Coconut Oil Benefits
This tropical oil is beneficial in many ways:
Coconut Oil for Hair– This nourishing oil has been used for centuries in hair and its unique fat composition makes it especially beneficial for certain hair types. Use it as a hair mask, hot oil treatment, or in homemade hair products.
To Moisturize and Nourish Skin– The same properties make coconut oil great for skin as well. Many people like to use it as a natural moisturizer. Its natural antioxidant properties make it great for stopping wrinkles and skin irritation.
Digestive Help– Coconut oil’s concentration of beneficial fats in coconut oil makes it helpful for digestion. Its antimicrobial properties can help fight irritation and infection in the gut from Candida.
Great Source of Healthy Fats– Over 50% of the fat in coconut oil is lauric acid. In fact, coconut oil is the richest source of lauric acid after breastmilk.
Mental Boost– Studies show MCTs may contribute to focus and mental performance.
Hormone Support– Getting the wrong kinds of fats can create havoc on hormones.
Coconut oil contains specific fats that support the body’s natural hormone production.
Immune Support– The MCTs (including lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid) have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties that make it beneficial for immune support.
Great fat for cooking: Coconut oil is a stable oil that doesn’t break down easily at high temperatures like other oils do. It doesn’t go rancid easily and has amazing nutritional properties. It is great for cooking eggs, stir fries, grain free baked goods, and practically any other cooking use.
Coconut oil is a superfood with a powerhouse of uses in cooking, beauty recipes, natural remedies and around the home.
Coconut Oil Health Benefits and Uses
– It has been shown to increase absorption of calcium and magnesium
– Internally as part of the protocol to help remineralize teeth
– Is an immediate source of energy when eaten that isn’t stored as fat
– Can help speed weight loss when consumed daily
– It can help improve sleep when taken daily
– When used in food, it may support healthy thyroid function
– Some studies show that it can help improve insulin levels when consumed regularly
– Topically, it help skin heal faster after injury or infection because of its beneficial fats
– When used consistently on skin it can help get rid of cellulite
– Some evidence shows that the beneficial fats in coconut oil can help with depression and anxiety
– When taken regularly, it can boost hormone production
– Can relieve the pain of hemorrhoids when used topically
– Some studies show it can boost circulation and help those who often feel cold
Internally during pregnancy to help provide baby necessary fats for development (especially when taken with Fermented Cod Liver Oil)
– There are entire books dedicated to the potential of saturated fats like coconut oil to help avoid Alzheimer’s
Coconut Oil Beauty Uses
The same properties that make it beneficial in cooking and recipes make coconut oil beneficial for hair and skin:
– On the skin as a basic lotion
– With other oils as part of an oil cleansing regimen for beautiful skin
– Whipped with shea butter for a soothing body balm
– In homemade lotion bars with other beneficial ingredients like shea butter
– In homemade deodorant– its natural antibacterial properties make it helpful in fighting odor.
– Coconut oil makes an excellent eye-makeup remover on its own
– It may help lighten age spots when rubbed directly on the skin
– To help increase sun tolerance and avoid burning when used internally
– As a naturally low SPF sunscreen on its own when used topically
– In basic homemade lotion recipes
– Add a couple drops of a favorite essential oil to make a delicious massage oil
– Mixed with equal parts sugar for a smoothing body scrub (use in the shower)
– Rubbed on lips as a natural lip balm or used in lip balm recipes
– In homemade slow cooker soap
– To make natural Homemade Sunscreen recipes with other protective ingredients
– As a natural personal lubricant that won’t disturb vaginal flora
– As a natural shave cream and after shave lotion
– Use it alone as a great tanning oil
– Mix with seal salt to remove dry skin on feet
– In natural homemade diaper cream
– Use it alone or with baking soda as a natural deodorant
– By itself or with baking soda as a naturally whitening toothpaste
– Make homemade peppermint lip balm
– Or make magnesium body butter
– Rub on cuticles to help nails grow
– Rub into elbows daily to help alleviate dry, flaky elbows
– To help avoid chlorine exposure when swimming
– As a completely natural baby lotion