I {heart} coconut oil.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Over the past few years, we have discussed the benefits of natural oils over choosing something synthetic such as mineral oil (yuck--crude oil on your skin???).



Today, I'd like to focus more on one of my favorite oils, coconut oil.

I've told you how I like to apply coconut oil on my upper arms because I have a skin condition called Keratosis Pilaris.  Coconut Oil has really helped to alleviate those symptoms.

Skin Care Benefits of Coconut Oil:

There are many skin benefits of coconut oil.

Coconut oil is rich in something called Lauric Acid. In fact between 40-50% of coconut oil is actually Lauric Acid. This is a very promising natural treatment for acne. Not just for acne, coconut oil works on dry skin and on skin with eczema and flakiness.


Did you know, though, that there are many other uses for coconut oil?

I'd like to say that I used to be skeptical about some of the other uses.  First of all, I used to cringe when I heard people talking about using Coconut Oil for cooking.  It goes against so many things you've heard about from traditional practitioners because it being a saturated fat.  I used to think I'd get clogged arteries or that it's make me gain more weight or make my blood pressure go up.

From my own experience, when I use coconut oil in cooking, it is easier to lose weight.  Dr. Oz recently has been talking about the benefits of coconut oil and one of the ones he mentioned is weight loss.  He mentioned also how it can treat everything from skin conditions (which we have known), ulcers, and more. In fact, just a couple years ago, Dr. Oz was also skeptical of this oil and then decided to do more research.

Here are a couple of videos about coconut oil from Dr. Oz:

Coconut Oil Video Part 1
Coconut Oil Video Part 2

Health Benefits:

*It is said that Coconut Oil can help prevent fatty deposits in the liver.
*Coconut Oil is used by many people now to help control diabetes.
*Coconut Oil is used by naturopaths to treat pancreatitis symptoms.
*Many believe Coconut Oil helps your bones absorb magnesium & calcium more effectively.
*Anecdotal evidence shows Coconut Oil can help prevent tooth decay.

I've recently been incorporating more & more Coconut Oil into our meals here at home.  Some C & G tried & tested favorite recipes using Coconut Oil:

Paleo Coconut Oil Mayonnaise
Delicious, Low Carb Truffles
Coconut Shrimp
Super Yummy Baked Apples


Coconut Oil varieties I recommend:

Jarrow Organic Extra Virgin
Barlean's Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

How do you like to use Coconut Oil? Share your ideas with me.
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