Lifestyle & Loves – Coconut Oil: The Benefits, Oil Pulling and Organic Beauty

Coconut oil – Holland & Barrett (purchased during their 1p sale, winning)

This week has been one of the most manic of 2014 so far and today I am paying the price, I feel utterly destroyed! Not exactly the start to an even busier weekend that I had hoped for. But its times like this when the convenience of the little things in life make all the difference. Therefore this weeks Loving Lately has got to go to my endless jars of Coconut Oil.
I first heard about Coconut Oil from my personal trainer, more so as use as a cooking aid. Just a simple Google search brings up endless articles stating the many benefits of swapping regular cooking oils for this organic alternative;

Coconut oil is proven to boost your immune system. It contains a whole host of things that I don’t know how to say which research shows as proven components in protecting against many diseases and viruses such as herpes and even HIV.

The research also supports the use of Coconut Oil in cooking to be a great aid for your digestion which means a profound reduction in bloating and great effects on the symptoms of IBS all while improving your body’s absorption of vital minerals.

Well we’ve hit the jackpot here haven’t we anything healthy which promotes weight-loss is a must have in any ‘Healthistas’ kitchen. Using Coconut Oil in your diet along side improving digestion also takes the strain off your pancreas thus improving your body’s metabolism which means you burn energy more effectively.

These really are just scratching the surface but I found the most relevant to my own personal health goals and the main reason why I swapped to “Cooking with Coconuts” as I like to call it. I also like adding a spoonful to my Coffee just to take the edge off, although that isn’t for everyone as is does tend to sit on the surface.

Aside from ingesting Coconut Oil, I also use it as big part of my beauty regime. Coconut Oil is a component in most of your every day toiletries such as soaps, lotions and anti-dandruff shampoos so when I heard this I decided to do a little more research into it.

I’d been using expensive leave-in conditioners and serums on my hair for god know’s how long, I mean really £30 for a 30ml bottle? What was I thinking when a tub of one of the best natural hair care products sat right in my kitchen cupboard.
Providing essential proteins and nutrients to aid with hair re-growth, scalp condition and repairing damaged hair, it’s safe to say I haven’t bankrupted my self with extortionately priced hair care in months (more money for shoes) and as always it’s the superficial things that win me over, the shine that was left on my hair was second to none. When I’m having a rare very rare pampering evening I apply it to the length of my hair and sleep with it on over night, washing it off in the morning. I do advise laying a towel on your pillow as it is an oil. But most often I’ll just take a pea sized amount, melting it by rubbing it in my hands and applying it to the ends of my hair.

I’m kicking myself as I write this but I have only just discovered the moisturising qualities of using Coconut Oil as a face & body moisturiser as I enter the last of my 6 months on Roaccutane…Pretty sure I cannot fail much harder than that. Roaccutane removes all the moisture from your skin and it’s damn hard to find anything to counteract that. I’d been using E45 for the past 5 months and every morning I’d wake up feeling tight with cracks and flaking skin all around my mouth. I started using Coconut Oil on Monday and now I wake up with supple dewy skin with NO CRACKS. Obviously I am the extreme right now but it’s recommended for all skin types so I’m really intrigued to give it a go when normal oil function is restored.
It’s also used to help skin infections like eczema and psoriasis but the real pièce de résistance is that its proven to fight premature aging so I’m planning to spend the rest of my life in a bath full of the stuff, any inquiries, you can find me in the bathroom.

It seems to be everywhere yet I’ve only this week heard about the trend of ‘Oil Pulling’ when I first saw it mentioned the thought of ‘pulling’ anything made me automatically wince. But when I did my usual research I discovered that in short its just prolonged mouth rinsing with Coconut Oil.
As we all know Calcium is component of our teeth and Coconut oil promotes the absorption of this by our body, but by sticking it in our mouths and swishing it around for 15-20 minutes every morning (on an empty stomach and before brushing) it pulls the toxins from in-between your teeth, under your gums and also whitens your teeth and freshens your breath. There are endless scientific reports supporting this, but they tend to make my brain hurt so I read up on a few other experiences and techniques before giving it a go.

To be honest, I’m just excited to walk into work and tell everyone that I ‘Pulled’ this morning.


  1. Naghmeh 14th March 2014 / 2:47 pm

    wonderful post! I didn’t know cooking with coconut oil can help with IBS and such I’m going to start using it for cooking. I’ve used it as a body cream and hair treatment before and it was amazing for both! I’m actually kind of scared of this pulling business but one day I will give it a go haha

  2. Jenny 14th March 2014 / 10:45 pm

    Lovely post Lydia, very informative too! Really happy I went onto your blog today as I just bought myself some coconut oil last week also from Holland and Barrett however I got the Tiana one instead 🙂 like you I do lots of research and it didn’t take long to notice so many benefits from using it and I thought why do I pay so much on cosmetics/hair care when I could buy this! So I thought id give it a go and just loving the results! I have used it as a body moisturiser and it melts straight away into the skin I even use it on my face and I have oily prone skin but this works great and heals scarring! I have also tried it on the ends of my hair as a hair oil to replace my macadamia oil and love how shiny it makes my hair and it helps treat frizz/dead ends 🙂 I have yet to try the “pulling” and cooking with it so excited to do this soon! I have tried it in a cup of tea and don’t mind the oils coming to the surface haha I will have to try it in coffee next time! thanks for sharing your views such a nice refreshing post <3

  3. Seppy 15th March 2014 / 3:04 am

    I love coconut oil as a moisturizer, it definitely works. And i haven’t found a better product to put in my hair as conditioner..!

  4. Amy Bell 15th March 2014 / 4:37 am

    Great post! 🙂 I tried oil pulling for the first time this week too, and I have to say it was not quite as bad as I imagined! Admittedly a bit odd putting room-temperature-warm oil in your mouth, but at the very least, coconut oil tastes pretty good! I don’t know that I’ll be making it part of the regular, but can at least say I’ve tried it now! :p

  5. Jenny Stradling 15th March 2014 / 10:41 am

    Great post! I suffer terribly from severe eczema and am looking to grab some of this soon. I must point out though that you’ve said that eczema and psoriasis are skin infections which isn’t the case as they’re just skin conditions like acne but at the other end of the spectrum. An infection is something that can be spread from person to person, which of course the likes of eczema can not. You might want to change that to “skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis”. x

  6. Krishan 24th April 2014 / 3:02 pm

    Standard or folk medicine use coconut oil to take care of an amazing array of health conditions. These include: abscesses, asthma, hair thinning, bronchitis, bruises, burns, colds, constipation, shhh, dropsy, dysentery, earache, temperature, flu, gingivitis, gonorrhea, unusual or painful menstruation, jaundice, kidney rocks, lice, malnutrition, nausea, break outs, scabies, scurvy, skin attacks, sore throat, swelling, syphilis, toothache, tuberculosis, cancers, typhoid, ulcers and upset stomach and others. However, coconut oil health improvements are also used to aid with serious conditions.

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