The Wonders of the Humble Coconut

An Open Coconut

We have all heard of the wonders of coconut oil.  The coconut offers offers incredible amounts of health benefits and also a fabulous tropical fragrance. Whats not to love about this seemingly miracle product? People still think that the coconut is only for cooking with, or that it contains such a huge amount of saturated fats, it should be cut out of your diet completely. Here at Archie Browns we have created a list of out top 5 great uses and benefits of coconut oil to help everyone unlock its potential and start to reap the rewards of this beautiful silky smooth paste.

Coconut Oil by Optima

As we mentioned earlier coconut oil has a lot of saturated fats, about 90% on average. But this doesn't mean that you should never cook with it at all as not all saturated fat performs the same in the body. One of the main benefits of coconut oil's saturated fats and fatty acids is that it contains lauric acid, which the human body then turns into monolaurin. Monolaurin then helps the body to fight viruses and bacteria helping you to stay strong and healthy.

Another benefit of coconut oil is that it is full of Vitamin E and minerals including iron. This helps to keep skin and hair looking healthy, whether it is ingested in cooking or applied directly. So it is clear to see why so many people are stocking up their cupboards with this wonder product.

There are quite literally endless benefits and uses of coconut oil, but here are our 5 favourite uses.

1. Shaving Cream

Due to its ultra moisturising properties, one of the best uses for coconut oil is to apply it whilst shaving. The oil's high amount of fatty acids means that it leaves skin feeling soft and subtle and also helps prevent any irritation whilst shaving, even on the most sensitive of skin.

2. Make Up Remover

Delicate around the eyes and face, coconut oil helps to gently remove even the most stubborn of mascara without endless amounts of products. Rub the coconut oil around your eyes and face and simply wipe with a damp cloth and rinse. Not only will all of your make up be removed, but it will leave the soft skin around your eyes feeling rejuvenated.

3. Intensive Hair Conditioner

The most natural way to get rid of split ends and make hair feel soft and subtle again, this coconut oil treatment is one that is constantly shared all around the internet. Cover your hair in coconut oil, wrap in a hot towel and leave for 20-30 minutes. Simply wash the treatment out and enjoy silky locks.

4. Popcorn Topping

Adding a little extra deliciousness to a film night, coconut oil tastes great slightly warmed and with a pinch of coconut sugar. You can enjoy all of the benefits of coconut oil with a little added flavour.

5. Energy Booster

Helping to increase your metabolism, it has been reported that coconut oil gives you a quick energy boost when you need it. Spread on toast as an afternoon snack, this delightful treat will help you feel awake and revitalised.