Coconut Oil: All the Rage
You may have been hearing about all the magical uses of coconut oil on the internet recently. A quick google search will tell you coconut oil can and should be used in your diet and beauty regimens. Before we get into all that, let’s talk about what makes coconut oil such an amazing substance.
What Makes Coconut Oil So Great?
Coconut oil contains a unique composition of fatty acids. Comprised of about 90% saturated fatty acids, with a majority (about 60%) being medium chain fatty acids also known as MCTs. These fatty acids in coconut oil encourage your body to burn fat and provide quick energy to your brain and body. Supporters of coconut oil attribute many of its benefits to the high MCT content. (Healthline)
Now that we have a better understanding of what makes coconut oil so special, we can talk about the many benefits of it! This ranges from health (heart health and cholesterol, fat burning), wellness (diet, cooking) and beauty (hair, skin, teeth).
Some health benefits that stand out for coconut oil include heart and good cholesterol, and it can also increase fat burning. Coconut oil contains natural saturated fats that increase HDL (good cholesterol). It can also turn bad cholesterol into a less harmful form. Incorporating the oil into your diet is an effective way to reap these benefits. The MCTs in coconut oil can increase the number of calories your body burns compared to other longer chain fatty acids. It is important to note that eating too much coconut oil can easily lead to weight gain if ingested in copious amounts. (Healthline)
Swapping in coconut oil as a replacement for other less healthy fats and oils in your diet is an effortless way to reap the benefits of the all-purpose oil. Instead of using butter, try using coconut oil! Keep in mind this may chance the flavor of your food but if you like the taste of coconut then this swap is perfect for you. The melting point of coconut oil is relatively the same as butter making it an easy substitute for cooking things like grilled cheese, sautéing vegetables and baking. It’s important that you get your coconut oil from a trusted company that specializes in high quality oils like Beneficial Blends or Kelapo.
There are so many uses for coconut oil out there, but the consensus seems to be that the best beauty uses include hair, skin, and dental health. Many people report using coconut oil as a hair mask to help with hair damage and hair loss. It is recommended you use it as a hair mask and leave it in your hair for anywhere between 30 minutes to overnight for a deep conditioning treatment. For skincare, coconut oil can be used for acne, inflammation and as a moisturizer. Coconut oil is antibacterial meaning it can protect against different, bacteria’s. It is known to be a great moisturizer for people with skin conditions like eczema and help with redness and dry skin. Another cool use for coconut oil is for dental cleanliness. A method called oil pulling, where one would swish coconut oil around in their mouth for 10-20 minutes can kill the bacteria in one’s mouth as well as reduce the chance of plaque and gingivitis. There are tons of claims of the beauty benefits of coconut oil. Make sure to do your research to decide the best way for YOU to incorporate coconut oil into your beauty routine.
As you can see the possibilities are endless with the uses and benefits of coconut oil. Beneficial Blends specializes in customized formulas in retail ready form, bulk and wholesale. Please reach out today to see how you can start reaping the benefits.