The benefits of Coconut oil are wide hence it can be described as multipurpose oil. Its usage covers a broad spectrum ranging from health, beauty to even production.
In recent times, they have been a rapid increase in the use of coconut oil and people are still discovering more wonders this magical oil can perform.
Health benefits of coconut oil
- Increase Metabolism: Some researchers have been able to find out that medium-chain triglycerides (MCT), a fatty acid component in coconut oil is easily absorbed by the body and can increase the number of calories you burn. Some other studies have shown that these MCT’s can increase metabolic rates significantly in the body.
- Improves Dental Health: Coconut oil has a significant effect on Streptococcus mutans, a bacteria in the mouth that causes dental plaque, tooth decay, and gum disease.
A study showed that oil pulling- a process of swishing with coconut oil reduced these bacteria effectively as using an antiseptic mouth wash to rinse your mouth. It also reduces inflammation and plaque from inflamed gums.
- Protects Skin from Ultraviolet Rays: Coconut oil protects the skin from the sun’s UV rays that can cause skin cancer, wrinkling, and brown spots. It has been confirmed in recent findings that when coconut oil is applied to the skin, it blocks about 20% of the sun’s Ultraviolet rays. This doesn’t make it better than conventional sunscreens that block about 90% of UV rays so have this in mind.
- Fights Skin Irritation and Eczema: Coconut oil has been compared to mineral oil and other conventional moisturizers because of its ability to reduce dermatitis and other skin disorders.
- Enhances Brain Function: When MCT in coconut oil is disintegrated by the liver, it is turned into ketones, which can act as an alternative energy source for the brain. Coconut oil has been recommended for use by some researchers as a source of MCT to increase the production of ketones.
- Moisturizes the skin: Coconut oil serves as a good moisturizer for the skin. It is not recommended for people with very oily skin, it repairs cracked heels too.
- Helps Combat Infections: Raw coconut oil is said to have antibacterial properties that could treat infections like diarrhea and yeast. Coconut oil has been showing in a study to inhibit the growth of the intestinal bacterial Clostridium difficile that causes severe diarrhea.
- Facilitates Wound Alleviation: A study proved that coconut oil when used on wounds reduces inflammation and increases the production of collagen, a major component of the skin, and therefore results in the wounds healing faster.
- For making nontoxic insect repellant: Coconut oil has the potential of preventing bugs bites and stings. To achieve this, they are most times combined with carrier oils to be more effective.
- Serves as a natural deodorant: Coconut oil contains a solid antibacterial property that makes it a good natural deodorant with no chemical content.
- Body Moisturizer: Because of its rich content in fatty acids, coconut oil makes a very effective body moisturizer, coupled with the fact that it absorbs quickly. Some of the benefits of coconut oil on skin every day is that It makes your skin soft, glowy, and radiant.
- Lip Balm: The ideal remedy for chapped lips is coconut oil. When it solidifies at room temperature, it can be applied frequently on the lips to avoid dry lips.
- Hair Protector: Applying coconut oil to your hair can protect your hair from sun and chlorine.
- Eye Lash Growth Serum: The fatty acids content in coconut oil makes it excellent for creating eyelash growth serum. The coconut oil stimulates growth and gives you longer eyelashes. Beauty personnels advise you to combine this coconut oil with lemon essential oils and apply to your eyelash line to achieve this growth.
- Cuticle Oil: Coconut oil has proven to be another remedy for cracked cuticles. It can also help your manicure last longer.
- Itch Reliever: Coconut oil helps to relieve itches from bug bites, bruises, burns, etc.
- Treating Dandruff: Dandruff goes hand in hand with dry scalp. The fatty acid content in coconut oil sends moisture right to the roots of the hair.
- As shaving cream: Consider this YouTube tutorial for making shaving cream with coconut oil. Grate a block of shea butter soap, add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, and ¼ cup of witch hazel. Bring to a boil. The soap should melt in 5 minutes. Once this happens, add ¼ of a cup of aloe vera gel for its healing properties and then a few drops of essential oils for a pleasant smell.
- Teeth whitener: Coconut oil serves as a substitute when you are out of paste. Add some baking powder to coconut oil for white teeth.
- Massage Oil: Coconut oil gives the skin a very tender feel. Warm some quantity of coconut oil in the microwave, add few drops of essential oil like lavender or peppermint for a soothing massage Mix.
- Serves as a wood shiner: Not only does coconut oil keep your furniture looking shiny and polished. It also acts as a dust repellant. It gives a pleasant scent, unlike some other furniture polish.
- For making sugar free dark chocolates: This is a tasty way of getting coconut oils health benefits. You can watch online videos to find recipes to go about these and remember to store in the freezer or refrigerator as coconut oil melts at 24o
- Speeds up flu Recovery: Coconut oil can be added into hot tea to help speed up recovery from flu, sore throat, and cold.