You’ll find that many of the recipes I post include coconut oil. That’s because I think it’s awesome. It is so versatile and beneficial to the body. Just see for yourself.
Uses for coconut oil – all by itself:
- Barrier cream (on babies bottoms, sensitive areas, and the elderly/sick)
- Cooking (can replace vegetable oil in any recipe)
- Cuticle Cream
- Tanning Oil
- Cold Sore alleviation
- Anti-aging moisturizer
- To reduce the appearance of varicose veins
- Even more! (See 101 Uses for Coconut Oil at WelnessMama)
Why it’s awesome:
- Lauric Acid – it’s a main component of Coconut Oil. Lauric Acid transforms to monolaurin in the body which combats viruses and bacteria. By using coconut oil externally, you are helping your body to fight off dangerous viruses like the flu, HIV, measles and more. (Dr. Mercola)
- Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA) – this is a fancy way of saying – “good fats” and coconut oil has some of the highest naturally occurring forms of them. MCFA’s permeate the body’s cell membranes easily (which helps external blends to soak into the skin)
- Resistant to Oxidation and Free Radical Formation – basically coconut oil has a long shelf life and helps skin to maintain natural properties. This means that coconut oil is definitely good for anti-aging blends.
- UV Blocker – studies have shown that coconut oil can block up to 20% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays (Authority Nutrition)
- Melting point – Coconut oil becomes liquid at 76 degrees F. If you live in a warm climate – you’ll have to be very careful wtih anything containing coconut oil
- The hype! If you’re reading this post and haven’t heard of coconut oil – I’m very surprised! Because of the hype, the demand for coconut oil has skyrocketed and many producers are making over processed/refined coconut oil that strips it of its natural goodness. Make sure you purchase a good, non GMO and organic coconut oil to work with – especially if you are ingesting it.