Coconut oil is gaining popularity as a preferred cooking oil among many Indian households, owing to its versatility. This is because it can serve multiple purposes not only inside but even outside of our kitchen shelves. This oil, which is extracted from the meat of a ripe dried coconut fruit, has a wealth of qualities that make it a necessary component of many daily activities.
However, in order to retain the nutrients and antioxidants while providing the greatest advantages, Conscious Food ensures that its coconut oil is cold-pressed, organic, and uses minimal heat during processing.
To benefit from the multiple lesser known uses of coconut oil beyond just its cooking purposes, Saloni Jhaveri, in – house nutritionist, Conscious Food lists below five ways in which coconut oil can be used within and outside the kitchen:
1. Boost your metabolism and immunity with just 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
Coconut Oil is rich in medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which is easily absorbed by the body. It optimizes energy levels and brain cell health. Including even 1 tablespoon of cold-pressed coconut oil in your meals improves the body’s metabolism.
The healthy fats contribute towards maintaining healthy cholesterol levels and supporting heart health and welfare. The oil’s antibacterial and antioxidant qualities also help the body’s immunity.
2. Improve your dental and oral hygiene in just 10 minutes
It has been discovered that oil-pulling, an old ayurvedic procedure from India, is particularly good at fostering dental health. Due to the removal of toxins from the mouth as a result of the procedure, which involves swishing oil around in the mouth for 10 minutes, dental and oral health are improved.
Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which is an antimicrobial and is effective against infections. Thus, cold pressed coconut oil is one of the most recommended oils for this process. For best results, it is recommended to do this daily to prevent dental plaque build-up, gum infections, and inflammations.
3. Remove makeup with no irritation
The majority of makeup removers dry up and irritate the skin, here is where coconut oil comes into play here as a great alternative and replacement. Coconut oil is very effective in breaking down and solubilising tough ingredients, including water-proof makeup. Moreover, the inherent fats and the antiseptic properties of the oil ensure that the skin is not irritated and is left moisturized after use.
Beauticians also recommend coconut oil as a daily moisturizer for all skin types as it is natural, has a long-lasting impact, and antioxidants that keep the skin hydrated and nourished, adding to its health and glow.
4. Lessen the risk of infection by sanitizing and treating wounds and cuts
The coconut fruit’s coconut kernel and tender coconut water, possess several therapeutic qualities, including antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antiparasitic, antidermatophytic, antioxidant, hypoglycemic, hepatoprotective, and immunostimulant.
Coconut oil can be applied to wounds to lessen the risk of infection and guard against harmful bacteria thanks to its antibacterial and disinfectant characteristics. In addition, it can be used to wounds to lessen swelling and treat rashes, cuts, and itches.
5. The secret to deeply nourished healthy hair
The natural ingredients of pure, cold-pressed, coconut oil, and its ability to easily seep under cuticles makes it one of the best hair care products to use. Coconut oil can easily penetrate into the hair pores providing its roots with the nutrients and proteins that nourishes and deeply conditions the hair.
It also reduces yeast build up and prevents infections in the scalp that could lead to dense dandruff. A few drops of coconut oil can also help in taming frizziness on a bad hair day. Pamper yourself with a coconut oil hair massage the night before you shampoo for a lustrous shine on your precious locks.
Article By Saloni Jhaveri, in – house nutritionist, Conscious Food