Friday, March 21, 2014

12 GREAT USES FOR COCONUT OIL

Coconut oil has many, many uses.

Coconut oil has many great uses. If using coconut oil for medicinal purposes, you want to buy extra virgin organic coconut oil. The best price I found anywhere is at Trader Joe's. As of today, $5.99 will get you 16 ounces. Coconut oil will either look like a clear liquid or a solid white color depending on room temperature. Mine looks like a solid white in the winter because the temperature in my house never rises above 70 degrees. In the summer, my coconut oil changes to a clear liquid because the temperature in my house never falls below 78 degrees. To make coconut oil liquid, just heat it on medium low setting on your stove top. Do not microwave the oil either, as it will affect the healing properties of the oil. 
Coconut oil is a saturated fat. Contrary to popular beliefs, saturated fats do not cause heart disease. Hydrogenated fats (trans fats), vegetable oils, sugar, junk food, inflammation, and stress are the main culprits that cause heart disease. Coconut oil has antibacterial properties. It has been shown in some studies to reduce memory problems and even reverse Alzheimer's disease in some (although not proven in studies yet).  Here are a few suggestions for use for coconut oil:
1. Baking. Use coconut oil in baking instead of vegetable oils or hydrogenated fats.   
2. Popcorn. Use coconut oil to pop corn. Add sea salt and nutritional yeast. Delicious and healthy!
3. Coffee. Add to coffee for additional taste and health benefits. 

4. Saute and stir fry. Use coconut oil instead of canola or vegetable oils for sauteing and stir frying meats and vegetables. It is especially tasty in Asian cuisine.

4. Skin Lotion and eye make-up remover. Coconut oil helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Try it on dry patches of skin such as elbows and knees and as the base for home made lotions. It works well as an eye make-up remover for the delicate skin around the eyes.
5. Lip balm. Apply a small amount of coconut oil directly to your lips to add moisture and to help prevent chapping or use it as a base ingredient for your own homemade lip balm.
6. Insect repellent. Keep biting bugs away by applying a mixture of coconut oil with essential oils such as peppermint, lemon balm, rosemary or tea tree oil.
7. Fungal and/or yeast infections. Treat common fungal infections, such as athlete’s foot and ringworm, with the oil by itself or in a mixture with oregano oil or tea tree oil.
8. Toothpaste. Use coconut oil mixed with baking soda as a pleasant tasting natural toothpaste. Add spearmint or peppermint essential oil. Coconut oil’s antibacterial action will fight bacteria, while the baking soda does the cleansing. Baking soda will also whiten teeth without all the expense.
9. Gum disease. Put a teaspoon in your mouth each morning and move around for 10 to 20 minutes. Spit out in sink or trash afterwords. If you spit in you sink add little baking soda and flush with hot water so prevent pipe buildup of oil.

10. Sanitizing mouth guards and teeth whitening trays. Use coconut oil to sanitize mouth guards and teeth whitening trays (if you insist on spending the money instead of using baking soda).
11. Head lice treatment: A study published in the European Journal of Pediatrics found that a combination of coconut oil and anise was found to be almost twice as effective as the commonly prescribed lotions for head lice treatment.
12. Cleaning around the house.  Coconut oil can also be used to clean and condition your wooden cutting board and wood furniture, polish metal, add shine to houseplants, and season cast iron pots.  



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