Top 10 Everyday Uses for Coconut Oil

Coconut oil or Copra oil is an edible oil extracted from the kernel or meat of matured coconuts harvested from the coconut palm. Coconut oil has been demonized in the past because it contains saturated fat. In fact, coconut oil is one of the richest sources of saturated fat known to man, with almost 90% of the fatty acids in it being saturated. However, new data is showing that saturated fats are harmless. Many massive studies that include hundreds of thousands of people prove that the whole “artery-clogging” idea was a myth. Additionally, coconut oil does not contain your average run-of-the-mill saturated fats like you would find in cheese or steak. Coconut is kind of an “exotic” food in the Western world, primarily consumed by health conscious people. Coconut is kind of an “exotic” food in the Western world, primarily consumed by health conscious people. One interesting feature of coconut oil is that it can reduce your hunger.

Healthy Wood Polish



Most wood polish coats surfaces in a slick layer of synthetic chemicals, which makes the wood look all sleek and shiny for a little bit. Coconut oil, on the other hand, sinks into the wood and keeps it looking “healthy” longer. The appearance is much more natural and it stays that way. It may not look as dramatic as a store bought polisher, but we find it a much more pleasant and effective option to keeping wood looking it’s best.

Unstick a Zipper



It’s a problem when you can’t get your pants zipper up before an important meeting, nor is it fun being stuck yanking on your toddler’s stubborn jacket zipper while they look at you like “are not” you supposed to be able to solve all the problems in the world? What’s taking you so long? Avoid both of these unfortunate situations-apply a bit of coconut oil on the jammed zipper, rub it in a bit and it should glide with ease.

Energy Booster



If weight loss is not your goal, just run with the fact no pun intended that it gives you a great boost in energy-and who does not need some help in that department every now and again? Some people also feel it helps boost their mental alertness. Also it is tasty and you can combine with other fruits and milk.

Itchy Dogs



If your dog has atopic dermatitis, also known as the world’s worst allergies. He gets goopy eyes, scabby ears from scratching them too much, and will literally scratch himself raw and bloody without treatment. In addition to his daily care regime, we advise you to gets coconut oil. From the inside out, coconut oil can help nourish the dry, irritated or inflamed skin that is the result of the inappropriate response to various allergens. It did not cure him of his allergies, though there are people who say it has gotten rid of their dog’s allergies completely, but it does help reduce the itching. If your pup chews their paws and stains them red/pink/brown it can help in that department as well, as that is also a sign of allergies. Start with ½ teaspoon a day and work your way up to 1 tablespoon for 40+ pound dogs, and 1-2 teaspoons for dogs that weigh less. They usually go crazy for it!

Remove Chewing Gum



Why does coconut oil remove chewing gum?  Whether its ground into your carpet or your kid is panicking because they think they have to chop off a big chunk of gummy hair, coconut oil has a weird way of getting the stuff out. Most likely, it sinks in and just makes it so the whole glob glides out over the fibers/hairs easily. This is one case where you can feel free to apply liberal amounts. Rub it thoroughly over the chewing gum and let it sit for 2-5 minutes or longer, if you deem it necessary. Use a soft, textured cloth to wipe the gum away.

Coffee Creamer



In replacement of higher calorie coffee creamers such milk and sugar stir a little coconut oil into your coffee for a sweet and healthy touch. Make sure to stir it in well! If you notice it floating to the top, try stirring partway through your drink or just add a little less next time. Make sure it is piping hot when you add it in, otherwise you might get some unwanted unmelted coconut oil popping up.

Coconut Oil and Weight Loss



Coconut oil and weight loss-what’s really going on? Well, if you sit around eating coconut oil, you aren’t going to lose weight for sure. However, if used to substitute other fats, it can help you drop the pounds by taking the place of those other calories. Unlike most saturated fats, it’s mainly comprised of medium chain fatty acids, versus long chain fatty acids. This difference in molecular structure means that it doesn’t get packed away as fat as easily and instead is sent straight to the liver to be metabolized, giving you a boost in energy. This energy in turn makes exercising easier, and the exercise in turn helps you lose weight. Another major factor that it plays is as an appetite suppressant.

Oil and Butter Replacement



There’s no better way to get the benefits of coconut oil than to replace other less desirable fats with it. When cooking or baking, substitute it for butter or just about any oil. It lends moisture, freshness, and richness to baked goods and a subtle complimentary flavor to savory dishes. How much you substitute will depend on the recipe you are making. For baking, most people will fall in the 1:1 ratio or 80% coconut oil 20% water when subbing for butter. For basic cakes, cookies, and brownies I find 1:1 to be sufficient.

Lower Cholesterol and Risk of Heart Disease



Coconut oil, taken internally, may help improve blood flow. As it can raise the levels of HDL – or “good” cholesterol, the ratio between HDL and LDL -“bad” cholesterol – are evened. Since LDL cholesterol can affect the viscosity of blood, and “thicken” it, lower levels lead to thinner blood which leads to better circulation. The problem is, if you have too much cholesterol, the excess keeps circulating. The constantly circulating LDL will eventually penetrate blood vessel walls where they build up plaques and narrow blood vessels, sometimes to the point blocking blood flow, causing coronary artery disease. HDL, on the other hand, picks up excess cholesterol and brings it to your liver to be broken down. Coconut oil, probably due to its high levels of lauric acid, will boost HDL.

Give Plants a Shine



The last thing your beautiful, green, healthy plants want is a waxy silicone shine that makes their leaves glisten unnaturally. Rub a tiny bit of coconut oil into them to keep leaves looking healthy and dust-free. Reapply every few days or as needed.

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