Coconut Queen

The New Coconut Queen !

Well I have become the Coconut Queen lately, having recently been advised to go on a restrictive diet for a period of time to help my digestive system repair. So – No SUGAR! gluten, dairy, starches. I must admit I thought to myself …”What is left??”

It was quite interesting to observe my mind doing all sorts of tricks while I was in the transition phase. It was the classic case of being so focused on what I couldn’t have – all I could think about was everything I shouldn’t and couldn’t have – It nearly did my head in!! And a timely reminder of “you get what you focus on” – once I changed to thinking about what I could have, everything changed in my head and I was a lot more relaxed!

By week 2 I had found a bunch of interesting recipes, filled the fridge with lots of the right fresh food and realised that I was now focused on what I could have, and was feel quite happy with the range of food and also surprisingly satiated. I have always been more of a grazer, so I have a supply of healthy nibbles and different nuts I have made up to keep the munchies at bay. I have also embraced the making of fresh almond milk, and everything coconut! I don’t know if you have been in out to Fyshwick markets lately, there are so many amazing coconut products in the Health Food shop there!

Anyway, I have been using coconut oil for cooking and my skin for years, and love it – it is so good for your body, mind and skin. However, there are now so many other ways to use it I thought I’d share a few with you. Coconuts are so full of health benefits. The old fashioned idea that it was full of bad saturated fats was based on the processed and fractionated coconut oil which was pretty bad for humans. However, now that they use the pure organic oil, it has proved to be very useful for many health complaints and promotes internal and external healing. Coconuts are manufactured into many forms these days too – as an oil, a milk or cream, a delicious juice full of wonderful nutrients that reportedly help rehydrate your body after exercise even better than those horrible coloured sports drinks. Coconut sugar which has many nutrients as well as a slightly caramel flavour – not just empty calories, so is a great boon for your cup of tea. Coconut flour is great for gluten free recipes and very tasty and nutritious.

Toiletries: Now you can buy coconut soap, shampoo and conditioner, body lotions and massage blends.

 

 Hair care: Coconut oil can be massaged into hair for a wonderful hair treatment and into scalp to stimulate hair growth and can be combined with essential oils for added benefits. A tiny amount can also be run through your fingers onto the hair as an inexpensive alternative to the now popular hair serums for shiny hair or to reduce frizz. You may have to experiment to find the right amount so it is shiny and it not too oily.

Skin: The small molecular structure of coconut oil allows for easy absorption through the skin, giving it a soft, smooth texture. It makes an ideal ointment for the relief of dry, rough and wrinkled skin. Psoriasis and eczema suffers often see great improvements in these distressing conditions.

Pure organic virgin coconut oil is the best natural ingredient for skin lotion available. It prevents destructive free-radical formation and provides protection against them.

Can be used on haemorrhoids topically to give relief (try with a drop of lemon essential oil to help shrink the vein).

Mums and Babies: Can be used on mum’s nipples and baby’s mouth to treat thrush. Also a great baby lotion for skin, nappy rash and cradle cap. Good on perineum after birth.

 Banished artery clogger is redeemed!For years since late 50’s we were told it was a terrible thing to have any coconut oil in our diet as it was a saturated fat that would clog our arteries and cause heart disease.  Research has has since proved this untrue as it is free of cholesterol and trans fats and contains high levels of lauric acid one of  the good fats for regulating cholesterol ratios. It is sometimes said to be a bit of a ‘conspiracy theory’ from some of the dairy and other oil industries who were making lots of money from margerine and highly processed vegetable oils.

Coconut oil has become very popular as a food too, being added liberally to stir fries, salads, sauces and dressings, smoothies and juices, snacks and treats, meals adding extra nutrients and flavor and supposedly helping to unclog our arteries. Can even be mixed with chia seeds and crushed nuts for an energy boosting snack!

There are many reports that regular use of coconut oil in the diet can help assist with weight loss because it has a boosting effect on metabolism. Helps with thyroid conditions, inflammation, cancer, diabetes, malabsorption syndromes, skin infections, gut problems, low energy levels…the list goes on and on.

Apparently coconut oil sales went up over 50% in the UK when  Miranda Kerr said in an interview that she took 3 tablespoons of organic coconut oil every day – in her green tea, smoothies, on salads and steamed vegies, in her cooking etc and she rubbed it over her skin everyday and credited it with helping her avoid stretch marks during her pregnancy.

I personally use it on my skin most days, and add it to my smoothies and cook in it most nights due to the high heat/smoke factor when cooking (it doesn’t turn into transfats)

Another interesting fact is the research in to Alzheimers – there were dramatic improvements in the affected persons ability to draw a clockface (one of the sections of the testing) after only a few days of person taking a tablespoon or 2 a day!!! There is a lot of research into brain function exploring the  benefits many essential fats including Coconut oil (remember the movie Lorenzos oil?)

Here are a couple of links to research papers, there are plethora of sites with information on the many uses and research data on coconut oil.http://coconutoil.com/peer_reviewed/   http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/Coconut%20Research-Coconut%20Research%20Center.pdf  it makes fascinating reading…and can perhaps help you find a very cheap and easy solution to some of your health issues.