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Benefits of Coconut Oil

Guest Author - Aimee Wood

Coconut oil is an all purpose healthy oil that can be used in many ways. Not only does it have a multitude of health benefits, it can be used for cooking, and as a home remedy for cleaning and polishing. Having this oil on hand, in the kitchen, bathroom, and medicine cabinet is a must.

This oil is derived from the kernel of the coconut and is a saturated fat, most of this oil is a medium chain triglyceride. It is composed of lauric acid, capric acid, and caprylic acid. These acids are antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, and antibacterial. In particular, lauric acid turns into monolaurin which is helpful with fighting viruses and bacteria. Next, coconut oil contains polyunsaturated fatty acids, which include linoleic acid. And, it contains the monounsaturated fatty acid, oleic. In addition, the oil contains vitamin E, vitamin K, and many minerals including iron. It is a powerhouse of healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals.

Coconut oil is solid at room temperature, but turns to liquid easily at 76 degrees. In the kitchen, it can be used for making salad dressings, frying, baking, and as a thickener. Simply line your frying pan with the oil, it is stable at very high temperatures. Also, in baking it can be used in place of any vegetable oil. As a thickener, it can be used to substitute dairy. It can also be used as a creamer for coffee instead of milk. Some say it sustains coffee's caffeine kick for longer when mixed with coconut oil.

Here's a coconut salad dressing recipe:
Take 2 parts coconut oil, 1 part olive oil, and 1 part vinegar, with some raw honey (maybe less than a teaspoon), some dry oregano, and some garlic. Whisk all ingredients together and enjoy!

In terms of home remedies, it can be used for soothing the skin to treating a sore throat and lice. When in doubt, use coconut oil! The oil can be used in place of lotions for dry skin. The lauric acid in coconut oil is healing for diaper rash and cradle cap for babies. For the hair, it can be used as a conditioning treatment. Simply apply some oil to the hair after shampooing, leave on for five minutes, then rinse clean. After hair is dry, it can be used as a frizz tamer. Take a small amount and massage to the ends of your hair. It is also helpful as a wrinkle cream as well as a stretch mark reducer. You can even use this oil instead of deodorant. Keep this handy oil in your bathroom!

Here's a scrub recipe you can use on your skin:
Take 1/2 cup of sea salt or sugar with an equal amount of coconut oil and apply liberally. The scrub will help exfoliate any dead skin.

Coconut oil should be in your first aid kit as well. It's antimicrobial properties make it a go-to remedy for soothing bug bites, sunburn, eczema, and cuts. Why not use an all natural remedy first before trying one full of chemicals?

To use as a throat gargle:
Take a tablespoon of water and coconut oil and mix it with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Use this as a gargle, as necessary, for a soothing throat rinse.

It is not surprising that this super remedy can be used for a lice treatment. Rinse your head first with apple cider vinegar. Then, use a lice comb to get all of the nits out. Dry your hair. Then, apply coconut oil to your hair and scalp. Cover your hair for 12 hours. Comb your hair again and wash with shampoo.

Coconut oil has many benefits for your life! Get some today and try using it in your cooking, in your daily beauty routine, and as a go-to home remedy. You will feel relieved you are using something so natural with so many health benefits.
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