Interested in using coconuts for health and beauty but not sure where to start? Well, you came to the right place! Coconuts have become all the rage in recent years, mainly because they provide a healthier alternative for cooking when they are in the form of oil. Little did you know, coconuts can also be used in a more unconventional way for health and beauty needs.
Which coconut oil?
Be careful of which coconut oil you are using since they are not all the same they will not have the same great benefits!
Try coconut oil by Thrive Market – this is an organic and cold pressed virgin coconut oil that is ethically sourced from the Philippines.
The only ingredient in this certified organic coconut oil is what doya know, coconut oil!
The coconut oil comes from organic coconuts harvested in the Philippines. The oil is never deodorized, bleached or refined – like it is in other brands.
Heart Health – Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid and medium chain triglycerides, which are beneficial fats for our bodies.
These natural saturated fats can increase our healthy cholesterol level (HDL) and even help convert our LDL (bad cholesterol) to good. Decreasing our LDL cholesterol level and increasing our HDL cholesterol is great for the heart and lowers our risk for heart disease.
Immunity à Coconut oil can strengthen our immune system by providing our bodies with antimicrobial lipids and lauric acid – both of which have antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties.
Our bodies are capable of converting the lauric acid from coconut oil into monolauren, which our body uses to fight off bacterial and viral infections.
Digestive health à The antimicrobial lipids and lauric acid used to boost our overall immunity works the same exact way in our gut! The antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties can work in our digestive system against bacterial and viral infections that cause indigestion. This mechanism helps prevent irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive-related problems.
How to get the benefits
Simply include coconut oil in your diet. Here are 5 of the simplest ways:
Coconut oil can replace the oil you typically use for cooking, baking and can even be used as a dairy-free alternative to butter. Next time you’re about to use butter for baking try the equivalent amount of coconut oil!
Use coconut oil in your next stir-fry dinner, the oil has a high smoke point and I personally think it is delicious in my normal chicken and veggie stir-fry! The amount should be equivalent to what you typically use.
Try using coconut oil as a coffee creamer or in hot tea if you dare to mess with your usual coffee (maybe try on a weekend morning first for those of you who take morning coffee very seriously)
Add a tablespoon or two of slightly heated coconut oil to your next smoothie – melting the coconut oil hides the texture in the smooth for those worried about clumping!
Check out this Chocolate Coconut Clusters recipe for your next guilt-free dessert –http://wellnessmama.com/1779/chocolate-coconut-clusters/
Hair conditioner à Coconut oil moisturizes the scalp, gets rid of dandruff, penetrates the shaft of hair, prevents hair from losing proteins, strengthens hair with fatty acids, and rejuvenates your hair’s natural shine.
Depending on the length of your hair you’ll need anywhere from 2-5 tablespoons of coconut oil. Simply massage the oil from ends to roots into your dry hair and leave in hair for 30-60 minutes.
In my experience it is best to wash hair with shampoo and a sprinkle or two of baking soda to completely remove the oil!
Exfoliator à Mixing equal parts sugar and coconut oil can make an easy 2-ingredient body scrub. Using the scrub in the shower is a great way to exfoliate and clean acne-prone areas of your skin. Using coconut without the added sugar also makes for a hydrating shaving cream; simply use the equivalent amount you would typically need!
Face à Coconut oil is naturally awesome at cleansing skin and works great at removing makeup. The oil will even remove waterproof mascara, simply apply a dab to tissue or finger and gently sweep over the makeup on your face. Be sure to wash the oil off with soap afterward.
Nails à Applying coconut oil with a q-tip to cuticles once weekly has been extremely helpful in getting my nails to grow! Be sure to allow at least 5 minutes for the oil to be absorbed before washing off.
Lips à A dab of coconut oil can be used as a natural lip balm. Adding a dab of sugar can also be used to exfoliate lips or smooth damage from the sun or just dryness! There are also recipes including essential oils and coconut oil to make your own lip balm at home! http://wellnessmama.com/25459/imitation-burts-bees-lip-balm/