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.
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