Oils have been women’s (and men’s!) best friends for millennia. On every continent the world over you can find spectacular oils derived from plants that have been used since time immemorial to heal, beautify, moisturise and feed skin and hair. These precious oils are pure magic and each has a different story to tell. When you realize how incredibly complex these oils are and how many nourishing elements they contain, you will soon recognize that nature’s cosmetics are far superior to man-made ones.
Natural Marvel Oils are simply the best things for preserving and protecting your youthful looks and for restoring moisture loss and elasticity to aging skin. Many of these wonderful elixirs are extracted from plants that grow in unforgiving climates. The intricate mechanisms of plants that allow them to survive and flourish in harsh environments are the same mechanisms that produce the rich cornucopia of nutrients that are so beneficial to us. If a tree can grow an exquisite flower in the middle of the desert or on a mountain in a blizzard, imagine what it can do for you. Whatever the problem with your skin or your hair, there’s a Marvel Oil out there with a solution. Some oils, like Coconut Oil and Argan Oil, are incredibly versatile and some have very specific talents. Some smell heavenly, some don’t smell good at all and some have very little odour but all of our featured oils have charm, genius and power just waiting to be discovered and explored.
The edible Marvel Oils that we have collected are sure to take you on a culinary adventure. There is a wealth of unusual oils out there that are versatile, yummy and just plain good for you. They can add pizzazz and variety to your next meal with their wonderful aromas, extraordinary flavours and textures. The advertising claims for the commercially produced polyunsaturated oils are bogus and these oils are damaged before you even open the bottle. Canola for instance, is not even a natural plant but a genetically engineered variation of rapeseed and the name stands for Canada Oil. Rapeseed oil contains euric acid, which is toxic to humans. All the polyunsaturated oils are actually an insipid grey colour after being processed, before being bleached and dyed golden yellow to convince you to that they are natural.
The real natural food oils, however, when cold processed without the use of excessive heat and chemicals, retain their original colour – some are clear, some white, some yellow and some are even green. When used appropriately, these virgin oils can enhance the nutritional content of the other ingredients in your food, titillate the taste buds and work synergistic wonders with the vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients in a meal. Natural oils help us digest food, provide a good ‘mouth feel,’ satisfy our appetites and make eating the pleasurable gastronomic journey that it can and should be. There is no one oil that can meet every nutritional and culinary requirement but a few come pretty close. Variety is the spice of life they say and when it comes to oils we are spoilt for choice. So dig in, learn and explore the diversity of Marvel Oils that can rock your world. We’ve compiled a list of the most common healthy food oils and some that you may never have heard of, along with their benefits and uses.
Far from being just a medium to cook in or slather on your skin, Marvel Oils offer therapy that far exceeds anything you can get from a pharmacy, without the side effects. The father of medicine, Hippocrates, said “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” and what better food medicine to take than oils? Despite the hysteria over fats and oils in the past 50 years, the simple fact is that the cells of the body use fats as building blocks to construct cell membranes, hormones, and hormone-like substances that contribute to good health. Fats are a concentrated source of energy, especially saturated fats, which slow down absorption and leave you feeling satisfied for longer. Fats are also needed for transporting the crucial fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K and for mineral absorption and a whole host of other vital processes within the body depend on fats.
Natural sources of fat are a far healthier alternative to the no fat, low fat, so called ‘heart healthy’ processed vegetable oils that have hijacked the food supply. If you’re looking for a more holistic approach to medicine, then natural oils are your answer. The vast majority of the diseases of civilization that plague mankind today are inflammation based. Cancer, diabetes, heart disease, cholesterol problems, arthritis, eczema, asthma, Alzheimer’s, allergies, you name it, all involve inflammation. The medicinal Marvel Oils all have one thing in common – they are anti-inflammatory, either on the skin or inside the body or both. The cheap vegetable oils like canola, corn and soy oils all have one thing in common too – they are all pro-inflammatory because they have been heated, bleached, hydrogenated and denatured to such an extent that they have no business being inside our bodies.
Pure, natural oils have stood the test of time and have amazing abilities to heal wounds, strengthen the digestive, respiratory and immune systems, protect the heart, normalize cholesterol and help your body fight infection, inside and out. They are naturally protective and fortifying because they contain micro and macronutrients that our bodies recognize and can use. We invite you to explore our comprehensive medicinal oils directory to see what these remarkable substances can do for you.