Why I Love Coconut Oil...

I was thinking on Fridays I will highlight one of my favorite things that I believe help contribute to our family's journey to being wholesome and well. Items that I almost always keep on hand in our house and feel are worth sharing.
I will start this Friday with my #1 favorite item that is always stocked in my home... right-hand cabinet over the stove, to be exact. Its something that I use to make eggs with, throw into smoothies and even dab a little on my crow's feet... can you guess??
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil...

It has so many health benefits, I don't even know where to start. To give you a little taste of how beneficial it is, it contains a prize-winning ingredient ~ lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid ~ the same component found in human breast milk. When lauric acid is introduced into the body it will act as an antiviral, antifungal, antimicrobial, and antiprotozoal (infection). So not only does it totally give the immune system a huge boost, some of the other benefits include the following:
1. Helps balance out cholesterol levels (increases HDL; lowers LDL).
2. Gives a 48% increase to your metabolism (in a 24 hour period). One study (mercola.com) recognized that an individual lost 24 pounds in 6-8 weeks after adding coconut oil to their diet.

3. Can supply the body with energy similar to blood glucose.
4. Contains many antioxidant properties that are excellent for premature aging and preventing degenerative diseases.
5. When applied to hair (best overnight), it will treat dry, damaged or an itchy scalp.
6. Apply to the face for acne treatment, facial moisturizer, make-up remover and to treat diaper rash, eczema, rosacea and dermatitis. Also helps to treat dry hands, feet and elbows... who wants dry elbows???
What non-drug item found in your local grocery store can do all that for around $10??
When you go searching for this "miracle in a jar", look for the following words on the bottle... unrefined, extra virgin and if possible, organic. Brands I have used and like are Nutiva, Nature's Way, and Garden of Life.
So its good to put on the outside and ingest for the inside. Ideas for ways you can take it internally are... for sauteing vegetables, frying eggs, throw in a smoothie, in place of oils in baking, use to make a salad dressing with and I've even read some people drop a spoonful in their morning tea. Anyway you do it, it won't be wrong and it will result in pure goodness for your body. Children can have 1-2 tablespoons a day and for adults, to get the full range of benefits, 3 tablespoons are recommended.
Here's a great smoothie recipe:
1 c. frozen unsweetened strawberries
1 very ripe banana
3/4 -1 c. (or more) almond milk
1 T. EV Coconut Oil
5 ice cubes
Blend until smooth... enjoy!

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