There are way more uses for coconut oil than you think. Its not just for kitchen pantries anymore. Haven sat down with Casuarina coconut oil guru Jenni Madison to get the good oil on coconuts.


Did you know that you can make toothpaste at home from coconut oil? Did you know coconut oil is brilliant in the bathroom as a face cleanser and moisturiser for hair and skin as well as a deodorant? Did you know that coconut oil is perfect in the bedroom for both pleasure and health benefits? Did you also know that coconut oil is so much more than just a cooking oil?


“I’ve always said that coconut oil enthusiasts should have three jars – one in the kitchen pantry, one in the bathroom cabinet and one on their bedside table!” Coconut Magic founder Jenni Madison laughs.


Based at Casuarina, Jenni realised the health benefits of coconut oil for herself while living in Thailand in 2010. She was suffering with undiagnosed stomach upsets, lethargy and had battled eczema most of her life. When Thai locals put her on to coconut oil, Jenni was truly astonished by the results.


“I was amazed by the positive changes to my health, hair and skin,” she says. “I was finally feeling good again and fast becoming a very happy and healthy woman. Taking responsibility for my own health, while trusting in the natural healing power of Mother Nature, was one of the most empowering experiences.”


When Jenni returned to Australia a short time later keen to start her own business, she knew that this premium Thai coconut oil (the best of all the varieties she’d researched from right around the world) would form the basis of it. To Jenni, it was ‘magic’ stuff, which is where the business name came from.


“Coconut oil is known in ancient wisdom and natural medicine as Mother Nature’s breast milk. The power of Nature’s healing, and her ability to initiate your body’s own wisdom, is the ‘magic’ that I refer to,” she explains.


“Coconut oil is nature’s richest source of medium chain fatty acids,” Jenni says.


“Coconut oil possesses a gastrointestinal antioxidant and anti-in ammatory effect. It is digested and metabolised in a way that aids the body to energise, nourish and heal. It has antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties.”


Coconut Magic_cover copyCoconut oil also contains more than 40 per cent lauric acid, the richest source naturally available. Lauric acid is found in human breastmilk and increases immunity while fighting viruses and disease.


“And coconut oil is highly heat resistant, free of cholesterol and trans-fat so it’s ideal for cooking, baking and frying as it helps maintain good food nutrients.”


Jenni’s recently released cookbook The Healthy Coconut features more health and wellness education around coconut oil as well as Jenni’s very own delicious, nutritious and sometimes unusual recipes (yes, you’ll find the toothpaste recipe in there!).


Visit www.coconutmagic.com


Belinda Glindemann

Belinda Glindemann  

Belinda knew she was destined for a career in communications and publishing from the age of 11 when her Year 6 teacher introduced her to poster projects and glitter pens. She completed her journalism cadetship in the Whitsundays and went on to hold various newspaper and magazine editor roles across Brisbane in a media career spanning more than a decade. When Belinda's not writing for haven, she runs her own PR agency, kid-wrangles two young daughters and drinks way too much sweet tea.