OLIO is a free app (mobile & web) that connects neighbours with each other and volunteers with local businesses, so surplus food can be shared, not thrown away. If you love food, hate waste, care about the environment or want to connect with your community, OLIO is for you.
Ultimately, the mission is to unlock the value of food that is wasted in the home and local community. The way the app works is simple. Users snap a photo of their spare and add it to the app. Neighbours who live nearby receive customised alerts and can request anything that takes their fancy. All items are offered for free.
Food shared could be food nearing its sell-by date from local stores, spare home-grown vegetables, bread from the local baker, or the groceries in your fridge when you goaway, move home or go on a diet. You can also share non-food items such as furniture, clothes, toys, household and beauty products.
Food waste is a major issue, and not just for the supermarkets. Globally, a third of all food produced is wasted, and in the UK, households account for half of all waste-binning over £15bn of edible food, costing families £800 per year (ref). Food waste is also costly for local stores and councils and ranks as one of the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases.
OLIO has been used in over 50 countries and over 1.8million items have been successfully shared between neighbours. That’s the equivalent of preventing 1,564 CO2emissions from entering the atmosphere and eliminating 4,692,637car miles from the road.
OLIO also has a flourishing volunteer network-over 36,000 people have reached out to the organisation requesting to become volunteers, to promote food sharing locally and rescue and redistribute food in their communities via OLIO!
At the moment there is a massive trend in the hair and beauty world for coconut oil based products. Especially shampoos and conditioners! But what about just plain old organic coconut oil ? What can that do on its own ? Well there are a lot of amazing uses and I’m going to delve into a few in my blog post today. As it’s just been new year I bet there are ladies out there who want some natural health and beauty tips to help kick off the first half of 2018 😉
Natrual Bug, Flea and Insect Repellent for humans and animals
Use coconut oil mixed in with tea tree oil, lavender oil or peppermint oil and apply all over your body if your in a location that has bugs, flies, bees or insects of any kind and this should act as a pretty good repellent. You can also add all oils in together to create a more powerful reppelent. Some people add lemon or lemongrass to the body repellent but you should avoid doing that if your going out in the sun as the lemon could burn and damage your skin 👈
For dogs and cats you can create a spray using a bottle at one cup of water, 1 cup of coconut oil with added lavender oil or lemongrass oil. Spray and comb throw coat. This will help combat lice and fleas in animals and also repel any insects or bugs. You can use tea tree for this also.
Cat and dogs coats
Apply coconut oil to your animals coat after rubbing it I’m your hands to heat or you can heat slightly in a container over the cooker but just slightly ! Brush it through and leave on for 1 hour and then wash off, once dry their coats should improve in quality and shine, can improve hair loss in animals and is very effective in combating fleas 😉 So looks like you and your pet can have coconut oiling pamper nights !!!
Hair Regrowth and beautiful shine
The natural antioxidants and nutrients (vitamin E, vitamin K and iron) found in coconut oil boosts hair growth and regrowth. Apply coconut oil to dry hair and scalp, massage in and leave in for about an hour. This will improve your hair growth, reduce dandruff and make your hair stronger. If you have hair loss concentrate on applying to those areas ☺ also you may want to mix coconut oil with organic castor oil and leave in overnight with cling film covering your head. That would be very affective for your hair loss. If your suffering from hair loss or not a lot of growth please subscribe to my blog as I will be writing a lot about hair growth and beauty secrets 💖 Once washing your hair I would recommend you use coconut faith in nature shampoo and conditioner 😉
Baking and cooking
Use coconut oil to grease pans and trays ! You can use coconut oil as a replacement for butter just add coconut oil were it says on the recipe instead of butter ! You can butter your toast with coconut oil and also use it on baked potatoes yummy 😀 and so much more healthier for you.
Use coconut oil as a massage oil, it will leave your skin in great condition. You can also use it as lubricant 💖🔥😃
Consuming a tablespoon of coconut oil a day benefits
– Coconut oil is easy to digest and contains compounds that destroy bad bacteria, promote growth of probiotics and helps heal leaky gut. Coconut oil promotes the growth of healthy probiotics in the digestive tract. The antibacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties help to control parasites, and fungi, while aiding in the efficient absorption of essential nutrients.
According to numerous studies a tablespoon of coconut oil a day can help you lose weight 😁 So if your working hard at the gym or on a diet this trick is for you 😉
Ezcema and Psoriasis Cure Treatment
Coconut oil can be used as cream to naturally heal dry and flaking skin for those with eczema and psoriasis.
– Coconut oil supports both a healthy liver, and kidneys. According to researchers, virgin coconut oil, prepared without chemical or high-heat treatment exhibits an inhibitory effect on chronic inflammation. As inflammation is one of the leading causes of many chronic diseases, this study supports regular consumption of virgin coconut oil to help fight inflajmmation.
Consuming 2 tablespoons of pure coconut oil a day for a few months reduces symptoms of fibro. Energy from the oil goes straight to the liver and gives an energy boost. A compound in the oil can also reduce pain and inflammation which is fantastic for fibromyalgia. I have read glowing reports of improvements from people who have used this method for fibromyalgia although it’s not a miracle cure an improvement is an improvement and it’s worth a try 😉 Having fibromyalgia makes people more susceptible to other conditions so anything that boosts the immune system is a bonus 💖
OK so I heard that coconut oil could kill Hepatitis viruses in your body but I was really not so sure about that, maybe it could combat the symptoms but certainly not kill it ? If so everyone with this could be cured. So I did a little digging about and this is what I found :
The liver is one of the most important organs of the body. It detoxifies, builds proteins and fats, secretes hormones, stores vitamins and minerals, produces bile necessary for digestion, and a hundred or so other functions vital for maintaining proper health. Both Hepatitis C and cirrhosis can be fatal. Researchers have been finding coconut oil to be of great benefit to liver health. The medium chain fatty acids in Virgin Coconut Oil go straight to the liver from the digestive tract. The anti-microbial fatty acids can then clean the liver of harmful micro-organisms as well as protect it from free-radical reactions. Research has shown that in the laboratory, medium chain fatty acids are effective against Hepatitis C infections. Virgin Coconut Oil will also help with cirrhosis. A few studies have shown both natural palm and coconut oils to be effective in preventing alcohol-induced cirrhosis and, as stated by one researcher “reverse alcohol related liver injury – from http://www.yesgethealthy.com
Children and adults with cancer should commit to taking 2 spoonfulls a day of Virgin coconut oil as having cancer makes you suspectible to secondary illness, this will massively improve and build the immune system up. Making recover faster. Also there are the many beauty benefits such as hair growth and better skin to acompany the immune support. A recent study which has found an active, anti-cancer component in coconut oil. In fact, this component makes up 50 percent of this amazing oil. What is this amazing cancer killing compound? Lauric acid. In one study, published in the journal Cancer Research and conducted at the University of Adelaide, it was discovered that lauric acid killed more than 90 percent of the colon cancer cells after just two days of treatment. This study was conducted in vitro, but researchers reached the conclusion that lauric acid could also induce cancer cell death in clinical studies as well.
So that’s pretty amazing right ? Your health and beauty regime just got a new friend > Mr Coconut 😂
I already know about apple juice detoxifying the body of heavy metals and being good for the digestive tract prior to writing and researching for this post I had no idea there was a long list of impressive facts about the simple apple. I had a go at drinking pure apple juice and found a massive different in my skin. I hope this article inspires you to become more healthy. So take up eating an apple a day!
Breast Cancer: apples have been found to both prevent and to suppress mammary cancers in the animal model.
Liver Cancer: apple juice, apple pectin and apple peel has been experimentally confirmed to kill liver cancer.
Stomach Cancer: One of the ways in which apple constituents prevent stomach cancer is through their inhibition of Helicobacter pylori, one of the main infectious agents linked to both ulcer and gastric cancer. But apple procyanidin has also been studied for its ability to directly induce programmed cell death within stomach cancer cells.
Another proven way in which apples reduce the risk of cancer is through their ability to remove carcinogenic radioisotopes that have accumulated in our bodies.
Overweight: A human study found significant weight loss associated with a daily intake of three apples or three pears among overweight women.
Anti-Aging (Brain): Apples have been found to prevent oxidative damage and impaired maze performance, as well as decreases in cognitive performance in aging mice. Also, a study performed on mice found that apple juice actually reduced the production of pathological amyloid-beta levels (associated with Alzheimer’s disease) in the mouse brain.
Influenza Infection: Over 60 years ago researchers found that the complex carbohydrates that make up apple pectin inhibit the infectivity of influenza A virus in chicken blood, as well in embryonated eggs, indicating its potential anti-influenza properties.
Apples also cleanse and detoxifies, which helps eliminate heavy metals, such as lead and mercury. There is also a lot of talk about apples helping to aid and prevent asthma which Im still unsure about and also there is ongoing research going on in labs just now using apple compounds to make anti cancer medicines. If you have any news or info on apples then please share it on the comments section.
According to Chinese Medicine: Apples strengthen the heart, quench thirst, lubricate the lungs, decrease mucous and increase body fluids.
According to a Brazilian study, eating an apple before a meal helped women lose 33 percent more weight than those who didn’t.
The original proverb about eating an apple a day, which came about in 1866, was: “Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.”
Apples also provide a source of copper, an essential mineral that contributes to healthy skin. Copper helps you make melanin, the brown-black pigment that colors your skin. Melanin in your skin protects you from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, so being able to produce melanin provides natural sun protection. Melanin also makes up an essential part of other tissues, including your eyes and hair. Each large apple contains 60 micrograms of copper, or 7 percent of your daily copper requirements, according to the Linus Pauling Institute.
Apples have been found to be the most heavily pesticide-contaminated produce products according to The Environmental Working Group. The most common pesticides found on apples are Permethrin and DDT. Non organic apples are often waxed which is not digestible. Try to buy organic apples or if you cannot, wash them thoroughly before use preferably with a fruit and vegetable wash or peel them.
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