Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Day 2: You put the lime in the coconut

Today's post is going to be short and sweet. And I'm not going to link anything, haha!! Maybe later :) It's a doozy of a school week and add in kids and sports and practices and life and I'm barely hanging on. But all is well. We will get through.

Today's tip on a healthier you is COCONUT OIL.

Coconut oil is good for a variety of things. Right now I primarily use it in my bathroom. My mom always has a supply, and I have a little jar I put some of hers in every month or two. I've been using coconut oil as my nightly moisturizer for some time now. I also will use it in my hair before I go to bed. When I wake up in the morning and wash my hair, it's extra soft and shiny and the curls are really healthy.

A friend from college recently posted on her holistic health page how she washes her face with coconut oil and a warm washcloth--no soap or anything. And her skin glows!! I am now going to start doing this. I've read before about oil cleansing, but it involved mixing a few different types of essential oils I didn't have on hand, and have yet to purchase. My skin tends to be dry, but it's also a little blemish prone so I'm curious to see how this works in the long run.

I have decided it's time to purchase my own coconut oil and begin to use it in the kitchen. All oil has a smoke point--the temperature at which it begins to smoke, and change it's structure. The right oils are good for you in the right quantities, but putting oil in your system that's altered from it's original form may not provide the same benefits.

We typically cook with olive oil. I often use olive oil in baking as well as it's a poly-unsaturated fat (this is a good thing). But I'm ready to give cooking with coconut oil a try. I've heard a few people involved in nutrition say it's one of the only oils they will heat in their kitchen because of it's high smoke point.

So, what do you think?? Will you give coconut oil a try?

(and yes, I did give you one link--gotta hook a friend up, ya know?)