COCONUT OIL WONDERS
6 Best Uses for Nature’s Versatile Beauty Treasure
By Sandra Miller, L.W.M.C
Coconut oil has earned it’s place as a staple and there probably isn’t a health website today that does not contain an article or recipe on the many wonders of coconut oil. That is because coconut oil has so many properties that are good for our outsides and our insides. It does not spoil quickly and has many amazing properties that make it so versatile due to its antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, nature. It is also such a great moisturizer and is used as the base for many body and facial products since it is gentle and healing to the skin on the outside. As long as its extra virgin, once it penetrates it also will not cause any detrimental effects on the inside.
Coconut oil also works wonderfully as a carrier oil for much essential oil home cleaning and beauty products. Our skin is the largest organ of our body. It is an organ of elimination so anything we use on our skin needs to allow for its job of elimination, but also not contaminate the body with chemicals that will be drawn in and wreak havoc on our body systems.
Coconut oil is usable for any skin type. When it comes to moisturizing the skin we find that the reason coconut oil works so well is because its fatty acid profile is very compatible with human skin and works with our own skin’s natural barrier. It smoothes rough patches wonderfully and helps prevent loss of vital moisture while blending in and not becoming tacky. The oil will smooth rough patches wonderfully like knees, elbows, and heels and adds moisture to the hair. Try it as a shave gel and you can choose to add fragrance with essential oils if you. This way you will be skipping the chemicals that can penetrate the skin and enter the body. You can use coconut oil alone or tint with natural ingredients to make a lip balm. Our favorite one is here. www.wellnessmama.com : Natural Tinted Lip Balm Recipe- Easy DIY Recipe
And we also love this awesome all over body scrub that beautifully exfoliates and adds a wonderful glow to the skin. Exfoliation is important as it removes the dead skin debris so that newer healthy skin can shine through. Exfoliation also stimulates new cells to grow and allows any good remedy like a collagen or DMAE to penetrate more deeply. Try this one courtesy of Dr. Tierona Low Dog:
• Melt ½ c of coconut oil on very low heat. Pour it over 1 c of either brown sugar or course sea salt and stir well. If you have some on hand, you can add five drops of your favorite scented essential oil like lavender or citrus. Use only pure therapeutic grade oils like those I use here: Theraputic Grade Essential Oils
Pure vanilla extract can be added for a scrub that smells good enough to eat! After all, we should not put anything on our bodies that we would not ingest.
According to http://www.youbeauty.com “coconuts, are packed with kinetin, a plant hormone that promotes cell division and slows skin aging! It appears that it can replace the skin’s own fatty acids with more stable ones so that the skin is “more effectively able to heal and repair damage from aging and exposure to the sun.” It apparently has even been shown in clinical studies to stimulate collagen as well.
We now know that inflammation is a major factor in aging, and the anti-inflammatory properties of coconut oil help our skin to make more anti-inflammatory hormones. Coconut oil makes such a great base for mixtures used to healing to heal cuts and bruises and speeds the healing while it fights infection. Coconut oil forms a protective barrier to hold in moisture while penetrating into the deeper layers of the skin to helping to keep connective tissues strong and supple. Coconut oil with a few drops of bergamot essential oil makes a wonderful chapped lip and cold sore treatment in winter. Keep a small jar handy and apply liberally. Keep in mind that most essential oils require a carrier oil and coconut oil is my first choice.
For the Hair : Simply apply to damp hair and keep covered for 15 minutes. Shampoo and enjoy the wonderfully shiny hair.
Beauty on The Inside
Coconut oil is abundant in medium chain fatty acids (MCFA’s). These long-chain fatty acids must be broken down before they can be absorbed. Coconut oil is high in short and medium chain fatty acids. These fatty acids do not digest at other oils do but are sent right to the liver for energy production. What is so great about this type of fatty acid is that they do not get stored as body fat. Our brain loves this type of fatty acid because it quickly gets used not only for energy but reached the brain quickly. Our brains are very dependent on having enough fats. They also require no digestion, no bile or pancreatic enzymes are needed for digestion, making coconut oil a healthy food even for those with diabetes or those who have gallbladder problems. MCFA’s can help increase metabolism because they are an instant source of energy. Most of the MCFA’s in coconut oil are the highly beneficial lauric Acid. High lauric acid content can help to lower cholesterol as well as blood pressure. It also appears NOT to increase LDL which and can assist in keeping arteries flexible and prevent atherosclerosis. If this were all not enough benefits already here are a few more benefits:
• Due to the direct route to the liver, Coconut oil help give a feeling of satiety and can assist in weight loss. It is used heavily in ketogenic eating strategies. This type of eating strategy is one that will quickly normalize blood sugars and produce some pretty impressive results for weight loss as well. READ MORE HERE: Are You Eating For Optimal Health?
• Can increase bone strength by allowing better absorption of calcium, Vitamin D, and some other minerals.
• Coconut oil has antifungal properties that can help fight yeast infections and fungus in the body.
For numerous home recipes for cleaning and beauty products you might like more from Benefits of Coconut OIl
As An Antibacterial Gum Disease Fighter
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice that is used as an oral detoxification folk remedy and although you can find some skeptics there is a growing body of research touting benefits such as reducing plaque and improving bad breath by killing the microorganisms that cause it. Fewer cavities and re-enameling the teeth were also noted by even the dentists whose patients were oil pulling.
According to Dr. Joseph Mercola: “Ancient Ayurveda texts claim that oil pulling may cure about 30 systemic diseases and even today, it’s widely discussed as a tool for detoxification of the whole body” He continues “Although these uses are controversial, and I can’t vouch for their validity. He does state that “in the mouth, oil pulling does have significant cleansing and healing effects.”
You can watch Dr. Mercola’s Video here:
Because of coconut oil has such incredible versatility; here are 77 more great ways to use coconut oil. Coconut Oil Pulling Benefits and My How-to Guide from www.draxe.com
My Coconut Oil Favorite Use
I am so crazy about coconut oil that I experiment with new uses all the time. One of my favorite ways that I use it is to put it in my coffee with a little butter or ghee. Using the oil this way helps me stay full longer and since I like my coffee black, adds a nice flavor. It also helps keep the fat burning :).
I also make an easy grab and go snack with the help of this wonderful treasure. Try this one today!
What you will need:
• Small saucepan
• No stick baking dish (I use a small pyrex baking dish)
• Parchment paper
• 4 ounces coconut oil
• 3 tbsp. Let’s Do Organic Shredded Coconut
• 12 whole Macadamia nuts (crushed)
• 2-3 half dollar sized dark chocolate 74-85%
• Peppermint essential oil, organic vanilla or flavored liquid stevia are options also, and all you need are a few drops. (optional)
- Place parchment paper in the baking dish as a liner. Use enough to not only cover the bottom but also up the sides. You can cut off extra later.
- Place oil in the pan and put on low heat. Add chocolate and stir until melted. Add crushed nuts, coconut and any flavoring you chose if any. Cook only until chocolate melts and no longer. Stir well to mix.
- Pour contents into baking dish and put on a flat surface in your fridge. When cooled and hard, pull on one corner of the parchment paper to lift and then you can break into pieces. Not only do you get the benefits of the oil but also the antioxidant benefits of the dark chocolate and also the good fats provided by the macadamia, walnut or almonds chosen.
You can find this and other recipes with photos in Real Food Recipes section.
So, you can hack your beauty regimen, overhaul your medicine cabinet, and clean your home, burn more fat and so much more with the help of this natural treasure. Share below how you like to use coconut oil. If we like your idea we may feature it in one of our upcoming videos! Let’s go nuts for coconuts!
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