After my many travels to Thailand and the endless amount of coconut oil I would see on the shelves, it made me think that there MUST be something more to this white, tasty fruit other than just penetrating it with a straw. The local girls would tell me they use it for almost everything! The Thai woman and *ahem* ladyboys are beautiful specimens so I decided to steal their beauty/life hacks and reap the benefits of this natural way of life.
Coconut Oil Benefits
- Healthy hair and protection – Coconut oil is full of natural fatty acids and is rich in antioxidants. It can improve scalp health, fight infections and fungus and support hair growth and most importantly gives you a lovely ‘hair advert’ shine. I use it on wet hair after showering, especially on my dry ends and lather my hair in it before I hit the scorching sun on vacay. Tip: Put a lashing of coconut oil on eyelashes for a natural shine
- Help with weight loss- The medium chain triglycerides present in coconut oil have been shown to increase calories burned over 24 hours by as much as 5%, increasing metabolism, it also reduces hunger, meaning I do less unnecessary face-stuffing. I put 1 or 2 tablespoons in my coffee in the morning, (Make sure you are buying Cold pressed coconut oil/Virgin Coconut Oil in a GLASS container, do not buy plastic as it can contaminate the oil)
- Silky Skin and a deep tan– Coconut oil is my GO-TO moisturiser, it smells divine, it makes your skin as smooth as babies behind and gives you a lovely glow, it’s also an antifungal/antibacterial. Once a beautifully tanned Thai girl told me her dirty little secret of how she gets her deep tan, and yes, you guessed right its coconut oil! Saying that I don’t go bareback, I still use factor 20 alongside the oil, intermittently changing between the two because protecting your skin comes first and no one wants to look like that old woman from ‘There’s Something about Mary’. Naaaaahm saying? Tip: Coconut oil normally comes in a big glass jar, dispense into travel spray bottle for easy application
- Boost Brain Function in Alzheimer’s Patients– I know I’m only 30 but my memory is getting worse and worse by the day. After researching, studies show that the fatty acids in coconut oil can increase blood levels of ketones, supplying energy for the brain cells of Alzheimer’s patients and relieving symptoms. It may not be scientifically proven, but what’s the harm in taking it and potentially lowering my risk of such a miserable disease?
- Cooking Oil – I recently made popcorn with coconut oil and I don’t know if it was the extreme lashings of butter or the fact I used an organic oil that made my popcorn taste so delightful (I’d like to think the latter) but either way using coconut oil to cook with is a healthy alternative!
- Dry Cuticle killer – Wipe a small amount of coconut oil onto your crusty cuticles and let it soak in, it will strengthen your nails and hydrate the delicate cuticle skin, making your hands look 16 again.
- Natural Body Scrub – Melt half a cup of coconut oil with an equal amount of sea salt or sugar and scrub away any dead skin or rough patches, add a bit more sugar or salt for those stubborn heels of your foot and elbows.
So in a nutshell (no pun intended), I am 100% obsessed with coconut oil and just coconut-based products in general. A great shampoo and conditioner are Palmers Coconut Oil Formula brand. I always get compliments on my divine smelling hair and it’s great for people with dry or damaged hair.