In my humble opinion, the coconut is one of the greatest gifts the earth bestows. Here are some of the reasons why I LOVE coconut oil – 5 + tips and (some quite magical) tricks for family health and care.
Along with Miracle 11, coconut oil covers our families basic care needs, and just about anything life throws at us, including personal care, skin, hair & baby care, cleaning, healing & dental care, skin repair, cooking, alkalinization, chemical neutralization, nutritional support and sun protection.
As you can see from the above list, these 100% pure natural products are all you need for a healthy home. No chemicals necessary!
Coconut oil received some bad press for years due to its high saturated fatty acid content, however, this was misinformed and completely unwarranted, since they are MCFA’s (medium-chain fatty acids) and quite different biochemically to other saturated fats.
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It’s the processed saturated fats, which turn into trans fats, that are to be avoided. The process of hydrogenation manipulates vegetable and seed oils by adding hydrogen atoms while heating the oil, producing a rancid, thickened oil that really only benefits shelf life and corporate profits.
Totally different to the nourishing healing fats in coconut oil!
MCFA’s in coconut oil actually stimulate the metabolism which can help you trim excess body fat, and makes platelets less sticky, supporting cardiovascular health.
Coconut oil has SO many fantastic uses. I’ve attempted to break it down into 5 main categories covering an ABUNDANCE of ways to try this amazing oil:
Coconut oil is really stable and doesn’t break down easily at high temperatures like other oils do. For this reason, I believe it’s the best oil for cooking.
If you use olive oil or sesame (the only other oils I’d recommend for cooking) add chopped onions and/or garlic and stir through the oil before heating. The sulfur based nutrients will prevent the oil from oxidizing and going rancid on heating.
Coconut oil doesn’t go rancid easily and has amazing nutritional properties.
You can also use it as a dairy free replacement for butter in recipes, for a less inflammatory and more compassionate dietary choice.
Another little trick I like to do is add a teaspoon (or 2 😉 ) to a coffee. This is similar to the Bulletproof® coffee recipe which recommends using MCT oil in coffee.
Both have their benefits, but coconut oil has more immune-boosting properties while concentrated MCT oil does more for an immediate energy and brain boost.
Your coffee will have the same effects but without making you feel wired, and with a nutritional boost!
- General Health
Lauric acid is found in abundance in human breast milk and converts to a substance called monolaurin in the body, and has been shown to be useful in increasing immunity and fighting viruses and disease.
Coconut Oil is over 40% lauric acid (!!), the richest natural source (other than breast milk 🙂 )
Lauric acid is a medium-chain fatty acid (MCFA) (along with capric acid and caprylic acid), which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties, giving this oil superior healing qualities.
A superior source of healthy fats, it can improve focus and mental performance and support hormone production.
So don’t hold back, get it into your cooking, and you can even just take it off the spoon. I generally take about a teaspoon a day, a little more now I’m breastfeeding.
- Skin & hair
Try mixing a teaspoon of coconut oil with a teaspoon of baking soda (make sure it’s an aluminum free one), and massage in over face, neck & decolletage. It will fizz and feel very active on your skin, this is normal. Do this 3 x week as a brilliant anti-wrinkle treatment. You won’t believe the glow in your skin!
You can also use the same combination for an all over body exfoliator.
Makes a deeply nourishing hot oil treatment for your hair. Warm the oil & massage through, wrap in a hot towel for an hour or longer. Shampoo & condition as usual.
A tiny dab rubbed on your hands and then through hair makes a great anti-frizz treatment.
A natural low SPF sunscreen when used topically.
And for just about every skin issue such as eczema, sunburn, acne, mosquito bites, cracked heels, cold sores, cradle cap & nappy rash. It will also speed up skin repair & stimulate rapid healing from cuts & lacerations.
I’ve heard amazing things about using a coconut oil bandage technique for healing deeper cuts and wounds.
- Mums & babies
I’ve used it internally during pregnancy to help provide baby necessary fats for development, and also to increase milk supply (take a couple of tablespoons a day).
Use on nursing nipples to soothe irritation (also great for baby to have a small regular dose!) rather than toxic lanolin ointments.
You can use it to avoid stretch marks during pregnancy and use directly on the perineum to help heal after birth.
We use pure coconut oil on its own to prevent and treat nappy rash (we haven’t had a single bout of it using coconut oil)
Oil pulling – swish a teaspoon around in the mouth for 15 minutes first thing in the morning. I’ve used this many a time to get on top of a brewing cavity or infection. It works every time, and quite fast too.
Use with baking soda as a natural whitening toothpaste
When taken internally as well it’ll help to remineralize teeth
So what kind do I buy?
There are many coconut oils on the market which are refined or fractionated. These are usually heated & bleached and no longer contain many of the healing nutrients.
It’s best to go for an unrefined organic coconut oil. This has been found to contain the most antioxidants as well.
So there you have it, my favorite uses for a true super food, and there are SO many more!
Do you have a favorite use for coconut oil?