oconut oil is widely regarded as a healthy oil, and it is beneficial for both internal and external use. It is becoming used more frequently in foods, personal care products, cosmetics, and more. So what makes this oil so great?
Coconut oil contains three fatty acids; high amounts of lauric acid, as well as capric acid and caprylic acid. Because of the presence of these in coconut oil, it has antiviral, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial and soothing properties, which all contribute to its benefits. Some of the benefits of coconut oil include boosting metabolism and the immune system, aiding in digestion, staving off hunger, and providing energy.
Here are some popular and often overlooked uses of coconut oil, that you may want to incorporate into all aspects of your everyday life.
Around the Home
♥ Remove Sticky Residue: Have you ever gotten annoyed at that sticky residue that is left on a plastic DVD case, toy, mug, or other object after pulling off a price label? Coconut oil can help get rid of that. If you put a little bit of coconut oil onto a piece of cloth or paper towel, and rub it on the sticky residue, it should mostly, if not completely, come off. Note: Avoid using coconut oil on paper products, clothing, or porous objects, because it could leave a permanent oil stain.
♥ Bath/Shower Cleaner: Coconut oil can be used to get rid of bath/shower scum. Just put some of the oil onto a rag, and coat the area(s) you wish to clean. Spritz the area(s) with vinegar, and scrub away. Finish with a little mild dish detergent and rinse thoroughly after use (you don’t want find that you slip on the greasy coconut oil residue).
♥ Furniture Polish: Coconut oil can be a natural alternative to furniture polish. Put some of the oil onto a rag or cloth, and use it to polish wood furniture.
In the Kitchen
♥ Culinary Uses: Coconut oil has a mild flavor and is a high heat oil, making it ideal for use in baking and as a cooking oil. In addition, it can be used for salad dressings, popcorn, to help set raw desserts (like vegan cheesecakes), and much more. It can also be used to grease pans, and season iron skillets.
♥ Add to Coffee and Tea: Adding coconut oil to coffee or tea can boost your energy even more, and also stave off hunger. Start with 1 tsp, and add up to 1 tbsp.
For Personal Care
♥ Moisturizer: Because of it’s moisturizing properties, coconut oil is often sought out for use on dry skin, and can be used to relieve eczema and moisturize sunburn (once it has cooled down). Note: If you have sunburn and apply coconut oil, then do not expose that area of skin to the sun while oily as it may cause further sun damage.
♥ Prevent Stretch Marks: Coconut oil can be used to prevent stretch marks on pregnant women. You can rub some on your belly several times a day, but avoid getting it on clothing.
♥ Baby Lotion/Diaper Rash Cream: Because coconut oil is safe to use on sensitive skin, you could use it as baby lotion and/or diaper rash cream.
♥ Frizz-Be-Gone: A natural hair product, coconut oil can help tame frizz. Run a tiny bit through frizzy hair, and it should help. However, not too much or you’ll end up with greasy-looking hair, which no-one wants!
♥ Makeup Remover: Rub some onto your face, then gently wipe off with a warm cloth or facial wipe. It can be used to remove most makeup, including eye makeup, and it also conditions eyelashes.
♥ DIY Shaving Cream and Aftershave: Coconut oil is known to be moisturizing, and ideal for those with sensitive skin. As such, you can use it by itself, or as an ingredient in homemade shaving cream and aftershave.
♥ Bug Bite Relief: With soothing properties, coconut oil can be used for bug bite relief.
♥ DIY Deodorant: When combined with baking soda, coconut oil can be used as a natural homemade deodorant. For the recipe, check out our blog post In the Pits. It contains recipes for some popular and healthy DIY alternatives to commercial deodorants and antiperspirants.
♥ Lip Soother: Dry, cracked lips can benefit from the moisturizing and soothing properties of coconut oil. Rub a little bit on your lips whenever they need some hydrating.
♥ Hair Conditioner: Coconut oil can act as a natural hair conditioner and moisturize the scalp. Just massage it into your scalp and hair, and leave it in for 2 hours, or overnight, covering it with a shower-cap to avoid getting the oil anywhere else. Wash it out with your shampoo afterwards.
♥ Acne Remedy: Because it has moisturizing and has antibacterial properties, coconut oil can be a good natural acne remedy. Wash and cleanse your skin as per usual, and apply a thin layer of coconut oil your face.
♥ Ointment: Coconut oil can be used as natural antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and soothing ointment, when lightly applied to minor cuts and scrapes.
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