I consider extra virgin coconut oil to be one of the most important items in not only my kitchen, but my entire household. There are countless blogs, youtube videos and sites across the internet discussing the many uses and benefits of using and consuming coconut oil, and understandably so. Rich in medium chain triglycerides, it has a therapeutic effect on the brain and is a highly effective energy booster. Its positive effect on the thyroid may assist your weight loss goals substantially. Studies have shown it offers the ability to aid in the reduction of abdominal fat. Additionally, the lauric acid in coconut oil is an excellent weapon again yeast overgrowth in the body, as well as a powerful anti-viral and anti-bacterial agent.
I could fill pages discussing the multitude of wonderful benefits I’ve learned coconut oil possesses. Rather than repeat the same information which can be easily found in a variety of excellent sources on health specific sites, I will simply provide a few links below which will tell you all of the information you could ever possibly want to know about this gem. I will also share a few of my specific experiences with coconut oil, as well as my most frequent methods of use. I consider it to be nothing short of a fountain of wellness in a jar.
Story #1 Coconut Oil Helped My Hair:
A few years ago I decided to put my hair, which had layers upon layers of dark dye coating every strand, through the chamber of bleaching torture. After at least three rounds of intense bleaching sessions under a scorching hot dryer, my hair looked so helpless, hopeless and just sad. I could almost hear my hair gasping for a breath, begging for mercy, and whispering, “Please don’t kill me.” I had breakage and it appeared I had gotten a haircut that was just not cute. My hairdresser at the time sent me home with an assortment of products and instructions to nurture my hair as much as possible. Sadly, the state of my hair was only getting worse and worse by the day. I tried methods ranging from adding in protein conditioners, eliminating protein conditioners, alternating with moisture and protein, not washing my hair at all, and the list goes on. I remember my hairdresser saying to me, “It just needs to grow. It’s dead, honey.” I believed her, and began focusing on creative ways to style my newly ugly hair.
Around the same time period, I had discovered coconut oil’s many skin benefits and therefore had a large jar of it handy. One night, I randomly stumbled upon an article stating the benefits of coconut oil for the hair. I immediately began researching, and discovered that coconut oil, because of the size of its molecules, is one of the very few oils with the ability to actually penetrate and feed the hair shaft. The protein treatments I was using had stopped the breakage, but my hair remained unruly and, for lack of a better word, sad. The overall appearance of my hair was dull, lifeless and very thirsty.
I decided to conduct an experiment which involved using coconut oil as a pre-wash treatment, with heat, 3-4 times each week. After about the third or fourth treatment, the results were astounding. I am not exaggerating in my claim. My hair was by no means restored to its original state, but the texture improved dramatically, and I was able to actually pull my fingers through it for the first time in months. It no longer felt like straw and began feeling like my hair again. With consistent use, it began to retain a subtle sheen once again.
To this day, I continue to treat my hair with coconut oil on occasion. Any time my hair is tangled (which is often), I use coconut oil to soften my hair and assist me in unravelling the knots. It is truly an affordable, organic way to achieve legitimate benefits for your hair.
Story #2 Coconut Oil Healed My Skin:
I once developed a red, itchy rash on my torso after using a tanning bed. The rash was persistent and would not heal, even after going to the doctor and applying a prescribed cream to it daily for almost a week. I decided, without expectations, to apply coconut oil to it. Although I did not expect it to heal the rash, I felt it would at least offer some level of soothing and relief. Within a few days of multiple daily applications, the rash was 50% better and within 1-2 weeks, my skin was completely free of it. The healing was slow, but it was complete.
Additional Note: Coconut oil is excellent on its own, however if you are able to can find ozonated coconut oil, that is the optimal choice. In my experience, the combination of oxygen therapy with coconut oil is as good as it gets in terms of healing ailments topically.
I use coconut oil in smoothies, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, pancakes, muffins, toast, eggs and as a replacement for butter in almost every dessert I bake. Coconut oil has a high tolerance for heat, therefore cooking it will not eliminate the nutritional benefits of it. My digestive system is much better now that I often use coconut oil and coconut milk as a replacement for dairy. This does not mean I never use milk or butter because I occasionally do, however the moderate elimination of dairy and the addition of coconut products has made an immense difference in my health. I have far fewer tummy aches than I once did. For all of my coffee lovers, my most beloved and delicious use for coconut oil is discussed in this article.
Additional uses for coconut oil I have personally tried: tanning oil with sun protection (natural spf of 4), body and face moisturizer, makeup removal, cuticle oil, massage oil, soothing anti-itch ointment, alternative to shaving gel, hair detangler, diy bath products and oil pulling. I encourage you to do your own research, for their are countless health, household and vanity-related uses for this amazing oil.
Below are a couple valuable and informative links for you to read if you would like to learn more about how coconut oil may improve your health: