Uses of the Coconut Oil
Coconut oil can be used as a :
Natural health food
Raw and fresh bread spread
Stable carrier oil for other dietary supplements
Pet health food
Base ingredient for organic cosmetics
Head lice and hair nit control
For pimple treatment, etc.
Coconut Oil as a Medicine
The incredible medicinal properties of coconut palm is approved not only by the traditional medical systems but also by modern science. Once accused of increasing cholesterol levels, coconut oil is now actually being used by doctors in the treatment of a variety of disorders. Research conducted by various medical institutes has shown that coconut oil possess anti-microbial and anti-viral properties. Lauric acid is a medium chain fatty acid which is abundant in coconut oil, and considered responsible for many of its health benefits.
Coconut oil shows positive result in treating toothache, tuberculosis, tumors, typhoid, ulcers, abscesses, asthma, baldness, bronchitis, dropsy, dysentery, earache, fever, flu, gingivitis, gonorrhea, irregular or painful menstruation, jaundice, kidney stones, lice, malnutrition, nausea, rash, scabies, scurvy, skin infections, sore throat, swelling, syphilis, upset stomach, weakness, and wounds.
Types of Coconut Oil
The following are the major varieties of the coconut oil:
Virgin Coconut Oil: Also known as pure coconut oil, it is extracted from fresh coconut milk, rather than dried, as in copra. The oil is light in weight, high in vitamim contents and contains high nutritional value. In some countries, it is actually a food source. Virgin coconut oil is produced in the following ways:
Quick drying of fresh coconut meat which is then used to press out the oil
Wet-milling (coconut milk) process in which oil is extracted from fresh coconut meat without drying first and milk thus obtained is further separated from water through boiling, fermentation, refrigeration, enzymes and mechanical centrifuge Wet-milling (direct micro expelling) process in which oil is extracted from fresh coconut meat after the adjustment of the water content, then the pressing of the coconut flesh results in the direct extraction of free-flowing oil.
Refined Coconut Oil: Oil produced after RBD (refined, bleached, and deodorized) process is known as refined coconut oil. This is a great oil for general moisturizing and serves as a protective layer, helping to retain the moisture in your skin.
Hydrogenated Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is often partially or fully hydrogenated to increase their melting point in warmer temperatures. This increases the amount of saturated fat present in the oil, and may produce trans fats.
Fractionated Coconut Oil: It is a fraction of the whole oil, in which most of the long-chain triglycerides are removed so that only saturated fats remain. It may also referred to as “caprylic/capric triglyceride” or medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil because mostly the medium-chain triglycerides caprylic and capric acid are left in the oil.