Guava is a sweet exotic fruit native to Mexico, Central and South America. One guava fruit contains three times the daily vitamin C requirement, potassium, fiber, vitamin A, and lycopene. Whether whole fruit, juice, or jelly, guava is deliciously nutritious. And that’s just the fruit of the tree.

Guava and guava leaves have a ton of benefits:

Weight loss

Guava is quite helpful for those who want to lose weight without compromising their intake of proteins, vitamins and fiber. Guava is good source of roughage and rich in vitamins, proteins and minerals, but it has no cholesterol and a low number of digestible carbohydrates. It is a very filling snack and satisfies the appetite very easily. Guava, particularly raw guava has far less sugar as compared to apples, oranges, grapes, and other fruit. Including a medium-sized guava to your lunch and you will not feel hungry again until the evening. Ironically, it can also help with weight gain in lean, thin people. This is perhaps due to its wealth of nutrients, which keep the metabolism regulates and helps to promote the proper absorption of nutrients.


Respiratory ailments

Quercetin as found in guava leaves can also relieve asthma and other respiratory ailments, such as bronchitis and chronic cough.

Dengue fever

A virus spread by mosquitoes in tropical regions that can be fatal to some with a compromised immune system. Guava leaf extract has been shown an effective remedy for dengue fever.

Help heal colds

As well as with more serious respiratory illnesses such as bronchitis, guava leaves can be helpful if you’ve got a cold. The high levels of vitamin C and iron in unripe tropical fruit help reduce mucus productions and prevent the spread of microbial activity. It is important to remember that while unripe guava is effective, ripe guava can have the opposite effect and instead irritate and prolong the illness.


It promotes hair growth

Even if you are not losing hair but want some more, you may consider trying guava leaves. Regularly wash your hair with guava leaves water and the vitamin C and vitamin B found in the leaves will nourish hair follicles. You will notice your hair growing quickly. Moreover, guava leaves promote scalp health because they possess antimicrobial, analgesic, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Lower cholesterol

Research has proved that drinking guava leaf tea for 3 months can lead to reduction in LDL or bad cholesterol and triglycerides without any adverse effect on good cholesterol. Besides, the guava leaves are a great liver tonic.

Protect liver

Guava leaves protect the liver by curing various injuries caused to the liver. The liver can be damaged by excessive paracetamol consumption or from enzymes like bilirubin, alkaline phosphate, aspartate aminotransferace and alanine aminotransferace . These leaves with their effective hepatoprotective property helps in detoxifying the organ.

Improves skin health

The antioxidants and vitamins present in guava benefit the skin. They help slow down aging and prevent wrinkles.

According to The American Journal of Chinese Medicine, guava extract can also be used to treat acne as it has the potential to destroy acne-causing bacteria in the skin.

Rosemary is the ‘go-to’ essential oil for many people.

It is widely recommended by trained Aromatherapists the world over, to those feeling mentally fatigued but who need to maintain a clear head.

Rosemary was one of the earliest plants used in medicine due to its antiseptic properties and its history dates back to its use by the ancient Egyptians. Since then, Rosemary has been used for wide range of therapeutic indications.

Here are some of the benefits of rosemary:

Treat scabies

The anti-inflammatory & anti-microbial properties of this herb will protect the affected areas from further infection. Furthermore, rosemary can reduce the irritating sensation and speed the healing process. You will need rosemary and water for this treatment.

Relieve lower back pain

Add rosemary to boiling water and then cover it. Now, let it steep for 30 minutes. Drink 1 cup of this tea before going to sleep and 1 cup before your breakfasts. Have this tea regularly to relieve lower back pain.

Rejuvenate the skin

Massage your skin with rosemary oil to rehydrate and tone it. It fades wrinkles & bags on your skin, thus keeping it healthy and beautiful. The cell regeneration properties of rosemary oil help to treat visible skin problems and replace the damaged tissue, which is effective in reducing scars & spots.

Reduces risk of cancer

Researchers studying the effects of rosemary in relation to cancer have found it may inhibit tumor growth. Rosemary’s been shown to reduce the formation of cancer cells by preventing the replication of cancerous cells. This has been documented regarding prostate, breast and colon cancer cells.

 Assists brain health

Rosemary has long been revered for its ability to help overcome mental fatigue, improving mental clarity and focus. Now, Japanese researchers have shown that rosemary can do more than that. The research, published in 2015 in Neuroscience Research stated that carnosic acid (one of rosemary’s phytochemicals) has neuroprotective functions in brain cells. They said carnosic acid “served as an activator for neuroprotective and neurotrophic functions in brain cells.” They also stated it may be helpful in the prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease.


For memory and concentration

Rosemary oil is commonly used in aromatherapy to improve memory and concentration, and relieve stress. Other rosemary benefits are lowering cortisol levels to reduce anxiety, especially when combined with other sweet-smelling oils such as lavender oil.


The consumption of Rosemary tea is also known to help with indigestion, stomach cramps and flatulence. Hence rosemary herb is mostly added to meat dishes such as beef, lamb, pork etc. as it helps in the digestion of these meats by stimulating the gall bladder to produce an increased quantity of bile. Hence while preparing such meat dishes it is always advisable to sprinkle some rosemary herb on the meat.


Antibacterial potential

Rosemary consists of impressive amount of immune boosting components, which is specifically powerful against bacterial infections, particularly those in the stomach. H. pylori bacteria are common and very dangerous pathogens that cause stomach ulcers, but rosemary has been shown to prevent its growth when consumed. Similarly, rosemary is related to preventing Staph infections, which kill thousands of people each year.

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique that involves swishing oil around in your mouth for a set period of time. It draws out the toxins in your body, primarily to improve oral health but also to improve your overall health.

Dating back to around 5,000 years ago, oil pulling was originally used for healing purposes to treat all kinds of oral issues with sesame and sunflower oil being the predominant base used at the time. Recent studies show that when compared with our usual mouthwash, the method of oil pulling with sesame oil does in fact reduce plaque. The growing trend in the 21st century towards using natural, organic products wherever possible has meant that oil pulling has seen a comeback, as people embrace this traditional and wholly natural way to look after their teeth. Coconut oil is often favored above the original oils, as this oil also has many benefits for your whole body such as burning fat and balancing hormones. Additionally, coconut oil has been seen to have the ability to help protect against tooth decay.

Here are some of the benefits of oil pulling:

Prevents cavities

Swishing coconut oil helps pull out bacteria that tends to hide between teeth and gums. By getting rid of this bacteria, you can prevent cavities from ever forming in your mouth.

Systematic health benefits

Oil pulling is believed to have not only oral benefits but also contributes to positive health and healing. The Ayurvedic medicine text professes that oil pulling cures over thirty health ailments. Some of these include: diabetes, arthritis, chronic sinusitis, migraines, asthma, bronchitis, intestinal diseases, heart disease, kidney disease, eczema, and many chronic illnesses. Reducing the amount of unfavorable bacteria and toxins in your body reduces the strain they cause on your immune system. This may explain why some claim oil pulling is capable of curing diseases and chronic inflammation.

Promotes Oral Hygiene

Gum diseases and tooth decay occur due to the deposition of plaque on teeth. If the teeth are not cleaned after satisfying the taste buds with some yummy food item; plaque gets deposited on your teeth which release bacteria and germs. Oil pulling helps reduce tooth cavities and gets rid of bad breath. It removes Streptococcus mutans bacteria along with other microorganisms. It works wonders in improving oral health. Hence, it can be used as a mouthwash. It must be practiced during pregnancy as the changing hormone levels, and the calcium utilization by the developing baby takes a toll on the teeth and gums.

How to oil pull:

  • Put the oil in your mouth. The oil is considered a fat that will add to the detox formula you are creating. It is important to take note of that the recommended oils to use are sunflower, sesame oil and olive oil.
    Most importantly to use cold pressed oil as a first choice. If this is not available use refined oil.
  • Whoosh the oil with your saliva. This is the water and enzymes combination that is adding to make a short- term mixture, which has the natural know-how of binding oil and water soluble molecules, blanketing them both into the currents in your mouth.
  • Rinse your mouth out thoroughly with water. Give yourself a moment to adjust back to not swishing any oil liquid in your mouth.
    Your saliva glands will need a few minutes to readjust to not having to move and swish.

Bananas are incredibly healthy and delicious. They are among the most popular and nutritious health foods you can eat on earth. They are high in fiber and antioxidants. In particular, the nutrients found in bananas have been found to improve digestions and heart health.

But despite being a highly nutritious fruit, bananas have a reputation for being high in calories and carbs.1 medium sized banana contains about 105 calories and is made up of mostly water and carbs. To be exact, about 90% of the calories in banana comes from carbs, which equals to 27g of carbs in one medium banana.

Even though banana is a moderately high calorie fruit, bananas contain several important nutrients that are beneficial to your health.

Some of its amazing benefits are:

Kidney cancer

Banana is rich in Antioxidants like Vitamin C, E and beta-carotene that prevents damage of cell from free radicals.

In research, it was found that people eating a banana daily had less risk to get kidney cancer.

Reverses signs of ageing

The antioxidants in bananas helps fight stress and neutralize the free radicals in the body to reverse the signs of ageing. It also maintains proper health of the skin by rejuvenating the skin cells.

Bananas can act as mood enhancers or mild sedatives


Bananas contain tryptophan (although it’s not one of the major sources, a medium still contains about 10.6 mg of tryptophan). Tryptophan is one of the 20 amino acids which are building blocks of proteins. Tryptophan helps the body to produce serotonin – which has a calming effect on the brain (creates a stable mood) and acts as a mild sedative. It should be noted that the only way our our body gets its dose of tryptophan is through our diet – it does not produce tryptophan naturally. Bananas are one of the easiest ways to get it.


 Good for athletic performance

Bananas contain carbohydrates, which are broken down into glucose, the body’s main source of fuel. Eating carbohydrates prior to physical activity may help increase endurance.  Potassium is lost through sweat, and this decrease in potassium is linked to muscle cramps. Eating a banana during and/or after physical activity will replace lost potassium and restore carbohydrate stores. Remember, it is important to maintain hydration and replace other electrolyte levels as well.

Stronger Bones

Bananas are one of the best fruits for guaranteeing strong, healthy bones throughout your life. One of the best reasons for this is the presence of fructooligosaccharide, which is a prebiotic and eventually a probiotic, beneficial bacteria in our digestive tract that boosts the intake of minerals and nutrients by the body. Specifically, bananas are linked to increased absorption of calcium. Some bananas also possess short-chain fatty acids, which humans cannot absorb, but the organism that live in our stomach lining can consume those fatty acids, which increases their ability to absorb minerals like calcium. Calcium is the most important element in the production and regrowth of bone matter in the body, thereby reducing the chances of osteoporosis and natural weakness commonly linked to aging.

This little fruit is taking the foodie scene by storm. Smaller than your regular strawberry variety and quite a bit more delicate as well, they are truly a special and unique berry. It’s the unusual color combination that immediately draws you in, white flesh with red seeds, followed by the aroma and taste that can be only described as pineapple-esque.

The Pineberry is bred from a wild strawberry that is believed to originate from South America where it naturally grew wild, but rough times nearly lead the fine specimen to extinction in 2003. But as fate would have it, a group of Dutch farmers banded together to save the plant and help to nourish it back to commercial cultivation. The soft flesh and reverse strawberry scheme with unique taste are the highlights of this berry. Delicate and perishable due to its natural build up this berry must be handled with the utmost care. Don’t forget to enjoy and watch as the heads turn when the aroma of pineberries fills the air!

A pineberry is known in nomenclature as, Fragaria x ananassa. It is a traditionally created cross between two distinctly different types of strawberries a.k.a. a hybrid, which will never reproduce true from seed. Perhaps on a rare occasion, but don’t ever count on it. Growing pineberries from seed will give you an assorted lot. The majority of your seedlings will be U.S. native Fragaria  virginiana, and the Chilean strawberry, Fragaria chiloensis.Pineberry is a hybrid of two different Strawberry varieties – Fragaria chiloensis, originating in South America, and Fragaria virginiana, originating in North America. Pineberries are smaller than common strawberries and they turn white when fully ripe, with red seeds inside. The fragrant flesh of the fruit can vary from soft white to orange color and as mentioned in the message, the Pineberries have slight pineapple flavor.

Nutrition Facts

Raw – PineberriesTop of Form

Servings:      100 g 1 g 1 ounce 3.5 ounce

Bottom of Form

Calories 44 Sodium 0 mg
Total Fat 0 g Potassium 0 mg
Saturated 0 g Total Carbs 10 g
Polyunsaturated 0 g Dietary Fiber 1 g
Monounsaturated 0 g Sugars 0 g
Trans 0 g Protein 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Vitamin A 0% Calcium 0%
Vitamin C 0% Iron 0%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


The pineberries will act as a powerful energy booster

The carbs that any fruit, even the pineberry contains are in fact the healthy alternative to provide your body the needed carbohydrates which will give you an energy boost necessary for you to go through the day. On the other hand, people usually eat a lot of unhealthy carbohydrates to get the needed energy, which is the reason for their excessive weight and potential diseases. Now that you know all the benefits that the white strawberry offers you should definitely consider eating some more of it.

Strengthen your immune system

Pineberries are one of the best sources of vitamin C that helps strengthen your immune system. When your immunity is strong, your body fights off bacteria, germs, and viruses faster. Using some white strawberries in your desserts or smoothies may help keep your immune system running strong, which means you can say goodbye to cold and flu and a number of other diseases.

You may have heard of the oregano herb, especially if you enjoy pizza and pasta. Oregano is a Mediterranean herb that is a common feature on Italian dishes. Uses mostly in its dry form, it adds a kick to meals.

But oregano doesn’t just excite our taste buds. Its leaves are rich in compounds that are biological active, and which bring with them benefits to us humans. They contain the likes of cymene, terpinene, and thymol, all of which bring with them useful benefits.

Oregano is also rich in oleanolic and ursolic acids, which improve our cell physiology.

The strong antibacterial, antiviral and anti fungal properties come from a naturally occurring, active ingredient in oregano oil called Carvacrol. This powerful ingredient offers a wide range of health benefits and is said to be just as effective as antibiotics but without any of the undesirable side effects.

It’s important to go for a good quality oil , with a 65%-85% carvacrol content, but also remember that it is very potent, and much too strong to apply or ingest without being considerably diluted. Don’t be tempted to think that the extra strength will be a good thing, as it will be an irritant. Mix it well with either olive oil, coconut oil or in a small glass of water and use carefully, it will then have the pleasant aromatic flavour of oregano so familiar in Italian food.

Effective against candida and yeast infections

When combined with probiotics and an anti-candida diet. A healthy way to treat these complaints and assist the body to correct it’s natural balance without drugs.

Use to treat toenail fungus and athletes foot

When mixed with a little coconut oil and applied directly (twice daily) to affected areas. A great natural alternative to the many ineffective remedies for this annoying condition.

Source of essential nutrients

Oregano oil is most essential to those who struggle everyday to balance their meals in order to get the right nutrients all the time. Oregano oil is filled with vital minerals like magnesium and zinc and vitamins C and E. In order to use it as a source of essential nutrients, regular use of the oil is necessary.

Digestive aid

The digestive tract is one of the most essential parts of our body. Without the digestive system working properly, we will not be well for long. Without proper digestion, food will begin to disintegrate in the digestive tract. Oregano oil is renowned to slow down food decay because of its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic and anti-oxidant abilities.



If you suffer from allergies, whether seasonal or year round, opt for some oregano as part of your allergy-fighting routine. Oregano oil sedates the hypersensitivity to stimuli – which is what allergies are – to offer relief from allergy symptoms.




Oregano oil works to promote the secretion of digestive juices and helps boost nutrient absorption, meaning you’ll get more out of the foods you eat to promote good health.



Dilute in your favorite carrier oil or lotion and apply to the chest area.  For nasal congestion, try adding one or two drops of oregano essential oil on a clean handkerchief and inhale the vapor

Coconut water has a sweet and nutty taste. It is naturally refreshing. It contains carbohydrates in the form of sugar and electrolytes that help to ease digestive problems. Coconut water is a pure liquid in the fruit center that is plugged from green and young coconuts.

It has a few calories, less sodium, and extra potassium than a sports drink. Many unflavored coconut glasses of water have 1.3 grams sugar, 5.45 calories and 61 milligrams of potassium and 5.50 milligrams of sodium, which is compared to Gatorade, which contains 1.75 grams of sugar, 3.75 grams of milligrams, 6.25 calories and 13.75 milligrams of sodium.

It has very less amount of sugar than any other sports drinks, sodas, and fruit juices. It will be better for adults and kids to drink plain coconut water.

Perfect for athletes

Coconut water is often referred to as “nature’s perfect sports drink” and a “life enhancer.” This is mainly because it’s high in calcium, potassium, and sodium. All three of the nutrients I just mentioned are powerful electrolytes, which the body needs to function properly. Athletes lose electrolytes through their sweat. You can also lose electrolytes if you don’t drink enough fluid and become dehydrated. To keep your body balanced, you need to replenish those electrolytes as soon as possible. One of the best ways to do that is to sip on coconut water.

Cardiovascular health

Coconut water is rich in potassium and magnesium and is helpful to those people who suffer from low blood pressure. The risk of heart attack is reduced by this drink.

It normalizes the blood circulation and avoids the formation of plaque. By drinking coconut water daily, it will prevent heat strokes. It also helps to enhance good cholesterol, which makes it an amazing treatment for maintaining good cardiovascular health.

Antimicrobial properties

Coconut water has been tested for its antimicrobial properties as well. It has been noted that coconut water contains biochemicals called peptides, which can kill both gram positive and gram negative bacteria. Thus, drinking coconut water can be very helpful in fighting infections.

Beneficial for cholera

When suffering from cholera, tender coconut water can be very useful. Take two glasses of coconut water and mix it with 3-4 teaspoons of lime juice. This solution is known to bring back the electrolyte balance and should be regularly given to the patient. Coconut water, being a good source of potassium, can be an ideal solution for cholera.

Increases immunity

Rich in nutrients and vitamins like riboflavin, niacin, thiamin and pyridoxine, and folates, coconut water has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties that can help increase your body’s immune system and fight viral infections like flu.

Improves kidney function

Due to its minerals, potassium and magnesium content, coconut water is beneficial to a person suffering from any kidney disease. This water also acts as a diuretic and increases the flow and production of urine.


Leave-in conditioner

Coconut water is the perfect way to counteract a dry, itchy or flaky scalp. Massaging coconut water can also help stimulate your scalp. You can make your own coconut water scalp spray in no time: All you need is pure coconut water and jojoba or avocado oil. Use half a cup of coconut water mixed with four tablespoons of your oil. Spray it onto your hair before washing as a scalp treatment to massage your hair follicles or use after shampooing and conditioning to calm your scalp.

Ginger has some pretty incredible benefits. It has amazing anti-inflammatory properties, is rich in vitamins and minerals, and works wonders for anyone with an upset stomach. The secret behind ginger’s power has to do with its vitamins and essential oils. The herb contains vitamins A, B-complex, C, E, magnesium, iron, zinc, and calcium. But most important is the essential oil gingerol, a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that is unique to the herb, has been shown to have widespread medicinal properties.

Ginger water can help you with:

Glycemic control

A study published in the August 2012 edition of the natural product journal Planta Medica suggested that ginger may improve long-term blood sugar control for people with type 2 diabetes. Researchers from the University of Sydney, Australia, found that extracts from Buderim Ginger (Australian grown ginger) rich in gingerols – the major active component of ginger rhizome – can increase uptake of glucose into muscle cells without using insulin, and may therefore assist in the management of high blood sugar levels.

Fights cancer and chemotherapy induced nausea

Ginger has anti carcinogenic traits and has been observed to fight some types of cancer, including ovarian cancer. Research has shown that ginger tea can act to literally eliminate ovarian cancer cells. Even more promising is the fact that cancer cells actually end up killing and attacking themselves. This is good news for those already facing cancer, and incentive enough to make ginger tea a regular part of your diet if you are currently cancer-free. Aside from helping to treat ovarian cancer, ginger is also affective in combat against colon cancer.

Joint pain

Arthritis or just simple overuse injuries can cause serious joint pain. Though most of us reach for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) like Tylenol or Aspirin, it turns out a better option could be ginger. A study conducted at the University of Miami showed that ginger extract reduced pain and stiffness by 40 percent among osteoarthritis sufferers. The trick? Ginger’s essential oils have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Improves digestion

Ginger tea boosts up speed of food digestion and improves nutrient absorption and uptake. It also reduces bloating caused by fast food, salty foods and overeating. Ginger tea also regulates your appetite.

Relieves migraine

Ginger tea is very efficient in relieving migraine. A cup of this healthy beverage will significantly reduce chronic inflammation, which is the main causative factor for the occurrence of migraine

How to make ginger water:

You’ll need 1 liter of water and 1 cup of fresh, sliced ginger root. Pour the water and sliced ginger into a large pot and bring it to a boil. Let the mixture simmer over a low heat for about 15 minutes. Once the mixture has cooled, strain the liquid into a jar or several jars.

You should drink at least 16oz. a day. It’s best to warm the liquid in a pot and store it in a thermos so you can keep it with you and sip on it throughout the day. Drinking it throughout the day helps the ginger burn fat cells around your waist and hips. It additionally cleanses toxins from your system and helps establish proper digestion.

Castor oil is derived by pressing the seeds of the castor oil plant. It is usually found in the vast wastelands of tropical areas. However, nowadays it’s also grown as a garden plant in milder climates. Castor oil has a pale yellow color and a distinct odor. This oil has been in use for a very long time especially among native Africans and Asian populations. It’s one of the few oils that have several benefits. For example, you can use it as a laxative, a lubricant, or for glowing skin and healthy hair. Nowadays castor oil is also being used as automobile oil due to its excellent lubricant properties. It’s perhaps, one of the few oils that can be used both for industrial and domestic purposes.

Initially, castor oil was used to treat constipation but nowadays, it’s widely used for health and beauty purposes. In fact, you will be amazed to know the various ways in which you can use castor oil to improve your skin and hair. Castor oil also finds its usage in food preservation as it is largely used in Asian countries for preserving rice, wheat, and other grains from rotting. Also, it’s used in some other food for lending a distinct taste to them.

Here are some of its benefits:


Because it is a thicker oil castor will remain on the surface for some time and thanks to the high concentration of fatty acids it easily penetrates deep into the skin. When that happens the skin becomes moisturized and dry areas disappear.
You can also treat sunburns with this oil as it will soothe and repair the skin.

Fight against dandruff

Yet another one of the excellent health benefits of castor oil is the fact that it can help you get rid of dandruff once and for all. Since it has antifungal as well as antibacterial properties, when you massage it into your scalp on a regular basis, it will deter the conditions which lead to the forming of dandruff.

Castor oil for split ends

When applied directly to the strands of hair, the health benefits of castor oil become prominent. Use a cotton ball dipped in castor oil to apply some of it to your hair ends. You must do this half an hour prior to your shampooing routine every time you decide to wash your hair. Soon enough, you’ll start noticing that your split ends will have disappeared for good.

Prevents dark circles and wrinkles

Applying castor oil topically all around your eyes help prevent dark circles and wrinkles. It helps to nourish the skin and relieves dryness. This helps to make the skin around the eye softer and brighter.


Do you have a mouth sore? Or an open wound? Castor has been used for centuries to cure such ailments. This is because castor oil contains ricinoleic acid, which has excellent antimicrobial properties. It is also effective for in the treatment of bladder and vaginal infections, and can be used to deal with fungal infections like ringworm. When used around the eyes, it can provide relief from the dust and other particles that entered the eyes. Castor oil is also effective for treating eye problems like styes.

Coconut oil is no longer just a fad—it’s a full on national obsession. You can’t get within 10 feet of the Internet before you stumble across another article extolling its many virtues: It’s delicious, it makes killer baked goods, it may have some health benefits, and it even doubles as an all around beauty product.

But coconut oil’s explosion in popularity has come with one major downside: Now grocery store shelves are packed with countless varieties of the stuff, all bearing a confusing carousel of label claims. So which type should you buy for max nutrition and taste? We’ve got you covered.

Coconut oil is definitely one of the healthiest oils on the planet, with a myriad of health benefits and uses. Over 1,500 studies have confirmed its miraculous medicinal properties, which are mostly due to its unique content.

It contains healthy fats known as medium-chain fatty acids, which have lauric acid, capric acid, and caprylic acid.

It is primarily a natural, healthy and highly beneficial solution for many health issues. However, not all sorts of coconut oil are made in the same way. There are two main types of coconut oils: virgin and refined.

How are they made?

  • Virgin coconut oil. It is made out of fresh coconut meat which is scooped out of the shell and then is pressed. This meat leaves behind the coconut oil. It is completely natural and has a pure flavor.
  • Refined Coconut oil. It is made out of dried coconut meat. The neutral flavor is achieved by steam refine of the oil. Be careful because some producers add some harmful chemicals to produce this type of oil.

There are three basic types of fatty acids—short-chain, medium-chain, and long-chain. Long-chain fatty acids have more carbon atoms, which means they require higher temperatures to melt. Fats that are solid at room temperature have longer chain lengths—thus, coconut oil.

One of the fatty acids that’s mostly removed in fractionation is lauric acid—a type of “healthy” saturated fat found in high quantities in coconut and palm kernel oils. It’s a great fat to have in skin care because it’s so moisturizing and cleansing.

Once the lauric acid and other long-chain fatty acids are gone, you’re still left with a lot of good stuff, including medium chain fatty acids like capric, caprylic, myristic and palmitic, all of which retain their super-moisturizing capabilities. You also still have the natural antioxidants, which protect from environmental stressors, and nutrients like vitamins A, C, and E, which help maintain a tighter, firmer look.

Whenever possible, buy coconut oil that’s labeled as “unrefined,” “extra virgin,” and/or “cold pressed,” but avoid coconut oil that’s labeled as “deodorized.” Sticking to these guidelines ensures that you’ll get oil subjected to the least amount of processing. Unrefined coconut oil, also called extra virgin, is extracted from the fruit of fresh mature coconuts without the use of chemicals or high temperatures. This means it retains some nutrients that act as antioxidants.