Coconut oil is usually made from the dried meat of aged coconuts. This meat (also called copra) is passed through a hydraulic press that extracts the oil. Coconut oil can be either cold-pressed or expeller-pressed, the difference being that cold-pressed coconut oil is treated at a lower heat than expeller-pressed. Both types of oil are healthy, but cold-pressed oil is generally believed to be healthier as heating oil can remove some of the nutritious compounds.
Coconut oil holds many benefits. It’s antimicrobial, antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral and anti-parasitic, and can treat such issues like digestive problems, high blood sugar levels and weight regulation. It’s also a wonderful skin treatment as it can deeply moisturize, protect from the sun’s rays and soothe sunburn, dry skin and eczema.
Coconut oil contains protein, healthy fats, and an unusually high amount of triglycerides, which can benefit weight loss as our bodies find it harder to convert triglycerides and medium-chain fatty acids into stored fat, which makes them easier to burn off. Around 50% of these fatty acids is lauric acid, which forms a substance called monolaurin when it’s ingested. Both forms kill harmful bacteria and viruses, which make coconut oil an effective treatment of fungal and yeast infections.
Coconut oil is a perfect remedy for a variety of different skin conditions. It contains vitamin E which is essential for healthy skin, as well as repairing and keeping skin smooth. It also prevents wrinkles and other signs of aging. To use it on scars, simply scoop out a small amount from the jar (preferably cold-pressed and organic) and rub between your palms to warm it up. Coconut oil solidifies when cool, so you may need to take one or two scoops to get enough on your palm. Once it’s warm and liquefied, massage it over the scar tissue. Do this as often as needed.