The Versatility of Coconut Oil
In my hometown, there's the cutest little health food store that sells everything from all-natural Amish jellies to gluten-free popcorn. One of the best features about this store is the hands-on approach the owners take with customers. The proprietors use many of the products they sell, and they do not hesitate to share their personal experiences with anyone who walks in the front door.
On a simple browsing visit, Henry, the owner, began to champion the benefits of coconut oil, which is one of the items he sells in great quantity. I’m not sure I’d ever heard of any practical uses for coconut oil before he brought it up, and I was amazed to hear of its numerous uses.
“My wife and I cook with this,” he explained, holding up a tub of extra virgin coconut oil. “We fry with it, and in the mornings we spread a little on our toast in place of butter. It tastes delicious and has helped lower my cholesterol.”
He paused and looked at the tub. “But the most amazing thing is what it’s done for my psoriasis. For more than 40 years I’ve tried expensive prescription creams, over-the-counter ointments, and any number of other remedies, and not one of them helped. Now, I rub coconut oil over the afflicted areas, mostly my knees and elbows, and all of the itching and flaking is gone. Even the redness is starting to recede. Nothing I’ve tried before has ever helped so much.”
The Many Uses of Coconut Oil
When I asked him what else coconut oil is used for, he gave me a 4”x6” handout printed in black and white. Here are some of the benefits and uses listed:
- Dandruff remedy and lice treatment
- Acne treatment
- Anti-wrinkle eye cream
- Cold sore healer
- Fights Alzheimer’s
- Boosts metabolism
- Bug bite relief
- Thyroid support
- Heals cuts and scrapes
- Eczema and psoriasis relief
- Candida treatment
- Frizz tamer
- Weight loss aide
- Softens feet and smooths cracked heels
Around the House
I was particularly interested in the skin relief that coconut oil provides because my boyfriend suffers from extremely dry skin on his face, particularly around his nose and on his forehead. Like Henry, he has also tried many different and expensive ointments, all without success. So I purchased a tub of the coconut oil that Henry recommended (extra virgin, which is more expensive than its processed counterpart but contains many more health benefits, according to Henry) and took it to my boyfriend. He used it the next day and immediately found his skin was softer and smoother. He now applies it to his face every day after his shower, and the stubborn flakes are gone. His skin even looks better; it's less irritated and more supple.
I have yet to try this product for myself, but I firmly believe it can offer a variety of benefits. Furthermore, I would much rather ingest or apply coconut oil than do either with harsh prescriptions.
Like Henry says, a more natural approach to health can’t be bad. He believes that we can shun medications altogether if we start using natural remedies that correct and prevent further problems. With a little research, I think we’ll discover that nature provides most of what our bodies need; we just have to be willing to find those provisions rather than wait for a cure-all pill.