DOING IT YOURSELF
Coconut oil is the oil extracted from the edible, fleshy “meat” of a mature coconut. This oil is extracted through various ways, which is why you’ll find different types of coconut oil available in the market, both refined and unrefined.
At room temperature, coconut oil is typically solid because it’s melting point is 76 degrees F. It’s completely shelf stable, making it a great fat to cook with or use for the skin.
Coconut oil’s unique medium-chain fatty acid composition is what sets it apart as a nutritional powerhouse with properties unlike any other fat we consume.
Research shows medium-chain fatty acids can provide a sustainable “boost” of energy because they are sent straight to the liver to be to be burned as energy, and aren’t processed or stored like other fats in the body. They’ve also been shown to stimulate metabolism, preserve insulin sensitivity. It an excellent oil for the skin, helps moisturize, heal, cure acne reduce inflammation and smooth the skin from many skin problems.
Virgin coconut oil is different from the ordinary coconut oil because of the way it is extracted. The nutritional value in the oil is still preserved, this means that it has not lost it nutrients via heat. So, providing you with many health benefits. The term ‘virgin’ essentially means that either no heat is applied during the process or it is subjected to very low heat. Virgin coconut oil has a strong taste and fragrance, and a higher content of antioxidants, protein, vitamins, and healthy fatty acid.
HOW TO PREPARE VIRGIN COCONUT OIL AT HOME?
- 5 mature coconut balls
- Fine mesh strainer or muslin cloth
- A saucepan or pot
- A jar with lid
- Some ice block
- A bowl
- Remove the husk from coconut to extract the meat.
- Wash the coconut and cut into smaller parts.
- Grate the coconut or use your blender to grind the coconut to make it easier for you.
- Pour all the blended coconut in a bowl.
- Extract the coconut milk from the grated or blended coconut by squeezing it with your hands in a muslin cloth or fine mesh trainer. Keep a bowl below the cloth to collect the liquid. You can add very little water to it to make it easy to completely squeeze out all the milk.
- After extracting the coconut milk, sieve again through a muslin cloth to discard all residue. Place the coconut milk in a saucepan or pot and cook for 2 to 3 hours over low heat. Keep stirring it every now and then till the milk becomes brownish in color. However, be careful that it doesn’t burn as coconut milk has a very delicate texture.
- Once the milk becomes concentrated, remove it from the heat and let it cool down. Separate the oil from the residue by filtering via muslin cloth. Collect it in a bowl and then store it in an airtight glass jar.
HOW TO MAKE COLD PRESSED PURE COCONUT OIL?
(METHOD TWO – SIMPLEST AND EASY WAY)
- From METHOD ONE follow all the procedures from 1-5.
- After extracting the coconut milk and separating the liquid from the chaff.
- Add few ice blocks to the milky water in a bowl, depending on the quantity and set aside for 15-20 minutes for the ice to cool the liquid.
- The oil in the milky water begins to solidify as fats on top of the bowl.
- Carefully use a wooden spoon or spatula to fetch the fat on top from the clear liquid underneath.
- In a saucepan or pot put the extracted coconut fat and heat on a very low heat for few minutes.
- The heat will dry up the water in the oil, remove from heat and allow to cool.
- You will get a pure clear coconut oil without residue.
- Store in a jar and use as desired.
HOW LONG CAN COCONUT OIL STAY?
This homemade coconut oil can easily last for a year, and a minimum of 8 to 10 months. Though the procedure is quite slow and consumes time, believe me it’s worth the effort. This homemade oil can do wonders when compared to over-the-counter ones.
BENEFITS OF COCONUT OIL
Face wash: Mix 1 cup coconut oil, 5 tbsp. lavender oil and 1 tsp baking soda. Store this in an airtight container. Use as facial scrub to remove dead cells and rejuvenate your skin.
Mask: Mix 1 tsp coconut oil, a pinch of turmeric powder together – Apply over face and wash after 20 minutes. Reduces and prevents sunburn and rashes.
Makeup Remover: Simply take a small amount of coconut oil and gentle rub over skin to remove makeup. It softens the skin and act as an excellent night cream.
Lip Balm: Heal chapped lips with nourishing coconut oil by placing it directly on the lips.
Herbal Scrub: Mix 1 tsp coconut oil and 1 tbsp. coconut sugar together – Apply this once every 2 weeks. Wash with warm water afterwards.
Moisturizer: Apply pure coconut oil as you would do with your creams and lotions. Coconut oil moisturizes the skin and gives it a smooth and radiant look.