Coconut Oil: What Is It Good For? Absolutely Everything! November 21 2015
I’m nuts about coconut oil. I carry a wee pot of it around in my bag and I keep a jar in my kitchen and another in my bathroom. Why? It’s one of the healthiest, most amazing and versatile ingredients around. From coffee and cooking, to mouthwash and moisturiser, it has so many uses and benefits.
Here’s how I use it:
A lot of oils turn toxic when you heat them, so your beloved olive oil could be doing you more harm than good if used for frying. Save olive oil for dipping and drizzling, and cook with coconut oil instead. Coconut oil has a high smoke point, so it retains its goodness at high temperatures and it’s very mild, so it doesn’t flavour or overpower food as you might expect. I like to make sweet potato fries with it. Guilt free goodness and a perfect pairing.
Oil-pulling is an ancient detoxifier, teeth-whitener and supposed weight-loss aid, which has recently become popular among reality stars, bloggers, vloggers and health fad fans. Companies have even capitalised on it by selling overpriced pouches of flavoured teeth-whitener.
It’s basically just coconut oil and you can do it yourself for a fraction of the price. Coconut oil reduces inflammation, kills bacteria and whitens teeth. Simply swish a spoonful around like mouthwash for ten minutes then spit it out. You can also use it to brush your teeth and it leaves a pleasant taste.
I love getting coconut-oiled up from head to toe. It has a nice velvety consistency and a little goes a long way. It’s natural, chemical-free, healing and moisturising. This magical stuff works wonders on dry skin and it also soothes and speeds up healing of cuts and scrapes. I also use it as a lip balm and it has mild SPF properties, so has the added bonus of slight sun protection.
Coconut oil makes a nice, natural underarm deodorant which is both soothing and effective. It melts nicely into the skin and is naturally deodorising and antibacterial, so it’s perfect as a clean, green, chemical-free deodorant.
I could go on and on and sing the powerful praises of this amazing oil again and again. Just buy some and give it a go if you haven’t already. You don’t even have to fork out for the cold-pressed pricey stuff – it can be found for a couple of quid in the world foods section of the supermarket.
For kitchen cooking, bathroom body-care and so much more, make coconut oil a household staple and enjoy the benefits of this endlessly useful elixir.