YES, Coconut Oil for EVERYTHING….almost.
It has been just over a month and Coconut Oil is now officially a staple in our home. I use it for cooking, as a make-up remover, moisturizer, hair conditioner, and lip-balm. I think that the Trader Joe’s brand is the best, so I find myself stocking up on it like a Doomsday-Prepper.
I first read about the many benefits of Coconut Oil in, Forever Young, by Dr. Nicholas Perricone. He discusses the many benefits of cooking with Coconut Oil instead of butter and other vegetable oils.
So long story short; Coconut Oil contains a high amount of saturated fat, which gives it a bad rap, but Coconut Oil is easier digested than butter and other vegetable oils, and the anti-microbial properties in Coconut Oil help tremendously with digestion and immunity. So, the good outweighs the bad here. Even if you don’t like the smell or flavor of Coconut, there is still might be enough good supporting evidence to give it a chance.
The anti-microbial properties in Coconut Oil also make it a great choice for an overnight moisturizer and eye-make-up remover. It won’t clog your pores and your skin will look AMAZING in the morning. It is a fabulous deep conditioning treatment as well! In many countries, it is used daily as a shine serum or conditioner. I use it on a bi-weekly basis (in-between my Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger treatments). I melt it down, apply, let it sit for about 10 minutes, and then shampoo and condition as usual.
I find that when I am cooking with it, there is always a bit extra to rub in my hands, my elbows, smile-lines, ends of my hair and my lips; which makes cooking very conditioning. If you enjoy the flavor and smell of Coconut Oil, you will be in heaven. I think it makes the house smell wonderful when I am cooking with it and it adds a smooth sweet finish to everything. I have used it instead of Olive Oil, with sautéing most dishes. It also works really well at high heats, so you don’t have to worry about it burning like butter. (ever ruin a roux?!?)
The consistency reminds me of translucent Crisco, and you may have to melt it down to get a proper measurement. For skin application, just take a small chunk and rub it between your fingers to melt a bit and then apply.