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Monday, January 09, 2017

8 amazing ways to use raw organic coconut oil to look and feel great

Over the past two years the popularity of coconut oil and the interest in the incredible health benefits it possesses has rapidly increased. I have been using coconut oil as part of my beauty and cooking regime for two years and I swear by it. The coconut oil I use comes in its raw organic form in three sizes, 300ml, 500ml and 1L from Coconut Merchant. At room temperature it is solid white, however once it comes into contact with heat i.e. from the warmth of your skin or from the temperature of a frying pan it turns into clear liquid oil. There are hundreds of various uses for coconut oil and so I thought I would detail my top ten uses for organic coconut oil:

1. Face and Body moisturiser – As raw coconut oil is made up of good saturated fats, when applied it melts from its solid form and easily seeps into the skin pores, moisturising deeply and thoroughly. It does not leave any greasy or sticky residue. I have oily skin on my face and tend to have dry skin on my body but coconut oil has helped to balance my skin out. I usually apply coconut oil straight after drying off from the shower and then leave it to sink in for around 5-10 minutes. I no longer have blemishes and I very rarely get spots and my ankles are no longer ashy!

Coconut oil also contains natural SPF ranging from SPF 4-6 and although it may not keep you safe during a full day on a Caribbean beach it will help to keep you protected from daily solar radiation. SPF and UV protection benefits, coconut oil can also therefore prevent fine wrinkles and premature aging by reducing oxidative damage which can cause the skin to look tight and dry. For my natural skincare tips see this blog post.

2. Oral health care – Nearly everyone has seen CocoWhite and other health brands selling coconut oil sachets as a natural teeth whitening alternative. Oil pulling the 3,000-year-old Ayurvedic practice of swishing a tablespoon of oil around your mouth every morning for 20 minutes. Yes, that's right — 20 minutes. The practice is supposed to cleanse your teeth and gums of bacteria that can cause tooth decay, plaque and other dental horrors. Here's how it works: the coconut oil sticks to bacteria and micro-organisms in your mouth, and so when you spit it out, you’re also spitting out all those little nasties in there. This practice also claims to help with eliminating Halitosis (Bad Breath) due to the cleansing of the mouth from bad bacteria. 

3. Lip balm – As discussed above, coconut oil is extremely moisturising and antibacterial, this also makes it a great ingredient for lip balms. In summer it can be applied to protect sensitive lips from the sun’s rays and in winter it acts as a barrier to prevent lip nasties including chapped lips, cold sores and them annoying little splits you can sometimes get in the corners of the mouth. For an all-natural, cruelty free lip balm that contains organic coconut as well as other natural ingredients check out cocolem’s online Etsy shop here.

4. Make up remover – As coconut oil is gentle, it is a great alternative to use to remove makeup from sensitive areas of the face including your eyes and mouth. I tend to use a face flannel and warm water to wash my face then go over tougher makeup with a cotton pad with half a teaspoon of coconut oil on it. Even waterproof mascara doesn’t stand a chance!

5. Natural deodorantCoconut oil contains antibacterial properties which fight against bacteria so body odour doesn't occur. I went through a phase last summer where I was only using coconut oil and half a lemon as deodorant. I attended festivals, commuted to and from work in London and even worked out. No sweaty armpits, no body odour, this really does work.

6. Deep Conditioner Hair Mask – I have Afro hair which tends to get dry quicker than other types of hair and so Coconut oil is a must in my pre-poo (Pre-Shampoo) regime. I scoop about two tablespoons of oil all over my hair, cover it with a plastic shower cap. Leave it overnight and follow with my regular shampoo and conditioner. The result for me? Softer curls, easier to detangle and moisturised shiny tresses.

I have recommended coconut oil to my friends with finer hair who have all confirmed that it has helped their hair feel silky soft and conditioned without it feeling greasy.

7. Cooking – unlike many oils, coconut oil is solid at room temperature and will only being to liquefy at 76F. coconut oil has a high smoking point at 350F which makes it optimal for almost all types of cooking. For you gym buffs virgin coconut oil is higher in protein than extra virgin olive oil and there is also considerable scientific evidence that coconut oil can help you lose weight.

8. Health benefits – there have been some claims that raw coconut oil could be used as a treatment or even a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. The primary argument is that coconut oil is rich in medium-chain triglycerides, or MCTs, which are metabolized a little differently than most types of fat. The MCTs in coconut oil break down into ketones, which can be used by brain cells for fuel. The idea is that supplying the brain with some extra fuel might make it run better.Monica Reingael, licensed nutritionist and professionally trained chef. For example, there is a case study where Dr. Newport started giving her husband who did not have a short term memory a daily dose of coconut oil and after just 60 days Dr Newport recalled that his memory improved and he was able to concentrate better on tasks.

However, there is currently not enough scientific evidence to back up these claims. There is a clinical trial being conducted in the United States as to whether coconut oil has any effects on thinking or memory of people with Alzheimer’s and the results are due to be announced in mid-2017. 

If you are still unconvinced by the wonders of Coconut Oil then you can read 101 more uses here. For those of you who are interested in purchasing high quality coconut oil at a reasonable price. For me Coconut Merchant coconut oil is the best out there. You can preview their range of coconutty products on their website here.

What do you think of coconut oil? Do you have use it differently? Let me know in the comments section below!


Rosh xo


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