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Cuckoo for Coconuts! Extra Virgin Oil Performs Miracles

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My love for coconut oil began when reading about it in Bridget Mars’ book Beauty By Nature.  In that book I learned how coconut oil, also known as coconut butter, is excellent for inflamed and sensitive skin (something I have personally dealt with all my life), as well as normal, dry, mature, and oily skin. Not only that, but it also blocks about 20 percent of UV rays. All of this appealed to me as an esthetician so I began experimenting with it and reading more on the subject. I discovered that it’s also a great soothing remedy after waxing, and my friend who I introduced coconut oil to gets relief from her eczema when incorporating it into her hot baths.  It’s also my favorite medium to use during facial massages.

Aside from using coconut oil topically, it’s also wonderful to cook with. I really enjoy using it when stir-frying vegetables and it’s also an amazing butter substitute in banana bread and other baked goods.  Contrary to popular belief that it’s an unhealthy oil to use due to it’s saturated fat content, it’s actually highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It is classified as a “functional food” because it provides many health benefits beyond its nutritional content. The saturated fatty acids in coconut oil are predominately medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA). MCFA do not have a negative effect on cholesterol and help to protect against heart disease. Sally Fallon, a food nutritionist, recently talked about the health benefits of coconut oil on NPR’s The People’s Pharmacy. One point she mentioned is that when ingested, coconut oil can actually raise your body temperature and as a result boost your metabolism. Who doesn’t want that?

I purchase pure extra virgin organic coconut oil at Orchard Nutrition and my favorite brand is Nature’s Way. In case you’re not familiar with it, coconut oil is solid at room temperature and naturally melts and becomes liquid at approximately 76 degrees. I use it literally every single day in one way or another, and am slightly obsessed with it, to say the least. In fact, I remind myself a little bit of the dad in My Big Fat Greek Wedding who uses Windex on everything. Got an ailment? Just try coconut oil!

Sarah MaHannah moved to the North State with her husband in 2000. They live on 166 acres with their cat and two dogs. She is a licensed esthetician and has a passion for skincare as well as the environment. Sarah has combined those two interests with her eco-approach at Glow Skincare Boutique, where the focus is on using only organic and non-toxic products. Glow Skincare is located at 1452 Oregon Street– inside The Spa Shoppes at the historic McCormick Mansion and can also be found online at glowskincareboutique.com.

Sarah MaHannah

moved to the North State with her husband in 2000. They live on 166 acres with their cat and two dogs. She is a licensed esthetician and has a passion for skincare as well as the environment. Sarah has combined those two interests with her eco-approach at Glow Skincare Boutique, where the focus is on using only organic and non-toxic products. Glow Skincare is located at 1452 Oregon Street-- inside The Spa Shoppes at the historic McCormick Mansion and can also be found online at www.glowskincareboutique.com.

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