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I often get asked in session, "Why do you use coconut oil?"
Its a great question, in Ayurvedic medicine coconut oil was recognized around 4,000 years ago. When you think about it there are quite a few to choose from including : almond oil, avocado oil, grapeseed oil, argon oil, sesame oil, jojoba oil, apricot kernel oil, macadamia oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, olive oil, and mustard oil.
While these are all great options, there are quite a few reasons in my opinion that coconut oil rises to the top. With that I'm going to list them below!
Its great for moisturizing skin! It can sometimes help with certain skin issues, and is quite nourishing. Coconut oil is composed primarily of nourishing fatty acids and is especially high in lauric acid. It also contains vitamin E and healthy fats, which help to make skin smooth.
Coconut oil is very beneficial towards fighting inflammation. Not only was coconut oil found to have an anti-inflammatory effect, but its been shown to relieve pain as well. What's more, coconut oil may ease inflammation by improving antioxidant status. Antioxidants work by stabilizing free radicals in the body, neutralizing the reactive atoms that can contribute to inflammation. When you combine this with massage it can have a dramatic effect on the systems of the body!
It can help HEAL wounds, it may promote wound healing due to its high concentration of monolaurin, a fatty acid renowned for its antimicrobial effects. Using high-quality coconut oil may help reduce the risk of infection in healing wounds. Which I use organic, non-GMO, cold pressed coconut oil.
Research shows that coconut oil has antifungal properties. Researchers have established that coconut oil is an effective anti-fungal. Studies indicate that coconut oil may be effective against Candida albicans, a type of fungus that is most commonly responsible for fungal infections. Which is great overall for the largest organ of the body, your skin!
Coconut oil has also been shown to be antibacterial. The medium-chain fatty acids have antimicrobial properties that can help protect against harmful microorganisms. This is especially important for skin health, as many types of skin infections, including acne, cellulitis, folliculitis and athlete's foot, are caused by bacteria or fungi. Which is very beneficial in a massage. I have heard that in some parts of the world that people will use coconut oil to rub there hands if soap and clean water is not readily available. People also will swish it too clean the mouth.