So many oils. What to do?
It’s time you got personal with a couple oils. Why? Because the natural benefits to your body are endless and also cheap to use-
Let’s meet our first healer, Olive Oil. It is high in monounsaturated fats and antioxidants.
Studies have shown that EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) assists in raising HDL (good) cholesterol levels, and reducing LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. Olive oil is the healthiest oil available. It’s also great on the lining of the stomach. It has a beneficial effect on ulcers and gastritis. Olive oil activates the secretion of bile and pancreatic hormones naturally, and thus it lowers the incidence of gallstone formation. Some people take a couple teaspoons of olive oil before a “drinking night out” to subdue intoxication. This is a natural way to protect yourself.
Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, which your body converts to monolaurin, and this special agent has antiviral, antibacterial, and antiprotozoal properties; coconut oil is also rich in capric acid, which shares some of the same antimicrobial benefits that help protect you from infections. Coconut oil is also rich in medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs), which stimulate your body’s metabolism and help you trim off excess body fat. The medium-chain fats in coconut oil are considered so nutritious that they are used in baby formulas, in hospitals to feed the critically ill, those on tube feeding, and those with digestive problems. Coconut oil has even been used successfully by doctors in treating aluminum poisoning. Topically, it’s great as a body moisturizer as well as being used for restoring dry hair. Its 12-carbon fatty acid structure allows it to penetrate the hair cuticle and help provide flexibility and strength,
Tea tree oil is the essential oil taken from the leaves of the Australian tree Melaleuca alternifolia. Found in many natural acne remedies, it helps kill bacteria in the pores and hair follicles that lead to blemishes, and, luckily for those who can’t find relief fast enough, it penetrates the skin quickly. Test first before using.
Safflower oil is the oil of a thistle-like flower containing linoleic acid, or omega-6 fatty acid, which helps your skin make ceramides, a type of lipid that helps the skin hold onto water and prevent dehydration. It’s the best of all the oils for inflamed, dry skin (consumed or applied topically)— with the exception of argan oil, but safflower oil is much less expensive,
Avocado oil is high in vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids, which helps proper cell function and decreases inflammation. It’s a rich emollient and is ideal for those with dry, itchy, or aging skin
Argan Oil is good for fine lines, dry skin, and dry hair. Extracted from the kernels found in the fruit of Moroccan argan trees, argan oil has high levels of vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants. While it first claimed fame as a savior for dry, damaged hair, the oil also works wonders on the face and body. The fatty acids help our skin cells make healthy membranes, reduce inflammation, and promote healthy collagen.