How to Produce Coconut Oil – Do you have a thing for natural, homemade oils for both the skin and for consumption?
If you do then coconut oil certainly is an aspect of cosmetology you need to key into.
Coconut oil is the most used oil by people who know its physical and health benefits. There are different types of oil that can be consumed and used for the skin too.
These oils are of various types which coconut oil is a part of. You must have heard that coconut oil could be produced by yourself if you are often conscious of well hygiene products with the kitchen utensils you are conversant with.
This article will take you through the different steps involved in making coconut oil at the comfort of your home and will aid you with the knowledge you need to be able to make this oil all by yourself.
About Coconut Oil
Coconut oil also called Cocos nucifera botanically, Coconut oils are very good for the skin and are used often for massage and as cosmetic ingredients. Traditionally extraction methods provide the best virgin coconut oils. Virgin coconut has a wonderful coconut smell.
It is solid at room temperature so will need to be warmed or mixed with another oil before being used. Just as with cocoa butter, you will need to take into consideration the smell when making blends. All of the Coconut oils are all excellent for dry or sensitive skin. They are considered ideal for blending essential oils for use on skin. And again they are wonderful for use in making products for use in the bath, skin and massage products.
The Coconut oils are the best oil to use to replace mineral oils typically used on babies. Can be used as a base as 100% or add anywhere from 10-50% in your finished product.
All coconut oil has an extremely long shelf life. Just remember that Virgin Coconut oil has a slight smell of ‘real coconut’ and when you add essential oils to your massage oil blend you need to keep that in mind.
Health Benefits of Coconut
Coconut oil is high in healthy saturated fats that have different effects than most other fats in your diet. These fats can boost fat burning and provide your body and brain with quick energy. They also raise the good HDL cholesterol in your blood, which is linked to reduced heart disease risk.
Most fats in the diet are called long-chain triglycerides, but the fats in coconut oil are known as medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). What this means is that the fatty acids are shorter than most other fats
Coconut Oil Can Kill Harmful Microorganisms: The 12-carbon lauric acid makes up about 50% of the fatty acids in coconut oil. When lauric acid is digested, it also forms a substance called monolaurin. Both lauric acid and monolaurin can kill harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
Coconut Oil helps Prevent Yeast Infection Candida: Candida, also known as systemic candidiasis, is a tragic disease caused by an excessive and uncontrolled growth of yeast called Candida albicans in the stomach.
A study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food by Dr David Olusoga Ogbolu et al. on coconut oil suggests that it provides relief from the inflammation caused by candida, both externally and internally.
Its high moisture retaining capacity keeps the skin from cracking or peeling off. Capric acid, caprylic acid, caproic acid, myristic acid, and lauric acid found in coconut oil help in eliminating Candida albicans.
Further, unlike other pharmaceutical treatments for candida, the effect of coconut oil is gradual and not drastic or sudden, which gives the patient an appropriate amount of time to get used to the withdrawal symptoms or Herxheimer reactions (the name given to the symptoms accompanying body’s rejection of toxins generated during the elimination of these fungi).
Antimicrobial Effects: Research has it that, coconut oil kills the viruses that cause influenza, measles, hepatitis, herpes, SARS, and other serious health risks. It also kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, pneumonia, and gonorrhoea. Finally, coconut oil may also aid in eliminating fungi and yeast that cause ringworm, athlete’s foot, thrush, and diaper rash.
Coconut Oil Promotes Dental Care: Many research studies suggest that the use of oil pulling is effective against various dental issues such as plaque and halitosis. Recent research suggests that oil pulling using coconut oil can be an effective procedure in reducing plaque formation and plaque-induced gingivitis.
Step by Step Guide on Coconut oil Production
Drain your coconuts by drilling 2-3 holes on top of each one. You can use either a drill or a combination of a screwdriver and a hammer. Pour the coconut water into one of the bowls you prepared for later use.
After draining the coconuts, crack them open. To prevent injury, wrap the coconuts in the small towel (one by one, not all at once!) and smash them with your hammer. Use all the force you can muster. After a few hits, you should be able to crack the shell and see the white insides.
Grab your sharp knife and start separating the white flesh from the husk. After that, remove the brown skins with your peeler. You should end up with the white flesh, coconut water, and the coconut husk. Discard the husk and keep the rest.
Wash your coconut with clean filtered water and put it in your blender or food processor. Pour the coconut milk over the coconut flesh and blend for some time on high speed. You can stop when the two are well combined and have a fine texture.
Take your blended coconut out and put it in your large bowl. Pour your clean non-chlorinated water over the coconut and get ready to get your hands dirty. Grab a fistful of coconut and squeeze it as hard as you can. Mash all of the coconut mixtures for about half an hour, until the water it is floating in resembles milk. Leave it for several hours.
Use your ladle to scoop the pulp into the mesh-covered sieve. Leave it for a little bit to drip, then squeeze it to separate the liquid from the coconut flakes completely. Place the flakes in one bowl and leave the liquid in the other. You can use the flakes in cooking (consider making French macarons) or grind them into flour. You can also use them as a fertilizer.
Cover the bowl with the liquid (which is coconut milk, by the way) and put it away for a day or two. If you live in a hot environment, it is best to place it in the fridge. If not, a dark corner in the room will do.
After a while, the mixture in your bowl should separate. You should be able to see three (more or less) distinct layers: the cloudy liquid at the bottom, the solid middle of the actual coconut oil and the top layer of cream.
Remove the top layer. You can use it as a non-dairy cream or coconut cheese. Filter the rest through a strainer or a cheesecloth. Alternatively, you can wait until the excess liquid evaporates. Just cover your bowl with plastic wrap with a hole to let the air in and out.
Scoop your oil in your glass jar, and it is ready to be used! If you want to know how it can be used, continue reading.