Health, Nutrition & Naturals

What’s all this enthusiasm about Coconut Oil?

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I’m not a fan of coconut, I actually don’t like anything coconut flavored, scented, decorated,  sprinkled etc. You could say I’m not into the exotic. So naturally, when hearing all the raves on the internet about the benefits of coconut oil, and reading on every other blog all the praise that ladies had for coconut oil, and how it was good for this and that, I was reluctant to believe all the stuff. I considered it hype, just a passing fad in the world of health and nutrition.

But, almost without realizing I got around to using coconut oil, researching about the benefits and becoming an enthusiastic promoter of coconut oil myself! The best thing about coconut oil is that it doesn’t have the coconut scent! (Note, you can buy oil that does have the scent, but most are unscented). The uses and benefits are truly amazing!

Here’s my summarized “fast food” style list as usual:

Health

  • Great for cooking! 
  • Easy to digest
  • Helps in weight loss by increasing metabolism and reducing stress on pancreas
  • Useful for improving digestive system- assists in absorbing vitamins, minerals, amino acids
  • Heals bruises and skin infections because it’s anti-fungal, anti-bacterial
  • Kills a variety of “bad guys”: influenza, measles, hepatitis, herpes, throat infections, urinary tract infections, pneumonia
  • Diabetes remedy: controls blood sugar, improves insulin secretion
  • Great for the brain- may have a role in treating Alzheimers
  • Protects teeth from tooth decay by killing S. mutans, bacteria that causes tooth decay
  • Helps against liver and kidney ailments
  • When ingested, gives energy boost, brain boost
  • Treats pink eye
  • Treats Asthma

Cosmetics and Beauty

  • Whip up coconut oil to make it into a smooth and creamy lotion- add essential oils! 
  • Keeps skin young and healthy- postpones sagging and wrinkly skin
  • Treats skin problems like eczema
  • Is antioxidant, and thus is a great skin protector and has moisturizing qualities
  • Helps hair growth/treat hair loss by providing nutrition/protein for the hair, protects against hair damage
  • Treats dandruff, lice
  • Acts like a hair conditioner
  • Calms frizzy hair
  • Heals skin stretch marks
  • Whitens teeth
  • Great sunscreen
  • Useful as chapstick
  • Reduces varicous veins
  • Great as make-up remover

So, so many more uses and benefits! You can find a big batch of coconut oil for a good price at Costco!

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Sources:
http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/organic-coconut-oil/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil.html
http://wellnessmama.com/5734/101-uses-for-coconut-oil/
http://www.thereadystore.com/diy/5947/8-interesting-uses-of-coconut-oil/
http://coconut-oil-tips.com/beauty/coconut-oil-uses-for-beauty-health/

9 thoughts on “What’s all this enthusiasm about Coconut Oil?

  1. Wow! My family use coconut oil for several purposes such as cooking, dry skin, and such, but I didn’t know that it whitens teeth, and reduces varicose veins! That is totally cool! Thanks for sharing this!

  2. Hello, I really think this oil is a gift to us. I learned yesterday that it also has a 5 year shelf life. So those of us who believe in having a few cooking staples put back this is great news.
    May you continue in your walk, and grow in the Fathers love and wisdom!
    Blessings, Roxy

  3. I am an Indian and grew up using coconut oil for almost everything-cooking,as a body lotion, hair oil etc. After I came to the middle -east I started using sunflower oil because of all the false propaganda from the west of how the oil bad the was.
    Now the West has started praising the use of coconut oil!

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