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Coconut oil is becoming popular all around the world. Have you ever tried it? Virgin coconut oil is both delicious and good for you. In this post, you will learn about coconuts and the benefits of coconut oil.

Before mentioning about the common uses of coconut oil, I would like to introduce you to coconuts. When you travel through Thailand, you will see that coconuts are grown in abundance, especially in the south and on the islands.

Did you know that there are two main kinds of coconuts? For easy understanding, I call them cooking coconuts and drinking coconuts. Both types look pretty much the same. The main difference is the size. The cooking coconuts are about double the size to the drinking coconuts. The coconut in the photo is a cooking coconut.

Thais call cooking coconuts maprao gaeng, while drinking coconuts are called maprao nam wan. Actually, you can drink both kinds of coconut juice, but the drinking coconut juice is sweeter. Many people call the juice coconut water.

Some of you may think that the white coconut milk, that you can buy in packs, is coconut juice. In fact, coconut milk and coconut juice are totally different. Coconut milk is a rich white liquid that is made from hard coconut meat, which lines the inside of the coconut shell. Virgin coconut oil is also extracted from the coconut meat.

Coconut milk and coconut oil are usually made from cooking coconut meat. Since cooking coconuts are larger, they have more meat than drinking coconuts.

On the other hand, coconut juice is a clear liquid that is found inside the coconut shell.

Virgin coconut oil bottles and a cooking coconut in Thailand.

Benefits Of Virgin Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is really high in lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid. It can be easily absorbed into the body and helps speed up metabolism, which promotes weight loss. As a result, it's considered exceptionally good for your health.

Coconut oil can be applied to the hair and skin. It is also used for oil pulling.

Nourishes The Hair

Apply coconut oil on your hair, from the root to the end, and leave it for 15 minutes or longer. Then wash your hair. This makes your hair soft and smooth.

Virgin coconut oil not only nourishes the hair, it also protects against hair damage. If you apply it regularly, it will take longer for your hair to turn gray.

Skin Care

Coconut oil can be used as a natural makeup remover and facial oil, making your skin really soft. You can also use the oil as a natural lip balm. Not only does it act as a low protection sunscreen, it also heals sunburns. Furthermore, virgin coconut oil can be applied to sensitive skin around the eyes, to get rid of dark circles and it helps reduce scars.

As a moisturizer, the coconut oil is more easily absorbed into the skin after a shower, when the skin is still moist. It can be sticky at first, but once the coconut oil has been completely absorbed into your skin, you will notice how soft it becomes.

Virgin coconut oil works very well to soften dry skin, such as the elbows and around your fingernails. Moreover, it can prevent and heal cracked heels.

Note that coconut oil is quite heavy, so don't apply too much.

Oil Pulling

Oil Pulling is a way to cleanse the mouth with natural oil. After waking up, put 1 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil in your mouth. Rinse your teeth and gums with the oil continuously for 15-20 minutes. Then, spit it out and brush your teeth normally. You will notice that the oil has turned white.

Oil pulling is known to kill some harmful bacteria in the mouth, which reduces bad breath. More importantly, it strengthens the teeth and gums, making your teeth strong and shiny.

Mild Laxative

Taking a tablespoon of virgin coconut oil, followed by a warm cup of water before going to bed, helps you go to the toilet the following morning.

Selecting Coconut Oil

There are many brands of virgin coconut oil on the market, which makes it somewhat difficult to find a high quality oil. What you should look for when selecting coconut oil is clarity, fragrance and taste. High-quality coconut oil is clear, like water, aromatic and has a fresh coconut flavor.

It's good to know that coconut oil becomes cloudy and solid below 25 degrees celsius. Coconut oil should not be stored in direct sunlight.

In Thailand, the price of a 100ml bottle of high quality virgin coconut oil starts from about 100 baht. Although big bottles are better value, it's a good idea to start with a small bottle, to see if you like it or not. This way, you will get the quality you want.

Start using coconut oil and you'll love it!

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