By Sophie Cloyd
At Ablis, optimizing beverages to supplement an active lifestyle is what we are all about, so MCT oil was a natural fit for our line of products.
So, what’s all this hype about MCT oil?
It’s just coconut oil, right?
MCT stands for Medium Chain Triglycerides. These “shorter chain” fatty acids are more beneficial than coconut oil in its basic form because they are digested differently. This is achieved by a refining process that isolates the MCTs in MCT oil.
Your body uses them primarily to burn fat and aid in brain function by targeting immune responses, which affects pretty much every aspect of your health.
Benefits of MCT Oil
You may have heard about the Keto diet that has gained popularity over the last couple of years. That’s because MCT oil promotes the production of ketones in the body, which are what burns fats efficiently, curbs appetite, and gives you that little boost.
Although the ketogenic diet is what made MCT oil famous for its fat-burning properties and ability to curb cravings, I was a lot more interested in what it could do for my gut health and cognitive function if I were to use it for bulletproof coffee. Maybe this will give me that extra boost of energy in the morning!
MCT Oil and CBD
We put CBD in EVERYTHING. And why wouldn’t we? It’s pretty great!
By combining CBD isolate with MCT oil, you can enjoy a healthy dose of essential fatty acids with the balance and calming effects of CBD.
We have two MCT oil products in our essential line:
The bigger, eight-ounce bottle has 500 milligrams in the whole bottle and is great to add to your skincare routine.
We also just came out with a smaller MCT concentrate. It’s an MCT oil with 2000 milligrams of CBD in an ounce. This one is good for bulletproof coffee recipes if you want to add more CBD.
A Few Ways to Use MCT Oil
After I jumped on the bulletproof coffee train (I, too, can be trendy), I realized this was not my favorite way to use Ablis MCT oil (even though I was excited to see how it would help with gut health and cognitive function). As a mom of two young children, I could never really enjoy this process since I was reheating my cup in the microwave 5 times an hour.
I realized my routines work best at night and that I have many favorite uses for the MCT oil outside the beloved bulletproof coffee (but keep reading for bulletproof tips).
I use the MCT oil mostly for spa days (which can be every evening once the kids are asleep). I love having a skincare routine and adding CBD to it is so much easier.
- It’s an amazing moisturizer after a shower. (If I’m in a pinch, I’ve even used it as a shaving cream substitute. Because it’s so slick, it works great with your razor.)
- I like to put it in face serums to hydrate your skin and keep it feeling soft.
- Bath bombs are another favorite of mine. They are super easy to make and are perfect gifts for the holidays. (See my favorite recipe below.)
- For foot soaks, I like to use Epsom salt with a mixture of essential oils dispersed in the MCT oil. It’s an efficient “carrier oil” for essential oils so it blends with them seamlessly.
NOTE: I recommend looking into dilution ratios when combining essential oils to any carrier oil (for they can be added to the MCT oil in the above skincare hacks). Essential oils can cause skin irritations if not diluted properly. I am not an aromatherapist so please consult one with questions (I recommend leajacobson.com for EO safety resources).
2. Oil Pulling
If you’re new to oil pulling, you’re not alone, but it’s certainly not new! It is an ancient technique flushing the teeth and mouth of bacteria (bacteria that can be harmful to gut health) with coconut oil.
“Pulling toxins” with MCT oil a couple of times a week (still brush your teeth everyone!) is easy and can be done anytime during the day.
Whether it truly works or not, I honestly do not know (but I hear coconut oil is a natural antibiotic). But, I do love the clean feeling afterward!
- Take a tablespoon of Ablis MCT oil and swish for about 5-10 minutes, then discard (use toilet, not bathroom sinks for oil can build up). Repeat 2-3 times per week.
During the holidays, I love to bake with my friends. Adding MCT oil to your recipe makes for super fluffy, highly delicious baked goods!
So far, we have made muffins, banana bread, and cookies with MCT oil/coconut oil. The banana bread was my favorite! A couple of things to note:
- I exchange the oil recommendations in recipes with MCT oil (8oz 500 mg). Take how much vegetable oil the recipe requires and swap it out for the same amount of MCT oil.
- If you would like to add a little more CBD to your baking, you can grab the MCT oil concentrate (with 2000 milligrams) to add to the oil that is recommended (whether in the original recipe or if you have already swapped it out with the MCT oil).
- You can’t go wrong with this oil, but you can go wrong in many other ways when baking. Start with easy recipes and work your way up!
- Cooking in general! Oh, the possibilities… (So far, I’ve found you can’t go wrong using it in a stir fry).
4. Bulletproof Coffee
How do I describe this drink? It’s a blended mixture of coffee, ghee (clarified butter), and MCT oil. Using the blender (frother wand) creates this incredible, creamy consistency that is not only a big energy boost, it’s also super filling. This drink has many possibilities!
I personally do not need to eat less or fast in a day. It just doesn’t fit into my lifestyle. Also, the maintenance it requires is not ideal with my own schedule, but for others reading, here are my tips when it comes to bulletproof coffee (and how to actually enjoy it):
- Ablis MCT oil concentrate is what I would recommend for bulletproof coffee single cup recipes. It doesn’t take much MCT oil when adding to your cup (it’s 2000mg of CBD in 1floz).
- Look into a frother wand!!! Genius, I tell you!
- My go-to recipe is .5 teaspoon of ghee and .5 teaspoon of MCT oil in 4 oz of coffee. You can also add almond milk and sweetener (I used stevia).
- Even if you drink more than 4 oz of coffee, do not ingest more than one teaspoon of MCT oil a day. While MCT is good, too much too fast can be distressing inside your body, always introduce something new to your body gradually.
- Got a sweet tooth? Look into adding cocoa powder (I hear there are keto chocolate syrups out there).
- Make sure you have time to sit and enjoy it while it’s hot!
There are so many ways to use Ablis MCT oil. Whether it’s to start the day with a bulletproof coffee or to end it with a refreshing soak, MCT oil with CBD is the power couple we didn’t know we needed in our daily routines.
I have created some DIY recipes that I’m excited to share with you! I hope you’ll give them a try and enjoy it! Cheers!
Favorite DIY Recipes
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup Epsom salt
1/2 cream of tartar (for sensitive skin)
1/4 cup cornstarch
2oz Ablis 8oz MCT oil (500mg per bottle)
1 tablespoon vitamin E
For essential oils, I use 6 drops tangerine, 6 drops grapefruit, 6 drops cypress, 10 drops frankincense. I recommend doing research for dilution as well as sensitivities before using essential oils.
- Mix dry ingredients and introduce oils (blended together) very slowly. You don’t want to create a fizzing mixture.
- Pour and mix until the consistency visibly binds.
1 tablespoon rosehip
1oz Ablis 8oz MCT oil (500mg per bottle)
.5oz sweet almond oil
5 drops grapefruit
4 drops frankincense
3 drops cypress
- Mix together and apply to the skin.
Stretch mark cream
1 bottle of Ablis 8oz MCT oil (500g)
2 tablespoons of vitamin E
15 drops lavender oil
15 drops frankincense oil
- Mix together and apply to the skin.
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