Standardised Herbal Extracts
A standardised herbal extract is an herb extract that has one or more components present in a specific, guaranteed amount, usually expressed as a percentage. The intention behind the standardisation of herbs is to guarantee that the consumer is getting a product in which the chemistry is consistent from batch to batch. This practice has developed out of the drug model of herbal medicine, in which modern scientists have attempted to identify the components of a plant that have definite pharmacological activity in the body. Unfortunately, while scientists can isolate many constituents from an herb and discover how particular chemicals may act in the body, they inadvertently remove or overlook components that may contribute to the activity of the whole herb. Consequently, standardisation may concentrate one constituent at the expense of other potentially important ones, while changing the natural balance of the herb’s components.
Standardisation, therefore, is based on the idea that isolated compounds are responsible for the action of an herb. Almost no medicinal herbs, however, are known for just a single function. In fact, plants contain a complex blend of phytochemicals, and as naturally concentrated foods have the unique ability to address a multiplicity of problems simultaneously. The full medicinal value of herbs is most likely due to their internal complexity and to the interactions of the different components within the body rather than to one of its specific components. Furthermore, many of the constituents within an herb are as yet unknown, and internal chemical interactions within and among herbs are even more poorly understood. Therefore, it is doubtful that this type of standardised herbal extract can exhibit the same full spectrum of use as the whole herb. However, science has proved the efficacy of some of these concentrated extracts regarding specific biological actions, so they can be very useful even if they don’t work exactly like the whole herbs.
A second form of standardisation uses key components only as markers of identity while trying to maintain the same full spectrum of components as the whole herb. These standardised extracts are not necessarily more concentrated than the whole herbs, but they do maintain a minimum potency of these markers. The markers may or may not be active constituents of the plant, but a spectrum analysis of this kind of extract should be visually similar to that of the whole herb, assuring that no major component has been removed in the extraction process. This process guarantees that the herbs will have a minimum level of potency every time without sacrificing any components.
Some facts about our Broken Shell Pine Pollen following an enquiry about using this product to make tinctures:
Broken shell means that the cell walls have been broken. As far as making tinctures from Pine pollen... Our pine pollen is basically the same as others on sale, so if you can make tinctures from other brands then you could make it from ours. The only difference between brands is the exact place the pine trees grow, the nutrients in the ground, the pollution in the air, the care taken during collection and processing, etc. We have a review in Amazon from a customer who describes making tinctures from our pine pollen powder. Personally we can't see why anyone would want to, it becomes a kind of tincture in your stomach!
History of Pine Pollen
Pine Pollen has long been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). And also closely related to the uses in Japan and Korea. It is mentioned in several Chinese classics such as Shennong’s Herbal Classic, The Pandect of Materia Medica. This dates back to 200 A.D., during the Han Dynasty.
“Pine Pollen tastes sweet and mild and has no toxicity, it mainly helps with vicious Qi from cold and fever in the heart and abdomen, inducing urination, eliminating extravasated blood, nourishing Qi, strengthening energy, and extending lifespan for long-term consumption.”
Meanwhile, the Tang Materia Medica from around 657 to 659 A.D. states:
“Pine Pollen also names pine yellow because it looks like cattail pollen, long-term intaking can lighten the weight and its treatment effect is even better than pine bark, leaf, and resin.”
In TCM, Pine Pollen is considered sweet and mild, useful for the liver and spleen meridians. One of its main functions is eliminating dampness in the body.
Looking at it from the three treasure model, Pine Pollen is best considered as a Yang Jing substance. As Jing is closely related to hormonal health, this makes a lot of sense. For more about Jing read this article All About Jing.
While Jing may be its main property, it certainly has some Qi effects which can be seen in its help with energy and other functions. It has undoubtedly been used all over the world over millennia and in other areas where pine trees grow; however, there just aren’t any good records of it.
Some specific mentions and uses in historical texts include:
Shi Liao Ben Cao/Dietetic Materia Medica from the Tang Dynasty – Pine Pollen of half a kilogram mixed with 5 kilograms of honey. This is taken internally and was said to promote beauty in the face.
Shan Jia Qing Gong from the Song Dynasty – Chinese Pine Pollen cakes made with water and rice flour is to be made “according to the shape of ancient dragon cakes.” These taste and smell sweet as well as help people’s appearance become more beautiful and increase will.
Pine Pollen was also used extensively in Japan and Korea. In 1613, a royal physician named Heo Jun published the Dongui Bogam which means “Mirror of Eastern Medicine.” In it, he writes, “Pine Pollen is sweet, mild, heart and lung nourishment, Qi tonifying medicine and with a function to stop bleeding.”
Lonjevitee Boswellia for People and Dogs
65% Boswellic acid standardised extract of Boswellia Serrata (Frankincense)
We chose the best type of refined Boswellia extract to be sure you get the results you want from taking this food supplement. There are no impurities from the Tree or from the collection of the resin. We don't use anything to bulk up the content and we don't add any preservatives or additives.
There are many known health benefits from adding this to your daily food or to your dogs food. It is always best to help the body to be healthy rather than to try to treat disease. Some people in Asia and Africa eat this resin as a chewing gum and they therefore get the benefit that way. It has also been used for millenia in traditional medicines.
We sell capsules and loose powder and many owners prefer to give their dog the loose powder. Most dogs are happy to have it mixed with their food. We sell loose powder so you don't have to open the capsules; this will also save you money AND we provide a 400 mg measure scoop to make things even easier for you.
"Arthritis Research & Therapy", Volume 10,Issue 4 (July 2008)
In a recent 90-day, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study osteoarthritis (OA) patients taking Boswellia serrata extract showed significant improvements in pain score and functional ability as early as 7 days after the start of treatment. Boswellia serrata extract exhibits potential anti-inflammatory properties by inhibiting the 5-lipoxygenase enzyme reduces pain and improves physical functioning significantly in OA patients; and it is safe for human consumption. Doses ranged from 100 mg to 250 mg daily of Boswellia serrata extract enriched with 30% 3-O-acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid (AKBA).
Bell, Stacey; Balch, CNC, Phyllis A. (2012-04-03). Prescription for Herbal Healing, 2nd Edition: An Easy-to-Use A-to-Z Reference to Hundreds of Common Disorders and Their Herbal Remedies (p. 24). Penguin Group. Kindle Edition.
Boswellic acids act by deactivating the triggers for inflammation and pain in joints damaged by osteoarthritis. These acids, present in extracts of boswellia species (guggals or frankincense ) also encourage blood circulation to inflamed, painful joints.
We have additional information available on Boswellia. Please ask us to send you a pdf file - email@example.com
The Mylar pouches we use to pack our products in help reduce the delivery charge to you, as the products are vacuum packed in them and they fit through a normal letterbox, unlike tubs or jars.
Mylar is safe for food products and can sometimes be recycled, depending on your local recycle plant.
Mylar is a thin layer of aluminium sandwiched between polyester, which makes it an excellent and safe material for packing and storing food products.
We are now packing all products in white pouches and gradually altering the images in the shop so that what you see will be what you get.
This is a unique antioxidant that protects and repairs every aspect of the body. It helps you stay young longer.
This amazing powder mixes well with any liquid. It has no colour or odour and is virtually tasteless. It is undetectable when mixed into any drink, hot or cold.
100% safe and 100% hypoallergenic - It is naturally occurring in many foods and in the body itself.
- Antioxidant: L-Carnosine effectively quenches the most destructive of free radicals.
- Cell Rejuvenation: L-Carnosine has the amazing ability to rejuvenate connective tissue cells to speed up wound healing.
- Brain Protection: L-Carnosine protects the brain from plaque formation that can lead to senility and Alzheimer's disease.
- Improved Calcium Response: L-Carnosine enables the heart muscle to contract more efficiently.
- Cellular DNA Protection: L-Carnosine protects cellular DNA from oxidative damage that accumulates with age.
- Skin Protection: L-Carnosine helps prevent skin collagen cross-linking, which leads to loss of elasticity and wrinkles.
- Safe, naturally present in food and in the body
- Versatile antioxidant and aldehyde scavenger
- Quenches hydroxyl, superoxide and peroxyl radicals
- Superior protection of chromosomes from oxygen damage
- Suppresses lipid peroxidation
- Most effective natural glycation fighter
- Inhibits formation of ages
- Protects proteins from age toxicity
- Protects proteins from cross-linking
- Multifunctional protein and phospholipid protector
- Protects against formation of protein carbonyls, the hallmark of protein damage
- Inhibits damaged proteins from damaging healthy proteins
- Aids recycling of damaged proteins by protecting the proteasomes
- Helps preserve normal protein turnover
- Extends lifespan 20 % in senescence-accelerated mice
- Dramatically improves behavior and appearance of old mice
- Dramatical effect in autistic spectrum disorders
- Protects brain cells from excitotoxicity
- Protects brain proteins (proteasomes) and biochemistry
- Preserves brain biochemical functions
- Functions as neurotransmitter
- Safeguards brain chemistry in disorders overproducing free radicals
- Rejuvenates senescent human cells in culture
- Increases cell life span
- Restores youthful appearance and growth patterns to cells approaching senescence
- Protects against metal toxicity
- Chelates copper and zinc
- Naturally protects against copper-zinc toxicity in the brain
- Copper-zinc chelators dissolve alzheimer’s disease plaques
- Inhibits cross-linking of amyloid-beta into alzheimer’s disease plaques
Our Marine Phytoplankton is produced in open pond systems, under strict control of all the parameters, avoiding any possible contaminants.
Because of the location of the plant in Spain, a greenhouse system is not necessary, the production is done in the most natural way possible.
Natural sea salt deposits, 300 metres below the surface of the land, formed during the evaporation of a sea that existed millions of years ago, is the medium used for the growth of the micro algae we produce.
The minerals from the salt are very pure and because of their age they do not contain any modern day contaminants.
The water we use to dilute the salt comes directly from the Pyrenean Mountains, close to the site.
The raw materials used in the production of Lonjevitee Organic Marine Phytoplankton are fresh, clean and unpolluted.
More About Marine Phytoplankton
For our Pets:
Marine microalgae have interesting potential as animal feed additives. They are highly nutritious given their protein, omega 3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) carotenoids and mineral content. Apart from the nutritional aspect, marine microalgae have anti-oxidative, anti-microbial and disease-preventing properties.
The ultimate food source for healthy and sustainable living. The only natural source of vegan unrefined phospholipid EPA with a high level of polar lipids. Besides this, marine phytoplankton contains other valuable nutrients. It is a natural and true green multi!
It contains phospholipid Omega 3’s, all essential amino acids, 55+ minerals, vitamins, iodine, antioxidants and pigments
Marine Phytoplankton is a completely different food source or supplement, it is not like anything else you have ever taken for better health. It contains nearly every trace element needed for animal and human healthy survival. It goes through the liver and digestive system. For those suffering with severe liver disease it is ideal as it passes through the liver and enters into the bloodstream immediately. The superfood absorbs into the body quickly, and works effectively in giving the body basically everything it needs.
Our Marine Phytoplankton contains all nine amino acids that the body cannot make. The essential fatty acids are also present (Omega 3 and Omega 6). Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, D and major and trace minerals are all present in phytoplankton.
Who can take Lonjevitee Marine Phytoplankton?
Everyone. Even your pets can take marine phytoplankton. However, if you’re suffering from any diseases, or are on medications it is always advisable to talk to your doctor first. Marine phytoplankton is not designed to treat any disease. It’s not a supplement, nor is it medicine. It’s a food, and this food source can repair cells in the body that may help to treat all kinds of diseases and ailments. Remember, there’s nothing better at healing the body than our own healthy immune system.
There are no known side effects when taking it on a daily basis, even when taken in high amounts. The only slight side effect one might experience is temporary diarrhea, as marine phytoplankton detoxifies the body. It is only a temporary inconvenience and as soon as the toxins are cleared you will feel healthier and happier.
Phytoplankton is not an animal, it's not fish, or a crustacean, it's a microscopic plant, therefore those with sea food allergies should never be affected by taking it as a daily supplement.
Please don't be fooled by sellers offering you 'organic' phytoplankton. There is no such thing.
LONJEVITEE MARINE PHYTOPLANKTON - GOLD GRADE & PLUS explained
Gold grade is our standard Phytoplankton, the very best quality we are able to find, grown in Portugal. We sell two types of Phytoplankton - Gold Grade and New Phytoplankton PLUS. We removed the added fish oil version from our shop because it was not suitable for vegans or vegetarians and added the new PLUS Phytoplankton, which is.
New Phytoplankton PLUS Blended European Nannochloropsis Gaditana with Schizochytrium sp. Gold Grade European Marine Phytoplankton with nothing added can be purchased in vegetable capsules or as a loose powder. This version does give additional benefits. Please see the information in the shop listing.
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Lonjevitee Advanced Eye Capsules
LUTEIN, ZEAXANTHIN AND MESO-ZEAXANTHIN SOFT GEL CAPSULES - ONE-A-DAY
BBC 2 - Trust Me, I'm a Doctor. September 2016
Can I improve my eyesight?
Long and short-sightedness are the problems that most of us think of when we think about how good our eyesight is, and those are affected by the length and shape of our eyeball and the thickness of our lens at the front. But at the back of our eyeball are all the light-sensitive cells – the retina – and the condition of this is essential to our eyesight.
A specialized part of the retina is called the macula - this part of the eye is responsible for central vision, and it is protected by a kind of natural sunscreen to prevent the sensitive vision cells from being damaged by the energy from blue or UV light. This natural sunscreen is made up of a yellowish ‘macular pigment’ – a mixture of three light-absorbing compounds; lutein, zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin. Our bodies cannot make these three compounds – in fact they are made by plants to absorb light in order to carry out photosynthesis, by which they capture energy from the sun. So we get them from our diet.
Lutein and zeaxanthin are found commonly in dark green leafy veg such as kale and spinach, and also bell peppers, corn and saffron. Meso-zeaxanthin is generally not found in plants – it is thought to be made in our bodies from lutein (although it is also present in some fish, especially in their skins, so we may be able to take it in in our diet too).
These pigments, once we eat them, appear to be important in our vision and in helping keep the macula healthy.
Recent work, such as that by Professor John Nolan and his team at the Waterford Institute of Technology, south east Ireland, suggests that increasing the levels of these three compounds in our diet can improve our eyesight. So we put this to the test.
Michael Mosley took supplements containing the three macular pigments every day for 12 weeks. He had his blood levels of the chemicals, the amount of macular pigments in his eyes, and his eyesight thoroughly tested before and after taking the pills.
Overall, Michael showed an improvement in many aspects of his vision – but especially his perception of yellow/blue colours and his night vision), and increase in his macular pigment density and an increase in these compounds in his blood.
Blood levels of the chemicals
Macular pigment density
These results are similar to those seen in Prof Nolan’s large year-long study of around 100 volunteers, who all took the same supplementation and saw similar increases in their macular pigments and improvements in eyesight. To see them in this short a period of time, though, was a nice surprise!
10 volunteers drank a daily green smoothie for 5 weeks for us, designed by Dr Elizabeth Johnston of Tufts University in the US. It was designed to include high levels of lutein and zeaxanthin to see whether it was possible to get a similar effect in the diet without taking supplements.
- 125g kale, cooked
- 80ml milk, 2% with DHA
- ½ small (6”) banana
- 125g kiwi, cut pieces
- 125g pineapple, chunks, canned in water
- ½ medium apple, peeled
- ¼ cup mint leaves, fresh (for flavouring)
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- ½ tsp wheat germ oil
- ½ lime, squeezed
- Add cooked kale, almond butter, wheat germ oil, and small amount of the liquid to a food processor or high-powered blender; blend until smooth paste forms.
- Add remaining ingredients (including rest of the liquid) and continue to blend until smooth.
The green smoothie diet nearly doubled the volunteer’s lutein levels in their blood. Zeaxanthin levels did not increase, however, and there was not a change in the levels of macular pigments or improvements in their eyesight. This could be because these pigments take a while to get in to different tissues in the body, including the eye, so taking these foods for longer could show more of an effect. It may also be that the recipe needs tweaking to include more zeaxanthin. Supplements often contain these pigments from marigolds… but they’re not a common food!
So what should I do?
There’s good evidence now that increasing the amount of these pigment chemicals in your diet can help improve your eyesight. There is also some evidence that it may help prevent damage to your eyesight through macular degeneration. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in the UK, and Prof Nolan’s group have seen evidence that boosting the macular pigments can help.
The question, then, is how best to get these compounds into our diet. The strongest evidence at the moment is around supplements containing all three of the macular compounds. However, many researchers believe that simply eating a diet rich in leafy green vegetables should be enough to keep your levels healthy. Be aware, though, that carrots – despite the myth that eating them will help your vision – do NOT contain particularly high levels of any of these compounds!
If you are at all worried about your vision, then do see an optometrist as soon as possible. Early intervention in the case of vision problems is key.
The Many Benefits Of Pine Pollen
As a food and supplement, it acts as a:
- Lung tonic (boosts the immune system and beautifies the skin)
- Kidney tonic (very rejuvenative to the brain, hair, bones and endocrine system)
- Liver tonic (stimulates liver regeneration and regulates bile secretion)
- Heart tonic (increases cardiovascular endurance, raises blood levels of Superoxide Dismutase and lowers cholesterol)
- Spleen tonic (nourishes the muscles and increases metabolism which are both governed by the Spleen organ system in Asian medicine)
- Contains 30% Protein
- Dramatically improves your vitality and stamina
- Increases energy unlike any other food or supplement can.
- Promotes longevity with specific anti-aging compounds
- Improves muscle tone
- Raises low testosterone in men
- Increases male fertility by raising sperm count
- Combats and reverses the effects of Andropause (male menopause)
- Eliminates sexual dysfunction due to low androgen levels
- Balances the estrogen-to-testosterone ratio in women and men
- Prevents prostate disease
- Promotes liver cell activity, aiding in liver detoxification and rehabilitation
- Accelerates the activity of liver cells and regulates bile secretion
- Enhances the metabolic function of the skin and nourishes the hair at its roots
- Regulates metabolism
- Aids in weight management and promotes weight loss
- Improves overall health, greatly promoting immune function
- Leads to an easier and quicker time getting back into shape
- Gentle daily cellular detoxification
- Burns off brain fog and increases attention span and brain function
- Improves skin elasticity (anti-aging)
- Clears acne
- Nourishes the brain
- Dissolves and removes age spots on skin and in the body
- Protects the cardiovascular system by improving the heart, blood, and the blood vessels. (Rutin, one of the components of pine pollen, increases the strength of the capillary vessels and helps protect the cardiovascular system).
- Is 99% digestible, much more digestible than bee pollen.
What Is The Best Way To Take Pine Pollen?
Taking a pine pollen tincture (mixed with alcohol) is said to be the most effective way to get the aforementioned anabolic constituents into the bloodstream without any degradation possibly caused by digestion.
To what degree digestion may damage some of the hormones is hard to say, but holding the tincture in your mouth allows the active compounds to be absorbed sublingually. DHEA certainly does make it through normal digestion without damage, but testosterone and some of the other steroidal type substances seem to be more effective in tincture form.
Pine pollen powder makes a great food that can be eaten in higher quantities than you can normally take in the tincture form. This way you get more of the proteins, vitamins and minerals, but there is still a fairly potent androgenic effect.
What About Side Effects?
There are no known side effects from taking pine pollen, but adolescents (under 20) should avoid using pine pollen powder due to their budding hormone levels. Some people are allergic to pollen (a sign the liver needs cleaning and adrenals need rebuilding), so for those in question, take a tiny bit first and see how you react.
Coconut Oil - Fractionated
Coconut oil is amazing! Coconut oil isn’t just good for cooking, but it’s good for many different uses… from your hair to your skin, coconut oil can change your life your life for the better. These top 10 ways it can improve your health and beauty are just some of the many!
Thanks to its moisturising properties, coconut oil is an amazing natural treatment for the hair and scalp. If your hair is dry or damaged, massage 1-2 tablespoons of oil from roots to tips, wrap the hair in a hot towel and leave it for an hour or so before washing as normal. If your hair tends to frizz, you can also smooth on some coconut oil to tame it.
Coconut oil has been shown to work excellently as a topical skin treatment, helping to moisturise, rejuvenate, and potentially prevent wrinkles. Take a small dollop of virgin coconut oil and rub it between the palms to warm it, then work it gently into the skin on the face or body.
As well as using coconut oil as a general moisturiser for skin, it can also be used for more specific skin ailments. Coconut oil has anti-fungal, anti-viral and antibacterial properties making it a useful treatment for conditions like eczema, psoriasis and acne.
There’s nothing nice about having dry, cracked lips. But rather than applying chemical-based balms that might be damaging to the health in the long run, you could opt for a completely natural alternative. Apply a small dab of coconut oil directly onto the lips and massage in for a conditioning, moisturising balm.
Coconut oil is reportedly useful in increasing the body’s metabolic rate. It contains medium-chain fatty acids that speed up the metabolism and potentially aid in weight loss and weight control. Some studies have also found that consumption of coconut oil is helpful in reducing abdominal obesity.
Another brilliant use for coconut oil is to dab some onto a cotton pad and use it to remove your makeup. This leaves you fresh and chemical-free for the rest of the night
While olive oil is traditionally used for cooking, it is actually known to oxidise at high temperatures. This can lead to the creation of free radicals. Coconut oil, meanwhile, is more resistant to heat, making it safer and healthier to use in cooking.
Forget the store-bought scrubs: you can easily make your own from home, and you’ll know exactly what’s going into it. For a super-simple exfoliant mix one part white sugar with one part coconut oil. Apply directly to the body in circular motions to gently remove dry skin. It will simultaneously act as a moisturiser, making the skin smooth and supple.
Coconut oil is filled with vitamins C and E which make it an ideal ingredient for including in DIY face masks at home. For a simple mask, mix 1 tablespoon coconut oil with 2 tablespoons of honey and a squeeze of lemon juice. Apply a thick coat to the face and leave it to soak in for 10 minutes before rinsing off.
Getting enough good quality fats in your diet means you’re more likely to feel satiated. If you’re trying to lower your sugar intake but are being beaten by cravings, try eating a small spoonful of coconut oil. It’ll give you energy without causing a merry-go-round of spiking glucose levels.
What Is Fractionated Coconut Oil?
Fractionated coconut oil is saturated oil. Fractionated coconut oil is processed in a way that removes all the long chain fatty acids, leaving only the healthy medium chain fatty acids. Due to the way it is processed, fractionated coconut oil has a high concentration of Capric acid and Caprylic acid, which gives it an amazing amount of antioxidant and disinfecting properties. Fractionated coconut oil has a longer shelf life and is more stable than most of the other types of coconut oil. Due to the amount of processing fractionated coconut oil goes through, it is more expensive than most of the other types of coconut oil are.
Fractionated coconut oil is most commonly used to make soaps, medications, massage oils, hair conditioners and other similar products. It is also commonly used as the carrier oil in aromatherapy products. It can also be used in cooking and baking; however, it is not as commonly used in cooking and baking as the other types of coconut oil are. Fractionated coconut oil is also sometimes called caprylic and/or capric triglyceride oil or medium-chain triglyceride oil. Unlike normal coconut oil, fractionated coconut oil remains in a liquid state even at low temperatures.
Fractionated Coconut Oil Benefits
Fractionated coconut oil contains extremely high amounts of Capric acid and Caprylic acid, making it an amazing disinfectant and antioxidant. In some ways fractionated coconut oil benefits are more than with normal coconut oil, while in other ways it is less.
When processed, fractionated coconut oil has almost all of it Lauric acid removed which decreases its health benefits in some ways. However, due to the way it’s processed it has more Capric acid and Caprylic acid than the other types of coconut oil, so it has more health benefits in some ways.
Fractionated coconut oils are often used for medical purposes; they can be used to treat malabsorption problems and to help with absorption of essential minerals and proteins. Fractionated coconut oil is often used in baby formulas, especially for premature babies. Benefits also include treating skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, diaper rash, chapped lips and dry skin. Benefits also include helping to prevent acne and soothe skin inflammation.
Fractionated coconut oil benefits are usually obtained by using it topically or by combining it with other ingredients to make beneficial soaps, and hair and skin care products. Fractionated coconut oil benefits can also be obtained by using it as a cooking oil; however, it is not as commonly used for cooking and baking as the other types of coconut oil are.
50 of the Best Uses for Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has a bit of a craze surrounding it. People have put together hundreds of different uses for this beneficial oil. Coconut oil has found its way into pantries, medicine cupboards, and even first aid kits. Some of the uses may seem bizarre, but coconut oil has garnered this new found fame for good reason.
For years, coconut oil had a bad name as it was lumped in with unhealthy saturated fats. People steered away from it and other high fat foods. The problem with throwing coconut oil in the same category as butter, margarine, and shortening is this oil is far healthier than it appears. The saturated fats in coconut oil come from medium chain triglycerides. These shorter fat chains are easily put to use by the body and are not simply stored away as fat.
This means coconut oil boosts energy levels, raises good cholesterol, and balances out blood sugar without the weight gain, cholesterol, and other health risks that come from other saturated fats. Coconut oil doesn’t stop there. It is antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, and antiviral. It also aids in the absorption of vitamins and minerals. These immune boosting properties make it the perfect oil to use in a million ways.
Here are 50 of our favourites.
1. Massage Oil – Coconut oil soothes tired and sore muscles. Add a few drops of essential oils for more effect.
2. Athletes Foot – The powerful antifungal properties of coconut oil make it perfect for any fungal infection. Add a few drops of oregano or tea tree oil for more antifungal power.
3. Acne – Coconut oil gently fights the bacteria that cause acne. Dab it directly on the offending pimples and watch them shrink.
4. Cleanser – Coconut oil makes an effective and gentle cleanser to remove the grime of the day.
5. Lice – Coconut oil kills and removes this pesky problem.
6. Stretch Marks – Prevent and soften stretch marks from pregnancy with coconut oil for soft and supple skin.
7. Warts and Moles – Rub oil into area and cover with a bandage. Rub in fresh oil and place a new bandage each day.
8. Moisturizer – Coconut oil is an excellent way to soften and hydrate dry, rough, or damaged skin.
9. Face Scrub – Mix coconut oil with baking soda, sugar, or cinnamon and oatmeal for the perfect face scrub and exfoliator.
10. Dandruff – Massage coconut oil into the scalp to ease symptoms of dandruff, both itching and flaking.
11. Curb Appetite – Take a spoonful before meals to curb appetite so you don’t overeat.
12. Wrinkles – Rub into lines, creases, and wrinkles to rehydrate skin and soften those wrinkles away.
13. Sore Throat – Dissolve a spoonful in your mouth and let it slowly roll down the throat. This will coat and protect the throat, boost the health of mucus membranes, and fight any infection.
14. Ring Worm – Rub coconut oil onto affected area to kill the fungus that causes unsightly ringworm. Add tea tree oil to clear the infection even faster.
15. Lip Balm – Coconut oil hydrates and protects lips. Coconut even offers some protection from the sun, about an SPF 4.
16. Cold Sore – Coconut oil has antiviral properties that will help the body get rid of the virus that causes cold sores. Rub it on when needed and add a drop of oregano oil to speed healing.
17. Lubricant – Coconut makes an all-natural personal lubricant for intimate moments without chemicals.
18. Gum Removal – Coconut oil gets the sticky stuff out of hair, carpet, and anywhere else it doesn’t belong.
19. Pet Health – Coconut oil can do a multitude of things for pets, both topically and internally. It improves breath, makes for a shiny coat, eases joint problems, cleans ears, gets rid of fleas, and much more.
20. Stys/Pink Eye – Rub a small amount of coconut oil on the sty or around the eyes to get rid of these painful and annoying infections quickly.
21. Earaches – Earaches, swimmer’s ear, and ear infections clear up fast with a few drops of coconut oil mixed with garlic oil.
22. Cradle Cap – Coconut oil is gentle and safe for infants and helps ease the itching, pain, redness, and flaking associated with cradle cap.
23. Diaper Rash – Coconut oil can help heal mild diaper rash gently and effectively.
24. Bruises – Rub coconut oil into bruised skin to speed healing and watch the bruises fade fast.
25. Age Spots – Coconut oil has beneficial effects on any skin blemish. Use it to help fade age spots with powerful antioxidants.
26. Shaving Cream – Coconut oil keeps the razor gliding smoothly while leaving skin smooth and soft.
27. After Shave – Don’t want unpleasant bumps and rashes after shaving? Coconut oil soothes sensitive skin and promotes healing.
28. Toothpaste – Mix 1 part coconut oil with 1 part baking soda and add a couple drops of peppermint oil. This makes a refreshing, natural toothpaste that whitens and cleans without added preservatives, fluoride, sweeteners, or other chemicals.
29. Chicken Pox – Ease the itch and encourage healing with dabs of coconut oil. It also works on poison ivy, poison oak, mosquito bites, and other insect stings or bites.
30. Yeast Infections – Coconut oil fights these fungal infections internally and externally.
31. Makeup Remover – Coconut oil removes oil-based makeup easily, like mascara. It cleans, hydrates, and makes skin glow.
32. Conditioner – Coconut oil conditions, strengthens, and repairs hair. Massage it in and rinse it out after ten minutes. A small amount can be rubbed in to dry hair to tame frizz.
33. Polish Furniture – Coconut oil gives a protective shine to wood furniture. Just make sure you test it out on a small area to make sure you like the outcome.
34. Energy – Coconut oil and its medium chain triglycerides make it an excellent energy source to improve stamina, endurance, or just to give you a boost through the day.
35. Deodorant – Mix coconut oil with cornstarch, baking soda, and your favorite essential oils for a natural deodorant that smells fantastic.
36. Eye Cream – Reduce puffiness and dark circles with a few dabs of coconut oil.
37. Eczema – Coconut oil reduces the itchiness, pain, flakiness, and dryness of eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis.
38. Sunburn – Coconut oil can help prevent sunburn for short exposures. When you burn, it will also speed healing and take some of the sting away. Make sure you wait until all the heat has dissipated before applying it or you trap the heat in. Wait 24 to 72 hours depending on the extent of the burn.
39. Hemorrhoids – Coconut oil eases the pain and discomfort of hemorrhoids and encourages natural healing both internally and externally.
40. Nose Bleeds – Rub a bit of coconut oil in nostrils to fight the dry cracking that can lead to nose bleeds and pain.
41. Canker Sores – Dab coconut oil on canker sores to kill infection and speed up healing. Coconut oil is also a far tastier way to treat canker sores than most other methods.
42. Toothaches – Coconut oil eases the pain and strengthens teeth. You can mix it with a drop of clove oil to almost instantly relieve pain.
43. Acid Reflux – Take a small spoonful with meals to keep acid reflux and heartburn at bay.
44. Urinary Tract – Treat urinary tract infections with a spoonful of coconut oil. It may even ease the painful passing of kidney stones.
45. Nursing – Coconut oil works great to repair dry, cracked skin, including sore nipples from nursing.
46. Alzheimer’s – Some research points to coconut oil as a way to slow the progression of or prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia.
47. Bones – Coconut oil aids the body in the absorption of calcium and magnesium. Both minerals are important for strong bones and teeth.
48. Epilepsy – Coconut oil may reduce the incidence and intensity of epileptic seizures.
49. Fitness – Coconut oil boosts energy, increases metabolism, improves thyroid function, and aids healthy weight loss. It is the perfect addition to any workout or fitness regimen.
50. Cooking – Coconut oil doesn’t form harmful by-products when heated like most other oils and animal fats. Use it to replace butter, cup for cup in recipes. Sauté, cook, bake, broil, braise, and more using coconut oil as a healthier alternative.
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Wheatgerm Oil - Natural Pure Cold Pressed
The benefits of Wheat germ oil include curing skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. It works effectively to heal burns and skin ulcers. As an external application it is very helpful for dry skin.
Wheat germ oil is beneficial for the general health of the skin as it improves circulation of blood in the skin when used externally. It also helps the skin cells that may have been damaged due to the scorching heat of the sun. It also fights off conditions like dermatitis and reduces scarring.
Wheat germ oil is known for its antioxidant properties. Hence it helps in preventing the skin from bearing the signs of aging. It is probably this reason that it is added to other carrier oils. However, it is used in lower amounts to prepare carrier oil blend as it is high in nutritional value.
Linoleic acid, oleic palmitic and stearic fatty acids are the essential fatty acids present in wheat germ oil. These essential oils cannot be manufactured by the body. Hence they should be taken externally as they improve the immune system, the nervous system and help in healthy cell growth and regeneration.
How to Use:
There are many ways to use wheat germ oil externally. For skin care, you can apply this oil to remedy dry skin. Wheat germ oil, being excellent for dry skin, can be applied twice, daily. You can apply it after bathing in the morning and once more in the night before sleeping.
To enhance the oil's qualities, you can add some essential oil to it. You can add lavender oil or any other nice smelling oil of your choice to wheat germ oil.
Wheat germ oil has high vitamin E content and so it can be used to treat vitiligo. Applying this oil on skin can prevent and treat vitiligo. What's more, it can also be taken orally as a supplement, or you can use it to enhance taste of various recipes.
You can use wheat germ oil as salad dressings, or drizzle it over pasta or steamed vegetables. You can also substitute flax seed oil for wheat germ. However, avoid heating this oil as the important nutrients break down once exposed to high heat.