Coconut oil is wonderful for your skin



Did you know that coconut oil is actually very good for you inside and out? It is an excellent oil to cook with as well as put on your skin. Yes, it is a saturated fat. Unfortunately, we hear saturated fat and immediately think “heart disease.” Well, when it comes to coconut oil, that is truly not the case. W hat we do know about coconut oil is, it’s a tropical oil. And it’s been consumed for many years by people in the tropics, with no adverse side effects to their health. I t contains medium-chain fatty acids that produce energy for us. It also has a neutral effect on our blood cholesterol. There are so many more health benefits associated with coconut oil than I have the space to list. What I am going to list are some of the benefits of using coconut oil on your skin, and let you research its many health benefits. H ere are some benefits of using coconut oil on your skin: • Helps to form a chemical barrier to ward off infection when applied topically on the skin • Reduces symptoms associated with psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis • Supports natural chemical balance of the skin • Softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking • Prevents wrinkles, sagging skin and age spots I also use coconut oil as an eye make-up remover. I appreciate that it is 100 percent natural and contains no chemicals, and coconut oil is great for my skin! I do use coconut oil for cooking. While you will probably buy it in a solid form, it starts to melt at 76 degrees. I n addition, I use coconut oil in my massage business. About a year ago, the massage oil I was using was no longer being produced, so I went on a hunt to find a comparable replacement. I discovered fractionated coconut oil. (Fractionated meaning the coconut fat has been broken down into micro-particles, so it can’t solidify and it stays in a liquid state.)



I tried this new oil and stayed with it, mainly because I liked how it works with the skin. It doesn’t absorb in the skin right away like a body lotion. It also has a lighter viscosity (thickness) than some of the other massage oils. It has an extremely light scent to it. I haven’t had anyone yet who has a skin allergy to it. And, as I mentioned above, the skin really likes it. In my book, it’s a win-win all the way around. T he following sources were used to write this article:

• The Healing Miracles of Coconut Oil and
Coconut Cures by Bruce Fife, ND
• Eat Fat, Look Thin: A Safe and Natural Way
to Lose Weight Permanently by Bruce Fife,
• Heart Frauds: Uncovering the Biggest
Health Scam in History by Charles T. McGee,
• Coconut Cookery by Valorie MacBean

Susan Santi is a certified massage therapist and owner of Ahhh Massage in Virginia, MN. Feel free to contact her with questions at 218- 410-2144.

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