If you’re interested to know all the benefits of coconut oil; this post has all the information you want in the form of questions and answers, so it would be easier for you to pick exactly what you want to know about coconut oil, hope you find this post informative!
So let’s start the Q&A’s:
1. What is Coconut Oil?
I always refer to Wikipedia to find the best definitions for terms, so based on Wikipedia, Coconut oil is:
“Coconut oil, or copra oil, is an edible oil extracted from the kernel or meat of mature coconuts harvested from the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera). It has various applications. Because of its high saturated fat content, it is slow to oxidize and, thus, resistant to rancidification, lasting up to six months at 24 °C (75 °F) without spoiling.”
Don’t let the term saturated fatty acids scare you, they are the key factor of all the heavenly benefits of coconut oil! So basically coconut oil is a paste at room temperature not liquid, and it turns to liquid at 76°F (24°C). It has a wide variety of uses and health benefits, and the fatty acids composing it (Lauric acid and Capric acid) don’t get spoiled easily, which gives it a long shelf life that reaches 6 months, these fatty acids are medium in length, and are easy to be digested, which makes coconut oil a quick source of energy, and it rarely gets stored as fat in the body.
2. Is Coconut Oil good for You?
This is a very general question, definitely it is, and you can find more detailed information about the benefits of coconut oil in the coming questions.
3. Is Coconut Oil good for your Skin?
Yes! What makes coconut oil good for your skin is the presence of those magical fatty acids that have more than one good effect on your skin, firstly, they are moisturizing due to the presence of saturated fatty acids, they moisturize your skin from the inside out giving it that smooth texture we all die to have. Secondly, they are super protective like a mother, they protect your skin from sunburns, especially when your skin is exposed to sunlight for a long time, so you can use it as a sunscreen, but don’t forget to keep applying it on your skin every now and then, especially if you’re spending a whole day out. Thirdly, they have an antibiotic effect on your skin; they fight inflammations and skin diseases, which gives your skin the beauty and the natural glow. It is a 3 in 1 effect for your skin, how wonderful is coconut oil!
4. Is Coconut Oil good for Sunburns?
When you expose your skin to sunlight for a long time, your skin gets dry and itchy, in another word, it gets sun burnt, this is not healthy at all to your skin, even if the purpose is to get a sun tan.
Coconut oil is super moisturizing due to its saturated fatty acids composition, which makes it a good treatment for sunburns, it soothes the pain, and prevent your skin from scarring and wrinkles, but it’s not recommended to use it directly on your sun burnt skin, it’s better to wrap your skin with a wet towel first to return some moisture to it, then the next day you can use coconut oil, apply some on your sun burnt skin and start messaging gently, so your skin would absorb the oil, and feels less itchy, leave the oil on your skin overnight, and wash it the next day, repeat this process 2-3 time a day.
5. Is Coconut Oil good for Wrinkles?
Coconut oil has both high content of antioxidants that fight the aging effect of free radicals, and the antimicrobial effect that fights bacteria and harmful microorganisms leaving your skin healthy, beautiful, flawless and clear. Coconut oil is beneficial for the protection and treatment of wrinkles, but it has to be used regularly to see a result, don’t expect your wrinkles to disappear overnight, it needs time and commitment.
6. Is Coconut Oil good for Acne?
We mentioned in the previous question that the fatty acids composing coconut oil (especially Lauric acid) have an antimicrobial effect on your skin, which makes it protective and good fighter against bacteria and harmful microorganisms.
One study revealed that Lauric acid in coconut oil can kill bacteria responsible for causing acne better than benzoyl peroxide, which is usually used for treating acne. So yes, coconut oil is a good treatment for your acne.
7. Is Coconut Oil good for Chapped Lips?
Absolutely! Coconut oil is super moisturizing, and will turn to those dried lips the moisture they lost, you can get rid of lip balms found in markets, and have coconut oil as a natural alternative with a great effect.
8. Is Coconut Oil good for Stretch Marks?
This question took me long days of good research, especially that there’s no scientific studies supporting the effect of coconut oil on stretch marks.
In my opinion, I believe that due to the moisturizing effect, the antimicrobial effect, and the anti-aging effect the coconut oil has on the skin, it leads to a better and fresher looking skin, which leads to less dramatic stretch marks in the area where the coconut has been continuously applied, but I can’t really guarantee the effect of coconut oil on the stretch marks themselves.
And after searching for real personal reviews about the effect of coconut oil on stretch marks, I found 2 contradictory reviews, a positive review, and a negative one, have a look at both and decide which one was more scientific and convenient to you, and I’d recommend trying the product yourself and see the results live, as skins are different in their response to creams and oils.
9. Is Coconut Oil good for Hair?
Your hair is based on the scalp, as long as the scalp is healthy, your hair is going to be healthy, and because the scalp is basically a skin, and as we mentioned above coconut oil is perfect for your skin, then coconut oil is perfect for your hair as well! It’s a great moisturizer for your scalp and hair, and it fights bacteria that might harm them.
In addition, coconut oil strengthens damaged hair by filling in the gaps in hair strands, which makes your hair stronger. And if you feel you need a proof, please check this study out.
10. Is Coconut Oil good for Dandruff?
Dandruff is not a serious hair disease, but it is hard to be controlled and it is embarrassing in some situations, the exact cause is not known till this moment, but many factors can increase its risk. Dandruff includes white flakes of dead skin all over your hair and shoulders, and a dry itchy scalp.
Coconut oil helps reduce dandruff due to its antibiotic effect, it kills all kinds of bacteria in your hair and scalp, at the same time, coconut oil moisturizes the scalp, and makes it less dry, and more nourished, which makes your dandruff problem less complicated.
11. Is Coconut Oil good for Gray Hair?
We talked about how efficient coconut oil for your hair health and strength, but for gray hair?
That took more time to research as I needed real reviews, and I found one at www.healthy-oil-planet.com for a lady that recommends using this oil for gray hair:
“My hair is at the least 60% grey, maybe more, I can’t see all of it but my hairdresser says I’m very grey. I also color my hair. I’ve been struggling with it for the last 3 years by trying different styling products. I melt and eat virgin, organic, cold pressed coconut oil daily along with using it on my face and body. I started using it on my hair and LOVE it. I tried applying it on the ends of my hair but it seemed to weigh it down. I read that you shouldn’t put products on the ends but at the root for lift and volume. So I started washing my hair and apply a small amount of coconut oil to the root area of my hair. It made all the difference. TRY IT, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.”
So If you have tried coconut oil to solve gray hair problem, whether it was aging gray hair, or premature gray hair, please report your experience as a comment below, so I would know the exact result, and add it in this post.
12. Is Coconut Oil good for your Teeth and Gum?
One study recommends using coconut oil as a mouthwash; it cleans your mouth from all sorts of bacteria, sterilizes your gum and teeth, reduces plaque formation, prevents tooth decay and loss, protects from gum diseases, treats bad breath, and heals bleeding gum.
For more details about how to use coconut oil to cleanse your mouth, please check out this video:
13. Is Coconut Oil good for Eyelashes?
Long, thick, and fluttering eyelashes are one of the most important components of a pretty attractive face, they give
your eyes the right level of attraction, that’s why there is a huge demand on mascaras and false eyelashes, but why using artificial products if coconut oil can do miracles to your eyelashes?
The moisturizing effects of coconut oil will stimulate lash growth and improve your overall eyelash health and length, fewer eyelashes will fall out, and they will grow thicker and fuller, you’ll soon let go mascaras and fake eyelashes for good.
14. Is Coconut Oil good for your Joints?
If the pain in your joints is making your life harder, then it is time to use coconut oil! Coconut oil makes your arthritis better in 3 ways; 1) by reducing the inflammation – due to its anti-inflammatory effect- that made your joints lose the ability to move freely like what they used to be, 2) Coconut oil is a pain reliever, when applied on your painful joints it will help soothe the pain and feel better, 3) and Coconut oil will help you move your joints more freely as it lubricates and greases them when applied on them, especially after a hot shower, it increases and eases their mobility.
15. Is Coconut Oil good for your Memory?
Coconut oil is excellent in improving cognitive activity in the brains, due to its ability to increase antioxidant level and reduce oxidative stress, so YES coconut oil can be used as a memory enhancer, this effect has been backed by a scientific study, you can read the full study here.
And what is more interesting; is the relationship between coconut oil and Alzheimer’s disease, this disease develops in the brain when the brain cells stop getting the required fuel that help them function properly, their main fuel is glucose found in starchy products, such
as bread, rice, potato, biscuits, pasta, …. etc, and when brain cells stop getting their fuel they die, and here where Alzheimer’s disease begins! but how coconut oil makes things better in this case?
Coconut oil may provide brain cells with ketones which are a good alternative to glucose, so brain cells would get fed again, and would become less affected by Alzheimer’s disease.
16. Is Coconut Oil good for Weight Loss?
Despite all the old warnings about fatty acids contained in coconut oil and their ability to store fat in human bodies, recent studies show that coconut oil could have a direct relationship with weight loss, the medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil led to a more energy expenditure based on one study, and it suggests using coconut oil for weight loss management.
Coconut oil increases the metabolic rate in your body, leading to burning more calories, and spending more energy, but at the same time, you should take into consideration that consuming too much coconut oil will let more calories enter your body, so it should be consumed in moderation, not more than 1 tablespoon per day, to get all the benefits and the weight management you’re looking for.
17. Is Coconut Oil good for Cooking?
Oils used for cooking should stand high temperature, and should never break down to form dangerous substances that harm our health, and coconut oil is just the right example for a cooking oil, the medium fatty acids don’t get affected by heat, and they remain beneficial until the last stage of cooking, making coconut oil one of the best oils to be used for cooking, in addition, coconut oil is heart healthy and doesn’t cause any increase in the bad blood cholesterol (LDL).
Add coconut oil as an alternative to shortenings in your baked goods, add some to your popcorn, cook your sauteed vegetables with it, add some to chicken breast before grilling it, enjoy the taste and the loads of benefits.
18. Is Coconut Oil good for Constipation?
Again and again the medium chain fatty acids are what makes coconut oil a good solution for constipation, they have a natural laxative effect on your digestive system, they soften the stool by improving digestion process, increasing the energy of intestinal cells, and by making food go through your digestive system faster and easier, making coconut oil as a part of your diet may prevent you from constipation and digestive problems.
19. How to make Coconut Oil?
Not too simple, and not too hard, but worth the try, I’ll leave you with this video for the easiest yet best way to make coconut oil at home.
That was the best I could write about the benefits and miracles of coconut oil, if you feel like digging more in those miracles, I recommend reading The Coconut Oil Miracle book, which highlights in details all the benefits of coconut oil and how it improves heart health and overall health.
Thank you very much for all the time you spent reading my post about coconut oil and its benefits, hope you find my post informative, if you’d like to add anything or have any question please leave a comment, and I’d be happy to reply 🙂