Coconut Oil: Nectar of the Goddess

If you belong to Costco, you may already have a giant tub of coconut oil sitting in your pantry. If not, I recommend that you purchase one right away. Because this stuff rocks! Here's a link so you don't even need to leave your chair in order to buy your coconut oil:

Why do you need this stuff? Because it is healthy, full of medium-chain fatty acids which do not cause inflammation in the body as do many vegetable oils like canola and soy. Studies show coconut oil may help prevent many of the diseases linked to inflammation, like diabetes, Alzheimer's, and heart disease. Also because it is delicious. And versatile.

What can you do with coconut oil? Well, let me put it this way: there is just about nothing you CANNOT do with the stuff. True story. But let me give you some details.

1) Eat it. I like it plain, but then, I may be weird. You can use coconut oil to saute meats or veggies. Or in a stirfry. Great in Thai food. You can use it in place of butter or oil when you are baking cakes, muffins, or cookies. The final product will have a softer texture than if you used butter, but still yummy. You can use it in place of butter for making frosting or fudge. (I've never tried it in a pie crust, though.) You can dab it on top of roasted sweet potatoes, squash, carrots, or any cooked veggies. Pick up a Paleo cookbook or google a Paleo recipe and you will most likely find coconut oil as an ingredient.

2) Drink it. Bulletproof coffee is made with hot black coffee, a teaspoon of coconut oil, and a teaspoon of grassfed butter whirled around in the blender. If you are into ketogenics, you are probably drinking this while you read this blog. (A ketogenic diet is where most of the calories come from fat.) You could also add a dab to your hot tea, chai, cider, hot chocolate, rum toddy, or other warm beverage.

3) Rub it on your body. Coconut oil makes a fantastic massage oil. It melts on contact with warm skin and is absorbed slowly. It is totally natural, has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, smells awesome, and never get sticky or gunky like baby oil. It is also a natural sunscreen (SPF 8) so great as a tanning oil, too.

4) Use it on your face. Coconut oil works great as a gentle make-up remover. Just put a dab on some gauze and wipe. Also good as a lip balm. And tasty!

5) Feed it to your dogs. Coconut oil offers all the same benefits to dogs as it does for humans, but with the additional benefits for the dog's coat. Just a teaspoon a day added to your dog's food can help with dry, itchy, flaky skin or a dull coat. It has also been shown to have a positive effect on the thyroid.

I probably forgot, or haven't yet heard of, about a thousand other uses for coconut oil. But this list should get you started on the jar sitting in your cupboard. Every time I take mine out and open the lid, my two dogs come running! They love the stuff as much as I do!

If you want to add to my list, please leave a comment!