How do you use Virgin Coconut Oil?
Virgin Coconut Oil can be used in many ways. As the oil contains Medium Chain fatty acids (MCFA’s) that have a direct positive impact on the body’s health, it is generally used as food consumption or application on the skin. It is most popular and perfect for cooking oil as it has a high smoke point. It can also be consumed as a daily supplement - 3 teaspoons daily is recommended. Please note that if you are new to taking the oil, we recommend one teaspoon per day and see how your body reacts over time. Other uses include, as a natural skin lotion and eye-makeup remover.
Is Virgin Coconut Oil healthy?
There is much debate about whether saturated fats are good for you, and part of the confusion comes from categorising all saturated fats together. The truth is that not all saturated fats are the same. Saturated fats from animal sources are made up mostly of long chain fatty acids, our bodies have to work hard to break down these fats. Although coconut oil is also a saturated fat, it is made up of medium chain fatty acids and it is this property of coconut oil that makes it different and healthier from other saturated fats. Medium chain fatty acids produce a whole host of health benefits. Coconut oil is nature’s richest source of these healthy medium chain fatty acids. More information about this here.
What is the difference between expeller extracted oils to Centrifuge extracted oils?
Expeller extraction is done using a screw expeller that squeezes dried fresh coconut meat under very high pressure to press out the oil in one step. In this process the oil is exposed to significant heat during drying of the coconut meat and from heat generated in high-pressure screw-pressing, causing the common heated aroma of the oil. In some cases the oil will have to be filtered thru activated carbon and/or bleaching earth to reduce or remove the heated aroma. The process may cause oxidation of the oil depending on the magnitude of heat it is exposed to, causing the feeling of some roughness on the throat when the oil is swallowed.
Centrifuge extraction is a 2-step process. First, coconut milk is pressed out from fresh coconut meat thru low-temperature pressing. Then, the oil is extracted from the fresh coconut milk thru a specially-fitted centrifuge. The centrifugal force generated in spinning the milk separates the oil at fresh condition, without fermentation and significant heating, with processing temperature reaching no higher then 44 degrees, and processing time no more than 2 hours, allowing vital nutrients to remain in the oil. Centrifuge does not have heating contamination, evident by aroma and taste and has a zero peroxide value, 100% chemical free. For a detailed comparison of the difference between Centrifuge Virgin Coconut Oil and expeller pressed Virgin Coconut Oil please visit here.
Can I use Virgin Coconut Oil on my skin and hair?
Virgin Coconut Oil is perfect for hydrating the skin. Coconut oil is the closest oil in structure to your own natural skin oil. Coconut oil contains Lauric Acid and powerful antioxidants, which control harmful free radicals that destroy skin cells. It keeps the skin's connective tissues strong, slowing down the age process and keeping those wrinkles away. Take a small amount and massage a thin layer of Oil onto your skin (body or face) as needed. Virgin Coconut oil typically absorbs very well if a thin layer has been used. By applying Jimalie Virgin coconut oil directly onto your skin you will soften the appearance of fine lines and have a healthy glow.
Can I use the Virgin Coconut Oil when it solidifies and what temperature does it melt?
It is important to note that depending on whether you live in a cold or warm climate, virgin coconut oil will either be a solid or a liquid form. The melting point of any oil is determined by the amount of fatty acids it contains, for virgin coconut oil it is generally quoted as being 24 degrees Celsius. Generally if the temperature is above 24 degrees Celsius, the oil will become liquid. If the temperature is below 24 degrees Celsius, it will begin crystallising and become a solid. The nutritional value of the oil remains intact regardless if it is a solid or a liquid state. Your taste buds will get used to consuming the light taste of Jimalie centrifuge virgin coconut oil in either solid or liquid form.
Does it have a long shelf life and where do I store it?
Coconut oil does have a long shelf life, due to the fact that it has a very stable fat content and is not prone to quick oxidation like many other vegetable oils. Under the right conditions it can be stored for over 48 months. Some people choose to keep their coconut oil in the refrigerator, though this depends normally if you live in a hot or cold climate. Generally, keeping virgin coconut oil out of direct sunlight, kept in a cool dry place or stored at room temperature, will ensure a long shelf life.