Beauty,  Self Care

Beneficial Coconut Oil

Everywhere you look on the internet it seems like someone is using coconut oil for a new secret purpose. Is there something to this coconut oil? Why is it in everything?
I have seen to date coconut oil used as:
• A dietary supplement
• Candy fat replacement
• Facial moisturizer
• Hair moisturizer
• Coffee cream alternative
The list goes on, but for length purposes, these are the only ones that we can cover!

Dietary Supplement

Coconut oil is being pushed as a dietary supplement for people on Paleo and ketogenic diets. Paleo people have this strange desire to eat all the coconut products (coconut flour, oil, dried unsweetened .coconut), and Ketogenic dieters have to have high amounts of fat for their diets to work. So why is coconut oil their go-to source for eating and cooking oil?
Healthline reports that coconut oil is an MCT (medium-chain triglyceride). What’s the big deal about MCTs? Well, these fats are the only source of fat that can be directly used by the body for energy.
So if you are pursuing a ketogenic diet, this is a popular supplement. It is going to provide you with fat calories that will give you instant energy (almost like a carbohydrate would.) Plus it’s natural and not GMO like some of the other MCT oils.

Chocolate Coconut Candy

If you’re like me, you probably love chocolates, baked goods, and other delicacies. Well, coconut oil has recently become a leading contender for those looking to make your own at home chocolates.
These simple chocolates only have three ingredients and are said to be the healthiest way for you to consume this delicacy.
• 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
• 1 tablespoon all-natural honey
• 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
You mix these together and let set in the freezer for 30 minutes, and you have amazing and rich chocolate that you will love.
It has antibacterial properties from the honey, antioxidants from the cocoa powder and all the benefits of MCTs.
Just don’t eat too much. Too much coconut oil will act as a natural laxative.

Hair and Skin Moisturizer

Coconut oil has even become a popular moisturizer. This product can be used in its raw form and applied to the hair and face to alleviate dryness.
According to Prevention magazine, the reason that coconut oil is so great for the skin is that it has antibacterial properties. It also has an amazing moisturizing capacity for the skin. It can be used as a makeup remover also. Therefore, as far as a facial product coconut oil is going to be great.
For hair, coconut oil has a unique ability to be absorbed into the hair. It isn’t like other oils because of how well the oils penetrate the hair. It can even help people with dandruff that is caused by overly dry scalps.

Coffee Creamer Alternative

Popular with those on Paleo and ketogenic diets, coconut oil is blended in with hot coffee to make a frothy latte. It produces a creamy, semi-sweet taste that people love.
The only thing about drinking coconut oil blended in with hot coffee is that you have to drink it hot. The oil will pool on the top of the coffee if it isn’t consumed fast enough, which can leave some drinkers feeling a bit queasy.
Is it the fountain of youth?
Well, there is no true fountain of youth (sorry Ponce de Leon).
However, coconut oil is a great way to keep yourself looking and feeling young. It is especially useful for those eating a ketogenic diet. As a dietary supplement, it can be added to coffees and teas, chocolates, and baked goods.
As a skin product, people have used coconut oil as a hair and skin moisturizer. It also makes a wonderful makeup remover, which is chemical, free.
People who use it, love how it makes them feel and look. They also love that they only need to purchase one product for a whole host of health and beauty needs. Coconut oil may just be your next secret weapon in your health and beauty arsenal.

DIY Herbal Sunscreen

1-ounce coconut oil
Zinc oxide (0.5 – 0.35 ounce)

If your coconut oil has solidified, heat it in a saucepan on warm. Pour the liquified coconut oil into a disposable (or compostable) container. Put on a mask and goggles to protect yourself from zinc oxide dust. Stir the zinc oxide into the coconut oil until fully combined. Then pour the mixture into the container of your choice. Remember to reapply your sunscreen frequently, especially after swimming or heavy sweating, and refrigerate it when not in use. It should last for around 6 months.

Looking for something a little fancier? Here are some fun additions. And remember that you can alter the proportions.
0.5-ounce shea butter
0.1-ounce vitamin E oil
15 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops peppermint or eucalyptus essential oil
St. John’s wort (Place the herbs and the coconut oil in a pot on your stovetop. Heat them on low until the oil takes on the color of the herbs. Then strain out the herbs, allow the oil to cool a bit, and add your other ingredients.) From The Grow Network.com  (full article on sun protection by Scott Sexton).