The world is filled with all kinds of beauty and health secrets. Many are not only expensive but they contain ingredients that are not beneficial to our bodies . For this reason I try to use as many organic, natural products as I can. One of my favorites is coconut oil. There are many benefits and uses – I am listing my favorite 7.
1.) Coconut Oil is an Antimicrobial:
This means that it increases white blood cells, strengthening your bodies immune system, perfect for flu season. I can’t remember when I added it to my diet but it has been quite sometime, years ago, in fact. I try to live a healthy and life through diet and exercise but unlike some of my mentors I tend to not be as steadfast as I should be. Everything in moderation, right? Well, everything except Coconut oil. It’s simple really. I drink coffee every morning and every morning the first thing I put in my coffee cup is organic coconut oil. Since I have started this routine I have not had the flu ( those of you that know me know that I do not ever get a flu vaccine- that’s another blog ). I have had a cold maybe once or twice in the past five years and when I say cold…I mean the sniffles – not the kind that knocks you out and puts you in bed. What I am getting at is that I attribute my strong immune system to my morning ritual of coconut oil in my coffee. I do add some other ingredients to my morning addiction. I’ve shared my list of ingredients at the bottom, I hope you love my recipe as much as I do.
2.) Coconut Oil has Antifungal Properties:
What does that mean? Well, it helps with digestion, prevents constipation and prevents parasites. Something most people don’t want to talk about but it is definitely a plus!
3.) Coconut Oil Contains Vitamin E, Iron and Essential Lauric Acid:
Vitamin E and Iron speak for themselves but Lauric acid becomes more important as we age. Lauric acid also helps with the minor aches and pains we experience as we get older. The more you work out, the more you need. Lauric acid also helps balance hormones.
4.) Coconut Oil Helps Increase HDL and Lower LDL:
We all know this means a healthier heart.
5.) Coconut Oil Helps Stabilize Blood Sugar in Diabetics:
My husband has Diabetes Type ll and I am always looking for natural ways to help him stabilize his blood sugar through diet.
6.) Coconut Oil for Dental Health, Oil Pulling:
It’s called swishing or oil pulling. If you haven’t heard of this process its actually an easy way to promote oral health. It can pull out bacteria and prevent cavities as well as other health ailments. The swishing process is quite simple. First thing in the morning, you take a teaspoon of coconut oil and put it in your mouth. If it’s in its’ solid form you will need to hold it there briefly until it melts. Once melted simply swish back and forth in your mouth. I started with five minutes and worked up to twenty minutes three times a week. When you are done, you’ll want to spit it in the garbage. Do not swallow the oil as you will be swallowing all the bacteria that the oil just pulled. It is also used as a teeth whitener although I haven’t seen much benefit this way.
7.) Coconut Oil as a Scalp/Hair/Skin Conditioner:
Despite the vacation photo, My family and I live in Michigan. Our winters can be harsh and cold, wreaking havoc on our scalps and skin. My daughters and I use it as a moisturizer after bathing or showering. We also use it to massage into our scalp and hair. We wrap a towel around our hair and wait for at least an hour ( I’ve been known to leave it over night ) before washing the oil out. I can’t tell you the relief it brings to an itchy dry scalp and what a luxurious moisturizer it is for our hair.
There are so many more ways that we use coconut oil but these are a few to get you started. If you have some unique ways that you use coconut oil, please let us know in the comments below.
COCONUT COFFEE RECIPE: Make coffee as usual, Add 1-2 teaspoons of Organic Coconut Oil in coffee cup. Add 1 teaspoon of Dr. Axe Collagen Powder . Add 1 teaspoon of local honey ( local honey is good for preventing allergies ). Add 1-2 teaspoons of organic milk.
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