Coconuts are definitely a big hit. During the last years the exotic coconut experienced an image change and nowadays you can buy the superfood almost everywhere, as well as the extolled coconut oil. The cold-pressed, virgin coconut oil is in fact one of the richest sources of saturated fats and a real “problem” solver for everyone. I have a huge container stored in my kitchen and bathroom, it is incredibly versatile to use and provides so many benefits.
Coconut Oil As A Moisturizer For Skin And Hair
The all natural oil might be the best solutions for dry or oily skin. I love to apply a thin layer of coconut oil on my still damp body, directly after shower. It leaves no residues, just soft skin and a light scent of coconut, yummy. The oil spreads very well, so a small amount is more than enough. If your skin needs a deep hydration you can use a layer of coconut oil as a mask and leave it on for 15 minutes. Also, coconut oil is wonderful as a facial oil and usually it works fine with different skin types. Anyway, if you have acne-prone skin I wouldn’t advise you to use coconut oil every day, at least not on your face. Coconut oil is fairly comodegenic and might cause various reactions on acne-prone skin. Every skin is different and maybe it works for you even if you have acne-prone skin. It is supposedly said that people with smaller pores are less prone to get clogged pores and thus less prone to break out from coconut oil.
Coconut oil doesn’t only spend your body a good portion of moisture. It is also great to keep your hair healthy and shiny. Research says that coconut oil is allegedly the oil for your hair because it is the only oil that the hair can absorb properly. In addition to that it prevents hair breakage and keeps the ends healthy. A scalp massage with coconut oil also helps your hair to grow faster and thicker. Depending on your hair structure you can use the oil as a conditioner, mask or leave-in treatment for frizzy hair.
As I mentioned above, coconut oil can be used in so many different ways: as a skin moisturizer, make-up remover, it protects the skin from sunburn, prevents premature aging, as a cuticle treatment, hand or feet softener, lip balm, massage oil, hair oil, scalp treatment, and the list goes on and on and on.
Oil Pulling With Coconut Oil
Well, what does oil pulling even mean? It super easy: You basically take a tablespoon of oil (olive or sesame oil is also fine), place it into your mouth and swish the oil for 5 to 20 minutes. It is a personal preference how long you like to keep the oil in your mouth but actually the longer the better. The key is to now swallow the oil since oil pulling wipes out the toxins of your mouth and removes bacteria as well and you don’t want to get that through your guts, right? 🙂 Also, you should spit out the oil into a paper or trash because the oil might clog the drain. After that you simply brush your teeth, et voilà!
But what is the advantage of oil pulling? First of all, oil pulling is detoxing and due to the fact that it reduces toxins in your mouth it is a huge health benefit for your gum and teeth. Oil pulling definitely promotes your oral hygiene. When you spit out the oil you remove the little nasty invaders that you would have swallowed usually and therefore you improve your immune system as well. Oil pulling also whitens your teeth naturally. The antibacterial effect cleans the teeth gently and brightens them. However, if you want to take advantage of this effect you need patience, consistency and pull oil every day for at least a few weeks.
But let’s be honest, usually the coconut oil gets all the credits but in fact the coconut delivers many health benefits for the human body. But what else is the coconut good for and what kind of advantages does it deliver?
Boots Your Metabolism And Keep Your Bones Healthy
The coconut contains fatty acids that speed up your metabolism, deliver a quick source of energy and provide a stable insulin level. The health fats also slow down the rise in blood sugar and therefore reduces sweet cravings. A regular intake of coconut products improves your digestion and enhances the absorption of nutrients as well as vitamins and minerals. I like to buy coconut pieces and have them as a snack in between or sprinkle some coconut flakes over my porridge.
Coconut meat contains a lot of magnesium and calcium which makes it a perfect replacement for people who are lactose intolerant. I am lactose intolerant for a long time already and I am so happy I found out about the fact that the coconut support the development of strong bones and teeth. Coconut meat is also a great source of natural protein.
Nourish Your Body
With a sweet and nutty taste, the low-calorie coconut water is super popular right now. It is a real thirst quencher if you crave something different from water and involves some great benefits as well. Coconut water is a fantastic substitute for energy drink since it rehydrates the body just as well. Another interesting fact is that coconut water contains antioxidants, which helps your body to prevent environmental damage. There are so many different coconut waters out there and I tried a few, but I have to admit that I like the water from fresh coconuts most.
I would love to hear how you like to use coconut products! Feel free to leave a comment below 🙂