Coconut oil is one of those "must have" items that we always have in our house. Yes, we have a container in the kitchen BUT I also have it in the bathroom! Let me explain why and how I use it as regular part of my beauty routine.
Coconut oil is not just a kitchen ingredient; it has a wide range of other amazing uses that promote great benefits for your health and physical care.
Coconut oil has been increasing in popularity over recent years. With the current campaigns against the use of unhealthy fats, this powerful oil is in growing demand. The health benefits of coconut oil can be used in different ways.
Coconut oil is composed of 92% saturated fat, with 2/3 of it coming in a medium chain fatty acids form. The body is able to quickly metabolize this type of fatty acid in the form of energy. Lauric acid is one of the most powerful components of coconut oil, which is recognized for its strong antimicrobial and antifungal properties.
To improve your overall health, here are some easy ways to take advantage of coconut oil.
Topical application of oil is an amazing solution for young, beautiful, flawless skin. In addition to being a perfect moisturizer, it helps to nourish and heal your skin, and its antibacterial properties can be an effective treatment for acne.
Compared to expensive lotions and skin products, coconut is much more affordable and all-natural. Natural skin care reduces the risk skin irritations. Moreover, coconut oil’s antioxidant properties serve as natural protection from sun damage and free radicals.
Pre-wash Hair Conditioner
For healthier and smoother hair, use coconut oil as a natural pre-wash hair conditioner. It can help treat dry scalp, promote stronger hair, and help hair retain its natural moisture. Simply rub a few drops of coconut oil into your dry scalp and leave it on for about 5 minutes before rinsing. Your dry and dull hair will now be softer and silkier with a healthier scalp.
Oil pulling is basically “swishing” oil around in your mouth for 5 to 20 minutes a day. Studies show that it can have a huge impact on improving your oral health! The studies show that “pulling” with coconut oil helps reduce and prevent plaque, gingivitis and microorganisms in your mouth that can cause bad breath.
Traditional Ayurvedic medicine calls for sesame or sunflower oil, but now experts say coconut oil is a great choice because it contains lauric acid, which has antimicrobial properties to help rid your mouth of unhealthy bacteria.
To “pull” oil you put about 1 tablespoon of it in your mouth and swish it around for up to 20 minutes. With coconut oil this can be tricky at first if it is in a solid form, but once it’s in your mouth it’ll melt quickly. You don’t have to move it around your mouth vigorously … just gently circulate it.
Important: be sure NOT to swallow the oil when you’re done … instead, spit it into a paper towel and put it in the trash (or just spit it into the trash). If 20 minutes seems too long, try for 5 to 10 minutes daily.
Oil pulling shouldn’t replace regular brushing and flossing – for good oral hygiene it should be done in addition to it, experts say.
Improve the Taste of Food
Because of its ability to withstand high heat, coconut oil is a must-have ingredient in the kitchen. Since it does oxidize quickly, coconut oil is perfect for roasting, sautéing and baking. Coconut oil can improve the flavor of most foods, especially chicken, fish, and vegetables. You can also mix it with oatmeal or add to smoothies. Coconut oil is a tasty, essential part of your healthy diet.
Coconut oil can be used to treat occasional or mild digestive discomfort and may even relieve other severe digestive problems. It improves your body’s levels of candida and helps your body effectively absorb the essential nutrients. Be sure to use organic, unrefined, and cold-pressed coconut oil for the most benefits.
Choosing the right foods is a huge part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and coconut oil is ones that offers a plethora of health benefits. Incorporate it into your daily diet and personal care routine to improve your overall health.
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Yours in health and wellness,
Dr. Danielle Ottosen, Ph.D. (a.k.a. Doctor BeneFIT)