Coconut Oil is regarded as nature’s hidden treasure largely because very few people are aware of its immense cosmetic and medical benefits. Coconut oil is extracted from coconut through a special extraction process that involves grating of the coconut, boiling, sedimentation and filtration. These processes if carefully done gives a virgin coconut oil that has all the rich benefits of skin and beauty enhancements and the medical, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
These post outlines 11 major and most important cosmetic, medical, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial benefits of coconut oil for the skin, hair and culinary work. It is very important to note that coconut oil in its purest form, which is gotten when no additives, preservatives, color, homogenizer, alcohol or perfume is added to it. This purest form of coconut oil is known as Virgin Coconut Oil.
Rich Properties of Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid which makes up about 50% of the entire chemical composition of this fruit. It is easily digestible, has high smoking point and resistant to heat. Apart from the fact that it has high anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which makes it a very useful product in cosmetology for the production of body cream, hair oils or balms.
Cosmetic and Medical Benefits of Coconut Oil
Hair Nourishment: Coconut oil is used as a hair nourishment due to the presence of vitamin E It leaves the hair full and facilitates hair rapid hair growth making the hair glossy and helps fight hair lice.
Make-up Remover: Coconut oil can be used in beauty treatment as a make-up remover. All you need do is to apply the oil on your face with the tip of your fingers and wipe your face with a clean cloth to remove make-up from your face.
Toothpaste: You can use this oil as a toothpaste or as a mouthwash. Just place a pea-sized amount on your toothbrush and brush as normal. The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent on the oil are very effective against bacteria in the mouth.
Sun Protection: Coconut oil protects your skin from the damaging effects of sun scorching that leaves marks and spots on the skin. The [protection of this oil on the epidermal layer of the skin shield it from burns and scorching.
Softens and Moisturizes the Skin: For flaky or dry skin, coconut oil moisturizes it leaving it supple and soft. It hydrates the skin, removes dry patches and stretch marks and protects the skin from fungal infections such as Candidiasis.
Skin Deodorants: This oil is useful as an organic base in the production of skin deodorants. It inhibits the growth and build up of bacteria responsible for underarm odor.
Lip Balm: The lips can be protected against harsh weather and breakage if coconut oil is applied to it especially during the dry season in tropical countries. In the event of a broken lip, this oil protects it from microbes including bacteria and fungal spores.
Cognitive Function and Memory Aid: The most healthy natural oil you can get is coconut oil. This oil is so effective as a brain enhancer that enables the consumer collate and analyze information. This oil contains omega fatty acids that are so effective in preventing Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and depression.
Chef’s Companion: The oil from coconut is a healthy oil unlike oils with trans fat like butter. This makes it an ideal companion in the kitchen for chefs. It also has a high smoke point and does not easily go rancid. This properties makes it all the better compared to Olive oil or grape seed oil.
Reduces Bowel Constipation: Coconut oil has anti -oxidant properties that makes it ideal in the reduction of bowel constipation. It achieves this by speeding up the body’s metabolism and enabling rapid absorption of nutrients by the stomach walls thereby reliving the inflamed intestines of further stress. As an agent of metabolic promotion, It facilitates the activities of the thyroid gland for effective hormonal secretions that aids the body;s metabolic processes. It is also an important laxative that frees the bowels and leaves you healthy. All you need do is to take about two tablespoonful of coconut oil in the mornings and you are fine!
Energy Booster: Oil from coconut is best as a source of energy. The body breaks down the fats in coconut oil to release energy. This energy source is safe and free of unhealthy fatty acids or cholesterol. It does not add to weight gain and has no implications on heart conditions.