Coconut oil is probably my favorite oil, as you may notice by my recipes. I must confess that I use it for more than just food, and want to take the opportunity to explain in simple terms, why it is so wonderful. 🙂
1. It is delicious. And even if you don’t like the flavor of coconut, it is generally quite mild. The smoothness and mouthfeel of the oil are just lovely. If you do want a more flavorful coconut oil, I would recommend Tropical Traditions Gold Label Coconut Oil.
2. It has many health benefits. Coconut Oil is full of Lauric Acid, which is also found in breast milk. This is tremendously good for your immune system and makes the coconut oil anti-viral and anti-microbial.
3. It is easy to digest. Coconut Oil is a Medium Chain Fatty Acid, which makes it easier for your body to break down. That means that it can be digested more quickly, easily, and consequently isn’t stored as fat, but used as energy.
4. It is a very stable fat. This means that it is has a long shelf life, and is safe to use at high temperatures.
Uses for Coconut Oil:
A. Baking! It is absolutely yummy in baked goods. Your coconut oil will be solid in the Spring/Winter/Fall, but liquid in the Summer. This means you may have to melt it before you use it, but it has worked great for me.
B. Roasting (and Sauteing) EVERYTHING tastes good roasted in coconut oil and a little salt. Because of its high temperature tolerance, it’s really the perfect fat for it.
C. Skin Care. Because of coconut oil’s anti microbial and anti-viral tendencies, it’s just great for your skin! Rub it on your hands and feet before you go to bed and they will flourish. (I find a combination of coconut oil and Shea Butter has an especially nice feel to it.) It takes care of athletes foot, nail fungus, cracked heels, you name it! (For severe athletes foot, adding some oregano oil or tea tree oil will speed up the process.)
D. Hair Care. Rub it on your scalp before you go to bed – and use either a shower cap or a towel over your pillowcase to keep it from getting oily. This will discourage dandruff and moisturize your scalp and hair. Just be sure to wash your hair well in the morning. 🙂
There are so many more good uses for coconut oil, let me know if some have worked particularly well for you! For those of you who live near a Costco, I have found theirs to be by far the least expensive form. You can also purchase it online, at a health food store, and some grocery stores. For more information, see this article.