Uses and Benefits of Coconut Oil

Mamas, you should all have this oil in your households. It will literally save you from buying too many other products because it is so versatile. I buy coconut oil in kilograms. I use it in my kitchen, my bathroom and my bedroom. If you haven’t discovered the benefits of coconut oil then you better jump on the bandwagon.

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This wonder oil is good for your skin, hair, weight loss, treating yeast and fungal infections, improving digestion and boosting your immunity. Coconut oil is rich in saturated fatty acids, especially lauric acid (about 50%) and myristic acid (about 20%). These fatty acids are so-called ‘medium-chain triglycerides’ (MCTs) because they are shorter molecules than the saturated fats commonly found in vegetable oils and animal fats. This also explains why coconut oil has a far better health profile than its high content of saturated fats would suggest.

There are two types of coconut oil; unrefined coconut oil and refined coconut oil. Unrefined coconut oil is oil that has been extracted from fresh coconut meat, using methods such as wet-milling or quick drying. This process keeps all the nutrients intact. Refined coconut oil is oil that has been extracted from previously dried coconut meat with chemical solvents or through physical extraction methods. Coconut oil produced this way must be purified through refining, which means some of the beneficial nutrients in coconut oil are lost.

Here are some ways you can use this wonder oil in your household.

In the kitchen

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  1. Use as replacement for butter – For whatever reason you may need to use butter, you can use coconut oil instead. On toast, when baking, frying, sautéing or adding some flavour to meals.
  2. Jazz up your coffee – You can add a spoonful of coconut oil into you coffee and whip it up in the blender for a healthy bulletproof kinda coffee. Note: simply stirring it in will leave it oily.
  3. Salad dressing – Not everyone likes the taste of olive oil and even if you do you may be interested in changing things up once in a while.

For Your Baby

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  1. Baby Moisturiser – Newborns don’t need lotion. They are born with a coating of vernix on their skin that absorbs and protects them from the ambient environment outside of the womb. The coconut oil serves as a protective layer on the skin.
  2. Nappy Rash – Coconut oil is the best way to naturally treat nappy rash. The oil acts as a natural antibacterial barrier and prevents any further irritation, and it will nourish and heal the irritated skin. This helped me so much because my child was prone to nappy rash and nothing helped.
  3. Cradle Cap – Newborn infants often experience cradle cap, which is always mistaken for dandruff. The anti-microbial properties of coconut oil helps soothe the inflammation of the baby’s delicate skin, and will help moisturise the dry skin and loosen the flakes, and eradicate the fungus.
  4. Massage Oil – Coconut Oil is a natural chemical free oil for baby massage. This aids in relaxing and calming your baby just before sleep.
  5. Eczema – Coconut Oil is perfect for treating dry skin conditions such eczema because of it’s antioxidant properties and nourishing vitamins. Keep the skin dry and cool and let the coconut oil heal the skin.
  6. Teething Relief – Teething can be a testing time for both infants and mothers. You can make this time less torturous for your baby by rubbing some coconut oil on the teething toys and soothers. It will definitely calm your baby.
  7. Boost Your Baby’s Immune System – Due to its antimicrobial properties, coconut oil is extremely useful in fighting microbial infections and flu. This is because the lauric acid in coconut oil (also found in breast milk) can break through the protective shells of viruses. You will also find that coconut oil is also one of the ingredients used in baby formula.

Bathroom

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  1. Make Up Removal – Coconut oil can be used as a natural, inexpensive makeup remover, as it can take off even the most stubborn mascara and eyeliner residue with ease, while moisturising at the same time.
  2. Moisturiser – I wouldn’t recommend using on the face because it’s too heavy for oily skin types, and can clog pores and cause breakouts. But you can moisturise your hands and body.
  3. Add to a luxurious bath – Mix a spoonful of coconut oil and a few drops of your favourite essential oils into the tub for a luxurious, fragrant, and moisturising bath.
  4. Soothes Rashes – Coconut oil is great for treating any mild allergic reactions or rashes

Bedroom

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  1. Lubrication – Unlike store-bought lubricants that are made with parabens and glycerins, coconut oil is all natural. Not only does it feel, taste, and smell good, but it’s good for you too! It’s moisturising, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial, which means it does a great job at preventing yeast infections. Note:Don’t use coconut oil with latex condoms. It’ll weaken the latex and result in tears in breaks.
  2. Massage Oil -This is a no-brainer. Smells good, tastes good, super moisturising; why wouldn’t you want to lather it all over your partner. Microwave it for a few seconds so it’s warm to the touch and start off the sexy time with a relaxing massage. Unlike other massage oils, coconut oil won’t stain your sheets.

So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and take advantage of all the uses of coconut oil.

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