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Refined coconut oil refers to coconut oil that has been bleached, and deodorized.
The oil is derived from dried coconut meat known as copra. Traditional Tropics notes that oil obtained from copra has to be purified with bleaching clays because contaminants arise during the drying process.
High heat is then used to deodorize the coconut oil to remove its distinctive odor and flavor.
Sodium hydroxide is often added to prolong its shelf life.
Coconut oil is mainly made up of a medium-chain fatty acid called lauric acid, which include antiviral, antibacterial, anticancer and immune-boosting effects. Both refined and unrefined coconut oil contain the same amount of this beneficial fatty-acid. Unrefined coconut oil, however, is richer in phytonutrients than refined coconut oil. Polyphenols, which act as antioxidants in the body, are damaged by the bleaching and heating process used to produce refined coconut oil, so more are present in the unrefined kind.
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As you now know, coconut has a lot of really useful and beneficial properties. In this installment, we'll show you how coconut oil can yield a bath-load of wellness and personal care products too!
You’ll find some special recipes and remedies here – everything from highly effective skin lotions and massage oils, right through to luxury soap, shampoo and soothing balms.
Let's Talk Hair
1. Deep conditioner:
When my locks feel more like straw than silk, I massage a few tablespoons of coconut oil into my hair and leave it overnight. Can’t do overnight? Massage in the oil and wrap your head in a warm towel for a couple of hours. Then shampoo and feel your hair turn silky smooth. How? Coconut oil rebalances hair proteins and its small molecular structure penetrates the hair shaft to moisturise and protect against environmental damage.
2. Intense deep conditioning:
For an even more intense hair mask, remove the rind from half an avocado and put the fleshy part in a bowl. Add 4 tablespoons of coconut oil and blend with a fork to create a creamy paste. Massage into damp, towel dried hair and use a wide-tooth comb to distribute evenly. Leave 20 minutes, then rinse out and shampoo as usual.
3. Hair strengthening mask:
Simply warm 3 tablespoons of coconut oil in a saucepan over low heat; set aside and let it cool. Beat a raw egg and the lukewarm coconut oil together, then apply the mixture to your hair. Put a plastic bag or plastic wrap around your hair for one hour, then wash hair with shampoo and rinse thoroughly. This is excellent for treating split ends and prevent hair from breaking.
4. Frizzy or lacklustre hair:
Take a tiny drop of coconut oil and rub it between your palms. If you have curly hair, run your fingers through it and scrunch. If you have straight hair, just smooth over the top of your strands gently.
Because of its effective antibacterial and antifungal properties, coconut oil is excellent for scalp problems like dryness and dandruff. Simply massage it into your scalp for 5 minutes. Let it sit for as long as you can and then shampoo thoroughly.
6. Premature greying:
Take a bunch of curry leaves and grind them with a little water to make a paste. Add this paste to two cups of coconut oil and heat the mixture till all the moisture evaporates. After it cools, store in a bottle. Massage hair with it 2-3 times a fortnight, leaving it overnight for added potency.
7. Got gum in your hair?
Slather with coconut oil, let it soak for a couple of hours and the sticky stuff will slide right out.