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12th Apr 2014

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e never thought we would say this but olive oil has taken a backseat since virgin coconut oil came back on the scene. Extra virgin coconut oil has been in the news lately for its uses in the kitchen and as part of your daily beauty regime. Caribbean island beach bums have been using and raving about this miracle fruit as a magic potion for years — one that can be used on your hair Coconut oil and lemon are believed to be excellent cure for acne and body, in the food you cook, and even in your twisted cocktails.

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Looks like we're finally ready to take a cue. In India, we've all heard praises for coconut milk and coconut water. Turns out, it's with very, very good reason. The more you think about it, the more coconut oil steals the show with its health and beauty benefits. One tablespoon of coconut oil provides roughly 117 calories, a generous amount of antioxidants and trace amounts of iron and vitamins E and K. A tablespoon a day of this miracle food can help with your digestion, strengthen your immune system, regulate blood sugar and even speed up your metabolism and boost weight loss results. Don't believe us? Give it a shot today — help yourself to a tablespoon of coconut oil daily and watch it transform you bit by bit. Coconut oil is also a natural, inexpensive alternative to most of the creams in your beauty cabinet. Those on the coco oil bandwagon sing praises of its benefits for the skin and hair for its anti-oxidant, anti-ageing, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, and as a great conditioner for your tresses. Is there anything coconut oil can't do?


Those on the coco oil bandwagon sing praises of its benefits for the skin and hair for its antioxidant, anti-ageing, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, and as a great conditioner for your tresses. Is there anything coconut oil can’t do? converted by Web2PDFConvert.com

I know it seems pretty contradictory to apply coconut oil to an already oily T-zone, but fret not. Research shows that the topical application of this sweet smelling oil can actually prevent acne, dermatitis, excema and in some cases psoriasis, from recurring or getting worse. Widely known for ensuring your skin looks and stays healthy and acne-free, it can be applied directly onto your skin or mixed into your scrub before use. Anti Ageing Thanks to its anti-oxidant properties, coconut oil also helps in preventing premature ageing and degenerative diseases. It is famous for delaying the onset of wrinkles and fine lines that appear naturally with age. Hair Care For starters, coconut oil is a great conditioner for your strands because its small molecular structure allows it to penetrate the hair shaft and repair any damage. Massage a small amount (less is definitely more, here) into your hair and leave it on overnight before rinsing. It is also particularly useful in the prevention and treatment of dandruff and an itchy scalp. Foot care Fix dry, cracked feet by simply rubbing some coconut oil over the flaky spots and using a pumice stone. For some real TLC for your feet, slather on the oil, put on socks and leave them on overnight. Your feet will feel soft and nourished in the morning. Quick notes Alway s opt for pure virgin or extra virgin coconut oil that is organic and cold pressed. A little oil goes a long way ! Apply small amounts to y our hair and body regularly . How to store it: Keep it sealed in its original container in a cool, dark place (unrefrigerated). It has a shelf life of about two y ears. In the unlikely event that y ou are allergic to coconut oil, its wise to do a patch test on y our skin before y ou decide to use it.

Jia Singh is a Delhi based food and wellness consultant.

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