When the oil is extracted from fresh coconuts without any chemical processing it is called Virgin Coconut Oil. Virgin coconut oil is a rich source of lauric fatty acid, which has anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant activities. You can use coconut oil both internally as well as externally, say for example you can use coconut oil as hair oil and also use it for cooking.
The Benefits of Coconut Oil:
1. To reduce age spots:
Daily use of coconut oil can help diminish and remove sun spots as well as liver spots. This is because coconut oil has anti oxidant properties, which provide a shield against over exposure to the sun. Coconut oil also helps control the activity of free radicals which cause ageing. Massaging your skin everyday with coconut oil will help you avoid age spots and reduce the already visible ones.
2. Treat skin problems like plantar warts and athlete’s foot:
The anti-parasitic and anti-protozoal properties of coconut oil are helpful in curing skin problems like athlete’s foot and plantar warts. If you mix garlic with coconut oil then the combination is one of the best cures for this skin problem as garlic has anti fungal and anti bacterial properties.
– Peel one bulb of garlic and crush the same.
– Mix the crushed garlic in one tablespoon of coconut oil.
– Massage the affected area with this mixture twice a day. The best time to massage is in the morning and before you sleep at night.
– To prevent garlic odour from spreading to your clothes you can wear a pair of socks.
3. To cure cracked lips:
Coconut oil is one of the best natural cures for treating chapped and cracked lips. Coconut oil is very easily absorbed by the skin and repairs the cells of your lips making them strong and smooth. You can apply a small amount of virgin coconut oil on your lips when cracked, or on daily basis in cold weather. Keeping some fresh coconut oil in a small bottle handy at all times is an excellent remedy to cure and avoid chapped lips.
4. Cure for diabetes:
Virgin coconut oil is an excellent home cure for diabetes as it balances the levels of blood sugar and regulates the secretion of insulin in the body. One tablespoon of virgin coconut oil taken twice or thrice in a day can help treat diabetes. The food cooked for diabetic can also be cooked in coconut oil to get maximum benefits.
5. Used to repair damaged hair:
Coconut oil is one of the most tried and tested natural serum for hair. The fats and proteins present in coconut oil not only help repair damaged hair but also helps in making them shiny and free from dandruff. You can start by gently massaging lukewarm virgin coconut oil in your hair and leaving it on for an hour or even overnight. Wash the hair normally and instantly notice the sheen and better texture of your hair.
6. Better cardiovascular health:
The lauric acid in coconut oil is good for balancing cholesterol and regulating blood pressure levels. For patients with heart problems you can cook the food in coconut oil.