Although coconut oil has gained controversy over the years, it is actually one of the healthiest fats in the world for you. Coconut oil is made from pressing the mature fruits of coconut palm trees. It’s very popular in the tropical parts of the world,like the Philippines. Organic virgin coconut oil is more popular as a cooking oil. This oil is a plant source of lauric acid, a fatty acid recognized for its anti-bacterial, anti viral, and anti microbial properties. It is known to help speed up your metabolism, works wonders for skin, hair, used as a stress reliever and improves the immune system’s anti inflammatory response, which helps us fight off diseases.
Just like breast milk, coconut oil is a rich source of lauric acid. A study published from 1998 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded that lactating women who consumed coconut oil and other coconut products on a regular basis had significantly higher levels of lauric acid in their breast milk. Pregnant women who wish to increase the levels of lauric acid in their breast milk should consume coconut oil and other coconut products, such as coconut water, on a daily basis.This will ensure that as their bodies begin to store fat in anticipation of lactation, this excess lauric acid, which will increase anti-bacterial/viral/microbial properties, stored within their fat supply, will be incorporated in their breast milk as they begin the process of lactation.
Coconut oil is a great moisturizer for all skin types, including very dry skin and sensitive skin, such as newborn skin. Therefore, coconut oil is the perfect infant massage oil or lotion. This is especially good for babies suffering from Cradle Cap as the antimicrobial properties of this oil are highly effective at soothing this skin inflammation. This winter I started to use coconut oil as a body lotion on my skin and my son´s skin. I have to say, it has worked wonders in softening our skin and getting rid of those dry patches. On a side note, I even use it as a hair mask on the ends of my hair and believe me it´s the best deep conditioner I have ever used. Note, you need to shampoo your hair probably twice after this treatment, but it´s so worth it. I also started using coconut oil on my son´s scrapes from playing soccer. It really helps to seal and soften any scrapes or scratches that he endures.
I have a big container of coconut oil where I can scoop some of the coconut oil out of, melt it down in a bowl and pour it into a dropper bottle (you can get those in every wholesale store). That way I have some dropper bottles around the house, ready to go, and don´t need to use the big container. There is no need to refrigerate coconut oil, it´s solid at room temperature and melts as soon as you take it in between your fingers/hands. Make sure the coconut oil you get is USDA-certified-organic extra virgin coconut oil, cold pressed to avoid any heat of the coconut oil during production.
Francois CA, Connor SL, Wander RC, Connor WE. Acute effects of dietary fatty acids on the fatty acids of human milk. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 1998;67:301-308.