Coconut oil for oil pulling to achieve whiter teeth. Coconut oil for cooking. Coconut oil for soft, manageable hair.
It seems like there are a million and one uses for coconut oil recently. And it’s true.
Coconut oil is truly a wonder ingredient that heals, protects, and nourishes the body in so many ways.
In this blog article, we’re going to discuss how this ingredient exploded in popularity.
Here’s the specifics we’ll cover:
- The history of coconut oil
- Common uses for coconut oil
- Why Dr. Brite chooses to use coconut oil for natural oral care
The History of Coconut Oil
From baskets being weaved from coconut leaves to coconut meat being a source of food, people who lived in tropical regions have utilized the coconut tree in a variety of ways for thousands of years.
Coconut oil actually used to be popular in cooking up until the 1950s. Then studies came out during this era that claimed all saturated fats that would increase cholesterol levels. However, the coconut oil that was often studied was a hydrogenated form that was extremely processed and much different than organic virgin coconut oil.
The reality is that organic virgin coconut oil isn’t necessarily the worst ingredient to include in a healthy lifestyle. Virgin coconut oils are comprised of medium chain fatty acids and your body can burn them faster than traditional fats (Healthy Oil Planet).
In terms of beauty, personal care, and oral care, coconut oil boasts an awesome chemical composition that truly makes it a multipurpose ingredient. Here’s just a few highlights of the main chemical compounds found in coconut oil:
- Lauric acid is believed to eliminate and prevent various viruses
- Capric/caprylic acids are believed to repair and strengthen damaged hair
- Linoleic acids are believed to promote healing, and exhibit anti-inflammatory properties
- Oleic acids are believed to boost immunity and have antioxidant properties (New Directions Aromatics)
Common Uses for Coconut Oil
Because coconut oil is so versatile, it’s no secret that you can find almost anywhere you turn in a grocery. Here’s just few ways coconut oil can be used:
For baking and frying foods
- As a moisturizing hair mask
- To remove eye makeup
- As a all-over body moisturizer
- As a hot oil treatment to nourish the scalp
Why Dr. Brite Chooses to Use Coconut Oil For Natural Oral Care
A big reason why we choose to use coconut oil in our natural oral products is because of its antibacterial and nourishing properties. You can actually find coconut oil throughout our entire line that includes our:
- Whitening Mint Toothpastes and Strawberry Sky Toothpastes
- Cleansing Mouthwashes and Strawberry Sky Mouthwash Sprays
- Brite & Fresh Oral Spray and Soothe & Restore Oral Spray
- Natural Teeth Whitening Pens
No matter what Dr. Brite product you choose, you can get the holistic benefits of coconut oil to help whiten your smile, neutralize bad breath and keep bad bacteria bay.