Coconut belongs to the Arecaceae family and the Cocoideae subfamily. Its flesh is very high in healthy fatty acids and the composition of fat is different depending on the type and processing of the oil. 90% of the coconut oil is actually the medium-chain saturated fatty acids and there is also a slight contribution of mono-unsaturated fatty acids and poly-unsaturated fatty acids.


What is so good about medium chain fatty acids?

MCFAs are digested, utilized, and absorbed very easily by our bodies and they freely cross the blood-brain barrier in the unbound form, meaning that it can be used by the brain as an energy source and for neurological health. Virgin, unrefined coconut oil is easily available and offers the following properties:

  • Anti-microbial/infection fighting (bacteria, viruses, yeast, fungi, protozoa, and parasites);
  • Anti-inflammatory;
  • Anti-carcinogenic (does not allow spreading of cancer cells and boosts the immune system);
  • Nontoxic to people and animals;
  • Improves nutrient absorption (it is easy to digest, makes fat-based vitamins more available to the body, A, D,E, and K particularly);
  • Antioxidant (protects against free radical formation and damage).

How can coconut oil be used?

  • Age spots or liver spots – apply coconut oil directly on the affected area and they will fade away;
  • After shave – it will help in healing the skin without clogging the pores;
  • Baldness – combine it with rosemary, thyme, lavender, cedar wood, Jojoba oil, castor oil, and a little cayenne pepper, applying it 3 times daily, or before going to sleep and massage in;
  • Burns – apply it on the affected area and continue with applying it until it heals;
  • Bug bites – it will stop itching and burning sensation, and hasten healing process; apply directly on the affected area;
  • Bruises – when applied on the affected spot it will enhance healing;
  • Body scrub – mix it with salt and rub the skin; then rinse off; add essential oils for a specific smell;
  • Dandruff – it helps soak into the scalp and moisturize the dry skin, relieving dandruff symptoms;
  • Cradle cap – it will nourish your baby’s skin and will eliminate the cradle cap; rub a tsp of it onto the scalp daily;
  • Chapstick – rub a bit of it on into the lips; it will also provide protection due to 4 SPF;
  • Face wash/soap – when washing your face use this mixture instead of soap (mix equal parts of coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil, avocado oil, and castor oil), rub it on a wet face, let it stay for 2 minutes, rinse it off, and finally pat dry;
  • Eye cream – to reduce puffiness, bags, and wrinkles under the eyes, apply coconut oil; use it on the lids overnight;
  • Diaper salve – it is very comforting in a rashy bum;
  • Deodorant – it is even more effective with arrowroot/cornstarch powder and baking soda;
  • Hair gel/defrizzer – for curly hair rub a little of coconut oil between your palms or scrunch into hair, for wavy and straight hair comb in through with your fingers from the scalp towards the ends;
  • Hair conditioner/deep treatment – apply 1 tsp of coconut oil to the ends and run your fingers through your hair to distribute the rest; for deeper treatment, rub in 1 tbsp on the dry scalp and go towards the ends, put a shower cap and let it stay overnight;
  • Healing – it forms a thin layer that protects the wound from outside dust, bacteria, and virus;
  • Lubricant – it is natural and perfectly safe, not compatible with latex;
  • Moisturizer – apply all over the body and the neck;
  • Massage oil;
  • Makeup remover – apply it with a cotton swab to remove any excess makeup;
  • Pre-shave – it will prepare the skin for the pending damage caused by shaving;
  • Acne fix – use a pea-sized amount underneath your makeup to reduce oil gland stimulation;
  • Nipple cream – it nourishes cracked, sore, and dry nipples; apply it with cotton ball and let it stay between feedings;
  • Skin conditions – it relieves skin issues like eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis;
  • Sunscreen – even though not high, it has 4 SPF;
  • Sun burn relief – tub it into the affected area;
  • Stretch marks – it nourishes damaged skin;
  • Toothpaste – mix coconut oil and baking soda to brush your teeth;
  • Tattoo healing and moisturizer – it keeps the pigment from fading, and hastens the healing process and decreases the chance of infection;
  • Swimmers ear – make a mixture of garlic and coconut oil and put a few drops in the ear for 10 min, repeating the procedure 2-3 times daily;
  • Wrinkle prevention and wrinkle reducer – the oil helps in strengthening the connective tissues to bring back the youthful look;
  • Bones and teeth – it aids in the absorption of calcium and magnesium which leads to better development of teeth and bones;
  • Breastfeeding – consume 3 ½ tbsp. of the oil daily to enrich milk supply;
  • Insulin support – it improves utilization of blood glucose and insulin secretion which makes it amazing for non-diabetics and diabetics, too;
  • Fitness – it stimulates metabolism, improves the function of the thyroid, escalates energy levels, decreases unwanted fat, and increases muscle;
  • Digestion – the saturated fats aid in controlling parasites and fungi which cause indigestion and other issues related to digestion like irritable bowel syndrome; the absorption of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids are aided by the coconut fat;
  • Nose bleeding – the oil is able to prevent nose bleeding which is caused by weather sensitivity; put the oil in your nostrils to strengthen and protect the capillaries;
  • Nausea – rub the oil inside the wrist and the forearm to calm the upset stomach;
  • Lung function – it increases the fluidity of cell surfaces;
  • Weight loss – the saturated fat contribute to weight loss and controlling carvings;
  • Vitamin and nutrient – it makes the fat-based nutrients more available to the body like A,D, E, and K;
  • Stress relief – apply coconut oil to the head in a circular, massaging motion to relieve mental fatigue; the natural aroma helps in lowering the stress levels;
  • Gum health – oil pulling along with coconut oil gives 1 two for one health benefit;
  • Mental cognition and productivity – due to the medium chain triglycerides pass freely through the blood-brain barrier, allowing an alternate energy source for improving cognition;
  • Bowel function – constipation, inflammatory bowel disease, gut infections (take it internally);
  • Autism;
  • Asthma – good for children as well;
  • Alzheimer’s/Dementia;
  • Allergies – seasonal hay fever;
  • Adrenal and chronic fatigue;
  • Acid reflux/indigestion – take it after the meal;
  • Poor circulation – apply it on the skin in light circular pattern toward the heart;
  • Cholesterol – improves HDL to LDL ratio in people among people with high cholesterol;
  • Candida albicans;
  • Cancer – it prevents colon and breast cancer;
  • Bronchial infections and cystic fibrosis;
  • Flaky, dry skin;
  • Epilepsy – it reduces the seizures;
  • Diabetes – keeps stable blood sugar levels and helps with cravings;
  • Mild depression and cognitive disease – it is good in combination with cognitive behavioral therapy, fish oil, and other treatment strategies;
  • Colds and flues – acts like and anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial agent;
  • Heart disease – protects the arteries from injusry which causes atherosclerosis;
  • Pylori – oral intake, and antibiotic treatment occasionally;
  • Gas – the oil will help re-establish healthy gut flora;
  • Gallbladder disease – the oil helps in increasing the bile flow and helps in gallbladder issues;
  • Kidney disease and stones – dissolves small stones;
  • Jaundice;
  • Irritable bowel syndrome – alternates diarrhea and constipation;
  • Immune system builder;
  • Hot flashes;
  • Hemorrhoids – apply externally or internally 2 times a day;
  • Migraines;
  • Menstrual relief;
  • Mental clarity;
  • Malnutrition;
  • Lung disease;
  • Liver disease;
  • Thrush;
  • Stomach ulcers;
  • Prostate enlargement;
  • Periodontal disease and tooth decay;
  • Pancreatitis;
  • Urinary tract and bladder infections;
  • Thyroid function;
  • Acne;
  • Boils and cysts;
  • Back pain and sore muscles;
  • Toenail fungus;
  • Athlete’s foot;
  • Allergies/hay fever – rub it inside the nostrils for a quick relief;
  • Head lice – apply topically;
  • Genital warts – they go away in 2 years on their own, but additional application of the oil over 6 months will be very helpful;
  • Decongestant – rub it on your chest and under the nose when congested from cold or allergies;
  • Circumcision healing;
  • Pink eye – apply around and in the eye;
  • Hives – it will reduce itching and swelling;
  • Herpes – apply it topically and take internally;
  • Gum disease, gingivitis, and canker sores – use it as a toothpaste;
  • Insect repellent – to keep insects off mix coconut oil and peppermint oil extract and rub all over the exposed skin;
  • Chewing gum in hair remover – rub some oil and let it stay on the hair for half an hour, then roll the gum between your fingertip;
  • Goo gone – take coconut oil and baking soda in equal amounts and make a paste, applying it on the sticky area, and let it stay for a minute; scrub it off with an old toothbrush;
  • Polish furniture;
  • Polishing bronze;
  • Oiling wood cutting boards and wood bowls;
  • Moisturizing and cleaning leather products;
  • Soap making;
  • Seasoning cookware;
  • Seasoning animal hide drums.

It is also helpful in animals:

  • Promotes healing on cuts, wounds, hot spots, dry skin, and hair;
  • Aids elimination of hairballs and coughing;
  • Aids in arthritis or ligament issues;
  • Aids healing of digestive disorder;
  • Helps sedentary dogs feel energetic;
  • Helps prevent or control diabetes;
  • Great for general wellness;
  • Disinfects cuts;
  • Clears up skin conditions;
  • Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections;
  • Makes coats;
  • Improves digestion and nutrient absorption;
  • Helps reduce weight;
  • Regulates and balances insulin, and promotes normal thyroid function;
  • Reduces or eliminates bad breath in dogs;
  • Reduces allergic reactions and improves skin health.

Source: Healthy Body And Tips


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