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How To Use Virgin Coconut Oil

Updated on December 2, 2015

Virgin coconut oil A Super Food

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The many uses of extra virgin coconut oil

Coconut oil is a great oil to use for stir frying or deep frying, it has a high heat tolerance, and does not turn rancid like other oils when cooked at a high temperature.
Cooking with coconut oil is also said to be great for weight watchers, as using coconut oil is healthier then using butter, lard or other oils to cook with. Coconut oil has the same calorie count as olive oil.

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

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Coconut Oil as a Health Supplement

If taken orally as a health supplement, Coconut oil is known to boost and strengthen the immune system. It is best to start with small doses, one tablespoon per day to begin with, as it will take time for your stomach to adapt. Taking too high a dose without giving your system time to adapt could result in the coconut oil having a laxative effect.

Coconut Oil to Treat Skin Ailments

Applying extra virgin coconut oil on your skin, is soothing and moisturizing. Extra virgin coconut oil is made up of 50% lauric acid which has anti fungal, anti bacterial and anti viral properties, it helps relieve many different types of skin conditions, acne, eczema and dry skin are just a few of the skin ailments that many Asians use coconut oil to treat.

Benefits of Using Extra Virgin Coconut Oil as a Hair Care Product

In India, women have been using coconut oil on their hair for centuries, this hair care tip has been passed down for generations. Indian women traditionally keep their hair very long, they are well known for their thick, dark shiny hair. Coconut oil is a superb hair conditioner, it keeps hair healthy and shiny, it also protects hair from sun damage. In the summer to protect your hair from the sun, just rub a few drops of extra virgin coconut oil on it.

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Coconut Oil as a Skincare Product

Extra virgin coconut oil is used for skincare, to keep skin moisturized, soft and firm.
I know an American man who has been living in Asia for more then 3 decades, he is over eighty years old and he has been using extra virgin olive oil on his hair and face for years, he is extremely proud of his firm, practically wrinkle free skin. He looks fifteen years younger then his actual age.

My mother uses coconut oil on her hands, before she goes to sleep, to keep them soft and moisturized, she claims its better then the hand creams she used to use before trying coconut oil.

Instructions for Using Coconut Oil as a Moisturizer:

Wash your face with warm water, gently pat dry and apply a few drops of extra virgin coconut oil on the tips of your fingers, then gently massage into your skin, you will notice how soothing this feels on your skin instantly.

It can be used as a shaving cream, to soften the skin before shaving or as an aftershave to sooth and relax the skin. In Asia they use warmed coconuts oil as a massage oil to relieve muscle ache.

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Cooking with Virgin Coconut Oil

Cooking with coconut oil adds a very distinctive taste to dishes, in Asia there are hundreds of recipes that make use of this delightfully fragrant oil. Add a little coconut oil to a simple humdrum dish like fried eggs to change the flavor from the mundane to something exotic.

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Coconuts on the ground

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Cleaning and protecting leather

Extra virgin coconut oil is great for cleaning and protecting leather.
I have an antique leather briefcase, that was passed down to me from my great grandfather. I didn't want to use anything harsh on it, so I rubbed on some coconut oil, to prevent the leather from drying and cracking, as most leather products do with age. My logic was that since it was good for the skin, it should work for leather. The results were great, it made the leather soft and smooth, at the same time it also protected the leather from the elements.
Every six months or so, I re-polish the briefcase to keep it in good condition.
You can use it on leather shoes, boots or other leather goods, to protect it and keep it in good condition.

Coconut Tree

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Cleaning jewelry and Other Metals with Coconut OIl

I use coconut oil to clean my buck knife, I noticed that it cleans steel very well, without being chemically abrasive, and it prevents my knife from rusting due to lack of use.

Coconut oil has a very high heat threshold, it's great for seasoning your pots and cast iron pans.

My sister uses extra virgin coconut oil to clean her jewelry, she said it works amazingly well without damaging her jewelry.

Coconut oil in Western Countries

Considering the many benefits of extra virgin coconut oil, it is surprising how few people make use of it in western countries. It has only recently gained popularity in the west, and is only now being dubbed a super food . In Asia, coconut oil is an established product that has been used for centuries, in cooking, healthcare and as a cleaning agent.

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