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Guest post: Coconut Oil – Miracle House Hold Remedy

Coconut oil has several uses that make it a super household item that you must always keep it in your home. It can be used in food for better health, in skin and hair care products and as a natural treatment for certain diseases in certain medicines. If you are unaware of benefits coconut oil, this blog is dedicated to you.

Coconut Oil and Weight Loss:

Coconut oil has magnificent health benefits for you. Coconut oil contains High-density lipoprotein cholesterol that is healthy cholesterol which helps in elimination of fat lipids from the body by carrying them to the liver. In addition to this, coconut oil has antimicrobial properties that fight against harmful microbes in your body and maintain the balance between healthy and unhealthy bacteria. This keeps your gut flora healthy and as a result, your digestive system improves. Similarly, there are two reasons behind weight gain either it is the weak immune system or weak digestive system. Taking coconut oil resolves both of these issues. In addition to this, the saturated fatty acid in coconut oil reduces your appetite naturally and helps to maintain sugar level. All these benefits aid in weight loss. You can cook your meal in coconut oil or just eat a tablespoon of coconut oil in the morning.

Coconut Oil and Hair Care:

Shampooing and conditioning are not all that your hair requires for thickness and shine. You owe to show some extra love to your hairs by taking advantage of nature’s gifts to keep your hairs healthy. One of these is coconut oil. Do you know why people living in Tropical coastal areas have thick and shiny hairs? The most suitable answer is that they use naturally extracted coconut oil on their hairs. Coconut oil contains a chain of fatty acids such as capric acid and lauric acid that behaves as an antifungal and anti-bacterial that kills the bacteria and detoxifies the scalp. In addition to this, Coconut oil also contains vitamin E that helps to protect the skin cells on the scalp, reduces oxidative stress in the scalp and improves blood flow which results in better hair health. According to Home Remedies for Life, Coconut oil is among best oils that can be used for better hair growth. However, using extra virgin coconut oil is a better option as compared to other commercially available coconut oil as they also contain mineral oils that reduce its efficiency.

Coconut Oil for Skin Care:

Coconut oil is one of the perfect moisturizers you can apply to your skin. As mentioned previously coconut oil has anti-inflammatory properties, not only this it is also a natural coolant. Therefore, if coconut oil is applied to the skin it can help in reducing sunburn, itching or burning. In addition to this, the mono-saturated fats present in coconut oil promote collagen growth that makes the cell wall stronger and Vitamin K aids new cell production that helps in reducing stretch marks. Coconut oil can be used to get rid of skin conditions such as rashes or eczema as it fights against bacteria and nourishes your skin.

You can also use coconut oil to prevent bacteria enter your dead skin. Coconut oil also contains healing properties. You can apply it on wounds and the Multi-Chain fatty acids will boost up the healing process.

DIY Coconut Oil and Sugar Scrub:

Coconut oil is used in various skin care products however these products are filled with harsh chemicals. Therefore, we are sharing a recipe to make exfoliator at home. You will require:

  1. ½ cup of Sugar
  2. ½ cup of coconut oil
  3. Few drops of essential oil or Lemon juice.

Mix all the three ingredients and use once a week. Sugar granules will remove the dead skin that will help coconut oil penetrate in the skin easily which will nourish your skin. You can use this scrub on dark patches on your body to reduce them.

Coconut oil for Dental Health:

Oil pulling is a method used for dental health as coconut oil has antimicrobial properties performing oil pulling with coconut oil can help in preventing tooth decay and tooth loss. However, on the other hand, multi-chain fatty acids will make gum stronger that will result in less gum bleeding.

Coconut Oil as Makeup Remover:

You can use coconut oil as a makeup remover; it will also hydrate your skin and will keep it moisturized without any side effects.

Author Bio:

Jane Scott is currently working as a nutritionist at a renowned firm. With an experience of more than a decade, she is considered as a go-to person in her field of work. She also writes blogs for her website Home Remedies for Life.

Guest post by Jane Scott

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Sticky Date Flapjack

Flapjack has always been one of my favourite sweet treats and there are so many different possible variants. One of my favourite goto recipes is Sticky Date Flapjack which I had pinned from Ocado. However last month when I clicked on my pin, the link was broken. I had an unsuccessful search around Ocado’s recipe section. So now was obviously the time to come up with my own date flapjack recipe, as I couldn’t remember the full ingredient list or amounts. And I decided to experiment with using coconut oil rather than butter for a slightly healthier version.

Vita Coco coconut oil

I had never tried coconut oil in any cooking previously, but I had just received a free tub of Vita Coco organic coconut oil which I was looking forward to trying, especially since becoming a convert to coconut syrup last year.


Date flapjack

Sticky Date Flapjack

Ingredients (makes 12)

225g dates
150 – 200 ml boiling water
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
350g oats
90g coconut oil
90g golden syrup

Method

Preheat fan oven to 160 deg C.
Line a 20cm square baking tin with greaseproof paper.
Chop dates and place in basin.
Add bicarbonate of soda.
Add sufficient boiling water to cover.
Leave for 15 minutes, then strain, reserving the liquid.
Mash the dates into a pulp with a fork.
Meanwhile add coconut oil and golden syrup to a large saucepan.
Gently melt.
Add the liquid from the dates.
Mix in the oats.
Put half the oat mixture into the tin, pressing down into the corners.
Cover with the date layer.
Cover with the remaining oat mixture, ensuring all the dates are covered.
Cook in preheated oven for about 25 minutes until golden brown.
Leave in tin for 10 minutes, then turn onto cooling rack.
Once cool, cut into 12 slices.
Serve and enjoy.

date flapjack

This was really tasty and I’ve still got some coconut oil in the tub, so I’m planning to try using it in a savoury dish next. Although as a newbie to coconut oil, I would love to hear recommendations of what it does or doesn’t work well in.

For other newbies, here is what it looks like. According to the pot it is solid upto 23 degrees C. And it had a very subtle aroma of coconut. Also the coconut flavour in the flapjack was pretty subtle too.

Vita Coco coconut oil

And the pot indicates that in addition to cooking, you can use it as a spread or even use it on yourself as a moisturiser or hair conditioner. Also suitable for removing make-up. That is quite some wide range of uses.

Definitely something that is going on my shopping list.

I’d love to hear what you would use coconut oil for?

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Disclosure. This recipe is an entry into the #Swearbyit challenge with Vita Coco. Find more great coconut oil recipes and tips on using coconut oil at www.swearbyit.com. This recipe uses a product I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.