What is Coconut oil?
It is a medium-chain triglyceride that comes from - you guessed it - coconuts! I recommend using cold pressed virgin coconut oil as it has not been heated or treated with chemicals. This means the oil retains all the benefits for the uses below. Make sure you are buying this type and not some processed junk.
My Top 5 Uses for Coconut Oil
5 - Lotion
Quit using all those lotions with chemicals that you can’t pronounce. One nice thing about coconut oil is that it remains solid at room temperature so you don’t have to worry about spilling oils. The oil does however almost immediately turn into a liquid once it’s placed on the body.
Once again the healthy fats in the oil hydrate the skin. While the compounds in the oil such as lauric acid and capric acid actually make it anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial. Meaning it can be useful on certain skin conditions as well as nail fungus.
4 - Cooking Oil
That’s right go ahead and use coconut oil instead of your cooking spray or olive oil. Be careful here as Coconut has a smoke point of 350 F which means it shouldn’t be used for high temp frying.
Baking is were coconut oil really shines. The delicate subtle flavors and smells along with the high fat content will add a kick to those baked goods.
3 - Oral Health
This involves a technique called “Oil pulling,” which is used in Ayurveda. Do perform this, simply put roughly a teaspoon of coconut oil in your mouth and gently swish around for up to 20mins. You don’t have to go overboard swishing as your mouth will probably get tired if you push yourself too much. After you are finished spit the oil in the trash, as it will harden and could eventually clog your drain. Rinse your mouth with water and then start your normal brushing and flossing routine.
You will be amazed at how clean your mouth feels after this.
2 - Food/Supplement
One of the best things about coconut oil is that it’s packed with healthy medium-chain triglycerides, such as lauric acid. These medium length fatty acids are very beneficial to the human body. One great thing about these fats is that they can be broken down and used for quick energy and are not stored as fat like most people would have you believe. A single tablespoon of coconut oil can really give you a nice boost of energy.
1 - Coffee Creamer
If you coffee drinkers haven’t heard of this you should give it a try. The best way I have found is actually to brew a small pot of coffee. Then place roughly one tablespoon of coconut oil along with another tablespoon of Grass-fed butter in a blender. Pour the coffee into the blender and mix on high 20 – 30 seconds. You will have a delicious golden brown cup of coffee with a nice layer of foam on top. Drinking coffee this way will have two benefits. One, the healthy fatty acids you will be ingesting. And two, the caffeine almost becomes a time release now because of the additional fats. In my case I maintain a nice smooth energy balance all the way through lunch with my morning cup.
Let me know what uses you have for this amazing stuff!