The Many Uses of Coconut

The Many Uses of Coconut

The many uses of coconuts:

1.Water

Coconut water is found in the centre of a young, green coconut. Delicious, refreshing and low in sugar. Coconut water is packed full of natural electrolytes, a good source of potassium and great for rehydrating the body. You could say that coconut water is the perfect healthy alternative to sports drinks.

 

2.Virgin Coconut Oil

Virgin coconut oil is made from the fresh meat/flesh of the coconut. Coconut oil can be used in cooking, baking, frying and adding to smoothies. It can provide great flavour in cooking and unlike other oils, is solid at room temperature so is a handy ingredient when making ‘raw’ or vegan slices or treats. You can also use coconut oil as a moisturiser, massage oil, hair mask or for oil pulling. To get the most out of your coconut oil, be sure to choose organic virgin coconut oil rather than refined versions.

 

3.Cleaning

The husk of the coconut can be used to make cleaning products including kitchen scourers and scrubbers. Because these products are made from natural coconut husk fibres, they are biodegradable, compostable and non-toxic.

 

4.Ice cream

Coconut ice cream uses coconut milk instead of regular dairy milk or cream. It’s Vegan friendly, creamy and delicious! Coconut ice cream is a perfect alternative for vegans and for those who are dairy intolerant.

 

5.Yoghurt

Coconut yoghurt is made from the milk of coconuts which is squeezed from the flesh of coconuts. At WholeLife we also sell a range of delicious coconut yoghurts with added probiotics so you won’t miss out on any of the regular benefits of a good yoghurt. The perfect alternative for vegans and those who can’t eat dairy products.

 

6.Flour

Coconut flour is a soft, naturally gluten-free flour made from dried coconut flesh, which is a natural by-product from coconut milk production. Once the coconut flesh has been used for milk production, it is dried at a low temperature and grinded into a soft, fine powder. Its benefits include being relatively low in carbohydrates whilst being a good source of protein and fibre.

 

7.Soap

Soap can be made from coconut oil through the saponification process, which converts the coconut oil to coconut soap and naturally occurring glycerine is retained in the soap. Glycerine in the perfect natural emollient, which softens and soothes the skin.

 

8.Sugar

Coconut sugar is an alternative to regular sugar, derived from the coconut palm sap. Coconut sugar has a similar colour and flavour to a dark brown sugar, with hints of caramel and rich toffee-like flavour.

 

The uses and benefits of coconuts are endless! We love seeing your coconut creations at home, so be sure to tag us on social media. @wholelifepharmacyandhealthfood

We used coconut sugar & oil in these brownies

Interview With: Noego Coffee

Interview With: Noego Coffee

Tell us the backstory behind Noego Coffee, what inspired the brand?

Noego began in the back of a 1977 Kombi, I wanted to roast organic coffees only and sell at a market stall. We then started to use our storage warehouse as an espresso lounge and it’s just gone from strength to strength. We now employ 15 staff and have moved from a 1.5kg roaster to a 15 kg roaster.

We chose the name Noego (No Ego) because we felt that there was so much attitude coming from both coffee roasters and baristas, that we wanted to bring back customer service and hospitality that comes from the heart. Respect Awareness and love are at the core of everything we do.

Why is organic so important to you?

Simply because that is the way my family and I live, it’s important on so many levels, our pharmacy is our food.

How is Noego tackling the issue of sustainability?

Sustainability on all levels is so important to us. All our coffees are both environmentally and ethically sourced.

Where do you source your coffee beans from?

We source coffees from all corners of the globe and have several single origins available.

What is your everyday coffee ritual?

My only ritual is that coffee is one of the first things I do. But my coffee is always made as a moment of being present and almost meditational. I choose what style I feel like whether it be espresso, drip filter, Turkish or cold brew and sit with it, I enjoy my surroundings as the sun rises usually. It’s always a beautiful moment.

What’s the secret to a great cup of coffee?

Best quality you can afford, freshness, and then making it mindfully.

If you could only choose one of your products to buy what would it be and why?

Ananya Blend. It’s the first roast that I did and has a flavour profile that I’ve never tried before. It has so many different levels of flavour which makes it very versatile in different brewing methods.

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is one of our favourite days of the year, a special day to give back to the mammas who do so much for us and we are forever grateful for! Although we try to show them how grateful we are every day, Mother’s Day is a day to make her feel extra special! Seeing as it’s just around the corner now, we thought we would put together a few ideas and inspirations for you.

Something to read and treats to nibble on

Something to help her feel more relaxed

Something to pamper her

Something she’s wanted for a while

You can refer to our sustainable wrapping guide for some inspiration on wrapping here.

Don’t forget some other special things you can do for her like:

 

. Bring brunch to her

. Order flowers to be delivered from your local florist

. Make a handmade card

 

We are also running a big Mother’s Day giveaway in collaboration with @livelovenourishaus so head over to her Instagram page to enter!

Beauty focus: Rosehip Oil

Beauty focus: Rosehip Oil

What is rosehip?

 

Rosehip Oil is a nourishing plant oil extracted from the fruit or seeds of Rosehips – the fruit of special types of rose bushes. Rosehip is full of vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids that are great for your skin.

What are the benefits?

 

Moisturising: The fatty acids found in Rosehip oil can be known for their nourishing and hydrating properties. 

Targeting wrinkles: Rosehip is rich in vitamins A and C, which can be helpful for treating signs of aging. The rosehip does this by hydrating and repairing damaged skin cells all whilst providing an antioxidant boost!

Anti-aging & brightening: Rosehip is known for having almost 60 times the levels of Vitamin C than other citrus fruit! Vitamin C is used widely in skincare and remedies for its ability to target free radical damage and help with premature ageing, promoting healthy skin cell production for a bright and even skin tone!

Rosehip is also rich is vitamin A!  This vitamin is another form of beta-carotene, which is a common ingredient promoted for those who have sensitive skin. Vitamin A is also powerful anti-ageing ingredient, helping to form and maintain healthy skin cells.

How to use Rosehip oil?

 

Here are 10 ways you can use your Rosehip oil:

 

Face oil – Apply 2-3 drops of rosehip oil onto damp skin morning and night as a natural serum!

Scars – Apply a small amount to scar and massage the oil in. This helps minimising the appearance.

Hair serum – For dry and split ends that need a little nourishing, apply a small amount to the ends of your hair and massage through.

Mix with foundation – Add a few drops of rosehip oil to your foundation for a dewy finish.

Dry elbows – Apply to specifically dry areas of the body such as your elbows and feet, your skin will love you for this!

Lip oil – For extremely dry lips, rosehip can be applied directly to sooth and hydrate.

Balance acne prone skin – By bringing natural oils back into balance and also help with scarring.

Eye makeup remover – Rosehip oil is non-irritating and gentle enough to use around the eyes.

Sunburn – The vitamin A in rosehip oil is great for repairing damaged skin cells

Grazes and cuts – Perfect for applying on wounds on small children as it will not sting or irritate their skin.

 

Rosehip oil is also a great safe skin care option during pregnancy as it has a naturally occurring Vitamin A (trentinoin or all-trans retinoic acid). The natural Vitamin A found in Rosehip oil is a safe alternative to the stronger synthetic formulas during pregnancy and breastfeeding. This applies only to using the oil on your skin. Most doctors will advise against ingesting rosehip during pregnancy.

Shop a range of Rosehip oil at WholeLife.

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D.I.Y Eco Easter Bunny Ears

D.I.Y Eco Easter Bunny Ears

This hands-on D.I.Y is for little and big bunnies alike, and sure to keep the little ones entertained whilst you’re self-isolating at home this long weekend.

 

Things you’ll need:

. Head bands

. Scissors

. Foliage

. Paint & paint brush

. String

. Hot glue gun

. Ribbon

Step one is see if you can find any leaves in your backyard that resemble bunny ears, if not get some fresh air by going for a walk (be sure to keep your social distance if you are leaving your house) and forage for some foliage to use, frangipani leaves work well for the ears and feel free to unleash your creativity for the decorations!

Once you’ve collected your foliage it’s time to get your hands messy, set up some paint in an egg carton and let the kids paint their bunny ears.

Once painted, allow your bunny ears to dry in the sunshine. While you’re waiting, pick and choose the foliage to compliment your ears and use scissors to trim where necessary.

We have used some cute cotton ribbon to cover the headband.

Using the string and hot glue gun, secure the foliage to your headband and you’ll have your eco bunny ears ready to hop into Easter!

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Make our Healthy Easter Egg recipe

Your Ultimate Guide To Essential Oils

Your Ultimate Guide To Essential Oils

Essential oils have certainly made a name for themselves in recent years, with many people opting to use them for a broad range of reasons. Essential oils are obtained through a range of methods, using different parts of plants. For example, Rose oil, comes from the petals of the rose, whilst citrus oils come from the rind.

Essential oils are used widely across aromatherapy, home cleaning products, treating skin conditions and soothing muscle inflammation.

Before you begin experimenting with essential oils there are few basics that you need to remember. When applying the oils to your skin, you must use a carrier oil like coconut or jojoba as to avoid skin irritation.

On this note, it is also essential to do a patch test on yourself before applying to larger areas to check that your chosen oil is suitable for your body (and will not cause irritation/allergic reaction). Essential oils should not be digested unless under the specific directions by a healthcare professional.

Here is your ultimate guide to essential oils and their uses

Essential oils that can help induce sleep:

Lavender, patchouli, sandalwood, vetiver, chamomile, neroli, ylang-ylang, cedar, rose, clary sage, marjoram, bergamot, frankincense. There are oil blends that are specifically blended together to help aid with sleep like this Sleep Assist Essential Oil Blend from Oil Garden.

 

Tip: Diffuse a couple of drops of lavender oil with some water in a spritzer bottle. Spray your pillow with a spritz before you go to sleep!

Essential oils that may improve concentration:

basil, rosemary, peppermint, cedar, grapefruit, pine, juniper, vetiver, helichrysum.

 

Tip: Add a couple of drops of one of the essential oils mixed with water in an aromatherapy diffuser by your study area. Try this 10ml certified organic rosemary oil by Vrindavan.

Essential oils to aid in de-stressing:

lemon, orange, rose, lavender, frankincense, clary sage, bergamot, sandalwood, geranium, ylang-ylang, marjoram, chamomile.

 

A great way to alleviate stress is to massage a relaxing oil blend of your choice into your temples for 1-2 minutes. We love the Stress Release blend from Lively Living.

Essential oils for improving energy:

black pepper, lemon, grapefruit, orange, peppermint, ginger, jasmine, rosemary, eucalyptus.

 

Most Citrus oils have great energy boosting properties. The Doterra Citrus Bliss is the perfect invigorating blend, combining Wild Orange Peel, Lemon Peel, Grapefruit Peel, Mandarin Peel, Bergamot Peel, Tangerine Peel, Clementine Peel essential oils and Vanilla Bean Absolute.

Essential oils that can ease muscle tension:

nutmeg, wintergreen, rosemary, peppermint, eucalyptus, black pepper, ginger, cayenne, chamomile.

 

Tip: All of these essential oils can aid in inflammation. For muscle aches, mix a few drops of essential oil into your carrier oil and massage into the muscles that need relief.

Essential oils for that can treat Acne and skin irritations:

tea tree, lavender, rosemary, oregano, bergamot, helichrysum.

 

Tip: Try it yourself by making a face wash by mixing five drops of tea tree oil with aloe vera gel and coconut oil.

A bonus all-purpose household cleaning spray recipe:

Combine ¼ cup white vinegar, 1 ¾ cups water, 15 drops eucalyptus oil and 15 drops orange oil. Pour into your spray bottle and you’re ready to go!