5 Easy Ways to Use Coconut Oil Daily

28 October 2016

 

You may have heard about how awesome coconut oil is and its many uses.  So what is so great about coconut oil?  Coconut oil is a healthy saturated fat, rich in Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT), which are fatty acids of a medium length.  These MCTs are metabolized differently by our bodies by going straight to the liver from the digestive tract.  MCTs are a quick source of energy and can be used for weight management.  MCTs may also turn into “ketones”, which can be therapeutic to brain disorders such as epilepsy and Alzheimer’s, and may help boost mental performance and clarity.  MCTs (including lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid) have antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties to help support a healthy immune system.  Antimicrobial properties can also help fight irritation and infection, and studies have shown MCT’s in coconut oil kill the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus (a very dangerous pathogen) and the yeast Candida abicans, a common source of yeast infections in humans. Coconut oil also helps support natural hormone production and balance our hormones.

 

Here are my top 5 ways to use coconut oil every day:

 

  1.  Cooking and Smoothies:  Most vegetable oils are a liquid at room temperature, though coconut oil is solid at room

temperature.  Coconut oil will become a liquid at 76°F.  Depending on your location and temperature of your kitchen, coconut oil will usually be liquid unless refrigerated.  Coconut oil has a high smoking point of 350°F, which is ideal for most cooking. Coconut oil is a very stable oil that doesn’t break down easily at high temperatures like other oils do and doesn’t go rancid easily.  It is great for cooking eggs, stir fries, grain-free baked goods, etc.  Concentrated beneficial fats in coconut oil help aid digestion.

 

Grain-free Porridge

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 TBSP unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 TBSP chia seeds
  • 1 TBSP flax seeds
  • 1 TBSP hemp seeds
  • 1 TBSP sesame or sunflower seeds
  • 1 TBSP coconut oil
  • cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, sea salt, cloves, turmeric, etc. to taste
  • 1 cup water or ½ cup coconut milk with ½ cup water or 1 cup almond milk (if tolerated)

 

Directions:

  1. Grind all seeds in a coffee grinder or food processor
  2. Add water or dairy-free milk to mixture in a bowl and stir until liquid is fully absorbed

 

This can be enjoyed hot or cold.

 

**NOTE** You can also add 2 carrots, a banana (to make it smoother and sweeter), and more milk or water to make this into a carrot cake smoothie.

  2.  Moisturizer: I keep a jar of coconut oil in the bathroom to apply just like lotion or moisturizer immediately after I shower

or wash my face. My skin has cleared up and is smoother, too!

 

  3.  Toothpaste:  I found this awesome and easy-to-make recipe a couple of years ago and have been making my toothpaste

ever since:

Remineralizing Toothpaste

 

Ingredients

  • 5 parts Calcium powder
  • 1 part Diatomaceous Earth (optional- contains trace minerals and silica. DE can be abrasive and is not needed with the baking soda, so this is an optional ingredient).
  • 2 parts Baking Soda
  • 3 parts Xylitol Powder– This ingredient is not completely necessary, but just keeps it from tasting bitter.
  • 3-5 parts coconut oil to get desired texture
  • Optional ingredients: Essential oils for flavor (mint, cinnamon, and orange are all good), Myrrh, and Trace Minerals

 

Instructions

  1. Mix all powdered ingredients (calcium, Baking Soda, Xylitol) well in a bowl.
  2. Add Coconut Oil one part at a time until you get desired consistency.
  3. Add any optional ingredients, including Essential Oils for flavor (my favorite is Peppermint)
  4. Store in small container like ½ pint glass jar.
  5. To use, either dip clean toothbrush into it, or use a spoon to put on toothbrush.

  3.  Deodorant: Most commercial deodorants contain aluminum and other additives that can be harmful to our health.

Aluminum has been associated with a variety of health issue including:

  • Breast Cancer
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Bone Disorders

 

I also came across this easy recipe a couple of years ago:

 

Natural Homemade Deodorant

 

Ingredients

  • 6 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup (4 Tbsp) baking soda
  • 1/4 cup (4 Tbsp) arrowroot or organic cornstarch
  • essential oils (optional)

 

Instructions

  1. Mix baking soda and arrowroot together in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Mash in coconut oil with a fork until well mixed.
  3. Add oils if desired.
  4. Store in small glass jar or old deodorant container for easy use.

  5.  Oil Pulling: “Oil pulling” involves swishing oil around the mouth, using it like a mouthwash. It has been used for

thousands of years as an Ayurvedic Indian folk remedy.  Start by putting a tablespoon of oil in your mouth, then swish it around for several minutes, eventually working your way up to 15-20 minutes. The main benefit of oil pulling is that it greatly reduces the amount of harmful bacteria in the mouth.  There are thousands of different strains of bacteria in our mouths: some are harmless and some are harmful.  The bacteria in our mouths create a “biofilm” on the teeth, which is a thin layer used to adhere to the surface (also known as “plaque”).  Some plaque on our teeth is normal, though too much plaque can cause all sorts of problems, including bad breath, yellow teeth, gum inflammation, gingivitis and cavities.

 

When you swish oil around your mouth, the bacteria “get stuck” in it and dissolve in the liquid oil.  A large amount of bacteria and plaque are removed from your mouth each time you oil pull.  Streptococcus mutans is one of the bacteria that is prominent in the mouth and it has been studied for its role in tooth decay and gum disease.  Oil pulling has been shown to reduce the number of Streptococcus mutans bacteria in the mouth, especially when done with coconut oil.  Coconut oil is great for oil pulling because of its natural antibacterial and antiviral properties.

 

Oil pulling not only can keep your mouth healthy, it can also help with freshen your breath (which is also caused by food particles and bacteria in your mouth). I usually oil pull while getting ready in the morning (i.e. taking a shower, getting dressed, putting away dishes, etc).  Oil pulling should be done first thing in the morning before you eat or drink anything and before you brush your teeth.

 

**NOTE** When you are done “oil pulling”, spit the used oil in the trash can (not the sink, since the oil can clog up the pipes).

 

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