What are the benefits of Coconut Oil?
The humble coconut is surely one of mother nature's most amazing creations, as well as conjuring up images of tropical beaches and Bounty bars, the water inside a young coconut is one of the most hydrating liquids available and the flesh of the coconut is considered to be one of the much talked about superfoods.
That surely is enough for one humble drupe (it's not a nut after all apparently), but no there is more – Coconut Oil - it's a miracle oil that is able to soothe, heal and rejuvenate your skin and do wonders for your health at the same time! There has also been a large body of medical research done on the skin benefits of using coconut oil which you can find more details on at the bottom of this article. One of the great benefits of is that it is easily accessible and works as a superb substitute for many expensive skin and hair care products which are on the market. Here are 15 of the little known and unique benefits of this wonder oil.
How can coconut oil moisturise your skin?
As a natural product coconut oil acts as an excellent moisturiser for your skin and it works equally well on dry, flaky or irritable skin conditions. In certain parts of the world such as India and Thailand coconut oil has been used for generations as a skin moisturiser and commercially produced skin products are considered ineffective in comparison, it is the fatty acids found in the oil which reduce inflammation, moisturise the skin and give you the extreme moisture treatment that is unique to organic coconut oil.It's not only your skin that can benefit from this moisture laden oil, it's also fantastic for dry damaged hair. After washing your hair apply coconut oil and leave it to absorb into your hair for twenty to thirty minutes before washing out and you will be amazed at how smooth and silky your hair feels.
Does Coconut oil work as sunscreen?
The worst thing about commercial sunscreen products is the number of chemicals which are used in them, and although they may be protecting your skin from UV rays they can also be doing unknown damage to your skin. Coconut oil on the other hand will work as a natural sunscreen which will moderate sun rays without harming your skin at the same time, its also worth noting that some of the signs of ageing which can be the result of excessive sun exposure are treatable by the use of coconut oil, but more on that later.
Use as a Mouthwash
Once you get over the slight taste, coconut oil works as a great mouthwash with natural anti-bacterial effects which can help to cleanse the mouth of bacteria and prevent and heal periodontal disease. It is recommended that washing your mouth with coconut oil three times a week will produce significant results in your dental healthcare, although we wouldn't recommend using one of our bars of soap for the process, unless someone needs their mouth washing out of course.
Treatment for cold sores
If you are suffering with cold sores, coconut oil can provide a simple but effective solution, take a small amount of the oil in cotton and softly dab the cold sores with it. The healthy fats contained within the oil help to reduce the inflammation and swelling around the sores and the antibacterial properties will help heal and rejuvenate your skin. If repeated two to three times a week you will see a dramatic reduction in both the irritation caused by cold sores and outbreaks of them.
Protect your cuticles
An infected or damaged cuticle is a common and irritable condition and it can cause pain and a lot of discomfort. Using natural coconut oil is a great way to reduce irritation from the infected cuticle and it can also be used to protect your cuticles with regular application. This will not only keep your cuticles soft but will also help keep infections away. To make it easily accessible keep some coconut oil in your home manicure set and keep germs away from the outset.
Detox your skin
Detoxing baths are really popular right now both for the health benefits they give and for the relaxing feeling of a nice long bath after a stressful day. Using coconut oil in your bath not only helps your skin to detox but also adds an extra glow to your skin, using one of our coconut oil infused natural bars of soap is an easy way to do this our Green Seaweed Soap can help you to detox your skin and unwind your mind at the same time. Just like bringing the spa into your bathroom.
An organic deodorant
Deodorants are among the worst commercially produced products which can cause health problems in the long term due to the extreme amount of chemicals that are used in them. Coconut oil works as a natural deodorant which gives the peace of mind of not having to worry about the chemicals that are in it and at the same time providing a natural scent which will not conflict with any perfume you may use.
Heal diaper rashes
If you are a parent of a new born, you will know the strain that can be caused by an irritated baby with a diaper rash, they not only cause discomfort and upset for your baby but an upset baby can also affect your peace of mind. Using a small amount of coconut oil on the areas that are infected will help to reduce irritability and regular use of it on diaper rash prone areas of the skin will help to keep it at bay in the long term.
Vanish stretch marks
Stretch marks are one of those natural skin issues that can become a problem after childbirth, a weight change or the natural passing of time. Once they arrive they can be difficult to remove, whilst it is not a miracle cure for these unflattering stretch marks on your skin, regular use of coconut oil can help to reduce their prominence and can even lead to their eventual disappearance.
Moisturising the scalp
Using coconut oil has been a tried and proven method of scalp moisturisation for generations all around the world. This one is no big secret, ask your grandmother! If you're suffering from a dry, flaky or itchy scalp don't use a shampoo or conditioner which can irritate it even more, simply use pure coconut oil or a natural coconut oil based product by massaging it into your scalp over a few days and you will be amazed at the results.
An organic base for a scrub
Scrubbing your skin is essential to get your dead skin away, exfoliating the skin is an important part of any good skincare routine. Coconut oil makes a great base for a home-made scrub treatment and when used in an exfoliating product like our Exfoliating Soap this allows you to exfoliate your skin without irritating it and leaving it cleansed and moisturised after the treatment, all from the comfort of your own bathroom.
Soothe insect bites
Is your skin sensitive to mosquito and other insect bites? Simply dabbing some coconut oil on it is natures way of reducing the irritation and soothing the bite marks.
Heal skin irritations
From burns to inflammations, coconut oil is the perfect natural ingredient to soothe and heal your skin irritations. If you've got a long term skin irritation issue or a recent irritation the natural fatty acids in coconut oil have anti inflammatory properties and will help to soothe that irritation and with regular use will help you to manage and even prevent the condition from returning again.
Healthy skin growth
If you have any cuts or scabs where your skin is healing from a previous injury, organic coconut oil will aid this recovery process and help to make sure that your skin returns to its original condition as soon as possible.
From the days of ancient queens, the anti-ageing power of coconut oils has been celebrated and praised. Whilst you may not be under as much scrutiny as Cleopatra you do want to keep your skin looking as youthful as hers was (we think). As a natural product coconut oil means that you do not upset the natural balance of enzymes and chemicals in your skin by using it. As well as reducing the signs of ageing natural coconut oil can be used to help skin keep its youthful firmness and glow.
There have been huge numbers of studies conducted on coconut oil and its benefits and we have summarised some of the most relevant ones in this article. If you want to find out more information for yourself there are some excellent Medical Studies available.
See some of the options for using coconut oil with our range of handmade soaps we provide a range of exotic natural soaps which all contain coconut oil and can be used to achieve any of the benefits listed above, take a look at our site to find out more.
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