Coconut oil, unique centuries-old nutrition, suitable for both edible and non-edible uses.
Coconut oil has been a major source of dietary fat for centuries but over the last few decades, the oil has been substituted with refined vegetable oil and branded as unhealthy oil with high saturated fats. However now, people are really going back to traditionally used time-tested ingredients, styles including the oil to return to a healthy and prosperous life.
The different myths created and spread by refined oils manufacturers and branded by health practitioners on the side effects of using the traditionally used oil like coconut, mustard, etc are being challenged with people discarding the use of refined oil in their day-to-day life. A healthy diet pattern needs the inclusion of different nutrients in the food and does not merely depend on one single source of nutrition even for the fat.
Cooking with coconut oil is healthy
Coconut oil though is high in saturated fats but the same oil has been used by people living in coastal areas where coconut is cultivated and cold-pressed for oil to use in day-to-day life as the cheapest, readily available, and healthy source of fat like South India. And the all-time availability plus the sweet aroma and taste make the oil best suitable for making sweet dishes, chutneys, fried snacks and even as a regular cooking oil. The oil can be used both as deep-frying oil and as a top-up to lend aroma and taste to the recipe.The unique oil coconut is hence used extensively in southern India to eat and apply.
Over the years since the different industrial revolutions, the making of coconut oil has undergone various changes with methods that even make use of heat & chemicals to produce cheap and cost effective coconut oil. The traditional method of making the coconut oil is called cold pressing method where in the first press, the copra ( also known as dried coconut fruit) is pressed between the two heavy metal blocks or wooden blocks and the oil released is called virgin cold pressed coconut oil. The second press uses the first press copra cake to press between the two heavy metal blocks or wooden blocks to release the oil. This oil is called second pressed or simply cold pressed coconut oil. Both are suitable for edible and non-edible uses as the oil is rich with flavour, aroma and nutrition.
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The multipurpose coconut oil
Coconut oil is super beneficial for the human body to use as food and skin/hair care.
It can do everything from supporting weight loss, slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease to preventing & healing a fungal scalp or drying a crusty scar.
Coconut oil usage
For coconut oil to work best in your remedy, make sure to use a good quality cold-pressed coconut oil. Do not use coconut oil that is multistage treated like refined, bleached, and deodorized.
Here is how you can make use of coconut oil in your day to day life
- Protect Skin From UV Rays
- Increase Metabolism
- Improve Dental Health
- Improve Brain Function
- Moisturize Skin
- Protect Hair From Damage
- Boost Bone Health
- Reduce Inflammation
- Cook food and snacks
- Works to shed cradle cap in newborn babies
“The perfect head-to-toe treatment, coconut oil keeps the skin soft & smooth while preventing premature aging of the skin. It relieves dandruff”
Coconut oil face benefits
Increases hydration – Coconut oil helps bolster your skin’s protective barrier layer, trapping moisture inside and keeping skin supple and hydrated. Coconut oil benefits on applying on the face are helpful to people to overcome major skin concerns like atopic dermatitis, heal wounds & crusty scars, and overall improve skin barrier functioning and moisture-holding ability.
Can coconut oil remove acne
No, coconut oil can rather worsen acne pimple condition as it clogs the pores that can lead to inflammation and pain. It’s best to avoid its use on the face, especially for people with oily and acne pimple-prone skin.
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Coconut oil benefits for skin
Reduces inflammation – Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory properties, making it beneficial for irritated, chafed skin. It is best suitable to use on dry to normal skin only.
Brightens Skin – It can help fight dark circles and hyper-pigmentation when used regularly.
Consists of anti-aging properties – Coconut oil contains antioxidants and vitamin A as well as vitamin E. This reduces the damage caused by the free radicals of the sun which leads to quicker aging. Due to the promotion of collagen production, it aids in reducing the fine line as well as wrinkles.
Heals bruises and blemishes – This oil has the superpower to heal wounds and ease the pain as it contains monolaurin (derived from lauric acid) which is a fatty acid renowned for its antibacterial properties.
Enhances those eyelashes and eyebrows – Apply Coconut oil on the brows and lashes to improve their texture and thickness.
Acts as a sunscreen – It secures your face by acting as a barrier between the skin and the harmful radiations that could cause skin burns or tans.
Coconut as a face oil is best suitable for dry to normal skin types only. People with oily and acne pimple-prone skin or even the whiteheads prone skin should avoid its complete usage on the face.
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Coconut oil for hair
After realizing the side effects of decades of extensive use of chemicals on hair, coconut oil benefits for hair are becoming popular.
Coconut oil can enhance hair’s lubrication, making it easier to comb and manage, while increasing shine and preventing frizz
- Coconut Oil Can Make Hair Grow Longer, Thicker, and Healthier
- Rub Coconut Oil On Split Ends For a Quick Fix and Frizz Control
- Use Coconut Oil Before a Big Dye Job to Prevent Hair Coloring Damage
- Use Coconut Oil As a Non-Toxic and All-Natural Aid for Getting Rid of Lice
- Apply Coconut Oil Lightly to Boost Shine
- Use Coconut Oil to Save Hair From Sun Damage
- Increases the hair volume
- Coconut oil application treats and prevents dandruff.
Note – People with oily and acne pimple-prone skin should avoid the application of oil near the forehead and overnight oiling.
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Coconut oil for dark circles
Dark circle is not a disease. Dark circles under and around the eyes often indicate disorder in the body like
- lack of sleep
- Allergy concern
- Stress and anxiety
- Poor diet and improper lifestyle
Hence it is important to ensure that the body is well taken care of for dark circles to completely fade away. Dark circles in a healthy body are often visible as a genetically derived condition.
Regular Coconut oil application around the eyes for about a month can improve the skin texture making it look healthy and nourished thereby showing declining signs of awful skin darkened patch.
Is coconut oil good for lips?
Coconut oil is an effective and safe topical use oil to treat dry, chapped and inflamed sensitive lip skin. Its microbial action helps treat infection and the natural saturated fatty acid helps retain moisture and promote soothing and heal action.
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Price for coconut oil
The price of coconut oil can not really speak on its quality. Brands price the oil as per their vision. Coconut oil by the tag pure and certified can be found selling in the range of Rs. 150 a liter to about Rs. 2000 a liter. Since the market is highly unregulated on using the terms like natural & pure, with no checks on using the terms like certified organic makes adulterated, solvent extracted coconut oils easily market as the best quality coconut oil. So this creates a huge difficulty for consumers in choosing the quality cold-pressed virgin coconut oil.
SNAANA as a purely transparent brand working on the ground in direct association with farmers and cold pressing the copra in its own cold pressing brings to the consumer a fair priced quality coconut oil with ensured purity means no adulteration at all. And purity is the need in today’s chemical-driven world.
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Cost breakup for cold pressed virgin coconut oil with ensured purity
Copra -meaning dried coconut kernel (rate in the first quarter of 2022) = 190 /kg
Transport charges from farmer to our cold pressing unit = 11/kg
Yield - oil produced from kernel in % approx. = 43
So, 1 kg oil = 201 X 100/43 = 467/kg
Labour & cold pressing expenses (Rs. Per kg) = 40
Facility & stacking expenses (Rs. Per kg) =21
Profit (Rs. Per kg) = 40
Aluminum /glass packaging expense (Rs. Per kg) = 50
Shipping expense to the end user (Rs. Per kg) =30
Total (Rs. Per kg) = 647
GST (Rs. Per kg)= 32
Grand total Rs. = 679/kg
This is applicable to wholesale buy for minimum 5 kg
Retail Advertising & commission expense (Rs. Per kg) = Rs. 400
( Digital advertising expenses & third party selling platforms commission)
Total (Rs. Per kg) = 1080
Not really, when consumed in moderation the virgin form of coconut oil. As per research, cold-pressed coconut oil contains numerous health benefits with no significant effect on triglyceride. Rather better lipid profiles were shown with raw- unrefined virgin coconut oil.
Yes, coconut oil is a healthy healing & nourishing moisturizer effective in promoting pepsin soluble collagen synthesis, turnover of collagen in wounds, and improving barrier functioning exhibiting antimicrobial activity. It is a time-tested ingredient used as a face oil for centuries in Indian coastal areas. The oil is suitable to use for normal to dry skin. People with acne and pimples should not use the oil.
Yes, coconut oil is a research-backed effective, and safe natural moisturizer for skin helpful in maintaining, preventing, and treating skin barriers. In a study of atopic eczema pediatric patients, the topical application of coconut oil decreased the severity of the condition and promoted better skin barrier functioning.
Coconut oil usually does not result in any adverse effect on the body and skin if
– The oil is used in moderation. Excess of anything is bad.
– A good quality coconut oil is used.
– It is applied and consumed the right way.
Yes, coconut oil can help lighten the wound, burn, etc. scars, and increase the hydration ability of the skin resulting in an even smooth vibrant skin surface with a strengthened barrier.
Yes, as per research coconut oil can help promote pepsin soluble collagen synthesis and turnover of collagen in skin concerns like wounds,s, etc. Plus the natural fatty acids help control transepidermal water loss resulting in improved hydration and long-lasting moisturization.
Yes, coconut oil’s regular usage boosts collagen resulting in reduced wrinkles and delayed aging.