Do you remember that great Harry Nilsson song, You Put the Lime in the Coconut? I’ve been singing it all day! Here are some of the lyrics to refresh your memory:
“…She put the lime in the coconut, she drank them both up,
She put the lime in the coconut, she called the doctor, woke him up,
Say “Doctor, ain’t there nothin’ I can take,
I say, Doctor, to relieve this belly ache?
I say, Doctor, ain’t there nothin’ I can take,
I say Doctor! let me get this straight”.
You put the lime in the coconut, drink them both up…”
Is that stuck in your head too now? 🙂 It’s all about the curative powers of coconut (and lime)! Who knew?
Coconut oil has a small molecular structure that allows for fast absorption through the skin making it an ideal lubricant for dry, rough and wrinkled skin. It is very healing and helps to create a smooth and clear complexion. Pure, raw/virgin coconut oil is extremely high in anti-oxidants that penetrate deep into underlying tissues of the skin. It prevents and protects the skin against formation of free radicals that make it lose its elasticity. Apply it routinely to help protect the skin from developing dark spots and blemishes caused by aging and over exposure to sun light. Coconut oil is regarded as the best natural ingredient in lotions and is routinely used in soap because of its incredible ability to lather even in salt water.
According to Wikipedia, coconuts are an excellent source of energy and nutrition not only by themselves, but by also promoting the absorption of other foods, particularly fat soluble vitamins. Coconut oil contains 40% lauric acid, a medium chain triglyceride which is also present in mother’s milk. Coconut oil protects the body from viruses, bacteria, yeasts, fungi, protozoa and parasites. Coconut oil assists the body with metabolism, builds the body’s immune system and helps with chronic diseases like diabetes, asthma, arteriosclerosis, hypertension, arthritis, Alzheimer’s. Even auto-immune diseases like psoriasis become much easier to normalize with consistent use of coconut oil.
There is a long tradition in the islands of using coconut oil as a sunscreen. It has wonderful anti-oxidant properties that protect the skin from free radical damage and when consumed or used topically on our skin, it helps our bodies absorb other nutrients more effectively, such as Vitamin E, another powerful anti-oxidant nutrient that protects the skin.
The most powerful of all coconut oils is raw/virgin coconut oil, which is extracted from fresh coconuts. Virgin coconut oil is a treasure trove of vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, and is also a major source of lauric acid and vitamin E. It protects the skin from infections caused by bacteria, viruses and fungi. Virgin coconut oil is ideal for infants. It is also great for the scalp and is useful in preventing dandruff and hair loss.
The versatile coconut is accepted as a health and beauty aid in many tropical countries. It conditions hair, cleanses the body, and detoxifies the skin. Coconut is also a light moisturizer that decreases excessive oil on the skin. In fact, coconut in its various forms, such as, water, pulp, oil and cream is the best way to tone up your skin and makes you glow from great health!
One of my favorite people on the planet, Dasa Grozdanic, is a wonderfully loving and very talented woman and an expert freelance makeup artist in Europe. She is passionate about green makeup and has a blog that is always full of wonderful tips. Follow this link to learn more tips on how to use the beautiful, raw and organic ingredient and much, much more!
Coconut oil is just plain good for the soul!
“Moisturize daily with non-clogging organic moisturizers such as coconut oil. These nourish your skin instead of clogging it, as many toxin-impaired moisturizers do.”
-Dr. Joseph Mercola