The Best Top 10 Uses For Raw Coconut Oil
I just love, love, love virgin coconut oil, the organic varieties only of course! Raw virgin coconut oil is one of the healthiest and most versatile oils on the planet, thanks to it being one of the richest sources of Lauric Acid, (see my article Raw Coconut Oil Health Benefits and Uses.) In this article I will give the best top 10 uses for raw coconut oil and you will see why so many people are coconut oil advocates.
Raw coconut oil has so many wonderful health giving properties that I am actually amazed that it has actually taken this long for the western world to catch on to what islanders have known for centuries, that coconut oil heals!
I thought that I would provide you with my personal top 10 favourite uses for raw virgin coconut oil so you too, can discover and benefit from all the great health properties that coconut oil has to offer.
So go on out and buy yourself a jar of this amazing oil, but be sure to choose only reputable brands of raw VIRGIN, organic, cold-pressed and ethically obtained, coconut oil, (it should taste of coconut) and try these great tips out!
LivingSafe’s Best Top 10 Uses for Virgin Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil For Natural Skin Care
For beautiful soft, supple and deliciously, tropical scented, skin, rub a little virgin coconut oil over your entire body after your shower or bath. Virgin coconut oil is high in anti-oxidants so is great for keeping skin youthful.
Coconut Oil Hair Treatment
Dry hair, itchy, flaky scalp? Then try this simple coconut oil hair treatment – Massage a couple tablespoons of virgin coconut oil into dry hair and your scalp and leave for at least half an hour.
It is best to wrap your hair up in something to keep the warmth in and the oil penetrating into the scalp and hair shaft, so use either a dry towel, or PVC FREE shower cap, then simply shampoo and condition hair as you normally would.
Coconut Oil also works well as a 100% natural hair balm, for shining and de-frizzing dry and curly hair, but use very sparingly in damp or dry hair. Too much coconut oil will leave your hair looking oily and not glossy!
Coconut Oil for Healthy Internal Body Health
Include a daily spoonful of virgin coconut oil into your diet. You can do this by adding, a spoonful of coconut oil into your smoothies, or mixed through your cereal each day before you add your almond/soy milk, alternatively stir it into herbal tea, or some hot water. You may prefer to just eat it straight off the spoon, as it really is yummy.
Virgin coconut oil is full of anti-oxidants – see these studies done on the anti-oxidant properties in Virgin Coconut Oil published in PubMed and here. Virgin coconut oil has been shown to actually help reduce obesity even though it is a fat- read here this PubMedpublished study. Virgin coconut oil is also showing promising results for helping treat Alzheimer’s patients and has also been shown to heal the digestive tract and IBS . Coconut Oil may even help prevent accelerated bone density loss in osteoporosis, especially in post-menopausal women.
Using Coconut Oil for Body and Baby Massage
Virgin Coconut Oil is a superb oil to use for body massage on any age, including babies, as it soothes, moisturizes and hydrates dry, itchy and rashy skin.
Treating Sore Throats With Coconut Oil
Dissolve a spoonful of virgin coconut oil is some boiled hot water and sip slowly. Also try gargling with a little melted straight coconut oil, as it is very soothing and it’s antiviral and antibacterial properties help to kill off the bacteria and germs causing the soreness.
Treating Candida, Fungus and Thrush With Coconut Oil
As virgin coconut oil has antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties it is brilliant for treating Candida and Thrush, read this PubMed study on Coconut Oil to treat Candida. Coconut Oil is also great for treating external skin fungal infections such as athletes foot and fungus infections on finger and toenails, simply massage into and all around your nail beds and feet twice a day.
Use Coconut Oil To Soothe & Heal Rashes, Sores, Eczema etc
– Use virgin coconut oil to soothe, heal and protect, itchy bites, rashes, scratches, minor sores, dermatitis and eczema, nappy rash, hemorrhoids, sunburn and minor skin burns.
Coconut Oil for Dog Health
Feed your dogs a little raw coconut oil to help keep them in optimal health on the inside and out- read this article by Dogs Naturally on the Health Benefits of Coconut Oil for dogs and this other one by Vet Info. We actually tried using coconut oil on a dog we had, who had a sore bottom from impacted anal glands and rubbing a little onto the area and also including a little in his food, helped soothe and heal them in no time.
Coconut Oil Pulling For Whiter Teeth & Healthier Gums
All is outlined here in my article – Learn All About Oil Pulling. Does It Work and How To Pull Oil Properly
Coconut Oil A Healthy Replacement For Cooking Oils, Butter & Margarine
Swap your butter and margarine and other cooking oils over to virgin coconut oil and use it for all types of cooking, including frying, as it has a very high smoke point and is a very stable oil. Coconut oil adds a delicious subtle coconut flavour to baked goods. Use virgin coconut oil instead of cheaply produced, processed copha for making healthier chocolate crackles and deserts. Replace your butter and margarine on toast and sandwiches with healthy, virgin coconut oil.
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