Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few years, then you have probably heard of coconut oil and all of its amazing health and beauty benefits. But what is it about coconut oil that makes everyone rave endlessly about all of its awesomeness? Well, coconut oil is made up of 90% medium-chain saturated fatty acids. This is a combination of mono-unsaturated fatty acids and poly-unsaturated fatty acids. These fatty acids are easily digested, absorbed, and utilized in the body. These medium-chain fatty acids can also easily cross the blood-brain barrier in the unbound form so that your brain can use it as energy. Coconut oil has also been shown to help slow and prevent the spread of cancer cells, act as an anti-inflammatory, is anti-microbial, rich in antioxidants, improves nutrient absorption, and is non-toxic to humans and animals. Since coconut oil is good for your body, inside and out, here are some easy, at-home DIY health and beauty tricks you can do with coconut oil.
7. Removes Age Spots
Unless you know the exact location of the fountain of youth, there is little you can do about the inevitability of aging. This doesn’t mean that you cannot age beautifully and gracefully, though. Coconut oil can be used as an effective and affordable method of ridding your face and body of age spots. Using organic unrefined coconut oil for daily use or after sun exposure can reduce the appearance of age spots on your face and body. Proper sun protection like sunscreen and hats can reduce the damaging effects the sun has on the skin.
6. Relieve Stress
After a long day, reach for a jar of coconut oil instead of your traditional nightcap beverage. Rubbing coconut oil on the temples in a circular motion can help relax the body and mind. The gentle aroma of coconut oil combined with the light massage will ease your mind and body into relaxation mode. The polyphenols in coconut oil and the medium-chain fatty acids are believed to be the reason why coconut oil is a natural stress reliever. The polyphenols increase levels of antioxidant enzymes, which reduce the inflammation levels and lipid oxidation levels in the body. Of course, this is just the scientific reason as to why coconut oil relieves stress. Everyone knows a light massage can really help you relax.