It’s not because I’m a die-hard fan of castor oil that I can’t root for another natural remedy! 😉 Since the very beginning, I’ve heard that castor oil and coconut oil made a great team when combined, but what happens when we separate the two? Another awesome outcome, of course! Therefore, I’ve decided to do a comparison of these two “frenemies” because individually, both castor oil and coconut oil have remarkable, natural benefits and when combined, they enhance one another’s amazing qualities. So what will it be in your home? Will it be castor oil AND coconut oil or… castor oil vs. coconut oil??
In this article:
What is coconut oil
Coconut oil benefits
Castor oil and coconut oil
What is coconut oil?
Coconut oil is indeed oil from a coconut, just in case there were any doubts. 😉 Did you know that basically everything about a coconut can be utilized? Particularly, coconuts contain a thirst-quenching liquid known as coconut water (have you ever seen Cast Away??) Once the white kernel of the coconut is dried (copra), coconut oil can then be cold pressed and extracted. It’s really crucial that the oil is cold-pressed which guarantees that the oil is extracted without the use of heat or chemicals, thus allowing the oil to retain all its natural and essential qualities.
Coconut oil is especially rich in fatty acids, among which are caprylic and lauric acid. You’ve might already noticed then that coconut oil is highly used in cosmetics and other beauty or health products. It is widely used for revitalizing and bringing shine to your hair. In India for example, coconut oil is used for head massages in order to thicken and protect hair. Not to mention the locals who live in the tropics depend heavily on the uses of coconuts (such as for the oil) for all its diverse benefits.
Coconut oil | Benefits
Hair health: Your hair will never shine brighter, feel silkier, or be healthier, all thanks to coconut oil’s powerful natural ability to protect against protein loss.
Skin care: Coconut oil is ideal for moisturizing dry or flaky skin, for reducing wrinkles, and for helping against mild skin conditions. Coconut oil’s replenishing nature is all due to it’s rich antioxidant properties. Take a closer look at anti-aging cremes, or other soaps or lotions designed for skin care or treatment, and you’ll notice right away that coconut oil is a prominent ingredient on the list, if not the main base ingredient.
Digestive and immunity health: The intake of coconut oil (mostly used in cooking) helps the body absorb essential vitamins and nutrients, meanwhile combating against bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Like a double edge sword, coconut oil improves the digestive system while strengthening your immunity system.
Healing and stress relief: Due to it’s fatty acid and antioxidant-rich properties, coconut oil helps repair damaged tissues faster and thus speeds up the healing process. Using coconut oil also relieves considerable amounts of mental and body stress. Consider doing a castor oil or coconut oil head massage and benefit from it’s stress-relieving properties.
This is just a tiny sample of all the incredible benefits of using coconut oil(!!!) But you can already see why it’s widely loved and used all over the world.
Castor Oil and Coconut Oil
Now that you’ve got a taste of coconut oil, you may wonder why use BOTH castor oil and coconut oil, given that they have similar results? Let me give you some details.
I agree, castor oil and coconut oil are very similar in several regards: they both are incredible for hair and skin care; they both have super antibacterial, antifungal, antiinflammatory properties, and both are rich in fatty acids, antioxidants, and are both natural remedies for all these things.
So why combine castor oil and coconut oil?
When castor oil and coconut oil combine they create an ideal texture and most of all, they have complimenting compositions. This makes it no wonder as to why people combine the two to treat their hair and skin! Follow my short guide below for a simplified castor oil and coconut oil treatment that will optimize and maximize your desired results.
Castor oil and coconut oil hair mask
First, I mix equal proportions of castor oil and coconut oil in a bowl. You’ll most likely need to heat the coconut oil to make it have a consistency which will mix well with the castor oil. Once the oil is mixed well and heated (careful! not too hot), apply it directly on your scalp (I part my hair in sections with bobby pins to make sure I equally spread the oil mixture all over my scalp). Since the oil cools down quite quickly, I would recommend covering your head with a hot/humid towel which will optimize the absorption and action of the two oils. I leave the oil mix on for normally 1-2 hours, but prefer to keep it on overnight and then rinse in the morning.
After the 2 hours/night, shampoo and rinse your hair at least twice. Really work up a lather to wash out all the excess oil!
Depending on your desired results, you will want to adjust your application frequency. I used to apply this mix 3x a week for faster results. Now with my busy schedule I’ve reduced this type of castor oil and coconut oil hair mask about once a week, sometimes twice. Adapt as necessary!
Final thoughts: Castor Oil and Coconut Oil
So which one is your favorite? Both are incredible, but I may be a little biased towards castor oil.. I mean after all, this website is named “Castor Oil guide”, and not “Coconut Oil guide”, right?! Heehee 😉
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