50 Uses for Coconut Oil to Better Your Life

07/12/2013 00:29

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Scientific research on coconut oil has revealed health benefits that affect your entire body, inside and out. You’ve heard good things about it and now you have a tub of it sitting in your pantry. So how do you use coconut oil?

This article lists 50 different ways to use coconut oil and it also links out to a bunch of DIY coconut oil recipes to help you try the different uses. I hope you find it valuable!

During World War II, the once plentiful supply of coconut oil was effectively cut off due to the Japenese military occupation of the Phillipines and other South Pacific Islands.

This continued well past the occupation, so manufacturers began to develop alternative sources of cooking oils, and the polyunsaturated oils phase was born. By the time the war was over, there was a lot of money at stake in the promotion of these polyunsaturated vegetable oils.

By the end of the 1950′s, public opinion had turned totally against saturated fats like butter (and coconut oil). Saturated fats were blamed for raising cholesterol, and now cholesterol was viewed as the evil enemy, the culprit responsible for the steep rise in rates of heart disease.

Butter, eggs and coconut oil were out.

The new vegetable oils were in, and now erroneously touted as ‘heart healthy’.

Coconut oil continued to be demonized in the ensuing decades by the vegetable oil industry, adding insult to injury, the soybean industry also began to condemn the use of tropical oils, especially coconut oil.

Unfortunately, the tropical oil industry, centered in poorer nations like the Phillipines and Indonesia, could’nt afford to counter the negative propaganda spread by such rich American industrial conglomerates.

Science and Good health took a back seat to profits, as they have on more than one occasion.

So, now you have heard the history behind coconut oil’s unfortunate ‘fall from grace,’ you should also know today’s good news, coconut oil is finally beginning to get the respect it deserves as a smart alternative to other oils.

Coconut oil is one of the richest sources of saturated fat known to man, with almost 90% of the fatty acids being saturated, predominantly lauric acid, which is found in human breast milk and is rarely found in nature anywhere else. In the body, lauric acid converts to monolaurin which has anti-bacterial and anti-microbial effects and helps strengthen the immune system. Lauric acid has also recently been found to have anti microbial properties.

The unique health benefits of coconut oil are directly related to it’s chemical structure, or more precisely, the length of it’s fatty acid chains.

Coconut oil is comprised mainly of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs), also called medium-chain triglycerides or LCTs.

Coconut oil is nature’s richest source of these MCFAs

By contrast, most common vegetable or seed oils are comprised of long chain fatty acids (LCFAs), also known as long-chain triglycerides or LCTs.

There are several reasons to explain why these  long chain fatty acids are not as healthy for you as the MCFA’s in coconut oil:

LCFAs are difficult for the body to break down, they must be packaged with lipoproteins, or carrier proteins, and require special enzymes for digestion.

LCFAs put more strain on the pancreas, the liver, and the entire digestive system.

LCFAs are predominantly stored in the body as fat. ( Thats why most people buy into the myth that fats are automatically ‘fattening’).

LCFAs can be deposited within arteries in lipid forms, such as cholesterol.

On the other hand, however, the MCFAs are more health promoting because;

MCFAs are smaller. They permeate cell membranes easily, and do not require lipoproteins or special enzymes to be utilized effectively by your body.

MCFAs are easily digested, thus putting less strain on your digestive system. This is especially important for those suffering with digestive or metabolic concerns.

MCFAs are sent directly to your liver, where they are immediately converted into energy rather than being stored as fat.

MCFAs can actually help stimulate your body’s metabolism, and help with weight loss.

Coconut oil is also well known for its anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.

Now you know the history and amazing health benefits of coconut oil, here are 50 great tips for incorporating coconut oil into your daily life, throw away your vegetable oils from your cupboard and make a healthy change today!!!!

Cooking and Eating

1) Cooking at High Heat – Some oils are unsafe to cook with at high temperatures, coconut oil is a great alternative. Refined Coconut oil has no coconut odour like virgin coconut oil, and is recommended for shallow and deep frying. Check out our Guide to Cooking Oils to compare healthy oils.
2) On Toast Instead of Butter – Simply use coconut oil instead of butter on your toast.
3) Eat it by the Spoonful – Coconut oil is that delicious and healthful. Enjoy one spoonful each morning.
4) Smoothies – Add one tablespoon of coconut oil into your favorite smoothie recipe and increase your energy with the oil’s MCTs. Check out this post for the Top Smoothie Ingredients.
5) Fry Eggs - Lightly coat the bottom of your skillet with coconut oil to create a non-stick surface and delicious eggs.
6) Popping Popcorn - A sweet twist on a classic snack! To make stovetop popcorn, you need a heavy-bottomed pan. First, add the coconut oil and popcorn to the pot. Coat the area of the pot with the oil, and use just enough popcorn to make a single layer over the bottom of the pot. Give the pot a little shake to make sure all of the kernels are coated with oil. Next, place the pot over medium heat. Put the lid on the pot, leaving it slightly open so that steam can escape. It should take about five minutes for the popcorn to pop completely.
7) Popcorn Topping – Instead of butter, melt a little coconut oil and pour it over your popped popcorn. Then sprinkle lightly with Himalayan crystal salt.
8) Oven Baked Sweet Potato Chips - Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Thinly slice sweet potatoes to about 1/8” thick.  Place slices on a baking sheet and brush lightly with coconut oil. Bake for about 15 minutes or until chips are lightly brown.  Add salt to taste, and serve with salsa or dip. (Or just eat them plain – either way they’re delicious!)
9) Replace Vegetable Oil for Baking – Next time you make your favorite brownie recipe, replace the vegetable oil with coconut oil. Your friends will be begging you for the recipe.
10) Pan Frying – Next time you fry up a batch of sweet potato fries or a piece of chicken, use coconut oil.
11) Grilled Cheese with Coconut Oil – No need for butter the next time you are making a grilled cheese sandwich.
12) Coconut Oil Coffee – Adding a spoonful to your coffee is a delicious way to start your day with a huge energy boost! Here is a great recipe for coconut oil coffee.
13) Homemade Granola – Check out this delicious recipe for coconut granola.
14) A Spoonful in Tea – Allow some coconut oil to melt and mildly flavor your next cup of tea.
15) Salad Dressings – A simple recipe for a salad dressing with coconut oil can be found here.

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Coconut Oil Skin Care

16) Cheekbone Highlighter – Apply a small amount on cheekbones over makeup.
17) Shaving Lotion – Close shave and a moisturizer at the same time.
18) Facial Scrub – Combine coconut oil with Himalayan crystal salt and apply to face each night. Washing it off is optional.
19) Body Scrub – Combine coconut oil and sugar. Check out this DIY Sugar Scrub recipe.
20) Makeup Remover – Healthier, stronger and longer eye lashes are just a bonus!
21) Homemade Deodorant – You only need a few ingredients in addition to coconut oil to make this simple deodorant recipe.
22) Homemade Lip Balm or Lip Gloss – Apply directly or create a flavored version with this simple lip balm recipe.
23) Diaper Rash Cream – Apply regularly to the baby’s bottom to improve skin health.
24) Sexual Lubricant – Our Facebook fans swear by this one :)
25) Stretch Mark Preventer During Pregnancy – This safe, healthy oil can be applied multiple times each day to help moisturize your stretching skin.
26) Nipple Cream During Breastfeeding - Coconut oil is a popular choice for nursing mothers because it is a natural safe product.
27) Massage Oil – Coconut oil is the perfect choice for a massage oil. Not too greasy and with a relaxing scent.
28) Body Moisturizer – Apply directly after showering.
29) Fade Age Spots – Rub on hands or other areas daily.
30) Sunburn Care – A great moisturizer to use after you’ve gotten a bit too much sun.
31) Facial Moisturizer – After you wash your face, massage a light layer on your skin.
32) Mix in Bath Water – Melt about 1/4 cup in the microwave and add it to your bath water and soak.
33) Tanning Oil - Put in a spray bottle and bring to beach. Spray on to keep skin moisturized.
34) Dry Feet Treatment – Mix with salt to form a foot scrub.
35) Elbow Rub – Helps manage the dry skin on your elbows.
Coconut Oil Hair Care
36) Leave-in Overnight Conditioner – Looking for a deep conditioning hair treatment? Rub a small amount of oil into hair (mostly at ends), comb through and put hair in a loose bun before bed, and wash out in the morning.
37) Hair Flyaway Tamer - Use very sparingly on ends or areas with flyaways.
38) Defrizzer of Split Ends - Just put a tiny amount on your hands and run them through the frizzy areas.
39) Static Reducer – Rub your hands together with a little bit of coconut oil on them and run them through your static-y hair.

Other Healthy Uses for Coconut Oil

40) Homemade Toothpaste – Combine equal parts coconut oil and baking soda. Sweeten with stevia and flavor with your favorite essential oil.

41) Aromatherapy – Whether you like coconut or not, the soothing aroma of coconut oil is pleasing to us all and can help us wind down after a long, stressful day. Read The Beginner’s Guide to Aromatherapy.

42) Wound Care – Although you may not be ready to give up your Neosporin, coconut oil can even be used as a topical protector for wounds, shielding them with a thin chemical layer from outside contaminants. You can apply a small amount of coconut oil to small scrapes and cuts.

43) Metabolism Booster – 2 tablespoons per day are proven to rev up your metabolism.

44) Thyroid Supporter – Regular coconut oil consumption has been shown to support healthy thyroid function.

45) Energizer – 1 teaspoon can give you a burst of energy instead of turning towards a caffeinated energy drink.

46) Oil Pulling – Swish coconut oil around in your mouth for 10 minutes before brushing.

Using Coconut Oil Around The House

47) Season a Cast Iron Pan - Here is a nice explanation of how to season a cast iron pan with coconut oil.

48) Use it as a lubricant on small motors/electronics - One Facebook fan uses it to keep his juicer’s motor in top working condition.

Coconut Oil for Animals

49) Feed it to your Dog or Cat - Coconut oil isn’t just healthy for humans. Here is some good info on the benefits for dogs and cats.

50) Put It On Your Cat’s Paw – Put half a teaspoon on your kitty’s paw to keep a shiny coat and cut down on hairballs.

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Source;

http://www.swansonvitamins.com/blog/natural-health-tips/using-coconut-oil

 

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