Why Coconut Oil?
Many of us are lost as to why coconut oil has become such a big thing. I will give some basic breakdown of why it is a helpful thing. It has multiple benefits for both your skin and hair. As well as the inside of your body as a food source since it is made from the coconut. The coconut grows in warm climates, on the coconut tree.
- Coconut oil is the most nutrient dense part of the coconut. The skin or what we tend to shred. Have fewer nutrients when you remove the water and oil it is a bare contender.
- Coconut oil is a healthy fat like the Avocado.
- Coconut oil has amino acids, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
- You can make your own coconut oil at home.
- When stored properly the coconut oil will last you for six months or longer.
- Coconut oil is a natural sun block, and dandruff reducer.
- Can be used on infant’s skin all the way up too elderly adults.
- Coconut oil is also great for things like skin care, and hair care. You can rub the coconut oil into your dry skin. It will even help people with skin issue such as eczema and psoriasis. For hair care you moisten your hair down well and rub the oil into your hair. Let it soak into your hair for a few minutes and wash it out. If you wish you can leave a light amount in your hair.
How do you use Coconut oil in your coffee?
For those that have never used coconut oil in your coffee, you have a few options. You can use the coconut oil in a creamer recipe. You can add it straight into your coffee if you wish. For iced coffee, you can freeze the oil in ice cube trays. Then add the frozen cubes to your cold coffee.
Coconut oil coffee creamer recipe
- A jar of coconut oil, either store bought or home made
- One cup of ground Cinnamon
- Two tablespoons of vanilla extract.
- For variation add a third of a cup of liquid honey
You take the oil and make an indentation in the jar. You add the cinnamon slowly stirring the mixture. You then add the vanilla and stir again making sure the mixture is evenly mixed. If you add the honey do so slowly and use less coconut oil or a bigger jar. Once done you add one or two spoonfuls to your coffee and enjoy. You need to keep a lid on the container when not in use; this keeps the creamer fresher for longer periods. Using a glass jar is the best option it keeps toxins away from the coconut oil that plastic can leech.
Coconut Oil Ice cubes
- Two cups of coconut oil softened or melted
- Silicone ice cube molds, hard plastic trays are another option.
You either soften the coconut oil or melt it by using light heat. You take the oil and fill up the ice cube tray three fourths of the way up to the top. You freeze until solid, remove and add to iced coffee. You can also add the ice cubes to your hot coffee as well for portion control. For portion control you let the oil harden in the refrigerator instead of freezing.
The reason for the silicone molds is that it is easier to get the cubes out when hard. You can find silicone ice cube trays in many craft stores as well as most retail stores. You can also use these molds to make portions for your skin care needs. Follow the same process as the portion control for adding to coffee.
Adding Coconut Oil straight into coffee
You can add the oil directly into your coffee without any other flavoring.
What you need
- Two shots of espresso or drip coffee
- A blender
- Two teaspoons of melted coconut oil
You place the coffee or espressos into the blender add the melted coconut oil. Blend on low for thirty seconds. Once blended you can either add ice and make it an iced coffee or you can pour it out and enjoy it hot
Another recipe for Coconut oil Coffee
- A Blender
- Coffee or espresso
- One to two teaspoons of coconut oil
- Stevia or Splenda (optional)
- Honey (optional)
- Coconut Shreds (optional)
- Vanilla (optional)
- Peppermint (optional)
- Cinnamon (optional)
Carefully pour your coffee into your blender cup. Add coconut oil and any other flavors you want. Place the lid on your blender then blend up your coffee. You will notice that the coconut oil and coffee will froth up.
The Benefits of having Coconut Oil in your coffee
- Natural Antibacterial
- Natural Antiviral
- Natural Antifungal
- Improves absorption of vitamins, minerals and fatty acids
- Natural energy booster
- Helps reduce high blood pressure
- Reduces high cholesterol
- Regulates thyroid function
- Boosts your metabolism naturally
- Improves insulin secretion for diabetics
- Kills parasites and lice
- Reduces tooth cavities
- Helps prevent obesity
- Soften skin
- Natural sun block
- Controls dandruff
- Prevents wrinkles
- Natural detoxification agent
- Helps you lose weight
- Improves immune system function
Coconut is used for a wide number of health problems including kidney stones, nausea, rash, scurvy, infections, wounds, asthma, colds, constipation, cough, ear aches, fevers, jaundice, kidney stones, and ulcers and many more. The use of the coconut in medical ways has been around in some cultures for centuries.
The immune boosting properties make the coconut oil a good option for those that have a weak immune system. The detoxification property helps your body rid toxins from your liver and kidneys, as well as your pancreas.
The coconut oil being a good fat is why it helps your cholesterol levels by lowering the bad fats in the serum blood stream. This helps lower your blood pressure because it is taking the stress away from your blood vessels. It also takes stress off the pancreas which increases insulin secretion in type one diabetics and improves over all secretion in type two diabetics.
The coconut oil helps prevent obesity by boosting your metabolism and keeping your energy level high. When your metabolism is higher you burn the calories you eat and drink faster. The energy boost helps you by making you want to keep exercising instead of becoming too tired. The coconut oil helps constipation by softening the blockage and creating a barrier between the bowl and the blockage to make it easier to pass.
The antioxidants, as well as vitamin C in the coconut take care of the scurvy and other illnesses that involve being deficient. The oil helps jaundice by detoxifying the liver and reducing the stress. This lessens the production of the billirubens that cause the yellowing of the skin and eyes. The kidney stones are taken care of by the detoxification process it helps you to pass them. As well as keeping the stones from reoccurring, another thing it helps reduces kidney infections as well.
The oil helps ulcers in the stomach by creating a barrier that keeps the acid from doing more harm. For skin ulcers it creates a barrier that allows the skin to heal it is the same for rashes. Nausea stays away because your stomach is not empty so the acid is not eating away at the lining of your stomach.
The nice thing about coconut oil is that you can make your own at home. There is also store versions that are just as good when it comes to the health benefits. You can buy coconut oil in many stores around the world. If you want to make your own you can by buying a whole coconut.
You crack the coconut pour out the water, you can drink this or toss it. Open the coconuts shred the skin and pulverize it so it is mixed with the oil. Take a strainer and strain out the shreds of coconut from the oil. Store the oil in a jar with a tight lid, plastic jars are not the best option glass is. Keep the lid on when not in use this will prolong the shelf life of the coconut oil.
If you wish to use some for your hair and skin and some for your coffee you can place the oil in multiple jars so you can use one for your coffee and the other in the bathroom for your skin care and hair care needs.
I know this seems like an odd concept to those that have not experienced it. The coconut has many health benefits that we are just beginning to realize. It is also a natural product that can be produced without hurting our environment. Since we can keep the tree growing when we remove the coconut crop this allows for the carbon dioxide production and oxygen exchange. The trees also create jobs for those that keep them healthy all year long. So feel free to enjoy your coconut oil without feeling guilty.