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How to Make Your Own Coconut Oil at Home

Many natural ingredients around us are beneficial for the body, one of which is coconut oil. Coconut oil can be made by yourself to ensure its authenticity. How to make coconut oil is also not as difficult as imagined.

Coconut oil is beneficial for health. Coconut oil is high in saturated fat. However, the type of saturated fat that is mostly found in coconut oil is medium chain triglycerides (MCT). This type of fat will be directly used by the liver to produce energy. Coconut oil also contains lauric acid.

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil


With the above composition, coconut oil has many health benefits. Among them:

1. Good for people with high cholesterol

Several studies have stated that coconut oil can increase levels of good cholesterol (HDL) in the body and reduce bad cholesterol (LDL). So that coconut oil is thought to be good for people with high cholesterol. However, some studies also say that coconut oil is not necessarily good for your heart health. Therefore, further research is needed regarding the benefits of coconut oil on high cholesterol.

2. Lose weight

Due to its lower calorie content than other types of oil, coconut oil is considered good for people with obesity. The fat content of the MCT type in coconut oil is thought to be able to lose weight. However, you still have to limit the amount of coconut oil intake so you don't have excess calories, which will actually cause you to gain weight. To lose weight, you still need a healthy diet and regular exercise.

3. Moisturizes the skin

Coconut oil makes a gentle moisturizer for the skin. You can apply coconut oil regularly after bathing. Using coconut oil twice a day on dry skin can help moisturize the skin.

4. Get rid of head lice

Applying coconut oil to your hair may be effective in keeping lice at bay. The lauric acid content in coconut oil is thought to act as a natural lice killer. Coconut oil can be used to treat head lice in people who have sensitive skin or it is not suitable for head lice treatment. However, further research is still needed to determine the effectiveness of coconut oil in treating head lice

5. Helps regulate blood sugar levels

Coconut oil can have a good impact on diabetes, because it is believed to help regulate blood sugar levels and improve insulin resistance. However, because the type of fat in coconut oil is saturated fat, diabetics are advised to limit their intake of coconut oil.

How to Make Coconut Oil


Anyone can make coconut oil at home. Here are some ways to get coconut oil, namely:


Method 1: Boil coconut

Get four glasses of water, then heat it until it's steaming. While waiting for the water to steam, grate two old coconuts. Mix grated coconut into hot water, then blend until smooth. Filter the blended coconut water using a tight sieve to get lots of coconut milk.

When the coconut milk has collected, boil it over medium temperature. Keep stirring until the water is boiling and steaming and the brownish cream separates from the oil. This process can take up to an hour. Make sure not to stop stirring.

Method 2: Filter the coconut

Cut the old coconut meat into small pieces. Blend until smooth and if needed, add water to make it easier and faster to make the process. Strain the blender until it produces coconut milk. Add water and do it over and over again to produce lots of coconut milk.

Let the juice sit in the jar for 24 hours so that the coconut milk and coconut oil layers separate. Refrigerate or store in a cold room to speed up the formation of curd. Remove the curd and get the virgin coconut oil that is left in the jar or container.

Method 3: Precipitating coconut

Use fresh or grated unsalted coconut that is sold in stores. If using fresh coconut, cut it into small pieces then dry it for one day. If using grated coconut sold in a store, make sure to use a rough type of surface.
Put it in the juicer a little at a time so that the separation of the coconut and oil runs smoothly. Do this process until all the coconuts have been processed. Repeat this process one more time to get all the coconut oil out.

Pour the juicer into the jar and keep it in a warm place for a full day. After that, the coconut oil will appear to appear on the surface, while the thick layer will settle to the bottom of the jar. To get coconut oil ready for use, pour coconut oil into a new container.

Seeing the benefits and easy ways of making coconut oil above, there is nothing wrong if you try to make it yourself at home.

Safety Level in Using Coconut Oil


Because research to prove the benefits of coconut oil is still minimal, it is advisable not to rely too much on coconut oil in an effort to improve general health quality. In order to maintain health, apply a healthy lifestyle in your daily life.

If you have certain health conditions and are interested in consuming coconut oil for its benefits, you should consult your doctor first.

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