Indians, especially south Indians for generations have been using coconut oil not only for the hair, but also as massage oil for the skin. Beauty may be skin deep, but with coconut oil it has been found to be more. Coconuts are an excellent source of energy and nutrition not only by themselves, but by also promoting the absorption of other foods, particularly fat soluble vitamins. Coconut oil contains 40% lauric acid, a medium chain triglyceride which is also present in mother’s milk. Coconut oil protects the body from viruses, bacteria, yeasts, fungi, protozoa and worms. Coconut oil makes the body work better, metabolise better, defend better, heal better. Chronic diseases like diabetes, asthma, arteriosclerosis, hypertension, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, auto-immune diseases like Psoriasis are subdues and become much easier to normalise.
However, the mother of all coconut oils is virgin coconut oil extracted from fresh not dried coconuts. A treasure trove of vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, etc., it is also a major source of Lauric acid and Vitamin E and has the ability to protect the skin from infections caused by bacteria, viruses and fungi. The ideal oil for infants, it is great for the scalp and is useful in preventing dandruff and hair loss. It is useful as massage oil, revitalising the skin and alleviating muscular pains.
Coconut oil has the ability to nourish and heal the skin, something Indians have known for hundreds of years. Saturated with fats that consist mainly of medium chain triglycerides, it has anti-microbial properties and wonderful moisturising and healing powers, leaving your skin smooth, silky, germ free, and you, looking beautiful.
In tropical climates like ours, coconut oil provides natural UV protection, an ideal sunscreen. The healthy properties of coconut oil are not only apparent internally but also help promote a radiant glow all over.
Coconut oil is an excellent sunscreen lotion. It has wonderful anti-oxidant properties that protect the skin from free radical damage and when consumed or used topically on our skin, it helps our bodies absorb other nutrients more effectively, such as Vitamin E, another powerful anti-oxidant nutrient that protects the skin.
For nutritional value, make a Pina Colada with one cup coconut milk, one cup orange juice and half a cup of fresh chopped pineapple. Chill ingredients before use and blend till smooth. To thicken, place in the freezer for 45-minutes.