Five Great Coconut Oil Uses and Benefits

January 14, 2014 | By More

 

Coconut oil is one of the world’s most nourishing foods, with natural compounds that are beneficial for dietary purposes, and also for a hair and skin. Do make sure that you use an organic, extra-virgin brand as this has not been refined, deodorized or bleached. By buying organic you’re also Coconut Oil Solid in Bowlensuring that it is made without pesticides or genetically modified ingredients. Here are five coconut oil uses that you may like to try.

If you have never used coconut oil before, depending on your climate, it will be either a clear liquid or a white solid so don’t worry if yours doesn’t look exactly the same as the ones in these photos. Here are just a few ideas that I have tried, for using this wonderful oil. 

Consuming Coconut Oil for its Nutritional Benefits.

All fats are made up of molecules called fatty acids or triglycerides. The majority of the fats that we eat are what are called long chain fatty acids. Coconut oil is different because it is made up of medium chain fatty acids, which are processed by the body in a different way. They travel directly to the liver and  are used as energy in a similar way to carbohydrates but without the related problems.

The molecules are smaller and they are easily absorbed and digested which can aid in nutrient absorption. Coconut oil is known to boost metabolism, reduce overall cholesterol levels and it has antioxidant, antibacterial and anti fungal properties.  This is all good as far as I’m concerned. There is an informative article on this topic here 

The Benefits Of Organic Pure Coconut Oil for hair

Coconut oil is wonderful for your hair. A regular treatment will leave your hair soft shiny and healthy. It can be a bit messy however, so here are a few tips to make it easy for you.

Wear old clothes

You don’t want to stain your good clothes so use an old T-shirt that is comfortable, as you need to leave the oil in your hair for several hours. 

You also don’t want to stain furniture or anything else that your hair might come in contact with so make sure that you cover your hair with a plastic shower cap or wrap your head with cling wrap.

The conditioning process

  1. Depending on the length and thickness of your hair lightly warm 3 to 5 tablespoons of coconut oil over low heat. Alternately you can simply hold the jar under hot water for a couple of minutes until the oil liquefies.
  2. Ensuring that the oil isn’t too hot, gently massage it into your hair from the roots down to the tips. You can use a wide toothed comb to ensure even distribution. I also like to give my scalp a good massage while I’m at it.
  3. Pile your hair on top of your head and cover it with your shower cap or cling wrap. Use an old towel to carefully wipe your neck area to avoid any unintended drips.
  4. Wait at least two hours, preferably longer, and then shampoo thoroughly. You will need to lather 2 to 3 times to remove the last traces of the oil. Then dry and style your hair as normal.

Coconut Oil in Liquid FormNote:

It can be left in overnight but you do need to be careful, as I have learned from experience. It is very difficult to keep the cling wrap in place while you’re asleep so it is important to cover your pillows with several large towels unless you want your bedding to smell like coconut for ages. It is quite difficult to wash out of linen.

The Benefits of Coconut Oil on Skin Areas

This magical oil has wonderful softening effects on the skin however you need to be careful on certain facial areas, especially if you are prone to breakouts, as it may clog pores. I use a very small dab (literally less than one drop) under each eye 2 to 3 times per week. I very gently rub it in and leave it for about half an hour before cleansing my face. Also, due to the dry climate in Montana, I sometimes get dry patches on my face. I find if I massage a small amount into these areas they disappear within a day or two. 

In addition, once or twice a month I give myself an all over rub paying special attention to elbows and knees. I have an old pullover and pair of track pants that I keep specifically for this purpose to prevent the oil staining furniture. I leave it on for approximately half an hour before I have a shower. The resulting feeling is fabulous.

I nearly forgot to mention that it is great to rub on chapped lips.

Coconut Oil for Weight Loss

I can’t personally vouch for using coconut oil for weight loss, as I haven’t been taking it for long enough and my weight is quite stable now, however there are many knowledgeable people touting its benefits in these areas. There is a good article about it here on Dr. Mercola’s website if you’d like to read more about it. A Spoonful of Coconut Oil

What Are Oil Pulling Coconut Oil Benefits

Oil pulling is something that I have only just discovered and I have been doing it for the past week. It is an interesting concept and, as it is a topic in its own right, I have written a separate post about it here called “Oil Pulling Coconut Oil Benefits – Fact or Fiction”.

Where to Find Coconut Oil

These days you can find it almost anywhere. Your local health food store will definitely have it, as will many grocery stores that have a health food section. I usually get the Nutiva brand in the 29 oz jar. I pay between $23 and $29 depending on if it is on sale but I have just found the same one in a 54 oz tub at Amazon for the same price as the smaller one, which is a real bargain.

The main thing to remember, regardless of what brand and where you buy it, is to ensure that you get organic, extra virgin,  so as to get all the nutrients and avoid any processing toxins.

A Jar of Nutiva Coconut OilIm’ working on some yummy recipes using coconut oil and will be posting them here in the coming weeks so check back in. 

In the meantime, If you like this article I would love it if you could share it socially.  Also, if you have any other great ideas for using coconut oil please leave a comment below for the benefit of other readers.  

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