By: Marlene Affeld ~ Organically grown, extra-virgin coconut oil presents an impressive array of anti-aging benefits including reversing hair loss, healing and soothing chronic skin irritations, diminishing lines and wrinkles, protecting the skin from damaging UV rays, preventing stretch marks, and repairing damaged hair brought about by hygral fatigue.
Once relegated to a dusty back shelf at the health food store, extra-virgin coconut oil is now readily available in grocery stores all across America. Free from artificial chemicals, additives or preservatives, extra-virgin coconut oil is a product pressed from fresh coconut milk and meat. Consequently, extra-virgin coconut oil retains the distinct taste and fragrance of fresh coconuts.
During processing, plant processors extend special care to use a minimum amount of heat in the extraction of the oil. Produced in this manner, the oil tastes and smells the best; Laden with antioxidants and medium chain fatty acids, extra-virgin coconut oil has remarkable anti-microbial properties.
Comparatively, non-virgin coconut oil is typically made from mechanically processed copra, the dried meat of the coconut. The oils, extracted by chemicals and then bleached to sanitize the oils, may have contaminated the oil in less than sanitary conditions. Coconut oil produced by this process is virtually odorless, as copra-based coconut oils retain no fragrance or taste at all due to the refining process. In fact, many coconut products contain artificial coconut fragrances or flavoring.
Organically grown, extra-virgin coconut oil is not only chemical and toxin-free; it is non-hydrogenated. Hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils tend to increase serum cholesterol levels that directly contribute to heart disease.
Fresh, Bright and Supple Skin
The most effective tool in any anti-aging arsenal, extra-virgin coconut oil helps prevent the skin from developing liver spots, wrinkles,
Virgin Coconut Oil can help prevent the skin from developing freckles, age or liver spots, crusty dry patches and other age revealing skin distractions caused by time and overexposure to sunlight.
Applied topically, the healing oil is absorbed directly into the skin. Although extra-virgin coconut is not a natural sunblock, it the perfect, natural treatment for relieving a nasty sunburn and is itself, a natural exfoliant. Just a couple of drops of the oil rubbed into the fingertips quickly repairs torn and damaged cuticles. The lubricating oil is also a great natural remedy for cracked heels and dry, rough elbows.
Rich in p-coumaric and ferulic acid, extra-virgin coconut oil exhibits the amazing ability to fight free-radical damage, a major cause of accelerated aging. Applied topically, extra-virgin coconut oil keeps skin soft and supple, helps heal wounds, relieves the pain of insect bites and burns, softens the appearance of old scars, and with regular use helps diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Coconut Oil Helps Reverse Hair Loss
Widely used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine, extra-virgin coconut oil is a highly effective treatment for dry and damaged hair, preventing dandruff and lice, a remedy for cradle cap in babies, adds shine and volume to long hair and promotes re-growth of hair. Massage scalp with a small amount of warm oil before washing hair or apply as a hair mask for several hours for a deep conditioning treatment.
A little bit of the oil goes a long way, and it’s a lot less expensive than a host of upscale beauty products that promise much and deliver little. Warm the oil in a heavy metal spoon over a candle flame until slightly warm to the touch. Do not heat in a microwave as this method destroys beneficial properties in the oil. You can also store your oil in a sunny spot on a window ledge. Unlike many other oils, coconut oil does not go rancid when exposed to sunlight.
For long hair, the night before I wash my hair, I take some melted coconut oil and slather it all over the bottom half of my hair down to the ends. I then put my hair up in a bun for bedtime and shampoo the oil out in the morning. If your hair, like mine, is curly and damaged by the sun, surf, wind, or excessive use of styling products and tools, a twice-weekly coconut oil hair mask will have your hair back in shape in no time. Not only will your locks look better, you’ll save mega-bucks on expensive salon oil treatments.
Protein loss from the hair shaft causes it to become weakened and damaged. The result is brittle, frayed, frizzy, and dry hair. In a research study that compared the application of mineral oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, grape seed oil and coconut oil to hair, the later was the definitive winner. Coconut oil restricted protein loss in both damaged and healthy hair. Extra-virgin coconut oil outperforms a diverse array of natural and commercial products because of its unique ability to penetrate individual shafts of hair better than other oils tested.
If you are looking for long, healthy, strong and lustrous hair, coconut oil is the answer. Women of the Pacific Islands have known the secret for years and display thick, vibrant, long hair that retains its rich pigmentation far into their elder years.
Coconut oil works by conditioning hair shaft and scalp while encouraging the re-growth of previously damaged hair. It stimulates new hair growth as it nourishes your scalp.
If you are suffering from a receding hairline or overall thinning, massage your scalp with warm coconut oil at bedtime regularly. Add three to five drops of rosemary essential oil to the coconut oil to stimulate circulation. You will notice the difference in volume and noticeable regrowth within weeks.