Coconut oil has been used for beauty and cooking for centuries by people in tropical locales. The exact origin of coconut trees is uncertain. Coconut trees grow in tropical areas on sandy beaches where rain and sun help them thrive. While some scientists say they started in South America, others say they are from Malaysia.
Early sailors carried the trees to tropical areas around the world. The coconuts are water resistant and light, enabling them to be spread by currents to new areas. Today coconut trees are cultivated in more than 70 countries, mainly in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Philippines, and the Maldives.
Using beauty products with coconut oil daily results in soft and smooth skin. (Cocos nucifera is the scientific name for coconut oil, which is what you will see on cosmetic labels.) Coconut oil is great for all skin types, with no side effects. Its anti-oxidant properties have wonderful anti-aging effects; while the oil moisturizes, it also helps to prevent sagging and aging skin. And it helps smooth wrinkles!
At Devera Naturals, we use coconut oil in almost every product. The coconut oil in Devera’s Miracle Eyes works on under eye bags and fine lines. It’s light enough for the most delicate skin on your face. In working with coconut oil, we have found it to be a wonderful hair conditioner pretreatment and the perfect eye makeup remover.
Although coconut oil contains highly saturated fatty acids, it does not do any harm. In fact, coconut oil is one of the healthiest oils available. Virgin coconut oil is a powerful antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral ingredient. The oil is known for its ability to treat heart conditions. It can increase metabolism, build immunity, improve diabetes and even relieve stress.
Cooking with Coconut Oil
Pressed from the fruit of the coconut palm tree, coconut oil is an increasingly popular alternative to butter. This versatile oil works exceptionally well in all sorts of dishes; from raw to baked, to roasted to fried. Coconut oil works well in many baked dishes that call for butter and is great to use for pan-frying. It’s great for sautéing or roasting vegetables! Mmmm….taste the health!