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Coconut Oil

Coconut-OilCoconut oil is an amazing tropical oil that can be used in many different cooking and cosmetic applications. It is a fantastic lotion on its own and is even more luscious when adding a few drops of lavender oil or other essential oil to add even more benefits. Not only that, but you can use it as a scalp and hair treatment, makeup remover, and even in making your own deodorant! Make sure to purchase organic and unrefined virgin coconut oil.

Benefits: Coconut oil is considered a superfood for the enormous amount of benefits it contains. It is a medium chain triglyceride (MCT) saturated fat, meaning that it is easily used and assimilated in the body, especially for energy and…even weight loss (WHAT!). MCT’s actually increase the body’s metabolic rate and improve the functioning of the thyroid and endocrine system. Plus, the high amount of CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) is considered a fat burner as well as an important fatty acid for the brain! It is also fabulous for the immune system (and skin health) due to the antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. Basically coconut oil is great for heart health, stress, digestion, brain health, weight loss, skin health, and so much more!

How To Use: Coconut oil is fabulous in many cooking applications such as baking, sautéing, or even added into smoothies in its raw state. Coconut oil is great for medium heat since it has a smoke point of 350°F/175°C, which is only slightly higher than extra virgin olive oil. One delicious application is spreading it on some sprouted grain test (or your favorite gluten free toast) with a little honey and freshly cracked himalayan pink sea salt on top…talk about indulgence!

Nutrition Facts: 1 tbsp

  • Calories: 120
  • Protein: 0 grams
  • Fats: 14 grams
    • Saturated: 12 grams
    • Monounsaturated: 1 gram
  • Carbohydrates: 0 grams
    •     Fiber: 0 grams

** Best stored in a cool dark space to prevent oxidation. 

***Gorgeous photo via care2.com . Click the link for even more ways to use and love coconut oil!


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