Coconut Oil Uses & Benefits

All things coconut oil: a guide to the uses, benefits and facts of coconut oil

What do you actually know about coconut oil? How is it made? What is virgin versus extra virgin?

Coconut oil contains vitamin E. Although, it has no fiber, no cholesterol, no plant sterols, and nominal vitamins or minerals. Coconut oil is almost 100% fat, mostly saturated fat. Try our CBD infused coconut oil.

Coconut oil can be used in/for:

  • cooking and baking
  • beauty and hygiene products like lotion, hair treatment, or toothpaste
  • skin conditions
  • and more. The sky is the limit!

1 tablespoon of coconut oil contains:

  • 121 calories
  • 0 g of protein
  • 13.5 g of fat, of which 11.2 g is saturated
  • 0 mg of cholesterol

Cooking & Baking with Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has a melting point of 78 degrees F. You can use melted or solid coconut oil. Some recipes specify.

  • Coconut oil can be used for frying, baking, and sautéing.
  • Refined coconut oil doesn’t impart a flavor. Use it if you don’t want any possible coconut flavor.
  • Swap one-for-one with butter or another oil in baked goods
  • Add to your coffee or smoothies
  • Try Jenny’s these recipes with CBD coconut oil. All the coconut oil benefits with CBD!

Coconut Oil Benefits

  • According to Science Daily, there are many benefits of CBD coconut oil. consuming CBD with high-fat food increases your body’s CBD uptake by about 4x. [2]
  • Research suggests MCTs may help burn calories as much as 5% in 24 hours.
  • MCT fats are easier for your body to break down than animal fats (which are long-chain fatty acids). What’s the difference between MCT oil and coconut oil?
  • MCTs are shown to significantly reduce appetite, which may lead to reduced body weight over the long term.
  • You can apply coconut oil to your skin, hair, and teeth. Studies suggest it is an excellent moisturizer for skin and improves oral health.
  • May support the immune system because it contains lauric acid, a type of lipid. Lauric acid has been linked to many health benefits. It may kill harmful bacteria, viruses, and fungi while protecting against various infections. [3]

Coconut Oil Terms to Know

Copra: Dried flesh of coconuts

Virgin, Extra Virgin (used interchangeably): The United States doesn’t have regulation on these terms for coconut oil, unlike olive oil. Virgin or extra virgin coconut oil typically denotes that it isn’t refined coconut oil.

Expeller-pressed—A machine presses the oil from coconut flesh, typically using heat or steam

Cold-pressed—Oil is pressed without heat or at a very low temperature which remains below 120 degrees F. This no-to-low heat extraction is believed to retain more nutrients than the heated expeller pressed.

Refined: The copra is machine-pressed, releasing the oil. The oil is steamed or heated to remove odor and some flavor. It is often filtered through clays to remove impurities. Sometimes chemical solvents, like hexane, may be used to extract oil from the copra. Refined coconut oil has a higher smoke point, is flavorless, and odorless.

Partially Hydrogenated: The unsaturated fat in coconut oil, typically up to 20%, is hydrogenated to extend shelf life and help maintain its solid-state above 78 degrees F. However, partially hydrogenated coconut oil contains trans fats- avoid altogether.

Coconut Oil Storage

Coconut oil is shelf-stable. Hotter temperatures and exposure to sunlight increase the probability of spoilage. It’s ideal to keep coconut oil in a cool dark place or your refrigerator.

Refined coconut oil generally lasts for a few months. Virgin coconut oil may last for 2-3 years.

What is organic coconut oil good for?

Wondering if there are benefits of organic coconut oil? Coconut oil is one of nature’s golden gifts to us. It’s versatility and nutritional benefits nourish your body from the inside out.

And infusing coconut oil with hemp only brings its benefits to the next level. Hemp-infused coconut oil can be integrated into so many aspects of your daily life.

Coconut oil as an eye makeup remover

Cosmetic chemist Joseph Cincotta says coconut oil is so effective as an eye makeup remover because it breaks down water-resistant substances (3). So it even helps with waterproof makeup!

To use coconut oil for makeup removal:
  1. Rub a little between your fingers
  2. Close your eyes
  3. Rub it over eyes
  4. Wipe it off with a tissue, cotton ball, or towel.

Be careful not to get it in your eye. It won’t harm your eye, but it might temporarily blur your vision.

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Coconut oil as a massage oil

Coconut oil is loaded with Vitamin E, making a fabulous addition to your skincare regimen. Its thickness makes it smooth easily over the skin.

And since it liquefies when you rub it on the body, it’s less messy than other types of massage oil.

Pure coconut oil is even safe for babies! You can rub it on a newborn’s skin for a natural moisturizer. It’s an effective diaper rash preventer and healer. And it helps with “cradle cap” symptoms (2).

Coconut oil as lube

Coconut oil is becoming very popular as a sexual lubricant. Because of its thickness and moisturizing properties, it lasts longer than water-based and silicone lubes. And since there are no artificial ingredients, it suits many people better than silicone and water-based lubes.

But if you’re prone to yeast infections, its antibacterial and antifungal properties could disrupt your vaginal pH level (1).

And one word of caution: Oil-based lubricants (including coconut oil) can potentially break down latex condoms. So make sure you’re squared-away in that department before giving it a try.

I’d love to hear about some of the ways you use hemp infused coconut oil!

Stay well,

Jenny

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