What are the benefits of Coconut Oil – Why you should Include it in your Life…

Lovely coconut oil smells divine and is well known to be great to use as a massage oil or moisturizer for your dry skin, but also has some really amazing health benefits. Read on to learn what are the benefits of coconut oil and why you should include it in your life…

We need fats in our daily diet as they give the body energy and provide the essential fatty acids to help it function effectively, you just have to choose the foods that contain the fats that are beneficial for your body.

 

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What are the benefits of Coconut oil?

Virgin coconut oil extracted from fresh coconuts is one of the good fats that is both natural and highly beneficial for you.

Coconut oil contains Medium Chain Triglycerides, which are basically medium length fatty acids that help provide the body with a wide range of benefits from promoting fat oxidation to helping reduce your food intake.

Now Coconut oil not only contains these good fatty acids but it is actually 50% Lauric Acid, this means it is one of the most natural sources of it. The next highest source is human breast milk, which we all know is essential for a new born baby’s growth.

What’s so special about Lauric acid is that it has some powerful antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. There have been numerous studies about the benefits of these properties and it has been shown that Coconut oil can help the body in so many different ways.

The benefits range from reducing high blood pressure, aid in the prevention of heart disease, assist in treating Alzheimer’s disease to helping fight kidney infections and protect the liver and so many more.

Energy provider

Coconut oil is a great natural source of energy as it is easy for our body to digest and can also help raise your metabolism and burn body fat, especially being good for helping tackle that stubborn belly fat.

You want to try to include it in your daily diet and it is also a great oil to use in your cooking recipes. Not only does it have a lovely unique taste to add to your dishes but gives you all the health benefits as well.

I’m always using coconut oil in my cooking and hope you liked the simple and easy recipe that I shared recently for my favorite scrumptious but healthy flapjacks. 

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Healthy Hair

Coconut oil has been used for centuries as a natural treatment for maintaining shiny, healthy looking hair. It is also great for treating dry, irritated scalps and is one of the best oils for penetrating your hair follicles, so can help them repair more easily.

Using natural coconut oil regularly can also boost hair growth and many of us believe that it also helps in the prevention of grey hairs appearing.

I heard about these benefit several years ago and have been using coconut oil on my hair every week since, and I’m the only member of my family that hasn’t gone grey yet, so I’m a definite believer.

Oral Hygiene

Oil Pulling is a practice that is widely used and has been for centuries, it’s something that does take a little get used to doing but is said to have great benefits. There are supposed to be many different techniques you can use, but basically it the swishing of coconut oil around your mouth which helps removes the bacteria and plaque. This is said to help prevent bad breath, gum disease and tooth decay.

Skin

Coconut oil is a great natural moisturiser and with its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties can also help fight and prevent many skin conditions. It can help reduce premature ageing and wrinkling as well as treat eczema, psoriasis and even acne.

It is great for removing make-up and softening the lips as it is free of any chemicals or additives. Just be careful to not apply it excessively as your body can only absorb so much of it, I put mine in a spray bottle to use on my skin so that it’s easier to apply just the right amount.

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Immune System

Taken internally as well coconut oil can also help your skin from the inside out and especially helps with some bacterial infections and even helped save my sanity.

Several years ago I was unlucky enough to catch the really nasty staphylococcus bacterial infection which resulted in reoccurring horrible abscesses both on my face and body. I was constantly on strong antibiotics to get rid of these infections, the drugs worked for the current outbreak but it wasn’t long before I had another one, as small amounts of the bacteria seem to hide and lie dormant just waiting for an opportunity to flare up again.

As a female this is probably one of the worst infections I have ever had, as not only were they painful but looked absolutely terrible and it was quite a depressing time.

I knew that the constant use of antibiotics was weakening my immune system and therefore was putting me at greater risk of getting further infections. So I spent hours searching for natural solutions to help heal my body and try to fight this soul destroying infection.

It was during these searches that I worked out which foods I should be including in my diet and which ones to avoid. I also found out that the Lauric acid contained in coconut oil is a strong and worthy opponent of the staphylococcus bacteria and I have been an avid user ever since both internally and externally. Along with a lot of strict changes to my diet the use of coconut oil has helped me finally get these infections under control.

So as you can tell I’m a great believer in the benefits of virgin coconut oil and use it regularly both on my hair, skin and in my daily diet. I’ve even included it in my four legged kid’s diet as it is good for them too, plus they love the taste of it!

I hope you found this post useful and interesting and if you don’t already start including coconut oil in your diet. If you have any comments or would like to share your experiences with this beneficial oil please leave them below as I’d love to hear them…

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4 Responses

  1. ches says:

    I’m a really big fan of coconut oil and it is my first choice for cooking with. The flavour can sometimes be somewhat strong for particular recipes but now we have got used to it, we won’t use anything else. But, I do have to be careful if we have visitors to dinner and make sure they like and know about using coconut oil for cooking (organic of course).
    You have gone into great detail about the benefits of this wonder oil, apart from cooking. I always use it on my skin, no expensive creams for me. It is great for healthy and shiny hair. The most important use though is the benefits from taking it as a supplement. A tablespoon a day will help with an array of problems, as you found out for yourself. Great post. Ches

    • Emma says:

      Hi Ches,

      I’m really pleased you liked the post and already are an avid fan of this wonderful oil.

      It does have some great benefits and I have included a link to a one of my recipes where I use it for cooking. As you say it is a great natural resource for you skin and hair as well as a valuable daily supplement. I use it everyday in one form or another.

      Thanks for the feedback and I hope you keep benefiting from using it too.

  2. Stephanie says:

    I had no idea that coconut oil had so many benefits.Some coworkers mentioned it was good for your skin, but that’s all I knew. I want to use it on my hair especially now that it’s color treated and long. Do you have recommendations on a specific brand, and how to use it? I saw you said you use it once a week. Do you place it root to tips? For how long? I’d appreciate the help, thanks!

    • Emma says:

      Hi Stephanie,

      I’m pleased you found the information useful, it doesn’t really matter what brand of coconut oil you use just make sure it is 100% virgin coconut oil and organic if you can get it where you live.

      I normally spray it on my hair and then comb it through from the roots to the tips, making sure the ends are well covered. You can wrap your head in a towel and leave in on for a couple of hours, though sometimes I’ll leave it on all night and wash out in the morning. Just make sure you cover your pillow with a towel so you don’t get oil on your pillowcases. It is a great way to get some nourishment back into dry treated hair and make it soft and shiny again.

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