There are so many benefits of virgin coconut oil. In my last post, I told you about me using coconut oil as a natural deodorant. I am so happy to report that it is still working very well for me with the Honeybee Gardens deodorant powder. I can put both on in the morning and still smell fresh by the end of the day. This is truly amazing for someone like me who has had a heck of a time finding a natural deodorant!
I am continually finding new ways to use coconut oil. I buy Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil from Amazon. This seems to be the best price from what I have found so far. I get the pack of 2 tubs – one for my kitchen to cook with and one that stays in my bathroom for beauty benefits.
Here are the reasons I choose Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (from nutiva.com):
- Certified organic and non-GMO
- Made from fresh coconuts, not dried copra
- No Solvents
- Pure white like fresh coconut
- Tastes like fresh coconut
- Has a fresh coconut fragrance
- Made with our Fresh Is Best™ commitment
According to nutiva.com, “Coconut oil boasts many health benefits from its healthy Omega fats. One of the good fats, lauric acid, makes up about 50% of coconut oil. Lauric acid is a rare medium-chain fatty acid found in human breast milk. It supports healthy metabolism and is being studied for its anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial health-protecting properties. Some researchers predict that lauric acid will become as well known in health circles as Omega-3 is today.
Besides its internal nutritional value, coconut oil has benefits topically too, making it a luscious and soothing massage and body oil for dry and or damaged skin. It can be used on the skin to remove makeup, moisturize and relieve dried or itchy skin. It can also be used on the hair for a deep conditioning and moisturizing treatment.”
According to organicfacts.net, “The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer, dental care, and bone strength. These benefits of oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial and soothing properties.”
Today, I used coconut oil to wash my face. I have very oily skin so I was a bit apprehensive to use an oil on my face. But, I keep reading about how moisturizing it is for your skin so I thought I would give it a try. And boy am I glad I did! My face feels fresh, moisturized and clean. It does not feel dry at all nor does it feel oily. I will continue using it to see how my skin reacts.
I have been taking 1 to 2 tablespoons each day of coconut oil. I do not like to eat coconut oil right from the tub because of the thick, pulpy texture. So, what I find works for me is to heat a small amount of ionized water in the microwave (or kettle) and then add a tablespoon of coconut oil to the water. I let the coconut oil melt and then heat the mixture a little more if need be and then drink it.
There are a couple significant things I have noticed since I have been taking 1 to 2 tablespoons each day of coconut oil. The first is that if I feel like I am getting a cold or sore throat, once I take the coconut oil, I no longer feel that I am getting sick. I have also been very healthy so far this winter season. Second, I have lost a little bit of weight since I have been regularly taking coconut oil.
Another way we use virgin coconut oil is to cook with it. When we make anything that requires a little oil in a pan, we use a small amount of coconut oil. It can withstand high cooking temperatures, unlike extra virgin olive oil which should not be used for cooking since heat can make olive oil susceptible to oxidative damage.
I have naturally curly hair which means my hair is naturally very dry. Using virgin coconut oil on it gives it moisture along with a nice shine. It also helps with dandruff which is common during the dry, winter months.