Coconuts are simply fabulous. I adore the oil, butter, milk, water, the scent, and the taste. I enjoy cooking with coconut oil and coconut milk. I’ve used coconut oil, butter, and milk in beauty recipes and loved the results. Best of all I enjoy the aroma it adds to food and for beauty recipes.
Raw coconut butter is an amazing superfood that contains the meat of the coconut as well as the oil and is high in fiber. It has medium chain fatty acids that help increase energy levels, burn more calories while raising good cholesterol and improving metabolism. It is packed with lauric acid (the same acid in mother’s milk) which builds the immune system while killing bacteria, viruses, yeast, parasites, and fungi. Coconut butter is full of nutrients, amino acids, calcium, and magnesium. A spoonful of raw coconut butter also makes a quick sweet snack.
Here is a super deep conditioner recipe for healthy hair that contains coconut butter.
What you will need:
Coconut Butter or Oil
Essential Oils (optional)
Melt 1/2 cup of coconut butter or oil with 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil and mix with a mixer if using the butter thoroughly adding 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oils and allow to cool or apply to dry hair while still warm. Cover hair with a plastic cap and warm towel or even a winter cap to contain body heat and allow to deep conditioner to penetrate the hair follicles. Deep condition hair for 25-50 minutes. Shampoo, condition, and style as usual.
*Use more or less coconut butter and olive oil depending on hair length and thickness.
*This recipe is wonderful as a body butter for dry skin especially during the winter season.
Organic virgin coconut oil has all of the same qualities as raw coconut butter without all of the fiber. It also is an amazing face, hair, and body moisturizer. Read DIY Fragrance Body Oil for my favorite massage and moisturizing oil that uses coconut oil.
Coconut milk is my key ingredient when doing monthly henna treatments for my hair. (Go here for my exact henna mix.) Out of every henna mix that I’ve tried, coconut milk is the best. The lauric acid in coconut milk assists with the dye release so there is no need to use tarps. Using coconut milk with henna prevents this treatment from being drying to the hair and also drying hard on the hair. I’ve never had a problem rinsing henna out of my hair since using this combination. I use 100 grams of body art quality henna with one can of coconut milk. I mix the henna and coconut milk and wait six to eight hours before applying to hair in four sections. I keep the henna mix in my hair for four or more hours before washing out. Read more articles about henna here.
Coconut water is one of my favorite drinks. It is extremely hydrating because it is an isotonic beverage. It also carries nutrients and oxygen to cells, detoxifies and cleanses the digestive system, and increases circulation in the body. It has the same anti-viral, anti-microbal, and anti-fungal properites that coconut oil and butter have. Coconut water is very high in potassium and also great to cook with.
If you are acne prone avoid using coconut oil on your skin because it is high in oleic acid. You can read all of the details about these types of oils and why here.
(Image by Mountain Rose Herbs)