So it's no secret by now that coconut oil is the best thing that's ever graced this Earth. Agreed? Okay good. If you read my previous post on Homemade Remineralizing Toothpaste, coconut oil is a primary ingredient in it. I'm also really into oil pulling, specifically with coconut oil. It's the only oil that doesn't taste gross to me.
Anyway, let's get into the nitty gritty of what makes coconut oil essentially an all encompassing miracle ointment of sorts. I'm going to start by telling you what I personally use it for [deep breath]: toothpaste, oil pulling, cooking, smoothies, lotion for me, lotion for baby, hair treatments, eating a spoonful straight-up, for my dogs dry paws, husband's beard, lip balm, make-up remover, diaper rash, teething rashes, my psoriasis, and probably a bunch of other things I'm forgetting to tell you. Basically, there's a jug of coconut oil under every sink in the house, in every closet, and probably one just floating about here and there. I have an addiction.
So obviously and true to it's name, coconut oil is harvested from the coconut palm. In stores you can buy the solid form of coconut oil, or the liquid form which is more expensive. Little tip: solid coconut oil will melt when heated slightly, so there's really no need to buy the liquid kind unless that's your jam, then go ahead. There's also variations on how "coconutty" you want it to be (virgin oil versus refined oil). The ones that are more popular for cooking (refined) obviously have less of a coconut taste. I personally love the taste and smell of coconut, so I don't mind it (virgin). Coconut oil is high in saturated fat called medium chain triglycerides...which is actually GOOD FOR YOU. In small doses obviously. I've heard of people taking coconut oil by mouth for diabetes, heart disease, IBS, Alzheimer's, weight loss, and a variety of other illnesses. I can't vouch for this, but I will say that since I've started eating a tablespoon of coconut oil a day, I've seen a drastic improvement in my energy, skin, dental health, and metabolism.
As I said before in my uses of coconut oil, I suffer from psoriasis, which is a long term auto-immune disorder of the skin that I inherited from my mom. I have these red flaky patches on my elbows, knees, and scalp, which can flare up with stress, hormones, or a change in my diet. It popped up right when I turned 21 and I thought my life was over, because when it first reared it's ugly head, it was BAD. I mean alllllll over my body bad. So my mom starts sending me all these fancy steroid creams, anti-fungals, you name it. I've never likes using any type of steroids, especially a cream on my skin that I would be using long term. So for the longest time I just lived with these red inflamed patched on my skin, that were frankly quite painful at times. I'll never forget one day waking up and I couldn't even bend my arms at my elbow joint because the psoriasis was so inflamed.
Enter coconut oil. My savior. I'm really not kidding when I say that coconut oil is the only thing I will put on my psoriasis to relieve inflammation...because it's the only thing that works. And the best thing? No chemicals or steroids, and it doesn't cost me $600.00 a bottle. Yeah, psoriasis medication is absurdly expensive. I just also want to note here, that a change in my diet also made a difference too. I've found that sugar inflames my skin condition, and I make sure to eat tons of cruciferous greens and stay away from artificial stuff.
Can you see now why I'm a huge coconut oil advocate? It literally saved my skin. I was a red, patchy, inflamed young woman, and I was truly embarrassed of my skin when the outbreaks were at their worst. So now I use it for everything, dry skin, cooking, a bad fight with your husband: coconut oil it.