What’s something you can use for face cream, body moisturizer, leave-in conditioner, sauteeing, baking, smoothies, and tea?
COCONUT OIL OF COURSE!
This is the first of many posts I will be doing every Wednesday outlining the weird but good things I do in the name of health. Don’t worry, I won’t run out of things to post…my life is a weird but good post in itself. If you look up weird but good in the dictionary you would see a picture of moi.
Anyway, I am dedicating this very first Weird but Good Wednesday to Coconut Oil.
Coconut Oil is a miracle food in my eyes. Actually coconuts in general are miracles to me because they are so versatile (flour, water, juice, cream, oil) but that’s a different post for a different day. Let’s just focus on the oil for now.
I have a jar in my bathroom and a jar in my kitchen.
I have stopped using any commercial of conventional face creams and body lotions. All I use is a half teaspoon or less of coconut oil on my face everyday and viola! the best face lotion EVER. It smells tropical, can help control dandruff, has strong natural anti-bacterial properties to help with acne, is fully of essential fatty acids for tissue building (ahem! anti-aging!), and it’s small molecular structure makes it readily absorbed for prolonged moisturizing.
According to Bruce Fife, author of “The Coconut Oil Miracle”,
“Pure coconut oil is the best natural skin lotion available. It prevents free-radical formation and the damage it causes. It can help prevent the skin from developing liver spots and other blemishes caused by aging and overexposure to sunlight. It helps to keep connective tissues strongand supple so that the skin doesn’t sag and wrinkle. In some cases it can even restore damaged or diseased skin. I’ve seen precancerous lesions completely disappear with the daily use of coconut oil.”
Bruce also says that coconut oil is regarding highly by beauticians for being the best conditioner even surpassing expensive salon quality products. Distribute evenly a spoonful of melted coconut oil through your hair before you go to bed and wash it out in the morning. Your hair will be soft and have a delightful shimmer.
In a toxic world, the simpler the products we absorb epidermally, the better! Not only is coconut oil pure, simple, and natural, but it is quite affordable seeing as such a small amount goes a long way.
Then once you’ve done your morning routine, you can mosey into the kitchen for some scrambled eggs in coconut oil. The benefits of this? The Thermogenic Effect. From the book “Eat Fat, Lose Fat”,
“Coconut oil has a “thermogenic effect,” which means that is raises your body temperature, thus boosting your energy and metabolic rate. A study in Japan, reported in Journal of Nutritional Science Vitaminology, 2002, found that consuming medium chain fatty acids caused greater thermogenesis than did eating long chain fatty acids, regardless of what kind of MCFA-containing food was eaten.” (Coconut oil is a medium chain fatty acid)
Plus, coconut oil is a slow burning energy so it keeps you feeling satiated longer. Melt some in your morning tea for an extra energy and nutrition boost.