Are you interested in natural health boosters? Do you look for natural ingredients to have healthy skin and shiny hair? The answer is: Coconut oil.

Coconut oil comes from the fruit of the coconut palm. It’s been used for centuries to enrich hair and skin with highly nourishing substances that leave them healthy and shiny. It can be also used in cooking and making smoothies for your family to provide them with powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients.

Virgin vs. Refined Coconut Oil

When it comes to purchasing coconut oil, you’ll find different types of coconut oil on supermarket shelves. Coconut oil can be sold in two main types: refined and unrefined oil.

Refined coconut oil is produced via a dry milling process. It’s been bleached and deodorized to finally get coconut oil with no coconut taste or odor. This process doesn’t only affect the taste and the odor, but also it reduces the amounts of medium-chain fatty acids that possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory characters. Some manufacturers add a type of manmade fat called “partially hydrogenated fat” or “trans fat” to maintain the liquidity of coconut oil at room temperature since it’s naturally solid at room temperature. The problem is trans fats have a bad effect on the heart as they are associated with increased risk of ischemic heart diseases like coronary insufficiency. Refined coconut oil is a good choice for beauty purposes and topical application as it lacks the coconut odor. It’s also preferred by people who don’t like the taste of coconut in their foods. But, if you decide to use refined coconut oil, we recommend avoiding products containing trans fats.

Unrefined or virgin coconut oil is the most natural shape of coconut oil. It’s produced via wet milling without bleaching or deodorization. Virgin coconut oil contains higher amounts of polyphenols and medium-chain fatty acids which have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. It also lacks the manmade trans fats which have hazardous effects on your health. Some people don’t want to use the unrefined coconut oil as they don’t like the taste or the odor of the natural coconut.

How Can Coconut oil be used?

There are many ways to get the best benefits out of coconut oil. It can be used topically on your hair and skin. It can be also introduced into various foods and drinks.

For coffee lovers, you can use coconut oil as your coffee creamer that enriches your morning coffee with nutritional value that boosts your health. If you enjoy drinking smoothies with your family, you can use coconut oil in making your tasty smoothies and enjoy its nourishing values. You can melt dark chocolate with a teaspoon of coconut oil to produce a healthy and nourishing chocolate for your kids.

Coconut oil can also be used as a natural skin moisturizer. It can be used as a natural makeup remover and a natural lip gloss. You can use it on your face as a natural face washer or a natural sunscreen. Finally, coconut oil is a good choice as a natural hair conditioner besides being a good anti-dandruff treatment.

There are plenty of ideas about how to use coconut oil and enjoy its healthy effects. To get the best benefit, we recommend consumption of two tablespoons of coconut oil per day. Start with one tablespoon per day and increase your daily dose gradually to reach two tablespoons per day to avoid nausea and loose stools that may complicate high doses.