Coconut Oil 101
Welcome to the “Coconut Oil 101” resource page by Earth’s General Store. Here you will find a wealth of information about Coconut Oil and other healthy tidbits.
All of the coconut oil sold at Earth’s General Store is certified organic.
Coconut oil is a saturated fat that is quickly processed in our bodies. Coconut oil contains high levels of lauric acid which is converted naturally in the body to monolaurin. Monolaurin has been shown to be very good at fighting a number of diseases through boosting the immune system.
Unlike other saturated oils coconut oil also has considerable levels of medium (MCT – medium chain triglycerides) and short chain fatty acids which have been shown to provide a variety of health benefits to humans (lowering cholesterol, food digestion, absorption of vitamins/nutrients and lowering blood pressure).
Earth’s General Store offers coconut oil from the following suppliers (in alphabetical order):
Alpha Health Products™ – DME (Direct Micro Expelling) and MCT oils – RAW
Artisana™ – Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and Coconut Butter (whole coconut product made from the coconut flesh) – RAW
Dr. Bronner™ – Extra Virgin
Gold Top Organic – an Edmonton company that also provides us with our hemp hearts/bits, hemp oil and hydrogen peroxide – Certified Organic , Virgin, and RAW.
Some people use the coconut oil or butter as a substitute for butter, others take a teaspoon or two a day straight up, while others substitute coconut oil for their usual cooking oil.
Coconut oil is not only used for ingestion but is also used on the outside of the body. You can use it straight out of the jar on your skin to moisturize you skin or scalp. Some people apply it to cold sores on their lips and they say that this really reduces the outbreak.
When you have a tub of coconut oil in your house hold you will be surprised about all the interesting and varied way you can use it. Whether you use it around the household, in the kitchen, for health, for beauty/personal care there are literally hundreds of uses for coconut oil.
The other day I needed to cut some wood and the only saw available was a very neglected handsaw. The blade was quite rusted and in bad shape. When you tried to cut the wood the rust would grip the sides of the new cut. Very frustrating. Out came the coconut oil. I smeared some all over the rusted blade and it became quite serviceable.
Melting some coconut oil in a pot, adding some nice salt along with some pop corn kernels makes for a very delicious and healthy snack.
Rubbing coconut oil into my scalp, wrapping my head in a towel, and watching a movie allows a rich oil to be absorbed to moisturize and nourish the hair and scalp.
Turmeric is said to be quite beneficial to people that suffer from joint pain and arthritis. It should be noted that the effects of turmeric are reported to greatly increase when consumed in conjunction of an oil or fat. Coconut oil compliments the consumption of turmeric to address joint pain.
You can get loads of fantastic information about coconut oil at this site.