Coconut oil has been on the list of super foods for quite some time. It mainly comprises medium-chain saturated fatty acids (about 90%) as well as a small portion of mono-unsaturated fatty acids and poly-unsaturated fatty acids. It’s made from coconuts through production methods that may differ in type of processing. Coconuts, which are abundant in healthy fatty acids, are part of the Arecaceae family and the Cocoideae subfamily.

Why medium chain fatty acids are so health beneficial

The human body digests, utilizes, and absorbs MCFAs very easily. Plus, these fatty acids can cross the blood-brain barrier in the unbound form uninterrupted, which means that the brain can use them as an energy source. MCFAs also support your neurological health. The best version of coconut oil is the virgin, unrefined type, which is easily obtainable and provides the following medicinal properties:


  • Anti-microbial (protects against bacteria, viruses, yeast, fungi, protozoa, and parasites);
  • Anti-inflammatory;
  • Anti-carcinogenic (inhibits cancer cell development and strengthens the immune system);
  • Nontoxic to people and animals;
  • Improves nutrient absorption (easily digestible, makes fat-based vitamins A, D,E, and K particularly more available to the body);
  • Antioxidant (reduces free radical damage).

How to reap the health benefits of coconut oil

Age spots or liver spots – rub in some coconut oil directly on the affected area to reduce the appearance of spots;

After shave – it heals the irritated skin without clogging the pores;

Baldness – massaging gently apply it on the affected area mixed with rosemary, thyme, lavender, cedar wood, Jojoba oil, castor oil, and a little cayenne pepper 3 times a day, or before going to bed;

Burns – apply it on the burn repeatedly until it heals;

Bug bites – apply directly on the affected skin to stop itching and burning, as well as to stimulate the healing process;

Bruises – it speeds up healing when applied on the bruise;

Body scrub – mix it with salt and essential oil to your taste (optional) and rub your skin; then wash off;

Dandruff – it reduces dandruff when applied on the scalp because it goes deep in the hair follicle and moisturizes the skin;

Cradle cap – some coconut oil massaged on your baby’s scalp every day will nourish your baby’s soft skin and eliminate the cradle cap;

Chap stick – rub a bit on your lips; it also provides UV protection owing to 4 SPF;

Face wash/soap – mix equal parts of coconut, olive, almond, avocado and castor oil; rub it on a wet face, leave it on for 2 minutes, rinse off and pat dry in the end; use this mixture instead of soap when washing your face;

Eye cream – apply some coconut oil on your eyelids before going to bed to reduce puffiness, bags, and wrinkles under the eyes;

Diaper salve – it is very soothing for diaper rash;

Deodorant – it is even more effective with arrowroot/cornstarch powder and baking soda;

Hair gel/defrizzer – if you have curly hair, rub a little between your palms and scrunch into your hair, and if you have wavy and straight hair, comb in through from the scalp towards the ends with your fingers;

Hair conditioner/deep treatment – apply some coconut oil to your hair ends running your fingers through your hair to distribute the rest; for deeper treatment, rub in some coconut oil on dry scalp and work your way towards the ends; put a shower cap on and leave it act overnight;

Healing – apply on wounds to protect from outside dust, bacteria, and viruses;

Lubricant – it is all-natural and perfectly safe, but incompatible with latex;

Moisturizer – apply all over the body and the neck;

Massage oil;

Makeup remover – using some coconut oil on a cotton swab, remove any excess makeup;

Pre-shave – it makes a great protection against the damage caused by shaving;

Acne fix – use a pea-sized amount underneath your makeup to reduce oil gland stimulation;

Nipple cream – it’s extremely beneficial for nourishing cracked, sore, and dry nipples; apply it with a cotton ball and leave it on between feedings;

Skin conditions – it reduces the symptoms of skin issues like eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis;

Sunscreen – although not high, it has 4 SPF;

Sun burn relief – massage it gently into the painful area;

Stretch marks – it nourishes damaged skin;

Toothpaste – mix coconut oil and baking soda to make your own chemical-free toothpaste;

Tattoo healing and moisturizer – it prevents the pigment from fading, speeds up the healing process and reduces the risk of infection;

Swimmers ear –mix garlic and coconut oil and drip a few drops of this mixture in your ear; leave it to act for 10 min; repeat the treatment 2-3 times a day;

Wrinkle prevention and wrinkle reducer – it makes the connective tissues stronger thus restoring the youthful look;

Bones and teeth – it stimulates the absorption of calcium and magnesium in the body thus leading to better development of teeth and bones;

Breastfeeding – to enrich milk supply consume 3 ½ tbsp. of the oil a day;

Insulin support – it supports the metabolism of blood glucose and insulin secretion, which makes it ideal for both non-diabetics and diabetics;

Fitness – it speeds up metabolism, improves thyroid function, increases energy levels, reduces excess fat, and boosts muscle mass;

Digestion – the saturated fats keep intestinal parasites and fungi under control thus preventing indigestion and other related issues such as irritable bowel syndrome; it also stimulates the absorption of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids;

Nose bleeding – it prevents nose bleeding caused by weather sensitivity; apply some oil in your nostrils to strengthen and protect the capillaries;

Nausea – rub the oil inside the wrist and the forearm to calm the upset stomach;

Lung function – it increases the fluidity of cell surfaces;

Weight loss – the saturated fats in coconut oil stimulate weight loss and curb carvings;

Vitamin and nutrient – it makes the fat-based nutrients including vitamins A, D, E, and K easily absorbable;

Stress relief – relieve mental fatigue by massaging some coconut oil on your head in circular motion; the natural aroma will also reduce stress levels;