Coconut oil…..where, oh where have you been all my life?

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When I decided to green my life there was so many things I wanted to do and try. One of the things I kept reading about was coconut oil. Prior to my enlightenment on natural living I really didn’t know much about it. OK, that’s not REALLY true. Truthfully, I didn’t even know coconut oil existed. I thought it was just the coconut and the coconut milk inside. The most I had ever been around coconuts was the one we had when I was a kid.  My parents brought one back from a trip to the Caribbean and we rolled it down the hallway like a bowling ball all the time. It never did bust open either. Good times those were. That was the extent of my coconut knowledge up until a few years ago. When I started to read more about the benefits of coconut oil I was intrigued. Coconut oil seemed to be some great magic elixir for everything.  I read about cooking with it, ingesting it, using it in homemade body care products and more.  Coconut oil just happens to be rich in lauric acid, which supports our body’s immune system.  Lauric acid is also found in human breast milk. We all know that breast milk is best for babies so using something with one of the same ingredients couldn’t be wrong, right? Alrighty then, I’m convinced—sign me up. I decided to dive in and see for myself what all the fuss was about. I am soooo glad I did because if there was one thing I’d really hate to have to do without now coconut oil would be it.

I bought a jar of it at the store and tried it.  It was okay–definitely different than anything else I had used before.  It took some getting used to.  I researched more in depth about it and found that, just like with anything else, you have the economy variety and the luxury variety.  After trying several different brands from local stores I decided to bite the bullet and order the luxury variety online.  I am very happy I did.  Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil has become the ONLY  brand of coconut oil I will use. In my opinion it is just a superior product. I love it so very much that I just bought a 5 gallon bucket of it last month. See? There it is right there below, sitting on my kitchen floor!  (FYI………a 5 gallon bucket of coconut oil is extraordinarily HEAVY!  That’s where husbands & sons with strong arms come in handy.)

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Before you think I’m nuts for buying such a gigantic bucket of coconut oil, read on. These are just a few of the ways we use coconut oil at our house:

  • To cook with–replacing oil in the pan, stirring it into hot foods.  My son loves to sauté zucchini and squash in the pan using it.  It is delicious!  I also put a spoonful of it in my morning coffee for health benefits.
  • As sunscreen–it works to keep me from getting sunburned better than ANY sunscreen ever did.  That is really saying something, too, as I am extremely fair skinned.  As an added bonus, it has no chemicals in it like sunscreen does.
  • As a skin moisturizer–my skin has seriously NEVER looked better since I started using it.  It has helped my keratosis pilaris (over-production of keratin) on my skin heal up almost completely.  I’ve had that since I was a kid.  It has firmed up my skin, eased my wrinkles and even lessened the appearance of cellulite for me.
  • In body care products–I have made toothpaste out of it, deodorant, hard lotion bars, body butter and shaving cream, among other things .
  • Mix into my dog’s food–adding a spoonful of coconut oil to your pets food helps to improve their skin health, helps digestion, reduce weight and increase energy among other things.  My dog likes to lick it off the spoon.

Wanna see some pretty awesome recipes using coconut oil?  Of course you do!  Click here (affiliate link) I’m warning you though, you’ll be hungry afterwards.

So, coconut oil is a pretty versatile thing to have around. We’ve become the best of friends and there will always, always, always be a bucket of it in my kitchen.  I’ll share more specific uses for coconut oil in later posts so check back soon.  If you’d like to try some Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil for yourself please click here (affiliate link).

 

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Comments (4)

  1. Susan

    Nice post Lisa! Have you tried oil pulling for oral health yet? The traditional Ayurvedic practice from India used sesame oil. But we use coconut oil and find it even helps to whiten our teeth.

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  2. Lisa (Post author)

    Susan, I’m so excited to have you as the very first commenter on my blog! Thank you! Yes, I have tried oil pulling a few times with coconut oil. Your web site is one of the places I first learned about it. It’s been a little hard to get used to doing but I know the positive benefits of it so I will keep at it. It hasn’t really whitened my teeth though because I have tetracycline stained teeth from childhood. There isn’t much that will make my teeth go whiter, although brushing with activated charcoal once did make them less splotchy looking.

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  3. Stephany

    Hi Lisa,

    I have tried both. I prefer the activated charcoal as I can’t usually keep the oil in my mouth for 20 minutes. I also use the charcoal as a face mask that works well for me.

    Ps. Im your neighbor’s daughter that lives in Abu Dhabi. When I’m home this summer I would love to chat ( my mom was showing me some of the things you make and raving about them).

    Hope to see more on the blog soon!

    Stephany

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  4. Lisa (Post author)

    Hi Stephany!

    I can’t wait to meet you & chat with you. I love telling people about natural stuff!

    I’ve brushed my teeth with activated charcoal. It was interesting. I’ve never tried it as a facial mask. As for the oil pulling it’s better to start off slow & in smaller amounts of oil. Working up to the time and amount of oil needed is better than jumping straight in and getting frustrated with it. That’s what happened to me. Slow baby steps is the way to go.

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