August 21, 2014

Green Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas: Including Coconut Oil

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 Green Valentines Day Gift Ideas: Including Coconut Oil

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by MrsMoney

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and it’s time to start thinking about Valentine’s Day activities!  If you’re looking to save money and be green with your Valentine’s Day gifts, look no further.  I’ve got some fun, frugal, and eco-friendly gift and date ideas.

  1. Plant a tree or flower for your love.  Include a note that says “As the flower grows and blossoms, so does my love for you.” Every time your love sees the tree, they will see your growing love for them.
  2. Make them a coupon book with homemade coupons.  Ideas for the coupons are “I’ll wash your laundry,” “One night of uninterrupted time,” or even “a date night in where I cook for you.”  It won’t cost anything but your time, and chances are the recipient will love it!
  3. Coconut oil is a great gift idea.  You can use it for massage oil, lotion, cooking, and even as an eco-friendly lubricant.  It’s all natural, works very well, and will last you a long time.  It will also provide you with health benefits too!
  4. Cook a romantic dinner at home.  Buy all organic foods and make a meal that’s really memorable.  Burn some all natural beeswax candles for ambiance.  Use red foods like steak, beets, and red velvet cake to celebrate the holiday.
  5. Go to your local health foods store and pick out some new eco-friendly bath products.  Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and even maybe some bubble bath are great presents that will allow the recipient to try them and see which ones they like.  Create a little gift basket and maybe throw in a couple new bamboo towels.

Whatever you decide to do, do it from the heart.  You don’t have to spend a ton of money to have a good Valentine’s day!

Mrs. Money writes at the Ultimate Money Blog, where she shares tips on frugal living, how to live green, and living a simpler life.

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Users Testify to Coconut Oil “Miracles” on WebMD

Users Testify to Coconut Oil “Miracles” on WebMD

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WebMD is the world’s most visited “health” website. They derive their advertising from the pharmaceutical industry, so they have a pro-Pharma slant, as one can expect. It is not typically the place you would go to find information regarding alternative treatments to FDA approved pharmaceutical drugs. If you are contemplating using prescription drugs, it is a great place to get information about the medical industry’s products. If however you are looking for information on products that are not approved as drugs by the FDA, their information will be highly biased.

Due to the increasing popularity of coconut oil and its healing properties, WebMD now has a listing for coconut oil. It is listed in their vitamin and supplement section, since it is not approved as a drug, and since they generally do not provide any health information about foods.

They give the standard pro-Pharma view of coconut oil, which is that, in their view, there are no approved claims for coconut oil. They also warn people that coconut oil could raise cholesterol levels and could be harmful, even while acknowledging that research actually shows the opposite, since coconut oil traditionally lowers LDL cholesterol while raising HDL cholesterol (a positive thing.) They also warn that if people eat too much coconut oil, since it is fat, that it could lead to weight gain.

Interestingly, WebMD allows users to comment on these entries, presumably in a format where patients can comment on their own experiences with the vast array of drugs listed on their website. Read what users said about the “miraculous” properties of coconut oil in relation to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, weight control, memory, mood swings, energy, dry skin, dental health, stopping seizures and more.

Adding Coconut Oil into Your Fitness Routine

Adding Coconut Oil into Your Fitness Routine

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Fitness junkies, take note: you need coconut oil. Coconut oil straight up, in your protein-rich meals, protein shakes, snacks, pre-workout, post-workout fuel – whatever you choose. Coconut oil can be adapted into your style of eating and seriously enhance the results of the style of fitness you’re into, be it body building, toning, endurance, or general weight and muscle management.

So why add coconut oil into your fitness routine? Coconut oil is a rich source of MCTs (medium chain triglycerides), a high-energy fuel that the body uses to prevent muscle loss, but take off body fat. Coconut oil has a lot of these MCTs. Eat it.

Easy Homemade Coconut Oil Chocolate Recipes

Easy Homemade Coconut Oil Chocolate Recipes

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Coconut oil makes fantastic homemade chocolate. With just a few extra ingredients, coconut oil will morph into an impressively smooth, rich dark chocolate that won’t require a chocolate-making class to learn.

The easiest coconut oil chocolates require no cooking and generally all the ingredients are blended together in one easy step.

How to Use Coconut Oil in Your Skincare Routine

How to Use Coconut Oil in Your Skincare Routine

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Coconut oil is often praised for its many health benefits and its versatility in cooking and baking. While these many benefits may have gotten you to commit to always keeping some coconut oil in your pantry, coconut oil has a big place outside of the kitchen as well.

Coconut oil’s healing, antibacterial, and cleansing properties take on an entirely new personality when used topically, making it the ideal multiple-products-in-one item to add to your skincare and personal grooming regimes. Since coconut oil is gentle on the skin and not laden with chemicals and ingredients you have to watch out for (like most of the skin and beauty care products sold today), this is a safe and easy oil for anyone to use and experiment with.

Here are 4 popular ways coconut oil can be used to replace the dozens of pricey, and often ineffective, products sitting in your bathroom.

10 Different Ways to Eat Coconut Cream Concentrate

10 Different Ways to Eat Coconut Cream Concentrate

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Coconut Cream Concentrate, also known as “coconut butter” is a nut butter-like spread made from coconut.

Coconut Cream Concentrate definitely should have a place in every coconut lover’s pantry. Since it is 100% coconut, it also has a substantial amount of coconut oil, making it perfect for those who are looking for more creative ways to get coconut oil into their diets.

How many different ways can you use it? Aside from enjoying it by the spoonful or eating it on pastries, here are just 10 of the countless, creative ways you can use this delicious coconut butter.

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