What is Coconut Oil?
Coconut oil is extracted from the meat of mature coconuts, harvested from coconut palms.
Could Coconut Oil be the definitive “Superfood”?
It is a fact that coconuts have been extensively consumed by generations of people who live in the East, particularly in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, where the product is simply considered as a staple and essential part of their diet. In the West, coconut oil has long been considered to be unhealthy due to its extremely high (90%) levels of saturated fats, which were believed to be almost totally responsible for heart disease.
Recently, more and more studies have proven that saturated fats have simply been given notoriously bad press and that instead of being demons, some could actually be healthy for you. Interestingly, there is a very low incidence of heart disease among those who eat the largest amounts of coconuts! Need we say more?
Have a look at the Top 10 Health Benefits of Coconut Oil, before we discuss some of the ways you can use Coconut Oil at home.
- Boosts the immune system
- Helps control blood sugar
- Assists with lowering Cholesterol
- Actively assists in weight loss
- Enhances brain function and alertness
- Increases bone strength
- Effective in combating Alzheimer’s and Epilepsy
- Contains anti-fungal properties
- Nourishes skin and hair
- Promotes healthy skin
10 Ways to boost your well-being using Coconut Oil
To get all the healthy benefits of Coconut Oil you need to make sure you eat some every day! Try these ideas to get your share of this amazing Superfood:
1Use Coconut Oil for Cooking and Baking
Coconut Oil is the ideal replacement for hydrogenised vegetable oils such as corn oil, canola oil, etc, which contain masses of free radicals and are really bad for you!
Coconut Oil has a high smoking point, which means you can heat it up sufficiently to fry foods without it burning, and if you buy Cold-pressed Virgin coconut oil you will find that it does not have an overtly coconut flavour, which could influence the taste of your dishes.
It works very well as a substitute for hard margarine or butter in baking too.
2Add a spoonful of Coconut Oil to your breakfast Smoothie
Adding a spoonful of Coconut Oil to a breakfast smoothie is a quick and delicious way to add all those fabulous anti-oxidants to your diet. Some people find it simply unpalatable to eat coconut oil by the spoonful (probably due to a lifetime of brain-washing that Fat is Bad!), but when added to a smoothie you will not even notice you are getting your daily fix.
The bonus is that you will also feel full for hours and will not be looking for snacks!
3Use Coconut Oil in Salad Dressing
Coconut Oil is great in salad dressing, although it may be inclined to solidify at cold temperatures and will need to be slightly warmed over some hot water. Whisk together ¼ cup of Virgin Coconut Oil, 1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar, ½ teaspoon of raw honey and Himalayan salt to taste. Add some crushed garlic and a few drops of Sesame Oil to ring the changes.
4Make “bullet-proof” coffee to keep you full and alert all morning
The medium-chain-triglycerides (MCTs) in coconut oil have been clinically proven to boost energy and have therapeutic effects on the brain. Get your day off to an excellent start by adding a tablespoon or two to your coffee.
You will need to mix it up in a blender or use a “stick” blender to produce a frothy, latte-like coffee that will keep you full for hours. Great if you are trying to lose some weight.
5Pop your Corn!
Try substituting a little melted coconut oil for butter next time you make pop-corn. Add some Himalayan salt for a great and really healthy snack.
6Make tasty, healthy brain-boosting snacks for the kids.
Instead of sugar-loaded chocolate bars make these quick and healthy snacks for your children. Combine 5 oz flaked or shredded coconut, ½ cup melted coconut oil, ½ cup of butter and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Roll into bite-sized balls and cool in the fridge. Then dip into melted dark or semi-dark chocolate and chill again until set.
7Use for Massage and Aromatherapy
Coconut Oil is just as good used externally as internally, and there are a host of ways you can use it as a beauty aid. The mind/body benefits of massage are simply enormous – try using coconut oil next time – it is not overly greasy, it is wonderful for your skin and the mild and pleasant aroma is very relaxing.
8Replace your Cosmetics
You could literally sweep your bathroom cupboards clean and replace many of your cosmetics with a single jar of coconut oil! Use it as a moisturizer, make-up remover, shaving cream, after-sun soother, body scrub (add some sugar), lip-balm and stretch-mark preventer!
9Hair Care – Taming the Frizz
Unruly frizzy hair is usually caused by dryness; coconut oil is the perfect anti-dote! To use it for deep conditioning, rub some into dry hair and leave in for several hours before shampooing in the usual way. For a quick fix, simply warm a tiny dab of coconut oil in your palms and rub through your hair.
10Treating damaged or sensitive skin
The antifungal and antiviral properties in coconut oil help to treat several skin infections and sensitivities. Use it as a “bum cream” to prevent nappy rash, apply to surface cuts and grazes to promote rapid healing and use to soothe psoriasis or eczema.