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Coconut oil is a natural woman’s best friend. This nature-derived superfood và ingredient is known to bởi wonders for our hair, skin, and nails.

But with supply & demand increasing the cost of a jar of coconut oil at the grocery store, it"s refreshing to lớn know that there"s an easier way to lớn extract your own oil from a coconut. Here is the complete guide lớn coconut oil, & a simple method to lớn get oil out of coconut by boiling.

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What you need to lớn know about coconut oil

Coconut oil is a natural emollient that is extracted from a mature, harvested coconut. Unlike some natural emollients that lie on the surface of your hair, coconut penetrates the hair shaft to provide & maintain moisture. Coconut oil is a light natural emollient that helps to prevent your hair from becoming dry, và helps maintain its natural elasticity and avoid breakage. This is why coconut oil is a favorite among curly women.

What you need to know when working with coconut oil

It"s hydrophobic.

Coconut oil doesn’t mix with water because of different chemical properties. Coconut oil is a fat molecule, và is defined as a non-polar solvent, while water is a polar solvent. Polar và non-polar molecules will never mix.

It has a high melting point.

Ever wonder why your coconut oil is sometimes solid? Coconut oil has a melting point that is above room temperature (about 78 degrees), which means that it will be solid at room temperature. When storing your coconut oil, keep it from direct heat such as sunlight, and store it at room temperature. It can easily turn lớn liquid with just the heat of your fingers, but this consistency is an important factor to understand when working with coconut oil.

It can be used for a variety of purposes.

You can get much more use out of your coconut oil aside from just using it on your hair. It can be used as a makeup remover, for chapped lips, và as a natural moisturizer for skin and stretch marks.

Read more: The Science Behind Coconut Oil for Hair.

The Boiling Method

This boiling method from Idiots Guides will help you make unrefined, virgin coconut oil at trang chủ just using distilled water và a coconut.

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What you"ll need:

2 cups distilled water1 mature, brown coconut, nutmeat removedSmall saucepanGraterBlenderCheeseclothKitchen sieveMedium saucepan

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Step 1: Heat water in small saucepan over medium heat.

Step 2: Grate coconut meat into a bowl.

Step 3: Place coconut và hot water in blender & cover securely. Allow to lớn sit for a few minutes before blending, so the liquid does not overflow the blender and burn your hands.

Step 4: Puree coconut and water in the blender.

Step 5: Line the sieve with a layer or two of cheesecloth và place in a medium sized bowl.

Step 6: Pour the coconut puree into the sieve và press the liquid into the bowl using a rubber spatula or the back of a large spoon. When the pulp has been pressed dry, địa chỉ cửa hàng a little more water lớn the pulp and press again.

Step 7: Place liquid in a medium-size saucepan and bring up lớn a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. The coconut oil will separate from the cream and the water will evaporate.

Step 8: When the separated and curdled cream has browned, strain the liquid oil through the kitchen sieve into a container. Cover and store for later use.

Are you interested in making coconut oil at home, or vị you have your own recipe? giới thiệu with us in the comments below!

This article was originally published in năm nhâm thìn and has been updated for grammar and clarity.