What You Didn’t Know About Coconut Oil

Coconut is all the rage these days, being promoted for health of consuming it, putting in your hair or on your skin, even brushing your teeth with it. However, there might be some things you don’t know about it. That is what you will learn in this blog post.

It Doesn’t Last Forever
It is normal to have multiple jars of coconut oil in your home and use it often. The problem with this is that each jar might take a while to use completely, which means a lot of humidity and wet hands going into the jar consistently over time can lead to mildew and even mold. You definitely don’t want to be using coconut oil that has started to grow mold on it. A good way to prevent this is by either keeping just one jar in your home and using it up before buying another one, or just making sure your hands are always dry when using it. If you use it on wet hair or after a shower, be careful about scooping it from the jar and dry your hands first.

You Might Be Allergic
While this is not super common, it is definitely something you need to be aware of. Coconut oil is generally safe for most people, but some individuals have more sensitive skin and might have a bad reaction to it. For example, newborn babies and elderly people have thin, more sensitive skin, and might not react well to the coconut oil. It is also possible that someone simply has an allergic reaction to it, especially if they don’t respond well to coconut flakes or coconut milk when eating or drinking. It is best to test a small area of the skin or have just a small amount of oil in food to test the reactions before using it more substantially.

It Shouldn’t Be Used on Colored Hair
This is a common mistake mostly because there aren’t enough warning out there. You need to be really careful about using too much coconut oil on color-treated hair, as it might cause the color to fade prematurely. This doesn’t mean that you can never use it on your dyed hair, but that you need to be more careful. You should only use it about once a week or so, and a smaller amount than others would use. You also might not want to leave it in your hair for as long. Test a small section underneath your hair first to make sure it doesn’t cause a major change in your hair color.

There Might Be Health Side Effects

It Can Increase Your Cholesterol
This is something to be aware of if you are consuming the coconut oil by cooking with it, instead of just using it on your skin or hair. While it is considered a healthy fat and something that is good to have in your body, there is such thing as having too much of it. You should still consider property dietary guidelines and not put it in absolutely everything you cook during the day. If you do, you might accidentally raise your cholesterol levels.
It Occasionally Causes Diarrhea Symptoms
You should be aware that when consuming a lot of coconut oil, it might cause diarrhea in some people. Coconut oil is often recommended for people with digestion issues, including those who struggle with constipation. It works great for this purpose, but if you consume a lot of coconut oil and don’t have digestion issues, it might do the opposite and actually give you diarrhea. For this reason, you should start with just small amounts of coconut oil whether taking it straight or making food or drinks with the oil. If your body handles it fine without diarrhea or other negative reactions, then you can start consuming it a little more often. The same goes for using this oil on your skin.

It Makes Your Eyes Burn
You need to be really careful when you are putting the coconut oil near your eyes, particularly if you are using it as a carrier oil with essential oils. Many people like to apply coconut oil to their face as a moisturizer or combine it with essential oils into a headache balm to rub on the forehead. This works great, but be really careful not to get it in your eyes. Coconut oil will burn, but essential oils can cause even more serious problems.

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