For a long time, coconut oil has been used to for so many different things. It is one of the oils I like to use for numerous reasons. I love all the benefits coconut oil has and there are still more uses being discovered.
To date, there are over 1,500 studies proving coconut oil to be one of the healthiest foods on the planet. Coconut oil benefits and uses go beyond what most people realize.
One of the main ways I use coconut oil is for my hair. I use it for hot oil treatments. It moisturizes my hair and scalp, keeping dandruff at bay, and helps stop breakage allowing it to grow healthy. I use coconut oil in just about every hair treatment mask or oil I make at home. It has healthy fatty acids (lauric acid, capric acid, and caprylic acid) needed for a healthy lifestyle. Coconut oil is safe to use topically and to ingest. It is also a really good substitute to use when cooking instead of butter or cooking spray. Coconut oil has antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Coconut oil is safe to use topically and to ingest. It is also a really good substitute to use when cooking instead of butter or cooking spray. Because of the good fats in coconut oil, it can actually help lower your cholesterol levels and help fight high blood pressure when ingested. It also helps you digest your food. It strengthens the immune system because it contains antimicrobial lipids and the healthy fatty acids I mentioned above.
Coconut oil is also good for your skin. It is filled with antioxidants that help relieve dry skin and is good for skin infections like eczema and dermatitis for example. You will find that a lot of products have coconut oil in its ingredients for this reason. It is also a carrier oil which means you can easily add essential oils and other beneficial oils to it.
I also like to use coconut oil for oil pulling in the mornings when I first wake up. I scrape my tongue first and then for about five to ten minutes I pull coconut oil in my mouth. It is almost like using a mouthwash but has greater benefits. Since coconut oil aids in the absorption of calcium by the body, it helps in developing strong teeth. It also stops tooth decay and reduces plaque from forming and gingivitis.
The benefits I have mentioned are just to name a few and give examples of how I myself have used coconut oil. Should you want to look up recipes for inspiration or just want to know more ways coconut oil can benefit you, check out these following websites:
You can start small when incorporating coconut oil into your lifestyle for the first time. I started with a top/down approach myself, using it in my hair first. Try not to overwhelm yourself by trying a ton of recipes at once, focus on one and take notes on any reactions. Also, be sure to talk to your doctor prior to making any changes. It is always best to know your starting markers to see how much coconut oil can improve your life.
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3 thoughts on “Benefits & Uses of Coconut Oil”
Quite informative. Recently heard its also useful in managing Alzheimer’s. Do you have any literature on this?
Thank you, I did find that in some of my research as well. There’s a very extensive page on this topic at http://coconutoil.com/coconut-oil-alzheimers/ I found that it helped me understand more about the benefits of coconut oil to help Alzheimers patients.
I think coconut oil is one of the main reasons I no longer have a small bump in my stomach area & this is after years, even before having kids, of never being able to get it to go away. I also think it has helped tremendously with limiting my IBS symptoms. It truly is something I will always have in my house because of its amazing versatility and health benefits! Unfortunately, it got a bad rap for years because of false information based on its fat content. Now knowing the necessity of it’s unique fatty acid content has brought a much needed awareness of this Super Food! I always use Organic, Unrefined, Cold-Pressed Virgin CO. Great post! ~Anne