Hey Everyone! I hope you are all having a fabulous Friday so far!
I hope I’m not the only one that is sooo happy it is Friday. I almost didn’t make it, folks.
Okay, hot on the heels of my little post about sharing products I love, I decided today to post about one of my many loves, Coconut Oil!
This is a little different than a product pimp, because no one is giving me free coconut oil, I just buy this stuff all on my own. Like a lot of it.
I am not going to tell you all the proven scientific information about it, that is what wikipedia is for. I’m just going to tell you what I do with it and why I love it so much.
First of all, I buy my coconut oil from two different places and I will tell you why in a minute. I either buy it from Trader Joe’s or Voyageur Soap and Candle Company which JUST so happens to be like 2 mins away from my house! Luckily for you they ship within the US and Canada.
Okay, so one of the really cool things about coconut oil, is that it can be used in the kitchen as well as for health and beauty purposes! Which is why I buy it from two different places.
The Trader Joe’s stuff looks like this:
Now, let me tell you what I do with this stuff!
In the kitchen you can use it in pretty much the same way you use any other oil. The only difference is if you need it in liquid form, you just have to microwave it a little to get it into a liquid form.
You can use it for deep frying as I did here in these Honey Chipotle Chicken Tacos.
You can use it in baking as I did here in these Choconut Cupcakes.
You can use it to stir fry, you can use it to make vinaigrette, you can use it to grease cake pans, you can use it to grease the floors so your kids/pets/husbands stay out of the kitchen…
Just joking on that last one…kind of…
My point is, you can use it for pretty much anything that you would use oil in. The best part is, as far as I understand it anyways (remember I said I’m not a scientist,) is that it is a healthier fat to have in your diet. It also has a high smoking point, so it is safer for frying at high heats.
Now, for the second part of the continued greatness of coconut oil! Health and Beauty purposes.
First of all, Coconut Oil is a powerful anti fungal, antiviral and antibacterial. Therefore it is excellent to treat different skin conditions. For myself, I use it on my excema. I will get a breakout every now and then on my hands, so I will apply the coconut oil all over my hands at bedtime and then cover with cotton gloves, in the morning the rash has improved significantly! This also works great for dried chapped hands or feet. Just smear the oil on and put on cotton socks or gloves, and in the morning ta da, silky hands and feet.
It works great as a makeup remover and is much gentler than scrubbing your makeup off.
You can use it as a hair treatment and I’ve even applied it to my eyebrows and eyelashes and I found the hair comes in much fuller!
So crazy! These are just the things I have tried and that worked for me.
There are many benefits to getting coconut oil into your diet. You can do so by either cooking with it, taking supplements or even just adding the coconut oil into a smoothie. I have heard of people just putting it into warm water so it melts and then drinking that (not sure what that would be like…)
Here are just a few of the benefits of coconut oil in your diet:
- It is a “low fat” fat. It can be broken down quickly in the liver and used as energy faster than other fats.
- It can boost your energy and endurance because it supports thyroid function and increases your metabolism
- It can aid and supports immune function and can assist the body in healing more quickly.
- It can reduce your chance of heart attack and stroke, reduces blood clots, clogging and hardening of the arteries
- It can assist in lowering blood pressure
- It acts as a natural antioxidant which can protect from premature aging and degenerative disease
There is lots of information on the internet, including evidence that coconut oil may slow or even reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s which is absolutely amazing! I really hope that they continue researching the influence of coconut oil on Alzheimer’s so that we can fight that awful disease!
Anyways, that was my LONG long explanation about why I love coconut oil and why you should too!
Miss Delish Asks:
Have you ever tried using Coconut Oil?
What do you use it for?
I think you will love it