Although many skin care companies use chemicals in their products, Naturally Mediterranean has always believed that Nature knows best, so all our products contain nothing but natural, high quality ingredients. We love to pass on what we’ve learned about natural skin and hair care, so here are some ideas for using coconut oil – one of Nature’s best ingredients. Coconut oil is an edible oil extracted from the flesh of coconuts. It has a number of health benefits, including boosting the immune system, lowering blood cholesterol and assisting digestion. In addition, it is also used widely for cosmetic purposes. These are just some of the beauty benefits of coconut oil. Hair care For centuries, women from the Far East have used coconut oil to beautify and strengthen their hair. The fatty acids, vitamin E and protein in the oil help to nourish and strengthen the hair, and replace the oils that are lost through the scalp. Coconut oil is also an effective treatment for dandruff and head lice. A little goes a very long way, so apply sparingly, or your hair could become unattractively greasy. Skin care Coconut oil has antibacterial properties, as well as being an effective moisturiser, so it's good for treating skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. It's also an effective moisturiser, even for very dry and sensitive skins. Test the oil on a small patch of skin first- some people can have a bad reaction to it, although most people can tolerate coconut oil well. Anti-aging As skin ages, liver spots can develop, and prolonged exposure to the sun can also cause premature signs of aging. Coconut oil is readily absorbed into the skin, so it can penetrate deep into the layers, helping to repair and renew skin cells and plump out the skin, thus lessening the appearance of wrinkles and age-related liver spots. Weight loss The medium chain fatty acids - triglycerides - present in coconut oil are easily absorbed into the blood stream and converted to energy. This has the effect of speeding up the metabolism, leading to increased, faster weight loss. Recent research shows coconut oil can boost the metabolism by an average of 48%. That's not all the good news though - these effects can last for up to 24 hours after ingestion. Coconut oil also slows down the digestive process and stabilises blood sugar levels, so you'll feel fuller for longer. This is great news for dieters. For the maximum health and beauty benefits, buy raw extra virgin coconut oil, as this has been through fewer processes. This means the power of the active ingredients is relatively undiminished. Coconut oil is widely used in cosmetics, shampoos and soaps, but use it as nature intended for the best results.