What this is
Raw Coconut Oil has many benefits. It’s versatile and can be used as a food, moisturizer or massage oil. Coconut oil is solid (butter) when it’s below 78 degrees and a liquid (oil) when above. Some people believe it has many health properties, I just like how it tastes and the many uses I can get out of one bottle. Coconut oil is extracted in several different ways:
Centrifuged Coconut Oil
This method of oil extraction keeps the temperature of the oil at about 78.8 degrees and the oil is extracted by a method called centrifuge. It brings out the best in the oil. The process explained on The Wilderness Family website "Our Centrifuged Coconut Oil is USDA Certified Organic by Integrity Certified International. It is made from fresh coconuts opened less than 48 hours after they are picked from the trees. They first shell the coconuts and then chop the flesh, placing it in an expeller press. The temperatures of the coconut flesh and the resulting coconut milk emulsion do not exceed 25° C or 78.8° F (room temperature). Once the coconut is shelled, it takes less than 45 minutes to produce the milk. The resulting coconut milk emulsion is then chilled slightly to 10° C (50° F) so that the oil will “pull out of solution.” In other words, the chilling helps to break the protein emulsion that holds the oils in solution. Next, the cooled milk, by use of a large centrifuge, is separated into the pure oil that we sell here and a “skim” coconut milk. This method of extraction requires no heat at all. It works like a cream separator that is used for separating cream from cow’s milk. It requires quite a few passes through this chilled centrifuge to obtain pure oil, but the resulting oil is absolutely fabulous."
Virgin Coconut Oil
I couldn’t have said it better myself: "For generations in the Philippines they have been making virgin coconut oil by hand, using a traditional Philippine method of extraction. First the fresh coconuts are opened and grated. Then the flesh is pressed, yielding a fresh coconut milk emulsion that is approximately 40% oil. The milk is called an emulsion because there is a natural protein that holds the oil in solution. Within about 12 hours, however, the natural enzymes from the coconut will break down this protein, releasing the oil. This process has been studied and now perfected by our manufacturers in the Philippines and professors at the neighboring university. As the oil floats, it is siphoned off and made ready for export to the United States. This oil, unlike other traditionally processed Philippine oils, is never heated. Most traditionally processed Philippine virgin coconut oils experiences temperatures close to the boiling point of water (200° F). Most raw-foodists, however, prefer to use food that does not see heat above 117° F. Our manufacturers have perfected the fermentation process so that our virgin coconut oil, made the traditional way, has a very low moisture content without having to heat the oil at all." Sounds good to me.
It can be eaten, used as moisturizer, massage oil or rub it on your gums.
I use this as a facial moisturizer, rub it on my feet, rub it on my gums or anywhere my skin might get dry. I use it on my daughter to sooth irritated skin, which can happen if her clothes get wet and she doesn’t change them right away. It’s kept me from having to give her an oatmeal bath at 11:00 at night when she wakes up in dis-comfort.
I use it as a skin moisturizer, after skin brushing and cleaning my skin. I also use it on my lips if they’re dry although it can get a little oily if I use too much.
I also use it in some of my raw recipes. I didn’t use it in any recipes in the Dawn of a New Day Raw Desserts e-book but I’m experimenting with it in the new dessert recipes I’m creating for the published version of the book. (Sign-up for the newsletter and I’ll let you know when it’s being released.) Be careful when you use this in recipes. Too much can taste overwhelming but a little bit is nice.
It makes a nice massage oil, especially since it starts out solid, when the temperature is below 78 degrees, so you don’t drip it on the way to the person’s back. It also smells nice. Like other oils it does stain clothing so keep that in mind. There are also other topical uses for it. The label on mine suggests using it to dab on your partner, but I wouldn’t want to be suggestive.
That reminds me of how my husband and I first confessed our love for each other. We had been dating for a few months and were walking down the street in Manayunk (in Philadelphia), when we came to a park that had an abstract statue in it. I thought it looked like two people kissing, but I didn’t want to say so. I asked Martin what he thought it looked like. He said, "I think it looks like two people kissing." I asked if that was a suggestion and he said, "I wouldn’t want to be suggestive." LOL It was so cute. I kissed him. Then we told each other that we loved each other and the rest is ourstory.
Others like it too
I told a friend about coconut oil who told another friend about it. She said that she didn’t know what she had been missing until she used the coconut oil and thanked me for telling her about it, her friend thanked me, too. They took the suggestion. Wow! It’s a hit.
Get Coconut Oil at Nature’s First Law: Raw Coconut Oil / Butter