Coconut oil has a multitude of health benefits, which include but are not limited to skin care, hair care, improving digestion and immunity against a host of infections and diseases.
6 Reasons to Treat Your Hair with Coconut Oil
- Coconut oil stimulates hair growth getting deep into its follicles.
- Coconut oil promotes the scalp health fighting against such problems as insect bites, lice and dandruff.
- Coconut oil moisturizes dry hair.
Coconut oil adds luster, shine and softness to the hair.
- Coconut oil prevents hair breakage and split ends, contributing to hair length.
- Coconut oil slows down hair loss.
This tutorial prepared by mom.me will teach you how to extract and make your own virgin coconut oil.
Coconut oil extracted this way is best consumed and used fresh, but if you need to store it, it is best done in the refrigerator, as it easily becomes stale at room temperature. The oil will solidify a bit in the refrigerator but will return to liquid once back at room temperature.
This recipe below will yield approximately 1/4 cup of oil, and it will take about an hour. You can easily make more at once by doubling the recipe.
TUTORIAL: HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN COCONUT OIL
1. Start with the freshly-extracted milk of two dry coconuts.
2. Leave the coconut milk in the refrigerator overnight. The coconut “butter” will rise, separating from most of the liquid.
3. Scoop out the hardened top and place in a small cast iron pot (cast iron is best to keep stable temperatures) or use a regular pot. Sieve the liquid for any remaining bits of fat. You can use the leftover liquid for cooking, as it retains a lot of the coconut flavor.
4. Heat the coconut “butter” at the lowest possible heat setting. The idea is to heat it just enough for the water to evaporate. Virgin coconut oil is extracted at very low temperatures; high temperatures change its composition and properties.
5. The “butter” will slowly melt. You can help it along by crushing the big pieces.
6. As the water evaporates the mixture starts to resemble curdled milk when the solids begin separating from the oil.
7. When the mixture has divided into solids and fat, push the solids to one side and scoop out as much of the oil as you can. Discard the solids. Pour the oil into a bottle with an airtight lid or seal.