Anyone who has visited the beautiful beaches of Costa Rica has surely encountered these tropical treats, but many are not aware of actually how amazing the coconut actually is. From coconut water to coconut oil, this fruit has a multitude of healing properties and health applications. Coconuts have been used by indigenous peoples as a source of protein and energy and medicinally for centuries, but only recently have the benefits of this oil become widely appreciated by the general public. We are very fortunate to have such a versatile plant in our very own “back yard” here at Spa Holis and are proud to say that we use coconut oil in our massages.

The Amazing Coconut Oil:

Decreasing Body Fat:
Studies show that taking just two tablespoons a day of coconut oil can reduce belly fat within 1-3 months.

Fighting Fungus:
Have you ever thought of applying coconut oil to your skin to fight fungus? In 2004, 52 isolates of Candida species were exposed to coconut oil. The most notorious form, Candida albicans, was found to have the highest susceptibility. Researchers remarked: “Coconut oil should be used in the treatment of fungal infections in view of emerging drug-resistant Candida species.”

Healing Wounds:
Have a cut? Try coconut oil! Coconut oil is has a biochemical structure that is unlike olive oil and animal fatty tissue. It consists of short-chained and saturated fatty acids; these qualities in coconut oil prevent it from becoming oxidized and rancid, thus making it a good agent for wound treatment.

Protecting You From the Sun:
Did you know that coconut oil can be used as a low grade sunscreen? Coconut oil has been shown to block out UVA rays by 30%, which is good because it is actually important to receive some UVB rays when the exposure is moderate.

Soothing Skin:
Would you believe that coconut oil can improve atopic dermatitis, an inflammatory itchy skin condition, by acting as a natural moisturizer? Virgin coconut oil can also be applied as a moisturizer to relieve the itching of mild to moderate xerosis

Strengthening Your Hair:
Have dry or weak hair? Try rubbing some coconut oil on it. Coconut oil treats damaged hair by penetrating into hair fibers and acting as a moisturizer. When you apply coconut oil to your hair before washing or rub some through it during the day, it can reduce protein loss for both damaged and healthy hair. The lauric acid in coconut oil has an affinity for hair proteins and because of its low molecular weight it can penetrate the hair fibers and prevent hair damage.

Boosting Your Brain:
Did you know that medium chain triglycerides, found in coconut oil, have been shown to significantly increase cognitive function in Alzheimer’s patients? A study published in 2006 in the journal Neurobiology of Aging, showed that the use of these medium chain triglycerides, caused a significant increases in ketone bodies (within only 90 minutes after treatment). This greatly increased their cognitive functions.

These are only some of the main benefits of coconut oil as the list goes on and on….  If you would like more information or to see more of the health benefits of this incredible fruit, check out these links:

Coconut Oil

13 Evidence-Based Medicinal Properties of Coconut Oil

The Science Behind Coconut Oil