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Coconut Oil Wonders

Updated on February 28, 2012

Ayurvedic Coconut, fruit extraordinaire

Dry and itchy skin find a quick and effective remedy in coconut oil due to its beneficial components. Coconut oil does not only provide necessary healing and nourishment for both your skin and hair, but it is reported to ail a long list of ailments, including diaper rash, psoriasis, ringworm, herpes and scabies. Instead of mineral oil or petrolatum, coconut oil is the natural organic ingredient of any beauty regime.

What about a nut that's a fruit?

Coconut oil is 90% saturated fat yet is excellent for your health because is a medium chain fatty acid, recommended for the heart. The main ingredient in coconut oil is lauric acid which, upon consumption, is metabolized into monolaurin, a natural immune booster. Lauric acid is also found in human breast milk. This compound is reported to be antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal and antibacterial.

Like hydrogen peroxide and aloe vera, among many others, the benefits of coconut oil seem endless. When it comes to skin care, its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties makes it a great choice for conditions like dermatitis, psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema.

Wake up your body every morning by pampering it with coconut oil. Along with cocoa and shea butter is the ingredient of choice to nourish your skin while naturally moisturizing.

Its great uses and benefits

Coconut oil is safe for use on your face and body. It can do wonders for your face as it can prevent sagging and diminish wrinkles, so it prevents premature aging. Try coconut oil instead of mineral oil as a natural make-up remover. Coconut stays liquid at room temperature and feels light on the skin.

Use a cotton ball for your face and go ahead and splurge your body in it. Some drops of coconut oil in your bath or while pedicuring soothes, softens cleans your skin on a microbial level and gives you a hint of aromatherapy. You get soft, supple and healthy skin... all in one step.

What else is good for?

As stated above, there are endless uses for coconut oil. It is recommended to clean and balance the organism as a whole. It is so versatile that in Ayurveda, the palm tree is referred to as “The Tree of Life”.

Mixed with jojoba oil, coconut oil can repel the mites that cause scabies. Coconut oil has shown a superior performance when it comes to prevent hair damage. It even helps preterm babies gain weight, yet is used by professional athletes as part as their weight control regime.

Coconut oil enhances the body’s ability to absorb minerals like calcium and magnesium. So for those with osteoporosis, coconut oil can turn into a great supplement. Try coconut oil for greasy hands, it’s a natural degreaser.

No side effects

Although its name, coconut is not a nut, but a fruit. In 2006, the Federal Drug Administration classified it under nuts, or tree nuts, but this is misleading. When you open a coconut, there is no nut inside, but coconut water, also highly acclaimed for its properties. Those allergic to nuts should not steer away from this versatile produce. There are no known allergies caused by coconut oil. In fact, there are some that swear that have had their allergies cured with coconut oil therapy.


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      LoveJewel 6 years ago from Texas

      I am so glad i came across this hub. I have been looking for something new, something different, for nothing works on my dry scaly skin that constantly peels. no matter how offend i wash my hair and mosturize, my skin sucks ontiments and common mosturizer up quickly. I will give this a try.

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      kerlynb 6 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      LOL! I try not to breathe when I take it :) Seriously. I know of others though who have gotten used to VCO that they take in 3.5 tablespoons, which is actually the ideal amount, every day.

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      CrazyGata 6 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Plenty of cousin coconuts here in Puerto Rico as well, so HOLA! thenks for posting and following. :) I'm still getting around the taking it internally part, how did you go about that?

      I tried it once and it wasn't that pleasant... Could you relate? Thanks again!

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      kerlynb 6 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      I personally use and take VCO, which is plenty here in the Philippines. I take 2 tablespoons a day for my overall health. I also apply VCO on my damp skin after shower. I have to say, I've seen wonders :)