Awhile back, I read a fantastic article about organic virgin coconut oil and its numerous benefits and unfortunate negative ad campaign. Turns out that coconut oil is actually very beneficial to us both inside and out. Some time back, our country did a big smear campaign on most tropical oils, specifically coconut oil because it is a saturated fat and started touting the hydrogenated polyunsaturated fats (i.e. trans fats) because, let’s face it, it’s cheaper when used in production.
After my own in depth research, I found that coconut oil has an immense amount of wonderful uses for us both on the inside and the outside. The coolest thing is that coconut oil has a melting point of 76 degrees, which means if you put it on your skin (98 degrees) it melts right away. And, if you live in Southern California like I do, most of the time, the oil is already liquid in the jar. Here is how I like to use coconut oil and some of the benefits that go along with it.
1. On My Skin: Coconut oil is an excellent massage oil for the skin. It acts as an effective moisturizer on all types of skin especially dry skin and even on acne prone skin. I often have acne breakouts when skin is too dry and putting a little bit of coconut oil on my face at night before bedtime can greatly reduce my breakouts. The benefit of coconut oil on the skin is comparable to that of mineral oil. However, unlike mineral oil, there is no chance of having any adverse side effects on the skin with the application of coconut oil. Coconut oil therefore is a safe solution for preventing dryness and flaking of skin. It also delays wrinkles, and sagging of skin which normally become prominent with age. Coconut oil also helps in treating various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections. Therefore coconut oil forms the basic ingredient of various body care products such as soaps, lotions, creams, etc., used for skin care.
2. In or On My Food – Weight Loss & Cholesterol: Coconut oil is wonderful on toast in place of butter add a little peanut butter and it’s even more amazing. Also put a little dollop on your baked potato in place of butter. Weight Loss: Coconut oil is very useful in reducing weight. It contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that help in taking off excessive weight. As for cholesterol and your heart, there is a misconception that coconut oil is not good for your heart. People believe that because it contains a large quantity of saturated fats, it must be bad for you. However, the opposite is true. Coconut oil is beneficial for the heart. It contains about 50% lauric acid, which helps in preventing various heart problems including high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. The saturated fats present in coconut oil are not harmful as it happens in the case of vegetables oils. Coconut oil does not increase LDL cholesterol levels (that’s the bad kind of fat). It also reduces the incidence of injury in arteries and therefore helps in preventing atherosclerosis.
3. On My Hair: Coconut oil is one of the best natural nutritional conditioners for your hair. It helps in healthy growth of hair providing a shine and brilliance and reducing breakage due to sun or color damage. Regular massage of the head with coconut oil ensures that your scalp is free of dandruff, lice, and lice eggs, even if your scalp is dry. Coconut oil is extensively used in the Indian sub-continent for hair care. It is an excellent conditioner and helps in the re-growth of damaged hair. It also provides the essential proteins required for nourishing damaged hair. It is therefore used as hair care oil and used in manufacturing various conditioners, and dandruff relief creams. Coconut oil is normally applied topically for hair care. I often use coconut oil on my hair and scalp before bed for a deep conditioner and sometimes I will use just a tiny bit as a styling cream that adds some shine and condition.
These are just a few of the ways in which I utilize the health benefits of coconut oil. There are a host of other healthy benefits to using coconut oil including digestive, pancreatic, immunity, healing, infections, bones, dental care, etc. If you would like to read more, you can click here to visit Organic Facts Health Benefits of Coconut Oil.