15 Ways to Benefit from Using Coconut Oil

Coconut oil.

Dr. Oz endorses it for its health benefits and dozens of other well-known public figures such as supermodel Miranda Kerr, proudly promote the many associated benefits. The oil’s food, pharmaceutical and even spiritual uses have all been documented for nearly 4,000 years. With a two-year shelf life and average price of $7 for a 30 fl oz jar, its known benefits are quickly spreading.

Coconut oil is antibacterial, anti-carcinogenic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiparasitic and antiviral. It’s nontoxic to animals and humans and has no known negative side effects. Coconut oil has been known to facilitate hormone production, boost thyroid function, aid digestion, strengthen the immune system, increase good cholesterol while decreasing bad cholesterol, balance weight—to name just a few health benefits. Try adding a tablespoon of coconut oil in your daily diet to reap its benefits.

Now more than ever, coconut oil is being used for home, health and beauty purposes. The oil melts with body temperature and absorbs into the skin, mimicking natural skin oils. Try coconut oil as a toxin-free wood polish, or simply in lieu of butter for a healthier meal. Check out these other great uses for coconut oil:

1. Hydration

During World War II, dehydrated Asian soldiers were given coconut oil through IVs when IV saline supply was low. Try consuming 1 tablespoon of oil during the summer to prevent dehydration.

2. Sunscreen

Coconut oil has a natural SPF factor without the added toxins found in most sunscreen products. The oil provides 10 only SPF but has the benefit of soaking into the skin, so reapplication isn’t a hassle.

3. Moisturizer

Nutrients found in coconut oil help replenish moisture in the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Like jojoba oil, coconut oil mimics natural skin oils so anyone can use it. It may be used as a hair masque, lubricant, pre-shave cream, massage oil and eye cream.

4. Polish

Coconut oil serves as an inexpensive polish that can clean and polish leather, wood, brass, silver, copper, and more.

5. After Shave

An application of coconut oil post-shave can help remove loose hairs, moisturize, as well as reduce bumps and redness. Add a few drops of tea tree oil to the oil to battle acne, eczema and blemishes.

6. Breastfeeding

Moms can enrich milk supply by consuming 2-3 tablespoons daily.

7. Energy Supplement

Coconut oil aids in boosting energy and increasing metabolism. Substitute your coffee or energy drinks with a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil daily.

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8. Oil Pulling

Ayurvedic remedy oil pulling does exactly what its name suggests. Oil is swished around in the mouth and in between the teeth to pull harmful toxins from the blood stream. Pulling can be done daily for up to two hours. The gritty texture takes getting used to, so start with a teaspoon for a few minutes and work your way up. After pulling, immediately dispose of the oil so that the contained bacteria cannot spread.

9. Dental Health

Dentist Weston Price was one of the first modern doctors to notice coconut oil’s effect on fighting infection and bacteria in the mouth.

10. Vitamin and Nutrient Absorption

The oil is known to aid the body in absorbing A,B, D, E, K, beta-carotene and lycopene vitamins.

11. Aromatherapy

Aromatherapists have been using coconut oil for thousands of years to relieve stress. Try applying the oil to your forehead and rubbing in a circular motion to alleviate stress and headaches.

12. Skin Problems

When the skin is irritated or unbalanced, coconut oil can be a major benefit to relieve skin problems. The oil can be used for psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema.

13. Health and Beauty Product Base

Essential oils are easily blended with coconut oil to make scented lotions, toothpaste and deodorant.

14. Immune System Builder

Try consuming 1-3 tablespoons of coconut oil per day and see how your body responds. Coconut oil’s anti-fungal, bacterial, microbial and viral properties prevent sickness and strengthen the immune system. Coconut oil consumption is especially helpful when exposed to strep, candida, mono, pneumonia, hepatitis and Chlamydia.

15. Cooking

Substitute coconut oil for butter, vegetable oil, mayonnaise, and salad dressings as a healthy alternative. Keep in mind that coconut oil has a low melting point of 76°F and can be melted by body heat alone.

Coconut oil is available for purchase at local health and food stores including Earth Fare, Whole Foods, Publix, and more.

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