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Health Benefits Of Coconut Oil From The Kenyan Port City Of Mombasa
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Health Benefits Of Coconut Oil From the Kenyan Port City Of Mombasa

There are more than 100 cosmetics, culinary and health benefits of coconut oil. But first, how do you get coconut oil? The methods of extracting oil for cooking and for cosmetics and beauty are somehow different. While the same coconut oil used for beauty and cosmetics can be used for frying and deep fat frying, it is not commonly used as it has a sharp taste.

The main difference is that for cooking, the coconut oil is extracted from the fresh white flesh of the coconut while the oil for beauty and cosmetics is squeezed from the sun dried flesh of the coconut. It is normally dried for about three days by which time it has turned brown and is then crushed and squeezed out using small tools and is packaged and labelled ready for the market or further processing into more products.

The other health benefits of coconut oil are in cooking. For cooking, the coconut oil extraction is done at home using very simple tools. The white coconut flesh is scrapped out using a small saw blade attached to a wood plank and then put in a slender long basket sieve made of coconut leaves. The coconut scrapings are put half full in the basket sieve and then a glass of water is added. The basket sieve is then squeezed and the squeeze is then collected and sorted out.

The first or premier squeezing is heavy and of very high quality and is mixed with cinnamon, garlic, and other spices of choice to marinate fish or chicken for baking, grilling or tandoori. The second and third squeezing is mixed with water and is used to cook white rice, potatoes, bananas, beans and generally as a cooking stock.

In cosmetics, coconut oil used by applying on the skin after bathing leaving it smooth, bright and looking healthy. As for hair, it stimulates growth and make your hair look strong and healthy. It is has been used extensively for ages by Arabian and Indian ladies for body decorations especially during special occasions. The coconut oil is used to enhance the body decorating mixture called heena. It works better as a heena mixture than water as the body artwork with looks brighter and very attractive.

Other health benefit of coconut oil is as massage oil for body and head massage and is used a lot in hair salons and barber shops. In conclusion, there are many documented health benefits of coconut oil. While coconut oil may not be readily available anywhere, there are a number of local and online shops you can order from.


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