Coconut oil is a great ingredient. Not only for cooking, this oil can also be used for your skin, hair and body. It can be used as a hair mask, body oil, lip balm, skin cream, makeup remover and much more!
How is Coconut Oil Harvested?
Thankfully, although coconut oil is used in many ways and in many products, Coconut Oil is sustainably sourced, and a renewable resource. It is extracted from the kernel, or the meat, of matured coconuts harvested from the coconut palm. When they are harvested, it is significantly easy to replace them. The coconut trees can grow in almost any soil, even in sandy soils on beachfronts. Furthermore, they stay alive and fruit bearing for over sixty years. The trees are considered to be ‘three generation’ trees, as they can supports a farmer, his children and his grandchildren.
What is the history of coconut oil use?
The use of coconut oil dates back to 4000 years ago, with medical records written in Sanskrit recording the use of coconut oil. In Southeast Asian countries it is known as the tree of life, as it has not only nutritional benefits but also medical uses.
In India, coconut oil has been used as an alternative medicine practice for thousands of years. In Panama, a glass of coconut oil is given to those who are sick to drink, as it is believed to speed up the recovery. Inhabitants of the Philippines have been using coconut oil to keep their hair healthy for years, whilst in Zanzibar it has been used to make candles and as a diesel fuel.
What are the benefits of using coconut oil?
Coconut Oil has many benefits for your hair and skin.
To begin with, the medium chain fatty acids, or triglycerides, keep the skin smooth to the touch when applied. They maintain the moisture content of the skin and eliminate moisture loss through pores. The Capryllic, Capric and Lauric acids in the coconut oil have strong disinfectant and antimicrobial properties, protecting your skin from infections stemming from open wounds or pores. These fatty acids are also easily broken down, and so boost energy in your body before a workout, aiding weight loss.
Furthermore, the vitamin E in the coconut oil is well known for use in skincare, as it is essential for regrowth, repair of wear and tear, prevention against cracking and keeping skin smooth. Therefore, it prevents premature aging and wrinkles.
Here are some of the ways in which you can use coconut oil in your beauty and skincare regime:
· Hair Mask- Use a solid coconut oil, and melt it under the shower to turn the creamy solid to a liquid. Leave it on for at least five minutes and your hair will be silky and soft.
· Body Oil- When the oil is solid it has a creamy texture that makes it perfect to use as a light moisturizer. It also has a soft, lingering tropical scent.
· Shaving cream- Use in the shower while shaving and the razor will glide smoothly up your legs and the oil will provide moisturizer at the same time.
· Hair serum- use a small amount, rubbed between your fingers, and apply to the middle and bottom of your hair to fight frizz all day long.
All of our organic soap contains coconut oil - so go out and start using coconut oil today!