The Benefits of Coconut Oil

Mar 29, 2017
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No doubt you’ve heard all the hype surrounding the benefits of coconut oil. People are going nuts over coconut, and not just for it’s skin care benefits, there’s talk of it curing yeast infections too. So, does this goo really live up to all the hype? We think so. While there are hundreds of uses out there, here are a few of the most useful benefits of coconut oil.

Cooking
One of the most obvious (and popular) uses for coconut oil, is in cooking. Frying, high heat cooking and fondues can all benefit from coconut oil. It can be used as a non-stick agent for baking and as a healthier alternative to butter. The natural saturated fats found in coconut oil are processed much easier by the liver than other oils and can help aid in faster digestion and as well providing energy. Use coconut oil as a healthier alternative in baking, toppings or smoothies next time you cook.

Technically the coconut fruit is a drupe not a nut. Typical drupes include peaches, plums, and cherries. Well, that’s nuts!

Viva Naturals Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 16 Ounce
Carrington Farms Coconut Cooking Oil, 16 Ounce
Carrington Farms Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 54 Ounce
$9
$8
$54

Skincare
Coconut oil can be used to heal dry skin and has even been said to help reduce wrinkles. Use coconut oil when you jump out of the shower as a lotion, to lock in moisture and in the bath, along with Epsom salts to revive skin. You can use the oil to remove makeup, as a natural chap stick to soothe and protect dry lips and as a cuticle oil when massaged into the fingertips. The medicinal and healing properties of coconut oil, means it can also be used on cold sores to help promote quicker healing. With so many uses, coconut oil can replace many of your current beauty products and replenish your skin naturally

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Hair care
Not only is coconut oil awesome for you skin, it also can be used as a natural treatment for your hair. Apply it to your hair as a shampoo when mixed with apple cider vinegar or alone to fight frizz and as a natural de-tangler for tangle prone hair. Coconut oil can be used to help prevent dandruff by keeping your scalp healthy and hydrated. But the benefits for hair care doesn’t’ stop there, it also has been said to promote hair growth by stimulating the hair follicles.

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Health
In terms of health, coconut oil has antibiotic properties that can help fight candida infections and acne. The healthy fat found in coconut, can help lower cholesterol levels, regulate blood sugar to help with diabetes and has been proven to help with weight loss. Studies performed on Psoriasis, Cancer and Alzheimer’s sufferers, have also shown some promising results.

The oil is source of energy and has an accelerating effect on the metabolism.

Pets
Our four-legged friends can also benefit from coconut oil’s health properties. A small portion mixed with their food can help relieve them of digestive problems, while the lauric acid found in the oil has been known to be a great immune builder. Using the oil directly on their fur, helps promote a healthy, shiny and dandruff free coat. If you do think your pet may be suffering from any internal problems, check with your local vet before you get your pet started on coconut oil.

Amazon Recommendations For Coconut Oil Health:

Coconut Oil with MCT & MCFA – Extra Virgin
Organic Coconut Oil 2000mg 120 capsules softgels
Organic Coconut Oil Capsules/Pills 2000mg/Serving Virgin Cold Pressed Extra Hair Growth and Healthy Skin. 60 Servings/Bottle
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Cleaning
Coconut oil can be used to shine shoes and with continued use, can even soften leather. You can also use it to make your own laundry detergent, with a mixture of lye (a potent liquid alkaline). Use it to polish wooden furniture and granite counter tops, for added sheen and protection from scratches. And should you (or your kids) get yourself in a sticky situation, coconut oil can be used to remove gum from furniture and even hair.

Oral health
Swish in your mouth a mixture of coconut oil and oregano oil, to help prevent tooth decay and remove bacteria from gums. But the oral benefits don’t stop there. You can use coconut oil to create your own toothpaste. Mix 1/2 cup of coconut oil, 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda, 2 small packets of stevia (for some natural sweetness) and 15-20 drops of peppermint oil.

Baby care
Coconut oil is gentle enough to be used on the sensitive skin of a baby, to cure diaper rashes. Use it to clear your baby’s case of cradle cap by massaging it into the scalp, letting it sit for a few minutes and then rinsing it out gently. For skin rashes and even chicken pox, coconut oil can be a great natural remedy to soothe the itch and calm the skin.

Coir (the fiber of the husk) can be used for making ropes, mats, brushes, sacks, caulking for boats, and as stuffing for mattresses

Pregnancy and breastfeeding
We know coconut oil is a great, natural, alternative to treat the skin of babies. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise to hear it’s great for pregnant women too. When rubbed onto the belly, coconut oil can reduce stretch marks (that can come with pregnancy) and increase skin elasticity, when used daily. It’s soothing and healing properties means, it’s great to use on and around the nipple area. Taking a few tablespoons, along with vitamin D each day, can also help increase the mother’s milk supply. So, to all the mothers and mums-to-be, be sure to stock up on coconut oil in the house.

Insect repellent
A safe, easy and natural insect repellent can be made by mixing some coconut oil along with peppermint oil. A safe and inexpensive alternative, to the DEET containing repellents.

Mental awareness
Studies have linked coconut oil to stronger, healthy brain cells, with improved focus and mental performance. The medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) found in coconut oil, breaks down into ketones, which is used by brain cells for fuel. And who doesn’t want more fuel for the brain?

Sunscreen
While coconut oil shouldn’t entirely replace your broad spectrum sunscreen it does contain a natural SPF of around 4-6, for some added protection. It’s also a great post sun ointment, used to soothe sun burnt skin.

Coconut Water Can Be Used as a Substitute for Blood Plasma.

Wound care
Use coconut oil to help heal and protect small cuts and abrasions. The natural antibiotic properties found in the oil help to prevent infection, as well as heal scrapes and cuts. Coconut oil should only be used for minor cuts and abrasions. Do not apply it to deep cuts or wounds.

Personal lubricant
Coconut oil can be used in place of store bought lubricants. However, it is not recommended that it be used with condoms, as the oil can break down the latex.

Car cleaner
Use coconut oil to clean the interior of your car. From conditioning the leather seats to polishing the dashboard. It also leaves a great tropical scent. Using it on the exterior of your car can also help fix small imperfections.

What coconut oil should I look for?
The best coconut oil, will be one that’s as close to it’s purest (untouched) form as possible. So, opt for organic, extra virgin brands, as opposed to the highly refined ones. There are so many ways you can incorporate coconut oil into your everyday life. Start today and you too will discover the miracle that is, coconut oil.

Our Recommendations:

Viva Naturals Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 16 Ounce
Carrington Farms Coconut Cooking Oil, 16 Ounce
Carrington Farms Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 54 Ounce
$9
$8
$54

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