Coconut oil has many precious properties. It can be used both, in the kitchen and in the bathroom, when caring for skin and hair. It's worth to get to know it and include in everyday use. Coconut oil is a plant form of saturated fat. It is obtained by heating hard pulp of the coconut palm tree. The quality of coconut fat depends mainly on the method of processing. The manufactured goods may differ with taste, scent and even appearance.
Coconut oil can be generally found in the refined and non-refined form. Non-refined extra virgin coconut oil is the one which smells beautifully with coconut and in the solid form it's pure white. It's great for eating cold. You can safely use the refined version of this product for frying. Refined oil is colourless, with no taste or scent. This form is much cheaper and it can also be used for body-care.
As I mentioned, coconut oil is mainly composed of saturated fats. To be precise, those are triglycerides with medium chain fatty acids, so-called MCT fats.
The MCT fats are very beneficial for our health. Thanks to shorter chains, they are absorbed and metabolised faster than long-chain fatty acids. Thanks to that property, they are a great source of energy for muscles and various inner organs. There is much higher probability that the MCT oil will be used as energy and not stored in a form of body fat.
This makes the coconut oil a great source of energy for sports people, especially those doing endurance sports, as well as those caring for their shape.
Medium-chain triglycerides found in coconut oil support treating diseases connected with functioning of the brain (e.g. the Alzheimer's disease). The reason is bigger amount of ketones in the brain which can be used as an alternative source of energy for glucose.
One of the ingredients of the coconut oil is lauric acid which has strong antibacterial, virucidal and fungicidal properties. Using coconut oil during flu, cold, or even severe general inflammation which can occur, e.g. during autoimmune diseases, may be helpful in eliminating harmful pathogens preventing from infections and inflammation.
Research done on humans and animals show that coconut oil improves the level of important risk factors, such as total cholesterol, LDL and HDL, which lowers the risk of heart diseases.
How can we use coconut oil in the kitchen?
This oil consists of saturated acids, so you can fry on it safely, as well as add it to dishes with long thermal treatment.
The Extra virgin non-refined coconut oil can be also added to coffee. This way you will get a popular Bulletproof coffee. This version of caffeine drink will be great as a morning dose of energy. If you need energy and concentration before an important exam or interview, a bulletproof coffee may be a great solution.
You can also prepare pies and desserts with coconut oil, or add it to cocktails.
What's the application of coconut oil for body and hair-care?
The application of coconut oil in cosmetics is very extended. I will list some of the ideas of using it below.
It's perfect to replace body balm or oil. You can add a table spoon of oil in the bath, thanks to which the skin will be moist and flexible. It's also great as an anti-wrinkle face cream.
Coconut oil is also perfect for oiling hair, thanks to which it can be smooth and shining. When applied on the endings, it prevents from split ends. You can also use it to prepare a healthy deodorant, or even use it separately.
It contains low protective film, so it can be used by some people as skin protection during sunbathing.
What's most important, it's completely natural lacking any chemical additives, aromas, paraben or allergenic substances.
I suppose, there are unlimited possibilities of using coconut oil, therefore, I encourage to including it in everyday life.