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Coconut (Cocos nucifera)

What is Coconut?

Coconut oil is an edible oil extracted from the kernel or meat of matured coconuts harvested from the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera). Ayurvedic medicine texts written in Sanskrit about 4,000 years ago report the health benefits of coconut oil.  Southeast Asian countries consider coconut the “tree of life” because of its highly valued and respected source of plant-based fats that have been used both as an energy-dense food and as folk medicine. It has various applications in food, medicine, and industry. Because of its high saturated fat content it is slow to oxidize and, thus, resistant to rancidification, lasting up to two years without spoiling.

Coconut penetrates the skin readily, thus acting as an excellent carrier for essential oils. This ability to transport essential oils makes it an oil of choice among medical practitioners and massage therapists.

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Advantages

Does not aggravate skin problems or clog pores.
Truly one of the best multi-purpose carrier oils.
Very safe moisturizer.
Leaves skins smooth with no greasy feeling.
Absorbs into the skin while reducing essential oil evaporation.

Aroma

Very slight coconut scent but is usually considered odorless.

Absorption

Easy to spread and non-oily.

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