Coconut oil has been having a moment for quite some time now in the health and wellness world. Today we’re sharing our two cents on the matter and telling you all you need to know.

With a lot of hype, unfortunately comes many myths regarding the benefits of coconut oil. Coconut oil is more than 90% saturated fat, and while we know that the type of saturated fat in coconut oil is much healthier than the variety in butter for example, it still should not be recommended as a suitable alternative to unsaturated oils, such as olive oil. The type of saturated oil in coconut oil boosts the good HDL cholesterol, but reports show that in excess it will also raise bad, LDL, cholesterol.

When you first buy a tub of coconut oil it will probably make a sizeable dent in your wallet, but if you consider the many uses of it, the cost per use really makes it worth the investment. Here are some of our favorite uses:

Body Moisturizer: If you want baby-soft skin that smells great too, coconut oil is your friend. It won’t irritate your body like perfumed or fragranced moisturizer and is completely natural. It is especially great if you suffer from any itchiness or scaly skin.

Breastfeeding Aid: Coconut oil is a great topical treatment for chapped or sore skin and nipples while you are breastfeeding. It also contains powerful antimicrobial agents to prevent and fight infection.

Granola: Homemade granola is a staple in our food prep list. To make it extra tasty, add coconut oil. We promise it will taste better than any store-bought version.

Hair Treatment: The oil from coconut oil covers and penetrates hair more deeply than any other conditioner. Use it overnight as a leave-in treatment for your hair to moisturize, make it shiny, and repair any split ends.

High Heat Cooking: The high smoke point of coconut oil makes it a perfect choice for high heat cooking, for example stir fry. This means that no harmful compounds will be emitted when the oil is heated, even at very high temperatures.

Make Up Remover: Coconut oil will remove even the heaviest of makeup (yes, that includes waterproof mascara, too). Simply massage into your skin then wipe away with a cotton pad. As a bonus, coconut oil on your eyes will also nourish your eyelashes and promote growth.

Oil Pulling: A technique that involves swishing oil around your mouth for 20 minutes for healthier gums, teeth, and better health. Read more about oil pulling here.

In conclusion, while we are not convinced that coconut oil is a cure for Alzheimers, or that you should have unlimited amounts of it, we do think it has a place in every health enthusiast’s life. You can buy coconut oil here or here.