Coconut oil has been used for thousands of years, with natives from areas around the globe like Papua New Guinea, India, Jamaica, Samoa, and Indonesia, for cosmetic, medical, and cooking purposes. In particular, Ayurvedic medicine of ancient India used coconut oil as a foundation of its alternative healing. It was shunned in the Western world for many years because it was considered a dangerous saturated fat, but more recent science has helped us understand that the medium chain fatty acids found in coconut oil are actually very valuable to improved health and wellness.
Pure refined coconut oil is obtained from dried coconut meat known as copra. The copra is treated to eliminate contaminants and extract the flavour and aroma. This process allows refined coconut oil to essentially serve as a “blank canvas” carrier oil for the addition of essential oils.
Though pure refined coconut oil begins as a white semi-solid oil, it has a low melting point and easily blends into the skin without leaving a residue. With antibiotic, germicide, anti-fungal, antiviral, and hydrating properties, this wonder oil offers a myriad of benefits to the body, especially when blended with essential oils like Geranium, Frankincense, and Rosewood.
The medium-chain fatty acids (MFCAs) found in coconut oil are responsible for the incredible health benefits when eaten. These fats are easily digested and processed by the liver so they are less likely to be stored on the body as excess fat. This means that coconut oil can improve energy and endurance, support digestion, and stimulate weight loss. The MCFAs are also currently being studied to determine how they can help to repair brain function in patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and fight cancer!
When applied topically, it is known for its ability to improve skin problems like eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, burns, and dandruff. Again, the fatty acids help to reduce inflammation and moisturise to naturally heal the skin. The same properties apply to hair care, and when used in a homemade shampoo with oils like Lavender and Peppermint, it works to condition and strengthen hair to create a natural shine.
To witness the power of this amazing oil blend 20ml with 3 drops Geranium and 3 drops Frankincense essential oils. Rub and leave on skin overnight, and after a few days you will notice signs of ageing slowly fading away from newly rejuvenated skin.