Stress-Relief Tactic #1:
What makes Coconut Oil so great you might ask? Here are just a few of the many uses of coconut oil
1) Cooking and Baking
Coconut Oil is a saturated fat made primarily of MCFA’s (Medium Chain Fatty Acids), making it very stable for cooking and giving it a longer shelf life. MCFA’s are easier to digest and immediately used as an energy source rather than being converted to fat. Polyunsaturated fats (like vegetable oils: corn, soy, safflower, canola) are damaged from heat processing, cooking, and sitting on a shelf; it is these damaged (oxidized) fats that primarily contribute to inflammation, plaque formation, and increased cholesterol. Cooking with stable fats such as coconut oil or butter provide the benefits of that fat without the oxidized side-effects.
2) Make-up Remover
Potentially my favorite use! After searching several stores for a natural eye-makeup remover and being disappointed in the outrageous price of a tiny bottle, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I purchased a jar of virgin coconut oil, rubbed a tiny bit on my eyes and voila! It works better than anything I’ve used before, and it’s much more cost effective.
3) Moisturizer, Lip Balm, Shiny Hair Serum
I find it ironic that moisturizers available on the market attempt to mimic natural products by adding chemicals, fragrances, and colorings that are harmful to the body. They often add coconut oil to their chemical concoction, but why bother with all that crap when you can have the real thing! Want to know what’s in coconut oil?…Coconut oil. That’s it.
I use it on my face, neck, and lips every night before bed. Only downfall is that Libby dog tries to eat it off my face but that’s not the worst thing. You can also rub it through your hair and let it set for an hour before washing out. This will help repair damaged ends and renew shine!
4) Anti-Microbial Properties and Neurological Benefits
The MCFA (medium chain fatty acids, notably lauric acid/monolaurin) in the coconut oil demonstrate anti-microbial properties and work to kill off several viruses, yeasts, and bacteria, especially the kind that like to overtake the GI system, such as candida. It works as a natural anti-fungal that helps to re-balance the body and strengthen the immune system.
Coconut Oil is also used as part of a treatment for people with neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s/dementia, autism, ataxia, hyperactivity, and other developmental disorders. This is due to the anti-microbial effect (these people almost always have bacterial imbalances and a brain unable to use glucose (sugar) as a fuel) and the “coconut ketones” in it, which provide a fuel for those people with impaired glucose utilization in the brain.
5) Nutrients and Nutrient Absorption
Coconut oil contains vitamins A, D, E, & K and also minerals such as Iron and Choline. More notably perhaps it facilitates the uptake of minerals such as Calcium and Magnesium which are necessary for nutrient utilization and proper function in the body.