coconut oil seems to be quite the miracle oil, and i’ve recently made the switch! for me, it’s replacing lotions, face moisturizers, hair frizz serums and deep conditioning masks for hair, so the $10 i paid for a mason-sized jar was incredible! and believe me when i say, a little goes a very long way.
it’s organic, cheap, and has loads of health benefits! what’s not to love?!
what are the benefits?
word has it that in the 1940’s, farmers fed raw coconut oil to their livestock to fatten them up. instead, it did the exact opposite! it made the animals more lean, more active and gave them a bigger appetite! since then, tons of research has been done on the benefits of using coconut oil topically and internally.
using it topically:
- contains medium-chain triglycerides, naturally occurring fats which deeply penetrate, moisturize and acts as a protective barrier against environmental and free radical damage
- provides sun protection by screening 20 percent of ultraviolet exposure
- anti-aging properties- rich in anti-oxidants and natural microbial/antibacterial agents, caphrylic and capric acids
- delays wrinkles and sagging of skin
- contains vitamin E, another antioxidant popular for hastening the recovery of skin abrasions, burns and other trauma
- excellent hair conditioner and helps in the re-growth of damaged hair
- provides the essential proteins required for nourishing damaged hair
- helps your scalp stay free of dandruff, lice, and lice eggs
- helps in treating various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema, and other skin infections
eating it raw/in baked goods:
(according to researchers, that’s around 2 tbsp of raw coconut oil daily for adults)
- improves your heart health
- boosts your thyroid
- increases your metabolism
- promotes a lean body (and weight loss, if needed)
- supports your immune system
- diabetics can eat it without fear, despite the delicious, sugary taste!
- improves calcium and magnesium absorption in the body, which in turn is greatly beneficial to dental and bone health and can help fight osteoporosis
- eases acid reflux
- aids in proper bowel function
- strengthens the liver and protects against degeneration
- reduces joint and muscle inflammation
don’t be alarmed when you buy it and it’s in solid form. despite the name “coconut oil,” it’s a solid at room temperature and melts around 76 degrees F.
i’ve been using it daily for a few months now and i absolutely love it! i bought the whole, non-deodorized version. this way, it smells heavenly and i can even eat it!
to cover both my arms and legs, i used about a third of a tablespoon of raw coconut oil. that’s it! i scooped it out with a spoon and broke off little chunks to rub on my arms and legs. the chunks melted right away! the oil soaked in quickly (didn’t leave me feeling greasy or oily). overall, it makes my skin so freaking soft and it leaves a very subtle sweet smell 🙂
facial moisturizer/face cream
coconut oil is incredibly healthy for your skin, as noted for its use as lotion. in addition to keeping your skin soft, healthy and great smelling, it has been shown to have anti-aging and regenerative effects when applied topically to the face, but only under your eyes!!! i’ve personally been using it (along with argan oil) around my eye areas. over the past couple weeks, i have noticed my skin is undeniably smoother and feels so much better! (for more organic skin care, including how to help with acne scars, check out my page on argan oil). just to be clear, please don’t slather coconut oil ALL over your face, as it can clog your pores!
seriously guys, i think THIS is the best use for CO besides lotion. every time i use it on my hair, it’s so incredibly shiny and soft!! check out my tutorial on how to do the coconut oil hair mask here.
you can also use it in VERY small amounts (i use about pinky-nails worth for my longer hair) on dry/damp hair to help tame fly-aways and as an organic leave in conditioner. it’s amazing!
cooking with it:
you can use coconut oil as a butter substitute with baking, or look up many, many recipes with it. it’s commonly used as a substitute for olive oil. because of olive oil’s chemical structure, heating it up can cause oxidative stress on the body, meaning there can be an imbalance between the oxidant and antioxidant systems of the body, in favor of the oxidants. according to some research, oxidative stress has been linked to the development of several diseases such as cardiovascular, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases. coconut oil will not contribute to oxidative stress, even when heated up!
here’s a great site for coconut oil recipes: http://www.freecoconutrecipes.com/
one of my favorites? melt chocolate in a double boiler and add coconut oil… then pour on top of ice cream…MAGIC SHELL topping!!! like in the grocery store!! the coconut oil goes back to being a solid when it hits the ice cream 🙂 YUM!
let me know if you guys try coconut oil for anything!
i get asked this a LOT, so here’s the deal: UNREFINED vs REFINED COCONUT OIL:
refined CO has been through bleaching & high heat processes and also can sometimes have lye added to it or be hydrogenated, making it a trans fat. while it might make your hair feel softer, you’re not actually giving your hair anywhere near the same benefits you would from unrefined. & you definitely do NOT want to eat that one!
unrefined is the purest form with the most health benefits (and the kind that can be eaten!). your hair will thank you 🙂
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(any information presented within this posting, including reader’s and author’s comments below are not intended for use with any medical purposes! be smart and conduct scholarly research and talk with your doctor/dermatologist first!)