Homemade Coconut Oil: Natural Remedy for Preventing Hair Loss

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Oil Rich Coconut
Oil Rich Coconut
Homemade coconut oil
Homemade coconut oil | Source

Shining and healthy hair attracts everyone. While markets are flooded with hair treatment products of various types, they most often result in negative side effects and do not provide a cost effective way to keep the hair healthy. Towards a very cost effective way to maintain beautiful and healthy hair and to prevent hair loss, coconut oil made at home may come as a surprise. Pure coconut oil suitable for healthy hair is expensive. But one can always make some for home use. In the first section of the present hub we have discussed the benefits of coconut oil for healthy hair. In the second section, we discussed the process to make coconut oil at home and in the third and last part we have discussed some other benefits and uses of coconut oil as a home remedy for many health issues. Hope, readers find this write up useful.

Coconut Oil for Preventing Hair Loss

Pleasantly smelling coconut hair oil prevents hair loss due to its rich vitamin-E and lauric acid content. This reasonably light oil for hair prevents dryness of the hair by providing natural moisture to hair and scalp. Due to its cooling effect on hair, it protects from excess heat and sunlight exposure in the peak summers. The type of fat in the coconut oil does not evaporate easily and gets easily absorbed by human skin. Due to these wonderful properties, coconut oil keeps the hair soft and moist. It prevents hair from breaking as it does not let the hair dry up. So, if one wants a healthy, smooth and free flowing hair, then the best natural way to achieve this is to go for coconut oil. A regular massage of coconut oil on head and scalp is not only enriching for hair, its vitamin content helps the scalp skin remain healthy and relaxed. One may go for a massage before sleeping or should give it at least an hour to settle before shampoo.

How to make Coconut Oil at Home

It is fairly easy to make coconut oil at home, although it is bit of a process. Once in a while you may make the oil at home through this crude method discussed below and the output can be stored for years without any problem. Moreover, since no additives and other things are involved, the oil extracted in this method gives you purest coconut oil that has wonderful effects for hair growth without any side effect. It is also a lot of fun making this at home. Give it a try and see the results yourself.

Items needed for making coconut Oil at home

The major items needed for extraction of coconut oil are as under

(1) Mature coconuts 3-4 pieces. Green coconuts used for drinks are too tender to extract oil. The best coconuts for making oil are mature and fleshy meaty coconuts. If one is not living in a coastal region where coconuts are available in plenty, one may go for coconut copra or dried kernel of coconut which is available almost everywhere.

(2) Coconut grater or scraper to grate the fleshy content of the nut. However, if one is using dried coconut copra a grinder-mixer available in almost all kitchens would do.

(3) An utensil with a wide opening

(4) Kitchen mesh to filter the coconut milk. Even a clean mesh cloth or a common juice filter would do.

(5) Stove

Mature coconut and Copra
Mature coconut and Copra | Source
Mature coconuts can be grated with a grater but copra needs to be cut into pieces and soaked for an hour before grinding it for extraction of coconut milk
Mature coconuts can be grated with a grater but copra needs to be cut into pieces and soaked for an hour before grinding it for extraction of coconut milk | Source

The Process of Making Homemade Coconut Oil

As mentioned earlier, making coconut oil is fairly easy. As a first step, grate the coconuts properly. If one is using copra, then the best way to grate these is to cut the copra into small pieces and soak the pieces in water for a couple of hours and then grate these in the grinder.

After the coconuts are grated, extract the milk by squeezing the grated coconut with the filter mesh. After an initial squeezing, add some warm water and squeeze again to extract as much milk as possible. For extracting coconut oil we need the milk only. Remaining grated coconut may be used for making coconut powder or anything else. We shall discuss this in some other hub.

Put on the stove and start cooking the extracted coconut milk. Keep of cooking it on high flame. The water content will evaporate and after cooking the milk for around half an hour you can notice the oil coming out and the non fat waste settling down at the bottom of the utensil.

You may also feel a sweet strong smell of coconut oil which indicates that the oil is now ready. Put off the stove and gently pour down the oil from the vessel to some other pot. It will easily come out and the extra non fat things will remain in the utensil.

Transfer the golden yellow coconut oil into a bottle or container. It can be safely stored for years and the oil extracted in this process would never lose its beautiful golden color or the sweet aromatic smell. Apply the oil occasionally on your scalp and hair for the purpose for which it was made.

Grated coconuts
Grated coconuts | Source
Coconut milk on stove ready for cooking
Coconut milk on stove ready for cooking | Source
The water content of coconut milk getting evaporated
The water content of coconut milk getting evaporated | Source
Oil getting separated from the other contents of coconut milk
Oil getting separated from the other contents of coconut milk | Source
Golden yellow homemade coconut oil ready for being used as hair oil as well as for other purposes including edible oil
Golden yellow homemade coconut oil ready for being used as hair oil as well as for other purposes including edible oil | Source

Other benefits of Coconut Oil

It is now well acknowledged in scientific literature that after human breast milk, coconut oil is the only source of lauric fatty acid. In fact, while only around 6 percent of the fat content in mother’s breast milk, 3 percent in cow and goat milk is lauric acid, in coconut oil, it contains around 50 percent of the total fat. Lauric acid has some interesting effects on human body. It creates some immune system in human and animal body called ‘Monolaurin’ which is effective in destroying lipid coated viruses such as HIV, cytomegalovirus and herps. Please see the items referred at the end of this hub for more details on these interesting properties. Thus, this ordinary oil is a gift of nature for improving the immune system in human body. In my child hood days, homemade coconut oil was extensively suggested by elders to apply on common wounds for quick healing apart from being used as hair oil. Coconut oil massage on body at night gives a refreshing feeling. In the southern part of India, coconut oil is used as an edible oil that has the ability to create monolaurin in the body. Thus, this wonderful oil not only helps prevent hair loss and hair regrowth, it also has wonderful medicinal properties

Reference

J. Beare-Rogers, A. Dieffenbacher and J. V. Holm () Lexicon of lipid nutrition (Technical Report of the Joint Committee Of International Union Of Nutritional Sciences And IUPAC Commission On Food)

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adrienne2 3 years ago from Atlanta

I have heard people say they use coconut oil on their hair. However, I had no idea it is good for hair loss, and to regrow your hair. I also read at the bottom of the hub the benefits of coconut oil for the immune system. This was completely new information for me. Thanks for sharing. Have voted up.


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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

An interesting article and very informative. I do wish I had the coconuts available like you do, but they are at times available in the store. I buy bottled coconut oil for several uses, and have also used the Monolaurin as you described. Thank you for sharing your recipe here.


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purnimamoh1982 4 years ago Author

Dear LL Woodard, Thanks a lot for the comment. Yes you can preserve it at room temperature. In fact, that is the preferred way. During peak winters it will get condensed like any ordinary coconut oil, but will melt as soon as you take it on your palm. It has a soothing feeling when used for body massage.


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purnimamoh1982 4 years ago Author

Dear Thelma Alberts, Thanks a lot for your comment. Homemade coconut oil is not only good for keeping hair healthy, in many part of India, people prefer it as an edible oil. It is helpful in mouth ulcers also. As far as hair is concerned many value addition can be done with applications of hibiscus flower, brahmi leaves, amla and so on. Many also add coolants like menthol oil to have a pleasant feeling in summers.


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L.L. Woodard 4 years ago from Oklahoma City

I had no idea that coconut oil could be made at home -- at least not until I read your hub. To preserve the oil, just keep it at room temperature or is another storage method preferred?

I enjoyed the read and the new knowledge; voted up and Shared.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

Wow! I did not know that it´s good against hair loss. I´ll have to make this coconut oil just like how my granny and mother did it when I was a child. Thanks for this informative hub. Voted up and useful.


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purnimamoh1982 4 years ago Author

Dear Mama Kim, Thanks a lot for such kind words. My best wishes for the effort.


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Mama Kim 8 4 years ago

Wonderful hub! I've been meaning to buy some coconut oil but now I think I might just try my hand at making it ^_^ Thank you! Voting this up and sharing!

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