Some Great Uses for Coconut Oil

CocosPure-Product-Graphics_CookingOilCoconut oil is so versatile that it can be used in cooking, on your skin, as a cleaning aid and even as a medicine.  According to Katherine Kyte writing for Yahoo Style online, there are numerous amazing ways to use coconut oil.  I’m sure there are more, but let’s start with these.

  • Toothpaste – Coconut oil has antibacterial qualities that help you fight tooth decay.  Mix 1/2 cup coconut oil, 2 tablespoons baking powder and 30 drops of pure peppermint oil.  Store it in a glass container.
  • Insect Repellent – Mix 1 tablespoon coconut oil, 3 drops of rosemary oil and 5 drops of tea tree oil.  Store it in a spray bottle.
  • Furniture or Shoe Polish – You can use this on metal, granite, wood or leather.  Combine coconut oil and fresh strained or bottled lemon juice.  Rub it on and polish it using a clean, soft cloth.
  • Natural Makeup Remover – Coconut oil is a natural moisturized.  Rub it on with a cotton ball to remove mascara and foundation.  You can also remove bacterial from your brushes by soaking them in melted coconut oil, then washing then thoroughly.
  • Sugar Scrub – a great way to exfoliate your skin.  Combine sugar and coconut oil until it forms a thick paste.  Gently scrub it on your skin, then wash off with warm water.  Do you like body scrubs?  Here’s more some more recipes.
  • Deodorant – Combine 1/4 cup cornstarch, 1/4 cup baking soda, 10 – 15 drop of your favorite essential oil (lavender, lemon, geranium or tea tree or common).  Mash them together, then add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and a few drops of vitamin E oil to obtain a smooth texture (add more oil if you need to).  Place it in a glass container and leave it for a few days to harden.
  • Body Cream – Mix together 1/4 cup coconut oil, 1/4 cup shea butter, 25 drops lavender oil. Place it in a glass container in a pan of hot water until it is melted.  Shake up the container or beat with a whisk until it is slightly fluffy.
  • Cold remedy – Combine coconut oil and eucalyptus oil.  Rub it on your chest.  The aroma will help with coughs and colds as well.
  • Natural Laxative – Stir in  2 tablespoons of oil into a hot beverage or stir in 1/2 teaspoon into an 8 oz. glass of juice several times per day.  Your constipation or digestion problems will be gone in no time.

Remember that not all coconut oil is processed the same.  You want to buy oil that is non-GMO, preferably organic and processed with little or no heat.  You can find great coconut oil at Cocos Pure that fits all.  Why not try it today?

 

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How to Choose Organic Fruits and Vegetables

Eating whole, unprocessed foods is imperative to good health. We know eating organic is good for you because it minimizes your exposure to toxic pesticides but sometimes you’re not able to do all of your grocery shopping in the organic aisle. Here’s a guide to show you how to choose organic fruits and vegetables. We’ve listed the items that are most important to purchase organic and which items will do less harm to you if they don’t happen to have that special sticker.

Meet the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen Fruits and Vegetables

The Dirty Dozen (in order of contamination)

  • Apples
  • Celery
  • Sweet bell peppers
  • Peaches
  • Strawberries
  • Nectarines
  • Grapes
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Cucumbers
  • Blueberries
  • Potatoes

The Clean 15 (in order of least contamination)

  • Onions
  • Sweet Corn
  • Pineapples
  • Avocado
  • Cabbage
  • Sweet peas
  • Asparagus
  • Mangoes
  • Eggplant
  • Kiwi
  • Cantaloupe
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Grapefruit
  • Watermelon
  • Mushrooms

Some of the fruit and vegetables are sprayed right before they are sent to market, making them potentially more harmful. This article does not mention the problems with GMO and the very toxic sprays used in these plants. That is the topic for another article. Sweet corn unfortunately has slipped in many cases from the clean list to the sprayed list.

Natural Eats: Shop Your Local Farmers Market

Being a 100% pure and natural product, we’re huge fans of fresh, organic, and locally grown products. It goes without saying that we love perusing our local farmers markets for fresh and natural ingredients for a healthy homemade meal. Not to mention, we love supporting local producers and sustainable farming. Spend some time this weekend discovering the tasty artisanal cheeses, jams, and breads offered at your local farmers market.

CANADA

Vancouver – Vancouver Farmers Market

Vancouver Farmers Markets produce weekly Markets in different Vancouver neighbourhoods. From Trout Lake to the West End, there’s an accessible Market for everyone.

Toronto – Dufferin Grove Farmers’ Market

Dufferin Grove Farmers’ Market is one of Toronto’s favourite organic markets open year round. The Market runs every Thursday and offers pesticide-free produce, meats and prepared-goods.

 

UNITED STATES

San Francisco – Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market is a tri-weekly farmers market at the San Francisco Ferry building.

Chicago – Chicago Farmers Market

Chicago’s Farmers Markets bring over 70 vendors selling fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers to various neighbourhoods throughout the windy city.

Austin – Barton Creek Farmers Market

Started on the Whole Foods Parking lot in 1997, this little market has expanded into two locations, and was voted as one of the top 10 farmers market in the United States.

 

SOUTH AFRICA

Johannesburg – Fourways Farmers Market

The Fourways Farmers Market boasts 50 vendor stalls with carefully curated produce and products. From organically grown vegetables, locally made cheese and cured meats to farm eggs and baked goods, there’s something for everyone.

 

UNITED KINGDOM

London – Notting Hill Farmers’ Market

This tucked away market is a favourite for locals. In operation since 1999, you can catch artisans sharing their locally grown and raised goods every Saturday.

Did we miss one of your favourites? Let us know which farmers market you frequent!