Usage of Coconut Oil

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Pure coconut oil is a nat­ural oil that can be used for a vari­ety of pur­poses both inter­nally and exter­nally. To give you an idea of just how good coconut oil is, its’ main fat is called lau­ric acid: an acid that con­tains Vit­a­mins E and K as well as iron. Coconut oil has anti­fun­gal, antibac­te­r­ial, antibi­otic, anti-​inflammatory and heal­ing prop­er­ties, just to name a few. This arti­cle will detail some of the ways that coconut oil can help you lead a healthy and well bal­anced lifestyle.

Hair
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Coconut oil can be used as an effec­tive mois­tur­izer for hair. One does not need to apply every day and it can even be mixed with your reg­u­lar hair grease if you do not like the smell. It has also been known to stim­u­late hair growth although this varies from per­son to per­son. The heal­ing prop­er­ties of coconut oil have been said to aid in the re-​growth process of dam­aged hair. Finally, reg­u­lar use of coconut oil can keep your hair free of lice and dandruff.

Inter­nal Use
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Coconut Oil can be used as a weight loss prod­uct. The fatty acids in coconut oil help to sup­press your appetite thus increas­ing your chances of weight loss. Coconut oil also pro­vides the body with a decent meta­bolic rate as it can be used by the liver for energy, thus stim­u­lat­ing fat burn­ing. It has also been known to boost indi­vid­u­als’ immune sys­tems, due to the anti­fun­gal, antibac­te­r­ial and antivi­ral prop­er­ties in the acids that make up coconut oil.

Skin
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This nat­ural oil can also be used as a skin mois­tur­izer, both for dry and reg­u­lar skin. It has also been known to com­bat the itch­i­ness usu­ally asso­ci­ated with those to suf­fer from eczema (due to its anti-​inflammatory prop­er­ties). Addi­tion­ally, coconut oil helps to treat a vari­ety of skin prob­lems and also delay the appear­ance of wrin­kles on the skin.

Feet
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Coconut oil is bet­ter than any cream on the mar­ket for athlete’s foot. As men­tioned in the intro­duc­tion, this oil also has anti­fun­gal prop­er­ties and thus has been found to be effec­tive in remov­ing odors and fun­gus from the feet after just a few uses. In addi­tion to this, coconut oil has also been known to help soften rough skin and calluses.

Oil Pulling
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This involves the use of nat­ural sub­stances to cleanse teeth and gums and also remove tox­ins from them as well (for exam­ple, bac­te­ria). Oil pulling involves tak­ing the oil and ‘swish­ing’ it around your mouth for a period of time. The time this should be done for varies from arti­cle to arti­cle, but Dr. Bruce Fife, author of “Oil Pulling Ther­apy”, sug­gests that 20 min­utes is the best dura­tion of time as this is long enough for the oil to break though the plaque and bac­te­ria in our mouths, but not long enough that the body reab­sorbs the tox­ins and bac­te­ria just removed. It should be noted that the oil will become thick and of a milky tex­ture and should be a creamy white color when it is spat out. You should not swal­low or spit the oil into the sink and there should be thor­ough rins­ing and brush­ing after­wards. When coconut oil is used for oil pulling it removes bac­te­ria and fun­gus from your mouth, whitens teeth, and rids the body of tox­ins. Oil pulling is most effec­tive when used in the morn­ing before you brush your teeth. This is one of the best uses for coconut oil as it treats the body both inter­nally and exter­nally (helps with the skin as well).

When pur­chas­ing coconut oil, it is impor­tant to pur­chase the brand of oil that has been unre­fined with no addi­tives or chem­i­cals. This is usu­ally sold as pure coconut oil, vir­gin coconut oil (avoid the “extra vir­gin” coconut oil) or organic coconut oil. Give this prod­uct a try and let us know how it has worked for you.

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