Coconut oil is all the rage these days because of the dozens of health benefits it offers. In addition to being really good for you when you consume it internally, coconut oil is also excellent when used in DIY personal care products including hair masks, face and body creams, deodorants, shaving creams, hand soaps, bath bombs and so many more products that are pure, all-natural, and really, really good for you.
Coconut oil has beneficial medium chain fatty acids like lauric acid and capric acid which fight against acne-causing bacteria. The anti-inflammatory property of the oil also helps reduce the swelling and redness linked with acne. Coconut oil also enhances the lipid layer in the skin which serves as a protection against external pollutants. It can also maintain the skin's pH balance. Apply a thin layer on the skin and wipe off after 30 mins.
Massaging your nails with a few drops of warm virgin coconut oil, twice daily, can help soothe dry nail bed, cuticles and even strengthen weak, splitting nails. Thanks to its amazing moisturizing abilities. Equally beneficial can be a blend of virgin coconut oil and tea tree oil to remove nail fungus and prevent any bacterial or fungal infection from spreading.
Using a sharp knife scrape the meat of the brown coconut from the shell. Cut it into small pieces; blend on high (add 1.5c water for every 1c coconut) until well shredded. Filter the coconut milk in a wide-mouthed jar using a coffee filter or cheesecloth. Refrigerate for next 24hrs. Scoop out the curd and discard it. Use the oil below. It takes about 10 coconuts to make 1l oil!
With its special fats, coconut oil can keep a tab on your weight and cholesterol levels. It aids thyroid function and protects nerve cells. High in lauric acid, this antimicrobial, antioxidant oil hydrates and heals the skin. It also reverses hair damage. It helps premature babies absorb fat and minerals and menopausal women improve bone volume. Use it topically or in cooking and try oil pulling with it to reduce plaque, cavities, and gingivitis.
Coconut oil was earlier bundled off along with “fatty” foods and considered bad for the heart. The fat in coconut is not the same as you find in cheese or steak. It contains a lot of medium chain triglycerides, which are metabolized differently and can have therapeutic effects on your skin, hair, heart[.....]
Tried every available over the counter option for acne and acne scars? Maybe it’s time to try coconut oil for its antibacterial and cleansing properties. Coconut oil contains fatty acids that fight bacteria. Using it in your diet will help cleanse your liver of toxins that cause acne. You can also use it topically to avoid more acne.
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