10 Health & Beauty Benefits of Coconut Oil
By Chloe Crockford
From teeth whitening to using as a replacement cooking oil, coconut oil is the latest beauty graze to hit the UK market.
Coconut oil is the perfect essential for all of your daily beauty needs and a health booster. Wave goodbye to cabinets and cupboards full of bottles and jars, coconut oil does it all for you.
We have rounded together 10 of the greatest benefits coconut oil provides for an all over super boost!
1. Teeth Whitening
Also known as ‘oil pulling’, Coconut oil is a great way to achieve those pearly whites. Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique which involves using the oil as a mouthwash for 20 minutes, leaving teeth whiter and feeling clean and smooth. It also helps to reduce any bacteria in the mouth and help with tooth decay.
Oil pulling is also a great added health benefit. The technique was supposedly used to help draw out toxins in your body and help to improve overall health.
Coconut oil is a great essential in helping with weight loss. Coconut oils contain short and medium-chain fatty acids, helping to reduce excessive weight, encouraging weight loss.
Coconut oil also helps to increase your metabolic rate, helping you to burn more energy which encourage further weight loss. It can also help in a healthy functioning of the thyroid and endocrine system.
3. Making hair shiny
Using coconut oil on your hair is a great and natural way to make hair soft and shiny. Coconut oil contains nutrients that help boost your hairs natural shine and prevents hair loss from heated stylers and through styling.
It also contains Capric acid, lauric acid compounds and other essential fatty acids that helps protect the hair from snapping off, helping with hair growth and thickness.
Use before shampooing, create a hair mask with the oil and leave on for 40 minutes, before washing off as normal.
High in vitamin E, coconut oil is a great replacement moisturiser or perfect to mix with your current moisturiser. The vitamin E within the oil also helps to heal any scars, burns or wounds on the skin.
Coconut can also provide a natural sun protection by screening 20% of the ultraviolet exposure, as well as leaving a protective barrier from environmental damage.
Use on your body or as a lip balm, coconut oil helps leave skin feeling soft and nourished. Some users of coconut oil have also commented how it as worked as an anti-ageing treatment.
Coconut oil is also a great essential for pregnant woman. Not only does it help with stretch marks, it can also help stop the itch of the stretching skin on your stomach.
5. Cooking Oil
Nutritionists have raved about the added benefits coconut oil can provide for a healthy diet and lifestyle.
Coconut oil is a super food, packed full of healthy fats and plenty of nutrients. It contains lauric acid which helps to kill any bacteria in the body. The goodness of coconut oil still remains, even when heated, unlike olive oil.
Coconut oil is a perfect replacement for any other cooking oils as well as salad dressings and smoothies.
6. Heart disease
The saturated fats in coconut oil are not as harmful as you think they may be. Although coconut oil contains high levels in saturated fats, this can actually help prevent heart attacks and strokes.
The lauric acid contained in coconut oil is extremely beneficial in helping to prevent various heart problems and diseases. This can include high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure.
Coconut oil can actually helps to improve the digestive system and prevent various stomach and digestion conditions including Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
The saturated fats in coconut oil have antimicrobial properties and help in dealing with various fungi, bacteria and parasites that can cause indigestion.
Coconut oil can also help to absorb other nutrients including vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
8. Healing and infections
Coconut oil can also be a great benefit towards speeding up the healing process on wounds and bruises, as well as fighting off infections.
When used on infected areas, the oil forms a chemical layer, helping to heal and protect the area from bacteria and viruses.
Coconut oil is also a fast solution to helping speed up the healing of wounds, bruises and damaged tissues.
Coconut oil fights off various infections and viruses including measles, ulcers, throat infections and many others!
9. Nails and Cuticles
Applying coconut oil onto nails and cuticles helps to strengthen your nails over time, helping to prevent nails from breaking. Using coconut oil on your cuticles can also help them to become softer.
10. Make-up Remover
Coconut is also a brilliant facial cleanser and can even remove make-up. After application, skin can be left feeling oily and greasy. However, once washed off, skin is left feeling clean and soft.
Coconut is extremely soft and sensitive around your eye area, helping to remove even stubborn eye-liner and mascara.