Until recently, saturated fat was believed to be bad for your health. However, the truth has come to light. Initial studies were flawed, some even say biased. Trans-fat is now the bad guy, and for good reason.
With the low-fat craze that began in the late 70s, we were told to give up the fat, all fat, both good and bad. But our bodies need fat to store energy, maintain good brain function, healthy skin, move fat-soluble vitamins through our bodies, and many other essential functions.
With all the fat banished from our diets, the new low fat foods needed something for flavor. So fat was replaced with sugar, which has led to obesity, diabetes, and a host of other ailments in epic proportions!
Coconut oil is a medium-chain fatty acid that has antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. It can be absorbed through the skin. So you do not have to ingest it to get the benefits.
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So What is Coconut Oil Good For?
HAIR AND SCALP:
- Dandruff or psoriasis –Rub on some coconut oil and let it sit for about an hour, then shampoo.
- Dead ends – Rub on the dry ends, and let it sit for about an hour. Then shampoo as usual.
- Natural hair conditioner – Mix with your favorite essential oils for a great hair conditioner
- Moisturizer – Use on your face, hands, cuticles, arms, and feet. It helps with your pet’s dry skin problems too. Just rub some on the affected area.
- Bath lotion – Put some in your bath water. Not only will it soften your skin, but it will clean your tub as well.
- Makeup remover – It is great for removing all of your makeup, especially mascara.
- Exfoliate – Mix with baking soda or salt and use as an exfoliate. Afterward your skin will be as smooth as a baby’s bottom.
- Lip balm – No need for chap stick, just spread a bit of coconut oil on your lips. Or put a light coating over your lipstick for a great shine.
- Shaving cream – Use it to shave your legs instead of soap. It leaves them silky smooth.
- Sunscreen –With its natural SPF4, it is a great suntan lotion without the harmful chemicals.
- Sunburn cream – After too long in the sun, coconut oil will soothe sore, dry, sunburned skin.
- Deodorant – It’s not the sweat that gives you BO, it’s the bacteria. With its antibacterial properties, this problem is minimized. Mix with a little baking soda for a great homemade deodorant with no harmful aluminum contained in most commercial brands.
- Diaper cream – Smooth some on the baby’s bottom to prevent and heal diaper rash.
- Frying – The perfect oil for frying, it is resistant to oxidation at high temperatures. Most oils get rancid with heat, thus the need to avoid fried foods – not because of the oil, but because heating the oil literally spoils it. But coconut oil can be heated to 350 degrees.
- Popcorn oil – Not only for popping the corn, but drizzle some on top when finished for a slightly sweet, nutty flavor.
- Fish fry without the batter – Sautee your favorite fish fillet in a mixture of coconut oil and lemon juice.
- Desserts – Make a great pie crust by substituting coconut oil for lard or Crisco. You can do this with almost any recipe that calls for lard or Crisco. Biscuits, cookies, cakes, or even icing.
- Grease baking pans – Use coconut oil to grease your pans. There is even a spray coconut oil for exactly this use.
- Energy boost – Coconut oil digests easily and gives you an energy boost.
- Metabolism – The medium-chain fatty acid in coconut oil goes directly to the liver and is used for energy instead of being stored as fat, thereby helping boost your metabolism.
- Weight loss – Studies show that eating coconut oil reduces abdominal fat, burns fat, and decreases appetite.
- Memory aid – The medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil has been found to improve memory in seniors.
- Digestion – Coconut oil improves your digestion and soothes stomach ulcers by destroying bad bacteria.
- Oil pulling –Swish a teaspoonful in your mouth for 10-30 minutes to remove toxins and harmful bacteria build up in your mouth. Do not swallow this! Spit it out as it will contain the bacteria and toxins you pulled from your mouth.
- Athlete’s foot – Mix a few drops of tea tree oil with some coconut oil for natural relief from athlete’s foot. The antifungal properties of coconut oil will do wonders.
- Lice – Mix some coconut oil with anise for an all-natural way to kill lice.
- Alzheimer’s prevention – An Alzheimer’s patient’s brain cannot create its own insulin. But recent studies have shown that the ketones from 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil per day provide an alternate source of energy to repair brain cells.
- Osteoporosis – By helping better absorb both calcium and magnesium, coconut oil is an aid in building strong bones. Research has shown that coconut oil actually increases bone density.
- Fight colds and the flu – A little bit of coconut oil each day helps your immune system.
- Cuts and scrapes – Put some coconut oil on the kid’s wounds to help fight bacteria.
- Bug bites – A little coconut oil stops the itch. It’s great for poison oak or ivy too.
- For baby fat – Babies need fat for proper brain growth and development. Coconut oil can be taken during pregnancy and used as a supplemental oil in small children.
- Yeast infections and candida overgrowth – When applied topically, coconut oil kills yeast and internally stops candida growth.
- Urinary tract supplement – Coconut oil can help heal bladder and kidney infections with its antibacterial properties.
- Liver health – A recent study shows that coconut oil protects the liver.
- Joint inflammation – A recent study shows that coconut oil reduces inflammation and helps arthritis pain as well as leading medications.
- Fight cancer –Tumors need energy to survive. It is well known that sugar feeds cancer. But cancer cells cannot get the energy from ketones in coconut oil.
- Prevent Type II diabetes – Coconut oil gives the body a good energy source that is not dependent on glucose, helping to prevent diabetes.
- Hormonal support – Coconut oil has a positive effect on estrogen levels and studies have found coconut oil good for menopausal women.
- Polish furniture – Put a little on a rag and watch your woodwork shine.
- Countertop cleaner – Give those granite counter tops a great shine, while killing viruses and bacteria.
- Tub and shower – Clean your tub or shower without harmful chemicals. Just put some on a cloth and the soap scum disappears.
- Season cookware – Use coconut oil to season your cast iron cookware.
Conclusion: Coconut oil has numerous uses and health benefits. It can replace several skin and beauty products you may currently use that contain harmful chemicals. Be sure if you are using it on or in your body, to get pure, unrefined, virgin coconut oil. Refining and/or heat processing destroys the beneficial properties.