Thursday, May 31, 2012

Coconut Oil - Healthy Uses Beyond Cooking

I am a big fan of Coconut oil for cooking.  The high smoke point and delicious aroma makes for a great addition to any stir-fry, baking, and most any other sort of cooking where you would normally use butter or oil.

Not only is it anti-viral, it also helps maintain good cholesterol balances which helps with overall health for your whole family without a lot of fuss.

But did you know you can use it as a massage lotion on your temples to help relive stress at the end of “one of those days”. 

It also works wonders as a moisturizer for all skin types especially aging skin.  The fat in the oil is easily absorbed and plumps up your skin reducing the appearance of wrinkles and sun damage. 

The saturated fats in coconut oil have anti-bacterial & anti-viral properties that help control things like yeasts, parasites, and fungi.  Rub on topically and eat this to get the most benefit from the oil.

Some of those bacteria, yeasts, parasites and fungi can also cause irritable bowel syndrome and other digestion related problems.  Cooking with coconut oil can help your body rebalance itself in order to heal.

Coconut oil can help you maintain a healthy weight.  Yes, a fat can do that.  Coconut oil tends to stimulate your metabolism and improve the function of your thyroid leaving you with escalated energy levels which in turn help to decrease body fat.

Get rid of expensive salon conditioners.  Coconut oil is one of the most nutritious products you can massage into your scalp.  It removes dandruff and provides the proteins required to nourish damaged hair.  Did you know dandruff is sometimes caused by yeast or fungus and remember how it is anti-yeast and fungus?   It is already used in a lot of over the counter hair products, but it is usually combined with harmful chemicals.  Throw out those bottles of chemical goo and go for the real stuff.

Having a newborn in the house with that oh-so-soft newborn skin makes coconut oil an instant go to for a substitute for stinky baby lotion, diaper ointment, and even scalp massage oil.  Rub it all over to help with dry skin, rashes, or just as a substitute for lotion after a bath.  If it gets onto baby’s hands, that is okay too.  It is fine for baby to put her fingers in her mouth with this all natural tip. 

Using it as diaper ointment stops rashes fast and being anti-fungal helps with yeasts as well.  Just rub on like you would an ointment.  Keep a small container of whipped oil at your change station.  If it gets hard, it will easily melt on your hands when you scoop it up. 

Cradle cap can be an annoying eyesore, but a little coconut oil gently massaged into the scalp helps get rid of the scaly buildup and makes baby’s hair shine.  

Don’t stop after baby gets older.  Kids of all ages can continue using coconut oil for lotion, hair and rashes.

So join the coconut oil revolution, and feel good about yourself inside and out.

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