I have to say that for a while, the "wind" of coconut oil was blowing very hard, and it was "blown to the sky", and later it was complained to "hell".
In fact, everything has its two sides.
So how to choose good coconut oil?
Generally speaking, the main words on the packaging are: Virgin, cold-pressed& unrefined
Virgin: Virgin coconut oil is of better quality than refined coconut oil because it is produced and processed from fresh coconuts rather than dried coconut meat.
Cold-pressed: Extracted at low temperature, it retains the active elements and natural nutrients of coconut to the maximum extent. It is the closest to natural processing method and can be used for both food and skin care.
unrefined: completely free of hydrogenated oils and never purified, without bleaching or deodorizing.
When I buy coconut oil, I usually use it for hair care and mouthwash. Here’s a rough introduction to how to use it.
Some people say that coconut oil hair care is an "IQ tax" and a "scam", but it is not.
Coconut oil is rich in vitamin E, capric acid, and lauric acid, which are needed for hair care.
After coconut oil penetrates into the hair roots, it can promote the regeneration of hair follicle proteins and moisturize and protect the hair.
Coconut oil also contains healing nutrients and has strong repair ability. If your hair is frequently permed and dyed and your hair is severely damaged, you can use coconut oil for hair care, which can play a very good role in repairing hair quality.
I usually apply coconut oil to dry hair before shampooing, and apply coconut oil from the ends to the middle of the hair, being careful not to smear it on the scalp.
Wrap your hair in plastic wrap or a shower cap and wait for at least half an hour to an hour.
Then just wash your hair normally, usually once a week to two weeks.
Coconut oil is also used by ancient people living in the south of my country to deeply clean the mouth. "Guangdong Chronicles" records that coconut oil can: "Cure dental diseases and chilblains."
So has anyone heard of "oil pulling"?
In fact, this method is derived from the oral cleaning method of Indian Ayurvedic medicine. Because they believe that oil can clean teeth and remove toxins from the body, it has a weird name - "oil pulling method".
Coconut oil contains natural antibiotic lauric acid, which can clean the tooth surface, remove yellow stains on the tooth surface, reduce the adhesion of bacteria, and help improve problems such as red, swollen and bleeding gums and bad oral odor.
Because the alkaline substances in saliva and coconut oil will produce an esterification reaction (which is soap) to form lipids (coconut oil is also one of the best sources of oil for traditional soaps), further reducing the attachment of bacteria to teeth and gums.
After a night, there are "mixed flavors" in your mouth in the morning. This is a good time to rinse your mouth with coconut oil.
You can do it every day or occasionally, but if you want to see a more obvious effect, do it at least 5 times a week.
Pour a spoonful of coconut oil, hold it in your mouth, and let the oil stay in every part of your mouth for 10 to 15 minutes, like gargling.
If the oil spit out at the end is thick or turbid, it means that more bacteria have been "pulled out". If it is similar in color to the original oil, the mouth is relatively clean.
Oil can easily clog water pipes. Do not spit the oil into the sink after rinsing your mouth. It is recommended that you spit it into a paper towel and throw it into the trash can, or spit it directly into the trash can.
After rinsing your mouth with coconut oil, brush your teeth normally, and then drink more water to promote metabolism.
However, coconut oil mouthwash cannot replace brushing and flossing, so normal oral hygiene is still needed.
Because my teammate at home drinks tea every day, tea stains will remain in his teeth. Since he started gargling with coconut oil, his teeth have become much whiter to the naked eye, so I highly recommend you try this method.