Benefits that we can get from using Coconut oil:

  1. 11 Uses of Coconut Oil in Food
  2. Butter – coconut oil is the best substitute for conventional butters that are readily available in the market. The small amount of coconut flavor, mostly pronounced in unrefined coconut oils gives a lovely aroma and taste on your toast.
  3. Coffee Creamer – A spoonful of coconut oil mixed into your coffee can give an extra boost of energy and may even replace dairy cream. When hot coffee is placed in a blender adding up the coconut oil and your favorite natural sweetener, it will result in a rich creamy flavor without adding any of dairy products.
  4. Energy Booster – A mixture of medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil and chia seeds will give a natural energy boost when you use it during a mid-afternoon activity or after a strenuous work out. Chia seeds are known to have a boosting performance and endurance, while the coconut oil, at the same time, aids in digestion and metabolizing of the chia seeds
  • Mix a tablespoon of coconut oil with 1/2 tablespoon of chia seeds. Spread directly on your bread for a light snack.
  1. Healthy Homemade Mayonnaise – (In a blender) combine 4 egg yolks, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon dried mustard. Blend ingredients until well combined. Slowly add 1 cup of coconut oil (melted) and 1/2 cup of olive oil, for emulsion. Adding oils too fast will break the mayonnaise. If ever it happens, add 1/2 tablespoon of tahini and blend until creating smooth texture.
  2. Popcorn Topping – Cook the corn kernels in coconut oil and drizzle melted coconut oil at the top once done and add sea salt according to your own amount.
  3. Non-stick Cooking Spray Replacement – Eggs will sometimes stick to the non-stick skillet. To help you avoid sticking, put a teaspoon or two of coconut oil to the pan and let it melt. Then add the eggs and cook as desired.
  4. Chocolate Fondue (Coconut) – Gradually melt 1 tablespoon of coconut oil with 2 cups of chopped dark chocolate (preferably 70% cacao) over a low heat in a double boiler, stirring occasionally.  If mixture is too thick, add a little amount of coconut oil and stir until warm and melted. Transfer into a fondue pot and may consider dipping with health promoting foods like fresh strawberries, bananas and sliced apples.
  5. Baking – Replacing unhealthy fats such as butter and vegetable oil is possible, by using the same amount of butter or vegetable oil in the recipe. For biscuits and piecrusts, and other preparations (where the fat is needed to be cold), freeze the coconut oil prior to using on your desired recipe. You can use coconut oil to grease on baking sheets and cake pans.
  6. Homemade Granola – A combination of 3 cups of oats, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, 1 cup chopped almonds, 1/3 cup of honey or maple syrup, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/3 cup coconut palm sugar, in a large bowl.
  7. Eggs – coat by swiping a small amount of oil over its shell and leaving it to penetrate will help prevent exposure to the oxygen, making the eggs extend
  8. Throat Lozenge – Swallow 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of coconut (3 times daily) to ease the pain of sore throat or cough, and combine licorice root tea with coconut oil for throat soother. For extra immunity boost against viruses and colds, try adding licorice root, honey and lemon.

 

  1. Beauty and Skin Uses

 

  1. Reduce Wrinkles – Place small amount of coconut oil around eyes and leave the oil overnight to soak-in. Combining frankincense oil will add in anti-aging benefits.
  2. Skin Moisturizer- coconut oil is solid at room temperature but quickly melts when in contact with hands. Wash face and pat dry before going to bed. Place pea sized in your hands and rub in circular motion in face. Leave for 5 minutes and wipe off.
  3. Homemade Toothpaste – Combine equal parts of coconut oil and baking soda then add few drops of peppermint essential oil.
  4. Lip Balm – Combine 2 tablespoons of coconut oil with 2 tablespoons of beeswax and 1 tablespoon of shea butter in non-stick saucepan and warm slowly until melted. Allow to set up to 6 hours.
  5. Make-up Remover – Putting a small amount of coconut oil will quickly liquefy eye make-up and making it easy to wipe off. Rub the oil gently to upper lids and lower lids in a circular motion and wipe off with warm cloth.
  6. Natural Mouthwash – Combine equal parts of coconut oil and baking soda then add few drops of peppermint essential oil. Use daily to whiten teeth, improve gum health and freshen breath.
  7. Personal Lubricant
  8. Wound Salve – Combine coconut oil, frankincense, Lavender and melaleuca oil. The natural antibacterial and antifungal properties of the coconut oil help keep the area free of any infection. Lauric acid also helps to speed up healing.
  9. Oil Pulling – Gurgle a tablespoon of coconut oil immediately after waking up in the morning and spend 10-20 minutes gurgling, not swallowing the oil. rinse with salt.
  10. Deodorant – Coconut oil has an antibacterial properties helping to keep body odor. Best with a combination of paste with baking soda and essential oils.
  11. Gentle Face Wash – for best results, mix with lavender oil, tea tree oil and raw honey.
  12. Sunscreen / Sunburn Cure
  13. Massage – For soothing and conditioning. Add small drops of lavender oil and peppermint oil, it helps heal sore muscles, and stimulate mindful relaxation.
  14. Cellulite Solution – Combine 1 tablespoon of coconut oil with 10 drops of grapefruit essential oil. Massage in firm circular motion into affected areas. Followed by dry brushing to help stimulate circulation and it encourages cellular detox.
  15. Shaving Cream – Put a small amount of coconut oil in your hands and rub on face, under arms, legs or the bikini area and shave.
  16. Cold Sore Treatment – Apply on affected area several times a day.
  17. Nail Cuticle oil – apply oil to finger beds, it reduces the risk of developing fungal infections.
  18. Soothe Cracked Heels – Use 2 tablespoons of oil to both heels and may add other essential oils. It can help reduce dryness and bacteria and give your feet a nice and relaxing scent
  19. Hair Conditioner- Apply according to hair length. Prepare 1 teaspoon -2 tablespoons of coconut oil as conditioner. Warm in your palms and smooth through the hair starting at the ends.
  20. Insect Repellant – Combine a mixture of 1 tablespoon of coconut oil with small drops of peppermint, rosemary and tea tree oil to repel flies, mosquitos, gnats and bees.
  21. Anti-fungal cream
  22. For diaper rash and Baby ointment – Start using the amount of 1 tablespoon and allow to seep into the skin.
  23. Stretch Mark Reducer
  24. Prevent/Treat Dandruff
  25. Exfoliator

 

  1. Household Uses

 

  1. Gum removal from hair or furniture – apply gum on surfaces with gum
  2. Dust preventer – Rub with small amount of oil on wood surfaces, plastic or cement. No need to wash off.
  3. Shoe shiner
  4. Laundry Detergent – Coconut oil is the solution for persons prone to sensitive skin and allergies. Combine oil with water, lye and essential oils to create non-toxic soapy liquid that is excellent for clothes.
  5. Furniture Polish- Use the coconut oil on granite counter tops, wood and metal surfaces on your furniture. It will also reduce dusk, scratches and also clean furniture and home surfaces too.
  6. Rust reducer – spread a thin layer of coconut oil on the metal and let it sit for 1-2 hours. You can wipe or wash off the oil and you can see the difference right away.
  7. Homemade soap – Combine coconut oil with the substance Lye, or Lard.  Coconut oil will also add its fragrance.

 

  1. Medicinal Uses
  2. Fights Inflammation – Virgin coconut oil that are prepared without chemical or high-heat treatment exhibits an inhibitory effect on chronic inflammation. Inflammation is considered to be a leading cause of many chronic diseases. Regular consumption of virgin coconut oil help fight inflammation
  3. Boost Immune System- Coconut oil’s composition of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid gives strong antifungal, antimicrobial, antiviral and antibacterial properties that has an immune boosting effect.
  4. Prevents Bone loss and Osteoporosis Risk – Virgin coconut oil is effective in maintaining strong bone structure and prevents bone loss in estrogen-deficient. Due to its high polyphenols and antioxidants properties, you should take 3 tablespoons daily for excellent results.
  5. Brain Health Protector and Alhzeimers Treatment – Take 1 tablespoon 3 times a day.
  6. Sleeping Aid
  7. Acne Fighter – mix oil with tea tree oil and honey for added benefits and effectiveness.
  8. Protects/Defense from Cancer – Coconut oil and Medium-Chain Triglycerides has a “potent anti-tumor effect and maintain a normal immune system”.
  9. Candida – Coconut oil relieves inflammation caused by candida (external and internal). Capric acid, Caprylic acid, caproic acid, myristic acid and lauric acid properties of the coconut oil helps eliminate Candida albicans.
  10. Balances Hormones – The coconut oil has healthy fats that supports the thyroid and adrenal gland which lowers cortisols to naturally balance the hormones. Coconut oil help in suppressing inflammation, while supporting the healthy metabolism (2 important functions to balance hormones).
  11. Supports Digestion – Coconut oil helps the growth of healthy probiotics in the digestive tract. The antifungal, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties help control parasites, and fungi, while help in in the efficient absorption of essential nutrients.
  12. Blood Sugar – it encourages the secretion of inulin from the pancreas.
  13. Ezcema and Psoriasis Treatment
  14. Balance Cholesterol Levels
  15. Constipation Relief – Take 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in morning or before bed time. It penetrates the digestive track. It kills off harmful bacteria and allows the gut flora to balance.
  16. Fight Heart disease
  17. Help Sick Pets

 

  1. Other Benefits
  • Liver – the medium chain triglycerides and fatty acids helps prevent liver diseases, in line with this, the substances are converted to energy when they reach in the liver. It reduces the work load of liver and preventing accumulation of fat.
  • Kidney – It prevents kidney diseases and help dissolve kidney stones.
  • Pancreatitis
  • Stress Relief – applying in head with gently massage, relieves from mental fatigue.
  • Dental Care – It helps develops strong teeth since the coconut oil facilitates the absorption of calcium in the body. It also prevents tooth decay.

 

Coconut tree is known to be the “tree of life” in places such as South east Asia, India, Philippines and other tropical countries. The oil that is extracted from the tree (Coconut oil) provides different health benefits, health care and skin care, thus, making this product wanted by everyone. Coconut Oils do not have a high cost online, which make it very appealing to buyers. It’s made up of natural resources that proves its importance in these modern days considering the unhealthy lifestyle people have right now.  However, despite of the competitive market on food today, especially on processed food, people are now discovering the wonders of the coconut oil and how versatile it is. The trends in the last 5 years in Google have been steadily increasing.

 

 

Coconut oil is colorless at or above 30oC and it is white when it reaches its solid form. The usual smell of the oil is from coconuts that are not refined, bleached nor deodorized. The melting point of the oil is at 25o C (76o Fahrenheit) and will become solid when temperature’s  get lower than 25oC (76o Fahrenheit). Coconut oil forms a white homogenous mixture when it is beaten well if mixed with a little water, however become insoluble in water at a room temperature. Coconut oil is known to have a composition of Saturated Fatty Acids (94%) with good percentage of Medium Chain Fatty Acids.

Chemical Composition:

  1. Vitamin E – It causes silky hair, smooth and younger skin that everyone would love to have.
  2. Moisture – Moisture depends on the moisture content of source (like, Fresh Coconut or Copra) and how the procedure of extraction when done. Fresh Coconuts (virgin coconut oil) has more moisture than from well-dried copra. More heat will have less moisture than that which was not exposed to any heating process.
  3. Fatty Acids
  • Lauric acid
  • Myristic acid
  • Caprylic acid
  • Capric acid
  • Caproic acid
  • Palmitic acid
  • Oleic acid
  • Pamitoleic acid
  • Linoleic acid
  • Stearic acid
  1. Other Suspensions – frequently found in refined coconut oil. The obscurity of its clarity (coconut crude oil) is from the suspension of protein and other organic particles.
  • Reactivity – It oxidizes and reacts with acids and bases.

The various fatty acids, moisture and other nutrients depends on the quality of coconuts, method of extraction, the heat temperature and the pre-processing and post processing of the oil.