It’s no mystery that coconuts have become the be-all and end-all of 2017. Whether it’s sipping on coconut water, switching to coconut sugar, or garnishing baked goods with coconut flakes, coconuts have unavoidably become a big part of our everyday lives. And of course, we cannot forget coconut oil; you’ve heard about it, you’ve read about it, and here’s how you can actually use it.
In much of Southeast Asia, coconut trees are considered to be the “tree of life” because they provide so many beneficial uses. Over the past few months, there have been endless strange uses surfacing for coconut oil. The following list includes easy ways to introduce coconut oil into your lifestyle that won’t have you turning your head sideways thinking “what…?”
As an oil, it seems obvious that coconut oil should be used in cooking, but why is it so great? First of all, it makes an amazing high-heat cooking oil due to its high smoking point. This means that the oil won’t burn (like butter would) when you do things like sear a steak. Coconut oil does not have cholesterol, more than 85 per cent of its fats are medium-chain triglycerides. These healthy fats improve digestion and are great for burning into energy. So, next time you’re thinking of reaching for butter or canola oil, grab the coconut instead! It even makes a great coffee sweetener and spread for toast.
For Skin Care
Coconut oil is rich in Lauric acid, which is one of the rarest substances found in nature. Its unique structure allows the body to absorb it easily and morph it into monolaurin, which in turn is antiviral, anti-microbial and anti-bacterial. Coconut oil is also full of caprylic acid, capric acid, linoleic acid, oleic acid, phenolic acid, myristic acid, Vitamin E, Vitamin K and iron (but you knew all of this right?). All of these things make coconut oil an amazing skincare option. It can be used as a face and body moisturizer, as a lip balm, and even as a makeup remover that works wonders on waterproof mascara. Another fun fact? Coconut oil naturally contains low SPF levels, and it makes a great sunburn reliever.
For Hair Care
For many of the same reasons as the ones listed above, coconut oil makes a great hair product. It can be used in small quantities as a hair detangler or as an anti-frizz cream, or it can be used as a deeply nourishing hair mask. All you need to do is massage it into dry hair and let it sit for a few hours, then rinse it out when you shower with several rounds of shampoo. You’ll be left with shiny, healthy, beautiful hair, at the quarter of the price of a fancy salon hair mask.
There’s a reason coconut oil is sold in such huge jugs…