You can strand me on an island all ya what, as long as I have an unlimited supply of coconut oil, I will SURVIVE! Even though coconut oil has been a part of ancient history in many regions, it only recently blew up here in the western world. Being claimed as the newest super ingredient, superfood, and, lately, super beauty aid, coconut oil can be consumed and used by people of all ages, and is a must-have in anyone’s natural health kit.
Aside from being a luxurious moisturizer and healthy cooking oil, it is an awesome alternative remedy due to its lauric acid, caprylic acid, and capric acid. These acids give it antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial and antioxidant abilities. Incredible isn’t it?! Coconut oil is also a loaded source of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) which have been shown to have many, a many health benefits. These fatty acids are easily digested and sent right to the liver for energy production.
You want an alternative remedy that is more effective in fighting staph bacteria than antibiotics? You got it dude! Combine coconut oil and oregano oil and you have a super duo that can kick any antibiotic’s ass! Lauric acid in coconut oil has even been shown to be preventative against some cancers! Music to my ears!
Quick note about saturated fat: Yes, coconut oil is high in saturated fat, but as we all know, not all fats are created equal. The saturated fat in coconut oil as previously mentioned, is composed of medium chain fatty acids that are immediately converted by the body into energy. The saturated fat is coconut oil is one of the healthiest fats out there and is essential for cell function and growth as well as a variety of other health benefits.
Below are just a mere few conditions/ailments that have been treated with coconut oil:
- Weight loss
- Heart disease
- Healing and infections
- Kidney stones
- Liver disease
- Bone loss
- Tooth decay
- Hormone regulation
Take a deep breath, cuz here comes some banging benefits and uses for coconut oil:
-Take as a supplement for daily energy
-To support healthy thyroid function
-To help increase your tolerance of the sun and protect you against becoming a human marshmallow. Ya know, all toasty burned and shit.
-Topically to kill yeast or yeast infections
– It’s high Lauric acid and MCFA content helps boost metabolism, who doesn’t like that?!
– A klutz like me can apply this topically to my skin and help it heal faster after any injury or infection
– Use it on your feet to fight that athlete’s foot and weird fungus that keeps you from wearing flip-flops
– Can help sooth psoriasis or eczema
-Skip the Allegra and rub coconut oil on the inside of your nose to help alleviate those pesky allergy symptoms
– Can help improve insulin levels
-Oil pulling with coconut oil and a drop of oregano oil helps improve gum health, I do this every morning
-Blend a tablespoon into hot tea to help speed recovery from cold or flu
-It’s anti-inflammatory properties can help lessen arthritis
and sooooooo much moreeeeeee!
When choosing coconut oil, go for organic, non-GMO, virgin, raw, unrefined and unprocessed. Sounds like a lot, I know, but choosing a quality oil is the difference between reaping the health benefits and it straining your liver. The brand I love and adore, and meets ALL the critical requirements is the Nutiva brand.
What are some of YOUR favorite uses for coconut oil? Share share!