Protect Your Skin From UV Rays – When applied to your skin, coconut oil protect it from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, which raise your risk of skin cancer and cause wrinkling and brown spots. Virgin Coconut Oil blocks about 20% of the sun’s UV rays. However, keep in mind that it doesn’t provide the same protection as conventional sunscreen, which blocks about 90% of UV rays. Virgin Coconut oil has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 7, which is still lower than the minimum recommendation in some countries.
Increase your Metabolism- Coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). These are fatty acids that are quickly absorbed and can increase the number of calories you burn. One study found that 15–30 grams of MCTs increased the number of calories burned by an average of 120 over 24 hours.
Cook Safely at High Temperature- Coconut oil has a very high saturated fat content. About 87% of its fat is saturated. Saturated fats retain their structure when heated to high temperatures, unlike the polyunsaturated fatty acids found in vegetable oils. Oils such as corn and safflower are converted into toxic compounds when heated. These may have harmful effects on health. Therefore, coconut oil is a safer alternative for cooking at high temperatures.
Improve Your Dental Health. Virgin Coconut oil can be a powerful weapon against bacteria, including streptococcus mutans, the bacteria in your mouth that causes dental plaque, tooth decay, and gum disease. Swishing with Virgin coconut oil for 10 minutes — known as Oil Pulling — reduces bacteria as effectively as rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash. Swishing daily with coconut oil significantly reduces inflammation and plaque in teenagers with gingivitis (inflamed gums).
Relieve Skin Irritation and Eczema – Virgin coconut oil improves dermatitis and other skin disorders. For children with eczema, 47% of those treated with Virgin coconut oil noticed major improvements.
Improve Brain Function- The MCTs in coconut oil are broken down by your liver and turned into ketones, which can act as an alternative energy source for your brain. MCTs have impressive benefits for brain disorders, including epilepsy and Alzheimer’s.
Moisturize Your Skin – Virgin Coconut oil makes a wonderful moisturizer for your legs, arms, and elbows. It can also help repair cracked heels. Simply apply a thin coat to your heels at bedtime, put on socks, and continue on a nightly basis until your heels are smooth. May Help Fight Infections. Virgin Coconut Oil has antibacterial properties that can help treat infections. Virgin Coconut Oil stops the growth of the intestinal bacteria Clostridium difficile, commonly known as C. diff, which causes severe diarrhea. It also appears to fight yeasts — an effect generally attributed to lauric acid, the main fatty acid in coconut oil.
May Reduce Belly Fat- Virgin Coconut oil may help reduce belly fat— also known as visceral fat — which is linked to increased health risks, such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Protect Your Hair From Damage- Virgin Coconut oil can help keep your hair healthy. Virgin Coconut oil significantly reduced protein loss from hair when applied before or after shampooing. This result occurred with damaged as well as healthy hair. The unique structure of lauric acid — the main fatty acid in coconut oil — can penetrate the hair shaft in a way that most other fats can’t.
Decrease Hunger and Food Intake- The medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) in coconut oil may help reduce hunger, leading to a spontaneous decrease in calorie intake.
Improve Wound Healing- To speed the healing of minor cuts or scrapes, apply a little bit of coconut oil directly to the wound and cover it with a bandage.
Natural Deodorant- While sweat itself has no smell, the bacteria living on your skin can produce undesirable odors. Virgin Coconut oil’s strong antibacterial properties make it a great natural deodorant that contains no chemicals.
Quick Energy Source- Virgin Coconut oil contains medium-chain triglyceride fatty acids, which are digested differently than the long-chain triglycerides found in most foods. These fats go directly from your gut to your liver, where they can be used as a quick source of energy that won’t raise blood sugar levels.
Remove Eye Makeup- Virgin Coconut oil is a gentle and effective eye makeup remover. Apply with a cotton pad and wipe gently until all traces of makeup are gone.
Improve Liver Health- The saturated fats in coconut oil can help protect your liver from damage due to alcohol or toxin exposure.
Soothe Chapped Lips. Virgin Coconut oil makes an ideal natural lip balm. It glides on smoothly, leaves your lips moist for hours, and even provides some protection from the sun
Make Homemade Salad Dressing- Commercial salad dressings are often loaded with sugar and preservatives. Virgin Coconut oil makes a delicious addition to healthy, homemade salad dressings.
Pan-frying- Virgin Coconut oil doesn’t break down easily at high temperatures so it’s the perfect replacement for olive oil when you’re using the frying pan.
Oil pulling- Swishing coconut oil around your mouth for 10-20 minutes before brushing your teeth can freshen your breath. It gets rid of the bacteria in your mouth that causes bad breath.
Insect repellent- Keep bugs away from the natural way. Grab a cheap spray bottle and combine half a cup of coconut oil with 10 drops of tea tree oil. Shake and spray directly on the skin for a low-irritant repellent.
Soothe baby skin- Add a little coconut oil to your baby’s bathwater and help soothe rashes, scrapes, insect bites.
Keeps skin soft and smooth without the use of chemicals and irritants found in some soaps.
Soften cradle cap. Apply Virgin coconut oil onto damp hair to soften crusty cradle cap. Leave for 15-minutes or so, then brush out with a soft baby brush. Rinse with water and mild baby shampoo to remove oil from the hair.
Sore throat gargle- Ease a sore throat by gargling one tablespoon of coconut oil mixed with one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and a teaspoon of warm water.
Massage oil- Grab a jar and add some melted coconut oil, a few drops of your favorite essential oil then shake it all up. Ask your favorite person to massage your sore, tired back, neck, and shoulders.
Night cream- Ditch the heavy, expensive creams and pop this on before bed each night. Particularly good for helping with dark circles and under-eye puffiness.
Heel scrub- Slough away the winter blues and exfoliate rough, cracked heels with a mixture of coconut oil and rock salt.
Stretch mark cream- Keep a pregnant belly moisturized with a daily dose of coconut oil. It helps keep skin supple and soft so that you can try to avoid the dreaded stretch marks.
Leave-in conditioner- For shiny locks, rub a small amount of coconut oil into the ends of your hair, twist it into a loose bun and wash it out the next morning.
Boost your morning coffee- Swish a spoonful into your coffee until melted. Add a boost of energy to your daily caffeine fix.