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Coconut Oil — and Its Many Uses

by Chef Centehua:

Extra virgin coconut oil is one of our most versatile foods.  It aids digestion and weight loss, maintains healthy cholesterol levels, and supports the cardiovascular system and thyroid gland.  I use coconut oil for cooking and baking, I also add a spoonful to smoothies and raw pies.  I usually keep a bottle of coconut oil in the kitchen, and one in the bathroom, too, because it also provides many health benefits for hair and skin.  It is a luxurious moisturizer that keeps skin and hair hydrated.  It also contains antiseptic properties which help treat and prevent fungal  infections such as ring worm, athletes foot, and candidiasis.  It acts as an antioxidant, thus protecting skin from the aging effects of free radicals.  Every new mommy needs to know that coconut oil naturally speeds up the healing process for diaper rashes, bruises and cuts.

Coconut oil is mostly saturated fat, but there is no need to panic:  most of these fats are medium chain triglycerides, which are well assimilated by the body.  The saturated fats make coconut oil perfect for cooking in high temperatures without oxidizing.  The lauric acid in coconut oil is responsible for maintaining healthy cholesterol levels and regulating blood pressure.  The biggest misconception is that coconut oil is not good for the heart:  quite the opposite is true.  Coastal tropical cultures have been thriving on coconut oil for thousands of years, and these people are usually thin and do not suffer from heart disease or digestive issues.  Coconut oil relieves stress from the pancreas, helping the body burn more energy, thus assisting in weight control.

Coconut oil’s antibacterial properties are also highly effective for maintaining healthy teeth and gums.  A practice I highly recommend consists of swishing a spoonful or two of extra virgin coconut oil in your mouth for at least 3-5 minutes, then spitting it out and brushing as usual.  The coconut oil will pull out impurities and unwanted bacteria.  And coconut oil is perfect for massage.  I add a few drops of lavender oil to massage my kids before bed and for sore muscles or tired feet.  I also recommend adding a couple drops of peppermint oil and arnica.

Discover this delicious, beneficial and multipurpose oil.  I recommend buying organic extra virgin, unrefined and fairly traded coconut oil.

Here are my favorites:

http://www.drbronner.com/coconut_oil_from_sri_lanka.html#tab-2

http://nutiva.com/products/coconut-oil-organic-benefits-nutiva/

Choco Coconut Smoothie:

1 C. coconut water

11/2 C. fresh squeezed orange juice

1 frozen banana

1 T. coconut oil

1 T. cacao nibs or powder

1-2  Medjool dates, pitted

Blend until smooth and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

About Centehua

Centehua is a mother, wife, chef, blogger, forager, farmer, dancer earth momma. She is an urban homesteader, learning how to live better with less, discovering quality of life in sustainable practices. Her passion is in assisting the world in a possitive shift through the integrity of clean raw foods, superfoods and superhebs. She believes that a deeper connection to the earth and our sustenance is vital for a sense of self responsability and overall health. She is a lover of nature and music. Centehua is the founder of “Baktun foods” an online resource and catering company for organic living foods.

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2 comments

  1. Thanks for this article! I love coconut oil, but have never thought of putting it in a smoothie. I’m definitely going to try out your recipe.

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