Since her childhood, 22 year old Sudha Patel, a college student who lives in Mulund, would oil her hair thrice a week. A few years ago, however, she developed some boils on her scalp. When Patel consulted a doctor, she was told that the regular oil massage wqas at the root of the breakout. But it wasn’t coconut oil that was the culprit, says Dr. Madhuri Agrawal, founder and director of Yavana Aesthetics Clinic, rather the variety of it that Patel was using.
Dr. Agrawal explains “As compared to cold pressed oils, regular hair oils have more additives and chemicals. Hence, they increase the greasiness and sensitivity of the scalp. With puberty, the scalp gets oily and stress affects the scalp’s immunity and reactivity. Using the wrong type of oil can aggravate this further. Cold pressed oil is made in a heat-controlled environment and processed at temperatures that never exceed 49 degrees. This makes these oils neutral and extremely high quality.
Dr. Indryani Powar, Chief Dietician, Hinduja Healthcare Surgical, also recommends compressed coconut oil. Cold pressed oils are organic and natural, hence healthy for our body. She says.
Coconut oil has been used in India for generations because of its health benefits. Doctor Priyanka Sampat, an Ayurveda expert at Birla Ayurveda, and Indrayani Pawar, the team leader dietician at the Hinduja Healthcare Surgical, list some of the benefits.
Serving as an essential ingredient for many herbal medicines, coconut oil is used internally and externally.
* Natural moisturiser: Coconut oil is used to treat dead skin, while also enhancing the complexion. It has no side effects, and can treat an array of skin problems such as psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and burns. Coconut oil also helps to remove stretch marks and prevent cellulite. Apply a few drops of coconut oil to your lips regularly to prevent chapped lips.
* Hair care: Coconut oil is extremely beneficial for hair growth and helps to add shine. A five-minute scalp massage with coconut oil not only increases the circulation, but also helps in the replenishment of lost nutrients. It also helps to prevent dandruff.
* Oral health: Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic ritual, where you swish oil around in your mouth for about 20 minutes and then spit it out. Removing oral bacteria helps in the prevention of various diseases in and around the gums. Rinse your mouth with coconut oil thrice a week for healthier gums.
* Joint pain: In Ayurveda, coconut oil is used to ease the pain in arthritis. It improves the ability to absorb calcium and magnesium in the bones.
* Weight loss: The oil extracted from fresh coconut meat contains more medium chain fatty acids than other coconut oils. These are not stored in adipose tissue, unlike long chain fatty acids.
* Ideal for cooking: Among the dietary oils, coconut oil is least vulnerable to oxidation, which makes it the safest for cooking. With a melting point of 25ºC, it is a white solid fat below this temperature and is clear liquid oil above this temperature.
So, the next time you go oil shopping, you know which oil to choose.
Fine lines and wrinkles are part of getting older. You'll start to notice it on your face, around the eyes and mouth. However, there are ways you can reverse the ageing process (even if only for a little while). Some opt for cosmetic treatments, although there are some natural remedies that are effective and inexpensive. One way is by trying coconut oil and a blend of other natural ingredients, which work to boost production of collagen in your body and improve your skin's complexion. Here's how you can use coconut oil to reduce wrinkles.
Coconut oil is made up of fatty acids (triglyceride of lauric acid is the main one) and vitamin E (so it has a ton of oil-soluble antioxidants). At room temperature it's a solid, but by warming it up in your palms, it melts into a soft, silky liquid, at which point you can run it through your strands.
What is so unique about coconut oil, more so than other options, is that research can back up a lot of the claims (and a few it can't, but more on that in a second). For example, unlike a lot of oils that sit on top of the strand and simply coat the surface, coconut oils' low molecular weight has the ability to penetrate the shaft, according to one study.
Another massive benefit: Coconut oil, according to another study, can actually prevent hair damage when used as a pre-wash and post-wash grooming product. And it does so on a molecular level: Triglyceride of lauric acid has a high affinity for hair proteins, so when it penetrates the hair, it helps the strand hold on to them. (Even other oils that are made up of triglyceride of lauric acid, like sunflower seed oil, can't make these claims.)
As an aside to why this is such a big deal: Hair is primarily made up of proteins, and in order to be strong and healthy, it needs to keep those proteins intact. Damage—be it from heat, sun, or other environmental aggressors—will cause hair to lose these and other nutrients. If you look at a single strand of hair under a microscope (check out this study), you'd see that damaged hair literally has gaps and dents in it—that's the protein loss.