5 Oils Everyone Should Be Using
This article originally appeared on Yoganonymous.com
Not all oils are created equal.
Some oils are rancid, making them toxic to your organs, and bodily cells. Other oils are blended, meaning they are mixed with lower quality oils that lead to oil impurity, and a decrease in quality. The worst of the oils are filled with LDL, or bad cholesterol, which clog your arteries, and lead to major complications, such as: fatigue, increased blood pressure, and heart attacks.
Oils are like love—when it's bad, it's detrimental, but when it's good, it's phenomenal.
As you read about these five oils every yogi should use, there are a few things to keep in mind: Raw, cold-pressed oils reign supreme. Cold-pressed oils are created with low-temperature processes, which means that all the body-loving vitamins and minerals are kept in tact.
Cold-pressed oils are not the same as virgin oils. Fresh-pressed oil is not the same as cold-pressed oil. And... Canola oil should not be edible.
Here's everything you need to know about eating well and fueling your body with healthy fats...
5 Oils Every Yogi Should Use
1. Cold-pressed coconut oil
What's the average yogi's most coveted oil? Coconut oil, of course! Coconut oil is is anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, deeply hydrating (even to deepest tissues within your organs), it balances your thyroid (and hormones), and it is highly stable at high-temperatures—making it great for cooking.
Coconut oil typically takes two years, or more, to go bad when sitting inside your cupboard—and it's packed with a sea of nutritional benefits: It reverses damage from LDL fats (bad cholesterol), it kills off candida when consumed on an empty stomach, it helps you burn more fat by stabilizing your body's blood sugar, and it prevents your body from aging due to it's high antioxidant levels.
Coconut oil also doubles as a top beauty secret among Ayurvedic practitioners—seriously, what's not to love?
2. Cold-pressed olive oil
While coconut oil may help you look and feel great, olive oil will help you with a slew of health related problems.
Olive oil is anti-inflammatory, and because it's packed with antioxidants, olive oil is also highly beneficial to your cardiovascular system.
Olive oil's polyphenol content makes it especially beneficial for maintaining healthy stomach acid levels, and helps balance the upper intestine.
The tyrosol and hydroxytyrosol content in olive oil also make it especially helpful for your body to retain and increase bone density—and according to this article, olive oil is able to improve cognitive functioning.
How? "In laboratory animals with brain function that had been compromised by lack of oxygen, consumption of olive oil helped offset many different types of brain-related problems, including unbalanced water content, unbalanced nervous system activity, and too easy passage of molecules across the blood brain barrier. The ability to help protect our brain during times of imbalance may turn out to be one of the special health benefits offered by this unique culinary oil."
3. Citrus Essential oils: lemon essential oil, sweet orange essential oil, grapefruit essential oil
Oooooh, oooooh, bae-bee! Did you know that approximately 75 lemons make it into one 15-ml bottle of essential oil? That means one drop of oil has more body-boosting power than consuming an entire lemon itself—and lemon essential oil doesn't disintegrate the enamel on your teeth!
Citrus oils are amazing for detoxing the body (lemon essential), curing seasonal depression (sweet orange oil), eliminating cellulite in your body (grapefruit essential oil). All of the above oils also double as relaxing and revitalizing aromatherapy scents, and work their way into your blood stream within 10 seconds of applying the essential oil onto your skin.
If you're planning on adding essential oils into your food and drinks, make sure they are food grade quality.
Why, you say? Many oils these days are created in toxic environments, and cut with filler oils that contain toxic particles (like lead). That's gross. That depletes your brain function. That makes your body sick. Stick with organic, food-grade quality to receive the full benefit of the oil, and have fewer ick-factors with your essential oil experience.
4. Cold-pressed grapeseed oil
If you're looking for better skin, better hair, and better nails—grapeseed oil is now your go-to oil option. This oil's benefits can be received through oral ingestion, or through topical usage.
What's great about grapeseed oil is the omega-3 fatty acid content, the omega-6 fatty acid content, and high vitamin E content. This oil is stable at high temperatures, meaning it's a great oil to cook with—and, it's light in flavor and texture (for those of you who do not like the taste of coconut oil).
5. Cold-pressed avocado oil
Avocado oil?! Yes—it's made from the skin, meat, and seed of the avocado—and it contains high amounts of vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, folate, and potassium.
These nutrients help prevent flare ups of auto-immune diseases, reduce inflammation, reverse damage caused by bad cholesterol, reverse oxidative tissue damage caused by stress, and accelerate wound healing.
The best part? Avocado oil detoxifies your body with it's high amounts of chlorophyll, which means you don't have to soak your feet in Epsom salt every night.