One of the greatest killers of the human race is stress. It’s intangible, yet very tangible. Coconut oil,
when massaged into the body, is a great way to reduce that stress. It relaxes the skin, expanding it – it literally reduces stress on the body.
Coconut oil is one of the best things for the skin. It acts as a great moisturizer, filling up the skin like a balloon, and even reducing wrinkles. It is great for treating various skin infections, such as psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema. Coconut oil is already found in many body skin products, but if you can get your hands on the pure, unrefined oil, then your set for life.
There are many misconceptions that there are no coconut benefits when it comes to helping the heart. This is not true at all. The theory is is that coconut oil contains saturated fat – something which is not good for the heart – and although this is true, the amount of saturated fat is so minimal that it’s not damaging at all. In fact coconut oil contains lauric acid, something that once in the body, acts as agent which fights heart disease.
Although should never be considered a diet, coconut oil is very beneficial when it comes to your weight. It contains many compounds which improve the functioning of the thyroid gland, as well as various enzymes. Furthermore it increases the bodies metabolism and thus helps you reduce weight.
One of the coolest coconut benefits is its healing attributes. When coconut oil is rubbed over a cut or a bruise it forms a protective layer – like a band-aid. This layer protects the infected area from any kind of dust, air, bacteria or virus. On bruises it speeds up the healing process by, in a metaphor words. calling to arms the bodies nurses.
Coconut oil can act like the middleman. Everything likes coconut, including many of the minerals within your body. Coconut oil can improve the ability of your body to absorb other minerals such as calcium, and magnesium, which are essential to have strong bones.
Make Sure its Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
The main type of coconut oil, the one that is most widely used for all the above mentioned treatments and the ones below, is Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. Notice the key word, ‘extra’. There is a difference. You can purchase normal virgin coconut oil and will see some nominal results; however if you buy the organic extra virgin coconut oil, you are almost guaranteed results.
Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is obtained by the wet-milled method. This is done by extra the ‘green’ from the coconut and placing the extract into a centrifuge. Once spun the oil will be removed from the extract; the oil that remains is pure, unabolished by any heat or other filtering techniques. This helps the enzymes, as well as the abundance of lauric acid, remain intact.
Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is mainly used for three health reasons, although the others mentioned above are still applicable.
Stimulate the thyroid gland.
Lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol.
An amazing anti-oxidant skin moisturizer.
Now that the truth about coconut benefits is out, well, what are you waiting for. Go buy some today.
Uses for Coconut Oil
1. In cooking as a great oil with a high smoke point. Great for baking, stir-frys or as a dairy free replacement to butter.
2. Taken supplementally for daily energy
3. As a coffee creamer when emulsified into coffee (The only way I’ll drink coffee)
4. On the skin as a basic lotion
5. In homemade lotion bars for soft, smooth skin
6. In homemade deodorant or deodorant bars
7. As an eye-makeup remover
8. As a cloth diaper safe diaper cream (just rub on baby’s bottom)
9. In making your own Remineralizing Toothpaste
10. To lighten age spots when rubbed directly on the skin
11. To prevent stretch marks during pregnancy
12. To support healthy thyroid function
13. In homemade Mayo without the high PUFA vegetable oils
14. To help increase sun tolerance and avoid burning
15. As a naturally SPF 4 sunscreen
16. In homemade lotion recipes
17. To get rid of cradle cap on baby- just massage in to head, leave on for a few minutes and gently rinse with a warm wash cloth
18. Topically to kill yeast or yeast infections
19. As a delicious tropical massage oil
20. It’s high Lauric acid and MCFA content helps boost metaboism
21. A tiny dab rubbed on your hands and then through hair will help get rid of friz
22. As an intensive nighttime facial moisturizer
23. Mixed with equal parts sugar for a smoothing body scrub (use in the shower)
24. Rubbed on lips as a natural chap stick
25. Topically, can help skin heal faster after injury or infection
26. Directly on the perineum to help heal after birth
27. As an incredibly intensive natural conditioner- Rub into dry hair, put a shower cap on and leave for several hours
28. On feet to fight athlete’s foot or tor fungus
29. In place of Lanolin cream on nursing nipples to sooth irritation (also great for baby!)
30. Can help sooth psoriasis or eczema
31. There is some evidence that regular ingestion of coconut oil can help prevent or reverse Alzheimers
32. With apple cider vinegar as a natural treatment for lice that actually works
33. In natural Homemade Sunscreen
34. In healthy brain boosting snack for kids like Coconut Clusters
35. In a filling and energy boosting Brain Powder Smoothie
36. Rub coconut oil on the inside of your nose to help alleviate allergy symptoms
37. Nursing moms can take 3-4 tablespoons a day (and Vitamin D) to increase milk supply and nutrients
38. There is some evidence that coconut oil helps digestion and may even kill intestinal parasites or yeast
39. Mix a tablespoon with a tablespoon of chia seeds for an all-day energy boost (do NOT take this at night!)
40. Can help improve insulin levels
41. Oil pulling with coconut oil and a drop of oregano oil helps improve gum health
42. Can help improve cholesterol ratios
43. Blend a tablespoon into hot tea to help speed recovery from cold or flu
44. In Homemade Natural Bug-Off Lotion Bars
45. As a replacement for vegetable oils in any recipe
46. Better for high-temperature cooking than olive or vegetable oils
47. Can help reduce appearance of varicose veins
48. After initial heat is gone, can help speed healing of sunburn
49. Is an immediate source of energy when eaten and isn’t stored as fat
50. As a natural personal lubricant that won’t disturb vaginal flora
51. As a naturally antibacterial skin cream
52. In natural homemade diaper cream
53. As a natural shave cream and after shave lotion
54. When used consistently on skin it can help get rid of cellulite
55. To season cast iron skillets
56. It’s anti-inflammatory properties can help lessen arthritis
57. Can reduce the itch of mosquito bites
58. Can help resolve acne when used regularly
59. Can be rubbed into scalp daily to stimulate hair growth
60. I’ve used in kids ears to help speed ear infection healing
61. On split ends to de-frizz
62. A small amount can be rubbed into real leather to soften and condition (shiny leather only… test a small area first)
63. By itself as a great tanning oil
64. Mixed with salt to remove dry skin on feet
65. Can help speed weight loss when consumed daily
66. Can help improve sleep when taken daily
67. Can be used to speed healing of fungal infections when taken internally and used externally
68. A tablespoon melted into a cup of warm tea can help sooth a sore throat
69. To help sooth the itch of chicken pox or poison ivy
70. It has been shown to increase absorption of calcium and magnesium
71. Internally as part of the protocol to help remineralize teeth
72. Some evidence shows that the beneficial fats in coconut oil can help with depression and anxiety
73. By itself as a natural deodorant
74. By itself or with baking soda as a naturally whitening toothpaste
75. For pets struggling with skin issues when used externally
76. Some evidence suggests that the beneficial fats in coconut oil are helpful for those with Autism
77. In homemade vapor rub
78. As a safe cooking oil for deep frying
79. A tablespoon taken before each meal can help improve digestion
80. Can be taken in warm ginger tea to sooth heartburn or nausea
81. As a completely natural baby lotion
82. On hands after doing dishes to avoid dry skin
83. Mixed with catnip, rosemary, or mint essential oils as a natural bug repellent
84. Can be used on mom’s nipple and baby’s mouth to help treat thrush
85. Many use it as an anti-aging facial moisturizer
86. Use to make coconut cream concentrate for a brain boosting snack
87. Can be used internally and externally to speed recovery from UTIs
88. When taken regularly, it can help fight candida
89. When taken regularly, it can boost hormone production
90. Can relieve the pain of hemorrhoids when used topically
91. Can boost circulation and help those who often feel cold
92. On cuticles to help nails grow
93. Rub into elbows daily to help alleviate dry, flaky elbows
94. Add to smoothies to give them a nutritional boost
95. Internally during pregnancy to help provide baby necessary fats for development (especially when taken with Fermented Cod Liver Oil)
96. In any recipes where vegetable oils are used
97. Whipped with shea butter for a soothing body balm
98. One reader swears by using coconut oil to treat yeast infection. She suggests soaking a tampon in it and inserting the tampon for a few hours.
99. Naturally clears up cold sores
100. Ingesting coconut oil daily can help with allergy symptoms
101. Ingesting coconut oil daily can increase mental alertness