Coconut Oil has become a staple in my daily routine, both for cooking and for my homemade skin care products.
Benefits of Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has a high percentage of lauric acid. According to Organic Facts.net,
The human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin which is claimed to help in dealing with viruses and bacteria causing diseases such as herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and even HIV. It helps in fighting harmful bacteria such as listeria monocytogenes and heliobacter pylori, and harmful protozoa such as giardia lamblia.
Coconut Oil has been touted as being helpful when dealing with diabetes, weight loss, bone and dental health, high blood pressure, and heart diseases.
Is it really a saturated fat?
Yes, coconut oil is a saturated fat! And, contrary to what we’ve been told for years, it can be good for you. The saturated fat in coconut oil is natural and is responsible, in part, for many of the health benefits listed above.
There are lots of blog posts on the benefits of coconut oil. Here a few that I’ve managed to see in recent weeks.
I use coconut oil primarily when I’m cooking. It’s great for pan-frying and roasting as it can take high heat levels, without turning rancid. I also love the aroma of coconut in my kitchen as soon as I start heating the oil. Depending on what I’m cooking, I can detect a sweet coconut flavour in my food when I cook with coconut oil.
I also use coconut oil in many of my homemade skin care products, including my liquid soap, soaps, and lotion. This oil is nourishing and adds a lot of moisture to each of these products. It’s also great to add to a moisturizing face mask.
Most recently, I started using coconut oil as a hair mask. When I’m in a rush and don’t have time to prepare something more elaborate, coconut oil is a great stand-by product. Even with my thick hair, I don’t have to use a lot of coconut oil to give my scalp some deep moisturization.
If nothing else, coconut oil makes a great moisturizer for your skin. It can be used on its own to help hydrate your skin. Coconut oil is safe enough to use on baby’s skin too. If you do this, use it sparingly. A little goes a long way!
Are you using coconut oil in your daily routine? If yes, how do you use it?