From the Western part of the world where coconut oil is harvested from tropical coconut palm trees to the east where more and more people are enjoying the benefits this product offers, the popularity of coconut oil seems unstoppable. And now that it has claimed its spot in the limelight, it is being tagged as a miracle ingredient, making wonders in the kitchen and providing solutions to the most common health problems.
Let’s review some of the most common health problems that coconut oil can provide a solution to.
1. Oral Problems
Have you heard of coconut oil pulling? If not, then here’s what you should know. Coconut oil has been widely used in the ancient Ayurvedic method of oil pulling, wherein the oil is swished around the mouth for at least 20 minutes, like regular mouthwash, to remove all the disease-causing bacteria.
2. Treatment for Fungi
Coconut oil has properties that combat fungi. When applied topically, it provides protection against serious skin problems like yeast and candida infections. Thanks to the 3 fatty acids present in cocoa oil, Caprylic Acid, Lauric Acid, and Capric Acid, which have been found effective against Candida.
3. Alleviate Allergies
Anti-histamine drugs are effective remedies for people who experience a hard time dealing with allergens like dairy, peanuts, gluten, and soy. However, there is an all-natural alternative – coconut oil. Then again, as with other medicines, it has to be used with caution.
4. Pain Reliever
Those who are suffering from serious problems like arthritis can naturally find relief with coconut oil. Normally, the symptoms of this condition affect the entire body, from the bones, connective tissues, and joints. If used topically, coconut oil can increase the body’s supply, hence alleviating pain.
5. Prevent Skin Problems
Preventing skin problems are among the most popular uses of coconut oil. And believe it or not, it does more than just preventing skin issues. It can be used as a makeup remover, a shaving cream, a stretch mark eraser, a moisturizing lotion, a deodorant, a lip balm, and even a massage oil to relieve tension and pain in the muscles.
6. Cold and Flu Relief
This oil has anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties that help boost our body’s immunity. If you substitute it with butter, you can easily ward off invaders. But if flu or colds have taken hold, ingest coconut oil to alleviate the effects. Add it to a cup of tea to ease congestion and pain in the ears, head, joints, and bones.
7. Alleviate Digestive Problems
Research suggests that consuming coconut oil can alleviate maladies in the digestive system, which include acid reflux, constipation, and indigestion. That is because this oil has anti-microbial properties that combat infection and relieves inflammation, making it safe to use for gut-related problems.
Prescribed medications are very expensive to buy. Plus, they may have negative side effects on the body. But because coconut oil eliminates all these woes away, we can be at ease. Now, we can breathe with confidence knowing that one oil is all we need to fight all the common health problems.
Catherine finds joy in the simplest things. Her passion for traveling is equally matched by her love for animals. When she’s at home, you can find her in her room writing about her travel experiences or outside the house playing with her fur babies. Whenever she’s in the mood for experimenting, you can see her in the kitchen trying out new recipes, most likely desserts. Despite her busy lifestyle, she makes sure to spend time with friends, participating in various charity works, and running for a cause.
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