Wednesday Wellness #1 – Coo-coo for Coconut Oil!
We made it to the middle of the week and we are feeling the hump: tired or exhausted, losing motivation, or falling off track from our daily routines and weekly goals. For some, today is their best performance day, let’s dance to that afternoon song and things will be done which will be spoken of at a later meeting when being promoted.
If you live in the northern hemisphere, it’s summer.
Summer means “relaxing time” for most. Time away from the daily grind. As adults, the “summer vacation” most likely means five to ten days away from a building where you had to beg your way to be released into the wild while promising you’d come back. You know when you were a kid, it was three months of just pure nothingness. Before you hate me for reminding you we could be on vacation right now….
Summer and Coconut Oil
Imagine a turquoise blue ocean with golden sandy beaches, a light warm breeze through your hair and waves that lull you into an afternoon nap as you sway back and forth in your hammock strung from palm trees.
That’s how I feel every time I pick up a jar of coconut oil and unscrew the lid…and the song that starts to play is “One Love”
Why do I go Coo-coo for Coconut Oil? It gives me energy! It boosts metabolism and I can use it all day from the morning in shakes and coffee, to lunch bread spread or fried food, to dinner cooking or evening baking and lastly at night, for moisturizing skin or conditioning hair. Well, 1 product has over 100 uses. We live in a busy society so let’s kill 100 birds with one stone…(no actual birds were killed in the writing of this blog)
My top favorite uses of coconut oil:
Oil Pulling – this sounds like something related to petroleum, but believe me it’s the most important thing you can do with coconut oil! For your mouth, cleanse that bacteria out which will then make your immune system stronger and it whitens teeth! Just 15 minutes a day. I want to reference my favorite blog with more information: click here for Oil Pulling 101
Skin and lip moisturizer – Above 76 degrees Fahrenheit, the oil turns into the liquid state. You can keep the oil in the fridge and just spoon out as much as you need and melt in your hands in seconds. After a long day, sun exposure or not, coconut oil moisturizes your skin. After about two weeks your skin will regulate itself so that when you wake up, you won’t be oily. Please note, if your skin is prone to clogging, this might not be good for you. Click here to find out which oils clog pores
Cooking/Frying Oil – I haven’t cooked with any other oil in over a year. (I’m a vegetarian so even before, I used it for frying chicken). It makes toast taste amazing. Fried vegetables, potatoes and even plantains are heaven in your mouth. It doesn’t taste like disgusting grease, it blends well with anything you fry. Please don’t use non-stick pans, which release a deadly toxin! Explanation of coconut oil benefits
Baking – For any baking recipe, gluten free or gluten-full, I add coconut oil, instead of vegetable oil. What a difference it makes! I even started using apple sauce for egg replacement and everything tastes moist and delicious.
Hair Conditioner – Once a week, I load up half a cup of oil before bedtime (or at minimum put it on for 2-4 hours) and run my hands through my hair. A little goes a long way. Make sure each strand is soaked. Wrap up the hair in a towel. Since doing this last year, more hair has started to grow and it makes my hair shiny. To Rinse: make sure you have natural shampoo with limited amount of toxic chemicals, lather up hair and rinse oil off. You might have to do it twice, but believe me, it won’t strip oils from your hair. See photos from this week’s regiment below (Note: I rarely brush my hair and in the after photo I air dried my hair, making it look straight and soft.)
Coo Coo Ca Choo