Virgin Coconut Oil is a light, non-greasy, non-staining, sweet smelling oil which can be made at home from coconut milk with ease.
It is oil extracted from the first-press of fresh coconut kernels and is not subjected to heat actually.
It is neither greasy nor strong smelling like the regular refined and chemically processed branded coconut oils available in stores. The processed coconut oil available in stores is extracted from fully dried coconut kernels or copra.
By making Virgin Coconut Oil at home you are assured of its purity.
VIRGIN COCONUT OIL HAS MANY MEDICINAL AND CURATIVE PROPERTIES.
Application of Virgin Coconut Oil on the scalp eases dandruff problem and keeps hair soft and lustrous. It also re-hydrates skin and keeps it soft in cold, dry weather. It is actually an ingredient in lip balms.
It is the best baby oil one can get. It heals diaper rashes very quickly and is excellent as a massage oil too.
The benefits are many. You just need to discover them.
USE MATURE COCONUT KERNELS TO EXTRACT VIRGIN COCONUT OIL.
Mature kernels have more oil content and for this the coconut should have been harvested from the tree only after it is fully mature.
The colour of the hard outer shell of the coconut indicates the maturity of the coconut kernel. The darker the colour of the outer shell, the more mature the kernel is. The lighter the colour, the more tender is the kernel.
Deep-freezing the coconut kernel for a day or more would help in extracting more oil but that`s optional.
TO MAKE VIRGIN COCONUT OIL
Extract the first-press of coconut milk from mature fresh coconut kernels. I used three and a half coconuts. The picture below is how much I had taken. Strain the coconut milk properly by using a double folded muslin cloth along with a sieve or a liquid strainer so as to filter out the solids in the coconut milk extract thoroughly as otherwise this creamy solids would float on top and attract fungus growth and this would hamper the process of extracting the oil.
(Instructions on how to extract coconut milk from coconut kernels is given at the end of this post).
(I went in for a second-press of coconut milk extraction and used hot water for the second-press to maximize oil extraction).
Keep this coconut milk in the open, undisturbed for 2 days or 48 hrs, to ferment. The picture below is that of how it looked after 2 days of fermentation. There is no fungus growth here in this picture.
To keep insects away, keep the coconut milk either partially covered with a lid or a muslin cloth or a sieve and place the container in a water bath.
In the fermentation process, the transparent oil separates out from the water and floats on top along with some solid particles of fermented cream.
(Adding coconut water to the coconut milk at the time of extracting the coconut milk would help in the fermentation process).
After the 48 hour period of fermentation, put the container in the fridge for a few hours (or maybe even for a day or two if you have time constraints) to solidify the coconut oil that is floating on top, for easy removal.
On the solidification of the floating oil, remove this solid portion (we do not need the liquid that is at the bottom of the container) and place it in another container and heat it on a low flame and bring it to a boil, stirring constantly. It turns turbid.
Continue to boil this turbid liquid on a low flame carefully, stirring just lightly, till you see the clear oil come up and the white fermented cream coagulating and settling at the bottom.
Turn off the heat immediately and when still warm decant or pour this clear, transparent Virgin Coconut Oil into a clean bottle or container.
Hope you can see the oil in the bowl in the picture below.The reflection of the light on the bowl is indicating the level of oil in the bowl. A beautiful, transparent oil. The quantity of oil obtained was double of that shown in this picture.
THIS OIL IS “GOODNESS IN EVERY DROP”!!!.
MY DAUGHTER, WHOSE WAS A VERY SEVERE CASE OF DANDRUFF WITH SCAB FORMATION AND BLEEDING AND DID NOT FIND ANY RELIEF OR CURE TO IT FROM ANY MEDICAL TREATMENT, IS ALMOST TOTALLY RELIEVED OF THIS PROBLEM WITH JUST A FEW REGULAR APPLICATIONS OF THIS OIL TO THE SCALP.
HOW TO EXTRACT COCONUT MILK FROM FRESH COCONUT KERNELS
1. Wedge out the coconut kernel from a mature fresh coconut and chop it up into pieces.
2. If the coconut pieces were frozen then thaw it and then put it in a blender with just enough warm water to be able to grind it into a thick, coarse paste. DO NOT grind it into a fine paste.
3. Place a muslin cloth on a liquid strainer and place this strainer on a stainless-steel or glass or ceramic container and squeeze out the coconut milk from the ground paste thoroughly by taking a handfuls of the paste in your palm and squeezing it hard. This extracted coconut milk should be strained through the muslin cloth and collected in the container that is kept below it.
4. Place the solid residue that is left after squeezing out the coconut milk in another container and add just enough hot water to it again and squeeze out the coconut milk from it again and strain it with the muslin cloth as done earlier and add it to the first coconut milk extract.
The white liquid that has collected in the container is the coconut milk which is to be kept aside for 2 days for fermentation to be able to obtain virgin coconut oil.