Considered one of Mother Nature’s wonder drugs, coconut oil is full of nutrients, healthy fat and even has antimicrobial & antibacterial properties.
Coconut oil is a source of lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid (those are the good fats) found in human breast milk. Coconut oil is amazing at boosting your immune system, improving your skin, and helping to burn body fat. Coconut Oil also has amazing anti microbial properties. In the body, lauric acid is converted into monolaurin, which has anti viral, anti protozoan and anti microbial properties. Monolaurin can help fight the following lipid coated viruses:
• Influenza Virus
• Different kinds of infectious bacteria
• Parasites such as Giardia and Lamblia
All those supermodels you love on television have attributed that beautiful skin and svelte bodies to religiously taking coconut oil, and lately even the mainstream media has been going bonkers over this amazing oil.
Anyone who is not using coconut oil daily is really missing out!!
If you’re worried about the high amounts of fat in coconut oil, don’t be. It is high in saturated fat, but this particular type of saturated fat is in the form of medium-chain fatty acids, which a quite different than the long-chain fatty acids found in animal products. Of course, we always want to be mindful of how much you consume internally, you don’t need cups and cups a day, a little bit goes a long way for your health. Slather away on your skin though!
Coconut oil is solid at room temperature so it’s almost always found in a jar. It melts around 78°F, so it turns to liquid when it hits your skin or if it’s particularly warm where you store it. Warm it between your hands for skin and hair care or fill a glass bowl with hot water, allow the heat to transfer to the bowl, dump it out and then dry it off. Add the oil to melt it for cooking. You can use it in solid form for most recipes and it just easily melts as it’s stirred.
When buying coconut oil be sure it’s raw (unrefined), virgin and organic. There are obviously many cooking and beauty uses for coconut oil, so always keep two separate jars – one for each, so you don’t cross contaminate them. A good strategy is to keep one in the bathroom for beauty and one in the kitchen for eating.
10 Ways to Use Coconut Oil
1. Take it by the spoonful.
Eat 1 teaspoon each day to soak up all of the nutrients, and your gut will benefit from its antimicrobial properties. The healthy fat will also help your skin glow from the inside out. Be sure to eat it from the jar in your kitchen (use a spoon, not your fingers) though, not the one in your bathroom.
2. Use it as a body and hand lotion.
You don’t get more natural than this. Coconut oil smells divine and will make your skin glow, too. You may even want to leave a jar in the shower and put it on right when you towel off.
3. Use it as a hair serum and leave on conditioner
A little goes a long way. Just a small touch on the ends of your hair after you blow dry it. Flyways be gone!
4. MASSAGE IT INTO YOUR CUTICLES TO MAKE YOUR HANDS LOOK AMAZING!
5. Use it to remove makeup (it’s the best ever and so much better for you!)
Dap a small amount between your fingers, then rub it on your lashes and use a warm damp towel to remove mascara and other eye makeup.
6. Use it to shave your legs (or your face) instead of that yucky toxic filled store bought stuff.
It costs less per use and will leave your legs silky smooth. Your skin will love you so much more than when you use all the preserative laden products on it!
7. Become a master at “oil pulling and use as a mouthwash.(Oil pulling is amazing. It takes a time or two to get used to but really; it’s the bomb!)
This ancient Ayurvedic technique uses oil to trap and expel toxins from the mouth; many believe it’s a key secret to good health. Right when you wake up, before you brush your teeth, put about 1-2 teaspoons in your mouth and swish it around for up to 20 minutes, it gets easier to swish as saliva mixes with it. Swish it between your teeth and up and down, but don’t gargle – you don’t want any of the toxins to go down your throat. Be gentle with your swishing so your jaw doesn’t get tired and work your way up to 20 minutes if you can. Never swallow the oil, always spit it out then rinse with warm water and brush as usual. You’ll notice your breath smelling fresher throughout the day and your teeth will become whiter, too.
8. In place of butter.
It’s delicious spread on whole grain bread and is awesome drizzled on air-popped popcorn with a pinch of sea salt. We also love it to make Cranberry Balsamic Brussels Sprouts. It’s become a “go-to” side dish, particularly when entertaining.
You can replace any butter or vegetable oil for equal amounts coconut oil, or go half and half if you don’t want to overwhelm something with coconut flavor. Since it does have flavor use it in dishes that will jive with the coconut scent. You can also use it to grease your pan.
10. Blend into your smoothie
If you really can’t deal with the taste or texture straight up, blend it into your fruit and green smoothies to create an even creamier texture. The good fat will also help you absorb more of those fat-soluble nutrients from the ingredients in your smoothie and slow the burn rate of any carbs that you include as well.
By the way…came across this coconut video parody from Second City. Give yourself the gift of laughter, it’s totally worth the 2-minute watch.