The versatility of coconut oil is impressive to say the least. Once introduced to your home, coconut oil will find its way into sweet and savory recipes, personal care routines, specialty diet regimens, even homemade household cleaners. While you should never underestimate the power of a plain, cold-pressed coconut oil, Vitacost offers a variety of coconut oils made for different tastes, diets and uses.
Regarded as a healthy saturated fat, coconut oil is made up of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which can help the body in many ways, such as supporting heart health and immune function.† Keto-dieters and bulletproof coffee drinkers may search out coconut MCT-oil as part of a daily wellness regimen.
One of the many attractive qualities of coconut oil is its ability to remain stable at high temperatures. Cooking sprays and flavorless varieties make it easy to incorporate into recipes for sautéing and other high-heat cooking. It’s also an excellent substitute for butter when baking. Whether your recipe calls for shortening or you prefer a butter flavor, Vitacost carries a coconut oil for that! Try cooking or baking with coconut oil using these recipes from The Upside blog:
Coconut oil has the ability to nourish the body inside and out. A powerful natural moisturizer, it’s just as at home in your bathroom as it is in your kitchen. When using coconut oil for personal care, look for labels that include words like unrefined, raw, cold-pressed or non-hydrogenated to make sure your body only enjoys the good stuff. Use coconut oil on its own as a:
- Makeup remover
- Eye cream
- Lip balm
- Cuticle oil
- Or mixed with salt or sugar as a DIY body scrub
You can also use coconut oil for hair as a hair mask. Simply comb the oil into your hair and leave in for 30 minutes or overnight before washing out.
Looking for specially formulated beauty products? Vitacost offers a number of beauty and personal care brands infusing coconut oil into their formulas. Try Organic Fiji Coconut Oil With Lavender or Deep Steep Coconut Oil High Shine Shampoo.
It sure is! Coconut oil’s antibacterial properties make it a hardworking household ingredient for cleaning, polishing, disinfecting and more. Get advice from experts on how to use coconut oil around your home, available on The Upside blog.
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