I will start off by saying that I am not a health expert. I am simply an environmental communications professional with an interest in simple, sustainable solutions and healthy living.
You may have noticed that over the last year, coconut oil has been popping up all over the place. Not only is the oil itself displayed more prominently in grocery and health food stores but products infused with coconut have also become more common. Its presence has grown stronger on the web as well with a quick Google search yielding pages and pages of information about the supposed benefit of coconut oil.
As someone who absolutely loves the smell of coconut, I was intrigued. However, after one sip of coconut water, I could tell immediately that it is not for me. While many people love the taste, I find it far too overpowering and though I aim for
healthy living, I have not yet come to a point where I am prepared to make my taste buds miserable.
I have since tried replacing vegetable oil and olive oil with coconut oil in stir fry and other recipes but continue to find the taste too overpowering. Perhaps this is something I will eventually learn to love. In the meantime, I will continue to explore coconut oil for its skin health and beauty benefits.
What has worked for me?
I have had positive experiences using coconut oil as a conditioner and a means of frizz control; basic hand and body lotion (great on elbows); natural chap stick (bonus – it smells incredible); on nails and cuticles; and as a make up remover.