If you're like most people, you probably think coconut oil is just for cooking (or sun-baking in the 70's). I'm here to share with you the wonders and benefits of incorporating this amazing oil into your daily life - you might be surprised!
FOOD - Use coconut oil as a substitute for other oil in whatever cooking you're doing. The flavour is quite mild so unless you require a specific taste, it's suitable for just about all cooking applications. It also has a really high smoke point, which makes it a great oil for frying.
GERMS - Coconut oil contains Lauric Acid which can kill bacteria, viruses and fungi when digested or applied directly to the skin. It is known to help fight athlete's foot and fungal infections.
VISCERAL FAT - It is effective in assisting to reduce abdominal fat, especially the dangerous visceral fat around the organs.
INSECT REPELLENT - If you're anything like me, you don't like using insect repellent simply due to the toxic chemicals and nasties that are hidden. So make your own! Mix coconut oil with rosemary and mint pure essential oils and keep those bugs at bay!
CHOLESTEROL - Coconut oil can improve blood cholesterol levels and lower the risk of heart disease. Studies have consistently shown that coconut oil increases HDL (good cholesterol) and improves the cholesterol ratio. When HDL and cholesterol ratio values are evaluated, coconut oil reduces risk of heart disease more than soybean, canola, safflower, or any other vegetable oil typically recommended as “heart healthy.”
ENERGY - Coconut oil can increase your energy expenditure, helping you burn more body fat. The Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT's) can increase 24 hour energy expenditure by 5%, so look for ways to incorporate coconut oil into your food or drink especially before working out!
APPETITE - Acting as an appetite suppressant, coconut oil will see you eating less without even noticing it. This may be due to the ketone bodies the MCT's are converted to, as ketones are known to be satiating.
EPILEPSY - A ketogenic diet (one where ketones are produced) can treat drug-resistant epilepsy in children.
ALZHEIMER'S - Coconut oil has been known to help boost brain function in Alzheimer's patients. The ketones that come from MCT digestion are used as an alternative energy source for brain cells which appear to use glucose less effectively than is optimal.
CUTICLES - Rub coconut oil into your cuticles to help your nails grow healthy and strong.
SKIN - There are SO MANY uses for coconut oil on the skin:
Exfoliate - Mix together 2 Tbsp sugar with around 3 Tbsp coconut oil. Store in a air-tight glass jar.
Moisturiser - Applied to your face or body, it improves the moisture and lipid content in the skin. This helps prevent dry skin and can help plump out lines and wrinkles.
Massage Oil - Reduces resistance and moisturises at the same time.
Make-Up Remover - Coconut oil on a cotton ball will remove all traces of make up and is safe for your eyes too!
Shaving - Use as a shaving cream or after shave serum.
Sunburn - Naturally an SPF of 4, it blocks out some UV rays. Still be careful in the sun but if you do find yourself burnt, you can also rub coconut oil into the area to speed up the healing process.
Nappy Cream - Can be used to rub onto baby's bottom in place of nappy cream.
Acne - Increases the health and appearance of the skin; supplies potassium to the body; maintains protective acid layer on the skin and reduces inflammation from acne.
Skin Injuries - Helps healing when rubbed onto the skin after injury or infection. Assists in soothing eczema and psoriasis.
Bites - May lessen the itch of mosquito bites.
Face Mask - Mix 1 Tbsp coconut oil and 2-3 drops of pure tea tree oil = perfect overnight face mask!
LIPS - Rub directly onto your lips to remove lipstick - or use in place of lip balm!
DEODORANT - Coconut oil can be used by directly rubbing into your armpits. If you're looking for more of an antiperspirant (minus all the chemicals, aluminium and toxins) - mix it with shea butter, arrowroot and baking soda.
CLEAN BRUSHES - A great way to clean your make-up brushes. Soak them overnight in coconut oil and then rinse! They'll be just like new!
HAIR - Again, SO MANY uses for coconut oil on the hair:
Conditioner - Add a small amount to hot water then apply to your scalp, massaging it into the roots. Rinse as usual.
Treatment - Rub directly into your hair, cover with a shower cap and leave in for a few hours before rinsing out.
Smoothing - Add a dab to your fingertips, rub together and then rub through your hair to control frizz.
Lice - Mix with apple cider vinegar as a treatment for head lice.
Dandruff - Rub a small amount directly into the scalp as a way to get rid of dandruff or cradle cap.
DOGS - Who said coconut oil is just for humans? There are super awesome benefits for your 4 legged friends too!
Skin Allergies - Can clear up skin irritations, dry skin and improve general skin health.
Coat - Makes their coat shiny while also deodorizing any doggy odor.
Infections - Prevents and treats fungal infections, disinfects cuts and reduces or eliminates bad breath.
Also assists with digestion, controls diabetes, increases energy and aids in arthritis or ligament problems.
So there you have it - a few different ways to use this diverse and wondrous oil!
If you have any other magical uses - I'd love to hear from you!
Love & Light
xx Sandra Stoitis xx