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Coconut Oil

• Coconut oil is an essential element to a healthy diet due to its antiviral, antifungal and antimicrobial properties, which come from it being one of our best sources for the saturated fatty acid, lauric acid.

• It is also slow to oxidize and thus very [naturally] shelf-stable and not prone to rancidity. Note: It has a melting temperature of 76 degrees.

• Additionally it promotes normal brain development, is less likely to cause weight gain than polyunsaturated oils, contributes to strong bones and has anti-carcinogenic and microbial effects.

• Virgin coconut oil is a traditional, nourishing fat, rather than industrialized, hydrogenated  or partially hydrogenated oil.

• Unrefined virgin coconut oil is best for eating, since processing is what damages nutrients in all vegetable oils.

• Refined is good and cheap for personal use.

Uses for Coconut Oil

• Moisturizer

• Control frizzy hair

• An ingredient in homemade deodorant

• Digestion aid

• Replacement for other cooking oils, greasing the pan and frying

• Takes the place of butter

• Lubricant in the bedroom (antiviral, also fights yeast infections)

• After shower body oil (absorbs quickly, leaving skin silky, not greasy)

• Eat a spoonful when you need an energy boost

• Base for homemade body scrub

• Condition wooden cutting boards

• Condition dry hair, leave in as long as possible, then shampoo as normal

• Styling agent for dry hair

• Lip moisturizer

• Add spoonful to pet food (great for shiny fur!)

• Natural deodorant

• Replace shaving cream

• Soak in bath

• Makeup remover

• Sooth chicken pox, shingles or other rashes or skin irritations

• Treat athlete’s foot, ringworm or other fungal or yeast infections

• Take with vitamins to improve absorption

• Layer onto cuts or burns to speed up healing

• Five spoonfuls per day to improve thyroid function

• Apply to the delicate tissue around your eyes to help prevent wrinkles

• Base for a homemade toothpaste or lotion

• Massage oil

• Diaper rash or cradle cap ointments

• Reduce visibility or prevent stretch marks

• [Nursing mothers] Prevent cracking or irritation of nipples and skin

• [Nursing mothers] Promotes healthy milk supply

• Treat bee stings or bug bites to soothe and heal the wound

• [Women] relieve yeast infections, dryness and/or discomfort

• For nosebleeds, coat the inside of your nostrils with oil regularly

• Soothes and heals hemorrhoids

• Reduce or eliminate migranes

• Insect repellant, when mixed with peppermint, lemon balm, rosemary or tea tree oil

• Create homemade “Goo Gone” when mixed with baking soda

• Detox during a cleanse or fast

• Metal polish (always test a small area first)

• Leather moisturizer

• Season cast iron pans

• Release gum from knots without cutting your hair

• Replace WD-40

• Take a spoonful to help with heartburn, acid reflux or indigestion

• Natural sunscreen

• Oil pulling

• Furniture polish, when mixed with small amount of fresh lemon juice (always test small area first)

• Toss popcorn with oil and seasonings

• Help strengthen nails and cuticles

• Base for homemade chocolate candy

• Few spoonfuls every day to help overall immune function

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