I don’t know how many coconut oil benefits you’ve heard so far. Quite a number of them have been hyped up to the extent that coconut oil has almost become a cure-all.
In fact, coconut oil, due to its intrinsic antimicrobial properties and content of saturated fats and medium-chain fatty acids, does help with mitigating or relieving symptoms of many diseases and maladies, but not to the extent that it’ll cure them all.
However, I do personally have good experience with using coconut oil. And these are the 5 benefits of coconut oil I can confidently endorse.
1. Healing of Dry, Flaky Skin
I have no idea since when my palms started to turn dry easily and dead skin flakes kept forming up. I used to scrape them off with fingernails. It’s kind of gross when seen by others.
Sometimes the skin could be so dry that it cracked deep inside. The pain was sharp. To make matters worse, it came with an itch.
Because of that, I have to apply coconut oil to both my palms every night to keep the skin moisturized. And it does what it’s supposed to do. My skin is not as flaky as before. No cracks. No itch.
Go try it if you have the same issue.
2. Protection Against Sunburn
I have been using coconut oil as a sunscreen since few years back. It never fails me so far.
This is because its predominant saturated fats help to stop free-radical reactions.
Free radicals, upon stimulation by UV, can become very destructive to our skin. They will wreck the connective fibers that hold our skin firmly together. They will kill skin cells causing them to die prematurely.
Which explains why after prolonged exposure to the sun your skin will look charred and creased if you never do any protection.
With coconut oil, your exposed skin will stay perfectly normal except for a light tan even when you expose your skin to the damaging UV for several hours, as long as you apply sufficient layers of coconut oil to your skin.
3. Neutralizing Aedes Mosquito Bite
Been bitten by Aedes mosquitoes several times as far as I am aware.
I remember once the mosquito was happily sucking my blood on my left arm. By the time I realized its presence, its bottom has already ballooned to fullness and ready to fly off. I quickly applied coconut oil to the bitten spot.
After an hour, no bulging of surface took place on that spot. After several hours, nothing peculiar occurred to me. No inflammation. No nothing.
I know, the Aedes mosquito that bit me may not necessarily carry dengue or zika virus. But there’s a chance I might be the next being quarantined for getting the fatal bite. What’s more, I was bitten not once but several times. So, that increases my odds of getting the virus.
I’ve heard from an expert that coconut oil can fight dengue virus but uncertain about zika virus.
Anyway, let’s just stay more vigilant and carry coconut oil wherever we go so that we can quickly attend to the mozzie bite as soon as possible before it takes you down.
4. Treatment of Flu Infection
When you’re down with flu, add coconut oil to each and every meal and every drink. Its antiviral properties can effectively fight and kill flu viruses.
I can attest to that. Before consuming coconut oil, my flu symptoms most of the times would progress to a more severe level. That was miserable.
But ever since I found out that the health benefits of coconut oil include flu-fighting, I started to eat a lot more than usual.
Now, I seldom fall sick. Even if I do let my guard down at times, my flu symptoms would be so mild that I can still perform my everyday task until the symptoms are completely gone.
5. Constipation Relief
Because of its potent detox reaction, more and more people are using coconut oil to treat constipation by taking the oil on empty stomach.
It’s effective in that sense. But the discomfort in the stomach could last for several hours, which is what I don’t like. I would rather take coconut oil with food so at least I won’t get the runs so easily but yet get to empty my bowels at least twice a day.