How to make coconut oil at home

Coconut oil is extracted from the meat of mature coconuts. The oil is high in saturated fatty acids especially lauric acid which is said to improve the oil's ability to be absorbed by the hair shaft. It is rich in antioxidants and has antimicrobial, antiviral and antifungal properties.

Coconut oil has many benefits when used on hair. Studies show that the oil can help reduce protein loss from hair as a result of daily manipulation. It has moisturizing properties, reduces frizz and split ends, helps with hair regrowth and can be used to treat scalp infections. It is known to treat lice infestation when mixed with anise oil. It contains Vitamin E which is known to have antioxidant properties and promotes general scalp and hair health. 

Even with all these benefits, coconut oil is not for every hair type. It is good you try it and when it doesn't work for you then stop it. 

Now I want to show you how to make this magical oil from the comfort of your home. I learnt how to make it at home because it is not readily available in my area and even when you see it, it is too expensive. If you have the same problem then stick around and learn how to extract this oil.

Items needed

1. A blunt object like axe or hammer for breaking the coconut.

2. Chopping board for cutting the coconut flesh into pieces.

3. A blender for blending the coconut pieces.

4. Pot for cooking the coconut milk.

5. Bowls and sieves.

6. Moderately hot water that is comfortable to touch with bare hands.

Directions

1. Break the coconuts with a heavy blunt object.



2. Pry out the coconut meat from the coconut shell with a knife. Once the coconut is mature, the coconut meat should be able to come out of the shell easily.



3. Rinse the pieces of coconut thoroughly and dice them into small pieces.


4. Put the coconut pieces into the blender, add the moderately hot water. It is better to use moderately hot water rather than  lukewarm water or cool water to achieve good results.



5. Grind the pieces of coconut with the moderately hot water till smooth.



6. Pour in a sieve to separate the coconut milk from the chaff. Then press with your hands to squeeze out the last drop. You may grind the  chaff a second time to get more coconut milk if you like.



7. Use a sieve with a finer mesh to remove the tiniest particles from the coconut milk.




8. Cover the bowl of coconut milk and keep it in the fridge overnight. By the next morning, the coconut oil would have separated from the water and caked on top of the water.



9. Remove the caked coconut oil from the bowl and place in a clean dry pot.




10. Cover the pot and start cooking on low or medium heat. If you notice any smoke at any time as you cook, reduce the heat. Cook until you see the coconut bits in the oil turn brown.



11. Set the pot aside so the coconut oil can cool down to a comfortable temperature.



12. Sieve with a chiffon cloth or a fine mesh sieve to remove the brown bits.



13. Pour into an airtight container. Store in your cupboard and use when you wish.




So that is how to make coconut oil at the comfort of your home. Let me know when one of you try to use this method and your results. 

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