My love for it, and why Niulife is changing lives with their coconut oil
For about 6 years now I have used coconut oil for just about everything.
On my skin, in my hair, in my food, in my animals food, as toothpaste, and the list goes on. I was on the hunt for a sustainable brand of coconut oil, which was well aligned with values, when I stumbled across Niulife
This company is doing amazing things for people in South Pacific Communities.
Back then (and even today) mass produced, low quality coconut oils made in mainland factories from highly processed "copra oil" were often chemically processed to make it taste and appear commercially acceptable. The coconuts could be left open for days or even weeks before pressing the oil, plus the only return to the farmer was the low price paid for the coconuts. It was harsh, back-breaking work for very little pay.
This changed forever when NiuLife founder, Dr Dan, invented the DME® (Direct Micro Expelling) Coconut Oil Press and Process.
The unique DME® Process enables families living in remote islands to hand-make one of the world's freshest virgin coconut oils within an hour of opening the coconut without the need to leave their village or travel to the mainland.
Unlike the production of copra, which is heavy backbreaking work, the DME system can be operated comfortably by women, youth and even the disabled. It provides an entire micro-economy of jobs and opportunities for everyone in the village.
From the farmers who pay their kindy fees in coconuts to the local transport driver who delivers the coconut oil and goods made by other small village businesses to the outside world.
Not only do we buy ALL the oil the villages produce upfront (as long as it meets export standards) we also give back all the profits from the sale of every Niulife product so they can enjoy a better quality of life.
See video below on DME oil . . . . .
Beyond Fair Trade
" From very beginning we’ve been on the ground working alongside the local villages to make change happen.
When we first started out in 1994 Australia didn’t have a Virgin Coconut Oil industry. There was no fair-trade act or organic certification for the coconut oil industry.
Since then we’ve worked tirelessly with local governments and organic certification organisations, like NASAA, to develop world-class protocols for the ethical and sustainable production of certified organic coconut products.
Our entire Niulife range of certified organic gourmet coconut products are made from sustainably sourced, ethically produced, organic wholefood ingredients with 100% of all profits going back to equipping our village communities with everything they need to enjoy a brand new, better quality of life.
Each DME® coconut oil press is independently owned by the villages. Not only do we buy every drop of oil that the villagers produce (as long as it meets our strict quality standards) but we give 100% of the profits from the sale of ALL Niulife products back to the villages via our DME® Village for Life™ Empowerment programs.
These programs, run by our Village for Life™ Support Teams in partnership with individual village enterprises, equip locals with all the knowledge, skills and tools they need to set up and sustain their own independent small businesses and thriving micro-economy.
Every year our team continues to set new benchmarks and pioneer technologies, ideas, and opportunities for helping local villages create additional income streams by turning their coconuts into cashflow.
We teach organic sustainable polyculture farming techniques which utilise the space beneath coconut palms to grow other food crops.
We show how biofuels from coconut oil can be used to run generators and machinery in place of diesel or petroleum-based fuels.
Plus we’re always working to develop new ideas to create additional income, like making soap from the oil, and using the left-over coconut meal from DME® production for stockfeed. "
See video below . . . . . .
5 of my favourite uses for coconut oil
So I wanted to share with you guys my favourite uses for coconut oil! It something I use in so many parts of my everyday life, and Im not sure where I would be without it . . .
1. All over body moisturiser
I have used coconut oil as an all over body moisturiser now for at least 5 years. I put it on everytime I get out of the shower, and before bed. Nourishing your skin is so important, especially when you spend a lot of time in the sun and salt water like I do. Coconut oil spreads well, and always leaves you feeling moisturised and fresh, and its as pure as can be!
2. Hair Mask
I use coconut oil in my hair as a mask at least once a week, because of its deep conditioning properties, and I spent a lot of time in the salt water, it helps my hair have some downtime from the dry desert heat of where I live throughout summer. If you want even more as a mask, add in some hemp oil, or essential oils, I always find my hair loves any kind of natural oil.
3. Natural Body Scrub
Expensive body wash? You dont need it. What I use to wash in the shower is a delicious mix of organics coffee grinds, coconut oil and sea salt.
We use our left over coffee from the percolator every morning, and mix it with some local sea salt we got off the rocks on the coast here, and some coconut oil!
Not only does this exfoliate your skin, but it leaves it super moisturised, and smooth! It gets rid of any dirt, makeup, zinc, you name it, its my go-to.
4. For my food!
So, I use coconut oil in many parts of my diet, whether its frying up garlic for a curry, or pasta, or in my smoothies I make everyday, it always plays a part.
Coconut oil is a great addition to my health regime, it provides healthy fats to my diet, as well as being antifungal and antimicrobial, and great for your gut health.
5. For my dog !
Coconut oil, not only is great for us, but also for our beloved fluffy friends.
We have mixed our pups biscuits with coconut oil for a long time, the health benefits are mostly from the great fatty acids such as lauric acid, which as amazing antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties! And on top of all of that, it also improves any dogs skin and coat, digestion and reduces the changes of allergies.
6. Oil Pulling and Toothpaste
If you aren't already aware of the benefits of oil pulling, well read on.
Oil pulling is a simple method of detoxifying your mouth, by swishing coconut oil around for a period of time - 5 - 20 minutes depending on your preference.
While this may seem simple, it is very effective, and has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for a very long time.
Check out some of the benefits are below . . . .
- Treat tooth decay
- Kill bad breath
- Heal bleeding gums
- Prevent heart disease
- Reduce inflammation
- Whiten teeth
- Soothe throat dryness
- Prevent cavities
- Heal cracked lips
- Boost the immune system
- Improve acne
- Strengthen gums and jaws
If you aren't into oil pulling, coconut oil, works like magic as a toothpaste. I simply mix it with some Bi-Carb soda, and peppermint oil, and it works a treat! Just always make sure to rinse well :)
7 . Makeup Removal
If you are like me and don't wear much makeup, you will appreciate having something that works well, and is harmless when it comes to having to remove stubborn makeup once in a while.
Coconut oil, is what I use, to get off everything from mascara, to any eye makeup, lipstick, foundation, you name it! It works so well as it picks up anything unnatural and binds it to itself, leaving your face fresh as daisy with no harsh alcohol ingredients, and no stinging!
Well, thats the end of my coconut oil loving advice for a while. Hope you all enjoyed it!
Please leave your comments below, would love to hear from you!
Check out this video below, on Niu Life and their amazing work in the South Pacific.