The Versatility of Coconut Oil
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The benefits of coconut oil are wide ranging and well documented. Coconut oil continues to be the most versatile ingredient I use in my all-natural personal care products. But there are other, popular ways one can use coconut oil.
If taken internally, coconut oil has been shown to provide many health benefits, ranging from encouraging fat burning, to possessing antimicrobial and antifungal properties. As with many things in life, however, moderation is a good policy. Coconut oil has also been shown to increase LDL (or bad) cholesterol, although less than butter.
Coconut oil can also be used in baking and cooking. There are many recipes I have tried that call for coconut oil where one might normally use vegetable oils or olive oil.
Applied directly to the skin on its own, coconut oil can boost skin health by improving the moisture content of dry skin and helping to prevent water loss. As for the personal care products I make, coconut oil is at the base of all nirāmaya’s creams, like body cream, face cream, foot cream, and shave cream. Coconut oil is also the predominant ingredient in the body scrub, deodorant, hair gel, lip balm, mouthwash, scalp scrub, and toothpaste that I make.
While coconut oil is a common ingredient in the personal care products I make, it is also commonly used in many other ways. Its versatility speaks to the multifaceted nature of this wonderful gift of nature.