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Coconut oil has been praised for having many benefits and uses.  It can be a healthy replacement to some foods or be its own stand alone food.  Or it may be used for replacement cosmetics, such as a make up remover, and be used for beauty products.

So what makes it so good?  Coconut oil is comprised of medium chain fatty acids.  These fatty acids make up healthy fats.  The key fatty acids in coconut oil are the caprylic acid, lauric acid, and capric acid.  This is what gives coconut oil all of its benefits.

The shortened scientific name for coconut oil’s healthy benefits are MCFAs or Medium Chain Fatty Acids.  So here’s the general benefits of these MCFAs are…

  • They are easier for the body to digest.
  • Unlike other fats, MCFAs are not stored as fat in the body.
  • They are antimicrobial and antifungal.
  • Since MCFAs are smaller in size, they are able to easily pass through cells to be broken down into energy.
  • MCFAs are processed by the liver and are converted directly into energy rather than fat.

 

Benefits

Prevent heart disease and high blood pressure.

Coconut oil is a natural saturated fat.  Natural saturated fats can help to increase healthy cholesterol and convert bad cholesterol into good cholesterol.

Help clear up and heal a UTI and kidney infections.

The MCFAs in coconut oil are like a natural antibiotic.  This can kill the bad bacteria in the body and help to speed up recovery.

Boost the immune system.

The lauric acid is what boosts the immune system.  The lauric acid fight bacteria, reduce candida, and create an environment that is unsuitable for viruses.

Improve memory and brain function.

MCFAs are easily absorbed by the body and the brain can easily access them and not need to use insulin.  This means that the brain can be fueled much more efficiently.

Increase and improve energy and endurance levels.

Since the MCFAs are processed in the liver, they can be processed much faster.  Unlike the long process glucose must go through to be converted to energy in the body, MCFAs only need to go through a three step process.  It gives that boost of energy while helping to increase the metabolism.

Help clear up skin issues.

The antimicrobial and anti fungal properties of coconut oil can help to clear up some skin conditions.  These properties help to balance out the candida and fungal sources in the skin to help control the condition.  Not only that, but the Lauric and Caprylic acid can help to reduce inflammation both on the skin and under it and moisturize the skin.

Weight loss and building muscle.

Seems a bit contradicting to put fats into the body after exercising or when you’re trying to lose weight.  The thing is coconut oil actually helps burn fat and decrease appetite.  It works by making the body use the already existing energy reserves more effectively and efficiently.  This speeds up the breakdown of fat reserves.  The effects of all of this similar to the effects of fasting, but it is done in a much healthier way.  MCFAs not only help with weight loss, but can help build muscle since many popular protein mixes contain MCFAs.

Anti-aging

Coconut oil reduces the strain and stress on the liver and lowers oxidation stress.

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Uses

Some everyday uses of coconut oil on its own and no extras!

  1. For a natural energy boost get some toast and spread a little coconut oil on it instead of butter.  Maybe add some chia seeds for added texture.
  2. Add some coconut oil to coffee as a substitute creamer. It’ll give the coffee a smooth taste and make it a little sweeter with no added sugar.
  3. When making a smoothie add coconut oil for added healthy fats and lower cholesterol.
  4. Rather than use other cooking sprays put a little coconut oil in the pan instead.  This is great for cooking because coconut oil is great for cooking at high heats and adds a little flavor to whatever you’re cooking.
  5. Coconut oil can be used as a moisturizer.  It may be a solid when it’s sitting in the container, but once you start rubbing it on your skin it’ll begin to melt.  So leave it on for a few minutes then wipe away any extra oil on the surface and you’re good to go.
  6. Not only is coconut oil a moisturizer it can also be used as a wrinkle remover.  Rather than use the commercial things, place some coconut oil where wrinkles may appear or already have.  Leave it to soak overnight then wipe away any excess.  Coconut oil is a moisturizer and it helps to fight premature aging.
  7. If you get a small cut, put some coconut oil on it.  It acts like an all natural neosporin.  The antibacterial and antifungal properties of coconut oil help to keep the wound clean and free of infection.  The lauric acid also helps to speed up the healing process.
  8. Coconut oil can both be used as a sunscreen and sunburn relief.  Coconut oil does not have a high SPF, but it is enough to provide some protection.  Just like any other sunscreen, apply coconut oil on throughout the day.  Do the same for sunburn relief.  It’ll help soothe the pain and heal the sunburn too.
  9. If you want to deep condition your hair use coconut oil.  Wash your hair and let it dry.  Then massage some coconut oil in you hair and brush it through.  Let it sit for a little bit then finish up by washing your hair with shampoo and style it as usual.
  10. If you run out of your normal detangler or need something that’s more natural use coconut oil.  Melt some coconut oil and slowly apply some to the end then up to the roots.  Slowly work out the tangles as you do this.  The oil can stay in your hair because it’ll leave your hair to be nourished all throughout the day.
  11. To help wit hair growth coconut oil can be used.  Wash your hair before you go to bed then massage some coconut oil into your scalp.  In order to achieve the best results leave the coconut oil in by wrapping your head in a towel and leave it overnight.

 

Other Uses

Unlike the uses before, these are uses that involve more than just coconut oil.  To start, here are some coconut oil concoctions that can be used to treat acne,  use as deodorant, and a hair mask and much more.

 

For acne you’ll need…

  • 1/8 cup of coconut oil
  • 1-5 drops of tea tree oil

Directions

  1. Melt the coconut oil by placing it one bowl and that in another bowl of warm water.
  2. Add the drops of tea tree oil.
  3. Mix coconut oil and tea tree oil together.
  4. Form into tube shapes or in some container and store in the fridge.

 

For deodorant you’ll need…

  • 5 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. baking soda
  • 6 tbsp. arrowroot powder
  • 2 tbsp. bentonite clay
  • 5-10 drops essential oil

Directions

  1. Melt the coconut oil.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together and store in a container.

 

For a hair mask you’ll need…

  • 1-2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1 egg

Directions

  1. Wash hair normally to make sure it is clean and dry.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Scoop the mixture into your hands and massage it into dry hair.
  4. Leave it to sit for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Wash out mixture with shampoo and conditioner like normal.

 

For a hand scrub you’ll need…

  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1/4 cup sea salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice

Directions

  1. Get two bowls.
  2. In one bowl combine the coconut oil and the honey.
  3. In another bowl blend together sea salt, sugar, and lemon juice until it has a crumbly texture.
  4. Pour the salt and sugar mixture over the coconut oil mixture and stir it until smooth.
  5. Store in a container for later use.

 

For body butter you’ll need…

  • 1 cup of coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. vitamin e oil
  • A few drops of essential oil

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl with an electric mixer using an wire whisk.  Mix on a high speed for 6-7 minutes.
  2. Store in a container at room temperature.