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Coconut Oil: A Magical Elixir

Well…maybe it’s not really magical, but it is a potent potion.  Coconut oil is a staple in my home.  We use it for everything from cooking to body oil.  The best and most useful coconut oils are cold pressed, unrefined, and unbleached.  These are the brands that you can typically find at a health food store.  If the label does not say it’s organic, cold-processed, unrefined, or unbleached it is not the kind of coconut oil with the most health benefits.

Oils, in general, have had a bad rap for years.  When Americans think of oil, we often think of the hydrogenated oils that clog our arteries and broaden our waist lines.  Pure virgin coconut oil is healthy oil that contains medium chain triglycerides.   It allows you to feel full while consuming fewer calories and can aid in weight loss.  Coconut oil is great for cooking, baking, as a replacement for butter, as a supplement in shakes, or it can be ingested raw.   It can help cure chronic digestive problems and can help with fatigue when ingested.

I also use coconut oil for any and every kind of skin irritation.  As the co-owner of a cloth diaper store, I am approached daily about treating diaper rash.  One of my favorite ways to treat diaper rash and any other skin irritation is with coconut oil.  I prefer the Nutiva brand and carry that in my store.  Per Nutiva, “Coconut oil is about 50 percent lauric acid, a rare medium-chain fatty acid found in mother’s milk that supports healthy metabolism and is now being studied for its anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial, health-protecting properties.”  I find that it’s not only good as a moisturizer, but it’s miraculous in its ability to heal skin irritations including yeast infections, dermatitis, rashes, and itchy skin.

Coconut oil can also be used as a beauty treatment.  It is a deep conditioning treatment for hair.  My oldest daughter has extremely curly hair that can fall into beautiful ringlets but more often than not becomes a tangled mess of mini-dreadlocks.  Nothing deep conditions and removes tangles like coconut oil.  Once a month, we rub it into her hair at night and wash it out in the morning.

Want to learn about even more ways to use coconut oil? Check out this article for 52 uses for coconut oil.

Do you use coconut oil? If so, what is your favorite way to use it? Share your thoughts below or join the conversation on our Facebook page.  


Featured Business: Bouncing Woolies

Bouncing Woolies is a locally owned business that was started by cloth diapering mom, Shauna. She started Bouncing Woolies because the product can help everyone as it “saves money, time and energy. After all, everyone does laundry!” We got the chance to talk to Shauna about Bouncing Woolies, here is what she had to say.

Shauna, Owner of Bouncing Woolies

GO: Why did you decide to start Bouncing Woolies?
Shauna: I was a cloth diapering mom who wanted a natural way to soften diapers and clothes. I needed an alternative so our diapers wouldn’t repel moisture.

GO: Why is it important to you that your business is eco-friendly?
Shauna: I believe every little bit we can do to conserve our environment adds up. Not only is our product natural, compostable, and biodegradable, our packaging and shipping materials are also reusable, compostable, and biodegradable.

GO: What’s the best advice you have gotten about going green?
Shauna: I was one who was very hesitant regarding cloth diapers. I had the idea that it would be nasty and unsanitary. I was told that I should just try it, that it wouldn’t be that bad. After a lot of research (and coaxing my husband who was less than thrilled), we decided to go green for our children. It was most definitely worth it! In a nutshell, the best advice was not only to go green to help the environment, but to go green for our children and family. It’s healthier.

GO: Why do you feel it’s important to support locally owned businesses?
Shauna: Supporting local supports families not only in the US, but in Oklahoma. Supporting our local economy is huge! When you purchase from our little store, you’re helping put food on our table and clothes on our children. You’re helping with tax dollars being put back into our state.

GO: What is your favorite thing to do in Oklahoma?
Shauna: I love seeking out other locally owned businesses at craft fairs an other events. Oklahoma has some amazing treasures!

GO: Other than your own business, what is your favorite eco-friendly business in Oklahoma?
Shauna: Green Bambino in Oklahoma City, definitely.

Shauna was kind enough to off a coupon code for Bouncing Woolies for Green Oklahoma’s readers. Just use the code GreenOK and get 15% off any order of $15 or more. The coupon expires on 10/31/12.

If you would like to learn more about Bouncing Woolies please be sure to visit their website, and don’t forget to tell them we sent you. You can also “like” them on Facebook.

We hope you enjoyed getting to learn more about Bouncing Woolies and the face behind the business. Be sure to let us know about other local green businesses you would like to see featured. Just post in the comments below, on our Facebook page or email us at gogreenokla@gmail.com. All photos are property of Bouncing Woolies.