5 Ways to Use Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is the most commonly found oil in most Indian households. It’s versatility allows it to find purpose even outside the kitchen shelves. Extracted from the meat of a mature coconut fruit, this oil contains bounties of properties that make it an indispensable addition to various daily routines. Cold pressed and organic, with no heat or air introduced in the processing of the oil, ensures that the nutrients and antioxidants are well preserved for producing the maximum benefits.
The following are five ways in which coconut oil can be used within and outside the kitchen:-
1. Boosting Metabolism and Immunity
Rich in medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are easily absorbed by the body, Coconut oil helps the body optimise its energy levels and brain cell health. Including even 1 tablespoon of cold-pressed coconut oil in your meals improves the body’s metabolism.
The healthy fats contribute towards maintaining healthy cholesterol levels and supporting heart health and welfare. The antimicrobial and antioxidant properties of the oil also boost the immunity of the body.
2. Dental and Oral Hygiene
The ancient Indian, ayurvedic, technique of oil-pulling has been found to be very effective in promoting oral health. The process, involving swishing oil in the mouth for 10 minutes, results in improved dental and oral health due to the consequent removal of toxins in the mouth.
Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which is an antimicrobial and is effective against infections. Thus, cold pressed coconut oil is one of the most recommended oils for this process. Do this daily to prevent dental plaque build-up, gum infections, and inflammations.
3. Makeup Removal and Skincare
Washing off makeup is never a pleasant activity. Worse still, most makeup removers leave the skin feeling irritated and dry. Here enters coconut oil: an excellent substitute and solution.
Coconut oil is very effective in breaking down and solubilising tough ingredients, including water-proof makeup. Moreover, the inherent fats and the antiseptic properties of the oil ensure that the skin is not irritated and is left moisturised after use.
Beauticians also recommend coconut oil as a daily moisturiser for all skin types as it is natural, has a long-lasting impact, and antioxidants that keep the skin hydrated and nourished, adding to its health and glow.
4. Sanitising and Treating Wounds and Cuts
As per the National Library of Medicine, “parts of the coconut fruit like coconut kernel and tender coconut water have numerous medicinal properties such as antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antiparasitic, antidermatophytic, antioxidant, hypoglycemic, hepatoprotective, immunostimulant.” With its antiseptic and disinfecting properties coconut oil can be applied to wounds to reduce the risk of infections and protect against harmful bacteria. Furthermore, it can also be used to heal itches, cuts, and rashes, and reduce inflammation in wounded areas.
5. A Hair Care Essential
The natural ingredients of pure, cold-pressed, coconut oil, and it's ability to easily seep under cuticles makes it one of the best hair care products to use. Coconut oil can easily penetrate into the hair pores providing its roots with the nutrients and proteins that nourishes and deeply conditions the hair.
It also reduces yeast build up and prevents infections in the scalp that could lead to dense dandruff. A few drops of coconut oil can also help in taming frizziness on a bad hair day. Pamper yourself with a coconut oil hair massage the night before you shampoo for a lustrous shine on your precious locks.
Packed with well-balanced flavours, numerous properties, and a multitude of benefits, the coconut oil at Conscious Food, is cold pressed and organic, sustainably sourced and packaged in a glass bottle to preserve all the benefits and nutrition for daily use.