Why is coconut oil so good?
It’s high Lauric acid and MCFA content helps boost metabolism.
Coconut oil contains short term medium-chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs), which is a “healthy” form saturated fat compared to trans fat. Trans fatty acid consumption is linked with heart problems, depression and increased cholesterol levels. What does consuming MCFA fats in coconut oil mean for your body? Our body metabolises these fats in the liver, immediately coverting this into energy (fuel for the brain and muscle function) rather than it being stored as fat.
Eating coconut oil can help boost your immune system (by improving your white blood cell count). (White blood cells are the little guys that fight viruses and bacteria in your bloodstream. The more white blood cells, the more infection-fighting power is streaming through your system!)
Coconut oil is made up of healthy fats lauric acid, caprylic acid and capric acid which contain antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral prosperities to boost the immune system. Lauric acid contains the highest concentration of MCFA fatty acids, approximately 75 per cent. The body turn this fat into monolaurin which is claimed to help heal viruses such as herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, helicobacter pylori and candida.
What you can do with it
Use it Internally
1. Eat it straight: For a quick, long lasting energy boost.
2. Make it into delicious treats, like raw chocolate. Need some recipe inspiration? Here’s 15 coconut oil recipes to get you started.
3. Cook with it: In cooking as a great oil with a high smoke point. Great for baking, stir-frys or as a dairy free replacement to butter.
4. Drink it: it makes a great diary-free replacement for milk in your coffee.
5. Add it to Smoothies: Add one tablespoon of coconut oil into your favorite smoothie recipe and increase your energy with the oil’s MCTs.
6. Add it to your salad dressings: I love coconut oil and apple cider vinegar. Just make sure you keep it all at room temperature or warmer until you’re ready to use it!
7. Make your own nut butter: Who needs store-bought nut butters when you’ve got fresh nuts, coconut oil, a food processor, and some key flavoring ingredients? That’s seriously all you need to whip up the nut butter of your choice.
8. Swap out butter for coconut oil the next time you make toast. You might also want to add a sprinkle of cinnamon on top—delicious!
Make it part of your beauty regime
9. It’s a great face moisteriser: Good for all skin types, including acne prone skin. It keeps the skin’s connective tissues strong, which prevents sagging and wrinkles.
10. Apply coconut oil directly to your skin to soften the appearance of fine lines or use it daily on your face and body for a healthy glow.
11. As a Cheekbone Highlighter: Apply a small amount on cheekbones over makeup.
12. Replace your toxic shaving creams: Close shave and a moisturizer at the same time.
13. As a make up remover: coconut oil makes an insanely good makeup remover. It even easily removes waterproof mascara. Just rub it over your face and wipe off with a warm face washer.
14. It makes an effective, cheap lip balm or even a tint when mixed with beetroot powder. Check out this link for 13 DIY lip balm recipes.
15. An effective yet gentle face scrub: To brighten up lackluster skin, combine coconut oil with baking soda, which is a superstar exfoliant. Just mix a little bit of the two together, gently rub into your skin in circular motions, and then rinse.
Use it all over your body for a host of benefits
16. Add a generous scoop of coconut oil to a bath to (literally) soak in its moisturizing benefits. Make bath time even better by throwing in some Epsom salts (they help soothe muscles and beat bloating) and your favorite essential oils.
17. Use it as an all-over body moisturizer
18. Great for stretch marks and cellulite. Use your body brush first to stimulate your blood flow, shower then slather yourself with oil. Apply it in a circular motion, massaging it into your skin.
19. Homemade Deodorant: You only need a few ingredients in addition to coconut oil to make this simple deodorant recipe. The lauric acid can help kill the bacteria that causes stinky sweat.
20. It’s naturally SPF4 so can be used as a light sunscreen (I haven’t tried this myself but have read many other reviews about its effectiveness).
21. For anyone with skin conditions, like eczema or psoriasis, it’s wonderfully soothing and provides great relief when applied directly.
22. Mix it with equal parts of sugar or ground coffee and use in the shower as a body scrub.
23. Applied topically, can help skin heal faster after injury or infection
Nourish your hair and scalp
24. Use it as a hair or scalp treatment. Beauty experts say the fatty acids in coconut oil will soften your strands. Rub it through your hair and scalp if desired, leave it for 20 minutes and wash well. Or even longer for a deeper treatment. Looking for a deep conditioning hair treatment? Rub a small amount of oil into hair (mostly at ends), comb through and put hair in a loose bun before bed, and wash out in the morning.
25. As a hair moisturizer. You can also use coconut oil on its own to prevent the ends of your hair from drying out. Just rub some onto the tips of your hair, and then shampoo as you regularly would to keep your strands shiny, healthy, and hydrated.
This is one of my favourite brands – available from health food shops. Make sure you buy only virgin, cold pressed coconut oil for best results. It’s the healthiest kind.
26. Sexual Lubricant: don’t use with condoms though, oil weakens latex
27. Massage Oil: Coconut oil is the perfect choice for a massage oil. Not too greasy and with a relaxing scent. If you want to mix it up a little, add a couple of drops of your favourite essential oils.
28. For oil pulling: Oil pulling is an Ayurveda practice believed to help your wellbeing in tons of different ways: it whitens your teeth, improves your skin, gets rid of toxins, and more. To give it a go with coconut oil, swish about two tablespoons of it around your mouth for three to 10 minutes a day (though some recommend pulling for up to 20 minutes).
29. Soothe sunburns: If you’ve spent too much time in the sun (and have the lobster-like appearance to prove it), use coconut oil for burn relief. It’ll calm your skin and moisturize it to help minimize peeling.
30. Moisterize any dry spots: Elbows, cracked heals, etc.
31. A cuticle treatment: Treat dry, flaky cuticles by rubbing coconut oil into your nail beds. Use your fingers to massage some oil into the area—it’ll moisturize your hands in the process!
It’s great for babies and new mum’s
32. As a nappy/diaper cream for your baby’s bottom
33. Stretch Mark Preventer During Pregnancy: This safe, healthy oil can be applied multiple times each day to help moisturize your stretching skin.
34. Breastfeed more comfortably: Another tip for new mums: Keep coconut oil handy to prevent your nipples from becoming cracked or painful due to breastfeeding.
A bonus use, just because I love celebrity gossip!
35. Check out the ways celebrities have said they use humble coconut.
Got any more uses for me? Share your tips below.
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