In the Philippines, the coconut tree is known as the “Tree of Life” because of its many uses. Its roots, trunks, and husks are used for construction materials, paper pulp, brushes, and much more. Coconut oil is derived from the copra, which is the dried coconut meat.
Virgin coconut oil contains abundant medium-chain fatty acids, which are more easily digested than long-chain fatty acids. Coconut oil also contains lauric acid, which is found in breast milk and has proven antifungal and antimicrobial properties.
Coconut oil contains saturated fat, which is the most stable of all fats, and as a result coconut oil does not go rancid when heated and does not form dangerous free radicals that can cause a multitude of ills.
Coconut oil, therefore, is wonderful to cook with and to eat. But that’s not all! Here are 25 ways to incorporate coconut oil into your daily life.
1.Hair conditioner. Apply to dry hair and leave in until the next wash. Coconut oil helps reduce protein loss in hair.
2.Hair gel. Rub a small amount of coconut oil on hands and apply as a styling agent.
3.Deodorant. Place under arms to help with body odor.
4.Shaving cream. Apply before shaving.
5.Oil pulling. An effective method of detoxification that involves swishing and rinsing coconut oil (or another oil) in your mouth.
6.Bath oil. Add several tablespoons to bath water for added moisturizing.
7.Rashes. Coconut oil can have a soothing and healing effect on skin eruptions and rashes. It makes a great moisturizer in general for the skin!
8.Makeup remover. Use coconut oil to remove mascara, blush, eye liner, eye shadow, and lipstick!
9.Burns. In 2008, the Indian Journal of Pharmacology concluded that coconut oil “is an effective burn wound healing agent.”
10.Healthy “candy.” Combine 1 c. coconut oil, 1/8 c. cacao powder, 1 tsp. vanilla, and several drops English Toffee liquid stevia. Combine and heat until blended/melted. Pour into candy mold or mini muffin tins. Freeze.
Reposted from momsaware.com