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How to Use Coconut Oil

Uses for Coconut OilCoconut oil is one of the most versatile oils

Coconut oil is one of the most versatile oils. It serves not only as all-rounder in the kitchen, it is also ideal for skin and hair care or can be used as feed supplement for cats and dogs.

Coconut oil in the kitchen

Coconut oil is mostly popular for its use in the kitchen. The fine aroma of fresh coconut is unique and typical of the precious cuisine of the regions where coconuts are cultivated. In the tropics, the delicious nut is an essential part of every meal. As coconut oil, coconut rasps, fine coconut flour or spice oils or delicious spreads based on coconut oil, the exotic specialty can bring new flavours and tropical joy to our kitchen.

As pure vegetable oil, coconut oil is a true all-rounder for cooking. It is durable and heat-resistant by nature which prevents the production of trans fatty acids when used for frying, deep-frying or baking. Coconut oil mainly consists of saturated fatty acids which makes it less sensitive to oxidation than other oils and durable for up to 2 years from pressing.

There are many ways to use coconut oil in the kitchen: for meat or fish dishes, vegetarian or vegan as well as for sweet dishes. You can find inspiration for recipes with coconut oil in our catalogue.

With its nutty flavour, it does not only refine Asian dishes, but can also give a special touch to local European plates. Furthermore, it can be used as a spread, either pure or as substitute for butter with cheese or jams.

Coconut oil for a healthy diet

At Ölmühle Solling, we only produce virgin coconut oil of the highest possible standard. It is mechanically pressed from ripe coconut flesh, bottled with care and in a product-preserving way and, naturally, left unbleached and unrefined. This makes our product special, maintains its fine coconut flavour and nutritional value.

Coconuts are naturally rich in high-quality nutrients such as proteins, carbohydrates, fibre, vitamins and minerals. At our manufactory, we offer a variety of high-quality coconut products, including organic virgin coconut oil. The abbreviation "VCO", short for "Virgin Coconut Oil", is an established indicator of high quality standards worldwide.

Our virgin coconut oil is cold-pressed and bottled fresh from the mill. Next to its fine coconut flavour, it also scores with its valuable ingredients: It contains medium-chain fatty acids, so-called MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides), such as lauric acid. The latter makes up almost half of the fatty acids in coconut oil. In combination with diverse and fresh cooking, coconut oil can contribute to a balanced diet.

However, coconut oil lacks essential, polyunsaturated fatty acids which are vital for good health. As always, diversity is the key. This is why we offer a large variety of organic Feel Good Oils such as freshly milled flaxseed oil or omega DHA oils which supply your body essential omega-3 fatty acids.

Coconut oil for skin care

Coconut oil is not only an all-rounder in the kitchen, it can also be used as rich skin care product. Therefore, we use coconut oil as basis for our skin balms and soaps.

Apart from its mild fragrance, the exotic oil is able to protect unsaturated fatty acids with a natural protective coat. In addition, it is known for its good tolerance. Coconut oil gives our skin balms its pleasant texture and special care effect, which even helps dry skin to retain moisture for a long time. Also, if applied on its own, coconut oil provides intensive care and moisture. It contains natural antioxidants, protects the skin from free radicals and prevents aging.

Coconut Oil as Make-up Remover

Coconut oil for hair care

Virgin coconut oil is well-tried and very popular for hair care. The rich, exotic oil pampers hair and scalp and has a moisturising effect. Therefore, a coconut oil mask is recommended especially for dry and damaged hair. Organic virgin coconut oil is a natural product and does not irritate skin and hair with additives. Apart from vitamins, it contains numerous minerals which have moisturising and revitalising effects on the hair and protect it from environmental factors.

Using coconut oil for hair care is very simple: Depending on the hair length, put one to two teaspoons of coconut oil in your hands. Apply and massage into slightly damp hair, from the scalp to the ends. For longer hair, you can use a large tooth comb to evenly distribute the oil in the hair. To ensure that the oil stays liquid, the hair should be covered by a towel to keep it warm. Let the oil soak in for 30 to 60 minutes. Afterwards, rinse with warm water and wash your hair using a mild, silicone-free shampoo. 

Coconut oil as make-up remover

Coconut can also be used as mild make-up remover. Simply moisten a make-up removal pad with warm water, add a little coconut oil and gently stroke over skin, lips or eyelashes. Make-up removal pads made of bamboo or organic cotton are reusable and protect our environment.

Coconut oil for baby care

Of course, our pure, natural coconut oil is also an ideal care for sensitive baby skin. It is 100 % free of synthetic additives and is known for its skin tolerance. Coconut oil can be applied directly to the skin or as a moisturizing bath additive.

Coconut for smooth lips

Virgin coconut oil is also perfect as lip balm. The exotic oil gives the lips a pleansant scent and acts as natural protective coat for the sensitive skin of the lips. You can also try out our coconut oil lip scrub for smooth lips at home:

½ tsp. coconut oil
½ tsp. coconut flower sugar or cane sugar
½ tsp. honey

Mix the ingredients well, apply to the lips and gently massage for one to two minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry with a soft towel. Dead cells are gently removed and the skin is revitalized and nurtured.

Coconut oil for oil pulling

Oil pulling is an integral part of Ayurveda, the traditional Indian medicine. It is supposed to clean the oral cavity, the tongue and teeth. Oil pulling, also known as "oil swishing", is the act of swishing a small amount of oil, ideally coconut oil, in the mouth for around 10 minutes. It is intended to improve oral hygiene and to filter bacteria and other pathogens from the oral cavity and thus from the entire organism.

It is best to practice oil pulling in the morning. Before you oil pull, debris on the tongue must be removed with a tongue scraper. This reduces the amount of bacteria that will be absorbed by the oil. Instead of a tongue scraper, you can also use a spoon which you carefully slide over the tongue for 2 or 3 times, from back to front. Thoroughly clean the spoon afterwards and rinse your mouth with water. There is no need to brush your teeth at this stage, this should be done after the oil pulling.

Here is how oil pulling works: Put around one teaspoon of coconut oil in your mouth, let it melt and the move the oil in your mouth as if you were using a mouthwash. Suck and pull the oil between your teeth several times and cover the entire oral cavity with the oil. The oil pulling process will stimulate the saliva flow so that the amount of fluids in your mouth will increase. At the same time, the oil will absorb food residues, bacteria and other microorganisms from the teeth, tongue and mucosa.

Important: Please do not swallow the oil when you are done but spit it into handkerchief which you throw away. Brush your teeth afterwards. Already after practicing oil pulling a few times, you will recognize that your mucosa and teeth feel smoother.

Coconut oil for cats and dogs

Coconut oil is also popular as feed supplement for pets. Ticks and fleas do not like coconut oil and it can even serve as a natural protection against vermin. Depending on the size and weight of your animal, cats can be fed with ¼ to ½ teaspoon of coconut fat several times a week. For large dogs, we recommend a full teaspoon daily. Simply mix the oil with wet or dry food. If you want to use coconut oil as tick repellent, you can apply the oil directly to fur. Put a small amount of coconut oil in your hands and let it melt, then gently stroke the fur, make sure to cover the belly of your animal.

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