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Uses for Fractionated Coconut Oil

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

I use essential oils every day and I like to use a carrier oil with some of them.  The past few years I’ve only used fractionated coconut oil and I love it.  It doesn’t go rancid, the smell is not really a smell, it just smells clean and a little goes a long way.  It isn’t greasy and it is clear in color and light not heavy like a lot of other oils.

Fractionated coconut oil is a fraction of the whole oil, in which the different medium-chain fatty acids are separated for specific uses. Lauric acid, a 12-carbon chain fatty acid, is often removed because of its high value for industrial and medical purposes.[19] The fractionation of coconut oil may be used to make caprylic/capric triglyceride oil.[20] Medium-chain triglycerides such as caprylic/capric triglyceride oil are most frequently used for medical applications, special diets, and cosmetics, sometimes also being used as a carrier oil for fragrances.

1- Long shelf life

2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coconut_oilclosest substance to human sub-cutaneous fat and more compatible with skin than vegetable oils.

Advantages of Fractionated Coconut Oil

With no double bonds, there is no oxidation.  Thus, fractionated coconut oil is a carrier that never goes rancid.  It basically has an indefinite shelf life and is in a perfectly clear liquid form. Other advantages of fractionated coconut oil are:

·  It is odorless and colorless.  It won’t stain and easily washes out of clothing and sheets.

·  It absorbs into the skin while reducing essential oil evaporation.

·  It is excellent on skin; a natural and very safe moisturizer, softener and safe, non-irritant lubricator.

·  It leaves skins smooth with no greasy feeling.

·  Low production costs make it cost effective.

·  It can be mixed with other, more expensive, carriers to increase shelf life.  It can also be used it to create different cream textures.

·  It does not aggravate skin problems or clog pores.

·  It is fully digestible and considered an excellent and healthy cooking oil.

·  It is truly one of the best multi-purpose carrier oil products on the market.

 

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Using Essential Oils In Your Home

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Using Essential Oils  In Your Home can be easy and become your way of taking charge and becoming more health conscious.

I have been using essential oils in my home for many years now on a daily basis.  They have made an enormous transformation to our health and wellness.

My education first came when I took a year long course by Jane Buckle Ph.D., RN.

I have continued my education since that time and I am continuing to learn more and to put these precious oils to work.   As I do this, I’m gaining more understanding about their potency, and the chemistry behind these wonderful oils.

The constituents in therapeutic grade essential oils are different from other oils.  These essential oils are pure without contaminants.  I choose these oils for myself, my family, and my friends for two reasons, one is for their quality, meaning potency, and the healing properties that cerified pure oils like Frankincense, Myrrh, Lavender, Lime and Lemon  have on our bodies.

Secondly you get what you pay for so the investment is well worth it, you are investing in your future for healthy aging by using certified pure essential oils.  Have you ever heard the phrase you get what you pay for.  Well that is exactly my point, that is why I choose to use certified pure essential oils for myself, my family, and my friends. Contact me @ crgeiger@idealscentsllc.com for more information on how you can purchase these oils at wholesale prices.

Pure essential oils are very potent therefore you don’t need as much.  The benefits are too numerable to mention all at once.

I recommend the continued education of essential oils.  They have put me in charge of the varying complaints that go on in a household.

Here are a few suggestions: There are many more oils that can be used for these complaints, and I’m just naming a few.

**I use Grapefruit Peel, Lemon Peel, Peppermint Plant, Ginger Root, and Cinnamon Bark essential oils to curb my appetite and help with my metabolism.

**Feed the Brain with these certified pure essential oils  Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Blue Tansy, German Chamomile, Helichrysum, and Osmanthus,

**Help your Respiratory system with these therapeutic grade oils: Laurel Leaf, Peppermint Plant, Eucalyptus Leaf/ Stem, Melaleuca Leaf, Lemon Peel, Ravensara Leaf, Cardamom Seed essential oils.

Cleaning and Disinfecting with Essential oils…Use a couple of drops of lemon & melaleuca in a spray bottle to clean bathrooms and kitchens.

There are many uses and recipes for the use of essential oils.  I’m experimenting in the kitchen with oils like cinnamon and clove.   The holidays are coming and we can use these oils to spice up our traditional recipes or have new ones.

I make a Foaming Hand Wash and I use two tablespoons of Dr. Bonner’s unscented Castile Liquid Soap, one tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil and 10 drops of my favorite certified pure essential oils.

I suggest one to two drops of essential oils with  2 tablespoons of a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil this will be beneficial when applying them to the body.   These oils are very potent and more essential oil is not necessary.  It would be better to apply the therapeutic grade essential oils more frequently than to use too much at one time.  Essential oils safety is something I take very seriously.

When applying essential oils to large areas of the body, diluting them with a carrier oil is best so that they are gentle to the skin, the recommendation is to dilute the oils as follows 15%-30% carrier oil is suggested.

There are several ways to use them.  One of the fastest ways to absorb them is when they are applied to the feet because of the large pores.

For Infants dilute one to three drops of essential oils to one tablespoon of a carrier oil.  For Children 2-5 yrs of age one to three drops to one teaspoon of a carrier oil.  The application of these oils for Infants and Children should be on the feet, then add socks or to the back, as well as a diffuser.

One of my favorite ways to use essential oils is to diffuse them throughout the day in my home.

Please note these recommendations are for use with therapeutic grade essential oils.  Please use with caution and keep out of the reach of children.

 

Grapefruit Peel, Lemon Peel, Peppermint Plant, Ginger Root, and Cinnamon Bark essential oils.

My Chicken Soup For the Soul Recipe

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

No matter if it’s winter, spring or summer “My Chicken Soup For the Soul Recipe” is delicious and nutritious.  I love making this soup, it’s easy and I know that I will have a healthy meal waiting for my family for either dinner, lunch or an after school snack.  This will last in the refrigerator for at least 7 days.

8 quart stock pot

8 to 10 cups of filtered water (start with 8 add more after grains have cooked if needed)

2 containers of 32 oz organic chicken broth

12 oz (1/2 jar) blended to a puree of Trader Joe’s Organic Tomato Basil Marinara

2 Tbsp of  “Better Than Bouillon” Vegetable Base

1/2 cup organic Red Quinoa (uncooked)

1 1/2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Pearl Barley (uncooked)

1 cup of millet (uncooked)

6 to 8 stalks of celery (more if you like) cut up in small pieces

1/2 bag baby carrots cut up in small pieces (more if you like)

2 Tbsp of organic olive oil

6 -half organic boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut in small pieces)

(You can use less chicken and more veggies to this recipe if you like, it’s yummy either way)

Seasonings: Salt & Spike to taste

Directions:

Saute cut up pieces of chicken in organic olive oil until cooked

Add water, chicken broth and bouillon

Add remaining ingredients and cook on low until veggies and grains are done.

The great thing about this soup is that you can eat it after the grains and veggies are done or you can cook it for up to  2-3 hours on low, and it’s even better the second day.

Refrigerate in pot after the pot has cooled to room temperature.

Other ingredients that I’ve used:

Cut up zucchini, fresh cut up green beans, brown rice.

Happy & Healthy Easter Carrot Cake

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

I wanted to share this delicious & nutritious carrot cake recipe that I just made for my son’s birthday & that you may enjoy for your Easter meal.  It is so good!

CARROT CAKE

2 1/3 cups Organic Gold Medal all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon salt

1  large organic egg

2 large organic egg whites

1 1/4 cups brown sugar

1/4 cup organic olive oil

3 cups organic shredded carrots

2/3 cup buttermilk

1  cup crushed pineapple, drained

1-1/2 cups chopped walnuts (1 cup for cake mix & 1/2 cup to go on top of your cake)

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

2 (8 ounce) packages of 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup organic butter, softened

2 cups sifted organic confectioners’ sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

Cake: Pre heat oven to 350 degrees, grease a 9×13 pan with butter & dust lightly with flour, shake off excess.

In one bowl mix flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon & nutmeg.

In a large bowl blend the eggs, egg whites, oil & sugar with a hand mixer until smooth.

Add carrots & hand mix until blended, add in the buttermilk, pineapple & 1 cup chopped walnuts (save the other 1/2 cup of walnuts to top your cake) until mixed well.

In the large bowl slowly combine the flour mixture with the carrot mixture.

With a spatula pour cake mix into your 9×13 pan, spread evenly with spatula making sure you get into the corners & that it is even.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, double check doneness with a toothpick, it will come out clean if it is done.

Cool completely on a rack before frosting your cake.

Frosting: Blend  together the cream cheese & butter until smooth, add vanilla & mix well, now slowly mix in your sifted confectioners sugar.  Set aside until ready to frost your cake.

Frost your cake & sprinkle on top 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts.   Place in refrigerator until ready to serve..Store covered in the refrigerator.

(variations: 1/2 cup raisins, 1/2-1 cup coconut)