BEHOLD! THE POWER OF COCONUT OIL! I recently started this all-natural journey, so I joined the Crunchy Betty group on Facebook. It seemed like the answer to everything was coconut oil. Hands dry? Coconut oil. Digestion problems? Coconut oil. Cloth diaper safe or natural diaper rash cream? Coconut oil. Stressed out? Coconut oil. On a diet and want to lose weight? Coconut oil. Menstrual cramps? How many times do I have to tell you that coconut oil is the answer to everything? Just let me swim in it!
So now you want a list, huh? What is this wonderful miracle and how can it help me? First let me run through it’s properties.
Antibacterial: It kills bacteria
Anti-fungal: It kills fungi and yeast leading to infection
Anti-carcinogenic: It has antimicrobial properties that help prevent the spread of cancer cells and enhances the immune system
Anti-parasitic: Fights tapeworms, lice and other parasites
Antimicrobial: Contains Lauric acid, also found in breastmilk, that fights infections cause by microorganisms
Anti-protozoa: Kills a tiny parasite that causes trichomonaisis (trich pronounced “trick”)
Antioxidant: prevents harmful chemical reactions in which oxygen is combined with other substances
Anti-retroviral: may reduce viral load of HIV-AIDS
Anti-viral: may kill some viruses that cause AIDS, herpes, measles, SARS, Hep C, and other viruses
Nutrient Absorbent: Helps absorb vitamins and minerals into the body
Has no harmful side effects
Nontoxic to humans
Here is a quick list of the benefits that coconut oil have been known to have.
Skin tone (less sagging & firmer skin)
Insulin secretion improvement
Utilizes blood glucose
Breastmilk (increase & enrich)
Pregnancy (gestational diabetes, kidney function, fights infections, boosts immunity & morning sickness)
Vitamin absorption (may even help to get rid of vitamin supplements all together because you absorb the natural vitamins & minerals from your food better)
Weight loss (saturated fats in the coconut oil and increased metabolic rate)
Kidney disease & stones
Irritable bowel syndrome
Lung function (increases fluidity of cell surfaces)
Bones & teeth (calcium & magnesium absorption)
Cancer (Has been shown to prevent color & breast cancer in lab studies)
Urinary Tract Infection
Vaginal Yeast Infections
Menstrual cramps & blood flow
Colds & viruses
Mastitis (requires at least 4 tablespoons a day)
EXTERNAL BENEFITS & HOW TO USE IT
Stress relief massage onto forehead & temples. The aroma is extremely soothing.
Nausea rub on the forearms & wrist
Cuts and scrapes apply at least twice a day
Jock itch helps with flareups, itching & healing. Use at least once a day
Diaper rash salve & poop repellent just put directly on the baby’s bum (definitely use unrefined coconut oil)
Teething pain reliever rub direct on gums
Lice Step 1: Massage a little oil in the hair–not too much, just enough to barely coat the hair. Step 2: Use a lice comb to at least twice on all of hair. Step 3: Wash very thoroughly. This might take two tries to get the oil out. Dry hair. Step 4: Apply a liberal amount of coconut oil and massage deep into hair. Leave oil on hair for at least 12 hours, but preferably 16. You can add more during the day to keep scalp moist. If you want, wear a towel or shower cap to keep it from getting on furniture. Step 5: Comb hair again at least twice. Step 6: Repeat again in 2-3 days if necessary until all lice are gone.
Allergies rub under your nose
Vaginal drying use a small amount on outside of vagina. It can be used internally.
Personal lube no explanation necessary. ;)
Sunburn rub on affected area and don’t be shy with it!
Sore throat dissolve a spoonful in warm water and gargle. Add a little honey and lemon for extra soothing.
Aftershave What’s even better is if you add a little avocado oil, castor oil & sweet almond oil! Add a few drops of essential oils for a wonderful scent.
Nosebleeds coat inside of nostrils
Ear infection a few drops in the ear twice a day
Swimmers ear mix garlic oil & coconut oil and put in ear for 10 minutes, 2-3 times a day. It takes up to 3 days, but usually just 1-2 days.
Chapstick make sure your lips are wet first, then rub it on your lips. It will absorb the water. It is also a natural SPF
Toothpaste 4 tablespoons of coconut oil, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1-2 packets of stevia (to taste), and peppermint oil (to taste). You will be amazed at how clean & white your mouth will be!
Oil pulling Definitely look into oil pulling! Basically, first thing in the morning before you eat or drink anything, you take a teaspoon to a tablespoon of oil, swish it gently for 20 minutes, spit, rinse very thoroughly, brush as usual (gently). DO NOT SWALLOW!!! This is extremely important because it will be full of toxins & bacteria! DO NOT spit down the drain or toilet. It will clog pipes. Spit in wastebasket. It will significantly improve your oral health along with your overall health. It works as a detox! It is absolutely wonderful. 20 minutes is a long time, you say? Do it while you shower or get ready for work. If that’s not good for you, do it twice a day for 10 minutes instead. It is amazing!
Cradle Cap run on scalp daily and gently brush with a baby brush
Exfoliator mix with a little sugar or sea salt and rub all over your body. It’s invigorating!
Age spots rub directly on spot daily
Bed sores apply directly to sore 3-4 times a day
Face wash & makeup remover mix equal parts coconut oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil, castor oil and olive oil. Rub about a teaspoon amount on face. It doesn’t matter if you still have makeup on! Rub in circular motions for a minute or two. Leave on for another minute or two then with a damp washcloth, wipe the oil off (gently).
Pore minimizer rub on before bedtime
Nipples- dry nipples, breastfeeding bites, cracks & sores apply before and after every nursing
Oily skin yep, it will actually get rid of oily skin!
Mouthwash add a few drops of peppermint to coconut oil. Add about a teaspoon to your mouth, swish, and spit.
Baldness apply three times a day
Hand & cuticle cream it works best if your hands are damp
Burns apply immediately and at least twice a day until healed
Hair conditioner treatment there are tons of different ways to treat your hair with coconut oil. It is best if you put it on wet hair so that it will absorb the moisture.
These are the recommended daily doses to intake.
|25-50 lbs / 11-23 kg||1 tablespoons|
|50-75 lbs / 23-34 kg||1.5 tablespoons|
|75-100 lbs / 34-45 kg||2 tablespoons|
|100-125 lbs / 45-57 kg||2.5 tablespoons|
|125-150 lbs / 57-68 kg||3 tablespoons|
|150-175 lbs / 68-79 kg||3.5 tablespoons|
|175+ / 79+||4 tablespoons|
INCORPORATE INTO YOUR DIET
Here are a few ways to incorporate coconut oil into your diet.
Butter or Oil substitute it can be replaced for almost any recipe with 1:1 ratio *see “smoke point” below
Soups & Stew add a teaspoon or two into a bowl of soup or stew or a few tablespoons while cooking it
Eat straight up eat a spoonful straight up! It’s delicious, in my opinion.
On toast, bagels, muffins… in place of butter
Popping popcorn or topping popcorn in place of butter
Salads melt coconut oil and mix with extra virgin olive oil at a 50/50 ratio. If you do not add the olive oil, it will not stay liquid.
With peanut butter on a sandwich, as a dip or straight up
Coconut candy recipe courtesy of Hybrid Rasta Mama
Drinks add to smoothies hot chocolate, chai lattes, teas, coffee… the trick is to blend not stir. You can stir in the coconut oil (in hot drinks), but it just tastes better if you blend it. Also, oil will float to the top, but blending will help to keep it from floating. Cold drinks, however, must be blended because of the solidity point of coconut oil being room temperature.
The smoke point is the temperature at which an oil will begin to smoke. In comparison to other oils, coconut oil has a very low smoke point. This means it cannot be heated to a very high temperature, such as when deep frying.
Unrefined coconut oil has a smoke point of 350° F, almost the same as butter or lard.
Refined coconut oil has a smoke point of about 400° F.
If your recipe calls for anything over 400° F I would not recommend using either coconut oil.
UNREFINED VS REFINED
Unrefined coconut oil is the best coconut oil you can get. It is virgin/extra-virgin. It is the purest, most natural, and least processed form, coming from fresh coconuts and has not been changed with a heating process. It is the one that you want over all other. It does have a slight coconut taste and smells like coconuts. Honestly I think it’s great! It is not sweet, however. So when you add it to recipes, in may give your food a very slight coconut flavor, but it will not make it sweeter. Do not think that you cannot use it in foods that are not meant to be sweet, however. It makes great fried chicken! No it doesn’t, in my opinion, make the chicken taste like a coconut. But you will not believe how juicy the chicken will be!
Refined coconut oil is usually made from dry coconut flakes, not fresh coconuts. They are refined, bleached, and deodorized. Refined coconut oil is still nutritious, buta lot of the healthy properties are lost in the heating and chemical process.