Coconuts are members of the drupe family - a fleshy fruit that has been growing in tropical regions for millions of years. A rich source of lauric acid and electrolytes, coconuts contain many antioxidants and are also antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal. September 2nd is "World Coconut Day," when the entire globe celebrates one of nature's healthiest foods.
Made from the flesh of the fruit, coconut oil has many amazing benefits for those who use it in a variety of ways.
1. As a Cooking Oil.
Coconut oil is made up of medium chain fatty acids, which can sustain a higher cooking temperature for pan frying and deep frying foods. The structure of coconut oil also makes it easy for the body to use as an energy source, producing quick energy without an insulin spike and resulting sugar cravings.
Cooking with coconut oil is healthy for weight loss and blood sugar, but it also helps fight infections from the common cold to candida, a yeast-based infection that can cause everything from urinary infections to skin problems.
2. As a Skin Moisturizer.
The same medium chain fatty acids that make coconut oil so healthy to cook with also allows it to slip into the skin's cells and provide moisture as well as nutrients that can heal acne, reduce redness, and give skin an overall healthy glow.
3. As a Makeup Remover.
Oil dissolves oil and other substances to remove them from skin. Coconut oil is a very effective makeup remover, and it will moisturize and balance your skin as it removes your makeup.
4. As a Hair Treatment.
Coconut oil can tame frizz and hydrate your hair at the same time. Typically, you should use more oil the thicker and drier your hair is. Applying the oil just before shampooing can work, as well as soaking hair in the oil for a few hours or overnight for extreme dryness.
5. In DIY Beauty Product Recipes.
Making your own deodorant, body scrub, lip balm, and lots of other beauty aids is simple with coconut oil as the base. With a few simple ingredients, you can save a lot of money and reduce your chemical exposure with natural beauty products you make yourself.
6. To Heal Wounds and Reduce Scarring.
Applying coconut oil to minor scrapes, cuts and rashes will help them heal faster with less scarring. The oil helps skin regenerate and can even reduce the appearance of old scars from acne and other skin issues.
7. To Treat Scalp Problems and Hair Loss.
Coconut oil can be used as a treatment for dry scalp and dandruff by replacing the oils that are often stripped away by chemical-laden shampoos and conditioners. For those who struggle with hair loss, the medium chain fatty acids can revitalize hair follicles and get them producing hair again.