I am absolutely in LOVE with coconut oil. I use it for everything from cooking, to skin care, hair care, as a carrier oil and even as a dietary supplement. When my kids come to me with dry skin, I whip out the coconut oil and just today, we ran out of conditioner in the shower so I put coconut oil in my daughters hair instead. She just rolled her eyes and asked, “Mom, why do you use that stuff for everything?” To which I replied, “because it is magic!” That got me another eye roll, but at this point in her pre-teen life, that is the standard reaction to pretty much everything I say. Anyway, the point is, coconut oil is amazing stuff and if you aren’t already, you should be in love with it too and here are a few reasons why…
1. COCONUT OIL IS AMAZING FOR YOUR SKIN:
>> Pure organic coconut oil straight from the jar is a great basic lotion for all of your skin including your face. The benefits of coconut oil on your skin are comparable to mineral oil but without the risk of adverse side affects. A little goes a long way, so don’t go crazy!
>> Helps heal and prevents dry and flaky skin.
>> Delays the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin as the result of aging.
>> Aids in the treatment of skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema.
>> Regular use can help balance out the skins PH levels thus helping prevent acne.
>> Can help prevent pre-mature aging due to its many anti-oxidant properties.
2. COCONUT OIL IS PERFECT FOR YOUR HAIR:
>> Used regularly, coconut oil helps in growth of hair as well as encourages regrowth of damaged hair. It restores shine and helps reduce protein loss and even restores essential proteins that nourish and heal damaged hair.
>> Coconut oil is an excellent natural conditioner both in and out of the shower as a leave in that can be used daily.
>> Rubbing coconut oil into your scalp daily can ensure that your scalp is moisturized and free of dandruff.
>> Regular use of coconut oil in your hair helps keep your hair free of lice and lice eggs!
3. COCONUT OIL IS GREAT FOR YOUR HEART
>> Regular ingestion of coconut oil is beneficial to your heart. It contains lauric acid, which helps in actively protecting your heart by lowering the risk of high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. It also helps protect the arteries from damage and injury.
Check out these sites to learn more about Lauric Acid.
4. COCONUT OIL IS HELPFUL FOR WEIGHT LOSS
>> Helps in the healthy functioning of the thyroid and endocrine system.
>> It contains a healthy type of fatty acid that your body quickly burns for energy. When used as a primary cooking oil or dietary supplement, coconut oil can increase the body’s metabolic rate by removing stress on the pancreas, which is then able to increase the levels of energy it can burn.
5. COCONUT OIL IS A BOOST FOR YOUR IMMUNITY
>> “Coconut oil is also good for the immune system. It strengthens the immune system because it contains antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. The human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin which research has supported as an effective way to deal with viruses and bacteria that cause diseases like herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and even HIV. Coconut oil helps in fighting harmful bacteria like listeria monocytogenes and helicobacter pylori, and harmful protozoa such as giardia lamblia.” –organicfacts.net
6. COCONUT OIL DOES WONDERS FOR YOUR DIGESTION
>> Can help improve the digestive system, helping to prevent stomach and digestive problems such as irritable bowel syndrome.
>> Its antimicrobial properties help in dealing with various bacteria, fungi and parasites that can cause indigestion
>> Aids in the absorption of vitamins, nutrients, minerals and amino acids.
>> Has been known to prevent and even cure Candida overgrowth, a disease caused by excessive and uncontrolled yeast growth in the stomach. (Candida has most often been attributed to an over exposure to antibiotics or an excessive use of certain medications and laxatives).
OTHER BENEFITS OF COCNUT OIL:
>> Can help prevent Liver disease by reducing and even helping to prevent the accumulation of fat.
>> Can help in preventing Kidney and Gall Bladder disease as well as helping to dissolve kidney stones.
>> Great for bone health as it helps the body absorb important minerals including calcium and magnesium which are important in bone growth, development and maintenance.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF COCONUT OIL:
There are several different options of coconut oil out there and each option can be the right one for you depending on how you intend to use it. From the research I have done personally, I always make sure to get Pure, Virgin, Organic Coconut Oil which is crude, unrefined and without any additives and can be used as an edible oil, massage oil, hair oil, cosmetic oil and even as a medicinal oil.
For a great resource guide on the different types of coconut oils check out this link from Eatdrinkpaleo.com.
SEE COCONUT OIL RESEARCH:
Want to learn more about the health benefits of coconut oil? Here are a few great websites where you can get a wealth of information including peer-reviewed articles, case studies and research.
Our 50 Favorite Uses for Coconut Oil
Home Made: Every Day Product Alternatives Using Coconut Oil
All Natural Recipes Using Coconut Oil
I know there are a million reasons to love coconut oil and I am confident that this is not an exhaustive list. What are your reasons for loving coconut oil? Please share them with us in the comments below!