I just have a quick, but very important beauty + health tip today….
I recently mentioned coconut oil (my new BFF) on the Facebook Community and several ladies commented and shared their favorite way to use it. Ok, so I guess coconut oil has lots of BFF’s. I’m glad to hear it because this stuff is amazing internally and externally. Many of you here on the blog are not “facebookers” so I wanted to make sure you got this great info as well.
I have been using coconut oil for the past few years, but only on occasion. I would use it in the winter as a deep conditioning treatment on my hair or as a moisturizer on my skin when it was super dry, but that was about it. Recently, I have been cooking with it more and it’s delish! Substitute it for the cooking oil you are currently using. I switch off between the coconut oil and EVOO. The list of health benefits from coconut oil is a mile long:
- hair care
- skin care
- stress relief
- maintaining cholesterol levels
- weight loss
- increased immunity
- proper digestion and metabolism
- relief from kidney problems
- heart diseases
- high blood pressure
- HIV and cancer
- dental care
- bone strength
The benefits of coconut oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial and soothing properties. (http://www.organicfacts.net) It even worked on my chihuahua’s hotspots. I tried several different natural home remedies as well as over-the-counter lotions on her skin and nothing worked as fast as coconut oil. Make sure to get organic virgin coconut oil that has not been bleached, refined or hydrogenated.