If you’ve ever Googled ‘coconut oil‘ then you’ve probably stumbled across the thousands of articles proclaiming the wonders of this newly anointed ‘super food.’
While olive oil is still universally acknowledged as one of the healthiest oils to cook with, coconut oil is hot on its heels and is popping up in recipes for everything from bliss balls (like these Lemon and Coconut ones) to curries.
Find out why is is fast becoming a very versatile and popular oil.
There are a number of reasons that coconut oil is now being widely recommended as a healthy ingredient for cooking and adding to your current diet.
- Its potent health profile. Coconut oil is reported to have a positive impact on weight loss, heart health, thyroid function, the immune system and skin and hair health. It’s also antibacterial, Antiviral, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic meaning it provides an effective defence against bacterial, viral and fungal infection.
- Its nutrient profile. Coconut oil consists of medium-chain-fatty-acids which can speed up metabolism. This is because they are easily absorbed by the body and converted into energy and is the reason coconut oil is linked to weight loss, despite the fact that it is high in calories.
- Its high smoke point. Many oils become rancid when heated to a high temperature. This in turn impacts the food being cooked. Coconut oil has a very high smoke point meaning it remains nutritionally stable even when very hot, making it ideal for stir fry and other methods of cooking which require a high heat.
There are literally hundreds of ways to include coconut oil (in moderation) in your diet. There are however even more ways to use this little miracle substance in and around your home and for the overall health and wellness of your family.
Here are some of our favourite ways to use it:
- As a topical treatment for athletes foot (due to its antibacterial, Antiviral, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic properties)
- As a highly hydrating body and face moisturiser
- As a makeup remover/facial cleanser (use with a a hot washcloth)
- To treat nappy rash
- To soothe dry and chapped lips
- To soothe the external itch of candida/thrush
- To soothe the inflammation from hives and/or bug bites
- As a body scrub. Mix with brown sugar and your favourite essential oils for a gentle and invigorating scrub
- To reduce the severity of bruising
- To eliminate dandruff and/or itchy scalp. Apply to the scalp, massaging in well then washing out to moisturise and soothe
- As a deep conditioner for your hair. Apply after washing and leave to penetrate for at least 10 minutes
- To treat cradle cap
- As salve for sore nipples during breastfeeding
- To cool and soothe sunburn
- To effectively season cookware
- As a completely natural insect repellent. Just mix with a few drops of pure peppermint oil
- To remove chewing gum from hair (really!) Rub a small dab of coconut oil over the chewing gum stuck in your hair, leave it for half an hour then roll the gum between the fingertips to remove
- To oil wooden bowls or cutting boards
- To polish wooden furniture. Just mix with a few squeezes of lemon juice