Commonly found dangling from palm trees on white-sand beaches in tropical destinations, the coconut is a powerfully-pungent source of countless health benefits. Its oil is incredibly versatile and offers unique applications for promoting health both inside and out, as you can use it in both cooking and beauty products. I recently discovered the power of coconut oil when searching for new flavors with which to cook my delightfully fresh meals, and found equally beneficial qualities when using it in the Powder Room as well! Before diving into how it can be used for beauty purposes, let’s take a closer look at the numerous health benefits of coconut oil when used for cooking:
According to Dr. Oz, studies have shown that coconut oil can:
- Help our bodies build resistance to viruses and bacteria that cause illness
- Help ward off yeast, fungus and candida
- Control blood-sugar levels
- Boost thyroid function
- Increase metabolism, energy and endurance
I like to use coconut oil and coconut oil spray when sauteing vegetables on the stove or prepping pans for baking. This adds a hint of flavor and provides all the benefits.
When used in shampoo, body wash or lotion, coconut oil has profound effects for creating silky smooth skin and hair. An article in Prevention Magazine outlines the multifaceted ways that coconut oil can make you shine.
It can be used to:
- Moisturize skin
- Highlight cheekbones
- Shave your legs
- Condition your hair
- Remove eye makeup
Coconuts have been used in Traditional Medicine for centuries, providing a nutritious source of meat, juice, milk, and oil. In today’s modern world, more and more health and beauty companies are incorporating coconut oil into their products, realizing the monumental benefits this unique fruit offers. While these products are becoming more widely available, making your own coconut oil can save you a few dollars and ensure your solution is free of additives, chemicals and potential toxins. Coconuts may not always be “in season” on your grocer’s shelf, but if you are able to get a hold of one, you can make your own oil following these easy methods.