Coconut (C. Nucifera) is a member of the Arecaceae (Palmae) family and the subfamily Cocoideae.
Nowadays, it seems that all that surrounds us is made of coconuts! There is coconut milk, cream, coconut flour, coconut butter, coconut oil, coconut water, and coconut soy sauce.
The coconut flesh is extremely rich in healthy fatty acids. The composition of fat can be different as a result of the various types and processing methods of the oil.
Yet, about 90% of the coconut oil is made of medium-chain saturated fatty acids, and the rest is a combination of monounsaturated fatty acids and poly-unsaturated fatty acids.
Medium-chain saturated fatty acids (MCFA’s) are easily digested, absorbed, and used by the body, and they support neurological health and as an energy source, as they easily cross the blood-brain barrier in its unbound form.
The virgin (unrefined) coconut oil is pure, natural, delicious, affordable, and readily available, and has numerous beneficial qualities, like:
- Anti-microbial/ Infection-fighting (bacteria, viruses, yeast, fungi, parasites and protozoa)
- Antioxidant (protects against free-radical formation and damage)
- Anti-carcinogenic (inhibits the spread of cancer cells and boosts the immune system)
- Boosts the nutrient absorption (ie. vitamin A, D, E, K)
- Nontoxic to humans and animals
Due to these amazing properties, the coconut oil offers a myriad of ways to use it. We reveal 127 of them, and there are more!
Personal Hygiene and the Body
- Eye Cream
To reduce wrinkles, puffiness, and bags, apply it under the eyes and on the lids at bedtime.
- Age Spots
You should apply this oil on the age spot daily and it will fade.
Coconut oil will accelerate healing and reduce the redness and swelling. Just apply it directly on the bruises.
- Bug Bites
You should apply it on a bug bite, and it will soothe the burning and itching, and accelerate healing.
You should mix it with jojoba, lavender, rosemary, castor, thyme, cedarwood oil and a bit of cayenne pepper, and apply the mixture to the affected areas and massage it in. This will support cell regeneration and reduce hair loss.
- Body Scrub
Mix coconut oil with some salt, and rub the skin to make it soft and shiny.
You should apply it on the burnt area immediately and continue applying, to prevent scars and accelerate healing.
You should rub a bit onto the lips, to soften them, and protect them, as it an SPF of about 4.
Mix it with baking soda and dab a little of the mix on the toothbrush.
- Wrinkle Prevention and Wrinkle Reducer
Rub coconut oil on sagging skin and wrinkles to strengthen the connective tissues and rejuvenate the skin.
- Cradle Cap
This oil will nourish the dry skin on the scalp of your baby, and treat cradle cap. All you need to do is to rub a teaspoon onto the area daily.
- Makeup Remover
To clean the makeup, just use a cotton swab and a dab of coconut oil.
- Diaper Salve
It soothes the rashy bum and you can freely use it for cloth diapers.
Coconut oil accelerates the healing process by repairing damaged tissues, and when applied to cuts and scrapes, it creates a thin, chemical layer which protects the wound from dust, bacteria, and virus.
- Face Wash/Soap
Mix equal parts coconut oil with castor oil, olive oil, almond oil, and avocado oil, and apply the mixture on wet face. Leave it to act for 2 minutes, wash it off, and pat dry.
- Hair Gel/Defrizzer
You should rub a bit of coconut oil between the palms and scrunch into hair if you have curly hair, or finger comb in from scalp to ends, if your hair is wavy or straight hair.
Coconut oil is a perfectly safe, completely natural personal lubricant for masturbation and sex.
- Massage Oil
Use it to massage the stiff and painful places, and it will also leave a pleasant scent and soft skin behind.
- Acne Skin Fix
If you have an oily skin or an oily T-zone, add only a bit of it underneath makeup or alone to reduce oil gland stimulation, as the skin prone to acne is sometimes actually too dry, so the glands produce more oil and clog the pores.
It will prepare the skin for the shaving and help you avoid irritations and damage.
- Hair Conditioner/Deep Treatment
For a deeper treatment, you should rub in a tablespoon of this oil onto your dry scalp and work through to the ends. Put a shower cap and leave it to act until the next morning.
Coconut oil is an amazing leave-in hair conditioner as well. You should apply a teaspoon of coconut oil to the ends and run the fingers through the hair to distribute the rest.
- Skin Conditions
It relieves skin problems like eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis.
It will hydrate the skin on the scalp, and relieve dandruff symptoms. Moreover, it also targets another leading cause of dandruff, by controlling the oil secretion.
Apply it on the entire body and face to hydrate the skin and leave it soft and radiant.
- Nipple Cream
Apply it to a cotton ball and leave it on the cracked, sore or dry nipples between feedings.
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