mara Mather, PhD, a professor at the University of Southern California Davis, who researches stress and the decision making process. “Even if you do make the apparently healthy choice, you must beware: If you’re not careful, add-ons and dressings can make salads nearly as fatty and salty as burgers.
Don’t snack on plain celery
You might think you’re being virtuous, but noshing on plain sticks (without a yummy dip like hummus) will leave you unsatisfied and could result in bingeing later on. A satisfying snack produces feelings of satiety and passes slowly through the digestive system. Consider combinations of protein from foods like cheese, eggs, hummus, or peanut butter; fat from nuts or avocados; and complex carbs from whole-grain crackers. Try one of these nine tricks for making your meals a little more Mediterranean.
Bored of tuna fish? Try canned crab
It adds immunity-boosting zinc to your diet. Mix it with some chopped spring onions, a small amount of mayo, and a dab of Dijon mustard.
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Reframe junk food
Negative messages about unhealthy food may make you crave it more. In an Arizona State University study, researchers gave dieters either positive or negative messages about sugary snacks. Participants then watched a video while eating cookies. Those who received the negative messages ate 39 percent more cookies than the positive-message group. If you’re trying to diet, think about the pros of healthy food rather than the cons of junk food.
Guys, watch yourself when you dine in mixed company
Men may overindulge when they eat with ladies, partly to impress the fairer sex. Cornell University researchers observed adults at an all-you-can-eat Italian buffet for two weeks, recording how much pizza and salad each ate. Men with at least one woman ate 93 percent more salad than men with other men. (The amount that women ate didn’t differ based on their companions’ gender). If you don't want to sacrifice your friends for the sake of healthy eating, you could also train your brain to hate junk food using these 10 simple tricks.
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