Turmeric Uses And Benefits

Turmeric Benefits and uses

Turmeric – The Most Effective Nutritional Supplement?

Turmeric is a delicious and aromatic spice – that may actually be one of the most effective supplements that there is!

You can often find turmeric in many foods including curry dishes, soups, stir fry, rendang and sate padang. However, it also has a wide variety of uses in folk and traditional medicine in the eastern part of the world — and increasingly, the western. Turmeric’s active ingredient is curcumin, which is what gives the spice its bright yellow color.

In studies and anecdotally, circumin has been shown to help relieve, among other things, pain and inflammation. Interest in turmeric in the United States is growing because of the mounting evidence that the orange powder is helpful in treating pulmonary issues, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, and certain types of cancer.

What is Turmeric?

Turmeric is part of the ginger family and is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant. It’s native to the southeastern region of India and thrives with a considerable amount of rainfall. The flowering plant grows to be approximately three feet tall and is covered with yellow or orange cylinder-shaped aromatic rhizomes. In liquid form, it is often used as a topical treatment for burns and sores. The liquid form is also commonly used to reduce fevers. It’s becoming very popular as a dietary supplement in the United States and is often taken in pill form. The spice is actually made from the root, which looks a great deal like ginger root when it’s uncut.

Turmeric is most commonly seen in it’s powdered form, which is generally a deep yellow-orange color. It has a mustard-like smell and tastes both peppery and earthy with a slightly bitter edge. India is the primary source of most of the world’s turmeric, but it’s grown in other rainy areas in southeast Asia as well. Health benefits can be gained from turmeric as a supplement in powder or liquid form and as an addition to food and drinks.

With that said, lets dive into some of the uses & benefits of turmeric, shall we?

Turmeric Uses And Benefits

Turmeric can be used in helping to relieve injuries, as a supplement, and in cooking. Here are just a few of those benefits and uses that turmeric provides…

Culinary Uses of Turmeric

1. Soups
Turmeric can be added to many vegetable or chicken based soups. These soups are simple and usually contain shiitake mushrooms, garlic, onion, carrots, and kale in addition to the turmeric. It’s a quick and easy way to add more turmeric to an individual’s diet because as much as can be tolerated may be added. These soups also store well in the refrigerator or freezer.

2. Curries
Yellow curry is usually either Thai or Indian style. Both varieties have their own distinctive taste, but since they both contain turmeric, there are health benefits in both. Thai yellow curry tends to be thinner and uses more coconut milk. Indian yellow curry is thicker because it contains plain yogurt, which gives it a more sweet/tangy flavor. Almost anything can be cooked into a curry, but one of the most common meat additions is chicken or seafood. There are also many vegetarian and vegan versions to choose from.

3. Rendang
This is a spicy meat dish that is from the Minangkabau ethnic group of Indonesia. However, it’s now commonly eaten all over the country and in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and the southern parts of the Philippines and Thailand. The dish is made with a paste of spices that includes ginger, galangai, turmeric leaves, garlic, lemon grass and chilies. The meat is carmelized in the paste and takes on a dark color, rather than the yellowish color that is commonly seen in most dishes that use any type of turmeric. Rendag is a time-consuming dish to make, and is often cooked for special occasions such as weddings or the birth of a child. People enjoy this dish for its unique and complex taste.

4. Turmeric tea or smoothie
Yes, it is possible to drink turmeric in a tea or a smoothie, and it tastes pretty good! This drink is made with cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, fresh ginger, turmeric, water, honey and any type of milk substitute. Coconut or almond milk are good choices. The spices are simmered in water for about 10 minutes and strained, then milk and honey are added. It can be drunk hot as a tea or blended with ice for a smoothie.

5. Sate padang
This a dish from Padang, West Sumatra in Indonesia. It is made from diced beef with a spicy sauce made from turmeric, rice flour, ginger,coriander, galangal root, cumin, curry powder and salt. In some regions it’s also made with chicken and lamb. It is grilled on skewers and served topped with the sauce.

Turmeric As Medicine

1. Antiseptic and antibacterial properties
A paste made of turmeric is commonly used in eastern medicine to treat various skin conditions. In addition, it’s used to treat open wounds and does have antiseptic properties that ward off infection.

2. Liver detoxification
Curcumin, the substance that gives turmeric its bright yellow color is also a powerful phytochemical that stimulates production of bile by the gallbladder. In turn, the liver uses the extra bile to eliminate toxins and rejuvenate liver cells. Chinese medicine has used turmeric for centuries to treat liver and digestion issues.

3. Alzheimer’s disease
Duke University reviewed 50 studies about the benefits of turmeric on patient’s with Alzheimer’s disease and found that turmeric extracts contain numerous natural agents that help block the formation of beta-amyloid, which is the substance that creates the plaques that obstruct cerebral function.

4. Anti-inflammatory
Turmeric helps soothe inflammation by turning off the the NF-kappa B protein that, when it’s secreting in correct amounts, regulates the immune system. When the protein is over produced, it triggers the inflammation process. When combined with ginger, turmeric can also help reduce inflammation in the intestines.

5. Multiple sclerosis
There is no clear understanding about a cause or a cure for MS, but researchers do know it’s an auto-immune disease that causes the immune system to attack the protective myelin sheath surrounding nerve fibers in the spine and brain. This, in turn, causes the patient issues with muscle weakness, balance stiffness, numbness and vision issues.

Early studies using mice are suggesting that curcumin may block the progression of MS. The mice were bred to develop an MS-like disease. The mice who were injected with curcumin showed little or no signs of MS. The mice that went without the injections went on to develop paralysis.

6. Painkiller
Turmeric is a common pain killer in Chinese medicine and has been used for this purpose for centuries. Curcumin acts as a powerful pain reliever, and it lacks all the nasty side effects that are seen in pharmaceuticals that are usually used to treat chronic pain in the west.

7. Weight management
Again, the fact that curcumin increases bile production is a plus. Only in this case, it helps to break down fat. Studies with mice have shown that turmeric is a fat suppressant. Just a teaspoon of turmeric before meals can aid digestion and help break down fats. It also helps fight insulin resistance and aids in controlling sugar levels, which combined with the weight loss, lowers the chances of developing diabetes.

8. Depression
Some research has shown that turmeric enhances nerve growth in the frontal cortex and hippocampal parts of the brain. It appears that it works best as a mood enhancer in pill form when combined with black pepper. It has even been shown in studies to be as effective as prozac.

9. Arthritis
Its that curcumin again! The anti-inflammatory properties are great for relieving the joint pain that comes with arthritis. In some cases, turmeric did a better job of alleviating arthritis pain than the NASAID drug Valtaren. In addition, turmeric doesn’t cause ulcers and heart problems that are common with prolonged NASAID use.

10. Flu prevention
A mixture of ginger, turmeric, and red pepper can help fight the flu. All the ingredients are powerful anti-oxidants and help the body’s immune system fight colds, flu and diseases. This mixture can be made as a tea and sweetened with honey or it can be taken in supplement form.

Turmeric is well known and often used in Chinese medicine. It has the ability to aid in digestion, raise the mood, detox the liver, soothe pain and reduce inflammation. It’s becoming more readily available in the United States in both root and supplement form. In fact, even club stores like Costco and Sam’s Club are stocking it in their vitamin section. It is a useful and multi-purpose spice that tastes good and promotes better health. However, women who are pregnant or nursing should avoid turmeric as should those who are prone to gallstones.

If you want to include more turmeric in your diet to get the best effects, you will want to use a turmeric supplement to get the maximum amount of circumin (the active ingredient that gives you most of the health benefits of turmeric). Just make sure that it includes bioperine / black pepper extract so that your body can absorb it properly, as circumin is not the easiest thing for our body to digest.

And of course, if you plan on trying a turmeric supplement, make sure to speak to your physician first.

Have you had success with turmeric supplementation? Did I miss anything in this article? Let me know!

The Top 50 Natural Health Websites

Opening the door to the world of natural health can be a bit overwhelming. There is enough information to educate the entire planet on how to move the human mind, body and spirit toward optimum function. Personal natural health philosophies alone are enough to intimidate a newcomer. Here are some trusted sites that are sure to give a well-rounded start down the path of learning how to better improve your health, wellness, and happiness. Enjoy!

Healing, Medicine, Supplements & Healthcare

1. Mercola
Dr. Mercola has earned a top-notch reputation for delivering the real story about accepted food and healthcare practices and debunking myths. He exposes the profiteers in the food and drug world and gives readers real alternatives.

2. Dr. Andrew Weil’s Daily Health
Offers a daily source of information on supplements, healthy aging and nutrition. Dr. Weil is a Harvard-educated physician who chooses to focus on integrative medicine.

3. Mother Earth News
A natural health mainstay for almost 45 years, this site features an entire archive of information and articles on being self-sustained in maintaining good health.

4. The NaturalNews Network
A nonprofit site that focuses on public education. Started by Mike Adams, the site pulls information from many different reputable sites in order to help readers make informed health and consumer choices.

5. The Revolutionary Act
Sister site to ExperienceLife, this is a grassroots site that helps motivate people to live healthy, happy, satisfying lives. The site covers fitness, wellness, healthy eating and nontoxic living.

6. Vivation
A guide for doing the physical breathwork exercises that help heal trauma, negative experiences or negative emotions. Site offers coursework as well as information.

7. Be Well by Dr. Mark Lipman
Focuses on cleansing and supplements to help with fatigue, digestion, sleep, stress, weight and hair, skin and nails.

8. Alternative Medicine
A site of natural health and wellness topic channels. Topics extend to items like natural clothing and teas.

9. 5 to Thrive
Emphasizes strategies that can transform the five key pathways in the body: immune system, inflammation, hormones, insulin sensitivity and digestion/detoxification.

10. The Chalkboard
Allows people from all over the world to engage in conversation about fitness, beauty, health, wellness, nutrition and philanthropy.

11. Real Farmacy
Helps visitors change their assumptions, or shift their paradigms, about GMOs, hemp marijuana, bees, gardening and more.

12. GreenMed Info
Focuses on giving readers the science behind natural healing remedies.

13. CureZone.org
A database of informative articles on health debates, specific health conditions. Site includes interactive forums.

14. John Douillard’s LifeSpa
A great place for supplements, Ayurvedic detox cleanses and information on natural health. Site store also offers bathing and skin care products.

15. Joel Evans, MD
Uses both modern medicine and natural healing therapies to aid in help women’s health. Offers a holistic approach to pregnancy.

16. Sara Gottfired, MD
Offers solutions to women trying to balance their hormones naturally, including a 21-page survival guide.

17. Della Terra Wellness
Combines the wisdom of both Western and Eastern medicine. Created by yoga instructor and writer Katerina Pozzi in Portland, Oregon.

18. Methow Valley Herbs
Personal experience wisdom from Rosalee de la Foret, whose battle with a terminal autoimmune disease made her passionate about natural remedies and herbs.

19. Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D.
Biochemist Dr. Jeffrey Bland offers ways to help people emphasize medicine and healing with as a health focus rather than a disease focus.

20. Health Child, Healthy World
Gives parents the information they need to protect their children from harmful chemicals.

21. Leo Galland
In-depth explanations of how western medicine is focused on disease with no regard for individuals.

22. Institute for Traditional Health
This site is not at all what its name implies. Offers tons of articles on illnesses and natural health topics.

23. Stonewell Acupuncture News
Gives information about using acupuncture and other medicines to maintain good health and balance.

24. Ann Louise Gittleman
A champion of environmental concerns as they relate to women’s health. Lots of books, including the Fat Flush weight loss plan.

25. The Doctors’ Medical Library
A medical and healthcare resource. Site offers articles and advice from

26. NaturoDoc
Library, blog and information site for natural healing.

27. Glowing Balance
Has great information for creatives to help them become self-sustaining and healthy, though the site owner Merja Wellock no longer posts and has changed careers. Archives are informative.

Herbs & Formal Natural Health Education

28. HerbMentor
A site for those who are passionate about herbs and want to learn more about their use. Offers courses, podcasts, videos and lots of reference materials.

29. Herb Geek
Slightly different from HerbMentor, this site is for those who know about herbs and want to converse with others who do, too. Lots of opportunity to experiment and share knowledge.

30. Planet Herbs
For those who want to do distance learning to formally educate themselves on herbs.

31. The Family Herbalist
Managed by herbalist Natalie Vickory, the site focuses on alternative health solutions and education relating to preventive and optimal health.

32. The Ayurvedic Institute
Uses the ancient art of healing to help people maximize their own potential by living healthy, balanced lives.

33. Dogwood School of Botanical Medicine
Provides both in-class and distance learning for herbal medicine.

34. Dr. Duke’s Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases
Slightly different from herbal encyclopedias, this database lets you search for different activities and chemicals inside a particular plant.

35. The Urban Herbalist
Clinical herbalist Laura Ash focuses on Western herbs, whole food nutrition, aromatherapy and Ayurveda.

36. Michele Collins, Herbalist
Uses both ancient Chinese and Western approaches to practice alternative healing. Also includes some nutritional counseling.

37. Herbal Encounter
Offers a way for herbalists to talk about their findings anonymously.

Food and Nutrition

38. Elana’s Pantry
Recipes that are paleo, gluten-free, high protein and healthy.

39. Mark’s Daily Apple
Insight on how to live a both a paleo and primal lifestyle. The writer is grain-free and gluten-free.

40. Nourished Kitchen
Recipes to help revive traditional food. Recipes use sprouted grain and natural fats like coconut oil and butter.

41. Prevention
A wealth of information on healthy weight loss and eating centered about prevention. Also contains some beauty articles.

42. Wellness Mama
A full-time housewife with training in both nutrition and journalism runs this site, which focuses on helping other achieve a wellness lifestyle.

43. La Leche League
An organization helping mothers worldwide to breastfeed by giving mothers support from other mothers and providing encouragement, information and education.

44. Polly’s Path
Created to help the average citizen take control of his own health with more information. There is a heavy focus on food, though other topics include meditation and natural products.

45. Weston A. Price Foundation
Nonprofit nutrition education site.

46. Naturally Savvy
Registered Holistic Nutritionist Andrea Donsky has a personal goal to help people have lives free from GMO products. The focus is on understanding food labels.

Natural Hair & Skin Care

47. Naturally Curly
A site for natural hair beginners, Naturally Curly has an abundance of articles, product reviews, blogs, photos, salon reviews and recommended books for newbies. There are also instructive how-to pages, a Q & A section and a hair forum to connect with other people with natural hair.

48. Curly Nikki
Site created by a licensed psychotherapist who wanted to help women have high esteem about the natural states of their hair. A favorite among natural hair style wearers, Curly Nikki has been profile on USA Today, O Magazine and many other nationally broadcast media shows.

49. The Natural Haven
Offers an unbiased view of all the ingredients in hair care products. Hosted by a UK scientist who tests all products, the site even offers an ingredients dictionary.

50. Treehugger
Known as a news and information site for the environmentally conscious, Treehugger also does a thorough job of helping readers find a green beauty regimen. This series on the Treehugger site teaches you how to understand label ingredients.

See one on here that we missed? Let us know in the comments!

The Endless Benefits of Coconut Oil

Benefits of Coconut Oil

Mmmm, Coconut oil! Coconut oil, surprisingly, is one of the most controversial foods out there. Those in the natural health community will espouse its many benefits and uses, while it is frequently demonized in the media for its high saturated fat content.

I’ll never forget the time I was pumping gas in San Diego and there are literally a video advertisement on their monitor telling me to avoid coconut oil, and stick to (what have been proven to be less healthy) vegetable oils instead. Now, why someone would be advertising this at a gas station is beyond me, but it was happening, and I will say I was pretty dumbfounded! It’s been shown now — conclusively — that saturated fat does NOT cause heart disease, and that these vegetable oils that they were promoting on the advertisements (and the foods that you find them in) are actually the villainous heart-disease promoters!

So before we begin – you should know that coconut oil IS in fact extremely healthy for you, and that you should NOT worry about the saturated fat content. Does that mean you should eat multiple cups of the stuff a day? No, it does not. Obviously moderation is important (even if it’s healthy fats, it’s not as if your body needs 3000+ calories of it every day!), and with moderation, you can experience the benefits that coconut oil has to offer.

So let’s dive into some of those benefits, shall we?

The Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a natural oil extracted from the meat of mature coconuts using an expeller-pressing or wet-milling process, though different companies will use widely varying methods of extracting and preparing the final product. The finished oil is used for everything from cooking and baking to lotions and conditioners, but its the increasing list of benefits that has rocketed coconut oil to “superfood status.” As coconut oil continues to take the spotlight, more and more internal and external benefits of coconut oil continue to be revealed!

Improved Blood Sugar Control

Diabetes statistics, especially those for type 2 diabetes, rise continually at an alarming pace and can affect people of all ages and backgrounds. Coconut oil may be used as part of a plan to control blood sugar problems, helping control diabetes, as well as potentially preventing diabetes from developing. Those who suffer from diabetes typically have issues absorbing and utilizing glucose due to problems with insulin. Without proper insulin function, blood sugar rises to dangerous levels, resulting in complications ranging from neuropathy to kidney disease. Coconut oil is low on the glycemic index, meaning that it does not spike blood sugar levels. At the same time, the healthy fat helps slow down the digestive process, resulting in a more even distribution of glucose into the bloodstream. Continuing research also shows promise for coconut oil in helping reverse insulin resistance over time.

Lowers Your Cholesterol Levels

Saturated fats are commonly linked to increased LDL cholesterol levels. Higher LDL, or low-density lipoprotein, is often associated with increased risks for heart attack, stroke and various heart diseases. However, the saturated fat in coconut oil may actually reduce LDL cholesterol levels in the bloodstream by increasing good HDL cholesterol levels. These beneficial effects come from coconut oil’s high levels of a fat known as lauric acid. Lauric acid has been shown to give a significant boost to HDL levels. HDL, or high-density lipoprotein, is considered a cholesterol scavenger, meaning that it locates and transports LDL cholesterol from the blood to the liver, where it’s broken down, lowering the level of LDL cholesterol in your bloodstream. Coconut oil may also help lower cholesterol levels by promoting its transformation into pregnenolone, a molecule required for the production of many of the body’s hormones.

Beneficial Effects on Thyroid Function

Coconut oil’s thyroid benefits come from it’s structure as a medium chain fatty acid. Oils that are high in long chain fatty acids, such as canola oil and margarine, take longer to digest than short and medium chain fatty acids, and require an enzyme from the liver to break them down for use. The enzyme stress from this process affects thyroid function by inhibiting the conversion of thyroid hormone T4 to T3, often resulting in hypothyroidism. T3 hormones are essential for converting fat into energy. Coconut oil is considered high in medium chain fatty acids. These fatty acids do not require the same liver enzymes for digestion, and do not result in the same enzyme stress as long chain fatty acids, preventing negative impacts on thyroid function. More research is needed to determine exactly how much of a benefit coconut oil has on the thyroid, though current research is promising.

Potential Weight Loss Benefits

Coconut oil provides several benefits that can positively impact weight loss. For example, healthy fats like coconut oil, when consumed in moderation, help you feel fuller longer, which may reduce the total amount of calories you consume each day. Coconut oil also has specific weight loss benefits due to its medium chain fatty acids. These fatty acids move more directly to the liver, making them more readily burned for energy. More efficient energy burning results in less fat stored on the body. However, it’s important to stress moderation in relation to using coconut oil for weight loss, as coconut oil contains an average of 117 calories per tablespoon.

Anti-Aging Properties

The natural aging process of the body is largely due to cell damage caused by oxidation in the body. Coconut oil helps fight this damage through its antioxidant content. Coconut oil contains both ferulic acid and p-coumaric acid, two antioxidants that work synergistically to help fight cell damage and slow the aging process. Antioxidants tend to be higher in virgin coconut oils produced by the wet-milling process, though all forms of the oil contain some amount of antioxidants.

Antiviral, Antibacterial and Antifungal Properties

The beneficial effects of coconut oil on everything from viruses to fungi has been a topic of research since the 1960′s. Most research revolves around the potential for the lauric acid in coconut oil to be transformed into monolaurin, a potent antiviral, antibacterial, and antiprotozoal. While research is still ongoing, there may be potential for lauric acid to help combat lipid-coated viruses, including HIV and influenza. The acid may also be beneficial for fighting bacteria like helicobacter pylori and lysteria, as well as parasites like giardia lamblia. Deeper research is needed to determine the full extent to which Coconut oil can be used to help fight these infections.

Use as a Skin Moisturizer

A common phrase in the natural beauty industry is that you should never put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t eat. This is due to skin’s ability to quickly absorb the products you use, including the chemicals in many moisturizers. Coconut oil is a great natural alternative that works safely and effectively when applied to the skin. Coconut oil not only works to prevent moisture loss from the skin, but it also contains high levels of the antioxidant vitamin E. Vitamin E is known to help fight off the signs of aging, including sagging skin, fine lines and wrinkles.

Moisturizing Benefits for Hair

Coconut oil not only benefits the skin, but can also help moisturize and protect your hair. Coconut oil has been shown to reduce protein loss from damaged hair, especially for those with more porous hair types, or those with damage from chemical hair treatments. For maximum hair benefit, use coconut oil as a pre-wash conditioner.

These are just some of the numerous benefits that coconut oil has for your body, with continuing research discovering more benefits and uses each year. Adding coconut oil to your daily routine is simple, as the oil can replace most any other oil in cooking and beauty recipes. So give it a try, and let us know: what benefits have you seen?

75 Amazing Uses For Coconut Oil

Uses for Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is one of the most amazing natural substances there is, period. I think that the only other natural health ‘substance’ that has anywhere near as many applications is apple cider vinegar! I use coconut oil almost every day in my house – It  useful in everything from cooking, to cleaning, to beauty, and more.

Below are 75 of the top uses of coconut oil. The craziest thing about this list is that it is by NO means conclusive – there are likely hundreds of more uses that we did not include! If you have one that we missed, let us know in the comments below!

Uses of Coconut Oil In The Kitchen

Coconut oil is an incredibly versatile tool to have in the kitchen for a number of reasons. Since it contains both fats and oils, it can serve all sorts purposes.

1. It is an oil with a high smoke point. That makes it a very good replacement for vegetable oils in stir-frys.

2. It can replace almost all vegetable oils used in cooking. In fact, I use coconut oil almost exclusively in my cooking.

3. It can be used as a dairy-free replacement for butter.

4. It can be used as creamer in coffee. Put the coffee, the coconut oil, and some butter in a blender. The blend will emulsify and provide a longer-lasting energy boost. This is a variation of something called “BulletProof Coffee,” which I will share in another article. It’s basically a more effective, healthier version of coffee. :)

5. It can be used to make homemade mayo. I can guarantee this type of mayo is healthier than most store-bought brands.

6. It can be used in smoothies as an energy supplement. And when used right (emphasis on used right!) it tastes amazing.

7. It can be used to season cast-iron skillets. It can also be used to clean them!

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

The health benefits of coconut oil are pretty endless; the list is so long that it honestly sounds like a cure-all. There are all sorts of health benefits derived from coconut oil. It is safe to apply topically or to consume (unless you’re allergic!). This makes it unique among natural remedies.

8. It can be used as an energy supplement, giving you a natural all-day energy booster.

9. It is an anti-fungal, and  kills Candida fungus. This is a type of fungus that can cause skin infections, among other health issues!

10. It may improve the symptoms of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

11. 30mL a day has shown to help cause a significant reduction in both BMI and waist circumference. This means that it can be used to reduce abdominal fat, which, of course, we all would like to reduce. Note that the studies on this did not require the addition of any exercise or any change in diet other than the adding of the coconut oil.

12. It can improve total, LDL, and HDL cholesterol, potentially reducing the risk of heart disease.

13. The Medium Chain Triglycerides can reduce seizures in Epileptic children.

14. The lauric acid can kill pathogens like bacteria, viruses and fungi. This is system-wide. It applies whether the oil is consumed or if it is applied topically.

15. The Medium chain Triglycerides can improve energy expenditure compared to other types of fat. The specifics of the medium chain triglycerides make them more energy efficient than long-chain fatty acids. They are metabolized differently.

16. It can increase mental alertness.

17. It helps clear up cold sores when applied topically.

18. It can help boost the body’s circulation and help those who feel cold. This is true whether applied topically or consumed.

19. It can help with the pain of hemorrhoids when applied topically.

20. It can help speed recovery from Urinary Tract Infections.

21. It increases the absorption rate of both Calcium and Magnesium.

22. It can reduce the itch of mosquito bites when applied topically.

23. It can help speed ear infection healing when applied to the inner ear.

24. Blend a tablespoon into hot tea to speed cold recovery.

25. It’s an immediate source of energy when consumed. It is not stored as fat. It is turned into ketone bodies. These can help brain disorders like epilepsy or Alzheimer’s.

26. It can boost overall metabolism.

27. It can speed up the recovery time for cuts when applied topically.

28. It can sooth psoriasis or eczema when applied topically.

29. Apply it to the inside of the nose to relieve allergy symptoms.

30. Mix with oregano oil and rub on the gums to improve overall gum health.

31. It can help speed up the healing of sunburn when applied topically.

32. It can improve insulin levels when consumed.

33. It can help relieve the pain of arthritis when applied topically.

34. It can help with depression or anxiety when consumed.

35. It can be used to make a homemade vapor rub.

36. It can be used topically to kill yeast infections.

37. It can support healthy thyroid function when consumed as a supplement.

38. It can fight athlete’s foot or toe fungus when applied topically.

Uses of Coconut Oil for Beauty

While there are plenty of health applications for coconut oil, there are just as many beauty applications! Coconut oil contains a unique combinations of acids, fats, and moisturizing ingredients. The combination makes it applicable to a wide range of beauty needs.

39. It can be rubbed on cuticles to help the fingernails grow.

40. It can make a whitening toothpaste when mixed with baking soda.

41. It can remove dry skin on feet when mixed with salt.

42. It can repair split ends when applied to the tips of hair.

43. It can reduce cellulite when used consistently.

44. It can be a natural shave cream and aftershave.

45. It can be used as a natural conditioner.

46. It can be used to make body scrub.

47. It can be rubbed into the scalp daily to help with hair growth.

48. It can help resolve acne.

49. It can be used as a natural personal lubricant. And used in the bedroom for the same purpose. ;)

50. It can help reduce the appearance of varicose veins.

51. It can be used in place of lip balm.

52. It can be used as a safe and natural massage oil.

53. It is naturally an SPF4 sunscreen.

54. It can prevent stretch marks during pregnancy.

55. It can lighten age spots.

56. It can be used to make non-whitening homemade toothpaste as well.

57. It is a very effective eye makeup remover.

58. It can be used to make natural homemade deodorant.

59. It can be used to make homemade natural moisturizing lotion.

60. It can be used on the elbows to alleviate dry skin.

61. It protects hair against damage from the sun and from heat

62. It kills lice when applied topically to the scalp.

Benefits of Coconut Oil During and After Pregnancy

The health benefits of coconut oil also can apply specifically to pregnancy. The fats in the oil provide the type of fats that fetuses need to develop. It is also useful after birth.

63. It is a cloth diaper-safe diaper cream.

64. It can be applied directly to the perineum to help heal after birth. It also helps soothe the pain.

65. It can sooth irritation on nursing nipples when applied topically.

66. It can be used as a natural diaper cream that won’t create dryness even in non-cloth diapers.

67. It is a natural baby lotion.

68. It can be used on the mother’s nipple and the baby’s mouth to fight thrush.

69. It can be taken internally during pregnancy to provide the baby necessary fats for development in utero.

Other Uses of Coconut Oil

70. It can be rubbed into leather to soften and condition.

71. It can be used topically on cats and dogs for skin issues ranging from scratches to scabies.

72. It can be used on your hands after doing dishes to avoid dry skin.

73. It can be used to make a natural bug repellent when mixed with catnip, rosemary, or mint oil.

74. It can be used to lubricate small motors or electronics.

75. It can be put on a cat’s paw to promote a shiny coat.

While these are 75 of the top uses of coconut oil, there are still plenty more not listed here! Have you used coconut oil for something not listed here? Let us know in the comments below! And if you’ve never used coconut oil for anything, pick some up and give it a try! You’ll soon experience all the wonderful benefits that coconut oil has to offer.

Natural Remedies For Dandruff

Natural Remedies for Dandruff

UGH, Dandruff! Easily one of the most ANNOYING health problems, Dandruff can be extremely embarrassing, and often makes itself obvious at the worst possible times. Oftentimes you’ll find flakes on your pillows, couches, and clothes – and hope that you’re the only one that’s noticed! Or even worse, you’ll be on a first date and not realize that there are flakes in your hair — while your date DEFINITELY notices.

Well, fear not – today we’ve got some natural remedies for dandruff for you to use to help cure this annoying and often unrelenting problem. Before we begin, let’s give a little background on Dandruff, shall we?

First, if you’re struggling with Dandruff – you’re not alone! Nearly one fifth of the american population (over 50 million people) struggle with Dandruff every day. And unfortunately, that number seems to continue to grow.

Causes of Dandruff

There are many causes of Dandruff, as you will soon read – but please keep in mind that there may be some causes that are unlisted here. Dandruff is most frequently caused by fungal infections on the scalp, which is usually brought on by a fatty acid imbalance (an imbalance of Omega 6: Omega 3 fatty acids). However, Dandruff can also be caused by sun overexposure, skin allergies and unaddressed food intolerances.  These things cause disruptions in the scalp’s normal repair and regeneration processes, making the skin slough off excessively. Generally, treating these core issues will help to control dandruff.

Getting Dandruff Under Control

If you’re bothered by persistent dandruff, there are many things you do to control or eliminate it. Although medical options are available, they are often prohibitively expensive and can have unwanted side effects. We would highly recommend using these options ONLY as a last resort if all other natural methods fail. There are various natural methods for treating this problem without the cost, side effects and inconvenience – so read below to find out what they are!

Natural Remedies For Dandruff

1. Wash with Neem Shampoo

Visit your local health foods store and check their beauty department for a shampoo made with neem oil. The oil of the neem tree has been used throughout India for thousands of years and is known to treat a variety of ailments. Its antifungal properties make it especially well-suited for use against fungal dandruff. It’s also an excellent way to moisturize, heal and protect the skin of your scalp, helping to ward off dandruff caused by dry skin. You can use neem shampoo like you would with any other “normal” shampoo, but allow a couple of weeks for the results to start showing.

2. Rinse With Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar, as far as we’re concerned, is a miracle substance that seems to be able to fix almost any fungal/bacterial related ailment. Now, you might think – okay, Apple Cider Vinegar is acidic, so it seems like the last thing that you’d want to try for dandruff. However, many dandruff sufferers (including myself) have found it incredibly helpful for battling the flakes. Apple Cider Vinegar’s chemical composition, specifically its acetic acid content generally wipes out the fungus on your scalp, helps moisturize the scalp and it even makes a great conditioner. It may tingle or burn a little when you use it, so keep that in mind. In the past when I have used this treatment, I mix it with some water (1 part apple cider vinegar, 3-5 parts water) to help dilute it.

3. Take a Zinc Supplement

Did you know that you can get all the benefits of dandruff shampoo internally? Most dandruff shampoos contain zinc, a mineral that is essential for a healthy scalp. Even if you’re already using other methods, taking a zinc supplement once per day can help turbocharge the results. Zinc helps facilitate proper skin repair and cell turnover, nourishes hair follicles and controls fungal growth. Zinc has many other benefits as well, which we’ll cover in a later post.

4. Apply a Coconut Oil Treatment

Coconut oil is a very popular moisturizing treatment for hair to help keep it manageable, shiny and soft. However, coconut oil’s benefits service more more than just your hair. It’s also a fantastic natural product for dandruff control. Aside from moisturizing a dry scalp, coconut oil is also antifungal, which can help address the most common cause of dandruff. It’s often recommended to use only virgin coconut oil as opposed to the refined variety – and that recommendation stands for pretty much any food related product we recommend – the less processed, the better it is. Virgin oil contains more of the beneficial substance, plus it has a lovely coconut fragrance that will make your coconut-scented conditioner jealous.

5. Create An Anti-Dandruff Diet

It’s easy to forget the fact that everything you eat has an impact on your body as a whole. Eating the wrong foods can trigger a chain reaction of health problems, whereas eating the right ones can prevent or remedy these issues. Dandruff is no different, and you can use this to your advantage. Because most cases of dandruff are cause by fungus that essentially can feed off of the foods that you eat, here are some dietary recommendations for Dandruff: 1. Lower your carbohydrate intake, especially refined/processed sugars. Fungi LOVE sugar and eating diets high in sugar will promote fungal overgrowth. 2. Eat plenty of organic, fresh fruits & vegetables – these contain vitamins and minerals that will help your skin fight conditions on the scalp. 3. Make sure to get plenty of healthy omega 3 fats in your diet – if you have an omega 3 : omega 6 imbalance, dry skin (and in turn, dandruff) usually is the result, among other health problems.

6. Apply Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is a well-known natural antiseptic and antifungal that can help people struggling with dandruff. It also helps to moisturize the skin, accelerate healing and even control itching. Best of all, it’s appropriate for use in people who have dandruff from seborrhoeic dermatitis due to an excessively oily scalp. You can use tea tree oil by directly applying it to your scalp, or adding a few drops to your shampoo. When I have used this treatment, I kept the tea tree oil in overnight (though your pillows may smell like a tea tree after!), and that usually worked out the best. Like Apple Cider Vinegar, Tea Tree Oil is a very strong substance and may cause a burning or tingling sensation if you use it. So just be careful!  Like most dandruff remedies, it may take a week or more to begin seeing results.

7. Use Aloe Vera’s Healing Power

Aloe vera has long been used as a remedy for skin conditions, including burns, abrasions, irritation and even dandruff. Naturally occurring substances in aloe vera gel help fight skin inflammation, reduce itching, kill fungi and moisturize and protect the skin. Furthermore, aloe has been shown to aid the healing process, enabling your scalp to recover from the cause of your dandruff. Aloe gel can be used like a conditioner or added to your normal shampoo, and it’s gentle enough to use daily.

8. Wear a Hat Outdoors

People with fair skin and hair are more susceptible, but anyone can get dandruff from prolonged exposure to the sun. UV radiation exposure damages the uppermost layers of skin, drying it out and leaving it inflamed and irritated. As a result, the skin on the scalp begins to flake off excessively. You can prevent this issue simply by wearing a hat whenever you’re outside for long periods.

9. Avoid Grains in Your Diet

In recent years, it’s become more widely accepted that grains are a MAJOR trigger for food intolerances. When these are left unaddressed, they can result in many problems, including chronic dandruff. If none of the remedies you try seem to help or if the results are limited, consider trying a grain-free diet. After avoiding grains for 14-30 days, many people notice that their dandruff has either disappeared or improved significantly. And even if you don’t have dandruff, going grain free is generally a MUCH healthier dietary choice than eating grains!

10. Improve Air Circulation

If your hair is very thick or you’re ALWAYS wearing a hat, dandruff may be worse for you. A lack of air circulation over the scalp produces favorable conditions for bacteria and fungi to breed, which can in turn cause dandruff. In addition, hats and the weight of thick hair may press hair against the scalp, which also allows dead skin to accumulate. Try to avoid wearing hats, or for thick, long hair, consider getting a haircut that allows better airflow.

11. Drink More Water!

Oftentimes, dry skin can be a symptom of a simple lack of water in your body – or dehydration. Drinking water is well known as being one of the healthiest things you can do for your body – and it absolutely can help reduce the symptoms of dandruff. Make sure to pay close attention to how much water you drink throughout the day – you may find its a lot less than you think!

12. Go The Medical Route

If you find that none of the above treatments (and we will add more to this post, as we find them) work for you, and the dandruff/itchy scalp/flaking is starting to dramatically affect your quality of life, you may want to (hopefully, temporarily) use a medical treatment to fix the problem. The issue with medical treatments is that they usually just cover up the symptoms, and don’t fix the underlying problem. However, if you’re covered in huge, nasty flakes and your scalp itches 24/7, we wouldn’t blame you for wanting to seek IMMEDIATE relief. I personally have used Ciclopirox shampoo, which worked very well for me, however, I’d recommend speaking to a dermatologist and getting their recommendation, if you decide to go this route. In conclusion, dandruff is an extremely common issue – and it can be very frustrating, very uncomfortable, and very embarassing. It can affect your work life, your social life, and your confidence as a human being! If you’re ready to release  If you’re ready to release dandruff’s hold on you, make sure to try some of the above remedies. And if they don’t work for you, consult your dermatologist. More resources: EarthClinic’s Natural Cures for Dandruff Did this article help you? Did we miss a remedy that worked for you? Let us know in the comments below!