Virgin Coconut Oil can be produced by two common methods:
1. Heated (Hot Methods) processes.
2. Non-Heated (Cold Methods) processes.
Hot methods apply extreme pressure or high heat to extract the oil from the nut. Cold methods obtain oil without applying heat or pressing the coconut meat mechanically, hence the more common term “cold pressed”. While many Virgin Coconut Oil found in the market claim to be cold pressed, the oil you buy may have been heated after extraction to hasten the lowering of the moisture (water) content.
How To Make Your Own Cold Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil
- Select only fresh and mature quality coconuts.
- Split coconuts and collect coconut water.
- Grate coconuts and collect coconut meat.
- Bag the coconut meat. Use white nylon mesh bag.
- Place bag in a Cold Press machine. At home, you can hand press using gloves. Collect coconut milk.
- Soak the pressed bag in coconut water and press for a second time. Collect more coconut milk.
- Allow the coconut milk to settle undisturbed in a cabinet at 32degC for 10-17 hours. Coconut oil will naturally separate from water and proteins.
- Carefully collect and filter the oil and avoid mixing with the bottom water layer. The oil is colorless.
While virgin coconut oil has been documented to help alleviate, ease, protect against and even cure many ailments, it is still vital that the individual maintain a healthy lifestyle, exercise regularly, eat a balance diet of the right kind of food, and drink lots of water.
Some of the 200+ known medical uses
Skin (mosquito/insect bites, itching, rashes, cuts, bruises, scratches, acne, sun-burn, burns, blisters, wrinkles, warts, moles, fungus, skin cancer, pre-cancerous lesions, eczema, stretch marks, massage).
Hair (dandruff, scalp care, hair growth, lice infestations).
Mouth (cracked lips, gum disease, dental cavities, toothaches, mouthwash, throat infections, sore throat).
Thyroid Function (overweight, cold hands/feet, fatigue, migraines, PMS, irritability, fluid retention/swelling, anxiety/panic attacks, depression, memory, concentration, low sex drive, low body temperature, constipation, insomnia, itchiness, food sensitivities, brittle nails, bruise easily, heat/cold intolerance, hypoglycemia, frequent/persistent colds, UTI, yeast infections, immunity, joint pains, poor coordination, irregular menstrual periods).
Bacteria (ear, throat, sinus, genital infections, UTI, pneumonia, rheumatic fever, dental cavities and gum disease, food poisoning, toxic shock syndrome, meningitis, gonorrhea, gastric ulcers, parrot fever, septicemia, endocarditis, enterocolitis, E.coli, staphylococcus, strephtococci, strephtococcus).
Virus (influenza, measles, herpes, mononucleosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, hepatitis C, AIDS, SARS) Fungus (ringworm, athlete’s foot, jock itch, candidiasis, diaper rash, thrush, toenail fungus). Parasites (giardiasis, tapeworms, pinworms).
Cancer (colon, breast, skin, liver, inhibit tumor growth).
Others: Asthma, diabetes, psoriasis, artherosclerosis, hypertension, Alzheimer’s, Sjogren syndrome, Crohn’s, headaches, colds, aches and pains, fever, flu, bronchitis, colitis, cysts, dysentery, dysmenorrhea, hemorroids, cough, dropsy, kidney stones, jaundice, scabies, scurvy, syphilis, hematemesis, hemoptysis, phthisis, tuberculosis, tumors, typhoid, stomach ulcers, Parkinson’s, prostate, gallbladder, malnutrition, maintain intestinal health, normalize body functions, reduce body weight by boosting metabolism.
It can boost the immune system. It can lower cholesterol, but may also raise cholesterol when too low for the body’s needs.
sources: The Truth about Coconut Oil by Dr. Conrado S Dayrit, MD, The Healing Miracles of Coconut Oil by Dr. Bruce Fife, MD, Coconut Cures by Dr. Bruce Fife, MD, amazingfoodscorp.com, photo from africanbraids.biz, air-water-nutrition-healthsmart.com