As you might have figured out already, I’m a huge coconut oil fan. Coconut oil is an amazing superfood with a unique combination of saturated fatty acids which can have a profound effect on your health. In Sanskrit, the term of the coconut palm is Kalpa Vriksha, which means “tree which gives all that is necessary for living” since the tree provides food, shelter and medicine. The coconut is rich in essential nutrients and has incredible healing properties. The coconut oil, which is the natural extract of the coconut, is considered to be the healthiest oil on the planet. It can sooth eczema, increase immunity, decrease the risk of heart disease, improve your digestion and dental hygiene. Coconut oil can be used both internally and externally. Here are my top 5 advises on how to make the best use out of your coconut oil.
- Glowing skin: Coconut oil is one of the best moisturisers for your skin to keep it healthy and glowing! The nutrients in the coconut oil will nourish and rejuvenate new cells while removing dead skin cells. It’s also an effective skin treatment to help cure acne, eczema and psoriasis. As it absorbs into the skin, it disrupts the natural environment for microbes that trigger such skin conditions. I usually use coconut oil as a moisturiser for my whole body. Take a click of coconut oil and massage it into your skin. As the oil heats up it easily melts. I also use coconut oil as a night cream in order to give my skin the hydration it needs overnight.
- Healthier and whiter teeth: There is an old traditional Ayurvedic oral therapy which is called “oil pulling”. When oil pulling, you simply pull the oil by pushing and sucking it through the teeth. When the oil hits your teeth and gums, microbes are picked up and absorbed by the oil and the bacteria that’s hiding in the gums and pores are sucked out. This oral therapy does not only help to create a healthier environment in your mouth, but it actually makes your teeth whiter! Another trick to whitening your teeth with coconut oil, is to create your own toothpaste. Mix a bit of coconut oil with baking soda, and you have yourself a natural whitening toothpaste with no chemicals added!
- Strong hair: Using coconut oil as a natural hair mask is the perfect way to help recover damaged hair, and it’s much cheaper than using expensive hair products. Put enough coconut oil to soak your whole hair and brush it through to make sure that it covers as much hair as possible. While applying the coconut oil, take the time to do a calming scalp massage as well. Massaging the scalp improves circulation which can help with fatigue, stress and headaches. The increased blood flow can also help stimulate follicles so that the hair will grow faster. Leave the coconut oil to soak for at least 30 min or longer, before washing your hair properly.
- Fry and bake: Coconut oil works as a great cooking oil since it has a high melting point. Coconut oil is also one of the most used oils for making vegan desserts; you can make cookies, muffins or delicious protein bars with this oil. Using coconut oil for cooking should be an obvious choice since it can help improve your digestion and immunity. Coconut oil has proven to prevent stomach and digestion-related problems such as irritable bowel syndrome. The saturated fats present in coconut oil have antimicrobial properties and help in dealing with various bacteria, fungi, and parasites that can cause indigestion. It also helps in the absorption of other nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
- Never dry lips: Coconut oil is an amazing remedy to get rid of dried lips, especially during the winter months. Personally, I think it’s a little bit too oily to have coconut oil on my lips during day time. What I use instead is the lip balm by Dr. Organic which also contains SPF 15. This is a product that never leaves my bag!
Go and make the best out of your coconut oil! If you don’t have coconut oil at home already, make sure to buy the virgin cold pressed one, as it’s completely pure. Virgin coconut oil requires minimum heating and no refining. It is higher in quality and more expensive than standard coconut oil since of course, it is more time-consuming to make larger quantities of oil from fresh coconuts.