Coconut Oil 101 – Nature’s Perfect Healer

September 26, 2012

Today I would like to introduce you to my good friend Jennifer (aka Hybrid Rasta Mama) who is a Coconut Oil expert! I have been getting a lot of questions regarding the many benefits of coconut oil.  So I wanted to bring the expert to you today to answer all your burning coconut oil questions. With out further ado here is Jennifer.
Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Uses
If you were to visit my blog and do a search for coconut oil, you would quickly discover that I live and breathe by it. It honestly is magical. Ok – maybe not magical but darn close.

You see, coconut oil is nature’s perfect healer. It works inside the body and it works outside the body. It has hundreds of uses. (I even wrote about 333 Uses For Coconut Oil).

Offering a myriad of health benefits, coconut oil is affordable, readily available and completely natural. I use it for EVERYTHING. Literally. I buy it in 5 gallon increments and keep it all over my house. I even have some in the car. So here is a little information to inspire you to check out this amazing oil!

Coconut Oil Is:

  • Anti-bacterial (kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum diseases, and other bacterial infections)
  • Anti-carcinogenic (coconut oil has antimicrobial properties so it effectively prevents the spread of cancer cells and enhances the immune system)
  • Anti-fungal (kills fungi and yeast that lead to infection)
  • Anti-inflammatory (appears to have a direct effect in suppressing inflammation and repairing tissue, and it may also contribute by inhibiting harmful intestinal microorganisms that cause chronic inflammation.)
  • Anti-microbial/Infection Fighting (the medium-chain fatty acids and monoglycerides found in coconut oil are the same as those in human mother’s milk, and they have extraordinary antimicrobial properties. By disrupting the lipid structures of microbes, they inactivate them. About half of coconut oil consists of lauric acid. Lauric acid, its metabolite monolaurin and other fatty acids in coconut oil are known to protect against infection from bacteria, viruses, yeast, fungi and parasites. While not having any negative effect on beneficial gut bacteria, coconut oil inactivates undesirable microbes.)
  • An Antioxidant (protects against free-radical formation and damage)
  • Anti-parasitic (fights to rid the body of tapeworms, lice and other parasites)
  • Anti-protozoa (kills giardia, a common protozoan infection of the gut)
  • Anti-retroviral (kills HIV and HLTV-1)
  • Anti-viral (kills viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis C, SARS, AIDS, and other viruses)
  • Infection fighting
  • Has no harmful for discomforting side effects
  • Known to improve nutrient absorption (easily digestible; makes vitamins and minerals more available to the body)
  • Nontoxic to humans and animals

I have been dabbling in the fine art of making personal care products (aka toiletries) for over 10 years. I have made everything from shampoo to body wash to lotions and exfoliating scrubs. I never seemed to find the right blend of butters and oils and it was incredibly frustrating. Then, I discovered the amazing healing powers of coconut oil a couple of years ago.

Coconut oil is the most nourishing oil you can put onto your skin and into your body. Pure virgin (unrefined) coconut oil is the best natural ingredient for skin lotion. It prevents destructive free-radical formation and provides protection against them. It can help to keep the skin from developing liver spots, and other blemishes caused by aging and over exposure to sunlight. It helps to keep connective tissues strong and supple so that the skin doesn’t sag and wrinkle.

The small molecular structure of coconut oil allows for easy absorption through the skin and into the cell structure of the connective tissues. This means that it has the ability to actually restore damaged or diseased skin. Coconut oil will also have lasting benefits, unlike most lotions. It can help bring back a youthful appearance. The coconut oil will aid in removing the outer layer of dead skin cells, making the skin smoother. The skin will become more evenly textured with a healthy “shine”. While doing this the coconut oil will penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin and strengthen the underlying tissues.

Clearly, coconut oil needs to be present in every product you put onto your skin which is why Lindy includes it in so many of her wonderful soaps! This is also why I have worked so hard to create recipes for personal care products that incorporate coconut oil. (If you are interested in making your own personal care products, check out my eBook, Coconut Oil For Your Skin – Nourishing Your Body from The Outside In. There are 40 simple, nourishing recipes that I guarantee you will love).

How would you like to try your hand at a super simple recipe starring coconut oil? Of course you would!

Lindy recently shared a post that featured honey and coconut oil together in a nourishing face mask. Today, I am sharing a coconut oil honey scrub that is GREAT to use as a skin smoother and my personal favorite, an armpit de-stinker. Enjoy!

Honey Lemon or Lime Scrub

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Directions

  1. Mix brown sugar and salt, then add lemon juice, coconut oil and honey continuing to mix well.
  2. Use 1-2 times per week for amazingly smooth skin!

About Hybrid Rasta Mama

Jennifer, author of Hybrid Rasta Mama, is a former government recruiter turned stay-at-home mama to a precious daughter (“Tiny”) brought earthside in early 2009. She is passionate about conscious parenting, natural living, holistic health/wellness, real foods, and a Waldorf inspired approach to education. Jennifer is committed to breastfeeding (especially extended breastfeeding), bed-sharing, cloth diapering, green living, babywearing, peaceful parenting, playful parenting, and getting children outside. She is a hybrid parent, taking a little of this, throwing in a little of that, and blending it all together to create a parenting style that is centered on what her daughter needs in order to flourish as a human being. Jennifer also lives and breathes reggae music, the Rastafarian culture and way of life. Reggae music and its message touches her soul.
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