Coconut Oil Benefits
We always have a jar of coconut oil in the house. We cook with it, add it to baking and raw food recipes, and use it as a moisturiser on our skin and hair. It’s a staple in the cupboard and something our household uses every day. We’ve been loving coconut oil for almost a decade now, and it’s been great to see so many people discovering its many uses and benefits.
What are the benefits of Coconut Oil?
1. Versatile cooking oil
Coconut oil has a high smoke point and is stable at high temperatures, so it is perfect for frying, stir frying and baking. It gives food a subtle coconut taste that’s delicious with fish and chicken dishes. Banana pancakes are always yummy cooked with coconut oil. If you aren’t a fan of the taste, you can use deodorised coconut oil.
2. Good for vegan & dairy-free diets
Coconut oil can be used in place of butter in cakes, desserts, pastry, and even to make vanilla frosting. Some people spread it on toast or add it to their coffee or tea. It’s also great for popping popcorn, as well as a popcorn topping. Coconut oil is also an essential ingredient in many raw desserts.
3. Shiny hair
Coconut oil isn’t just good for eating, it should be an essential part of your beauty routine. Use it as a hair mask, conditioner or a hot oil treatment for dry hair. You can also rub a little in your hands and use it as an anti-frizz.
4. Nourishes the skin
Virgin raw coconut oil is great for your skin and can be used as a moisturiser, eye makeup remover, or lip balm. It can also help to soothe some skin conditions and sun burn.
5. Great for teeth & gums
Swishing some coconut oil around in your mouth in the mornings, known as ‘oil pulling’, can help to refreshen your mouth, teeth and gums.
COCONUT OIL FACTS
Coconut oil is extracted from the kernel or 'meat' of mature coconuts that have been harvested from the coconut palm (Cocos Nucifera). Because of its high saturated fat content, it is slow to oxidize and therefore resistant to spoiling (it can usually last up to six months if kept out of direct sunlight). To get the full benefits of coconut oil, choose a raw organic virgin coconut oil.