Coconut oil is the edible oil retrieved from matured coconuts. But perhaps what’s so impressive about this oil is its versatility. You can use coconut oil for almost everything—from cooking with it, to cleaning with it, to shaving with it, to gargling with it.
Let’s take a look at a few ways this lauded super food can be used in the kitchen, bathroom, and even in your morning coffee.
Some of the benefits of Coconut oil
Face Moisturizer – Many women, and men, have swapped their expensive store-bought facial moisturizers for the naturally nourishing hydration found in a container of coconut oil.
Well many swear by coconut oil for the fact that it banishes scars and promotes younger, softer, suppler looking skin. Many shy away from it due to the fact that they fear the oil will cause blemishes. Try a bit of oil on your normally blemish-prone areas, you may be surprised by the results.
Massage Oil – Sure you can purchase expensive massage oil infused with all sorts of so-called goodies. However, most of those store-bought oils contain either jojoba oil or coconut oil as a base.
Do your wallet a favor and just purchase a bottle of coconut oil. The texture makes it ideal for velvety massages, plus it naturally moisturizing and antimicrobial to prevent the growth of bacterial and fungal microorganisms.
Great for Gargling – Oil pulling, or swishing with a spoonful of coconut oil, is not a new technique for improving oral health. In fact, it’s been around for centuries as a prominent fixture of Ayurvedic medicine.
And it makes sense; the natural antiviral, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties of coconut oil ward off bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease caused by all types of nasty oral bacteria. Dental professionals agree that swishing with any fat-rich liquid will attract and cleanse oral bacteria from the teeth, gums, and mouth.
Improve your Morning Coffee – Not only will that morning cup of java do wonders for your energy levels—adding a little special something to your brew with coconut oil is reported to boost your energy even more so!
Coffee infused with saturated fatty goodness (1-teaspoon of grass-fed butter and 1-teastpoon of coconut oil) for breakfast will stave off hunger cravings and increase metabolism
Removes makeup – Coconut oil works wonders as a best makeup remover as well, yes it even rids your under-eyes of all waterproof mascara traces!
Simply use it like your store-bought makeup remover—apply a dab to a cotton ball or pad and sweep gently over your face and eyes and let the oil hydrate your skin while breaking down all stubborn makeup residue.
Deep Conditioning – When it comes to deep conditioning treatments, you can pay upwards of $20 for a hair mask at the mall—or you can cut to the chase with coconut oil. The majority of deep hair conditioners feature coconut oil as the base anyhow.
As far as deep conditioning your locks go—coconut oil will deeply penetrate the hair shaft while replenishing any protein loss. A quarter-size drop should do the trick. Apply to slightly damp hair, comb through, and roll hair into a soft cotton towel, t-shirt, or shower cap. Let it penetrate while you sleep!
Skin Moisturizer – If you regularly purchase expensive skin moisturizers that contain cocoa butter, we recommend giving coconut oil a try for quick absorption and powerful skin hydration.
Use like you would your normal skin moisturizer—slather it all over when you emerge from the shower and soak up the benefits of coconut oil, which include natural hydration without being greasy, natural antimicrobial to prevent topical infections, and a subtle yet divine aroma that lasts all day long.
Soothes an Upset Stomach – A troublesome stomach—whether it’s indigestion or a chronic condition like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or Crohn’s Disease—can disrupt your comfort and lifestyle. However, a study from NYU Langone Medical Center linked consuming coconut oil to soothing an upset stomach.
Studies have also suggested that a daily tablespoon of coconut oil taken orally can prevent the development of chronic stomach conditions—like ulcers. However, just to be on the safe side, we always recommend checking with your doctor.
Great for Baking – Coconut oil has joined the baking game! This oil is a great animal-friendly alternative (as opposed to butter) and can be swapped in the face of shortening or vegetable oil for a lighter, fluffier consistency in baked goods.
As someone who’s allergic to dairy, I reach for coconut oil every time I make cookies, roll out a piecrust, or bake muffins. You can typically substitute coconut oil one-for-one in place of vegetable oil or butter.
Shaving Aid – To get a smooth silky shave, look no further than coconut oil. Slather the oil all over your legs, bikini line, or under your armpits as you would with shaving cream and shave away.
Many folks swear by coconut oil as the closest shave yet. Plus, the oil naturally hydrates the skin, so you won’t even have to use moisturizer after your shave, just rub in the oil and show off those legs!
Works as a Deodorant – Bye, bye BO (bad body odor)! Many folks swear by the deodorizing powers of baking soda infused with coconut oil for banishing that nasty stench under armpits.
To prepare and apply your natural deodorant without the mess, clean and fill an empty mineral makeup container (with a perforated top) with the baking soda and coconut oil mixture. You can infuse the deodorant further with 8 to 10 drops of your favorite essential oil.
Fights the Flu! – According to a study from Khon Kean University’s Faculty of Public Health, coconut oil can also be used to ward off flu bugs. The study monitored the effects of coconut oil (combined with ginger and massage) on 66 cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
Study findings revealed that those patients who consumed coconut oil (along with ginger and regular massage) experienced an increase in white blood cells, which are associated with warding off bacteria and viruses, and stronger immunity.
Relieves Thrush – Thrush is a generally mild infiltration of fungi that lie on the tongue and mouth areas when the immune system is depressed. This typically affects many younger children and older adults following a procedure. Coconut oil, the thick oil used for cooking, can help to destroy the growth and spread of thrush. If you are unaware of this oil, it is very thick, which means the thrush fungi are unable to get nutrients they need to survive which means they die quickly. Apply a thin layer of coconut oil to your tongue to eliminate this infection from your mouth area.
Fight Arthritis – Arthritis is a general term used to describe a plethora of inflammatory conditions that affect the joints and bones in the body. The nutrients, especially the antioxidants, present in coconut oil have shown to be helpful in reducing body inflammation in the joints, bones, ligaments, and even muscular tissue. Generally speaking, consuming this oil can help you to get this benefit, but some have even used coconut oil as a cream for the joints to help relieve inflammation. Consider cooking more often with coconut oil to fight inflammation in your joints. A tablespoon per day can help to prevent the spread of inflammation.
Enhance your Endurance – Fatigue is a common condition among many adults, older or young. It is caused by a number of reasons including sleep, but the good news is coconut oil may help to improve your endurance and energy levels. The consumption of coconut oil can help provide your body a slow release of energy. Because this oil is thick, it takes your body longer to break it down into simpler fats, meaning your energy release is extended. This is optimal for all-day energy and for endurance athletes as well. Add a tablespoon of coconut oil on your toast prior to a long run or to start your day before work.
Improve Eczema – If
you have children then you are probably no stranger to this condition. Eczema
is irritation of the skin that develops in children when they are young. Generally
this is a genetic condition so if you have one child with the condition then
more than likely your others will too.
The fatty acids in coconut oil can help to not only hydrate the skin, but they are known to stop the itchy sensation that comes with eczema. This is soothing for many children who simply cannot stop the urge to itch the area and it can help the healing process as well. Spread coconut oil on the area affected by the eczema for best results.
Immune System Boost – Your immune system can be vulnerable for a number of reasons and when something is trying to attack your body, your immune system goes on high alert. The common cold and the flu are two continuously attacking illnesses that get us throughout the year so keeping a strong immune defense is vital for your health. Coconut oil is loaded with naturally occurring antioxidants that can help to revive and boost your immunity to many conditions. Feeling like you have a sore throat? Consider some coconut oil to help fight it off. A tablespoon of coconut oil can help to give you a quick boost to start the day.
Help with Weight Loss – Obesity is a big deal nowadays and while many consider this to be an issue with looks, it actually is a disease that opens the doors to many other conditions. Weight loss is a hard, difficult task and many try with no success. Fortunately, there are many success stories out there so stick with it. Coconut oil is typical oil; one tablespoon contains ample fats and about 200 calories. These fats and calories are ideal for weight loss. Sprinkle some coconut oil on your potato and it will slow the digestion process, which means you will feel full for a long time. Add some coconut oil to your smoothie for a burst of flavor and energy.
Slow Aging Process – Aging is inevitable in life and while it cannot be stopped, there is a chance that you can enhance the process by helping your skin and appearance look younger. There are many expensive products that claim to help slow aging, but the truth is there is no way to prevent it. Coconut oil contains good fats, ample hydration compounds, and nutrients that can naturally help slow the harmful effects of wrinkles, which can be associated with aging. Apply an even layer of coconut oil on your skin and face and allow it to remain on the skin for about 5-10 minutes, as you would with a typical face mask. Rinse with warm water when finished.
Improve your Hair Health – Many shampoos and conditioners are used to help protect the hair, clean it, and provide nutrients to help it stay healthy. However, many products contain harmful compounds that can damage the hair, causing it to look unhealthy and thin. The fatty acids in coconut oil help to nourish the skin follicles so that it can remain healthy and full when resting on your hair. Harmful shampoos and conditioners can thin these hair strands and cause your hair to look unhealthy so consider boosting your hair health with a scalp full of coconut oil. Apply a generous amount of coconut oil to your hair as you would any other product. Allow it to remain for a few minutes and rinse.
Fight Osteoporosis – Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become porous or weak and it can lead to many bone issues regardless of age. By the age of 25 years, most adults have generated the most amounts of bone mass and calcium that they will ever store, so it is necessary to have as much as possible at a young age. Osteoporosis affects many adults, but older adults are most affected. Coconut oil can help slow the process because the compounds in coconut oil can actually fight off harmful free radicals in the body, which can aid in the healing of bones, and it helps prevent any future issues. Consume 1-2 tablespoons of fresh coconut daily to gain this benefit
Type II Diabetes – Type II diabetes is a growing problem with any adults and younger children. It is caused by insulin resistance and it can lead to a number of serious health problems including peripheral neuropathy and amputation. Coconut oil is known for being a product that can fight off diabetes. While you can sprinkle this oil on your carbohydrates for a slower absorption in your body, the compounds in the oil can help to assist the insulin you have and help rid the blood of excess glucose. Add some coconut oil to your post-workout smoothie or protein shake to gain these benefits against diabetes.
Alzheimer’s Disease – One of the most common conditions that affect older adults is Alzheimer’s disease, which is a form of dementia. This condition can be slow to develop, but it affects short term memory and can eventually lead to a sad death. Coconut oil, loaded with many omega-3 fatty acids, contains a good source of nutrients that have been shown to prevent or slow the disease process in Alzheimer’s disease. This has led many older adults to flock to coconut oil and other foods to help fight the condition. You can take a spoonful of coconut oil or simply add it to a number of foods you eat to help gain the advantage of these benefits for your mind.
Blood Pressure – Hypertension is one of the most common conditions among all adults and it can typically lead to other heart related and organ related issues as well. The cause of hypertension is not fully known, but there are a number of lifestyle factors that affect your blood pressure. Many adults with hypertension search for non-medication solutions to help regulate blood pressure. Coconut oil contains good fats and has been known to increase HDL cholesterol and lower LDL cholesterol, which can lower your heart disease risk. Heart disease is often a silent killer and often times the first sign of disease is sudden death.
Fight Cancer – Cancer
is a widespread condition that can quickly cause your health to be at harm.
There is currently no cure for cancer, but there are some ways to help your
risk factors with this harmful disease.
Coconut oil, loaded with many antioxidants, can help to prevent and lower your risk of cancer. In addition, the formation of ketones, which can be aided with coconut oil, can help to prevent cancer cells from growing in your body, which is an extremely positive sign in the fight against cancer. Take one tablespoon daily to help fight off stomach cancers and other forms from affecting your health and wellness.
So, as you’ve just read, this amazing product can help with so many issues with the body, and also many other benefits too. For me personally, I’ve always added it to my coffee giving it extra taste and boost, my wife cooks with it daily and swears by it. Try it yourself and see what you think.