I can’t believe 2018 is already here! And what better way to start it off than with healthy tips that will make us feel better and more energized? I know I sure need it after dealing with the whirlwind that was 2017 and the loss of four dear people in my life. So, without further ado and to steer away from sad topics, here are three healthy things I’ve learned and that I’ll be doing this new year!
How the Bottle Tricked Me:
For years I’d been wondering why extra virgin olive oil made me feel unwell. Last month I got fed up and finally decided to do some digging into the matter and find answers. That’s when I learned that the extra virgin olive oil I’d been using this whole time wasn’t genuine… The bottle claimed to be something that it really wasn’t. In fact, the majority of bottles you find in grocery stores are not pure olive oil at all, but rather a mix of other vegetable oils such as soy, with maybe a touch of olive so they can claim it’s at least in there. I was shocked, but it made perfect sense with the way I’d been feeling. But how do you tell the different between the pure olive oil and the false mixed version of it?
Olive Oil: How to Find the True Stuff
- Real extra virgin olive oil has an expiration date (usually around 1 year) on the bottle.
- The bottle will be darker, not clear, to block out any light, because sunlight makes it go rancid faster.
- Look for respected stamps of approval on the bottle. Seals, such as the California Olive Oil Council (COOC), the Extra Virgin Alliance (EVA), and UNAPROL, and the North American Olive Oil Association (NAOOA). There are also international seals. *On a side note, don’t just trust the Italian flag on a bottle: the flag could only mean it was packaged in Italy—not that it was made by wonderful Italian olives. Check for the expiration date, respected stamps of approval, and the color of the glass, instead.
I now use extra virgin olive oil with the COOC stamp of approval, and I am amazed at how delicious it is! When chefs on TV would say “Use olive oil on your salad!” I couldn’t understood why, when it tasted like bland oil and made me nauseous. Every time I heard about the health benefits of olives, I was confused from my own experience with it. Now, it all finally makes sense! True olive oil really is delicious on salads (on anything!) and is healthy—as long as what you’re using really is what it claims to be.
Here are some articles to browse through for more information:
Peppermint Oil for Hair Health and Scalp Cleansing:
It’s long been claimed that peppermint oil can make one grow a thicker head of hair, and just recently a study came out that’s helped to prove that theory. A test on mice revealed that those who were given the peppermint grew more fur than those who weren’t. People have been abuzz about it, so I decided this month of January to give it a try! Results should be seen after using the oil for 1 month.
What I’m doing:
Every day, for 6 days a week, for 1 month, I am putting a mix of coconut oil with peppermint oil in my hair, massaging it into my scalp. The very first day I tried this I was amazed at how clear the skin of my scalp became. I have sensitive skin and problems with build-up on my scalp, similar to dandruff, but the peppermint mix exfoliated it all away!
I’ve been doing this for a week now, and my hair feels like it has more bounce and is much cleaner. I should note that I’d been using a shampoo that has sulfates, and is probably the reason why I had hair problems to begin with.
It remains to be seen if I’ll actually grow a fuller head of hair by the end of this month, 😉 but whether it happens or not, I’m going to continue using peppermint oil simply to keep a healthy scalp.
The Steps I Use:
*First, test the peppermint oil mix on your skin to make sure you won’t have any negative skin reactions to it. If you’re fine, then continue.
Peppermint oil is too strong to use in its pure form, so you have to mix it with another carrier oil, like coconut or jojoba oil. For every 1 tablespoon of carrier, you add 2 drops of peppermint oil. Dip your fingers into the mix and apply it to the skin of your scalp, rubbing it in. Then let it sit for about 30 minutes, and wash your hair out with shampoo (sulfate free). Do this for 6 days every week, for 1 month. After the month is up, you can simply mix the peppermint oil into your shampoo and use it that way, which is what I plan on doing. *Remember to keep the peppermint away from your eyes.
More information about peppermint oil: http://www.healthyandnaturalworld.com/peppermint-essential-oil-for-hair-growth/
Fresh Ginger For Tea:
I don’t know why I took so long to get into using fresh ginger, but now that I have at the start of the new year, it’s become one of my favorite things! I mostly use it to make ginger tea, which is a great alternative to other hot beverages in the evening when I don’t want caffeine or sugar. To fix it, you simply snap off a small bit of the ginger root and use a spoon to peel away the brown skin. Then chop the yellow ginger into thin pieces and place it in a cup of water. Heat it in the microwave until boiling (1 minute for mine) and let it sit for around another minute or so, and stir. You can adjust the flavor by adding more or less ginger, and add a little honey if you like. I’m cutting back on sugar, so I just drink it plain. It’s a comfortable hot drink to have during these cold winter months, and the ginger scent is refreshing!
I hope these healthy tips are of help to you as they have been for me, and I hope this new year brings you peace and contentment in life. What changes or plans are you hoping to make for 2018? Have you tried any of the things listed above? Let me know in the comments!
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