The people that know me for some time already know that I am crazy about coconuts. Not only do I eat the fruit and drink the water, I also use it on my skin as a type of bodylotion, as a make-up remover, for my hair and, last but not least for baking. Having just this one simple product for so many purposes saves a lot of money as well (even if you don’t like coconut, you have to admit: we all like this side effect 😉 ). In this post I give you some of it’s health benefits and more ways to use it! So if you’re interested, read on..
The list of benefits of coconuts is super long and I will highlight my 10 favorite ones and briefly explain some of them.
- Improves Digestion
- Decreases wrinkles and age spots
- Moisturizes skin
- Improves Alzheimer’s
- Balances blood sugar and increases your energy
- Anticaries reduction (The decoction from coconut tree roots, used as mouthwash and gargle)
- Anticancer effect (the aqueous extract of C. nucifera husk fibers)
- Antidiabetic effect (e.g. Reversal of glycogen levels)
- Hormone like effect (Young coconut juist contains phytoestrogen and other sex hormone-like substances that can be used in hormone replacement therapy. It reduces the risk of dementia and wound healing. 1)
- Ecofriendly biodiesel! (coco-biodiesel derived from coco-oil is better than conventional diesel fuel 1)
But what is coconut oil actually? Coconut oil (Oleum cocos) is a tropical oil. You get it by pressing copra, which is the dried fruit flesh of the fruit of palmtrees: the coconut! Coconut oil contains about 91% saturated fat (please put this in comparison to olive oil which is 14% saturated fat). This is why coconut oil is solid at room temperature.Its melting point is around 24-26 degrees Celsius (75 – 79 Fahrenheit) 1. To give you an idea about it’s content, please take a look at this graph. If you don’t like graphs, skip this section and continue below it, where I describe how you can use it;).
All these facts are of course great and I hope you are just as excited about the fruit as me already. But now: What do we do with it. Again I will make a list. This time with ways to use it!
- Use coconut oil as a make up remover. Simply place a little pit of coconut oil on a cotton pad and use it as you would normally use remover pads. Personally I prefer to put the coconut oil already on my mascara a bit and let it sit there for a short while to easily take of the mascara off my eyelashes afterwards. Oh, before I forget: it works with waterproof make – up! Afterwards clean your face with a dry pad.
- Use coconut oil as a moisturizer. Once you have cleaned your skin (which you could also do with coconut oil (read nr.1) ) you can put it on your skin to give it that natural moisturizing effect
- Bodylotion. After I get out of the shower I like to use coconut oil as my bodylotion to get rid of that dry skin. You only have to use a little bit for your whole body. As you might notice, the oil gets soft once it touches the skin (remember, it melts at about 24 degrees Celsius). I now sometimes choose to use coconut oil that has no coconut smell or taste anymore. If you put it all over your skin you will smell like a whole coconut plantation
- Baking. Use coconut oil instead of other oils that you might use, like olive oil. (Again, you can choose to use coconut oil that has no coconut flavor or smell anymore ;))
- For your hair has a conditioner. Apply a quarter-size dollop to your hair, comb it, and then pile it into a loose bun. You’ll want to place a soft towel over your pillow or sleep in a shower cap. In the morning, shampoo as usual with a gentle cleanser2.
- For shaving. Use it like your regular shaving foam. Of course, this oil will not foam ;).
- As anti – sticking substance for baking a cake for example! But it in your baking form before adding your batter.
- In recipes! If you keep on following my blog, you will get some great recipes that use coconut oil. To already give you an idea: raw cake, cookies, chocolate. Of course, as you might know, coconut milk is great in curry recipes and coconut juice does great is smoothies and acai-bowls!
I hope you liked this post and if you do: Feel free to like, share and use it as your reference if you need inspiration for using coconut oil!