Coconut oil is finally getting the attention it deserves. For a long time people thought it was a bad oil but it’s slowly gaining acceptance as one of the best and healthiest oils that you can use. It is good for your to include in your diet as well as to use on the outside of your body. When I first learned about coconut oil I started including it as one of the oils that I use for cooking, and also as a skin moisturizer. Slowly I began to learn about many of the other things you can use it for including medical, for pets, personal hygiene and many others.
Coconut oil is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and may even be able to fight the spread of cancer. It can kill a wide range of infections, and may also help your body get rid of parasites like lice and tapeworms. It can kill certain viruses, and your body can easily digest it to absorb all its nutrition. And of course it is natural and side-effect free.
There are two main types of coconut oil on the market. Either can be used for any of the purposes we recommend here, but the best to choose is unrefined:
• Refined, also called “expeller pressed.” This type of coconut oil doesn’t smell or taste like coconut oil. The refining process takes out some of its nutrition, so while it is useful, it isn’t as effective as unrefined coconut oil.
• Unrefined, also called “virgin” or “extra virgin.” This type of coconut oil hasn’t going through the refining process and retains its taste and smell. In cooking, it will produce a minor coconut flavor. If you apply it externally, you will get a slight scent of coconut. It retains all its nutrition, so it is more effective than the refined oil. For the very best quality, search for non-GMO organic extra virgin coconut oil.