An essential addition to your store cupboard – coconut oil

Several years ago a popular magazine called coconut oil a miracle food, touting its ability to burn fat, help the thyroid and increase energy. In fact coconut as a whole plays a very important part in our lives. From leaves to the oil, everything is very useful to us. This natural product has been a staple in many store cupboards for generations. In addition to the edible benefits, coconut oil is widely used for the skin and hair and many may have seen the results of using this oil.

Coconut oil can be used topically for moisturising and toning. It makes the skin feel like silk, even on those with extremely dry skin. It also helps to prevent sagging and wrinkling by keeping the connective tissues strong. It will remove the outer layer of dead skin cells, making the skin smother giving a more youthful appearance.

It helps the skin avoid liver spots and blemishes which develop due to aging and sunlight. Regular use of the oil keeps the skin soft and supple, delaying wrinkles and repairing sun damage.

The presence of antiseptic fatty acids prevents fungal and bacterial infection. Some of the problems and infections this oils helps with are acne, ringworm, boils, athlete’s foot and warts. Coconut oil or coconut butter has been widely used as a moisturiser. It provides a shield on your skin to protect its natural moisture.

Make a potent mixture and skin protector using shea butter and coconut oil with ingredients available from sheahealing.co.za