If you grew up consuming coconut oil, you are either confused or indifferent about the craze of this not so “new” superfood, because you already knew of its greatness! Turns out this oil has quite the impressive resume and for good reasons. Our parents and grand-parents really knew how to benefit from its properties.
Weight loss, Heart and Brain
Yes, it is one of the top recommended oils for anyone going through a weight loss program or a timely change in lifestyle – as I often refer to it. Coconut oil contains Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), making it one of the easiest oils for our body to metabolize. It contains polyphenols, which have anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. This oil doesn’t have negative effects on cholesterol and heart disease and therefore helps promote brain and heart health. If you like its genuine, nutty and sweet flavors, buy the extra virgin coconut oil. Your coconut infused grain, meat or vegetable dishes as well as condiments will love you for it and so will hungry bellies.
Skin and Hair
This extremely versatile oil is solid at room temperature and naturally dissolves once it comes in contact with skin or heat. I recently used it for those pesky dry spots on my elbows and heels. It can be mixed with other natural skin, hair products or pomades for a wonderful scent and texture. It is not too oily and gets quickly absorbed by the skin. some of my fellow naturopathic physicians and massage therapists use it for body work. If you want to take advantage of its emollient properties without its sweet smell, buy the refined odorless version and mix it with essential oils such as lavender, geranium or rose. Heavens to the nose and skin….!
Sprinkle warmed coconut oil on top of freshly popped-corn, add a teaspoon in your smoothies for taste, and a robust flavor. Apply as you would lotions or pomades on your damp skin after a shower and pad (instead of wipe) your body dry. I hope to create herb and flower infused coconut oils for holiday gifts. If you have other usages for this super oil let me know, I will spread the word!
In the meantime enjoy the slide show from my time in Haiti where I learned how to make coconut oil from scratch. Having a backyard full of coconut trees does help!