This is national COCONUT OIL WEEK. (Not really. I just decided declared it so! But all week, on the blog, I’m going to educate you on this blog about the virtues of this amazing food that is far more than just a food. And ways to use it. There is a vast amount of data on the ways it benefits your health, that you really should know about. Medium chain fatty acids are critical for neurological health, and they’re found nowhere more plentifully than in unrefined tropical oils.
Uses for coconut oil are profound. These are my daily uses:
—the perfect moisturizer (my nightly moisturizer, and daily too, sometimes)
—the perfect butter / margarine / shortening replacer in baking (makes perfect baked goods)
—the perfect sauteing oil, as it does not create “trans fats” at high heats, like even olive oil does
—the perfect deodorant, in a small jar—even better to add baking soda and a very pure essential oil like lavender, wild orange, or peppermint.
—an incredible detoxifier when you use it for the powerful Ayurvedic tradition of “oil pulling,” a simple habit you do when you wake up, that may build bone density in the teeth and kill pathogens.
Come back all week for more fun facts about coconut oil, which I believe slows aging of my skin, and also eliminated my wintertime cold fingers and toes circulation problem, when I started using it years ago.