Friday, July 3, 2009

Cuckoo for coconut!

We are having a coconut summer! For me, it all started with buying this organic coconut oil:

Coconut oil has become increasingly more popular lately. Coconut oil is thought to be the healthiest natural fat next to mother's milk. Both contain lauric acid, which helps the immune system. Coconut oil is also good for the skin, digestive system, cholesterol levels-- and more.

For me, though, I bought it to use as natural deodorant.
The recipe:
1/4 c. cornstarch
1/4 c. baking soda
5 Tbsp. coconut oil

This makes a ton, and it works! I smell so tropical, too!
(Note: keep in a cool place if you don't want liquefied deodorant!)

I also saw these Coconut M & M's and bought a bag (or several):

Not so much for the coconut at first, but because I am a sucker for any limited edition candy, like Hershey's kisses flavors and such. I have to say that I don't really like M&Ms...but these were so so yummy...and cute! They have just a subtle flavor of coconut on the outer shell with chocolate inside.

Finally, this book--I had to check it out after seeing my sister's very non-fad-diet mother-in-law reading this and then rubbing coconut oil all over herself and others:

It is a really interesting book with a lot of scientific evidence supporting the healing properties of the coconut.

So, although I have yet to actually cook with it, there is nothing to fear about the 90% saturated fat content coconut oil. It is 50% lauric acid and also has been shown to reduce heart disease. It is so good for your hair and skin, smells delicious, melts like crazy, and is all natural--so go get your tropic on!!


Larissa said...

so I have started using coconut oil too a few months ago - but the deodorant is a new idea for me - so it really works huh? You just smear it on?

Joanie said...

I love to slather coconout oil on my legs at night before going to bed, and my arms...and my face...then i like to put cocoa butter on my lips. I go to bed smelling and tasting like a Mounds bar. Chocolate and coconut. MMMMmmm.


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