Like many of you, I’ve been reading about the benefits of coconut oil and decided to give it a try. Here’s my bottle, bought a couple months ago and already half-way used!
Here’s the thing – like all of you, I’m learning as I go. I’ve used this beauty superfood with great results on my hair – but I decided that I needed to read more about how to consume it. That’s where I learned that I had unknowingly bought the “wrong” coconut oil!
Maybe that’s a bit harsh. Here’s what happens: refined coconut oil (which is what you find on most shelves) is made from the dried flesh of the coconut.The process of drying is usually done outdoors under the hot sun…and it can become contaminated with dust and particles. Little critters and fungus. So, when the oil is finally pressed, it’s then refined to rid of any toxins. To do this – chemicals are used (it’s bleached and deodorized) and many of the coconuts natural properties are lost. And here I had wondered why my coconut oil had no smell!
So, it’s refined to be more hygienic, and have a longer shelf life. That’s not bad – it’s just not the real, pure stuff!
As you can see from my jar, the label won’t mention Refined Coconut Oil – so what you need to look for is: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil!
I will finish this jar, because it’s brilliant. It lives in my bathroom now and is my best deep hair conditioner!
Here are 3 great reasons to buy a jar of coconut oil:
For your skin: In case you’re thinking that you don’t like the feel of oily skin – coconut oil is different! It’s absorbed quickly, and unlike any mineral found in many lotions, not only does it soften the skin, but also nourishes and helps to promote healing! It’s packed with antioxidants that help repair skin damage and strengthen skin tissues – aka: prevents wrinkles!
– eye make-up remover
– cuticles and nails
– soften dry feet and cracked heels
– soften chapped lips
– all over body moisturizer
For your hair: Coconut oil contains fatty acids which are able to penetrate the hair shaft, moisturizing and strengthening from within. It has fantastic antibacterial, antiseptic properties which promote a clean and healthy scalp, allowing for hair to grow healthy and strong.
-scalp treatment to cure and prevent dandruff
-hair treatment to moisturize and strengthen
-leave-in treatment to calm frizzies (use sparingly!)
For your health: Coconut oil had a bad reputation for a long time… being incredibly high in fat, mostly saturated fat, it was deemed unhealthy. But new studies are showing that, just like there is good cholesterol, there is also good saturated fat.
Here are some great reasons to use it:
– coconut oil can withstand high heat temperatures, while other vegetable oils and even olive oil will oxidize (turn rancid). All the nutrients are literally burned out of the oil, along with the color, and toxic fumes start to rise from the pan. Not good!
– most of the saturated fat in coconut oil is easily digestible and converted into quick energy. And these types of fatty acids are less likely to cause obesity because they are immediately used by the body and have no opportunity to be stored.
Many people swear it’s the fountain of youth and good health. I’m not a doctor, and not entirely comfortable promoting its health benefits. You might like to read what that New York Times says about it… I do love what I hear about what it does for food!
– use in high temperature cooking: roasts and stir-fry
– make amazing roasted sweet potatoes!!
– replace butter in vegan recipes
p.s. don’t miss the recipes here if you’re tempted to try some coconut oil in your cooking: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/02/dining/02apperex.html