Coconut Oil Benefits and Uses

Coconut Oil holds a significant place in my daily regimes and routines.  There are so many uses for this awesome oil that it's hard not to use it on everything from skin and teeth to weight loss! There are many more uses for coconut oil then what I'm about to outline.  The below uses are how I personally use coconut oil in my routine.

1. SOAPMAKING!
This is the most important to me.  Coconut Oil  is one of the most popular oils in soapmaking. It offers a unique combination of cleansing, firming and skin-loving properties to recipes. In addition, coconut oil is wonderful in a variety of other bath and beauty projects such as scrubs, lip balm, hair care and more. It has become particularly popular in the past few years, as many use coconut oil as a skin and hair moisturizer.

2. OIL PULLING
Of course this bullet point is a VERY close second.  Oil pulling with Coconut Oil has been used for centuries as a way to cleanse the mouth of bacteria and help heal periodontal disease. Coconut oil is one of the most effective oils for oil pulling due to it’s high concentration of antibacterial MCFA’s.

By swishing the oil in your mouth the oil denatures the bacteria and sticks to it. Removing oral bacteria greatly reduces your risk of periodontal disease. If you want to heal your gums and repair your teeth, this is a great place to start. 

Not only does oil pulling make teeth feel amazing but it whitens and freshens breath too.  It also helps with bleeding gums during pregnancy.  Taking the coconut oil and swishing it around your mouth for 20 MINUTES at least 3 times a week helps with preventing plaque build up, bad breath and gum and tooth sensitivity.

3. ENERGY & ENDURANCE
Coconut oil is easy to digest, but also produces a longer sustained energy and increases your metabolism. When taking a quality non-processed coconut oil, you can get the most benefit as it’s fatty acids are sent directly to the liver to be converted into energy!

Today, many triathletes will use coconut oil as their source of fuels during training and races for long distance events. You can make a homemade energy fuel by mixing coconut oil, raw honey and chia seeds together. Simply put together 1 TBSP of each and consume 30 minutes prior to exercise.

4. SKIN MOISTURIZER, HEALER & BODY SCRUB
When applied topically, virgin organic coconut oil for skin can speed up wound healing, and can be effective in increasing hydration and reducing water loss in seriously dry skin. Sounds like a recipe for a really good lotion to us! It's a health-expert favorite, too. Says Katrine van Wyk, a holistic health and nutrition coach based in New York: "It smells delicious, is very affordable, and leaves my skin feeling nourished and smooth."

That store-bought body scrub you save for special occasions? It's a waste of money. That's because you can make one yourself with ingredients you already have in your kitchen.  It's wonderfully moisturizing, great for the skin, inexpensive, and blissfully absent of chemicals you can't pronounce. To make your own, melt ½ c of coconut oil at very low heat. Pour it over 1 c of brown sugar or salt and stir well. If you have some on hand, add in five drops of your favorite essential oil or some pure vanilla extract for a scrub so fragrant you'll want to eat it. If you don't want to go through the prep to make it yourself, visit our SHOP and order your own body scrub with the scent of your choosing!

5. WEIGHT LOSS
Because of the energy creating abilities of coconut oil, it is no wonder that it is beneficial in losing weight. It helps to burn fat, decrease appetite and it studies it was especially helpful in losing belly fat!

It might seem counter-intuitive to assume that eating coconut oil (a fat) will contribute to fat loss, but it is actually quite logical. The key to understanding this phenomenon lays in the multidimensional ability of the fatty acids to control a variety of physiological processes.

For example, in the a 1985 study, it was discovered that capric acid shows significant improvements in thyroid function, helps lower resting heart rate, and assists your body in burning fat for energy.

Testing the effects that MFCAs have on fat breakdown, adipose (fatty) cells in animals were pre-treated with caprylic acid. They observed that fat breakdown occurred at such a significant level that it literally mimicked the characteristics of fasting.  Fasting, in this sense, is not to be regarded as negative, but positive in that the body uses its energy reserves most effectively and speeds up the breakdown of needless fat reserves.