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Call Me Cuckoo for Coconut Oil! (Kind Of…)

By Carolyn @CarolynHeintz

My apologies to my husband, but I have fallen head-over-heels in love with coconut oil.

(What can I say? The heart wants what the heart wants!)

In all seriousness, this stuff is sort of awesome.

Coconut Oil

This is the big tub I purchased from my Costco (gotta love Costco, right?). Make sure when you purchase coconut oil, it’s unrefined and organic; otherwise, it’s not so good for you.

Before I go on: COCONUT OIL IS NOT PERFECT. It contains over 90% in saturated fats (yikes!) and you vegetable and/or olive oil are healthier choices.  BUT it is a better option than butter or trans fats. As with everything in life, coconut oil is best in moderation.

Benefits of Coconut Oil:

According to the Huffington Post, coconut oil (in moderation) can:

  1. Help lower cholesterol by increasing good cholesterol levels
  2. Cut down on abdominal fat
  3. Improve skin and hair
  4. Boost your immune system
  5. Potentially improve blood-sugar control

Not bad, right?

Uses for Coconut Oil:

Coconut oil at room temperature is a somewhat grainy solid akin to lard or shortening.

texture shots of coco

It is very sensitive to heat, however, and (as many of you probably know) becomes a liquid almost instantly to your touch.

The taste is not overwhelmingly coconut-y, but it definitely has a sweet, nutty flavor. (I personally think it’s delicious, but my husband thinks it’s a bit too sweet.) Also, it is very easy to cook with because it has such a high smoke point.

But you can do so much more than just cook with coconut oil.

Here are some of the ways I’ve used it:

  • To remove eye makeup
    • It was super effective, but left a greasy residue. But I guess that’s moisturizing?
  • As a hair mask
    • I rubbed it all over my hair and let it sit for about an hour before showering. It made my hair super, super soft!
  • To replace butter in my cooking
  • To moisturize my hands
  • As a lip balm
    • My lips have never been softer! I actually filled an old eye cream container with the stuff and carry it around in my purse!
  • As a sweetener in my coffee
  • As spread on toast
    • I use just a touch on my toast in the mornings and it’s delicious!

And that is apparently just the tip of the iceberg. Here are over 100 uses for coconut oil.

Overall, I admit, this coconut oil thing is a bit of a fad (and its benefits are definitely overstated) but it is a delicious alternative to Trans fats and a really great beauty product.

So tell me: what do YOU think of coconut oil? And how do you use it?

Peace, love, and health,


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