Coconut oil is a natural food that is both edible and good for your skin. It’s nutritional value cannot be underestimated. Most people including me now use coconut oil for our skin. The need for good coconut oil has resulted in the increase in price. Also to get a virgin coconut oil that has not been mixed has become quite a task. To avoid buying adulterated coconut oil I prefer to make mine at home.
I had to go learn how to make homemade coconut oil that can be used for mine and my family’s skin. Especially my baby who has a sensitive skin, I saw the need to use the natural coconut oil for his sensitive skin and it worked for me. This coconut oil can also be used for hair and as a massage oil for babies.
Today I will be revealing to you how I made my coconut oil from scratch. Below are the key ingredients you need to prepare virgin coconut oil.
Ingredients For Preparing Virgin Coconut Oil
5 to 8 Ripe Coconut
You would be needing the very mature ones, especially the ones that are very brown. Those are the ones that are considered mature.
A very strong blender that can crush the coconut to pieces.
You can use your blender or food processor if your blender is not strong enough to crush the coconuts.
A very strong sieve
Any good sieve that can help separate the blended coconut from the water.
Other Necessary Ingredients
The other ingredients you need to prepare coconut oil include;
- Blunt Object
How To Make Coconut Oil At Home
When you want to prepare your coconut oil you start by opening your coconut with the blunt object. Once you are able to crack open the coconuts you can take the water out in a separate cup. It is important to note that the water from the coconut is quite nutritious also, therefore drinking it is not a bad idea.
Then you peel the coconut from its shell and cut into tiny pieces. This is to enable easy blending with your blender. You should wash it after peeling to remove any dirt that could be on it from breaking it.
Put the coconut pieces into your blender and add enough water to enable easy blending and large production milk. The quantity of water you need will be decided by you. When you are done blending, take it out from your blender and use your sieve to separate the blended coconut from the juice.
Squeeze out as much juice as you can from the coconut using your hand or if your sieve is the clothe type you can tie the coconut in the sieve and squeeze. Sieve the coconut juice as many times as possible to remove any particle that might still be inside (what we need is a smooth juice that does not contain particles).
After you have sieved it, you can now keep it in a bowl and let it sit for at least 12hours. I allow mine to stay over night. The next day when you come back to your coconut juice you will discover that it has solidified. For more texture you can put it in the fridge for 30minutes to 1hour.
When you take it out from the fridge you will discover that it is very solid. The top layer which is also called the cream can now be separated from the water. It is this cream that will be used to form the oil.
At this point you can use a spoon to take out the cream. Once the coconut cream has been extracted from the water, it can now be put in a cooking pot and cooked for 20 to 25minutes to get the oil.
When cooking you should use medium heat and stir regularly to avoid burning. You will cook the cream until it dissolves and the oil is formed. Once the production takes a semi crystalized color you can turn the heat off and allow to cool. When it is cool you can now sieve it and put in a storage can.
If you follow the instructions properly you will be able to make very rich homemade coconut oil for your skin. Once you have mastered this production process you will realize you won’t need to spend much money on cream.