TEN USES OF COCONUT OIL FOR YOUR HAIR AND SKIN

Adding some of the common essential oils to your medicine cabinet is crucial to fighting colds and flu, relaxing your body, soothing your muscles, curing your skin conditions, improving digestion, alleviating pain and balancing hormones in the body among several others. Going through several reviews on such essential oils, the coconut oil caught my attention as it came at the top of the list of essential oils according to many reviews. I therefore decided to take a closer look on what it really is and what it can do to improve your general well being. You may also use this review to evaluate whether the oil does deserve a second thought or not.

The oil is extracted from the coconut plants and for sure has caught the attention of many researchers due to its numerous health and non-health benefits.

 

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

  • Skin care– coconut oil is a good example of an essential oil that can work perfectly as massage oil since it helps in moisturizing the skin. Because it is purely natural, the oil does not cause any side effects thus is considered to be a safe option in preventing skin dryness. Continued use of the oil on the skin has also revealed amazing impact on delaying the appearance of wrinkles that are basically known as a sign of aging. This can be attributed to its antioxidant properties. The oil is also effective in treating various skin infections such as dermatitis and eczema among others. This is the reason why many body care products today like soaps, lotions and creams have constituents of coconut oil.

 

●     Hair care- for quality hair growth, coconut oil helps in reducing protein loss which may hinder hair growth. Hair conditioners today use this oil to prevent hair loss and dandruff.

 

  • Weight loss– coconut oil contains short and medium chain fatty acids that are essential in weight loss. Since the oil is easily digestible, it also helps in proper functioning of the endocrine and thyroid systems. By increasing the metabolic rate in the body, this oil helps in improved burning of energy and thus loss of weight by obese and overweight people. Incorporating this oil in your daily workout process, you can manage to achieve better results faster.

 

  • Boosting immunity– coconut oil has antimicrobial lipids, capric acid, caprylic acid and lauric acid which contain antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. These properties are crucial in fighting the disease causing micro-organisms in the body thus maintaining a healthy life. Research has further indicated that coconut oil is quite effective in reducing the viral count in HIV!

 

  • Digestion-using coconut oil as a cooking oil is effective in preventing various stomach and digestion problems like irritable bowel syndrome. This can be attributed to the presence of antimicrobial properties in coconut oil that help in dealing with the bacteria, parasites and fungi that hinder digestion. Using coconut oil also helps in boosting absorption of other important nutrients into the body such as minerals and vitamins.

 

  • Dental care– coconut oil facilitates intake of calcium which is a crucial component in development of strong teeth. This also prevents teeth from decaying among other problems such as formation of plaque.

 

  • Healing infections– if you are having skin infections or cuts, coconut oil is ideal in protecting the affected area. The oil forms a chemical layer that prevents entry of germs, fungi, dust, bacteria and viruses into the body. The oil is also critical in fastening the healing process in case of bruises on the skin.

 

  • Keeping body organs healthy– coconut oil has the medium chain fatty acids and triglycerides that help prevent liver diseases as they prevent accumulation of fat. Kidney and gall bladder disease can also be effectively prevented using coconut oil.

 

Other Benefits

Besides the health benefits, coconut oil is essential in several other ways such as;

  • Stress relief
  • Development of strong bones
  • Boosting energy levels in the body and
  • Controlling blood sugar
  • Another crucial advantage with coconut oil is that it can be used as carrier oil due to its ability to easily penetrate or get absorbed into the skin. This makes it ideal to for use with other oils and herbal extracts. Besides it is one of the stable essential oils around that do not let other oils spoil inside it when mixed.

 

Drawbacks of Coconut Oil

  • Some people get nauseated when eating coconut oil because of its taste however this is not common.

 

Chemical Composition of Coconut Oil

This oil comprises of natural saturated fats and other traces of unsaturated fatty acids.

 

 

 

 

Coconut Oil Application Tips

To get the benefits that coconut oil has to offer you need to know exactly how to apply the product to your daily routine. I gathered some information on how best to use the product to fit the many different Benefits:

 

For Hair

There are numerous ways that you can apply coconut to promote healthy hair care:

  • Deep Conditioning 

    Coconut oil seeps into your hair and starts affecting it right away. No other essential oil does this as well as coconut oil, which is why it’s the ideal oil for hair treatment.Apply this hair treatment process to get results:

  1. You need two containers, a small and a large one.
  2. Wash and dry your hair
  3. Scoop a small amount of coconut oil into the smaller of the two dishes.
  4. Place the smaller dish into the bigger one.
  5. Pour enough hot water in the bigger dish to cover only half of the smaller dish. This is to facilitate the warming of the oil.
  6. When the oil softens apply it evenly to your hair ensuring that you cover the roots and the ends.
  7. cover your hair and allow the condition to sit for about 30 minutes
  8. Shampoo hair and style as desired.
  • To De-Tangle Your HairCoconut oil works perfectly to de-tangle your hair as it effectively softens the hair which allows the tresses to be loosened.

Here are the steps to take:

  1. Use two containers, a small and a large one.
  2. Scoop some coconut oil into the smaller of the two dishes.
  3. Place the smaller dish into the bigger one.
  4. Pour enough hot water in the bigger dish to cover only half of the smaller dish in order to allow the oil to warm.
  5. When the oil softens apply it evenly to your hair ensuring that you cover the roots and the ends.
  6. You don’t have to rinse the oil from your hair, once the oil loosens your hair you can go ahead and style your hair as usual.

 

  • To Promote Fast Hair GrowthCoconut oil is very good to promote faster and healthier hair growth.You need to regularly apply the following routine in order to make use of this benefit:
  1. During the nights or in the evenings wash your hair with a shampoo and conditioner that is made from organic products.
  2. Follow the two container oil heating process mentioned in tip 1 and apply the oil evenly to your entire hair.
  3. Wrap your head with the towel or cloth and leave coconut oil on your scalp overnight for best results.

 

  • To Protect Hair From Sun Damage
  1. Your hair needs sunscreen just like your skin does as it suffers sun damage too. In the morning apply this routine to protect your hair:
  2. follow the two container process mentioned in tip 1 to melt the coconut oil
  3. Gently rub the oil all through your hair before brushing and styling as usual.

 

  • To Clear Dandruff

Coconut oil is the perfect remedy to heal your scalp. Follow these steps daily until your dandruff begins to disappear:

  1. Each evening/night wash your hair with your favorite organic shampoo and conditioner.
  2. Follow the steps outlined in the hair treatment tip to warm and melt the coconut oil
  3. Use your fingertips to apply the melted oil evenly to your scalp.
  4. Wrap your hair and leave the treatment in for the rest of the night
  5. You can use some Epsom salt in the morning should there be too much scalp shedding

 

For Weight Loss

 

  • In order to lose weight by using coconut oil, it is advised that you eat the oil directly. You can start off with an intake of one tablespoon full daily. The body might be used to it so you need to give it time to adjust. The end goal is to have a total daily intake of 3 1/2 tablespoons. The experts recommend that you spread this intake throughout your day and it will have a large impact on your weight loss efforts.

 

To Boost Your Immunity

 

  • Drink it- Drinking a teaspoon of coconut oil daily is one of the simplest ways to use the oil to boost your immune system. The direct ingestion can have some harsh side effects like headaches and muscle pain, so you don’t have to take it in its raw form, if you prefer you can also stir it in your coffee. You can also infuse the oil into your other meal items. You can add it to your oatmeal for breakfast or your soups and dessert.
  • Apply to skin- You can also simply rub it into your skin and allow your skin to absorb it. Whenever the skin absorbs substances it brings it into your bloodstream. So this allows the oil to be able to work in the same manner. This process might be less effective but it is easier on the body as it relates to side effects.

 

For Your Digestive System

 

Here are 6 ways you can add coconut oil to your favorite meal items and use it as a substitute for other unhealthy fats in order to boost your digestive system:

1) Use it as your primary cooking oil, it is one of the healthiest options for this purpose.

2) Use the coconut oil in your coffee and tea. Coupled with the fact that it is healthier than your regular creamer, it has a delicious, rich flavor.

3) Use the oil in your morning oatmeal to give it a brand new flavor.

4) Add about a teaspoon of coconut oil to your regular serving of yogurt.

5) Start making coconut oil-infused fruit smoothies. This will give them an amazing new flavor.

6)  Ditch the butter and add coconut oil to your popcorn instead.

 

For Your Teeth and Gums

 

Coconut oil pulling helps you to get rid of the bacteria in your mouth and gives you healthy teeth and gums. Oil pulling works by swishing a tablespoon of the coconut oil in your mouth for 10-20 minutes.

Oil pulling removes the toxins from your mouth. This technique provides several benefits, it:

  • Heals decayed tooth
  • Prevents bad breath
  • Heals gum bleeding
  • Cures inflammation
  • Whitens teeth
  • Prevents cavities
  • Makes the jaw and gums stronger

Application Process

  1. Does this before you brush your teeth or do anything else in the mornings.
  2. Gently wash your entire mouth with 1 or 2 spoons of the oil for 10-20 minutes. Ensure that you do not swallow any of the oil during this process.
  3. You then spit the oil out in the trash so that you don’t have a clogged sink.
  4. Rinse your mouth with warm water or salt immediately after.
  5. You then go ahead and brush your teeth as normal.

To Help Infections

Coconut oil works for any infection within and around the body. Here are a few application tips for some common cases:

  • Yeast InfectionsMelt the coconut oil in a microwave or in the sun and apply it directly to the infected area right out of the container. Gently rub it into the area and allow it to absorb the oil.
  • Ear InfectionsPour extra virgin coconut oil into a sterilized eyedropper. Then make several drops into the ear canal and this will help to soothe the infection. To help with the process Lie down for about 10 minutes to allow the oil to effectively travel into the canal.
  • Skin Inflammations or InfectionsTo speed the healing of skin inflammation or infections, use a coconut oil based moisturizer on your skin. Do this twice a day after taking a bath.
  • Internal Infections and AcneAdd ¼ cup of coconut oil to your morning smoothie or oatmeal. This will help to fight against the mechanisms that facilitate acne and inflammation within the body.
  • Athlete’s FootMassage your athlete’s foot infection by massaging it with coconut oil. Rub the oil into your skin at nights and cover it with socks before going to bed.
  • Nail FungusTo heal your nail fungus, apply a liberal amount of coconut oil to the nail bed of your fingernails.
  • Deep WoundsTo create a bandage for your cuts and wounds, Soak a piece of gauze with coconut oil and then cover it with a piece of plastic. To secure the plastic over the gauze, use adhesive tape or an elastic band to wrap around it. Change the bandages daily and keep the area moist until it is healed.

 

 The Bottom Line

It is true that coconut oil comes with a variety of health and other benefits. Adding it to your shopping cart is a personal choice you will make. However, who would never wish to experience these amazing benefits?

 

 

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