Coconut is a species of plant from the Arecaceae family, and the term refers to the whole plant or the fruit itself. Coconuts are known for their versatility which ranges from food to cosmetics. They are edible and offer a variety of health benefits – the tasty coconut flesh is rich in medium-chain saturated fatty acids as well as mono and polyunsaturated fatty acids.
What are medium-chain fatty acids?
Medium-chain fatty acids (MCTs) are fatty acids which are easy to digest and absorb in the body and can easily cross the blood-brain barrier. They can be used as an energy source for the brain and are great for our overall health.
Coconut oil is one of the most popular types of oils nowadays. It has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties, and studies have shown that the oil can effectively kill cancer cells as well. Coconut oil is also an antioxidant which can prevent free radical damage and prevent premature aging. Here are the best coconut oil uses for our overall health and personal hygiene:
Treats dark spots on the skin
Applying coconut oil directly on the dark spots on your skin will fade them quickly and without side-effects.
A great shaving cream replacement
If you’ve gone out of shaving cream, coconut oil is the perfect replacement. It will prevent irritation and disinfect your skin, while also leaving a fresh scent behind.
Mix coconut oil with lavender, thyme, Jojoba, cedarwood and castor oil and apply the mixture on your head 2-3 times a day to promote cell regeneration and effectively treat baldness.
A great body scrub
Mix coconut oil with some sea salt and use the mixture as a perfect natural scrub for your skin.
Apply undiluted coconut oil to a fresh bruise to accelerate healing and prevent the swelling and redness.
Eliminates bug bites
Coconut oil can relieve the irritation caused by a bug bite and improve the healing process.
Applying coconut oil to sunburns is one of the best ways of treating them.
Protects your lips
Rub a bit of coconut oil on your lips to soften them and protect them from harsh weather conditions.
If your baby has dry skin on the scalp, rub a bit of coconut oil to soften it and accelerate the healing.
Rubbing coconut oil on your scalp will hydrate it and prevent the flaking, effectively eliminating dandruff and a variety of other hair problems.
A powerful deodorant
Mix some coconut oil with baking soda and cornstarch for a powerful effective deodorant.
Applying coconut oil on your baby’s bum will relieve the rashes and soothe the diaper burns.
Apply coconut oil under your eyes to reduce puffiness and swelling and reduce the appearance of the bags under your eyes.
A great facial wash
Mix coconut oil with some almond, avocado and olive oil and use the mixture to wash your face every day.
Apply a bit of teaspoon on your hair ends for a nice deep treatment that will prevent them from splitting. Coconut oil is a powerful conditioner that will make your hair look better than ever.
Rub a bit of coconut oil on your palms and run your hands through your hair to keep the frizz under control.
Accelerates the healing of minor cuts and wounds
Coconut oil can form a protective layer over cuts and wounds and accelerate the healing. Additionally, it also smells better than any kind of medical product.
A great lubricant
Coconut oil is a perfectly safe lubricant for condoms, but it’s not suitable for use on latex.
Use a cotton swab soaked in coconut oil and use it to remove your makeup.
Massage your body with coconut oil to improve the quality of your skin and smell great.
A powerful moisturizer
Apply coconut oil all over your body to hydrate your skin and promote regeneration.
Applying coconut oil on your nipples can prevent the irritation and soreness caused by your baby nibbling on them.
A great acne treatment
If your skin is too oily, apply some coconut oil on the T-zone in order to reduce the production of oil. Acne-prone skin is often very dry, which signals the glands to produce more oil and creates bigger problems.
Apply coconut oil on your skin before shaving to reduce the damage and irritation caused by the razor.
Relieves any skin condition
Coconut oil can successfully treat conditions such as eczema, acne, psoriasis or dermatitis.
Eliminates stretch marks
Coconut oil can promote the healing and regeneration of damaged skin and effectively relieve stretch marks.
A great sunscreen
Applying coconut oil on your skin when you’re enjoying the sun is a great way of protecting your skin. It’s not exactly high, though (4 SPF), so make sure not to sit in the sun for too long.
A great moisturizer for fresh tattoos
Coconut oil is one of the best moisturizers and healing agents for tattoos. Rubbing coconut oil on your new tat will accelerate the healing process and reduce the risk of infections. Apply a thin layer of it twice a day or per your tattoo artist’s recommendation.
Mix some coconut oil and baking soda and use the mixture as a normal toothpaste to treat numerous oral problems and destroy bacteria in your mouth.
Rub coconut oil on the wrinkles and fine lines around your eyes to reinforce your connective tissue and make your skin look younger than ever.
Improves the health of your bones and teeth
Coconut oil will improve your magnesium and calcium absorption and boost the development of your bones and teeth.
The saturated fats in coconut oil will improve your digestion and prevent a variety of digestive problems such as IBS.
Regulates your blood sugar levels
Coconut oil can improve your insulin production and regulate your blood sugar levels, effectively preventing diabetes.
Promotes weight loss
The saturated fats in coconut oil will curb your cravings and promote more efficient weight loss.
Treats colon and breast cancer
According to recent studies, coconut oil can reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer, and other studies are underway to see how it affects different types of the disease.
Treats cognitive problems
Coconut oil can be a part of cognitive behavioral therapy when used in combination with fish oil and other treatments.
Treats heart disease
Consuming coconut oil regularly will prevent the hardening of arteries that is the main reason for atherosclerosis.
Eliminates the H. Pylori bacterium
Oral intake of coconut oil can successfully eliminate the H. Pylori bacterium that can cause quite a lot of damage to the digestive system.
A great furniture polishing agent
Mix a bit of coconut oil and lemon juice each, then use the mixture to polish your furniture and bring back its shine.
A great insect repellent
Mix coconut and peppermint oil and rub it on your skin to prevent bug bites and keep insects off you.