Uses and Benefits of Grapeseed Oil

watkins grapeseed oil health benefits and other usesYou may have already heard that among cooking oils, Grapeseed Oil is a healthy favorite. Unlike Olive oil, the flavor is so light and neutral that it won’t alter the taste of your foods. It is great for sauteing, grilling, using in vinegar dressings, and even deep frying due to the stability, and high-temperature smoke point.

JR Watkins Grapeseed Oil is a superb choice. It is versatile, light, and practically odorless and tasteless. Excellent as a dipping oil or for use on pasta, it contains zero Trans fats, and no gluten or distilled white vinegar. A serving size of 1 Tablespoon contains 120 calories.

Health Benefits of Grapeseed Oil

Because Grape seeds are full of potent antioxidants known as Oligomeric Proanthocyanidin Complexes (OPCs) they help fight free radicals which can contribute to premature aging and numerous chronic diseases. OPC compounds have been show to benefit the body in many other ways. They are antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, anti-mutagenic, and more.

At only 8%, Grapeseed oil is very low in saturated fat. By contrast, olive oil contains double that amount. Grapeseed oil is high in polyunsaturated fat which helps raise good cholesterol (HDL), and lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides. The percentage of linoleic acid is high (between 65 and 72 percent) in Grapeseed oil. Linoleic acid converts to conjugated-linoleic acid (CLA) which reduces cancer, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and improves weight loss. (PubMed Reference).

Grapeseed Oil also contains about twice the amount of Vitamin E (an antioxidant) as Olive oil, along with other powerful antioxidants!

Grapeseed Oil Additional Uses

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Toxin-Free Cleaning with Castile Soap

Castile soap originated in Spain centuries ago. “Castile” simply means the soap is formulated from only natural, plant-based, oils rather than animal fat (tallow). Castile contains no chemical detergents, is biodegradable, Earth-friendly and versatile as a natural cleaner.

Many people who are learning about the toxins in our household cleaners, hand soaps and body care products are choosing natural solutions instead. There are nearly 13,000 chemicals used in formulating cosmetic products alone, with FDA restrictions on only 11 of them! Just in body care products like shampoo, we find numerous endocrine disruptors. Endocrine disruptors are those chemicals which may cause severe neurological and immune system defects, and are shown to interfere with reproduction and development. Here is a small sampling of the harmful ingredients in most of our every day products:

Sodium Laurel Sulfate: Used in engine degreaser, industrial cleaning products, and 90% of personal care products, SLS (or SLES) can cause breathing problems, eye damage, and death. It is found in body washes, hair coloring kits, shampoo, laundry detergents, liquid hand soap, make-up products, toothpaste, and bath oils.

Phthalates: Used in shampoo and numerous other products even though it is rarely listed on the label, or is simply called “fragrance”, Phthalates interfere with the reproductive system, cause early breast development in young boys and girls, birth defects, and damage to liver and kidneys.

Parabens: Parabens are chemicals found in cosmetics, deodorant, shampoo and other products but are not often labeled. Parabens can mimic the female hormone of estrogen, and have been linked to breast tumors and cancer, hormone imbalance, and early puberty.

Benzoyl Peroxide: Often found in facial cleansers for treating acne, this chemical may act as a mutagen. It could produce DNA cell damage in humans and other mammals, is toxic upon inhalation, and irritates the eyes, skin and respiratory system. These are the statements appearing on the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) for Benzoyl Peroxide.

It’s a simple process to begin eliminating these, and other dangerous toxins, from our homes. Many people make their own natural and effective Cleaning Products, Soaps, Laundry Detergents, Carpet Freshening Powder, Deodorant, and even Homemade Hair Color!

watkins safe natural castile soap for body and home careWatkins makes it simple to transition to natural home and personal care. The J.R. Watkins Castile Liquid and Bar Soaps are made with nourishing coconut and olive oils, and are free from dyes and harsh chemicals. To create the liquid soaps, they simply use basic salts and heat them with the natural oils to create a fluid, liquid soap. Castile Soap can be safely used as body wash, shampoo, dish soap, hand soap, laundry soap, mopping solution, carpet cleaner, as a vegetable wash, toothpaste, and pet shampoo. Note: As a shampoo, Castile soap may not the best choice for chemically treated hair that has either been  colored, permed, highlighted, bleached, or straightened.

10 Ways to use Castile soaps, with DIY recipes: Read more

Planning the Garden

planning the garden, companion planting, gardening tipsWhether you have a city lot, a few acres of land, or just a small apartment patio, you may still choose to grow some of your own fresh, pesticide-free, and non-GMO food products. You might be surprised at how many things you can grow on just a small, sunny patio. For limited space, there are dwarf and bush varieties of many plants, as well as determinate types of tomatoes which only grow so big before sending their energy into creating tomatoes rather than additional vines.

If you haven’t already chosen the garden location, be sure to pick the area that receives sun for the longest period of the day, won’t be shaded by large trees or buildings during daylight hours, and has adequate drainage. The soil type and condition should be tested as well, allowing the gardener to add amendments as required to achieve maximum plant health and productivity.

Read on for tips on companion planting, where to plant, what to plant, sources for natural and heirloom seeds, and my number one recommended solution for solving any gardening problem! Read more

DIY Natural Carpet Freshening Powder

Now you can replace store-bought carpet powders with a DIY carpet freshening powder containing all natural ingredients that also kills and repels fleas, spiders and other bugs! The main ingredients are inexpensive, simple, and can be easily obtained. Not only does this option save money and avoid the use of toxic chemicals, but it’s Earthy-friendly, too! No more contributing to landfill waste by purchasing yet another “plastic container”. Read more