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Cuckoo for Coconut

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Coconut, which is part of a daily diet in some cultures, is rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber.  Coconut has long been used in various regions of the world as a valuable food and medicine that can heal and prevent a number of ailments.  The flesh of the coconut is highly nutritious, but it’s the coconut oil that is truly remarkable. 

Known as “the healthiest oil on earth,” the properties of coconut oil are unique and differ from nearly all other fats and oils.  Modern medicine, behind the curve when it comes to utilizing natural substances, is discovering that coconut, in a variety of forms, provides amazing health benefits.  Scientific studies indicate that coconut:[1]

 

·       kills bacteria that cause cavities, gum disease, pneumonia, urinary tract infections, ulcers, and throat infections

·       kills viruses that cause measles, hepatitis C, influenza, herpes, and SARS

·       kills yeasts and fungi that cause athlete’s food, ringworm, thrush, diaper rash

·       expels or kills lice, tapeworms, and giardia

·       reduces problems related to cystic fibrosis and malabsorption syndrome

·       reduces symptoms associated with pancreatitis

·       reduces symptoms associated with diabetes

·       relieves stress on the pancreas and improves insulin secretion

·       improves the utilization of blood glucose

·       boosts energy and increases endurance

·       improves the absorption of other many minerals, vitamins, and amino acids

·       reduces inflammation

·       promotes tissue healing and repair

·       supports the immune system

·       acts as an antioxidant

·       protects arteries

·       improves utilization of essential fatty acids

·       improves bowel function

·       helps relieve symptoms of gallbladder disease, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis

·       dissolves kidney stones and promotes healthy kidneys

·       helps to prevent some cancers and liver disease

·       reduces symptoms of dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis

·       promotes healthy skin

·       promotes weight loss and helps prevent obesity

 

Coconut Oil Recipes for Skin Care

Coconut oil is often used as an ingredient in skin care, hair care, and bath products.  You can easily whip up your own coconut oil concoctions.   

Brown Sugar & Coconut Oil Body Scrub[2]

Ingredients

1 cup warm coconut milk

1 cup brown sugar

1 tbsp coconut oil

2 drops essential oil

Preparation

Mix ingredients together in a bowl.  When mixture is cool, apply to body and rub gently with fingers for a few minutes.  Rinse completely.

 

Mango Butter & Coconut Oil Anti Aging Cream[3]

Ingredients

8 tbsp coconut oil

2 tbsp mango butter

2 tbsp beeswax

10 drops carrot seed oil

 

Preparation

Melt the mango butter and beeswax together.  Add the oils and let cool.  Before the cream sets, stir until the mixture is a smooth paste.  Put the paste in a jar and let harden.  Use the cream to improve the elasticity of the skin and reduce the degeneration of skin cells.

 

Coconut Cleansing Cream[4]

Ingredients
3 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp glycerin
2 tsp water

 

Preparation

Melt all ingredients together over low heat.  When liquefied, remove from heat and beat the mixture as it cools.  Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.  Use to cleanse the skin, and then follow with an astringent.

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Other Uses for Coconut Oil

People have been known to use versatile coconut oil for many things, for example:[5]

 

1.  dab on underarms for natural deodorant

2.  use instead of shaving cream

3.  add to bath water to moisturize skin

4.  use to style overly dry hair

5.  in place of vegetable oils when cooking

6.  dab on lips to moisturize

7.  to remove makeup

8.  to soothe and heal hemorrhoids

9.  apply to bee stings and bug bites

10.  use as a leather moiturizer

11.  mix with butter and sprinkle on popcorn

12.  use to sooth cracked heels

13.  as a natural sunscreen

14.  as the base for homemade chocolates

15.  massage into nails and cuticles

16.  as a massage oil

17.  to smooth stretch marks

18.  coat the inside of the nostrils to prevent nosebleeds

19.  take a spoonful of day for better immunity (also good for cats and dogs)

20.  apply under the eyes to reduce wrinkles and puffiness

21.  an alternative to petroleum jelly

 

[1] http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/

[2] http://www.beauty-soap-and-bubbles.com/coconut-oil-for-skin.html

[3] http://www.stbotanica.com/blog/8-homemade-recipes-with-coconut-oil-for-a-radiant-skin/

[4] http://www.homemade-skincare-recipes.com/coconut-oil-for-skin.html

[5] http://www.deliciousobsessions.com/2012/01/52-uses-for-coconut-oil-the-simple-the-strange-and-the-downright-odd/

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