Coconut oil is obtained from the dried pulp of the nut, the fruit of the coconut palm, which thrives on the coasts of tropical countries like the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. The scent of coconut in the air brings to mind exotic locations: the beach, the sun, the sea, the summer. The coconut has many properties and innumerable uses in both food and cosmetics.
The coconut is a staple food in dining, one that is very calorie rich because of saturated fat, but being composed of vegetable fatty acids that don’t affect cholesterol levels . Coconut oil should be free of odor and unrefined. It contains lauric acid which acts on the immune system, and capric acid which has antiviral effects. Coconut oil aids in the absorption of minerals such as calcium and magnesium, which are particularly important for bone health, so it is also ideal during pregnancy. It’s also suitable for those who suffer from ulcers, colitis, and irritable bowel because it improves digestion.
Coconut oil is an excellent emollient for the body, cleansing, nourishing and moisturizing the skin, ideal for both adults and children. Being devoid of pollutant substances is also suitable for massaging a baby’s skin. Being a mild oil, natural and non-allergenic, it soothes irritation or diaper rash and is also suitable for a bath emollient. Just add a few drops of oil in water.
When you buy a pack of coconut oil, note the consistency of the product: it can be either liquid, or semi-solid (like butter) because this product has a rather abrupt melting point of around 24 °C, and its freezing point at 15 °C. This means that it looks like an oil in warmer climates and as a butter in colder ones. So if a certain coconut oil appears as liquid in the middle of winter, you should be wary of its quality, because most likely that oil is not pure coconut. When coconut oil solidifies, just bring it closer to a source of heat or immerse the bottle in a pan of hot water to make it liquid. This change in consistency of coconut oil does not change the composition, so the oil does not lose any of its virtues.
Makeup and Skincare
After using it as a makeup remover, it is important to rinse the area by removing any residue oil with a fresh and light tonic, to avoid the greasy feeling.
Being composed of about 50% lauric acid, with strong antiviral, antimicrobial and antifungal properties, coconut oil is often used in medicine and cosmetics in the production of soaps and ointments. Lauric acid is often used in the form of supplement for athletes , as it promotes the formation of muscle mass and is a great “engine” power. It also helps boost metabolism, increasing thyroid activity.
A Nourishing Shampoo
Mix 50 ml of coconut milk with 150 ml of neutral biological shampoo, scent-free. Add a tablespoon of coconut oil, a teaspoon of almond oil and 10 to 20 drops of essential oil (lavender or pink). Transfer everything to a bottle, shake and use as a normal shampoo. To make the hair shiny, do a final rinse with a quart of water added with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.
Pre-treatment moisturizing shampoo- Mix the pureed flesh of an avocado with two tablespoons of coconut oil and two tablespoons of warm water. Apply the treatment to damp hair, wrap with a warm towel and leave for an hour before shampooing.
A hair mask to use before shampooing can be prepared by mixing one tablespoon of coconut oil, three teaspoons of honey and two egg yolks. The mask should be applied to damp hair and left for half an hour before shampooing.