Coconut has been referred to as one of the foods that have shaped civilization. The existence of coconuts can be dated back thousands of years.
They have been widely in use in Central America, Africa, India, and most Asian countries. It has been a staple food for many different cultures. However, it wasn’t until the 1600’s that the name coconut was actually created.
Coconut oil has been rapidly growing in popularity over the last ten years but it is still considered an exotic food in Western society. It is typically consumed by health-conscious people.
So, let’s break down the many uses for coconut oil…
Coconut oil was commonly used for cooking in North America up until the 1940s when dietitians linked saturated fats to unhealthy diets and high cholesterol levels. This caused a huge decline in coconut oil for cooking purposes.
However, we now know that there are many different kinds of fats, some are beneficial to the body such as avocados and coconut oil. While some are harmful such as animal-derived fats and trans fats that are found in processed foods. In fact, coconut oil can actually reduce your hunger, the fatty acids in coconut oil significantly reduce appetite, which in turn can lead to lower body weight.
Coconut oil doesn’t break down very easily and can be cooked at high temperatures since it is a stable substance.
It keeps for a long time and has amazing nutritional properties, it is great for cooking, baking, or any recipe that involves oil. Basically, coconut oil is a super-food with a powerhouse of uses. Next time you reach for your olive oil, try coconut oil instead!
Coconut oil can be applied directly to the skin and lips as a moisturizer. It helps promote nail growth. Also, it’s a wonderful makeup remover, and it can be used as a natural deodorant due to its antibacterial properties. It is wonderful in skincare products!
Use it as an alternative to shaving cream, suntan oil and can even be used as an all-natural lubricant. The possibilities are endless!
Just like skincare, coconut oil can be used as a hair product. It is often included in over-the-counter shampoo and conditioner. It can also be applied directly to the scalp to promote hair growth.
A tiny dab rubbed between the palms and then through the hair makes a great anti-frizz treatment. Plus, you will smell like you just came back from a tropical beach vacation.
Natural Health Remedies
Coconut oil has long since proven to have many health benefits. It is known for its antibacterial qualities. It does wonders for cold sores, cracked heels, yeast infections, and can be added to tea to relieve sore throats.
Some even claim that ingesting coconut oil daily can increase mental alertness.
Oil pulling has grown in popularity recently and is very beneficial to teeth and gum health the oil actually pulls disease-causing bacteria out of your mouth. To try oil pulling at home, put a teaspoon of coconut oil in your bottom lip, swish it around your mouth for 15-20 minutes (try not to swallow it) and spit it out. This will give your teeth a deep cleaning while simultaneously helping with bad breath.
In conclusion, coconut oil really is a powerful super-food, the uses go way beyond cooking. It’s no surprise that coconut oil has grown exponentially popular in the last few years. We have a feeling it’s not going anywhere anytime soon!