The coconut tree (Cocos nucifera) is a tall palm tree belonging to the Arecaceae family in tropical and subtropical areas.
People in these areas call it a “miracle tree” and harvest the coconuts for their nutritional, cosmetic, and medicinal values.
Coconut oil is composed of 80-90% saturated fat, however, it does not contain cholesterol.
This is the reason that it has a firm texture at cold or room temperatures. It contains medium-chain triglycerides which are shorter chain fatty acids.
There are numerous health benefits of consuming coconut oil in the diet. It is known to burn fat and provide quick energy to the brain and body.
It raises good cholesterol levels in the body, which also prevents cardiovascular disease.
Coconut oil has medium-chain fatty acids which lower the levels of bad cholesterols and raises good cholesterol levels.
Women who supplemented their diet with coconut oil, in a study were found to have a smaller waistline by the end of the 12th week.
Due to the type of fatty acids in coconut oil, you burn the calories you consume faster as compared to the oils which contain higher chain fatty acids.
The MCTs go straight to the liver and the body uses them as a quick source of energy and turns them into ketones.
Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia and usually affects older people. This condition reduces the brain’s ability to utilize glucose.
Ketones produced by the metabolism of coconut oil serve as an alternative source of energy and combats this illness.
Oil pulling is an ancient, Indian folk remedy claimed to whiten your teeth, freshen your breath and greatly improve your oral health.
It requires you to swish the oil around the mouth, much like using mouthwash, for around 15 to 20 minutes.
This reduces the harmful bacteria in the oral cavity. The bacteria dissolve into the oil and get swept away.
Extra virgin coconut oil is preferred for this practice, as it has very good taste. This practice can reduce gingivitis, periodontal diseases, caries, and bad breath.
Coconut oil consists of healthy fatty acids like linoleic acid and lauric acid, which are hydrating and antimicrobial.
Coconut oil can penetrate the hair strands and even prevent protein loss. Raw coconut oil can be applied to the hair strands, then comb them and make a bun or braids.
You might need to put a cover on your pillow to prevent it to transfer onto your pillowcase. Then shampoo in the morning. Most conditioners have coconut oil in them.
DIY Hair Masks
Here’s a spa-worthy hair mask recipe: Mix organic and refined coconut oil, in its liquid form, with 20 drops of Rosemary oil and massage thoroughly onto hair. Leave it on for 1 or 2 hours while wearing a shower cap. Then shampoo and rinse it out.
Keeps the hair frizz-free
Coconut oil can help you to tame your hair if this is one of your daily struggles. In the frizzy areas of your head, run your fingers through the hair with coconut oil dabbed on them.
This will make your hair look smooth and polished. Many frizz-free serums and oils contain coconut oil in them which strengthen and nourish the hair.
Makes hair shiny and glossy
For dark hair, applying a small amount of coconut oil onto the ends of the hair can make them shiny and glossy.
But do not use more than that as it might give a greasy look instead.
Yeast on the skin causes inflammation, flaking, and itching while causing dandruff.
Coconut oil lowers the level of such yeast. Let us share a good coconut oil treatment for this problem:
On low flame, heat 2 to 3 tablespoons of coconut oil. Make sure it doesn’t become too hot and only liquefies.
Massage it onto the scalp.
Let it sit for 30 minutes and then rinse with an anti-dandruff shampoo.
Many women use coconut oil on their faces before bedtime to remove dirt and makeup.
Coconut oil is antifungal, antibacterial, and also very moisturizing. Simply rub the oil onto your skin in circular motions and gently massage.
After that, wash with a mild face wash. This should give you clean, healthy skin.
Coconut oil can be used as a part of DIY facial masks. Simply mix turmeric, manuka honey, a few drops of lemon, and extra virgin coconut oil. Leave it on for 30 minutes and rinse with water.
Coconut oil has the ability to dissolve the stubborn waterproof mascara! It breaks down the waxy, inky eye makeup and leaves the delicate skin around the eyes hydrated and soft.
After applying and rubbing with oil, wash your face as usual.
Make a DIY lip scrub and lip balm
To make a lip scrub: add one tablespoon of coconut oil into one tablespoon of honey and some brown sugar.
Exfoliate the lips gently at night.
Cleanse with a washcloth after and wake up the next morning with soft and plump pinky lips.
DIY lip balm can be made with coconut oil, beeswax, cocoa butter.
Melt these together in a pan.
Add a few drops of cinnamon essential oil and pour into a lip balm container. Tada!
Your super hydrating and plumping lip balm is ready! Share it with your friends and family. And thank us later!
Coconut oil can perk up a tired face as a highlighter. Simply sweeping a little coconut oil on top of makeup can make it look like your skin is glowing! Most makeup brands add it to their products for this glow.
Hydrate dry hands and legs
Coconut oil can be used to treat dry itchy hands and legs in winters and can be used in place of lotions.
It will make them soft and moist while smelling like sweet cookies.
Used in place of a shaving cream
When used in place of shaving cream, coconut oil is inexpensive, contains antimicrobial properties, smells divine, and has skin-soothing properties that hydrate your legs without making them greasy.
Besides these wonderful benefits, coconut oil can be used to soothe the skin in eczema and psoriasis.
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