Coconut Oil is a Solid {and Solid}

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Spotlight on Coconut Oil

Everyone loves it in some form. My personal $5/day habit is 100% Raw Coconut Water.  Cocos nucifera  is the oil derived from the meat of matured coconuts harvested from the coconut palm. For the past 5000 years, coconut has played a staring role in Ayurvedic medicine, benefiting the health of natives of the Indian Sub-Continent and surrounding areas. Mothers massage their children with coconut oil to give them strong bones and healthy skin free from infections and blemishes. Women condition damaged hair by applying the oil after a daily bath. Geezers rub it on their gums in lieu of brushing their teeth. So is this merely folklore supporting local agriculture?

Modern studies show that Coconut oil can disrupt and attack viruses such as influenza, hepatitis C, herpes, measles; bacteria such as pneumonia, urinary tract infection; and fungi and yeast such as candida, ringworm, and thrush. As unbelievable as it sounds, doctors are including coconut oil in treatments against the world’s most deadly incurable disease: HIV / AIDS. Super anti-microbes in coconut oil can literally tear the HIV viruses apart. Think of what it can do for your skin!

First of all, coconut oil is an excellent source of moisture, preventing dryness and flakiness. It also delays and reduces wrinkles and sagging which can accelerate with age.  Coconut oil also helps in treating various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections. How does it work these wonders? Coconut oil contains a large proportion of lauric acid—a saturated fat also found in sebaceous gland secretions. We’ve talked about these famous secretions in our Olive Squalane piece and our Jojoba exposition. But as a reminder, these human moisture glands supply (or don’t supply) what we need to help keep our skin elastic, wrinkly-free, and feeling fabulous. Coconut oil also contains a healthy dose of Caprylic acid, a natural antimicrobial, algaecide, bactericide, fungicide, and antibacterial disinfectant. According to Wikipedia, Caprylic acid is used as a food contact surface sanitizer in commercial food handling establishments and a natural disinfectant in health care facilities and schools. Meaning that it really works. Unlike this deodorant I feel compelled to buy.

Starting to be impressed? What if I mention fountain-of-youth-level antioxidant properties? Coconut oil is well known to prevent premature aging and degenerative diseases. It’s structural make-up is unique {as it has medium chain fatty acids}. It’s the closest type of fat in nature to the incredibly healthful fats in human breast milk.  While petroleum-based creams and oils temporarily moisturize the surface of your dry skin, coconut oil penetrates into the layers under your skin to prevent free radical formation, removes damaged cells and encourages growth of healthier tissue. When applied on infections, it forms a barrier layer, protecting the wound from dust, air, fungi, bacteria and viruses, while helping to heal damaged tissues. Coconut oil is also highly effective on bruises, speeding the healing process significantly.

Coconut’s remarkable antibacterial and antioxidant properties makes it a truly effective treatment for any kind of skin aliment. Consider chugging a gulp once a day so your inside parts can benefit too.

We are so proud to be small-batch infusing 100% Organic Coconut Oil with sustainably Sustainably wild-crafted Calendula & Red Clover. Keep some on you at all times and slather it all over your kids at least once a day.

 

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