Coconut oil, the ingredient you need every day. Look at the benefits it has and how to use it!
It is a food and a particularly nutritious ingredient, unparalleled in the vegetarian and raw-vegan diet. Being a non-allergenic oil, it can also be consumed by children, even at an early age. Moreover, it has multiple uses as a base in cosmetics, in recipes prepared at home or in laboratories.
And recent studies covering topics such as weight loss, cancer prevention, and heart health are not neglected either.
Like other oils, coconut oil is also of several kinds: extra virgin, cold pressed, hot pressed, physically refined, and chemically refined.
Why is coconut oil so healthy?
Coconut oil is the only vegetable oil that has a high concentration of saturated fatty acids that can cause a lot of positive, beneficial health reactions.
Its properties are mainly due to these fatty acids: lauric, capric and caprylic acids.
They quickly assimilate into the body and turn into energy, which is why coconut oil is recommended for those who want to lose weight and those who do sports. Lauric acid is also found in breast milk and protects us against viruses and bacteria.
It contains 10% fewer calories than other vegetable fats and more, this oil is one of the richest sources of saturated fats, almost 90% of the coconut fatty acids being saturated.
Fatty acids may have therapeutic effects on brain disorders such as epilepsy and Alzheimer’s.
In addition, coconut oil lowers cholesterol, stimulates the immune system by polyphenols and natural antioxidants, vitamins A, C and E, vitamin K, iron and calcium, regulate metabolism and digestion and, among other things, helps to have healthy and shiny hair and skin when we choose to use it as a cosmetic ingredient.
It even protects against harmful ultraviolet rays when it is used on the skin before exposure to the sun. And very interesting, many midwives use it to massage the baby’s skin.
How do we use coconut oil?
Coconut oil can be used successfully in the kitchen as well as in cosmetics. It can be eaten, cooked, put in salads, in cakes, is a good super-food on bread, as the Republic of BIO states. This is how they presented it at all the fairs and exhibitions they participated in. As for cosmetics, there are multiple uses as well.
In old Sanskrit documents, the coconut palm is called kalpa vriksha or the tree of life. Like then, even in our days every part of a palm tree, which reaches up to 30 meters tall, is used. From the flower and the fruit, the palm gives oil, butter, water and sugar. From roots, trunk, nuts and leaves, locals still get ropes, weaving fibres, dyes, insulation material, fertilizer and wood for furniture.
In the kitchen:
Coconut oil is resistant to high temperatures and is not easily oxidized. Its boiling point is 180 degrees Celsius. Therefore, it can successfully substitute for cooking and frying butter, margarine and other oils or fats. It can be added in cakes, salads, even in tea or milk, as it increases the absorption of phytonutrients and antioxidants. It can be consumed simply, spread on a slice of bread or as a super food (1-2 teaspoons a day).
It successfully replaces synthetic energizers for athletes. Added to protein shakes or smoothies, it increases the absorption of proteins, vitamins and nutrients. And it complements them with its own. It is suitable for the preparation of nutritional, protein and energy bars or healthy meals.
A nutritional drink based on coconut oil can also be a good cough syrup, expectorant, or throat pain reliever.
It washes the face better than a soap, thanks to the antimicrobial capabilities of lauric acid. You can incorporate it into a soap recipe made at home.
It cleans teeth very well if added to a home toothpaste recipe with peppermint vegetable oil and baking powder.
It is good for a massage that softens the skin, and it’s not just for babies, but also your own.
Treat with it the remaining stretch marks after pregnancy and lactation or after weight loss, if applied locally, with massage on the affected areas.
It’s a good moisturizer and soothing cream for sunburned skin.
It’s a wonderful balm for hair, it you use it after a bath, massage your hair and then rinse. It works even against dandruff or, worse, chewing gum stuck in your hair!
Against cracked heels or scars left by superficial injuries, instead of repaired creams in pharmacies, try using coconut oil.
It treats fungal infections, even candida, used as a local ointment.
It works as a lice treatment.
It calms the itching caused by insect bites if it is applied instead of creams filled with chemicals and cortisone.
If applied on the lips, replaces the balm you usually buy from pharmacies.
It even goes into a recipe for a home-made laundry detergent.
It can be a good softener for the skin, before and after shaving.
Mixed with a little coffee grounds and a sprinkle of cinnamon powder, it turns into a very good exfoliator.
Massage it well until it is absorbed by the skin affected by cellulite, for an anti-cellulite effect much healthier than other creams.
Mix it with some simple ingredients, and it can be a natural, discreet and effective deodorant.
Sooth the traces left by fatigue around the eyes, by applying it as a mask for the outline of the eyes. Moreover, it can also be a good cleanser.