Organic Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera)
Organic coconut oil is the common name for cocos nucifera. Coconut oil is taken from the meat of mature coconuts that have been harvested from palm trees that grow coconuts. This oil is edible and has many different uses in our world. It is used as a soothing cream, it can be used to help repair damaged hair, and it is frequently used as a cooking additive for keeping food from sticking when cooking or added taste. When stored at proper temperature this oil can keep for up to six months without going rancid.
Coconut Oil Use for Dogs
Coconut oil has many positive effects on our fur friends. Since it is edible it is safe if your dog eats or licks it. Do not let your pup eat a lot of it because high levels of fat intake are not healthy. Always be sure to check with your vet if you have any questions about what your pet ingested.
Since coconut oil is so high in fat it works into the fur and skin to really soothe and heal those troubled areas. Coconut oil can also create a barrier between their paw and the environment around them. This is especially important during very hot temperatures and when there is added salt to rid the ground of ice and snow. The ice melt can work its way into the paw pad causing it to dry out and eventually crack which can later lead to infection.
Coconut oil also works as a natural disinfectant to rid the area of bacteria and infection. Simply spreading the coconut oil on the paw or dry spot will yield results almost immediately.
How Coconut Oil is Made
A coconut palm tree can produce upwards of 100 coconuts per year making the extraction of coconut oil fairly easy to happen. Over 70% of coconut oil comes from coconuts harvested in Indonesia and the Philippines.
There are a few ways that coconut oil is made, with the most popular being cold-pressed and heat-pressed. In the heat-pressed method known as centrifuge the coconut milk is first taken from the meat of the coconut. It is then spun at high speeds which separates the oil from the meat of the coconut. The taste stays the same even though it is exposed to heat, although that does mean some nutrients will be missing from the oil itself.
The cold-pressed method is a better way to get the coconut oil because it can extract a higher amount of the oil as well as keeping those nutrients intact. They begin by removing the outer layers of the coconut. Then they are left with the coconut kernel which is ground down and dried up. After it is ground down they place it into an expeller. They watch the temperature very closely to ensure it stays cool to keep the original aroma and nutrition. After this is complete they take the oil and filter it to remove any impurities that remain. Your end result is raw delicious coconut oil.