The Many Uses of Coconut Oil

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With benefits that can include weight loss, white teeth, glowing skin, and shiny hair, coconut oil is the health and beauty must have

Coconut oil is extracted from the coconut plant that mostly grows in the coastal regions or along oceans and seas. The coconut fruit, which is dispersed by water, is broken exposing the inside fleshy part which is then ground, dried and squeezed to get coconut oil. Coconut oil has been used all over the world for various purposes with researchers rating it as one of the best vegetable oil. This oil has a high level of saturated fat that makes it oxidize slowly making it last up to two years without spoiling.

“Coconut oil is unique in its chemical makeup,” says Bruce Fife, a nutritionist and naturopathic doctor, and the author of The Coconut Oil Miracle. “Most of the fat we eat is made up of long-chain fatty acids, but coconut oil is predominantly medium-chain fatty acids, which are processed differently. They’re sent to the liver, which recognizes them as a source of fuel.” Though coconut oil has about 120 calories per tablespoon, Fife swears that it won’t pack on pounds. “It kicks your metabolism into a higher gear, so you get a boost of energy and burn calories at a faster rate,” he explains. “And because fat tends to be more satisfying, it makes you feel full.” A good-quality, readily available option is BIO Virgin Coconut Oil.  ( you can get 10% in their shop if you will use code GOODFOODCLINIC ) 

Cooking purposes

Coconut oil can be used for cooking purposes more so in frying. Virgin coconut oil is increasingly becoming popular in health and natural food circles. Many vegetarians increasingly prefer the use of coconut oil in cooking their meals. In one of New York Times articles coconut oil was described as having a “haunting, nutty” flavor. Its unique touch of sweetness is preferred by people to make baked foods, pastries and sautés.

Coconut oil is used by many movie theatres to pop popcorn as the coconut oil adds a lot of saturated fats which are better than hydrogenated fats. Solid fats that are made through hydrogenation are becoming less popular with time. Coconut oil is fast replacing these fats in cooking processes like baking. However, Australians use hydrogenated coconut oil, called Copha, as a main ingredient in their snacks such as Chocolate Crackles and the White Christmas.

For beauty and skin products

Both women and men use coconut oil as a skin moisturizer. The oil helps in retaining water in the body and helping the skin look soft and succulent. Coconut oil is also used on small babies as it has no chemicals that would affect the kid. When applied on the human hair, coconut oil helps reduce protein loss and keep the hair looking healthy. It also helps get rid of dandruff in the hair root to enable continued growth of the hair.

This kind of oil is a base ingredient in soap production. Soaps that are made from coconut oil tend to be hard and retain more water making them to be used for longer. These soaps are soluble in both hard and soft water and lather easily. When in solid state coconut oil soaps are white but become colorless when melted. Instead of using petroleum jelly oils on a child after changing their dipper use coconut oil. Coconut oil is smoother and relaxing when applied on a baby. It also prevents the child from getting rashes caused by continued wearing of dippers.

Many lipsticks that are made nowadays have many chemicals and additives in them. Coconut oil makes good natural lips stick that keeps ones lips supple and moisturized all day. Ladies greatly take care of their faces. A mixture of coconut oil and an equal amount of sugar makes a soothing body scrub that can be used to scrub the face and the rest of the body.

 

Health uses of coconut oil

One can take coconut oil every day to supplement the energy they use. The fats in the oil go a long way in restoring the energy levels in the body especially after a long day’s work. Expectant women suffer a lot from stretch marks especially after they give birth.

Coconut oil when applied on the areas that have stretch marks, they fade away and disappear with time. In hot places where the sun is usually scorching during the day coconut oil can be used as a sunscreen. When applied on areas that are exposed to the sun, the oil helps keeps off ultra-violet rays from burning the skin.

Apply coconut oil on wounds and infected skin to help them heal faster. The natural ingredients that are found in the oil have a healing compound that helps the skin fight off any infections and heal fast.

 

Other uses of coconut oil

Spas and massage parlors are the places to go in case one has stiff and painful joints to get them relaxed. Masseuses usually use oil to massage the customers back and joints. Coconut oil is good oil that can be used to perform massage as it is soothing and gives the sensation needed to relax the customer.

Before the wide use of electricity, natives of India used coconut oil for illumination. The oil was both used locally in India and exported to other parts of the world bearing the name Cochin oil.

 

Now, if only someone would tell us that piña coladas are actually a health elixir, we’d be all set for summer:)

 

 

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