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The Many Uses of Coconut Oil

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Coconut oil is one of the most versatile oils that can be found around. It is extracted from coconut milk. In this clime, coconut oil, known as adi-agbon has been used from time immemorial for skin and hair, but it is also useful around the house.

Here’s a list of some of its uses

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  • For hair – It is nourishing for some hair types due to its unique fat composition. It can be used as a hair mask, hot oil treatment or in homemade hair products.
  • For skin– This is one of the ingredients in my home-made oil mix for my skin. I have been using it for over a year and it has made my skin smoother, softer and supple. I also use it to help with thigh friction on the days I don’t want to wear tights. It can help wounds and infections heal faster when used topically
  • It’s a great source of healthy fats – Over 50% of the fat in coconut oil is lauric acid. This makes it the richest oil in lauric acid after breast milk.
  • Cooking: Use coconut oil to fry eggs and you will never reach for any other oil again. It has a high smoke point and doesn’t go rancid easily. That it’s healthy doesn’t mean you should use a heavy hand while cooking with it..
  • Digestive Help – It can help fight irritation and infection from Candida and it is helpful for digestion.
  • Mental Boost – Studies show MCTs may contribute to focus and mental performance.
  • Hormone Support – Getting the wrong kinds of fats can create havoc on hormones. Coconut oil contains specific fats that support the body’s natural hormone production.
  • Immune Support – The MCTs (including lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid) have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties that make it beneficial for immune support

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  • Used in oil pulling for healthy teeth and gums
  • Can help speed up weight loss when consumed daily
  • Can help improve sleep when taken daily
  • As a make-up remover and brush cleaner
  • Used in homemade deodorant, its antibacterial properties help fight odour
  • As a naturally low SPF sunscreen on its own when used topically
  • For shaving and after shave to prevent ingrown hairs
  • As a natural personal lubricant as it does not disturb vagina flora
  • As massage oil
  • For chapped lips
  • Help make nail cuticles healthy
  • Sunscreen/Sunburn remedy
  • Reduction of stretch marks

 

For external uses, expeller pressed, fractionated or other types of refined coconut oil will work, but for internal use, unrefined organic oil is best.

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The Many Uses of Coconut Oil
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