Cuckoo for Coconut Oil!

Happy Friday! 

In a mere 24 hours, I will be en route to Mexico with the boyfriend (wicked excited)!!!  Sun, sand, relaxation…  I guess I’m feeling a little summery/tropical as a result; I couldn’t help but concoct a post on my favorite oil, coconut!  I’m been meaning to throw something together on this for a while, so let’s get to it.

Coconut oil kinda rocks.  It’s so versatile, I almost don’t even know where to begin.  You can cook with it, eat it, use it on your skin & in your hair…

Coconut oil is a saturated fat, but a healthy one – it’s a medium chain triglyceride (MCT) (vs. animal saturated fat that is a long chain triglyceride).  MCT’s digest quickly, which produce energy and stimulate the metabolism.  Do I got your attention yet?  Read on…

It was in the 40’s this week in the mornings; to say I’ve been pretty darn cold would be an understatement.  My skin and lips are getting dry and chapped already, gross.  I don’t know about you, but I vehemently dislike dry skin and everything else that cold weather brings.  Which, brings us to:

Coconut Oil & Its Many Uses  (tip:  a little goes a long way)
  • Moisturizer – personally, I prefer it as more of an overnight moisturizer, something I can rinse off in the morning.  Just apply a little before bed and massage into the skin.
  • Hair treatment – take a little (stress that, a little) and work it through you hair, concentrating on the ends.  I suggest using a shower cap if you intend to keep it in overnight.
  • Cooking – you can use it in place of butter and other oils when you need to grease a pan, etc.  It’s a super stable oil to cook with & doesn’t easily turn into trans fatty acids when hot.  I use it all the time when making eggs or in place of olive oil when sauteing veggies.
  • Baking – if a recipe calls for 2 tbsp of butter, replace with 2 tbsp coconut oil…it’s an even trade!  Oh, and did I mention it’s vegan and gluten-free?!  BOOM.
  • Blending – yes, blending!  I throw the occasional tbsp into my smoothies.

Coconut Oil & Its Many Potential Health Benefits(you can read more on

  • Weight loss – in terms of metabolism, coconut oil is metabolized differently than fats from other oils (it’s an MCT don’t forget)
  • It can help raise your good cholesterol (aka HDL) – it’s a healthy saturated fat
  • Immune system booster – this oil has lots of antifungal and antiviral properties

I figured I’d include this little InfoGraphic from NaturalNews for your viewing pleasure:


For some additional reading, you can check out Organic authority.

What are some of your favorite uses for coconut oil?

Vacation time!


10 thoughts on “Cuckoo for Coconut Oil!

  1. ❤ this and love coconut oil! Today I made delicious raw fudge with coconut manna, bananas & cocoa! I rubbed a handful of coconut oil on my legs as well. Nothing smells better or more luxurious!

  2. Thank you so much for the into! 😀 I will have to pick me up some!! There are many occasions I need just a bit of butter; I’m going to have to try coconut oil in its place. I didn’t know anything about it. Thanks!

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