- Alternative & Natural Medicine
The Many Great Benefits and Uses of Coconut Oil
The benefits of coconut oil are not to be dismissed. There are a wide variety of uses for this all-natural, all-organic, miracle product. I joined the coconut oil bandwagon a few months ago, and ever since have been wondering how I survived before its discovery. It's not just a fad: this stuff really works. Let's take a look at some of the ways that we can use coconut oil to our benefit in our everyday lives.
Coconut oil is great for your skin. And "great" is an understatement! As most people, I have spent quite a bit of money and time attempting to find that perfect moisturizer - from Jergins, to argan and bio oil. Nothing ever worked for me, especially in the winter months. But with coconut oil, applied only every fourth day, I have found that it works wonders to moisturize and revitalize skin, leaving a healthy glow. It also smells wonderful. Another benefit to using coconut oil on skin is that the oil is so compact that you only need to use a very tiny amount. Applying a thin layer or heaping on an entire gallon will produce the same effect. You can also use it as a bath oil!
Coconut oil is a amazing for rejuvenating dry and brittle hair and can be used as a hair moisturizer in two different ways.
1. Use as a night conditioner
Coconut oil can be applied all over the hair at night, before you go to sleep, as a deep conditioner. Shampoo the oil out of your hair in your normal morning routine and you will notice the immediate effects! Your hair will be shiny and strong and will have reversed months of damage from coloring, curling, straightening overnight!
2. Use as a leave-in conditioner
Coconut oil can also be applied moderately to the ends to help tame unruly hair. Now, coconut oil can be thick and greasy, so don't use too much. A dime sized amount to cover all of your ends should suffice.
Coconut oil works great as an energy booster. Unlike other energy supplements, coconut oil is dissolved into the system almost immediately, producing immediate results. Coconut oil works better than caffeinated products in that there is no crash later!
*It is advised that if you are stimulant sensitive you not mix coconut oil with caffeinated products, i.e. - putting the oil into your coffee, but space out your stimulant intake.
Weight Loss Smooties
Due to its medium chain triglycerides, two Tbs of coconut oil a day facilitates weight loss. It is also an appetite suppressor. Coconut oil is a great addition to any healthy smoothie! Especially with its energy properties, it makes a great pick-me-up in the mornings before you head out the door to work, and tastes yummy!
Coconut oil can be used in place of any cooking oil. It serves as a healthier alternative to vegetable oil, canola oil, butter, and shortening, which sometimes contain trans fats and GMOs. Coconut oil will conveniently change consistency according to its temperature. So, when used in cooking, it will liquefy.
Coconut oil also has a vast variety of medicinal qualities, including, but not limited to:
1. Helps improve thyroid function
2. Helps improve insulin use within the body
3. Lessens the itch of mosquito bites
4. Improves cholesterol and lowers your risk of heart disease
5. Can function as sunscreen to protect from harmful UV rays
6. Can boost brain function in alzheimer's patients
7. Aids in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins
When you replace body lotion, bath oils, cooking oil, weight loss supplements, certain vitamins, hair conditioner. . . etc, with coconut oil it can save quite a bit of money, if you fully utilize the oil to maximum use. The multi-functionality of this miracle oil is by far its greatest benefit!
My favorite coconut oil is the Nature's Way brand. Click on the link I've provided below to purchase!