Coconut oil – did you know all the benefits? Is this a “WOW” product or what?!
I have been educating myself on this product and I’m finding out plenty of areas it can benefit you. Let’s talk about the many benefits: weight loss, better digestion, thyroid, heart, immune system, skin, hair, plus antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and more!!!!!
I know you would usually expect me to post about Cleaning or Organizing tips, but I have come across a product that intrigues me. I started hearing people talk about incorporating Coconut oil in their diet for certain benefits and then hair, and then skin…. They were people of all age ranges, so I took it upon myself to start studying the benefits and in just what way I could put it to good use in my life. So I have decided to pass some of my new-found knowledge onto you. Below you will merely find the tip of the iceberg, barely touching on how this stuff works, but I hope you can find a way it will help you or someone in your life. 🙂
ORGANIC COLD PRESSED, VIRGIN COCONUT OIL – The Benefits:
(Note: Be sure you don’t confuse it with “processed” coconut oil, as it has been given a poor reputation for clogging arteries and should be avoided. Cold pressed, virgin coconut oil is what you seek. 🙂 )
*Weight Loss – The presence of medium-chain fatty acids, caprylic acid, capric acid, and lauric acid which are all good compounds that are beneficial to our health. Research has shown that a tablespoon of the oil, three times a day could melt away the pounds! And a recent study showed that women who followed that regimen, daily, lost fat in their abdominal area. 😀
*Better Digestion – Find significant reduction in your digestive issues, whether it’s IBS, constipation or indigestion, by adding the oil to your daily diet. It also helps fight unhealthy bacteria in your gut and assists in nutrient absorption in the body.
*Thryroid – Some with hypothyroidism have reported they improved or reversed their condition altogether with daily use of the oil.(note: I’m NO doctor so please seek a professional opinion before trying any new routine)
*Heart Health – The linoleic acid in coconut oil can reduce cholesterol levels which can improve cardiac health.
*Immune System – Because of the lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid it contains, it has the ability to fend off disease. The acids listed above gives the virgin coconut oil antiviral, antifungal aaaaand antibacterial properties, in turn, keeping your immune system in tip top shape :). This one is close to my heart and I hope to see it work well, as I try to incorporate the oil in so many ways… 🙂
*The Beauty Routine – Wow! You can use this on your hair as a deep conditioner. and for shinier, tangle-free hair, rub a bit on your hair and scalp after you wash.
Try it on your skin for general moisture, and for younger looking skin. It can be used to heal rashes caused by poison oak or poison ivy. Has been said to work on eczema and dermatitis with repeated applications, possibly helping psoriasis, acne, and wrinkles…
There were definitely other areas I noticed, making claims to cold-pressed virgin coconut oil having extreme benefits. If you see one that relates to you – you should certainly check it out further. It’s natural, so why not give it a shot! Here are the others mentioned: Parasitic elimination, better dental health, sunscreen & possible cancer prevention!
I have been reading a book called “UnDiet” by Meghan Telpner. In it she shows us how to ‘eat our way to vibrant health‘. She gives a recipe for Edible Body Butter
1/4 cup cocoa butter
1 tbsp. grated beeswax
2 tbsp. coconut oil
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
10 drops essential oil of choice
(melt in a double boiler then pour into small glass jar – the more beeswax used, the harder it will be)
Telpner would also suggest you keep three jars of the pure virgin coconut oil hand: one in the kitchen for cooking, one in the bathroom for all your beauty needs and one in the bedroom for a little bow-chica-bow-bow slip-sliding action! 😉 Nuff said!
Well I think that should be enough information to get you started. Oh, and the first thing I did was use it in one of my favourite cookie recipes(chocolate with oatmeal & flaxseed – so yummy!). You can do the same and use it to replace butter or shortening. I’m not sure how it will work, but I think I will be trying it in a pie crust next. Just know that it DOES have that distinct coconut flavor so try and imagine if it would compliment your recipe or not. ENJOY! 😀
Thanks for tuning in. 🙂