Natural Healing Wonders of Coconut Oil

The Natural Healing Wonders of Coconut Oil | Holistic Therapies with Paula Kemp

How I love thee… Coconut Oil!

If I had to choose one oil that I couldn’t live without for the rest of my days, it would have to be Coconut Oil.

Why? You may ask…

Well, you can use it to cook with, incidentally, it is the best oil to roast, bake and fry with, compared to other oils such as olive and vegetable oils. Olive oil is a wonderful and healthy oil, but is best for pouring on your salads and food, and not heating up.

It’s perfect added to smoothies and food as it helps to increase energy expenditure and weight loss, and it also makes the smoothie incredibly creamy in texture too.  I find it absolutely delicious spread on my toast, as it’s a great dairy free alternative to butter.

It’s full of lovely nutrients such as Vitamin E, Vitamin K and Iron and ultra moisturising, which makes it perfect for applying to skin and helping to avoid or minimise stretch marks! Coconut oil has such a lovely tropical scent, and soaks into the skin beautifully, leaving soft, supple and moisturised skin.

If your nipples are feeling a little sore and cracked following breastfeeding, then massage a little coconut oil to keep the skin healthy and supple.

If your hair is dry and brittle and in need of a moisturising boost, apply it as a hair mask.  It helps to increase hair growth and gives hair a lovely shine.  A little bit of coconut oil applied to the ends of your hair can help prevent split ends and breakages, but don’t add too much, especially for oily prone hair.

Coconut oil is made up of Medium Chain Tryglycerides (MCT) which are saturated fats, but don’t get freaked out, not all saturated fats are bad.  These MCT include Lauric, Caprylic, Mysristic and Palmitic acids, which are anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antimicrobial.

Because of coconut oils antimicrobial properties, it has been shown to be extremely powerful in the treatment of Candida, and I believe that with continued use it will help prevent or cure Thrush. Especially with so many Candida species becoming drug resistant.

If you are looking to purchase some coconut oil, I buy the lovely Sri Lankan organic virgin coconut nut oil from, which I highly recommend.

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