5 Uses and Benefits of Coconut Oil [Must Read]
We’re suckers for great oils, and when they can be sourced naturally, it makes things even all the better.
Coconut oil has been touted for its great cooking, healing and beauty uses for a long time and more recently, we’ve begun to really take notice.
Great for the skin and hair, here are 5 reasons why Coconut oil has quickly become one of our favourite beauty oils.
Great cooking oil: Coconut oil can be used in a number of ways for cooking. From cooking, frying and even as a topping for popcorn and as a baking oil, Coconut oil is a very handy cooking oil.
Moisturiser: Coconut oil is a great oil for moisturising the skin, also because its been known to remove spots from the body. It’s also great to use on stretch marks during pregnancy, and the guys aren’t left out either as it makes for a great shaving moisturiser.
Make-up remover: Goodbye make-up removers, hello coconut oil! Coconut oil makes a great healthy substitute for make-up removers. It gets the job done, while moisturising the skin so why not give it a shot?
Great hair treatment: Looking to deep condition your hair or perhaps split ends have got you in a bind? Then coconut oil is the perfect remedy for you. Apply liberally on the hair, especially on the ends and leave for about 20 minutes or even overnight if you can, for healthier, glossier hair. It doesn’t smell bad either, so that’s a plus.
Health benefits: Coconut oil is rich in fatty acids (not the bad kind), rather Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) which are metabolised quickly going straight to the liver from the digestive tract where they are used as a quick energy source or turned into so-called ketone bodies, which can have therapeutic effects on brain disorders like epilepsy andAlzheimer’s. It also significantly increases energy expenditure by as much as 5%, resulting in weight loss in the long run. Finally coconut oil contains lauric acid which can kill harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses and fungi. What’s not to love?