Thursday, May 8, 2014

Coconut Oil

Yes the almighty coconut oil. I have taken to the trend and tried it myself (I have eczema so anything that isn't a cream is bliss.)
First you will want to look for ORGANIC VIRGIN Coconut Oil. It's pure so your skin/insides will get the health and healing benefits.

Know that everyone has different reactions to products so just because these were my experiences, doesn't mean they will be yours. 
Also always test something new to you before going all in. I'd hate to see someone gulp down some coconut oil and find out -woopsie- they are allergic. So do a small patch test on yourself, if that's good then take a tiny tiny bit in your mouth if the next day all is still good then up it only a bit to make sure you are in the clear. If it's still good, then your good to go.

I have only tried one brand (Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil) but there are many out there, find what is right for you (both in price and taste) just make sure it is Organic Virgin Coconut oil!

Storage:

You can have it in your cupboard or in your fridge. In the end it's up to you.

How to Eat it:

When it's cold the coconut oil is solid, like lard (sorry if that turned you off). When it's warm/hot it's melted like other bottled oils you've seen. 
How to eat it is up to you. If you like to eat it straight up, you can grab a teaspoon/tablespoon scoop some out of the jar and then eat it. If you want it to be oil you can put the spoon in the microwave for 15-30 seconds to melt it, or put some in a tiny cup and leave it in very hot water til it's melted.

If you are like me and absolutely hate the taste, you will have to get creative and mix the coconut oil with something. 
  • coffee lovers, put the amount you want in your coffee stir and drink.
  • melt coconut oil first, then put it in half a cup of chocolate milk, stir and down asap (or it will harden)
  • If your a smoothie guru, put it in your smoothie and sip away
  • bake it into a dish/desert. You can use it for frying instead of cooking spray, or mix into scrambled eggs
That's unfortunately all I can help with as I have not been successful with anything else. Do your own search, experiment and if those don't work and you can't find anything else, try as the benefits really are worth it, but if you can't the good news is it's great for so much more than eating.

Energy:

I read quite a few people take this for a energy boost, but for me it seemed to do the opposite. As soon as I take it, I get tired. So if this happens to you as well, I recommend you only take it like an hour before you want to go to bed so you can have a sound sleep.

Hair:

I have used it for my hair, and it works very well. My sculpt is moisturized and my hair gets super silky soft. I haven't used it consistently (only because I don't have the $$ to do so) but I would like to see if this truly does get rid of dandruff like others claim. 
What you do is rub it in your hands to melt a bit, then apply to your whole head of hair to the bottom. You can put on a cap and leave it or wrap it in a towel. Leave it on for whatever suits you, but if possible leave on for atleast 30 minutes; beneficial time is 1 hour. I don't recommend you leave it on for more than 3 hours as you can over nourish your sculpt making it do the opposite (fall out). So leave it in 30 mins-2 hours wrapped so the oil can seep in your sculpt. Many have said they leave it in over night, you can if you want; just remember my warning about over nourishing.
Once you're ready to wash grab your shampoo and wash the coconut oil, TWICE. You want to make sure you get the coconut oil out so shampooing twice is the best way. Then (optional) condition your hair and rinse and voila, great clean and silky hair. Do this once a week.

Eczema:

I have eczema on my hands (genetics), and mine looks like tiny little blisters when they pop up. It gets itchy and I wash my hands alot so my hands get super dry. It happens when the wind in winter dries out my hands even more, or in summer when it's uber hot and my hands sweat. But that's not all, I'm sure it's soap I use that contributes on many off moments. ANYWAYS. 
I have used it on my hands and I can say it does help alot, but you will want to make sure to put it on after every time you wash your hands. Coconut oil is great because it's natural so if you're eating something and have to use your hands (ie: chips) you won't taste some nasty chemical lotion by accident or leaving it behind in your bag of chips; it's natural. The only thing you have to worry about is getting it all over your keyboard, but it wipes off.
Coconut oil has helped my Eczema very well, but it can only do so much. Every once in a blue moon I still have to use my prescription cream when it pops up too fast at once (the cream thins skin, thus making eczema worse so having to barely use it is greatly appreciated). But yes, this is my holy grail for my eczema, for 90% of the time it helps prevent/reverse my eczema and that alone is why I kept it before trying anywhere else.

Face/Acne:

Not sure if it helps with acne. I know my face is VERY sensitive and I can use nothing without some sort of horrid reaction. I always have had these two deep pink spots on my cheeks (makes me look like I have permanent blush) and for the life of me could not get rid of it.
When I used coconut oil on my face, no negative reactions and the pink is barely there!! This made me so happy. Obviously I have to try out more natural ways for my face instead of harsh cleansers/moisturizers since clearly no matter how "sensitive skin approved" they claim them to be; they really aren't. As soon as I try some out for a bit I will post (since I need more than just coconut oil for moisturizing; I need a scrub and quick wash).  
Acne HAS been good, still there here and there but I've never really had that much to begin with, but I do have it. I'm sure if I wasn't too lazy to moisturize my face more I would get more of the benefits and see better results, but as soon as I find a natural cleanse I have a feeling I will be more gung-ho about using coconut oil atleast twice a day instead of the one time before I sleep (just to be wiped off on my pillow).

*You should know that your acne could get/will get worse before it gets better because the coconut oil is going deep deep into your pores to bring out all the toxins. So as it's doing this the toxins rise to the surface and the deeper it gets the more horrible your pimples will look to you. You will probably think it's not working when this happens to you but it's normal and means its working, so if you try coconut oil I recommend you do it while you're mostly inside your house if you're worried about showing your face after it works. After it goes deep and does it's detoxing of your skin and whatever gunk built up under it for years and years, it will be clearer. However you know you, so if you think it isn't working for you, then stop using it, and remember to do a patch test before putting it all over your face so you know it's not an allergic reaction. If you want a higher possibility of it clearing your acne, you will want to take it for any internal problems (cleansing outside and inside will help with acne).

Coconut oil is also used to clean off your makeup. Warm it up in your hands and put it all over your face where your makeup is, wash off with warm water and then pat dry. 
Helps with dry lips as well.

Constipation:

I am not sure if it works for constipation yet, I'm still testing that theory out (it's really hard for me to get the coconut oil down as I cannot for the life of me get past the taste. I hate it.) 
If you are trying it for constipation make sure to go slowly with teaspoons first, then up to 1 tablespoon after your system is use to it (coconut oil cleanses you of toxins so if it's your first time trying coconut oil and you take 2 tablespoons before your ready, it will try to flush the toxins too fast and you may get diarrhea and have flu like symptoms -runny nose,etc- because it's detoxing. Don't be scared, just cut your intake back. Slow and steady).
Everyone is different, for me I tried 3 tablespoons once and still nothing (except for nausea from trying to take it straight on an empty stomach) but for you, it could be too much.

Other:

Coconut oil has SPF so you can glob it all over for extra protection (it doesn't have a lot of SPF so don't replace your sunscreen with this, it will just be extra helpful for lips, ears, nails, feet, sculpt, etc).

Lubricant. - If you need a little help with "insertion" coconut oil is a natural lubricant that can be used for the down stairs. 

Oil Pulling.- Put a tablespoons worth in your mouth and swish around for up to 20 minutes (it's ok if you can't make it that long). Swish it like you would with mouth wash, back and forth, in between teeth, do NOT gargle or swallow! It is pulling the toxins out of your mouth you don't want to swallow them. Doing oil pulling will also help whiten your teeth.

Massage oil - You can warm this up with your hands and use it to massage yourself or have someone else massage you (feet, back, whatever suits your fancy).

Psoriasis - I read besides eczema it also helps soothe psoriasis, but as I do not have psoriasis I cannot tell you if this is true.

End Note:

I have been using coconut oil for 4 months (more religiously for my hands and face) but I will still be trying to plug my nose and down it for the health benefits and possible helping hand for constipation. 
I read so much about how it helps weight loss, but again I have no idea yet if that's true since I can hardly consume the product and naturally would assume if I did lose weight it'd be because of my exercise not the oil.

**Did NOT work for my acne, but it did help with the redness. So do not use coconut oil if you want to be blemish free.**

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