Coconut oil is an amazing ingredient which comes from the meat of coconuts harvested from the coconut palm. People from all around the world use it for many different things such as: cooking, fuel, as well as for aesthetic and personal purposes. Many people prefer to use coconut oil due to all the hype of its health and beauty benefits. Below are a few of the coconut oil uses from around the world.
Coconut oil is commonly used among the Polynesian Islands and other tropical regions of the world. In the Philippines people use coconut healing oil for its medicinal purposes. Traditionally the oil was used to treat a number of ailments such as: abscesses, asthma, baldness, bronchitis, bruises, burns, colds, and many more. According to the Coconut Research Center modern medicinal science has confirmed that using coconut oil for medicinal purposes is conducive for healing.
Recently, the Philippine government aimed to use coconut oil for biodiesel. According to Biofuels Digest “the government is considering extending its push for using locally-produced coconut oil as a feedstock for biodiesel when it bumps its blending mandate to 10% in 2015.”
Australians interests were peaked when they heard Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr used coconut oil in her diet. She attributed her acne free skin, shiny hair, and thin figure to consuming 4 tablespoons of coconut oil every day.
You may have heard that you can use coconut oil to help with weight loss. But of course there are conflicting arguments to this supposed health benefit. According to the Dietitians Association of Australia, “people looking to lose weight and lower their risk of heart disease to eat a balanced, healthy diet in line with the recommendations of the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating. When it comes to diet and health, there is no ‘magic bullet’.”
In India coconut oil is used in the same way it is used by many other peoples, for food, health, and beauty. One thing it was traditionally used in India was lighting and was exported as Cochin oil. Nowadays it is largely used for the skin and hair. Coconut oil is one of the best oils for your hair since it absorbs into it the best and is great at restoring moisture and protein.
What coconut oil uses do you know? Do you have any unique uses for it? Let us know how you use it and what country you are from!