I have discovered the benefits of using coconut oil!  Coconut oil is a unique substance, a plant-based oil that is solid and white at room temperature, but melts into a clear oil with just a couple degrees of warmth. Coconut oil contains saturated fats, but most of these are in the form of medium chain triglycerides, short segments of healthy fats that the body seriously loves, uses for quick energy, and does not store, this saturated fat actually speeds up metabolism. Coconut oil is a great supplement to any diet whether you want to lose weight, build muscle, or just have more energy throughout the day. I take a teaspoonful of solid coconut oil twice a day, once in the morning and evening, I cook with it and blend in my shakes. These beneficial fats work internally to help fight inflammation, it also hydrates and nourishes cells.

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There are 100’s of uses for coconut oil. I want to focus in on what coconut oil (organic) can do for our skin. Coconut oil is very good at hydrating. It sinks in deep, conditions, moisturizes, and softens skin. Pure from the earth coconut oil isn’t full of water, petroleum or other by products like commercial lotions. Coconut oil naturally clears away dirt, grime, and dead skin cells. It even has some antibacterial properties, killing off harmful bacteria. It soothes bug bites, speeds healing, helps with rashes, gets rid of flaking skin, softens and shrinks wrinkles, protects against sun damage, keeps tans longer, acts as an antioxidant to prevent cellular aging, and so much more. It removes makeup easily and even makes the perfect massage oil.

**Rub a dime-sized amount (a little goes a long way) of coconut oil on to dry ends to hydrate and tame frizzy fly aways. On your face, apply as you would your normal moisturizer. While it tends to have a greasier consistency (at first), it absorbs quickly into skin. A spoonful is enough to hydrate your entire body; swap it in for your current lotion.**

Make sure you pick up organic, pure, extra virgin coconut oil and start small. I absolutely love it on my skin. I use it after a bath, I use it throughout the day while at work on my lips and hands.

You can find Coconut oil in many health food stores and your local grocer. It can get pricey, the best deal I found on Pure Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil was at Marshalls. A 14 fl. oz. jar costs just $7.99! Store in a cool dry place.