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Going Nuts for Coconut Oil

By Aliesha Epps

Coconut Oil is perhaps one of the oldest and most essential, versatile ingredients you can carry in your home. It has been around for many centuries, with the recorded sighting coming from an Egyptian traveler, Costas, in 5th century AD. Ancient Chinese marketplaces also used them for fiber. Today we use coconuts for their many uses, such as:

A natural sunscreen- Because coconuts occur naturally in the tropics and subtropics, people have discovered that coconut oil works great as a natural protection from the sun. It blocks harmful UV rays, while still letting some through so our bodies can create some much needed vitamin D.

Moisturizer- Coconut oil is great for keeping skin moist and healthy. It helps to hold in moisture and smooths out cracks and rough patches.

Hair Conditioner- Coconut oil can be used to repair damaged hair. It acts as a moisturizer, leaving hair silky and shiny.

Digestive Help– Coconut oil’s concentration of beneficial fats in coconut oil makes it helpful for digestion. Its antimicrobial properties can help fight irritation and infection in the gut from Candida.

Great Source of Healthy Fats– Over 50% of the fat in coconut oil is lauric acid. In fact, coconut oil is the richest source of lauric acid after breastmilk.

Mental Boost– Studies show MCTs may contribute to focus and mental performance.

Hormone Support– Getting the wrong kinds of fats can create havoc on hormones. Coconut oil contains specific fats that support the body’s natural hormone production.

Immune Support– The MCTs (including lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid) have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties that make it beneficial for immune support.

Kills lice and fleas- An added bonus of coconut oil is that it kills lice. Coating your head in coconut oil will suffocate the lice. For your furry friends, rub coconut oil on their skin to repel and kill fleas.

Cooking- Coconut oil has been used in cooking for centuries. There was a brief time in history when a study was produced saying that coconut oil was bad for us, but that has since been proved otherwise and now studies are showing that coconut oil as many health benefits, and is widely preferred by health professionals over regular cooking oil. In the United States, polyunsaturated oils like vegetable oil, cottonseed oil, and soybean oil are used at a much higher rate. These oils are less stable than coconut oil and have been known to produce free radicals. Studies have shown that in countries that use coconut oil as a main cooking utensil, experience less heart attacks and other diseases caused by fatty acids.

All in all, Coconut oil is earths multipurpose ingredient. Come in to A Divine H2O today and purchase a jar.