50 Uses for Coconut Oil to Better Your Life07/12/2013 00:29
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.
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
Coconut Oil Skin Care
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
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.