Hemp Oil for Health

Hemp is one of the most sustainable and versatile crops out there; it can be used to create fuel, paper, housing, textiles, oil, food and more! So, why don’t we see more of it around? It’s been the subject of debate for quite some time because it’s derived from the cannabis plant and is therefore associated with marijuana, but I assure you, they aren’t the same, and the only high you may get from eating this oil is a healthy high! 😉

Slowly but surely we are seeing more and more hemp foods in stores as they gain popularity in the nutrition world. The main products on the shelves are hemp seeds, hemp powder, help milk and hemp oil. Why should you add hemp into your diet? Because hemp is a great source of essential omegas such as omega-3 and omega-6. It’s also a great source of protein; containing all 10 essential amino acids. It’s been said that consuming hemp helps to reduce inflammation, improve skin, and lower blood pressure. Hemp oil is one the of easiest ways to start to incorporate hemp into your diet; you can simply switch out whichever oil you typically use in salad dressing and use it instead; I like to mix hemp oil with apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper for a nourishing, delicious dressing. Hemp oil is only to be used in its raw state, once it’s heated it will go bad and lose its beneficial properties. You can find hemp oil refrigerated near the supplement aisle in stores such as Whole Foods or your local health food store.

If you try it, let us know how you like it!
love and greens,
Jackie

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The Benefits of Coconut Oil

Since I began eating more naturally and healthfully it has led me to be more cautious in other areas of my life where I had been using products with harsh chemicals and additives, such as body products. I’ve learned that anything you put on your skin is absorbed and goes into your blood stream – so if you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin!

When you step into most health food stores, you’ll notice that there are many natural body product options, in fact the choices are overwhelming! I’ve caught myself standing in those aisles for a ridiculously long time reading the ingredients in each product, and then getting too confused to make a decision.

So I decided the next time I went to the store to pick up some face wash or moisturizer I would do my research and know exactly what I was going to buy. It was time to replace my body moisturizer, so on to google I went. I remembered hearing about coconut oil and decided to research it a bit. To my delight I learned that coconut oil has many benefits and is a very versatile product. The best part- it has ONE ingredient, you guessed it coconut oil. If there’s one thing that’s clear, the less ingredients the better- weather it’s food or face wash! I picked up some Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil and I absolutely love it. It has a delicious smell and feels great on my skin.

Healthful Benefits:

Coconut Oil is made up of about 50% lauric acid. Lauric acid is shown to have anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial health-protecting properties. My cousin claims that it helped heal her of mono! That’s some power.

Be sure to purchase organic, unrefined, cold-pressed coconut oil.

Use it as a moisturizer: Take a little bit and massage over your entire body. Some people may not like the thickness of it, but dry skin eats it up.

Use it as a hair mask: It’s also great to use as a hair mask to restore dry or damaged hair. All you have to do it heat a little of it up, distribute through hair and let it sit, preferable overnight. Wash it out in the morning and relish in the shine!

Cook with it: Next time you’re stir frying veggies, use coconut oil instead of olive oil.