For centuries, the coconut tree has often been referred to as "the tree of life". Nearly every part of the coconut tree can be used or consumed to benefit your everyday life in a healthy and natural way. The oil derived from the tree, serves various purposes in both health and beauty, acting as an all-in-one product in place of many others. Here are 3 of my favorite ways to use the oil:
1) Food Preparation || Coconut oil is a healthier fat used for cooking and baking. The oil is nearly 90% saturated fat, which may sound a bit deceiving. However, not all saturated fats are created equal. Lauric acid —a medium-chain saturated fatty acid—composes most of the saturated fat found in coconut oil. The lauric acid has a more neutral effect on heart health in comparison to longer-chain saturated fats found in many meat and dairy products. That is why coconut oil is a perfect substitute for butter. The oil can be used in baking recipes and serves as a delicious spread or topping on toast, sauteed vegetables, and popcorn.
2) Skin || Coconut oil works wonderfully as an all-over intensive body moisturizer. The oil is readily absorbed into the skin due to its chemical makeup. It is a natural antibacterial and antifungal, allowing your skin to feel clean and refreshed while offering a great scent. The oil can cure winter dryness and also creates a beautiful glow perfect for summer.
3) Hair || Due to its high moisture retaining capacity, coconut oil can restore damaged and dry hair, adding shine and softness. The oil can penetrate the hair follicle better than other oils thanks to its low molecular weight. There are a few different ways to achieve hair restoration. The oil can be applied to the hair with allowing enough time to soak in before washing it out in the shower, or can even be applied the night before washing the hair. A small amount can also be worked into the ends of damp hair after shampooing and conditioning and serve as a protective leave-in treatment.