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The magic of coconut oil

Coconut oil can be used for pretty much anything.
Coconut oil can be used for cooking.
Coconut oil controls blood sugar.
Coconut oil contains about 50% lauric acid which helps prevent various heart problems.
Coconut oil can be used as a dairy free butter substitute.
Coconut oil promotes healthy digestion and can prevent IBS.
Coconut oil boosts energy.
Coconut oil can be used as an intensive hair conditioner.
Coconut oil stimulates hair growth.
Coconut oil can be used as a cuticle oil to promote nail growth.
Coconut oil can be used for removing makeup.
Coconut oil can be used as a shaving oil.
Coconut oil can be used as a moisturiser.
Coconut oil can be used as a massage oil.
Coconut oil can be used as a carrier oil for aromatherapy.
Coconut oil reduces stress.
Coconut oil can be used as chap stick.
Coconut oil can prevent cold sores.
Coconut oil can be used to treat athletes foot.
Coconut oil can be used as toothpaste.
Coconut oil helps in mineral absorption promoting healthy bone development.
Coconut oil can be used as deodorant.
Coconut oil can be used as a nappy rash ointment.
Coconut oil can be mixed with sugar and used as an in shower body scrub.
Coconut oil can be used as a tattoo ointment.
Coconut oil is a natural SPF 4 sunscreen.
Coconut oil can be used to treat yeast infection.
Coconut oil can be used to treat UTI’s.
Coconut oil can be used as a personal lubricant.
Coconut oil can reduce the signs of age spots.
Coconut oil can reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
Coconut oil can prevent stretch marks during pregnancy.
Coconut oil soothes skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis.
Coconut oil soothes bug bites.
Coconut oil can reduce the apearance of cellulite.
Coconut oil can reduce the appearance of varicose veins.
Coconut oil strengthens the immune system.
Coconut oil smells good, like soaking up the sun on a tropical island with white sandy beaches and crystal clear water good.

Why is coconut oil solid?
Coconut oil has a high melting point, about 25°c. So this means it’s solid at room temperature. It’s just what it naturally does, don’t worry it’s not gone bad, there isn’t a problem with the one you’ve picked up. The solid form is probably the most common form you’ll find it in.

How to use coconut oil.
In cooking: Use it as a substitute for vegetable oil, try it next time you make a stir fry. You can use it in baking, and use it as a dairy free butter substitute. It’s pretty self explanatory just follow whatever recipe you’re using. Just remember it is an oil, it does have a high % of saturated fat so I wouldn’t recommend eating this all the time, just as a treat like other oils.

Skin/haircare: if it’s solid you’ll need to melt it. If you’re a warm person just scoop a little out with a spoon and warm it in your hands. You can place it in direct sunlight or close to a heater (just be careful not to melt the plastic container it’s in!) You can soak the container on warm water, or scoop a little out into a bowl and heat in the microwave for a couple of seconds. Once it’s melted go crazy, just use your hands to rub it into your skin, hair, nails, wherever. If you’re using it to remove makeup you can use a couple of cotton pads. 

Where to buy coconut oil.
I usually just buy it in my local grocery store or health food store,  if you’re in the grocery store it’ll just be next to the other cooking oils. It’s about £5.99- £8.99 for a tub and it’ll last you a while unless you really do plan to use it for everything.  It doesn’t really matter what brand you buy as long as it’s pure coconut oil, I usually just buy the cheapest. You can also buy cold pressed coconut oil which has had the waxy element removed so it comes as an oil instead of in it’s solid form, it’s about £7.00 for 100mls, so if you’re the impatient type and waiting for solid coconut oil to melt sounds like a struggle this could be the better choice for you.

Love & peace.
SBB. Xo

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5 thoughts on “The magic of coconut oil

  1. Hi, I am a doctor and I would like to point out that coconut oil is very unhealthy to eat. While it is excellent for skin & hair, it has 92% of saturated fats (that’s worse than butter!), and the amount of omega 3 and omega 6 healthy oils isn’t very high compared to other cooking oils either. I made a post recently about the myth of coconut oil being healthy – unfortunately a lot of people think that coconut oil is healthy to consume, but it is not true! Media have a lot to do with this. For your health, and your readers’ health, I suggest that you don’t use coconut oil and turn to avocado oil, olive oil, or even canola oil which all have many more healthy oils and much (much much less!) saturated oils.

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