Coconut oil face Masks

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Coconut oil face masks with three ingredients or less

Coconut oil is a natural antibacterial, antifungal and moisturiser so it makes the perfect product to help your night-time routine. It can help cleanse your face, hydrate, remove eye makeup, sooth and moisturise lips. These face masks include natural products and coconut oil that will leave you feeling radiant and glowing. It is best to test a patch on your skin before trying any new.

Honey and coconut oil face mask

Honey is packed with moisturising agents, antimicrobial and antioxidants that are great for improving all types of skin. Lemon juice helps tighten and shrink pores and balance skin tone. The coconut oil helps brighten and smooth skin leaving it feeling fresh and smooth.

You will need:

  •    1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  •    1 teaspoon of raw honey
  •    A few drops of fresh lemon juice
  1.    Place 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in a mixing bowl.
  2.    Add 1 teaspoon of honey and mix well.
  3.    Add a few drops of fresh lemon juice and mix. The mixture should be thick and sticky.
  4.    Apply to your face. Mixture becomes thinner after applying it so be prepared for it to move around and drip off your face.
  5.    Rinse with lukewarm water.
  6.    Pat dry with a clean, soft towel.

Avocado and coconut oil face mask

This face mask will have you looking and feeling younger. The avocado works to slow the process of ageing by neutralizing oils and the coconut oil works to nourish and hydrate your skin.     

You will need:

  •    4 tablespoons of coconut oil
  •    1 avocado
  •    2 teaspoons of nutmeg
  1.    Cut avocado in half, remove seed and skin.
  2.    With a fork, mash avocado into a paste.
  3.    Add 4 tablespoons of coconut oil.
  4.    Add in 2 teaspoons of nutmeg and stir until well combined.
  5.    Apply evenly to face and leave on for 15 minutes.
  6.    To remove, rinse your face with lukewarm water.
  7.    Pat skin dry with a clean, soft towel.

Oatmeal and coconut face mask

Coconut oil can help fight acne with its antibacterial and antifungal properties making it a perfect choice for acne-prone skin types. Oatmeal is also known for its powerful anti-acne ingredient and soothing properties. This face mask will soothe inflammation and restore your skin.

You will need:

  •    3 tablespoons oatmeal
  •    1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  •    ¼ cup warm water
  1.    Add 3 tablespoons of oatmeal into a mixing bowl.
  2.    Add ¼ cup warm water to the mixing bowl and mix until it becomes a paste.
  3.    Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and mix until well combined.
  4.    Apply to your face and leave for 15 minutes.
  5.    After 15 minutes massage gently into skin over entire face in small circular motions for another 5 minutes to help cleanse clogged pores.
  6.    Rinse off with lukewarm water.
  7.    Pat skin dry with a clean, soft towel.

Coconut oil and yoghurt face mask

Yoghurt offers plenty of moisture for your skin along with lactic acid that helps dry oily skin by dissolving dead skin cells, stripping excess oil and tightening pores. Yoghurt naturally reduces fine lines and wrinkles by tightening skin and pores. The coconut oil uses its antifungal and antibacterial properties to make your skin balanced and shine-free.

You will need:

  •    2 teaspoons coconut oil
  •    1 tablespoon of plain yoghurt.
  1.    Melt 2 teaspoons of coconut oil if not already in liquid form. 5 seconds in the microwave will do.
  2.    Add 2 teaspoons of melted coconut oil into a mixing bowl.
  3.    Add 1 tablespoon of plain yoghurt.
  4.    Mix until well combined.
  5.    Apply the mixture to your face. Ensure the mask is thick. The mask doesn’t keep so you don’t have to worry about using it all.
  6.    Leave on for 15 minutes.
  7.    Rinse your face with lukewarm water.
  8.    Pat skin dry with a clean, soft towel.

Cedar Creek Falls

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Cedar Creek falls is a picturesque place that makes a great day out for the whole family. It is located on the ascent up Mount Tamborine from Tamborine Village. Cedar Creek Falls offers a range of abilities for the whole family. There are picnic areas, public toilets and lookouts. The walkway to the first lookout and picnic grounds is bitumen so it’s suitable for strollers and has wheelchair accessibility. There are stairs for the rest of the path down to the rock pools and falls.

Along the walk to the waterfall, you will come across viewing platforms where you can stop for a breath and take in the amazing views. The track slopes downwards gently towards a fork where you stick left for another viewing platform. Continue until the tracks re-join and continue your downward walk through the dry rain-forest taking in the views.

When visiting, remember to bring your togs as the end of the walking track offers visitors a dip in the three rock pools between the rushing waterfalls. The rocks can be slippery and steep to get to the rock pools so it is recommended to bring reef creepers or sturdy footwear. It is prohibited to jump into the rock pools due to submerged rocks and other hazards.

Follow the same walking track back to return to the car park. On the return journey take the left road at the fork to shorten your uphill journey. Once back in the car park continue up the mountain by car to a local Mount Tamborine café for lunch or pack a picnic lunch to enjoy in the picnic area with the wildlife.

The Best Plants to have in Your Home

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Houseplants can be a great way to add life to a room and improve the feeling of your home

  1. English Ivy

English ivy needs sunlight so this plant can benefit from being placed near a window or door. If it doesn’t get enough sunlight it becomes sickly and prone to pests. English Ivy has been named as an effective air cleaner by NASA.  In many places across the world, English Ivy grows outdoors and can become invasive and considered a weed so it needs to be watched and monitored to ensure it doesn’t get out of control. When the vines become too long you can trim them back. It can attach to surfaces with tiny roots that can cause damage to walls, so be careful not to let your roots grow around any surface. To ensure there is no damage, regularly move your plant from different windows. Before watering an English Ivy make sure to feel the soil as they like to be on the drier side. If the soil is damp to touch on the top then it will not require water. Also, ensure that there is good drainage. If you have cats or dogs you should be mindful that this plant is considered toxic to them.

 

  1. Rubber plant

Buying a younger rubber plant allows it to adapt better to indoor living rather than buying a more mature plant. The plant thrives outside and grows to impressive heights but if you would prefer a smaller to medium-sized indoor plant then putting it in a small pot can restrict its growth. Rubber plants like a lot of bright light but not from direct sunlight. The rubber plant benefits from a sunny spot that is shielded by a sheer curtain. When the rubber plant becomes droopy and loses its lower leaves and lustre then the plant needs more light and water. In the warmer months, the rubber plant needs to be kept moist and benefits from having the leaves misted. In cooler months the rubber plant may only need to be watered twice a month. If you have cats or dogs you should be mindful that this plant is considered toxic to them.

 

  1. Peace lily

Peace lilies are a great addition to a dull room with the beautiful lily sprouting from the crisp green foliage. They are a great way to clean up the air in a room as they have been named on the NASA list of top air-cleaning house plants. Peace lilies enjoy indirect sunlight and shade, making them a great indoor room addition. They have even been known to be successful in offices with no windows and fluorescent lights. Peace lilies are more tolerant to under watering than over-watering. If wilting occurs, check the roots. If the roots are damp or soggy then it indicates root rot, so ensure your pot has good drainage.

 

  1. Aloe plant

Aloe plants come in many different colours and shapes and can add texture to any room. The leaves of an aloe plant can also come in handy as a natural remedy for burns. Snap off a leaf from the aloe plant and add the gel from inside the leaf to sunburn, burns, cuts and rashes for relief. They love to be in sunlight but will tolerate a few hours of shade if needed and love dry climates. In summer months soak the aloe plant thoroughly and leave to drain. Allow the aloe plant to dry completely between watering.

 

  1. Bamboo palm

Bamboo palms can add warmth and colour to your home. The palms benefit from bright indirect sunlight. Once you have purchased your bamboo palm it is best to re-pot immediately into a pot that is 2 inches larger and has good drainage for the best results. Water when the soil is dry to touch on top and ensure the plant is draining to avoid the plant dying. Bamboo palms enjoy a dry room but benefit from water spraying to keep them hydrated.

Pet therapy

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Pets visit retirement care homes

Cheeky birds, devoted dogs and even a tiny horse brighten the lives of residents in Fraser Coast retirement homes each week. The team of furry and feathered friends and their human carers visit a nursing home or retirement centre each week.

Pet and Engagement Therapies (PET) is a group of volunteers that delivers community engagement to those in residential care. The volunteers, including children and pets, meet each week at a chosen nursing home and visit for an hour or two. There’s no set time limit, so they stay while everyone is enjoying the interaction.

Every moment can bring happiness and a smile to a resident’s face. Their flexible approach is modelled around the diverse features and characteristics that each volunteer brings. The team encourages the participation of young people in activities as the residents in the nursing homes love to see children play and to even join in playing a board game with them. It can also strongly benefit the children as they connect with other generations and bond.

The group is supported by the Hervey Bay Animal Refuge and is run by volunteers. The group used to just be pet therapy but now incorporates more than just animals.

The team is always looking for eager volunteers to join with their children and animals. To bring along your pet you require the animal’s injections certificate to ensure all animals are up-to-date. All animals are welcome whether they are furry or feathered. The residents have been visited by dogs, cats, mini horses, chickens, ducklings and birds. If you are interested in your child being a part of the team, please remember that parental supervision is needed at all times.

On a typical visit, the team assembles in the foyer where members meet and sign in. They are then escorted to the common room where the residents are eagerly waiting. Owners of pets walk around the room with their animals greeting each resident and chatting about their pets. Young children may choose to play a board game such as snakes and ladders while the residents watch on enthusiastically or may even choose to join in. Others from the team play the piano provided by the facility and have a sing-along with the residents. Some of the team or children bring along other instruments and play while some residents join in or tap their feet and clap along. The residents find joy in the shared experiences.

The visits don’t just benefit the residents but can also help volunteers.  The group approach is supportive and encouraging, which means quieter volunteers can participate at their own pace by clapping along to music and progressively become more involved with each visit.

Even with residents who have a difficult time communicating, a smile or even eyes widening with recognition is evidence of the difference they are making to the lives of others.

If you would like to contact the team you can call them on 0457 056 772 or email or alternatively like their Facebook page PET Team Hervey Bay

Sustainable living choices on the Fraser Coast

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GARDENS & ENVIRONMENT

Let’s Talk Vegetables

Based on the new report from the Australian Institute for Health and Welfare, all Australians (99%) aged 2–18, and 9 in 10 adults aged 19 and over do not eat the recommended number of daily serves of vegetables.

The food we eat plays an important role in our health and well-being. Good nutrition contributes to quality of life, helps maintain healthy body weight, protects against infection, and reduces the risk of chronic conditions and premature death. Chronic conditions—often linked with a poor diet—are the major cause of ill health in Australia (Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare).

We are so fortunate to have this great climate on the Fraser Coast that growing own vegetables is not a big challenge. Some basic understanding about gardening is enough to have healthy greens and vegetables all year round. It is very rewarding, always fresh, the taste is amazing and… you know what you eat!

All kind of heirloom and organic seeds can be found on the internet or at our local swap group. The local markets are great place to find all sorts of vegetables seedlings and organic fertilizers like mushroom or chicken manure which are essential if you want to grow your own food.

And what to do with the surplus?

It can be shared with friends and family or swapped at the local Garden Food Swap in Howard. You can swap all sorts of home grown
or home made food, seedlings, seeds and have a good time with like minded. More info on Facebook at: Garden Food Swap Howard And Surrounds.

Edible of the month to plant now:

Tomato. Loves half shade and protection from the midday and afternoon sun. It needs a good amount of organic fertilizer like blood and bone, fermented or aged animal manure (fresh one won’t work that well) and some wood ash would be great. It will also be happy about some mulch on top. You can harvest your first tomato in about 6 weeks from when you see the fist flower. Tomatoes are self-pollinating which means that they don’t need bees for pollination and so you can easily protect them with a fine net from the fruit flies and the sun.

Edible of the month ready for harvest now:

Cucumbers. Low in calories but high in water and several important vitamins and minerals like Vitamin C, K, Potassium, Magnesium and Fiber. Eating cucumbers with the peel provides the maximum amount of nutrients. Can be eaten fresh, naturally fermented or pickled. Some other of the many edibles you can plant right now: Beans, beetroot, capsicum, carrot, celery, chili, cucumber, eggplant, ginger, luffa, pumpkin, rockmelon, rosella, squash, sweet corn, watermelon, zucchini.

Tip for beginners:

Start with perennial edibles. There is not much you can do wrong and you can harvest your first greens nearly straight away!

Check our YouTube channel at youtube.com/FoodForestCookery and blog www.foodforestcookery.com for more info and tips and tricks about growing food and more.

Peanut Butter and Coconut Oil Dog Treats

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Dogs love peanut butter and coconut oil has so many benefits for dogs that this treat is a match made in heaven for your pups. Coconut oil can help your dog’s skin, digestive system, immune system, metabolism, musculoskeletal system, brain, eyes, ears and mouth. It can clear up skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies, makes coats sleek and glossy and gets rid of odour. It can improve digestions and nutrient absorptions, bad breath and increases energy and helps reduce weight. Coconut oil promotes good nerve and brain function, helps clear up ear and eye infections, improves oral health and can be used to clean teeth.

Research shows that coconut oil is well tolerated in dogs and safe to give in small amounts. It is suggested to give 1 teaspoon of coconut oil per 10 pounds of your dog’s weight per day. It is always best to consult your veterinarian before giving your dog anything new. Start by giving your dog half a treat and then gradually give a whole treat to get the dog’s stomach used to the coconut oil and rotate treats using coconut oil treats on alternate days for the best results.

It is recommended to buy organic virgin coconut oil in a glass jar, not plastic. You will need:

  • 1 teaspoon of unprocessed coconut oil per 10 pounds of dogs body weight
  • 1 cup of all natural peanut butter
  • A sprinkle of cinnamon
  • Silicon ice tray in any design
  1. Start by melting the coconut oil in a small saucepan over low heat until smooth.
  2. Add peanut butter and cinnamon. Stir until mixture is smooth and thick.
  3. Pour mixture into silicon tray and tap on the bench to ensure smooth and bubble free.
  4. Freeze until set.
  5. Remove from tray and store in an airtight container in the freezer.
  6. Give the dog the treat on a plate or outside as they soften quickly.

Watermelon and coconut milk dog pup-sicles
This summer treat will cool your dog down and leave them wanting more. Watermelon is harmless to dogs as long as you remove the seeds as they can cause intestinal blockages. Always remember to serve treats in moderate amounts.
You will need:

  • A quarter of a seedless watermelon
  • 1 can of coconut milk.
  1. Start by refrigerating the coconut milk until it resembles the texture of yoghurt.
  2. Scoop watermelon into a blender and add coconut milk gradually.
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. You can add more watermelon to make a darker colour and taste.
  5. Pour into a silicon ice tray.
  6. Freeze until fully frozen.
  7. Remove from tray and serve to dog or store in an airtight container in the freezer for future use.