Coconut Oil For Eczema
Coconut oil is rapidly becoming recognized as one of the most effective products in the treatment of Eczema and other persistent skin conditions such as Dermatitis and Psoriasis. Medical researchers are now recommending coconut oil for eczema treatment as we now understand that coconut oil contains very unique healing and protective properties that are effective in moisturizing the skin as well as reducing inflammation and itching while helping to ward off infections.
What Makes Coconut Oil So Special?
It was actually research on breast milk that allowed scientists to first uncover the healing powers of coconut oil for eczema. Breast milk is renowned for its special nutritional value and unique protective properties. It turns out that many of the substances that make breast milk so special are also abundantly present in coconut oil.
The most prized of these substances are known as Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) are fats that differ in a very significant way from the fats (saturated or unsaturated) found in the meat and vegetables that we commonly eat. Over 98% of most peoples’ fat intake comes from Long Chain Triglycerides (LCTs). What makes coconut oil so special is that it is made almost entirely of MCTs and it is this MCT that gives coconut oil its special healing properties. The most abundant MCT found in coconut oil is one called Lauric acid. In fact coconut oil is by far the richest source of Lauric Acid found in nature.
MCTs like Lauric Acid hold very powerful anti-microbial properties that kill disease causing bacteria, viruses, and fungi. It is these same MCTs that give breast milk the protective properties vital to a baby’s health. MCTs are actually commonly used in hospitals to feed the young and are commonly added to baby formula.
But Doesn’t Coconut Oil Contain Saturated Fat?
Science and research is changing what we thought we knew about coconut oil and about saturated fats. It turns out that just like there is “good” cholesterol; there are also good saturated fats. The saturated fats that we get from meats and vegetables are Long Chain Triglycerides (LCTs). These fats are difficult to break down and therefore get stored in our bodies. The MCTs that we find in coconut oil are easily digested and are immediately converted to energy without having a chance to be stored by our bodies as fat. In fact, coconut oil is now being used extensively to help with weight loss.
How Does Coconut Oil Help In The Treatment Of Eczema?
The MCTs found in coconut oil help to ward off fungal, viral and microbial infection thereby protecting eczema and dry skin and allowing your skin to heal naturally. When applied topically, coconut oil also has a great moisturizing effect that helps to sooth dry flaky skin.
How To Take Coconut Oil For Eczema?
When taking coconut oil for eczema you can either ingest it orally or apply the product directly to the skin. In fact many people recommend using both methods together. Researchers recommend eating between 1 and 4 tablespoons spread out throughout the day. People taking coconut oil for the first time may want to take a small amount at first. While coconut oil can be eaten straight out of the box, many people also like to use it as a food additive, as cooking oil or even in baking.
Coconut oil can be applied to the skin daily or as necessary. Severe eczema may require application several times a day. You can use the oil as a body moisturiser, to sooth dry hands or even as a lip balm. Basically feel free to be as creative as you like in how you choose to incorporate coconut oil into your daily skin care routine.