When we talk about beauty and health, coconut oil is the top ingredient to contain in the products.
It is widely used, for various purposes. The benefits of virgin coconut oil are abundant for it has all the powerful constituents.
It has Lauric Acid, Capric Acid and Caprylic Acid, Linoleic Acid (Polyunsaturated Fats), Oleic Acid (Monounsaturated Fats), Polyphenols (Virgin Coconut Oil only), and Medium-Chain Triglycerides in it.
Wow, no wonder chemists love coconut oil! There’s so much to discover about just this one oil.
Here are some of the studied and proven benefits of virgin coconut oil:
1. Whitens Teeth
Smooth a dab of coconut oil a few inches on your floss and start flossing.
You can also brush your teeth with coconut oil and baking soda prior to your normal toothpaste.
You’ll find that it’s a gentler way to whiten your pearly whites.
2. Antiseptic Mouthwash
Coconut oil works wonders as an antiseptic mouthwash that reduces mouth sensitivity.
It has antimicrobial properties protecting against harmful bacteria, thanks to the medium-chain fatty acids in it.
Mix your coconut oil with a little water and gargle, or you could gargle only coconut oil for a few minutes.
3. Tightens Skin
Get skin tightening treatment for cheap with coconut oil!
Just massage a teaspoon of coconut oil on your skin for five minutes.
For better results, leave on overnight. The massage helps to push the oil deep in your skin.
4. Removes Wrinkles
The oil works as a potential wrinkle treatment too, functioning the same way with its collagen-building benefits.
This creates skin elasticity, making the skin firmer.
Opt to coconut oil as your serum. Apply a small amount to cleansed face two times daily.
5. Fades Scars
Coconut oil helps with early scar treatment.
The oil is able to act as a thick, moisturizing barrier as the skin heals.
The scars fade with it and as an additional result, more even skin tone is achieved.
Heat and liquefy a few tablespoons of coconut oil.
Massage oil into the scar for about 10 minutes and leave it to dry for about an hour.
6. Soothes Eczema
The abundance of lauric acid in coconut oil serves as a natural remedy.
While it may not treat eczema, it is able to moisturize and soothe the skin and reduce irritation and itching of the skin.
For skin eczema: rub a small scoop of solid coconut oil between fingertips until it softens.
Apply to skin.
For scalp eczema: Replace your conditioner with coconut oil.
Massage on scalp and rinse with warm water.
7. Protects from UV rays
Coconut oil can act as a thin barrier from rays for it has SPF 4-5.
That is still a very low amount of SPF to protect from sun rays when you’re out in the hot sun but it will do if you’re only staying indoors.
8. Eliminates Yeast Infection
Yeast infection occurs on the skin, breast, vagina or mouth.
Research shows that coconut oil could work effectively as an antifungal.
For mouth: Swish coconut oil for about 30 seconds and spit it out.
Avoid eating or drinking for 30 minutes.
For skin: Apply coconut oil on infected areas two to four times daily.
For vagina: Although some suggest to dip a tampon in coconut oil and use it, it is not advisable to use coconut internally.
Seek medical advice for inner vaginal fungal infection.
9. Acts as Deodorant
Store-bought deodorants are usually chemical and irritating. Coconut oil as a deodorant?
Its antibacterial nature eliminates odor-causing bacteria.
Coconut oil, when applied, acts as a natural deodorant that calms and moisturizes the skin.
Bonus: it lightens the underarms.
10. Speeds Up Wound Healing
The use of coconut oil increases levels of collagen and improve antioxidant status.
These are crucial in speeding up wound healing.
Linoleic acid in it heals scrapes and cuts faster.
When there are no bacteria, there is no infection, so the healing process is easier and faster.
11. Heals Cuticles
Ever experienced how painful hangnails and dry cuticles are? It’s a major pain for a tiny injury.
Coconut oil is a wonderful moisturizing agent.
Apply and leave it on for as long as you can. The longer the better.
The result? Moisturized skin around the nails, no hangnails and stronger cuticles.
12. Controls Hair Loss
Again, thank you lauric acid! With the help of it binding the protein in hair, the roots and strands are protected and breakage is prevented.
Heat a mixture of coconut oil and olive oil. Massage it onto hair and scalp. Wrap your hair with a towel (soaked in hot water and wrung out).
Leave it for about and hour and wash with shampoo.
13. Promotes Hair Growth
Did you know that coconut oil has vitamin E and K as well as iron?
These nutrients boost hair growth and regrowth for thinning hair.
Nourish your follicles with the nutrients by massaging your scalp with the oil.
14. Prevents Cradle Cap
They’re good for babies too?
No wonder you see “Baby Coconut Oil” sold.
Cradle cap is scaly patches on the baby’s scalp.
The moisturizing coconut oil loosens the cradle cap and nourishes the scalp.
Massage the oil on the baby’s scalp and leave it on for 20 minutes.
15. Treats Chapped Lips
Perhaps coconut oil works better for a moisturized, chap-free and plumper pout.
Hate the smell?
Mix coconut oil with any of your favourite essential oil for the great scent and apply it on your lips as often.
16. Strengthen Bones
So we thought it was always about the skin and the external areas.
Little did you know coconut oil, specifically Virgin Coconut Oil is great for the bones too.
Consuming it prevents oxidation of bones, increases bone density and promotes build your bones.
17. Reduces Belly Fat
Weight loss friendly fat award would definitely go to this oil.
Add coconut oil in your diet, and you’ll notice how effective coconut oil fat is in combating belly fat.
Take one or two tablespoons of coconut oil daily.
By doing this, you’ll increase calories burned to 120 calories a day.
18. Encourages Nutrient Absorption
Coconut oil is without a doubt a good quality, healthy plant-based fat.
Simply add coconut oil in your food or replace cooking oil with coconut oil for results.
You can also consume one tablespoon coconut oil 20 minutes before every meal.
19. Promotes Weight Loss
The mighty coconut oil contains a unique combination of fatty acids with powerful effects on metabolism.
The fats in coconut oil are not stored in the liver but rather are used as a direct source of energy.
It boosts metabolism so weight is lost.
20. Removes Eye Makeups
It’s a resounding yes, yes, yes that coconut oil can remove your stubborn eye makeup.
Apart from all the properties it has, it also has a detergent effect so removing makeup is easier with coconut oil.
Pour a little coconut oil on a cotton pad and wipe your eye makeup off with ease.
21. Strengthens Immune System
If you get sick easily and quite often, you might have a weakened immune system.
Don’t worry, coconut oil is here to save the day.
The consumption of coconut oil boosts an already weakened immune system by improving white blood cell counts, which helps the body directly fight viruses.
22. Kidney and Liver Health
Good news: there is a way for you to protect your vital organs- the liver and kidney.
Coconut oil soothes discomfort caused by kidney and liver problems.
It is also helpful in preventing it from happening by controlling insulin secretion and blood sugar levels.
23. Stress reliever
Ahh, stress. Who doesn’t get stressed?
What would be the remedy for our daily stress from everything?
That’s right, coconut oil. When massaging, use coconut oil for stress relief.
For better results, add aromatherapy scents.
Those, and definitely many other known and even undiscovered benefits of virgin coconut oil.
It might just be named the ‘Miracle Oil’ for it is for sure the unsung hero for beauty and health.
Think about it: what can’t coconut oil do? Almost nothing.
Cosmetic-wise, it ‘s activities would be: emollient, protectively hydrating, lubricating, cooling, soothing.
Medicinal activity: regulating, balancing, stress-relieving, digestive and anti-fungal.
Would you ditch everything else for coconut oil? Let us know about your experience with the benefits of virgin coconut oil in the comment below.