Wonders of Coconut Oil

23 Nov

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:

It’s really cute.

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.

Yay.

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 :)

 

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19 Responses to “Wonders of Coconut Oil”

  1. -tascha. November 23, 2012 at 8:53 am #

    I’ve never tried it by I certainly am now! I would definitely be using it on my eyelashes…I always wondered how you had such luxurious eyelashes haha. I also plan on using this for panko pawns – yum!

    • missdelish November 23, 2012 at 10:24 am #

      Hahahahahahah oh Tascha.

  2. Holly November 23, 2012 at 9:06 am #

    I do use it :) I use it as diaper cream because it’s safe for cloth diapers, I use it in my hair and for greasing baking pans…separate jars though hahahaha

    • missdelish November 23, 2012 at 10:22 am #

      Hahah yeah gotta have the separate jars!

  3. tiare November 23, 2012 at 9:06 am #

    Good information Jill! Apparently it is coconut oil that Dairy Queen uses to make their dipped chocolate cones so glossy & yummy:)

    • missdelish November 23, 2012 at 10:24 am #

      Really? Ooh another good idea, mixing it with chocolate :)

  4. Michelle November 23, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    I love it in my popcorn and fried foods!!! I have replaced my canola oil with coconut oil in most cooking. You can also buy an organic brand of coconut oil at Homesense; it is much bigger than the Trader Joe’s brand and the quality is just as good.

    • missdelish November 23, 2012 at 10:25 am #

      Popcorn is a great idea! Thanks for the tip, I will check homesense next time I am there :)

  5. Ronnice Krug November 23, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    Hi Jill. I recently started used coconut oil for cooking – for all the good reasons you list above. I love it in place of butter. It’s fab on brocollini (and any fresh steamed veggies actually). Also really good on muffins. I haven’t used it for stir frying so thanks for that suggestion. I’ll try that next :)
    Valerie of Ravensong Aromatherapy uses coconut oil in most of her amazing natural handmade soaps – for the skin benefits you list above.
    It’s amazing stuff!
    Ronnice!

    • missdelish November 23, 2012 at 11:00 am #

      There is really nothing coconut oil can’t do! It is amazing :)

  6. Asiya @ Chocolate and Chillies November 23, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    Growing up we always had coconut oil in the bathroom. We would put it in our hair before showering. I had never even heard of people cooking with it until recently…I have tried it in baking and found it gives a very milk coconut taste.

    Thanks for the informative post!

  7. Cathy Ferguson November 24, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

    I am a huge fan of coconut oil and use it almost exclusively….it has gotten a bad rap in the past and some people who haven’t looked into it still don’t see all the benefits. It also has a high smoke point for cooking so it is ideal. The only mistake I have made using it was to add to a fruit smoothie…in cold it solidify’s so i had all these little nuggets of hard oil in my smoothie :)….live and learn :)….

  8. Maureenk December 7, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    Where do you get your Trader Joes coconut oil? We don’t have TJ in Toronto and the one I found in Loblaws is almost $20! Is that a fair price? Also, just watched your episode on RTR – loved your recipe best and I’m going to veganize it for my family for Sunday dinner…

    • missdelish December 7, 2012 at 10:07 am #

      Hi Maureen, Trader Joes is actually only in the US. Luckily for me I am pretty close to the border and there is a TJ’s about 30 minutes away, so I make a trip down there every once in a while to stock up. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case for most people. I am not sure what options you have in Toronto but I am thinking whole foods would probably carry a few different brands. $20 seems high unless it is a very large container, I would think probably $10-15 would be about the going rate. Thanks for stopping by!

      Please let me know how the vegan version turns out!

    • cathy ferguson December 7, 2012 at 10:12 am #

      I found a huge container of organic coconut oil at costco last week for $16.99 ….awsome deal!!!

      • missdelish December 10, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

        Oh wow, that is an amazing deal! I find it goes a long way.

        • Cathy Ferguson December 10, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

          Yes it does…..it is my prefered oil to cook with…I get so excited when I get a great deal like that :)…yes I know…I gotta get a life :) lol….

          • missdelish December 10, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

            No, no, no. Deals are something to be excited about :)

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