Essential Oils: Coconut Oil!
We started using coconut oil in our household about a year ago. We replaced olive oil as our cooking oil of choice. I also use it for my homemade skin products. I even use it on the boys and dogs.
Coconut oil is one of the healthiest oils known to man. Coconut flesh is rich in healthy fatty acids, although the actual composition of the fat varies depending on the type of oil and how it is processed. Generally, medium-chain saturated fatty acids make up the vast majority of coconut oil and there is a small amount of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids in there too.
Medium-chain saturated fatty acids, or MCFAs are easily digested, absorbed, and used by our bodies. They freely cross the blood-brain barrier in unbound form so the brain can use them as energy.
Coconut Oil is also great for neurological health. Unrefined, or virgin, coconut oil is found basically in every grocery store at an affordable price. It’s totally natural, nontoxic to the body, improves fat-based vitamins’ absorption (these are vitamins A, D, E, and K) and it has some awesome properties. It is also good for pets.
Coconut oil prevents the spread of cancer cells (anti-carcinogenic). It’s anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-infective, antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal, and antioxidant. Lots of good stuff there!
There are tons of uses for coconut oil. It is used for personal hygiene, hair and skin care, general health/wellness, internal care, household, and animals/pets. Again, lots of good stuff…
You can use coconut oil directly on the skin to help with age spots, shaving, bruises, insect bites, burns, cradle cap, diaper rash, dandruff, under eye puffiness, cuts, scrapes, makeup removal, acne, psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema, stretch marks, sunburn, tattoo care, wrinkles, nausea, dry nasal passages/nosebleeds, gum health, headaches and stress, dry/flaky skin, hemorrhoids, lice, athlete's foot and other fungi, sore muscles, boils, cysts, cellulite, canker sores, hives, and pink eye. It can also be used to help swimmers ear and ear infections when added to garlic oil.
It is great to use alone as a massage oil and moisturizer and healing salve. It can help with muscle soreness and inflammation and healing. It is a great additive for body scrub, lip care, deodorant, diaper cream, facial cleansers, hair treatments, toothpaste, soap, and body creams.
Coconut oil is great for breastfeeding moms to consume as it enriches the milk supply. It also helps the bones and teeth absorb calcium and magnesium. Coconut oil, when ingested, helps control the flora in the digestive system and can help the discomforts of IBS, gas, heartburn, and indigestion. It can boost your metabolism, improve thyroid function, and give you more energy!
Also, the high amounts of saturated fats can make you feel fuller and when used responsibly with a diet and exercise regime, can help you lose weight. It also has been known to help with adrenal fatigue, asthma/allergies/congestion, and cold/flu. I’ve seen people selling coconut oil in capsule form for this purpose! (Actually, the capsules are great to have around if you just need a little bit for essential oils or a dry, itchy spot or something… just open the capsule and you’re good to go.)
Coconut oil can also be used on pets and animals, but check with your vet before using. It can help with digestive problems, joint issues, hairballs, skin conditions, bad breath, and more. Some people use it for “oil pulling” instead of brushing teeth!
Coconut oil also has many uses around the home. I’ve used it to get chewing gum out of hair. It also works to get rid of sticky residue. My sister in law uses it as an insect repellant. It can clean leather products and bronze. It also is good for oiling cutting boards and other wood surfaces.
So yeah, this humble product has a lot of fantastic uses and is great for the body! To get used to the taste of it, start by using it to grease cake/muffin pans. It tastes really good with brownies! Once you get used to that, gradually start using it in place of your other oils. Soon, you’ll be using it with eggs and rice, etc. It really didn’t take that long for all of us to get used to it, and now I prefer the taste of it over other oils. I also always add it to my homemade soaps and creams and lip care products. I don’t eat it straight, but I’m sure I get enough just from cooking.
Do you use coconut oil? What do you use it for?