Scientific Proof of the Versatile Benefits of Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is one of the most popular ingredients in the natural beauty and health community. Everybody is speaking about the incredible versatile benefits of this natural oil. You can find out about its amazing powers in books, magazine and on the internet.
However, health experts consider this oil as unhealthy as it consists of 90% saturated fats. Luckily, these fats are beneficial. Moreover, coconut oil is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients and aids the body in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins.
When beauty is considered, coconut oil is excellent for the hair and can also moisturize and sooth the skin.
In this article, you can find out about some of the many amazing benefits of using coconut oil.
Skin and body care
Coconut oil just must be part of your beauty products. When using coconut oil topically, always choose a cosmetic grade coconut oil.
In fractionated coconut oil only the medium-chain triglycerides are left while the long-chain triglycerides are removed. This increases the stability and the shelf life of the oil. Additionally, it has powerful antioxidant properties and does not clog the pores as virgin coconut oil.
Check out the following uses of coconut oil for the hair, body and skin.
1. Skin moisturizer
Use coconut oil instead of your regular lotion. You can use it anywhere on your skin and you can even mix it with essential oils to get aromatherapy benefits. Apply the oil on the skin and leave it to dry.
2. Face mask
Mix 1 tablespoon coconut oil and 1 tablespoon honey and you will have a natural face mask that will clean up your complexion. Apply it on the face and leave it on for 20 minutes. Then, rinse this natural face mask with warm water.
3. Hair conditioner
Coconut oil will provide your hair with a healthy glow, it will repair the split ends and it will moisturize the scalp.
Add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a small container and place the container in a larger container containing water that is warmer than 76 degrees. The oil will become soft. Apply the oil on damp hair and massage the scalp. Spread the oil through the entire hair with a comb. Wrap the hair in a towel and after an hour remove the oil by washing your hair with a small amount of shampoo.
Use coconut oil instead of dandruff conditioners and shampoos. Use the oil in the same way as a conditioner, but leave it on overnight. Wash your hair in the morning.
5. Sun protection for the hair
Too protect your hair from the sun and being frizzy, spread a small amount of coconut oil on your hair and scalp with your fingers in the morning. Brush your hair afterwards.
6. Detangle your hair
It is painful and annoying when you try to fix your tangled hair. Luckily, you can easily detangle your hair using coconut oil. Apply coconut oil on damp hair and leave it on for a couple of minutes. Then, gently comb you hair.
7. Shaving cream
Coconut oil is far more better than a shaving cream since it does not dry the skin. Coconut oil helps the hair stand up straight and also moisturizes the skin. Therefore, coconut oil is especially beneficial for people who are prone to razor burn and dry skin.
8. Lip balm
You can easily moisten your cracked lips, even in dry weather by using coconut oil. It will also protect the lips from the sun. Apply coconut oil in a solid state with your fingers, in the same manner you apply any other lip balm.
9. Body scrub and exfoliant
Try the recipe below to prepare your own face and body scrub.
Melt half a cup of coconut oil. Add 2 tablespoons of brown or white sugar, stir and pour the mixture into soap molds or muffin tins. Leave it to cool down completely in the fridge before removing it from the mold. Dampen the skin with water and exfoliate and scrub your body with a slice of the solidified soap. Rinse well and apply a moisturizer.
10. Face exfoliant
Mix same amounts of coconut oil and baking soda to prepare a face exfoliant. This exfoliant will remove all dead skin cells and dirt from the face. The complexion will become brighter after the exfoliation treatment.
11. Lip exfoliant
Coconut oil can also be used to remove the dead skin on the lips. You only need to mix 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and 2 teaspoons of brown sugar and your lips will be incredibly soft.
12. Remove makeup
Remove makeup easily without irritating the eyes or the skin by using coconut oil. Massage over the makeup with your fingertips and then rinse with water.
13. Lotion bar
Prepare a lotion bar with coconut oil and moisturize your skin. Add 1 cup of coconut oil, 1 cup of beeswax and 1 cup of shea butter in a glass mason jar with a lid. Place the jar in a saucepan filled with water and leave the water to boil until the ingredients melt. Afterwards, add vitamin E oil. Mix and pour the lotion into molds. Leave it to cool completely.
Mix ½ a cup of coconut oil, beeswax and shea butter in a glass mason jar with a lid. Repeat the same procedure as when preparing the lotion bar. This time you also need to add ½ a cup of arrowroot powder and 3 tablespoons of baking soda, as well as vitamin E oil, after the melting. Pour in molds and wait to cool completely.
15. Treatment for the cuticles and nails
Rub coconut oil on the cuticles every night. This will stimulate health and growth in your nails.
16. Reduce visibility of the stretch marks
The visibility of the stretch marks can be reduced with regular use of coconut oil.
17. Bath oil
Refresh your skin by adding small amount of coconut oil into your bath. You can also prepare amazing bath melts by heating 1 cup of coconut oil for 2 minutes on low heat. Then, add 15 drops of an essential oil and pour the mix into molds. When cooled, remove them from the molds and add one to your bath. Store the rest in a cool place.
Cooking, drink and food
Coconut oil is edible. However, you need to know that there are two types of this oil – refined and virgin or unrefined coconut oil.
Refined coconut oil is extracted from dried coconuts. It can withstand high temperatures, it is odorless and tasteless. However, the refining process uses chemicals to hydrogenate, deodorize and bleach the oil. These chemicals create trans-fats. Luckily, some refined coconut oils are created more naturally, so check the ingredients’ label.
Virgin or unrefined coconut oil is taken from fresh coconuts and does not go through a refining process. It retains its odor and flavor.
Here are some recipes and uses of coconut oil in the kitchen.
18. Cooking oil
Coconut oil can withstand high temperatures because it contains saturated fat. Saturated fats are healthy and give an excellent texture and taste.
19. Creamer on tea and coffee
Add coconut oil to your tea and coffee to get a delicious creamy mixture. Just blend 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, 2 cups of hot coffee and 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter.
20. Butter replacement
Substitute butter used on bagel or toast with coconut oil.
Adding coconut oil to your healthy smoothie it will improve the smoothie’s consistency. Mix ¼ cup of coconut oil, 2 cups of coconut milk, ½ a teaspoon of vanilla, 2 tablespoons of gelatin powder, ½ cup of strawberries, 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Blend and drink your delicious healthy smoothie.
Mayonnaise is not healthy, so improve it by adding coconut oil. Mix 2/3 of a cup of coconut oil, 2/3 of a cup of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of mustard and 4 egg yolks.
23. Freezer burn protection
To prevent freezer burn on ice cream add coconut oil on top of the ice cream before putting it into the freezer.
Home remedies and your health
You can use coconut oil to create home remedies against many health conditions as coconut oil possesses antioxidant and antibacterial properties. If you ingest it, use food grade coconut oil. If you use it topically, use fractionated coconut oil as it contains large amounts of caprylic and capric acids which give the oil disinfectant and antioxidant properties.
According to medical studies, you can suppress inflammations by using coconut oil because it contains capric and lauric acid. Moreover, it has no side effect which often appear after using anti-inflammatory medicines.
25. Wounds and cuts
Clean wounds and apply coconut oil. You can also treat small cuts as the oil works as an antifungal and antibacterial cream.
26. Weight loss
Substitute fats with coconut oil.
27. Control your appetite
Keep your portions under control by taking 1 tablespoon of coconut oil before every meal.
28. Fresh breath
Coconut oil has antibacterial properties, so it can eliminate the bacteria in the mouth that cause bad breath.
You can use coconut oil as a carrier oil. It will help in the absorption of herbal extracts and other essential oils that you use for unwinding and relaxation. Use fractionated oil for aromatherapy.
30. Boost your energy levels
The medium-chain triglycerides or saturated fats in coconut oil will give your body an energy boost.
31. Boost your immunity
Your immune system is essential for fighting infections and viruses, so boost it with adding coconut oil to your diet.
32. Improve blood circulation
Increase blood circulation by applying coconut oil on your body.
33. Support the thyroid gland
The thyroid function will remain proper with regular consumption of coconut oil.
Coconut oil will speed up the metabolism and soften the stool as it is a natural laxative.
35. Stronger bones
Calcium and other essential nutrients and vitamins will be absorbed more easily by consuming coconut oil. The health of your bones will improve as your body absorbs calcium better.
Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory properties, so it can reduce the inflammation in the joints that cause arthritis pain. Consume several tablespoons of coconut oil every day.
37. Treat yeast and fungal infections
The medium-chain fatty acids are able to fight parasites, bacteria, viruses, yeast and fungi. Apply coconut oil on the affected areas or consume 5 tablespoons of coconut oil daily.
Apply coconut oil to eliminate the pain caused by hemorrhoids.
39. Lower bad cholesterol
The lauric acid in coconut oil lower the bad cholesterol levels (LDL) by boosting the good cholesterol levels (HDL).
Sooth and cool down sunburns with a cool mixture of equal amounts of coconut oil and aloe vera gel.
41. Poison ivy
Apply or add coconut oil to your bath to relief pain caused by sumac, oak or ivy.
42. Relief from acid reflux
3 tablespoons of the oil will soothe the esophagus and improve digestive health.
Pregnancy and infant care
Coconut oil is excellent for both pregnant women and the infants.
43. Nipple cream
Sooth the nipples’ irritation by rubbing coconut oil on the nipples. It is safe and beneficial for your baby as well.
44. Morning sickness prevention
Take 1 tablespoon of coconut oil every morning to calm your stomach.
45. Baby’s skin moisturizer
Treat your baby’s sensitive skin with coconut oil to moisturize it.
Fixing things in the house
46. Remove rust
Apply coconut oil on rust, leave it for several hours and then wash with warm water.
47. Unstuck a zipper
Rub coconut oil on your zipper to unstuck it.
48. Remove gum
Remove gum from shoes, hair or carpet using coconut oil.
49. Squeaky hinges
Lubricate a squeaky door with coconut oil.
50. Kitchen appliances lubrication
Rub coconut oil on the blades of all your small kitchen appliances such as food processors, blenders, mixers and can openers.
The uses of coconut oil are limitless. Always have coconut oil in your home and enjoy it.