Coconut oil is incredibly popular, and for good reasons as it offers many health benefits, has a delicate taste and is widely available.
This do-it-all ingredient has a number of uses you may not be aware of.
Here are 10 great ways to use coconut oil;
1. For it's Anti-aging Properties
Coconut oil’s full of vitamin E, which is about the most moisturizing thing you can give your skin. Coconut oil is a wonderful natural moisturizer that can help to heal damaged skin, reduce signs of ageing, strengthen the epidermis against cellulite and fade stretch marks. Coconut oil offers natural protection from harmful ultra-violet radiation. It can even be used to prevent or heal microbial and fungal skin infections such as those that cause or exacerbate cracked heels and acne. Apply organic virgin coconut oil directly to skin for a soothing therapeutic experience that also smells fantastic.
2. It is a good alternative to other types of cooking oils if you are cutting down on calories
Coconut oil’s unique for its medium-chain fatty acids. They’re easy to digest and funnelled straight to the liver, where they produce energy instead of body fat, stimulating your metabolism. Studies have shown that daily consumption of coconut oil has been shown to help with weight loss especially abdominal fat.
3. For its antimicrobial action.
The secret lies in the Lauric acid that is present in the coconut oil (more than half of the oil consists of 12-carbon lauric acid, actually), which acts as a natural and powerful antibiotic that kills most of the known harmful pathogens. A daily serving or two of coconut oil to your diet can increase your body’s resistance to illness and even help to heal ulcers of the stomach lining.
4. It Improves Digestion
If you have digestive problems of any kind, then consuming coconut oil on a regular basis can help you keep them under control. One of the most common and bothersome digestive problems is the Irritable Bowel Syndrome, whose symptoms can be relieved with coconut oil as it contains antimicrobial properties, precious vitamins and minerals along with essential amino acids.
5. It Helps Keeps Hair Healthy
Coconut oil is one of the main ingredients in many hair care products these days as it helps protect against the damaging effects of the UV/UVB rays and against dehydration.
If you do not want to invest in expensive, salon-grade hair products, then you can simply buy a bottle of organic and virgin oil of coconut and then apply it directly onto your hair and scalp a couple times a month, and then just let it work its magic.
6. It’s great for shaving
Coconut oil is a chemical-free, natural lubricant that allows your razor to glide over skin with ease. And, it moisturizes and heals razor nicks. For some, coconut oil can serve as a suitable alternative to post-shaving lotion. Put your coconut oil in a plastic, non-breakable container and ditch the shaving cream. Your razor will glide smoothly, allowing for a super-close shave.
7. It Helps Treat Acne
The antimicrobial benefits of lauric acid and capric acid (the same acids found in mother’s milk) basically replenish the protective acid layer of skin and reduce inflammation. Consuming a daily spoonful of coconut oil with breakfast also helps treat acne, because it helps regulate hormones and metabolism, leading to regulated sebum.
8. Normalize Brain Function
When digested, Medium Chain Triglycerides found in coconut oil travel directly to the liver where they are synthesised into ketone bodies. These chemical compounds have a positive effect on several brain disorders, most notably – epilepsy & Alzheimer’s ( the most common form of dementia.) High concentrations of ketone bodies in the blood have been shown to reduce seizures in children with drug-resistant epilepsy. Ketone bodies also provide an alternate source of energy for cells in the brain which have lost the ability to process glucose, one of the main causes of Alzheimer’s.
9. Improve Your Dental Health
Coconut oil can be a powerful weapon against bacteria, including Streptococcus mutans. This is the bacteria in the mouth that causes dental plaque, tooth decay and gum disease.
In one study, swishing with coconut oil for 10 minutes (known as oil pulling) reduced these bacteria as effectively as rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash.
10. Provide Relief From Insect Bites and Stings
Coconut oil's anti-inflammatory properties can help relieve the pain or itch caused by insect bites or stings. It may also reduce swelling and decrease risk of infection.
To try this, gently rub a small amount onto the bite and cover with a bandage.
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