Coconut Oil Craze
You may have noticed in the last few years, there is a lot of attention on coconut oil and it's many uses. I'm not sure who's responsible for coconut oil's recent fame but it seems like one day it wasn't a THING and then it just was a thing. I am personally grateful for all of the ways I've benefited from coconut oil. I have to say, most people I know have it at home these days and it's become a staple for their household, as it has for me. Me running out of coconut oil is the same feeling as running out of tooth paste. "OMG, gotta run to the store QUICKLY!" For my children, it's a "must have." When they have dry skin/lips, cuts, or scrapes, as boys get, it is simply my "go-to" product because I know I am using something totally pure and natural on them. It is always wise though to test on the inside of their arm first before rubbing it on their face for the first time, just in case. It is rare, but you never know with allergies, so better to be on the safe side, especially with children.
Although before I started using it on the children, I began cooking with organic coconut oil. It is one of the special oils in which you can actually cook at higher temperatures if you need to. A very nice advantage, I must say. Shortly thereafter, I started using it on my entire body for supple skin or massages, including my face. I also started using it as a treatment when my hair would feel dry. After a coconut oil treatment, you suddenly have shiny, soft, unicorn hair. Ok, just kidding, I have not touched unicorn hair, but if I could imagine what it feels like, THAT'S IT. But really, your hair is transformed. This is because it can absorb better than other oils which cannot penetrate the hair shaft like coconut oil can.
But these are not the only ways people are using it these days. You've likely heard the phrase, "Oil Pulling." This is an Ayurvedic technique that involved swishing organic raw coconut oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes, improving your dental, oral, and general health. The main point of this interesting technique is to draw out toxins from the body, but reports from those who've tried it claim their teeth became whiter, stronger teeth and gums, along with cavity and gingivitis prevention. Others swear by it for better breath, especially individuals who suffered from halitosis. You can also turn to this fruitful gift of nature for sleep problems, sinus issues, skin disorders, headaches, and hangovers. Yes, that's right, hangovers. Come on, you have probably had a few a some point and wished for a cure!
It is not surprising that coconut oil can assist with these issues and improve overall health with its natural antifungal and antibacterial properties. David Wolfe recommends mixing it with baking soda as a cleanse or exfoliator, even safe for sensitive skin. He describes in the article how beneficial it is in balancing the pH of the skin, as well as moisturizing which can clear up breakouts and soothe eczema. Take a look and see for yourself if you're interested.
It is surprising how many people suffer from different health disorders and they turn to unnatural products to help themselves, when in reality, many of our issues derive from unnatural, non-organic products, food, and beauty creams in the first place. Coconut oil was at the top of my list to share with you, since it has so many uses and it is a natural gift from this beautiful mother earth who provided us with everything we need. We just need to keep sharing the information with our fellow humans.
Please choose your coconut oil with caution. To get the desired results and health effects, it really needs to be certified organic, raw coconut oil, other-wise using it is counter-productive and could even be harmful.