DISCLAIMER: Please note, these uses are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. 

Coconut oil … our mistreated, often misunderstood friend.  It has been around for centuries and used by many cultures. It was even used on Gilligan’s Island. Well I’m reaching there, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say they found a way to use it. Probably for lubricating the gears of the bamboo car. 

Coconut oil has for decades been used in many health and beauty products as well as a food substitute. It is safe and useful in many diets and everyday applications. Coconut oil received a bad wrap years ago as containing saturated fats. The issue is as usual, poor communication. Remember when eggs and avocados were good for you, then bad, then good again? Well coconut oil was/is in the same boat. Time to get off those boats. Coconut oil has around 90% saturated fats and 10% unsaturated. However this type of fat is different then the animal or chemically processed fats, it is a rich source of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). A little more background on Coconut Oil.

The MCTs in coconut oil are quickly absorbed in the intestines and are ready to be used for energy production. In other words, it’s healthier than other fats for you. And like any food or substance, use it sensibly and in moderation.

 Let’s look at 5 ways you can use it in your diet:

  1. Mix in your hot coffee or tea – Use it to replace your creamer or milk. Its a healthier substitute and you won’t miss the taste or your old dairy ingredient.
  2. Add a spoonful to your dog or cat’s food. Ok this one is for our pets. It’s a great treat for our furry friends! 
  3. Replace nasty, unhealthy vegetable oils in your cooking and baking with coconut oil Remember my comment of chemically processed fats? Stay far away from them.
  4. Take a spoonful with your vitamins to help improve absorption. Oh yeah, I can attest to this one. Many vitamins, like Vitamin D absorb better in the intestines with the use of coconut oil. Don’t ask why, they just do.
  5. Use it as detox during a cleanse or fast. Folks who cleanse often write that the fat obtained from coconut oil will be enough to keep you going, and provide you with energy while on a detox regimen. You’ll need to eat 10 to 14 tablespoons of unrefined, organic extra virgin coconut oil a day. Not all at once, that would be gross.

Let’s look at 5 ways it can be used as a beauty treatment:

  1. Use it as a conditioner on your hair. Apply to dry hair, leave it in as long as possible and then shampoo as normal, or just add a few drops of the oil to your usual conditioner to boost its smoothing power.
  2. Add some to your bath tub for a moisturizing soak (a couple drops of peppermint oil is wonderful!). 
  3. Use it to help sooth all skin irritations or dryness or cuts, sunburn, rashes, etc.  Even works as a makeshift lip balm. Be careful kissing someone after applying it, you may slip off their mouth.
  4. Facial moisturizer and massage oil. Use a little at night before bed to moisturize your face. Anytime you need to massage your tired muscles, use a few drops to help massage the sore area.
  5. Massage into your nails and cuticles to help strengthen them. Its a great conditioner and moisturizer for our skin and hair but it also is great for our fingers and nails.   

As with anything, enjoy coconut oil in moderation in all aspects of your daily life. 

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