10 Amazing Uses for Coconut Oil
Over the past several years, the reputation of coconut oil has been transformed. Thanks to a number of studies, coconut oil has successfully moved from being the proverbial villain of the food industry to a touted miracle food. So how does an oil with a higher saturated fat count than LARD gain this new reputation? It turns out the effects of coconut oil have positive effects as well. In fact, in many instances, it’s safer to cook with than cold pressed olive oil.
Here are a few reasons to start making coconut oil a new fixture in your pantry:
Cook Safely at Higher Temperatures
One of the unique qualities of coconut oil is the fact that it is very high in saturated fat. While that’s not always necessarily something to rave about, it’s important to note that saturated fats retain their structure when heated at high temperatures – unlike polyunsaturated fatty acids found in vegetable oils. Certain oils (such as safflower and corn) are actually converted into toxic compounds when they’re heated. Next time you make stovetop popcorn, use coconut oil instead.
Moisturize your Skin
Coconut oil is an excellent moisturizer for several reasons. It is a natural antibacterial and antifungal. It penetrates better than most oils, and it absorbs quickly.
Because of the anti-fungal qualities of coconut oil, it makes a great anti-dandruff treatment. And bonus, it moisturizes your scalp and adds a healthy sheen to your hair.
Coconut oil is soothing, it absorbs quickly, and, if applied soon after sun exposure, it can diminish the effects of a sunburn. But, contrary to popular belief, coconut oil only protects from about 10% of UV rays so we don’t recommend it to be used as a sunscreen – but, certainly for an after-burn treatment.
Coconut oil can sooth itchy and irritated skin rashes, including eczema. The anti-inflammatory qualities (anti-bacterial and anti-fungal) can absolutely diminish eczema symptoms and, in some cases, actually get to the source of the eczema to relieve symptoms altogether!
Coconut oil is a much better cuticle treatment than other, more commonly used, synthetic oils. It’s an excellent choice for improving your overall nail health.
The best way to apply coconut oil to your hair is simply rubbing a TINY amount to the palm of your hands and then running them through the ends of your hair. Work it into your hands for a minute before applying – it goes a long way and if you’re not careful, it will make your hair greasy.
The fatty acids in coconut oil make it an outstanding conditioner for your hair. For best results, let it sit in your hair for 30 minutes and then wash.
Make Up Remover
Most makeup removers are comprised of unnecessary chemicals. Coconut oil is perfect for taking off that stubborn eye makeup. Gently apply a small amount of coconut to a wash cloth or tissue and apply gently to your face.
It does seem backward to apply an oil to your face when you have acne, but the lauric acid in coconut oil takes down redness and inflammation and helps restore moisture to the skin without over-dyring. Clean your face as usual and then apply a tiny amount with a cloth or your finger tips.