Coconut oil has been around for quite some time, but has never really been extensively used. My mother used to bake doughnuts in coconut oil and I have used it when making truffles but that’s all.
Well, wondering what coconut oil is good for?
When it comes to external use the effects of coconut oil has been tested and proven to be quite good. It is an excellent massage oil and it also acts as an effective moisturizer for all types of skin. Best of all – there is no chance of having any adverse side effect from application of this oil. Coconut oil also helps when it comes to treating various skin problems like psoriasis, dermatitis and other skin infections.
I have used coconut oil for hair care as well: mix some drops of tea tree oil with coconut oil and rub the mixture into your scalp and hair, then let it work for about 15 minutes before rinsing your hair. Excellent firming effect and your hair will be more lively already after the very first time.
Oil pulling may be familiar to most of you already. Gargle coconut oil in your mouth for about 15 minutes and the results will be seen already within a week: you’ll have whiter and healthier teeth.
Calcium is an important component of our teeth. Since coconut oil facilitates absorption of calcium, it also helps develop stronger teeth. It also stops tooth decay and it is beneficial in reducing plaque formation.
My dogs have even eaten coconut oil, because I happened to read that it would be good for their health, which of course got me wondering if it would benefit humans as well as pets.
Some pieces of information found from the internet
Coconut oil is one of those few ingredients which you could label “superfood”. It helps to improve the digestive system and the saturated fats present in it have antimicrobial properties which help in dealing with various bacteria, fungi and parasites that can cause indigestion. It also helps in the absorption of other nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
Coconut oil speeds up healing. When applied to infected areas it forms a chemical layer that protects from external dust, air, fungi etc. It also keeps your organs healthy, it for example helps in preventing liver diseases as well as kidney and gall bladder diseases.
There is plenty more though – coconut oil helps in AIDS and cancer treatment, boosts heart health, stress relief, osteoporosis, Alzheimer disease just to mention a few.
While this is quite an extensive list of positive effects new studies are being presented all the time, and the latest ones claim that coconut oil might not be as healthy as we have been lead to believe. Then again this seems to be the trend when it comes to certain types of research – what is good for you today will be dangerous tomorrow. What about the people who’s natural diet has included daily doses of coconut oil for generations, the people who have live long and healthy lives – I think facts like these outweigh much of the current research trends on such topics.
Maybe it is time for me to take the step and not only treat my dogs to the many benefits of coconut oil as well.