Coconut Oil is antibacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial meaning coconut oil can kill the bacteria that leads to tooth decay.
Coconut Oil – Comes in several varieties
- Extra Virgin – Unrefined – 76 degree
- 92 degree – Not common
- Fractionated – Liquid – low aroma – more expensive long process to isolate and distill the triglycerides in the oil – infinite shelf life – Refined without chemicals
- Refined – 76 degree – Long Shelf Life
The two most common types are Refined Coconut Oil, and Extra Virgin or Unrefined Coconut Oil.
The least processed and healthiest is Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. When looking for Extra Virgin Coconut Oil try to find a brand that is Cold Pressed, Non-Hydrogenated, and Organic, if possible.
I won’t get into the ways of extraction for Coconut Oil and the refining process, but here are a few quick facts.
Coconut oil is mainly made up of a medium-chain fatty acid called lauric acid. (Lore-Ick) Lauric acid consumption gives beneficial effects including antibacterial, anticancer, antiviral as well as giving you immune-boosting effects.
Now, Both refined and unrefined coconut oil contain the same amount of Lauric Acid. However Unrefined coconut oil is richer in phytonutrients. Also Polyphenols, which act as antioxidants in the body, are damaged by the process used to produce refined coconut oil, so more are present in the unrefined kind.
Uses: Coconut Oil can be used in food, drinks, fuels, lubricants, medicines, cleaners, toothpaste, creams, lotions, balms, massage oils, body butters, lipsticks among several, several others. But it has many direct skin, hair, and a few other uses as well. Let’s cover those now.
- Apply directly to dry skin especially on Elbows and use after showers on your whole body instead of lotion
- Rub on eczema to help tame it
- Rub on age spots to help fade them
- Mix with salt for an exfoliating scrub for your face or even for your feet
- Mix with sugar for a body scrub
- Put in spray bottle for a nice tanning oil
- Massage a light layer directly to your face for facial moisturizing
- Apply to hair for an overnight, leave-in conditioner – just apply a small amount and comb it out – wash it out in the morning
- Use sparingly to help tame flyaway hairs
- Use a small amount to help de-frizz split ends and reduce static in your hair
- Apply to your cheekbones over your makeup to highlight them
- Use as a moisturizing and gentle shaving lotion
- Works as a great makeup remover
- Diaper rash cream
- Chaffed skin? apply a small amount as often as needed to soothe the area
- Apply to scrapes and cuts instead of Neosporin
- Use by itself for massage oil
o And if the massage goes well, works as a natural Sexual Lubricant
- Has also been used as a lubricant for small motors and engines
- Works as a stretch mark preventer if applied to your stretching skin during pregnancy
o Also works as a nipple cream during breastfeeding – natural and safe
- Apply to Sunburns
- Great for use in homemade deodorant and homemade toothpastes
- Take a spoonful everyday to help boost your metabolism
o Also can be used for a quick boost of energy throughout the day
- Use to Season your cast Iron pan
- Its gluten free and used for cooking as a replacement for butter in baking or a high heat cooking oil
- Lastly give small amount to your pets for health benefits or use on your kitten’s paws to help cut down on hairballs
Let me know what your favorite uses for coconut oil are in the comments below.
Also the cheapest place I have found Organic, Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil is at Sam’s Club where you can get a 54 oz bottle for just under 15 bucks. I Researched Amazon, but the cheapest I found was $24 dollars for a 54 oz. You may be able to find a cheaper price at a bulk seller online, but make sure to factor in shipping costs when doing so. $15 dollars is a great price compared to everything else I have seen.
Let me know in the comments below if you found it anywhere else cheaper.