Coconut oil is an edible oil harvested from the coconut palm and extracted from the kernel of mature coconuts. This tropical oil is one of the healthiest dietary oils in the world, free of trans-fatty acids and contains no cholesterol. Not only is it great for the digestive system, but it can also be used in several different ways, and in different regions of the body!
Here are Seven ways it can benefit you:
1). Losing Weight
It can be difficult to lose weight at times, but studies have proven that if you heat up 1-2 teaspoons of coconut oil in water, and drink it 20 minutes before mealtime; it will significantly reduce your appetite and help you to feel full, more quickly.
2). Making your Hair Grow
Applying Coconut oil in your hair after a shower, or even putting it on before you sleep at night, could make your hair grow longer, thicker, and faster in a short amount of time. This occurs because of the vitamins and essential fatty acids naturally found in coconut oil, nourish the scalp and help to remove sebum build-up from hair follicles.
3.) Removing Makeup
Coconut oil is an amazing way to get off even the most stubborn waterproof mascara and liquid lipsticks formulas because its texture breaks up water-resistant substances used in makeup. It is also great for your skin because it moisturizes and smooths.
4.) Preventing Tooth Decay
Brushing your teeth with coconut oil can significantly improve oral and dental health because coconut oil attacks the harmful bacteria in your mouth, reducing plaque buildup. It has also been found to prevent tooth decay and fight gum disease.
5.) Treating Yeast Infections
Coconut oil is an established anti-fungal, making it an effective treatment for yeast infections. You can treat a yeast infection by applying coconut oil straight from the jar to the affected area, or you can heat 2 teaspoons of the oil for 30 seconds in the microwave, and then swoosh it in your mouth for ten seconds. When the time is up, you spit the remaining oil out and avoid eating for half an hour. *When buying the oil, make sure its 100% pure, virgin coconut oil, or you will not get the same results.*
6.) Preventing sun damage
Since coconuts are naturally found in the tropics, people have discovered that coconut oil works great as a natural protection from the sun. It blocks harmful UV rays, while still letting some through so our bodies can create some much-needed vitamin D.
7.) Getting rid of lice
A natural way of removing pesky lice is by using two ingredients already found in most kitchens! First, you get Apple cider vinegar, and rinse your hair out with the liquid, leaving it in until your hair drys completely. Then you cover your hair with warm coconut oil and place it in a shower cap to keep the oil's warmth. After you've left the cap on for the majority of the day, you may then comb through your hair, to get the majority of the lice out, and continue to shampoo the way you'd normally do.