I feel like every day that I am on any kind of social media I read at least one thing about coconut oil. Seriously, it’s STILL a trend! I thought it would have died out by now as trends tend to do but here’s the thing: I don’t think it is a trend! Why? Because coconut oil really IS fantastic!
Contrary to what you may have read on the Internet, coconut isn’t the be all end all of products. It cannot jump start your car or cure hypothermia. Sorry. It can, however, do some pretty great things for your body so that much is true. Woot! Read on to hear about some of the ways that I use coconut oil almost everyday!
Hilarious, right? But let’s break it down.
Why is coconut oil good for you?
There are a number of reasons but here is the fancy science one: Coconut oil is rich in saturated medium chain fatty acids.
The main fatty acid in coconut is an efficient killer of pathogens-which are bacteria or viruses that can lead to disease. The fatty acids in coconut oil can increase energy expenditure (the amount of energy you use when resting), keep you feeling full and help you lose weight.
Which coconut oil to buy?
Coconut oil can get pretty pricey and you don’t want to waste your money on fancy labels. When figuring out which oil to buy I would recommend you grab yourself oil that is unrefined and virgin.
Refined oil isn’t terrible it just doesn’t contain as many nutrients or antioxidants because they have been removed during the refining process. Virgin oil means that it starts with actual coconut and not copra, which is, dried coconut.
Coconut Oil for cooking
I cook with coconut oil all the time. Why is that a good thing? Coconut oil has a high smoke point, which makes it ideal for cooking. Have you ever been cooking something and add your oil to the pan then turn around to find a big ol’ smoking mess? That friends, is the smoke point of your oil.
All oils have one and some are just higher than others, which means they can withstand higher temperatures. The smoke itself isn’t your problem, although I’m sure it doesn’t taste too good, but when oils start to break down they begin to release free radicals. These can lead to the big C. Definitely something we want to avoid. Coconut oil is fab because it can hang out in the heat and not breakdown as quickly. Sounds good to me!
Coconut Oil For Skin
Coconut oil is full of moisture rich fatty acids that get sucked up by your skin! The result is soft, smooth and touchable skin that you can feel good about because you’re not covering it with a whole whack of chemicals!
I wrote a blog posting about it a few years ago and you can read it here. It’s a recipe for an awesome coconut oil body butter that you can fragrance anyway you like – I’m partial to sweet orange myself. It also makes a great gift! Check it out here!
I also like to use coconut oil on my face once a week after I exfoliate. If you have oily skin this may not be a good idea for you but I’m very dry and I find it really helps!
Coconut Oil For Hair
This might be too much personal information but I feel like you should know. I have a very dry scalp. It is something that plagued me my whole life. Holy, I feel good now that I’ve gotten that off my chest. The way I remedy the situation is to cover my whole head in coconut oil once a week and let it moisturize my head. It works wonders.
But not only does it get rid of the dryness on my scalp, it keeps my hair from drying out when I treat it unkindly with my hairdryer or straightener. Simply place a blob of oil in your hand and let it melt with your body temperature. Once it is liquidy, smear it all over your head. Let sit for as long as you like – you can even sleep with it in if you don’t mind messing up your pillowcase!
So jury’s in on this one, guys: coconut oil might not be the all end all of products (although, I admit, I have yet to employ its magical uses for breakup purposes 😉 ), it is definitely something that you should consider adding to your life.