Coconut oil, derived from the coconut, is a thick, creamy white substance that’s solid in cool temperatures and melts when it’s warm. It has a light coconut smell and has been a health and beauty staple for centuries. You can ingest coconut oil, but it’s also widely used for hair, skin, nails and teeth.
Coconut oil is mainly fat and abundant in vitamin E. It’s also a fantastic anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, making it useful inside and outside the body.
Health benefits of coconut oil
Coconut oil is wonderful for your physical wellness when ingested in small amounts. It’s vital to recognise that it is 100% fat, so consult your doctor if you have any health issues, especially heart problems.
Source of antioxidants - Antioxidants protect your body against oxidative stress. This happens naturally but is sped up by other factors - for example, pollution, excess UV exposure, smoking, lack of sleep, alcohol and a heavily processed diet.
Oxidative stress causes inflammatory diseases and even some types of cancer. However, coconut oil shields your cells from oxidative stress, protecting your health.
An incredible anti-inflammatory - Many things aggravate and inflame cells, such as a sedentary lifestyle, sugar, processed foods, alcohol and smoking. When your cells are irritated, you may struggle with a multitude of issues, such as gut problems and hair loss. Coconut oil calms down the body for smooth internal workings.
Beauty benefits of coconut oil
Coconut oil is a well-known beauty ingredient. Read on for its top beautifying benefits.
Increases scalp health - Coconut oil contains anti-bacterial properties, perfect if you struggle with an itchy or irritated scalp. It also moisturises, nurturing the scalp skin and hair follicles for enhanced hair health.
Soothes skin - The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of coconut oil can tackle acne, often caused by bacterial infection. It may also soften skin, soothe redness and moisturise the derma barrier. However, some people find coconut oil blocks their pores, so introduce it gradually to your skincare routine.
Easy ways to use coconut oil
The versatility of coconut oil makes it ideal for health and beauty. Here are some simple and effective ways to use coconut oil:
Improve your oral health - Coconut oil is a natural way to reduce bacterial infection in the mouth and gently whiten your teeth. You can do this via oil pulling. Get a tablespoon of oil and swish it around your mouth for ten to fifteen minutes before spitting it out. Coconut oil can clog pipes, so dispose of it in the bin.
Apply a coconut oil hair mask - Take a small amount of coconut oil (you don’t need much) and melt it. Don’t heat it in the microwave, as this kills its properties. Smooth through your ends and leave for two to three hours before washing your hair.
Use as a cooking oil - Swap vegetable oil for coconut oil. It’s an incredible way to consume small amounts and absorb its anti-inflammatory effects.
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