Please welcome my latest guest blogger, Stephanie from MinnesotaFromScratch. I completely dig her posts, with my favorite being her recipe for Pickled California Mixed Veggies, which I can’t wait to use for this year’s harvest! In my wellness column, I love to feature people who have found natural ways of living life, from food to exercise to healing and more. Stephanie’s got some great tips here for the multiple uses of two oils you might not have ever used, and psst – read all the way to the end, because she’s doing a giveaway!
Stephanie loves writing about all organic, made from scratch recipes, canning escapades, gardening and fun things she does with her toddler daughter. “I dislike toxic chemicals, and since we are continually bombarded with them daily, I do my best to control what I can within my home. I love making not only food from scratch, but also lotions, cleaning product, laundry detergent and more. Today I am sharing two of my favorite oils very beneficial to our health that I incorporated into my family’s regimen over the last year.”
2 Oils You Should Consider Adding to Your Life
This cold-pressed oil from the “perfect food” can be used both in the kitchen as well as topically.
Along with being great for cooking, avocado oil is also delicious at room temperature. It has a light nutty flavor that is very versatile. Avocado oil has a long list of benefits, but is best known as a great source of monounsaturated fat (AKA “good fat”), lowering your bad cholesterol. Because of its 375 F smoke point, I prefer to use this oil when I stir-fry veggies. I also toss cauliflower in it before baking it, and find it great as a salad dressing, mixed with a little vinegar. I suggest incorporating it into your diet as a substitute for olive oil.
Topically, avocado oil is a miracle worker! My husband has had psoriasis for over a decade now and it gets pretty severe in the winter months here in dry Minnesota. Avocado oil is one of the best options we have found for him, as it is amazingly great at moisturizing skin! Since the oil contains vitamins A, D and E, it is great for the skin. When my skin feels exceptionally dry, I use the oil on my skin after I get out of the shower and it works like a charm.
Hemp Seed Oil
If you have ever had hemp seeds before, I’ll just say that hemp seed oil tastes exactly like you’d expect: like hemp seeds in oil form. Along with being great to use in food, hemp seed oil is a great additive in homemade lotions, body washes and shampoos.
When ingested, hemp seed oil has anti-inflammatory benefits and is very beneficial to overall heart health. It is also a great source of omega 3 and 6. I typically only use hemp seed oil at room temperature. Check out my homemade organic peanut butter recipe in which I use hemp seed oil in place of peanut oil. Another great way to incorporate hemp oil into your diet is with one of my favorite salad dressings, pictured above. Here’s what’s in it:
¼ cup EVOO
¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 minced garlic cloves
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons hemp seed oil
Used topically, hemp seed oil is great for nourishing the skin. My husband also has loved using hemp seed oil to treat his psoriasis. In addition, it relieves symptoms of eczema and other skin conditions.