The coconut provides a nutritious source of meat, juice, milk, and oil that has fed and nourished populations around the world for generations. On many islands coconut is a staple in the diet and provides the majority of the food eaten. Nearly one third of the world’s population depends on coconut to some degree for their food and their economy. Among these cultures the coconut has a long and respected history.
Coconut is highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It is classified as a “functional food” because it provides many health benefits beyond its nutritional content. Coconut oil is of special interest because it possesses healing properties far beyond that of any other dietary oil and is extensively used in traditional medicine among Asian and Pacific populations. Pacific Islanders consider coconut oil to be the cure for all illness. The coconut palm is so highly valued by them as both a source of food and medicine that it is called “The Tree of Life.” Only recently has modern medical science unlocked the secrets to coconut’s amazing healing powers.
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I have done an extensive amount of research on the coconut and am pleased to provide you with several posts which discuss the many health benefits and uses for coconut.
When you visit my blog and do a search for coconut oil, you quickly discover that I live and breathe by it. It honestly is magical. Ok – maybe not magical but darn close. You see, coconut oil is nature’s perfect healer. It works inside the body and it works outside the body. It has hundreds of uses. (I even … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
I have a few posts up on my site that generate a lot of email questions. It seems like everyone wants to get their hands on my secret recipe for sun protection! I guess my “I use this and this and this” isn’t quite cutting it. You kind readers want and deserve specifics! Therefore, I am giving them to you … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
Hair loss happens. It is certainly normal to loose strands of hair every day, sometimes hundreds. These strands regrow as part of the normal growth and loss cycle. Typically, this is not a cause for concern, until it is. If you have ever been the victim of clumps of hair coming out throughout the day, you know how scary an … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
It is that time of year again. Great weather, lots of sun, long days spent outdoors. This is also the time of year where everyone worries about damage to their skin from exposure to the sun’s harmful rays. Sunscreen flies off the shelves at every store. Moms slather it on their children in thick layers. And this summer, like every … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
Prostate enlargement, or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is extremely common in men as they age. BPH can start after the age of 40 and becomes more common as men get older. It affects nearly all men, though some men do not have any symptoms even though their prostate may have started to grow larger. More than half of men in … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
Coconut oil continues to take the natural health world by storm. It is now making its way into more and more households as the average consumer is becoming more aware of the importance of taking charge of health issues naturally. For a looooong time, the majority of my audience was female. And then things shifted. My audience is 54% men … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
My love affair with coconut oil runs deep. I am now known as the Coconut Oil Maven at my local Trader Joes (thanks to an innocent conversation with a clerk that led to a small crowd gathering which led to an impromptu lecture, by me, on the joys of coconut oil.) Anyhoo – I love using the stuff. But I … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
Did you know that when a chicken lays an egg, it has a natural coating on it known as the bloom? This bloom is a layer of protection for the egg which keeps out oxygen as well as harmful bacteria and germs. When the bloom is left alone (meaning no egg-washing or wiping) an egg can last a really, really … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
Jump Start Your Health With Coconut Oil (A Round Up of Over 80 Coconut Oil Recipes Plus Over 30 Informational Posts)
Coconut Oil was THE product of 2013. It took the world by storm. Everywhere you turned, someone was taunting its health benefits. Slowly, coconut oil was making its comeback and by the end of 2013, it was practically in every home around the world. (Ok, maybe that is an exaggeration but I think it came pretty close to being in … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
“Safe.” I sort of dislike that word. Because really, the definition of safe and safety has soooooo dang much wiggle room both in the actual definition and in its interpretation. The safety of using a specific product depends on so many factors including the actual person using it. So really, defining something as safe is, in my opinion, a bit … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
Figuring out the best way to feed your family, especially a large family, is tough these days. Most families deal with one or more food allergies/sensitivities. There are budget constraints, time constraints, food preferences, sensory issues related to texture and consistency, etc… Gone are the days where families prepared and ate what they had because it was all that was … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
No one enjoys getting a cut, burn, or other injury to their skin. Most people like scarring even less. Scarring is a critical part of the healing process after a wound, injury, skin inflammation, or surgical site has healed and generally happens in three phases. If you take very good care of your wound and your whole body right from … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
Itch, itch, itch. Scratch, scratch, scratch. Chronic inflammation of the skin, accompanied by intense itching is most commonly diagnosed as eczema. Eczema is a form of dermatitis (which means inflammation of the skin) that flares up time and time again. It usually starts in early childhood and tends to run in families. The severity and duration of flare-ups varies … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
Today I am sharing a wonderful guest post from my online natural parenting bloggy friend Christine of African Babies Don’t Cry! Since she has a son, she is much more well versed on certain male health topics than I am and I figured we needed to mix things up a little on here today! I hope anyone with a son … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
It’s that time of year again (at least in my neck of the woods!) The temperatures are rising, feet are sweating, and foot fungus rages out of control. Thankfully, I do not battle this issue personally. However, I know many people who do and they dread the sweaty days of summer. Athlete’s foot is an infection also called tinea pedis, … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
Backups happen. Sometimes they are within our control and other times they are not. Either way, constipation sure isn’t fun! I mean, who wants to be stuck on the throne for hours and hours, red-faced, bored to tears, pushing with all you’ve got, just to see a pea sized nugget of nothing at the bottom of the bowl. Not me … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
Cold sores suck! Unfortunately, some people are plagued with them while others manage to never experience a cold sore during their entire life. Cold Sores are caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV). Once you have been exposed to this virus you are infected for life. Infection usually occurs when the virus enters through small breaks in the skin, … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
True story… I am chatting with a woman in the health food store. She is casually eyeballing the contents of my shopping cart. She spies some dried coconut and asks me if I know about coconut oil. Heh. Do I know about coconut oil? I tell her that yes, I have researched it extensively. She apparently thinks that this makes … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
What a lovely set of coconuts! Stop for a second and give that some thought. I know I am not the only person who honestly sees the similarities between coconuts and breasts. I mean, seriously. Coconuts. Breasts. Coconuts. Breasts. Same general shape. Come in all sizes. Produce milk. There is a reason the coconut and the breast are … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
Oh yeah folks! It’s time to get down and dirty with Hybrid Rasta Mama! Important Note – I am going to be deliberate in my word choice throughout this post. So I apologize now if I offend your sensibilities with my Victorian-era infused word choice. I just want to stay off the search-engine radar for posts that might be of … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
Welcome to 2013! I am so excited about this year. Not only do I think it is going to be a great year for me personally, but I also feel like the energy in the universe if shifting for the better and that humankind is going to make great leaps forward in taking charge of their health naturally! You … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
Holiday travel season is right around the corner! Yikes! Packing always becomes a challenge as you decide what goes in the carry on, what you “really” need versus what you “might” need, as well as what items may be available at your destination. Today I would like to share with you a sneaky way to clear some space in your … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
With school back in session, the issue of lice is a hot ticket item right now! Head lice infestation (pediculosis), one of the most common contagious childhood diseases, is caused by barely visible insects found almost exclusively on the human scalp. Contrary to popular belief, head lice infestation has little to do with personal hygiene. In fact, head lice are … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
160 Uses for Coconut Oil is a post that has taken on a life of its own. It has been viewed, shared, pinned, tweeted, and liked to the point that I can no longer keep track of it. The response to the information I compiled blew me away. I am humbled by how much of an impact this post has … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
The subject of acne is a rather complicated one. You see, most of us probably believe that acne is caused by an infected sebum gland under the skin. While this is not wrong, it is also not the entire story. Acne really begins in the gut. An imbalanced or diseased gut manifests itself in all kinds of fun ways, acne … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
The sun is out full time these days! Most of us, especially those of us with children, are spending more and more time outside, soaking up the Vitamin D and filling our cups with warmth and solar energy. Certain natural oils offer SPF protection from the sun that is better than protection found in any commercially produced sunscreen. (Chemical free … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
Let’s talk about cholesterol shall we? Come on…don’t be scared. Despite what you have been brainwashed into thinking, cholesterol is your friend not your enemy. It’s really very good stuff! Quick disclaimer – I am required to clearly state that I am not a licensed medical professional nor do I pretend to be one on this site. Take what I … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
There is a lot of confusion about coconut products (namely coconut oil) and the blood type diet. One of the most frequently asked questions from those who read my 333 Uses For Coconut Oil post is what my take is on the blood type diet and the concern for Type “O’s” consuming coconut oil and other coconut products. Let me … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
Hashimoto’s Disease is an autoimmune ailment and the main cause of hypothyroidism. This disease causes massive inflammation of the thyroid glands which results in low production of thyroid hormones and gradually leads to hypothyroidism. Hashimoto’s is called an autoimmune disease because the immune system produces antibodies that attack the tissues in one’s own body. This disease is more usually observed … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
It is no secret in the natural health community that coconut oil has helped to improve or heal the cognitive skills of dementia or Alzheimer’s sufferers.* Many Western Medical practitioners are just now starting to discuss coconut oil in relation to dementia and have surprisingly admitted that yes, there is merit to the claims that coconut oil can improve diminished … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
Oil Pulling was discovered by world renowned physician Dr. F. Karach, M.D., while suffering horribly from a blood disease. Like millions of Americans and people around the world, he sought out a solution for his pain. He tried everything until he came upon Oil Pulling, a term he coined. During his study, he realized that oil actually has healing micro-organisms … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
One of the most frequently asked questions I get about coconut oil is how to “eat” enough of it each day. Many readers email me or leave comments on my 333 Uses for Coconut Oil post wondering how I consume it. Well – ask and you shall receive! Here are 16 ways to consume coconut oil: Take it straight of … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease, Diverticulosis, Twisted and Redundant Colon, Proctitis, Stomach Ulcers and Duodenal Ulcers are all diseases and health issues associated with poor intestinal health. Since intestinal health is central to overall health, it’s important to provide a brief overview of the properties of a healthy gut. The intestines are populated … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
Nipples. Lady Bits. Coconut Oil. Yessum – you read that right! You see, I am a real foodie. As a real foodie, I use copious amounts of coconut oil when I cook and bake. Coconut oil is pretty amazing stuff and it wasn’t until after I began my journey towards living a real foods lifestyle that I discovered just how … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
In tropical countries all over the world, coconuts have long been praised as having fertility and pregnancy enhancing properties. In India, for example, a woman hoping to conceive will go to her priest for a special coconut; Thai babies receive, as their first solid food, three spoonfuls of soft coconut meat from their priests; a Balinese woman is forbidden … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
After I posted 80 Ways To Use Coconut Oil (and then 333 Uses for Coconut Oil), I started receiving a lot of great questions. Instead of responding in the comments, on Facebook, and on other links to my post, I thought that I would gather everyone’s questions in one place. This post is pretty long but I think it is … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!
Did you read yesterday’s post on My Journey To Better Health Through A Nourishing, Traditional, Real Food Diet? If not, you should! This post will make a lot more sense that way! Goodness how I LOVE fat! Honestly, I forgot how much I loved it and how good it tastes. I am overjoyed that I have now embraced the fact … Keep Reading! You Know You Want To!