Coconut Oil

Virgin Organic Coconut Oil

The health benefits of this oil is almost limitless so I am going to stick with a few although even this list has a lot of reading. Because it’s over 90% saturated fat, so-called health gurus labeled it unhealthy. However, the fat content is actually beneficial in coconut oil, as it’s rich in nutrients, helps your body absorb fat-soluble vitamins, and is full of antioxidant properties. Many people ask me if its better than Salmon oil and the answer is yes – Salmon oil deteriorates when exposed to heat light or Oxygen – in other words the minute it is exposed it starts to go rancid and the Long chain fatty acids (Omega 3) get bent.

Moisturise your skin, use as a face mask and even help with puffy eyes. As a hair conditioner there is no a better moisturiser, help repair slit end and add a health glow to your hair. Shampoo your dogs and see their coat shine – Here is how to : place a couple of teaspoonfuls in a small bowl and apply heat with a hair drier or place bowl in a bowl of warm water  – this softens the oil! Apply to damp hair and massage into the skin and hair roots. Comb or brush through the hair and then wrap in a towel for a hour. Finally wash off with a little shampoo and dry.

 Virgin Coconut OilCooking with Coconut Oil

Yes, coconut oil is edible, and great for food as well as food prep (just don’t use cosmetic grade oil because it can be harmful to consume). There are two types of coconut oil: refined and unrefined (aka virgin which we have).
Refined coconut oil (extracted from dried coconuts) is tasteless and odorless and it can withstand higher temperatures. But the refining process often uses chemicals to bleach, deodorize, and in some cases, partially hydrogenate the oil, which creates trans-fats. However, some refined coconut oils use a more natural process, using just heat to refine the oil. Check ingredients to make sure you’re getting a safe one.

Unrefined or virgin coconut oil is taken from fresh, not dried, coconut and is extracted quickly without going through a refining process. It retains its flavor and odour.

As a Cooking Oil: It’s one of the best oils for cooking because it’s able to withstand higher temperatures than other oils due to its high percentage of saturated fat. Thinking all saturated fat is bad? Throw away that 20th-century research. Some saturated fats are actually healthy. It gives food a great taste and texture.
Grease Pans: Replace vegetable oil  with coconut oil for a healthier way to grease your pans and baking dishes.

With regards to health and home remedies, Coconut Oil has some very interesting properties but make sure you use Virgin ( unrefined ) coconut oil. The antibacterial and antioxidants in coconut oil make it a great health and home remedy for many ailments.  For any topical uses below,  coconut oil works great because its high concentration of capric and caprylic acids make it a powerful antibacterial , antioxidant and disinfectant qualities.

Inflammation: Studies show that the lauric acid and capric acid in coconut oil support the immune system with regards inflammation. Plus it has no side effects like medicines.

Cuts and Wounds: Use it as a natural antibacterial and antifungal cream to heal small cuts. Clean the wound first then apply a small amount of oil.Weight Loss: No, it’s not a magic weight-loss formula, but it can help you drop pounds if you substitute it for other fats.

Curb Your Appetite: If you love food (and who doesn’t?), you may overeat from time to time. If you take a spoonful of coconut oil before meals, it will help you keep portions under control.

Freshen Breath: Bad breath is caused by bacteria in the mouth, and the antibacterial properties in coconut oil will make sure no one runs away when you open your mouth.

Aromatherapy: Coconut oil can be used as a carrier oil, helping your body absorb other essential oils and herbal extracts to help you relax and unwind. Fractionated coconut oil is best for this use

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