The Many Benefits of Coconut Oil - Lily of the Desert

The Many Benefits of Coconut Oil

When you think of coconuts, images of tropical destinations graced by giant palm trees swaying in the breeze often come to mind. Once reserved as the decadent topping on holiday baked goods, it appears that coconut has gone mainstream and become the “go-to” ingredient in recent years. It’s available in a wide variety of formats, including milk, water, and even flour. But today, we’re going to get laser-focused on coconut oil!

As you’re about to learn, this oil has so many amazing uses and should be a staple in your home. From creating delicious recipes to lavish self-care treatments, no wonder there’s so much excitement about coconut oil!

  • Cooking:
    Not all fats are bad! Coconut oil is popular in kitchens because it can be used in various cooking applications. It’s high in good fat (and flavor!) and can be safely heated to 350 degrees. Use it for sautéing, frying, or in a marinade with your favorite herbs and spices.
  • Baking:
    Everything is better with butter unless you’re trying to avoid dairy or cutting back on calories! Coconut oil is an excellent substitute for this routine baking ingredient. When left in solid form, it has a texture very similar to butter (pie makers rejoice!). Modifying your recipes with coconut oil allows you to create healthy treats while the delicious taste of coconut shines through.
  • Skincare:
    Yes…the idea of coating your skin with coconut oil may seem a bit odd at first. But once you’ve experienced its moisture-building properties…you’ll be a believer! Cold-pressed coconut oil retains its nutrients because it’s not subjected to heat during extraction. It has excellent emollient properties that offer protection and hydration, making it a great addition to your skincare routine. It also works as a makeup remover and shaving cream.
  • Haircare:
    The hair shaft is predominantly made of protein. Studies have shown that treating your hair with coconut oil before washing helps reduce protein loss. It has also been shown to promote a healthy scalp which is essential for hair growth.
  • Weight Loss:
    Seriously? Yes! Coconut oil can promote weight loss by boosting your metabolism naturally.  Although it’s 100% fat, about 50% of it is categorized as “medium-chain triglycerides” (MCTs). MCTs have also been noted to create a feeling of fullness, so you eat less!
  • Bacteria Fighter:
    Lauric acid, one of the MCTs found in coconut oil, is known for its antimicrobial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. It helps ward off germs and bacteria in the body and on the skin.
  • Energy Source:
    As we’ve seen already, coconut oil is rich in MCTs. Due to their structure, they don’t require stomach acid to break them down, making for a quick trip from the stomach to the liver. From there, they can easily be absorbed by the body and rapidly converted to energy.

All Coconut Oils Are Not Created Equal

Choosing a quality coconut oil from the dozens of brands lining store shelves and websites can be daunting.  Thankfully, you can count on your good friends at Lily Of The Desert to make the process easy! Our brand stands head and shoulders above the competition. If you’re not acquainted with it yet, Tropical Plantation is an organic virgin coconut oil. It’s cold-pressed, non-GMO, pesticide-free, made from the freshest coconuts, and packed in the USA!

Where Can I Find Your Products?

Like our aloe product line, Tropical Plantation Organic Virgin Coconut Oil is made with the same commitment to quality, purity, and safety that we know you expect. You can find Lily products at most major grocers and health food stores. Simply use our handy store locator to find a nearby retailer, or avoid the summer heat and shop online at Amazon, Vitacost, and Swanson’s Vitamins.

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