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They Said Coconut Oil Was Great For You, But This Is What They Didn’t Tell You


Coconut oil is a popular nutritional oil derived from the meat of matured coconuts. Coconut has long been a primary source of food throughout the tropics. Its various industrial and cosmetic applications have made it a very viable commodity. Coconut oil is heat stable, making it suitable for cooking at high temperatures. It is slow to oxidize, resists rancidity and has a shelf life of approximately two years or more.

The main exporting countries are the Philippines, Indonesia, and India. Coconut oil makes up less than 3% of annual global vegetable oil production.

Coconut oil can be either Virgin or refined. Virgin coconut oil is usually expeller-pressed, meaning the oil is mechanically squeezed out of the coconut meat at room temperature. Refined oil is usually extracted using heat, chemicals and solvents that both increase the yield, and remove any coloration or odors.

Once castigated for its generous saturated fat content, coconut oil has been given a second life as a (gasp!) healthy fat. And while drinking it by the tablespoon still isn’t a great idea, you definitely should consider adding the oil to your diet.

Yes, coconut oil is almost 90 percent saturated fat, but not all sat fats are created equal. “The saturated fat in coconut oil is mostly lauric acid, a medium-chain saturated fatty acid that appears to have a more neutral effect on heart health when compared to longer-chain saturated fats found in meats and dairy products,” says Wendy Bazilian, R.D., author of The SuperFoodsRx Diet.

In this article, we are sharing our top 90(yes 90!) uses for coconut oil:

Uses for Coconut Oil

-In cooking as great oil with a high smoke point. Great for baking, stir-frys, or as a dairy-free replacement to butter.
-Added to foods or drinks daily for energy
-As a coffee creamer when emulsified into coffee
-On the skin as a basic lotion
-In homemade lotion bars for soft, smooth skin
-In homemade deodorant or deodorant bars
-As an eye-makeup remover
-As a cloth diaper safe diaper cream
-In making your own Re-mineralizing Toothpaste
-To lighten age spots when rubbed directly on the skin
-To prevent stretch marks during pregnancy
-To support healthy thyroid function
-In homemade Mayo without the high PUFA vegetable oils
-To help increase sun tolerance and avoid burning
-As a naturally SPF 4sunscreen
-To get rid of the cradle cap on baby– just massage in to head, leave on for a few minutes and gently rinse with a warm washcloth
-Topically to kill yeast or yeast infections
-As a delicious tropical massage oil
-It’s high Lauric acid and MCFA content helps boost metabolism
-A tiny dab rubbed on your hands and then through hair will help get rid of frizz
-In homemade soap for laundry
-Mixed with equal parts sugar for a smoothing body scrub(use in the shower)
-Rubbed on lips as a natural chap stick
-Topically, it can help skin heal faster after injury or infection
-Directly on the perineum to help heal after birth
-As an incredibly intensive natural conditioner– Rub into dry hair, put a shower cap on and leave for several hours
-In homemade slow cooker soap
-In place of Lanolin cream on nursing nipples to soothe irritation (also great for baby!)
-Can help soothe psoriasis or eczema
-There is some evidence that regular ingestion of coconut oil can help prevent or reverse Alzheimers
-With apple cider vinegar as a natural treatment for lice that actually works
-In healthy brain-boosting snacks for kids like coconut Clusters
-Rub coconut oil on the inside of your nose to help alleviate allergy symptoms
-Nursing moms often take 3-4 tablespoons a day (and Vitamin D) to increase milk supply and nutrients
-In homemade shampoo bars
-Mix a tablespoon with a tablespoon of chia seeds for an all-day energy boost (do NOT take this at night!)
-Can help improve insulin levels
-Oil pulling with coconut oiland a drop of oregano oil helps improve gum health
-Can help improve cholesterol ratios
-Blend a tablespoon into hot tea to help speed recovery from cold or flu
-As a replacement for vegetable oils in any recipe or in cooking
-Incoconut based grain free granola
-Can help reduce the appearance of varicose veins
-After the initial heat is gone, can help speed the healing of sunburn
-Is an immediate source of energy when eaten that isn’t stored as fat
-As a natural personal lubricant that won’t disturb vaginal flora
-As a natural shave cream and after-shave lotion
-When used consistently on skin it can help get rid of cellulite
-To season cast iron skillets
-Its anti-inflammatory properties can help lessen arthritis
-Can reduce the itch of mosquito bites
-Can helpresolve acne when used regularly
-Can be rubbed into scalp daily to stimulate hair growth
-Helps speed ear infection healing
-A small amount can be rubbed into real leather to soften and condition (shiny leather only… test a small area first)
-By itself as a great tanning oil
-Mixed with salt to remove dry skin on feet
-Can help speed weight loss when consumed daily
-Can help improve sleep when taken daily
-A tablespoon melted into a cup of warm tea can help soothe a sore throat
-To help soothe the itch of chicken pox or poison ivy
-It has been shown to increase the absorption of calcium and magnesium
-Some evidence shows that the beneficial fats in coconut oil can help with depression and anxiety
-By itself as a natural deodorant
-By itself or with baking soda as a naturally whitening toothpaste
-For pets struggling with skin issues when used externally
-In coconut oil pulling chews
-In homemade vapor rub
-In homemade peppermint lip balm
-In magnesium body butter
-In coconut oil dog treats
-As a completely natural baby lotion
-On hands after doing dishes to avoid dry skin
-Mixed with catnip, rosemary, or mint essential oilsas a natural bug repellent
-In homemade meltaways(like candy)
-Many use it as an anti-aging facial moisturizer
-Use to make coconut cream concentrate for a brain-boosting snack
-Can be used internally and externally to speed recovery from UTIs
-When taken regularly, it can boost hormone production
-Can relieve the pain of hemorrhoids when used topically
-Can boost circulation and help those who often feel cold
-On cuticles to help nails grow
-Rub into elbows daily to help alleviate dry, flaky elbows
-To help avoid chlorine exposure when swimming
-Internally during pregnancy to help provide baby with necessary fats for development (especially when taken with Fermented Cod Liver Oil)
-With other oils as part of an oil cleansing regimen for beautiful skin
-Whipped with butter for a soothing body balm
-One reader swears by using coconut oil to treat yeast infection. She suggests soaking a tampon in it and inserting the tampon for a few hours.
-Ingesting coconut oil daily can help with allergy symptoms
-Ingesting coconut oil daily can increase mental alertness

Have we missed any? Are you using coconut oil for something not on the list? Please share with us.

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