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Aren’t oils just fat and don’t I want less fat in my diet, not more?

Won’t oil add extra calories and make my food greasy?

Can oil help me lose weight?

Ok, ok, I’ll start adding oil to my diet—but how?

Why would I add oil to my food unless absolutely necessary?

These questions are very common and natural! Many of us have been conditioned from an early age to avoid greasy foods and high-calorie ingredients—and in many cases this is absolutely correct and healthy information to follow. But oil is different. Oil is not an all-encompassing term equal to high fat, grease, or clogged arteries. Oil does not equal unhealthy—quite the opposite, in fact.
Oil can provide us with nutrients unique in character and absolutely essential to optimum health. Of course, as with anything one consumes, there are some guidelines to follow, some truths to learn, and some myths to disprove. Read on to discover the answers to the questions above and why I believe that every single person on this planet—young or old, male or female, healthy or unhealthy—should include oil as part of their daily diet! (more…)

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The safflower is a member of the sunflower family and lives up to its name, having yellow, ray-like petals that explode forth in a bright sunburst of a flower. Safflower oil is expressed from the seeds of this plant. There are two types of safflower oil: monounsaturated safflower oil and polyunsaturated safflower oil. Each variety has unique properties that make it suitable for various uses of uses, ranging from use as a cold oil in dressings, to the healthiest oil for frying, to cosmetic and skincare applications, to a mixing medium for oil paints.

But what are the differences between the two varieties of safflower oil? And how to consume each? (more…)

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The safflower is a member of the sunflower family and lives up to its reputation, having yellow, ray-like petals that explode forth in a bright sunburst of a flower. Safflower oil is expressed from the seeds of this plant. There are two types of safflower oil: monounsaturated safflower oil and polyunsaturated safflower oil Each variety has unique properties that make it suitable for various uses of uses, ranging from use as a cold oil in dressings, to the healthiest oil for frying, to cosmetic and skincare applications, to a mixing medium for oil paints.

For more information on cooking with and consuming each variety of safflower oil, see my post here.

So, when is sunshine best for your skin? (more…)

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Tamanu oil is a prodigy of an oil—it can do many things very, very well. It has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, helps cells regenerate more quickly, is brimming with antioxidants, provides pain relief when applied topically, and studies have shown that it has some efficacy in successfully attacking a certain type of skin cancer cell.1

And it is a beautiful oil. It is also known as “green gold” and its colour is a unique, warm, blackened green. It is opulent and plush, with a rich almost-toasted odour. Is this what a dragon’s tears might look like?

Tamanu oil is, without a doubt, a valuable oil…but what can it do for your skin and, the Big Question: is it non-comedogenic? (more…)

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