crazy as a coconut

Please note that this post was first published in November 4, 2012, and some of the details, links and offers may no longer be active.

Coconut oil is all the rage right now. And so it should be -it does the works!

Yes, coconut oil is a saturated fat but because it’s from a plant it’s safe for you! Unlike excessive saturated fat from animals which can contribute to heart disease. Coconut oil will lower LDL cholesterol (the bad guy) and increase your HDL (the happy one). It’s also an effective anti-inflammatory and recent research supports its use in Alzheimer’s prevention.
For those of you looking to lose weight, coconut oil is for you. Seriously! It’s high in medium chain fatty acids which help to speed up your metabolism (the rate you burn fat). It will also help out with cravings. Curb your sweet tooth by eating two Tbsp of coconut oil then allow ten minutes to feel the effect. Fat doesn’t make your fat, sugar makes you fat.

Coconut oil is high in lauric acid which boosts your immune system and kills parasites, worms, microbes, fungal infections, viruses and bacteria. Rub a bit on any scrapes, cuts, staph infections to aid the healing process. It’s especially beneficial for eczema and psoriasis.

Essential Health’s favourite ways to use coconut oil:

*Use like a regular oil when making curries, stirfrys, etc.
*It’s particularly tasty for roasting sweeter vegetables like pumpkin and carrots in the oven. *Lather it onto your hands to neutralise onion or garlic odors.
*Add to porridge (we won’t be friends if you tell you cook it in the microwave!)
*Throw in the blender when whizzing up a banana or berry smoothie.

*Spread a small amount through damp hair, to slick back the frizz.
*It’s the best body moisturiser ever!
*Massage onto your face to remove zinc then wipe off with a cotton pad.
*Blokes, use as a shave gel.
*Google how to make your own toothpaste and deodorant.

When buying coconut oil from a health food shop, make sure its:
In a glass jar
Certified organic
Extra virgin
Sustainably sourced
Not deodorised. They add nasty chemicals to extract the natural aroma

Be mindful of what oil you use. A good quality oil can do wonders for your health. What oil do you use?
Emma the Naturopath xx


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