The coconut tree (Cocos nucifera) is a member of the palm family .It is often referred to as 'The tree of life"as it can be used in so many wonderful and versatile ways.
With its unique fatty acid combination, this beautifully hydrating oil it is a favourite in many hair care, skin care and bath products.
Oil is extracted from meat in the husk of the coconut using dry extraction or cold pressed methods.
There are two types of coconut oil – unrefined and fractionated.
Unrefined oil Coconut oil will be solid at room temperature
Coconut oil contains a unique combination of fatty acids with powerful medicinal properties. There are countless health benefits to using coconut oil topically to your skin. Coconut oil contains vitamins A, B and E as well as phosphorus, calcium, iron, manganese and magnesium.
In traditional medicine around the world coconut is used to treat a wide variety of health problems including: abscesses, asthma, baldness, bronchitis, bruises, burns, colds, constipation, cough, dysentery, earache, fever, flu, gingivitis, painful menstruation, jaundice, kidney stones, lice, nausea,
rash, scabies, skin infections, swelling, toothache, tuberculosis, typhoid, ulcers, upset stomach and wounds.
Coconuts are a delicious and nutritious source of fibre, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. It has lots of calcium, potassium, and magnesium, as well as plenty of electrolytes. Its antioxidant properties slow down the aging process by protecting the body from harmful free radicals. It also supports the development of strong, healthy bones and teeth by improving the body’s ability to absorb calcium and magnesium
Coconut oil is very hydrating and can be used in massage blends and as a moisturiser.
This nourishing oil has been used for centuries on hair and its unique fat composition makes it especially beneficial for certain hair types. These same properties make coconut oil great for skin as well. Many people like to use it as a natural moisturiser.
Its natural antioxidant properties make it great for stopping wrinkles and skin irritation and it can also be found in cosmetics, moisturisers, cleanser, eye make-up removers, frizz tamers, eye creams, cuticle oils, hair masks, shampoos & conditioners, shaving lotions, facial scrubs, anti-aging products,
split end treatments, hand and feet moisturisers, after-sun care, dental products and aromatherapy.
Coconut Oil is also used widely in cooking.