Environment and Coconut Oil

daniellejGreen Blizzard is always looking for ways that everyday consumers can make “greener” choices in their consumables.   There’s the adage of less is more, the less we consume, the smaller our carbon footprint and then these the strategy of selecting the least processed and packaged products available because …. the more its processed and packaged, the higher its carbon footprint.   Natural products are best from that perspective, which leads us to coconut oil.

I have a germ phobia. At one point and time, my phobia was so intense that I sanitized every surface of my home: tables, chairs, hangers, racks, doorknobs . . . doors. Yeah, that was weird. Needless to say, the endless hours I spent repeatedly washing and sanitizing my already sensitive skin left my hands in a pretty sad shape.
To solve my dry skin problems I needed a lotion or oil without a lot of fuss in it, basically most lotions have little or no impact on my sensitive skin, so I turned to natural lotion alternatives. This is how I came across coconut oil.

I already used it as a conditioner in my hair and to keep my hair shiny (a trick I learned from reading hair care blogs). I’d never focused on it as a skin moisturizer, though I read articles that sang its praises in that aren.

Testimonials in mind, I tried it on my skin for two weeks. Tahiti Landscape It honestly didn’t take two weeks for my skin to get back to normal – more like 2 days.

No, really. At the risk of sounding like an infomercial, coconut oil is absolutely unbelievable in its many uses and benefits.

Using this “miracle” oil in my hair, on my skin, and even on my plate, here’s what I’ve learned about coconut oil: It tastes good! I switched from using extra virgin olive oil to coconut oil in my cooking.

It’s fair to say I watch Food Network more than I actually cook, but I’ve enjoyed the results of every dish thus far.

Apparently, coconut oil is super healthy for you. What is the environmental impact of coconut oil?

Some of the benefits are:

  1. It helps prevent heart problems and diseases like high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, and atherosclerosis
  2. It’s good for your immune system. Coconut oil contains over 90% saturated fats, but it also contains 50% lauric acid which helps prevent heart ills, capric and caprylic acids which and antibacterial, antifungal, an antiviral properties, and antimicrobial lipids.
  3. It acts as a healing agent – Coconut oil works wonders on skin, especially with bruises. Just as it healed my dry skin, it repairs damaged tissues of bruises very quickly.

And many more….

You’d be reading this post all day if I told you every benefit I’ve ever heard about coconut oil.

Try it for yourself and let us know if you’ve seen any changes in your health, hair, and skin.

We recommend using extra virgin coconut oil to get the most benefit from the product.

Here are our suggestions on a few more action and thought-provoking Green Blizzard articles that you may find useful in reducing your carbon footprint: Cozy Winter Fires – Carbon Impact, Houseplants Purify Your Air, Green Cleaning Products, Hybrid Logic, Mass Transit: Shrink Your Carbon Footprint, and UPS Green


About the author

Danielle Jappah

Danielle brings a touch of southern US charm to our writing team.Since points of view on climate change vary depending on resources, economies, and political viewpoints of the region, we wanted a southerner to expand our point of view. The U.S. South has its own unique POV on climate change and Danielle writes from her office in Atlanta inspiring southern naysayers to wake up and recognize what happening everywhere.