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Tag: health benefits coconut oil

Skinny & Co Coconut Oil

Believe it or not, all coconut oils are not the same.SkinnyCoconutOil

Some are heat extracted, some contain pesticide residue, and some are actually adulterated with other oils. It’s a buyer beware situation.

Skinny & Co Coconut Oil, on the other hand, is a small batch, extra virgin, cold pressed coconut oil, made with nothing but 100% pure, raw, pesticide free, wild coconuts from the pristine jungles of Vietnam. When they sent me a sample, I was surprised at how it actually smells like fresh coconuts when you open the jar.

I love to cook with coconut oil for its many health benefits –easily metabolized, feeds the brain and the heart, helps build the immune system, helps even out blood sugar levels, cushions the organs, etc.– but also because it adds a delicious flavor to foods. When Skinny & Co sent me a sample of their coconut oil to try, I could tell immediately that it was different than other coconut oil. For one thing, it has a lighter, more delicate, and more appetizing aroma than typical coconut oils.

Even though coconut oil is a saturated fat, it is not like the saturated fats found in animal products. Cultures that use coconut oil extensively tend to be leaner and healthier, with fewer cardiovascular issues than Americans. I’ve even seen health advice advocating eating tablespoons of coconut oil daily to boost immunity and increase brain function.

I know that I enjoy the flavor and aroma of coconut oil and especially like to use it when cooking seafood and fish as it gives dishes an extra boost of flavor. I’ve also spread Skinny & Co Coconut Oil on toast in place of butter, and in fact, like to substitute it in for butter on things like popcorn, too.

Coconut oil as hair conditioner

I love cooking with coconut oil for it’s healthful benefits, but I never thought of using it as a hair moisturizer until I read Dr. Mercola‘s suggestion to do so. He recommends applying the coconut oil on dry hair as a pre-wash treatment. When the hair gets wet, it expands and absorbs the saturated fat, retaining moisture for longer.20120423-143427.jpg

Dry, fly-away hair has plagued me for most of my life. In high school some called me “Frizzy Lizzie,” and it was for good reason. In an attempt to control the frizzies, I’ve long been a fan of oil treatments and have used almond oil, rosemary oil, avocado oil, and even hot olive oil on my hair, not to mention commercial products like Alberto VO5 Hot Oil Treatment. I decided to give the coconut oil a try. I used enough coconut oil — emulsified between my palms in small batches — to saturate my dry hair, and rubbed it into my scalp as well, then rinsed it out in the shower and finished with my regular conditioner.

I got a lot of compliments on my hair that day, even though I did not style it at all. It did feel like the hair held onto the coconut oil longer than it does with other oils, and I liked the silky effect on my curls. The hair did feel weightier, which is a desirable effect for me — maybe that was from the hair shaft absorbing the oil? My curls also stayed intact well throughout the day and my hair felt soft rather than stiff and crunchy, like with some hair products.

You can also use coconut oil as a styling lotion for setting hair.