Once considered an evil saturated fat, dangerous for people with heart problems and high blood pressure, coconut oil has turned into a substance whose wealth and healing power have boosted its popularity.
This case must be linked to the myth of saturated fats, which is gaining momentum and spreading misconceptions.
Coconut oil and the myth of saturated fats
The myth of saturated fats that swell was created in the late 1970s. Health services led us to believe that we should avoid foods high in saturated fats, such as butter, egg yolk, animal fats and of course coconut oil.
The reasoning behind this notion is that saturated fats increase LDL cholesterol which will eventually clog the arteries and lead to heart disease. The numerous studies carried out all concluded to this unacceptable defect.
Studies showing a link between saturated fat and heart problems also accounted for trans fats. Trans fats are fatty molecules that have been transformed, an example being margarine produced from the hydrogenation of vegetable oils.
Trans fatty acids can be linked to heart problems and other health problems, but it is not fair to group naturally occurring saturated fats in the same category.
Since the fatal era of the myth of saturated fats, more and more scientific evidence has been published that proves exactly the opposite. Many indigenous cultures around the world attribute high value to saturated fats for their nutritional properties.
In Africa, the Maasai tribe consumes plenty of raw whole milk, in China, women who can afford it are encouraged to eat up to 10 eggs a day.
Look at Inuit in northern Canada who have survived very harsh winters by eating only seal grease and fish. Modern science is beginning to understand that the diet of our ancestors was much more balanced, that there was not the same frequency of diseases as today.
The ancestral diet plays an immense role and as you can see, our ancestors were not afraid to eat a little (or a lot) of fat.
List of uses of coconut oil (some might surprise you)
Increases the nutritional side of food
Adding coconut oil to vegetable and fruit juices (smoothy) makes them more assimilable and also helps to balance blood sugar levels. If you eat the steamed vegetables, spread them generously with coconut oil and a good sea salt because the fat-soluble vitamins will be much better absorbed.
Make delicious chocolates
Mix coconut oil in equal parts with cocoa powder and honey to make a chocolate sauce or let the mixture refrigerate to make healthy homemade chocolates.
Coconut oil and cooking
Coconut oil is a remarkable fat to cook because its structure remains intact when heated. It does not produce harmful byproducts like most common cooking oils.
Coconut oil as a substitute for butter
Use coconut oil instead of butter in recipes, anything from brownie pies to rich sauces and curries. Its taste is discreet but you can add a tropical note, many recipes that use spices will disguise the taste of coconut oil.
Great for vegans and palaeo diets
Coconut oil is a major ingredient in most peanut-free pies and paleo treats because it solidifies at room temperature, retains firmness and gives texture and extra taste.
An effective appetite suppressant
Take a teaspoon of coconut oil before meals, this will give you a feeling of satiety. This may be due to the mechanism of fat metabolism in the body. Science has revealed that ketones (which are produced when consuming coconut oil) increase the effects of appetite reduction.
Help to balance hormones
Coconut oil is a healthy nutrient fat that will provide the adrenal glands and thyroid a real nutrient supply for the balance of hormonal levels.
More energy and metabolism stimulation
MCTs (medium chain triglycerides, see HERE) of coconut oil create long-term sustained energy release and also help boost metabolism and rapid weight loss. Medium chain fatty acids are not stored as fat in the body, they are immediately used by the liver as a source of energy.
Balance of blood sugar
The action of coconut oil in the body spans over several hours, providing a consistent source of energy that helps maintain blood sugar levels. An article in the 2010 Indian Journal of Pharmacology described an animal study in which a diet supplemented with coconut oil provided better levels of glucose tolerance, as well as a decrease in total cholesterol levels. The researchers attributed these effects to the presence in coconut oil of lauric acid, a TCM. More alternating ups and downs once you’ve incorporated this healing fat into your daily life.
Treatment of pains and ear infections
Simmer a little coconut oil with a clove of garlic and use the oily mixture as antibacterial of the ears.
Treatment of candida albicans proliferation
Candida albicans is a fungus and parasite that steals vital energy from the body. The lauric acid in coconut oil helps eliminate candida.
Almost half of the fat in coconut oil is lauric acid, a substance that converts to monolaurin, a mono-glyceride that can annihilate lipid-enveloped viruses, gram-negative bacteria, and protozoa. This makes it an effective treatment for diseases such as herpes virus, giardia lamblia (intestinal parasitosis), mumps, to name a few.
Coconut oil for better digestion
Consuming coconut oil during the meal can facilitate digestion by lubricating the digestive tract, allowing digested foods to transit more easily.
Fights the parasites
The lauric acid of coconut oil is antiparasitic, antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial, it helps to create an inhospitable environment for these unpleasant parasites.
Stimulates brain function
Studies show the powerful effects of coconut oil on brain health. It can be inferred that it is incredibly useful in the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s or just to help people be more effective and more alert.
Treatment of cold sores (herpes labialis)
The antiviral components of coconut oil help to heal cold sores and relieve pain.
Soothes sore throats and sore throats
Mix a teaspoon of coconut oil in warm lemon water to relieve the irritation of the throat. This will succeed more or less according to the people, the results are still empirical.
Effectively cures burns
You can use coconut oil to heal burns quickly, it provides instant relief.
Treatment of ulcerations of the digestive tract
Coconut oil helps to rebuild the intestinal walls by its mucilaginous action that facilitates digestion and the passage of food.
Tests have shown that coconut oil reduces inflammation. Research has found that it has moderate analgesic activity and can help reduce swelling and relieve pain.
Lowers fever [though helpful, note from Helios]
The same study as mentioned above also showed that coconut oil is effective in lowering fever. Ayurveda has also referred to coconut oil as refreshing, long before modern medicine came into the picture.
Wax the furniture
Yes, it is possible to use coconut oil to wax your wooden furniture, it will probably prove less expensive and much less toxic than commercial waxes.
Tote your shoes with a dose of coconut oil on a dry cloth for a natural alternative to petroleum products.
Keep away from fleas on your pets
Just as coconut oil works on humans to kill lice [skull rub with coconut oil, let it act all night], it also works on animals to rid them of unwanted hosts. [internally in food and in external friction on places irritated by fleas. Fleas get trapped by oil and are easier to recover
Make your own baby wipes for babies
Use either a sheet of paper towel or a washcloth and soak them with a mixture of a tablespoon of hot water, a tablespoon of coconut oil and a spoonful of liquid soap (type Aleppo soap). Rinse then. This is a very good solution for baby wipes that is both disinfectant and has a softening and moisturizing effect.
Mix equal parts of the crystal sugar and coconut oil, you can add a drop of essential oil and use as a scrub for the body during the shower.
You can use coconut oil as a moisturizer for the body and face, it is excellent for nourishing the skin and preventing acne. Many people use it to moisturize the face and delay wrinkles.
Natural treatment for redness of the buttocks of babies
Even using homemade baby wipes, toddlers can suffer from redness with diapers; coconut oil is soothing and effective in relieving these discomforts.
Add coconut oil to a bain-marie by adding your favorite [contact-friendly] essential oil for a dream massage.
Apply daily coconut oil on the warts and cover with a band. As mentioned above, coconut oil is exceptional for infiltrating fungal infections and after a month warts should go away.
The sun protection factor of coconut oil stops UV rays by 30%
So get dressed with it before going to the sun, you can still absorb the beneficial vitamin D from the sun, which is not the case with common sunscreens.
Athlete ‘s foot [foot fungus]
Apply daily coconut oil on the feet after the shower and for an additional antifungal effect, mix a few drops of tea-tree essential oil.
Revitalizing treatment for hair
As a pre-shampoo, cover the hair with coconut oil the day before the shampoo (protect the pillowcase) by applying the oil especially on the ends, to obtain silk hair.
The next time you run out of lip balm, try a mixture of a tablespoon and a half of coconut oil with an essential oil and a teaspoon of beeswax. Fill the applicator tube and allow the mixture time to warm to room temperature before use.
Direct application on coconut oil hemorrhoids alleviates swelling and relieves.
Try a scalp treatment with coconut oil and rosemary essential oil against dandruff, simply massage the skull with the oil mixture and let it soak up all night. Wash your hair as usual the next day and repeat until the problem is gone.
Surprising that something so simple can be so effective in calming the inflammation of the shave.
Apply directly to all insect bites to soothe itching and deflation.
Coconut oil is an impressive eye makeup remover, it dissolves mascara in an instant and leaves the skin hydrated and clean. A little coconut oil on the lashes in the evening at bedtime will thicken them, especially if you are used to make up your eyes.
Ayurveda, an ancient system of medicine, states that coconut oil is a cooling oil, which can bring great relief to skin irritated by a burn. Another great cure for sunburn is apple cider vinegar mixed with water, sprayed on the skin and allowed to dry. Apply coconut oil after apple cider vinegar for better relief.
Both internally and externally, coconut oil is excellent for the treatment of acne. Internally, it helps balance the hormones associated with acne. By external way, you can put on the buttons for its antibacterial effects and its action on redness and swelling.
If you want to completely avoid the razor burn, try coconut oil instead of your shaving foam or cream.
Treat stretch marks and scars with coconut oil when the pores of the skin are open after bathing or showering. You can also apply coconut oil on your belly to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy.
Perineum massage during pregnancy
Starting a perineal massage about a month before delivery can prevent a tear or the need for an episiotomy.
Soap with homemade coconut oil
Just three ingredients: coconut oil, soda lye and water.
Apply daily coconut oil on varicose veins and massage well; Anecdotal reports show that it is an excellent method to treat varicose veins naturally.
Save money by buying large quantities
It takes a long time before coconut oil rancers and now that you know how great it is, you will want to use it a lot.
The various uses of coconut oil, medicinal and others are so ubiquitous that everyone should have this superfood in their closet. Be sure to use cold-pressed, non-deodorized, organic-quality coconut oil so you can reap the full benefits.