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10 Amazing Uses for Coconut Oil

When you think of coconut oil, what is the first image that comes to mind? Hair oiling. I know. We mistakenly think that coconut oil can only be used for head massages. BUT, here are 10 amazing uses for coconut oil that can certainly make you healthy, save you money on expensive beauty products. And of course, make you pretty fabulous. Naturally!

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1. Coconut Oil, as an eye-makeup remover. I use it to remove not only make up but also to massage my eyes. Its a great way to relax your tired face and release stress from the eye brow points. Just take some oil on hand, and gently rub on your face. It will take off all the make up from your face sweetly and leave your skin extremely soft

2. To help increase sun tolerance and avoid burning. Yup! This actually helps. Summer is just around the corner, after spring and you will need some oil massage on face to act as a sun block! 

3. Use on hands after doing dishes to avoid dry skin! Amazing!

4. Rub into elbows daily to help alleviate dry, flaky and dark elbows! This helps hydrate your skin and make it soft. 

5. It is an immediate source of energy when eaten that isn’t stored as fat. Just add a small teaspoon of edible coconut oil in coffee or food. And voila! You are on the way to Energy Hills!

6. Use it as a mouth wash! Don’t swallow it though. And your breath will smell goody good!

7. This one’s for men especially, and those ladies who actually shave their legs! (no joke. some do) Use as a natural shave cream and after shave lotion. 

8. Rubbed on lips as a natural chap stick! Oooh la la! Get baby lips!

9. Coconut oil can also be used to help sooth the itch of chicken pox or poison ivy

10. So you want white teeth, too? Easy peasy! By itself or with baking soda, coconut oil can be used as a naturally whitening toothpaste.

See, There are many uses for coconut oil that we just didn’t know before. If you also have some tip to share about coconut oil, Feel free to enlighten me. Drop your comments below, and share with me which use of coconut oil you find more interesting! 

Have a healthy life! 🙂

Want To Shed Some Weight & Shape Your Body? – Part 1

Warning: This is an extremely girly post so the male readers, must read at their own risk. I do not want to hear any “Ooo” or “Oww”. Though your opinions are welcomed. 

And yes everyone, Be not shocked because this is officially my first ever girly post on this blog. Rather congratulate me as for the first time ever, I am going to talk about, (not politics, philosophy, science, astronomy, photography, paintings, art, food or fiction. but)  HOW TO EMBRACE YOUR BEAUTIFUL FEMININE SIDE.

Why is that so, Khanum?

Because recently, I discovered a whole new world that made me realize , It’s time I stopped exploring books only and became interested in being a girl. Yup! I realized I am a girl.

Funny statement, isn’t it.

I mean, not in the literal sense, but I meant the feminine side. I realized am not just any girl. I’m actually quite the progressive one. And it all starts with you being confident enough to know yourself, embrace yourself and you’ll know you’re a beauty with brains. Many of us don’t even know what we are until we step up a little , know the girl within and empower ourselves. It’s like being a wildflower that takes its time to bloom. I’m still taking my time to progress and I am enjoying every day of it. Beauty should be embraced, it should be celebrated, cherished and understood.

Now you must say, have you gone mad, Pari? 

The answer is, Nope! 

Having the perfect body is the ultimate dream of every female. And many of us believe that “losing weight or starving yourself to death” is going to magically turn you into a swan. Well, I had never been into that, and if by any chance, I did try to diet at some points in my life, it all happened naturally Like those days when you are too preoccupied with either studies, work, presentations or stress that you simply forget to eat and become a skeleton.

And are skeletons pretty? Nope. You must have some curves. So before moving towards having the perfect body, you have to understand, what is it that you want to achieve, how would you like your body to be. Are you in need of extreme weight loss or your body require just a bit of attention and voila! 

Here are the step towards taking care of your body and shed wait accordingly.

Know your Body Shape.

What body shape are you? is the most basic question before you begin any weight loss activity or efforts towards shaping yourself. I personally had no idea what body shape am I until recently I decided to explore this subject. I did know a bit but I never focused my energies on that. I would hear my friends tell me about how they look, pear, square, this and that. But me? Oh. I was an idiot. However, it’s extremely important that you know your body shape. So once I knew about mine, there was no way that I was going to devalue myself. That’s right. This is what we do when we refuse to pray attention to ourselves in the name of “I’m too lazy for that” or “who cares”. That’s wrong attitude. Of course, You should care. So before you go on randomly deciding how to achieve perfect body, google body types and figure out what body shape are you. Apple, Pear, Rectangle, Slender, Hourglass, Triangle or whatever funny name they have given to more body shapes. It’s hilarious but that’s science. 

I’m not fat. I just have some fats

There’s a huge difference in the way you view yourself and assess your body condition. In my case, I used to believe am fat. Without giving any thought to the definition of this word. The moment you can’t fit into any dress anymore, you begin to curse yourself thinking you have become fat. When in fact it could be that you are just growing up? 

So First of all, you need you measure yourself and decide that are you really really fat or you just need to lose a bit of fats to shape your body. This is very easy to do. And no, I am not asking you to take votes on this. Don’t even dare ask anyone “am I fat or no”. That’s a sin. NEVER EVER ask anyone. 

 

The chances are that those who dislike you or have narrow view on beauty, would make you believe yes you are fat and throw you into depression. And those who are  immensely in love with you, would simply say, there’s nothing wrong with you. And you don’t want that. What you need is your own word on it, heartfelt,  honest, informed and personal take. Because at the end of the day, it’s your “yes” that would mean you are willing to be a part of this amazing adventure, this journey and do the hard work to take care of your body. The motivations, of course,  can come from external sources and give your “yes, I want to do this. I want to be more awesome” a boost. If you got motivation enough, I would say , just go ahead and know yourself.

And Once you have known your body shape, measured yourself and made a decision that you definitely want to do this. Here are some ways you can shed weight and shape your body.

1- Swimming

2- Exercise

3- Walk

4- Dieting

  •  Extreme and quick dieting way to shed weight 
  •  Normal diet / healthy food routine 

These are the ways which you have probably heard before. But I would share my own personal routines and take on this in the next post. It has done wonders for me and I have also learned by experimenting that which diet plan or weight loss method is good for your health to keep you shinning, which plan is the quickest, and which diet plan can make you sick. So you’ll have my honest opinions on this.

I am hungry for some ice cream right now. See you in the next part.

To be continued.

Flowers & You – Gardening for stress management and better health

You have a connection with the beauty around you, is what I have concluded after observing houses with gardens and houses with no flowers at all. 

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The woman of my house has a tremendous interest in and extreme passion for gardening. And this is what makes her smile when the spring comes. Now I have noticed that the more flowers bloom in our courtyard, the more she gets in a happy mood. This is something interesting. On days when there are fewer flowers, no season for gardening and absolutely no way for her to socialize with her plants, she is usually in a bad mood. I guess they say it right, flowers with their colors, spread in your home and lighten the environment. Absolutely blissful!

The pictures included in this article are the vibrant colors decorating our entrance most of the days when the flower season is on. Plus, I googled something which you should also check. Google “Gardening for stress Relief“, the results explain how maintaining a hobby with gardening, spending time with something you love and watching your plants grow give the gardener a sense of beauty and being someone who has achieved something beautiful in this world. I absolutely agree with this. Look at the green in the picture below. Green is soothing for the eyes and something that gives peace to the eyes would also be a comfort for the soul.
 
So here’s a quick advice for you, on how you can fill your life with colors and lessen your stress about anything haunting you.
  1.  Develop a positive Hobby. Do something you love.
  2.  Develop an interest in gardening. Trust me it would give you sheer happiness to watch your plants grow taller and bloom.
  3. Spend time with flowers in your home. Where humans fail to provide comfort, plants turn out to be your best friend.
  4. Talk to them. They do listen. You just can’t hear them reply. But if they do bloom then that’s the sign that they are happy with you and your care.
  5. Share your gardening adventures with people interested in it. Make it a movement.
  6. Discover what you can grow in your home. Experiment with your gardening skills.
  7. Smile and grow old with plants. 
  8. Grow vegetables in your garden if you want. That’s a superb idea.
Gardening would not only make you organized in your routine because you develop a habit of spending time with flowers, it also makes you mentally preoccupied with positivity. It can serve as your very own project. Who doesn’t want a personal project to be this good?
And last but not the least thing to remember, planting a tree or a flower is considered continuous charity (sadaqatul jariya) in Islam. Meaning it is a means of getting many rewards. And not just for a Muslim, it is something that every human being can do, believing that he is adding value to his own life and to the world around him. He would be rewarded for this good deed, too. After all, you’re taking care of Allah’s creation on earth. It’s a beautiful act of love.With this intention, one can have endless rewards.
 
This article of mine got published at Habibi Halaqas in October last year, and I just found out it’s been there, so I decided to share on my blog, too. I’d love to hear your views on this topic.