Coconut oil: Have you tried this miracle product yet? 41



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Do you use coconut oil, for cooking or anything else?

I must admit I didn’t, until a baby boomer girlfriend came to stay for the weekend recently.

“Do you have any coconut oil?” she asked me. “No,” I said, “but I’ve got heaps of other types of oils and creams.”

She looked back at me with raised eyebrows.

“Don’t you know how good coconut oil is?” she said. “It’s the latest in thing.”

It turned out you could use coconut oil for a myriad of uses. It seemed the only limit was your imagination.

You can use it as an oil in cooking and it is great as a dairy-free substitute for butter.

But that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

Here are just a few of the multitudes of uses for coconut oil:

  1. On the skin as a basic lotion
  2. As an eye-makeup remover
  3. To lighten age spots when rubbed directly on the skin
  4. As a delicious tropical massage oil
  5. Mixed with equal parts sugar for a smoothing body scrub
  6. Rubbed on lips as a natural chap stick
  7. As an incredibly intensive natural conditioner
  8. In natural homemade sunscreen
  9. As a replacement for vegetable oils in any recipe or in cooking
  10. Can help reduce appearance of varicose veins
  11. As a natural personal lubricant that won’t disturb vaginal flora
  12. It’s anti-inflammatory properties can help lessen arthritis
  13. Can help speed weight loss when consumed daily
  14. Can help improve sleep when taken daily
  15. To dilute essential oils for use on skin
  16. A tablespoon melted into a cup of warm tea can help sooth a sore throat
  17. It has been shown to increase absorption of calcium and magnesium
  18. Some evidence shows that the beneficial fats in coconut oil can help with depression and anxiety
  19. Many use it as an anti-aging facial moisturizer
  20. In a salve for cracked heels
  21. Rub into elbows daily to help alleviate dry, flaky elbows

via Wellness Mama

It seems coconut oil can go far beyond what one would assume though. The only question is what will you use it for?



Do you use coconut oil, if so what for? Are there any other “secret weapons” you swear by for cooking or around the home?

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  1. Used to put it on skin to get a tan when young and silly. Now I get skin cancers cut out.

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  2. “Miracle product”? Really??

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    • I’m feeling this is just the latest gimmick – very high in saturated fat, don’t know about its value when used externally. Add it to the list of new fads like kale with everything and chia seeds etc.

  3. Do not jump on the band wagon ! New foods to the system can be detrimental, coconut products is staple with the South Pacific diet, and the cholesterol count can be really high.

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  4. Would only use on skin. Cooking with it – no way. Go to Fiji and see the high incidence of diabetes caused by coconut

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    • If coconut is the cause of the diabetes, then they would have had a big problem pre European settlement. They didn’t. Pacific Islanders were previously very healthy. It’s the introduction of non traditional food that has caused the health problems.

  5. On my skin and a relative finding very good for dry feet, particularly heels. Had tried lots if different products without relief, but after 1 week is amazed.

  6. Shouldn’t be used to replace all oils, olive oil is still one of the best and there are others that suit different situations.

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