The benefits of coconut oil come from lauric acid, its main component that sets it apart from other oils giving it proven antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory benefits. Just Herbs virgin coconut oil has been produced according to the National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP) India & National Organic Program (NOP) technical standards USA. Being cold-pressed, this oil is in its purest form with water-white colour and contains natural vitamin E. The oil has been subjected to less intense refining, lower temperature and no chemicals.
Changes in heat and temperature create a disturbance in pitta dosha, which is associated with the fire element, and causing a sensitive skin syndrome (in which the skin is easily irritated and inflamed with diffused redness). Eczema, acne and rosacea are other examples of pitta imbalance. According to Ayurveda, coconut oil has pitta pacifying or cooling properties.
Here are some ways you can use this product:
1. Virgin Coconut oil as Make-up Remover:
Dip cotton pads in coconut oil and press softly over eyes and lips before wiping off the make-up. Coconut oil gently dissolves long lasting, highly pigmented make-up without drying the skin. In one single step, the skin is deeply cleansed as well as moisturized. And as a bonus, the anti-bacterial action of lauric acid keeps the microbes at bay.
2. Virgin Coconut oil as Moisturiser:
Coconut oil is great for luxurious pre-bath massages and quick post-bath hydration. It melts on the skin as soon as you apply it, seeps into the pores and hydrates deeply.
3.Virgin Coconut oil as Skin Ointment:
It can also be used to treat an array of skin problems such as psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and dry-flaky skin. Coconut oil also helps in wound healing and is considered a home remedy to treat minor cuts, scrapes, and abrasions. Its anti-fungal properties prevent and treat foot fungus.
4. Virgin Coconut oil as Anti-Stretch Marks Treatment:
Because coconut oil improves collagen cross-linking and can restore lipid barrier function, it is considered be an effective treatment for stretch marks. It’s one of the safest oils recommended for massages in case of pregnant women.
5. Virgin Coconut oil as Nourishing Hair Conditioner:
Worried about damaged hair? Again coconut oil is the solution. Because of its molecular weight and shape, coconut oil is able to penetrate deep into the hair, and repair damaged hair. Lauric acid has a high affinity for hair proteins and being of a low molecular weight and a straight linear, it is able to penetrate inside the hair shaft. Regular use of coconut oil leads to lustrous hair as its lubricating effect reduces fibre friction. Its antimicrobial properties improve dandruff and dry scalp conditions. Applying it to the head, followed by a gentle massage, also helps eliminate mental fatigue.
6. Virgin Coconut oil as an Anti-Acne Mask:
To purify oily skin, apply lukewarm coconut oil generously on the face and neck after cleansing it. Leave it on for 10 minutes and wash with warm water. It will balance sebum secretion, without the unflattering peel-off effect of drying anti-acne medicated creams.
7. Virgin Coconut oil as an Anti-ageing Potion:
A breakdown of collagen through UV rays, pollution and hormonal imbalances is responsible for sagging and dull skin. It is now documented that the triglycerides in the oil attract protein molecules, ensuring timely repair of the collagen layer. So you can consider anti-ageing formulations that use coconut oil, or use the oil as it is to improve skin’s elasticity.
8. Virgin Coconut oil as a Lip Scrub:
Nothing works on chapped lips better than a soft rub of coconut oil. For best results mix a teaspoon of sugar in some cold-pressed coconut oil and make yourself an easy DIY lip scrub. Dead skin is exfoliated, and the lip colour also brightens with regular use.
9. Virgin Coconut oil as a Carrier Oil:
Essential oils are therapeutic, but because of their potency, most cannot be applied directly to the skin. Often they need to be diluted with some carrier oils to improve their efficacy and absorption into the skin. Carrier oils are those which easily penetrate into the skin. Coconut is one of the most stable oils that doesn’t go rancid. It is often used Ayurveda formulations, as it does not alter the properties of the oils and herbs mixed with it. Rather it protects the herbs and other essential oils from microbial or fungal interactions.
10. Virgin Coconut oil as Body Scrub:
To intensify the effect and elevate your bathing experience, mix some sea salt and coconut oil and use this as a scrub on the body (not face) in circular motions. Wash off within 5 minutes. This also reduces the presence of cellulite.
11. Virgin Coconut oil as Baby Massage Oil:
Lauric acid in coconut oil provides safe nourishment to an infant’s skin. It is found very effective in treating cradle cap which is characterised by a flaky scalp. The hydrating qualities of coconut oil lends relief from dry skin conditions such as eczema in new-borns and soothes diaper rash.
12. Virgin Coconut oil as Natural Mouthwash:
In Ayurveda, coconut oil is considered one of the best ways to remove bacteria and promote healthy teeth and gums. Known as Gandusha, it is a fantastic oral detoxification procedure that’s simply done by swishing a tablespoon of pure coconut oil in your mouth for 10- 20 minutes.
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