There are many positives surrounding the reasons to use and consume coconut oil. It is a relatively new trend in the West, but in Asia and India coconut oil has been being used for medical, cooking and beauty purposes for many years. It is quite literally an oil extracted from the flesh of mature coconuts. Despite coconut oil having a high percentage of saturated fats, over 90%, the types of fats include auric acid, capris acid and caprylic acid, which the body uses efficiently. The claimed health benefits of coconut oil are broad; from weight loss, aiding with skin conditions including eczema and psoriasis, improving of hair condition including breakages and hair loss and improvement of some health conditions in general.

How do I use coconut oil? Due to its high smoking point, coconut oil can be used as a substitute for any processed cooking oils, from baking, to roasting or even frying, though depending on what form you are using it in you can expect a hint of coconut aroma and flavour, so make sure you like the taste before you start piling it on.

It can be stored in the cupboard and stays in liquid form at any temperature above 22C.. Below 22 degrees the oil turns into a solid, but this doesn't affect the health benefits or quality of the product. Coconut oil can be used as a liquid or solid for all the same purposes. Extra Virgin, Unrefined, Organic and Raw Coconut oil is the best as it has had the least treatment as in its purest form- though it can be quite pricey in these forms so unless money is no object you’ll want to use it quite sparingly!

Hardcore believers and coconut lovers have also praised the effects of taking coconut oil on its own by the teaspoon!

The list for uses of coconut oil goes on and on- as long as you aren’t allergic to coconuts of course, and enjoy that about-to-hit-the-beach or sip a pina colada scent that the oil will almost certainly evoke.

Give it a go if you haven’t caught onto the trend and decide for yourself. Here are just a few suggestions on how to both eat and wear this much-loved product.

Uses for Coconut Oil in Cooking -Frying

-Roasting

-Baking

-Salad Dressing

-Smoothies

-Curries

-Popcorn

-In tea and coffee

Uses for Coconut Oil in Health and Beauty

-Remove makeup

-Moisturiser

-Hair treatment

-Scars

-Mosquito repellant

-After sun care