If you are interested in health and nutrients, you might have noticed the powerful claims and benefits assigned to coconut oil. Coconut oil is a medicinal food that has a positive effect on nearly all of our body functions. The list of benefits is long; I will just name a few:
- advantages related to the functioning of the heart
- helps resolve kidney stones
- helps balance blood sugar, thereby aiding in preventing, managing, and treating diabetes
- strengthens the immune system
- aids in preventing and treating Alzheimer’s disease
- boosts energy and increases metabolism
- aids in detoxifying the body
- and many more advantages for our health and well-being
After hearing and reading all these incredible claims, I had to find out for myself, especially as my body appeared to be bothered by the intake of olive and sunflower oil (both organic). Coconut oil has been proven to be very healthy for baking and frying, even healthier than any other organic oil, as it can endure extremely high temperatures without losing its nutritious value.
As I started to prepare my meals with coconut oil, I soon recognised the benefits. Not only did I feel better during and after eating a meal, but it also affected my digestion in a very positive way. Even though the ‘extra virgin’ kind is preferable to the non-virgin kind, I like to use both, depending on what I’m preparing. Virgin oil has a strong taste and smell, whereas non-virgin oil doesn’t.
At the same time, I started using it for baking cakes, muffins and pancakes. I replaced all the oil and butter with pure coconut oil. My goodness, what a result! My favourite pastry made with only wholesome foods and with such divine taste!! I used the virgin kind once and to my surprise it worked very well and my cake did not taste like coconut. Does this get any better?! Yes, try frying your home-made french fries or sliced vegetables as a healthy snack, or my favourite Indonesian treat ‘Pisang Goreng’, fried banana in dough!
Meanwhile, part of the coconut supply had been extended to the bathroom. Both the virgin and the non-virgin kind. They’re both excellent as a facial cream and body lotion, and I personally don’t mind the scent of coconut, as it evaporates after some time. During winter time, I keep the oil near the heater, to keep it fluid, which makes it easier to apply. You don’t need much to keep your skin smooth and supple.
You can also apply it to your hair, especially when dry and frizzy. After washing, gently massage the liquid coconut oil through your hair. Your hairstyle will look perfect for the day, but you will need to repeat daily. Multiple usages have a tendency to make your hair look greasy, as it attracts dust from the air. More washing is required. For this reason, I prefer to use it as a hair mask and leave it in for about 30 to 60 minutes (in foil or plastic) before washing.
Go for Organic
Experimenting with the different uses of coconut oil is fun. Organic coconut oil can be costly, but as I’ve said before, you don’t need much. Personally, I feel good to spend money on my well-being and stimulate my personal health care at the same time.
For all who practise oil-pulling, a way to remove toxins and bacteria from your body, I highly recommend coconut oil. It’s much preferred over (organic) sunflower or olive oil. I have written in more depth about this subject in my blog post Oil pulling for better health and a brighter smile.
Coconut oil is available in most organic and natural health food stores. Look out for special offers, which are a perfect opportunity to build up your stock. Just recently I’ve noticed the increased offerings of coconut oil in regular supermarkets. Do look for the organic ones!
If you are interested to read more about the great benefits and many uses of coconut oil, I can suggest: http://wakeup-world.com/2012/03/02/160-uses-for-coconut-oil/
I can also recommend the book: “Coconut Cures: Preventing and Treating Common Health Problems with Coconut” by Bruce Fife.
Book preview: http://bit.ly/1LfnM5j
Vertaald in het Nederlands: “Het Kokosolie Wonder.”
Preview boek: http://bit.ly/1CuyRLu