health

I LOVE coconut oil!!!

What ISN’T there to love about Coconut Oil? Above all things, it is antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antifungal!!  Soooo, it helps to balance the immune system.  Coconut oil is also full of other antioxidants and it helps your body absorb other minerals.  It also contains Lauric Acid which is known to fight off some cancers.  Aren’t you in LOVE with it, already?

Coconut oil mildly elevates the metabolism, speeds healing, and can help overweight pets lose weight. It can even enhance the skin and coat and reduce allergic reactions.  This can be done using a topical skin conditioner, and by orally ingesting it.

As if there isn’t enough about Coconut Oil to love it, already…. virgin coconut is the richest natural source of Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), which is a medium-chain fatty acid (MCFA).  Most of coconut oil’s health benefits come from medium-chain fatty acids, in the form of the aforementioned Lauric Acid.  Coconut oil is approximately 40% lauric acid.  The ONLY OTHER source of lauric acid that high is in breast milk.  It also contains capric acid, which helps to balance out insulin levels.  Coconut oil also helps with bad breath and ligament/joint issues.

I started taking it in a capsule form, and found those capsules at Costco.  LOVE Costco, right?  It helps suppress appetite, and has great health benefits for humans, as well as dogs.  It also has benefits for cats, but since I don’t have any cats, I didn’t do the research on it.  LOL…    Coconut oil gives you energy.  My pets get it in their food…. I mix it in with their dog food, and they LOVE it.  It helps keep their coats healthy, aids in digestion, and helps to combat infection.  It also helps to give a somewhat “lazy”…. ok,, SEDENTARY dog some energy, due to the healthy fat content.

Now, don’t go and start drowning your dog’s food in it…  it can cause flu-like symptoms if you use too much, too fast.  The recommended dosage is a teaspoon per 10 pounds of weight.  But don’t go over a tablespoon!!!  Start with half of that, or less, and gradually increase it until you reach the most beneficial level.  They can have this twice a day.

I also make my doggie shampoo with it, and I use fractionated coconut oil (it stays a liquid) to make a conditioning mist.  This conditioning mist also helps ward off flees, especially when mixed with some essential oils, such as eucalyptus.  For this to work, you MUST use therapeutic grade level oils.  I use DoTerra AND Young Living Essential Oils.  I have the benefit of living in Utah, and I can go visit some of the farms locally.  On my drive to work, I pass 2 pick up centers for DoTerra, and one for Young Living.  Lucky me!!  I also only use organic coconut oil, but any unrefined oil is fine.  Due to the word “oil” you  would expect a liquid, but it is a solid (for the most part.)  Using the essential oils are safe for your pets AND your family.  If you are in need of some oil, feel free to contact me or visit my DoTerra Store at http://mydoterra.com/wagswag.

Do not fret or worry if you are already giving your dog Salmon or Fish Oil.  It is OK to give them both.  I will explain that issue next week.  🙂

Here are some recipes for you to enjoy.  There is a printable link at the bottom of the page. One is a delicious treat that is safe and delicious for you AND your pet.  You can sit down, relax, and enjoy a snack together!  This will make a single serving, but feel free to double it up and save some for later!!  Another is a coconut oil skin treatment, and the last one is for a coconut oil conditioning and deodorizing spray.

Coconut oil kisses

3 Tbsp of coconut oil… warmed to room temp or warmed to melt but NOT HOT

3 Tbsp of peanut butter, or almond butter, or any nut based butter

1/2 tsp of sweetener….  honey, natural maple syrup, etc… you choose!

a pinch of sea salt or other crystalized salt

Mix all of the ingredients together until smooth.  Lay down some waxed paper on a plate or a sturdy surface.  Place blobs on the waxed paper into bite sized portions.  Place in the freezer for half an hour, or until firmed.  They will keep for a week in the freezer, or they will also stay solid in the refrigerator.  When you are ready, take them out and enjoy.  Share them with your favorite fur baby!!

And here is a recipe for a Coconut Oil Skin Treatment for your fur babies!

Coconut Oil Skin Treatment

1.  First, bathe your dog with your usual shampoo.

2.  While still in the bath, lather your dog thoroughly with Coconut Oil.

3. Leave it sit in their coat for 5-10 minutes.  I know, I know….. NO dog is going to just sit there.  I just keep massaging it into their coat and use it as a bonding moment.

4.  Rinse thoroughly, then apply a LIGHT shampoo to get out the greasy but not totally removing ALL of the benefits of the oil.

5.  Towel try and continue as your usual bath routine.

OR, because that seems like too much work… try this conditioning spray:

2 ounces of distilled water

1/4 teaspoon of fractionated coconut oil

4 drops of essential oil if you want to make them smell all awesome… some of my favorites are eucalyptus, lavender (for my hyper puppy) and citrus scents.

Mix these all in a spray bottle and use as needed.  If you want to add 1/2 tsp of vinegar, it will help keep the stinky away a little better.  More about vinegar on another post.  LOVE vinegar!!!  🙂

If you want the printable versions, click coconut oil rules printable recipes.  Yes, because Coconut Oil RULES!

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