Conventional thought used to consider fats like coconut oil to be unhealthy and contribute to heart disease. We now know that this isn’t true. Recent studies have shown that coconut oil, particularly “organic extra virgin” coconut oil, may have some health benefits if consumed in small amounts. Then of course there are the many beauty benefits as well.
Don’t you just absolutely love when mother nature provides us with something so wonderful!
Here is just a portion of the many uses of coconut oil.
Moisture: Virgin coconut oil contains the same fatty acids as those in skin. In studies, it’s been found to be super compatible with our skin barrier, helping to prevent moisture loss and “fold” down rough patches. That means softer, smoother skin with no sticky film.
Acne: Coconuts have antiseptic properties that work wonders for acne and dermatitis—it’s proven. Monolaurin, a derivative of the coconut’s Lauric Acid, removes bacteria without stripping away skin’s moisture, so you can clear the infection without the dryness and discomfort of traditional alcohol-based antibacterial agents.
Anti-Aging: By replacing skin cells fatty acids with its more stable ones, coconut oil balances the saturated-to-unsaturated ratio of fatty acids in the skin. This means that the skin is able to more effectively heal and repair damage from aging and exposure to the sun and other environmental factors. In studies, it’s even been shown stimulate collagen production! Coconuts are also packed with growth factors, such as kinetin, a plant hormone that promotes cell division and slows skin cell aging. What does this all mean in plain English? This oil helps keep your complexion healthy and looking young.
Conditioning: Due to its highly moisturizing, antibacterial, and antifungal properties, coconut oil is a great deep conditioner, lip balm, cuticle oil and great to use prior to shaving (much better than those chemical-packed shave creams).
Anti-Inflammatory: Since VCO is a saturated oil, it allows the skin to form more anti-inflammatory cell hormones, which (as the name implies) reduces inflammation. Why is this important? Well, inflammation is one of the biggest causes of aging. Pass the coconut oil, please!
Prevents and repairs damaged hair: Indian researchers at Mumbai’s Marico Industries’ Nature Care Division looked closely at how hair treated with mineral, sunflower and coconut oils resisted the damage caused by combing. Their study, published in the March/April 2003 issue of the “Journal of Cosmetic Science,” covered both damaged and undamaged hair to see how it responded to treatment with the three different oils. For the purposes of the study, each of the oils was used as both a pre-wash and post-wash conditioner. Coconut oil was the only one of the three to significantly reduce protein loss in both damaged and undamaged hair. I addition, it adds shine, luster, fullness and helps prevent dandruff.
Hair treatment – Completely coat the hair and scalp with coconut oil without letting it become dripping wet. Leave the oil in for at least 15 minutes and for an hour or more if time permits. Once you have given the oil time to work its magic, wash thoroughly to remove all traces of oil.
Makeup remover: Coconut oil is a very affective way to remove makeup naturally.
- Coconut oil can increase your energy expenditure, helping you burn more fat.
- The lauric acid in Coconut oil can kill bacteria, viruses and fungi, helping to stave off infections.
- Support Your Immune System – Organic coconut oil is jam-packed with lauric acid, the immune supporting nutrient.
- Coconut oil can kill your hunger, making you eat less without even trying, especially helps diminish that sweet tooth.
- Coconut oil can improve blood cholesterol levels and may lower your risk of heart disease.
- The fatty acids in coconut oil can boost brain function in Alzheimer’s patients.
- Can help reduce appearance of varicose veins
- Increase Cell Regeneration – When your metabolic rate increases, your cell regeneration speeds up, too. This means that your body will more quickly replace old cells with newer, healthier cells.
- Organic coconut oil may help protect your body from cell damaging free radicals.
- Improve Insulin Secretion – This helps to better utilize glucose to balance insulin output which can help relieve the symptoms and reduce the health risks associated with diabetes.
- 1 tbs. of extra virgin coconut oil a day will make you “Happy”! Okay, this one is mine and isn’t proven, but it sure sounds good doesn’t it? Also, I just wanted to see if you were paying attention. 🙂