The uses for coconut oil are seemingly endless. Not only is it one of my favorite beauty products, but I’ve read and been told that there are benefits to eating a spoonful of it every day. Coconut oil is said to improve the immune system, maintain cholesterol levels, increase metabolism, and aid kidney problems and heart disease. It’s something that I always like to have at home, both for cooking and for my daily beauty routine. Here are some of our favorite ways to use coconut oil! If you have depression using a high quality virgin coconut oil can rival antidepressant drugs without the dangerous side effects. The researchers attributed the success in treatment to the unique mixture of medium chain fatty acids found in coconut oil rich in saturated fats, and to the antioxidants present in higher grade, less processed virgin coconut oils.
Coconut oil is incredibly moisturizing. On top of that, if you make sure to buy organic coconut oil, there are no chemicals in it that could potentially harm your skin. It may feel greasy at first but it absorbs quickly and contains natural nutrients like vitamin E that are great for your skin – it even fights against bacteria to even out blemishes and has anti-aging properties. Pay close attention to the hands – coconut oil is great for dry, chapped knuckles and cuticles, especially after winter! Rub the oil onto your skin to prevent stretchmarks and itchy skin associated with a growing baby belly. Some of my clients hair tends to get very dry so I often put some coconut oil on my hands and run them through my hair, to add some moisture. Applying coconut oil directly to the ends is also a great remedy for split ends. For makeup use I place a pea size amount and dab it on top of my clients makeup to the spot I want to be highlighted. It really just stays there throughout the day and provides a natural shine to there face.
Next time you cook a meal requiring olive oil or some type of cooking oil, use coconut oil instead. Try it out – you may be nervous about the flavor, but it’s very subtle. The benefits of using coconut oil as opposed to others are numerous. It improves the immune system, contains natural antioxidants, increases metabolism, and helps maintain a healthy heart and cholesterol level. The flavor it adds to dishes is subtle and delicious!