Coconut oil has a wide array of health benefits, hair and skin uses, and uses around the home. It has been used in medicine and ancient remedies in Asia and Pacific Islands for centuries due to their many healing properties. Coconut oil is a truly wonderful substance that has a place in your kitchen, medicine cabinet and beauty bad. Let’s take a look at a few amazing ways to use natures moisturizer.
Use it as a normal
Yes, it can feel a little greasy when you first apply it, but once you rub it in, your skin will literally drink it in. You will not find a better moisturizer. While some people swear by using coconut oil as a facial moisturizer, those with acne-prone skin can sometimes break out due to clogged pores. You can also use it with shea butter as a soothing balm. Additionally, you can use it as a massage oil after adding couple drops of your favorite essential oil or mix with equal parts sugar for a smoothing body scrub.
Use as a deep
Your hair needs its natural oils to stay healthy and it can certainly benefit from a coconut oil hug every now and then. Heat up a bowl of coconut oil, rub it all into your hair, and put on a shower cap for an hour. Alternatively, sleep in it if you really want a deep conditioning treatment. Rinse with warm water and shampoo thoroughly. You will have silky, shiny, frizz-free hair. Rubbing it into your scalp daily can stimulate hair growth as well as regularly applying a little bit of coconut oil on your ends can prevent breakage.
Use it as a burn
Coconut oil has anti-bacterial properties and it has healing properties as well.
Sunburn? Coconut oil will soothe and moisturize your skin back to normal. Burned you hand on your oven? Grab the coconut oil. Got a cut? Coconut oil will heal it faster than you can find you Neosporin.
Use as a cleanser
Coconut Oil removes makeup with ease without burning or stinging your eyes, so it makes an excellent eye makeup remover on its own. In addition, you can mix it with other oils as part of an oil-cleansing regimen and it may help lighten age spots when rubbed directly on the skin.
Make a lip balm
Tried, tested and true: coconut oil is the best lip balm out there. Not only does it moisturize, but it also soothes chapped flaky pouts. Mix it with a bit of lipstick and you’ve got your new favorite lip product.
Make it your new
Replace your shaving cream with a tub of coconut oil. Shaving with coconut oil will lead to a closer shave and will keep your legs moisturized long after you step off your bathmat.
Replace your deodorant
Coconut oil has natural, anti-bacterial properties, which can prevent things like body odor. You can use a bit on its own, or you can create a natural deodorant by mixing coconut oil, arrowroot powder, baking soda and an essential oil of your choice.
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic medicine technique for removing toxins and improving oral health. Essentially, you put the coconut oil in your mouth, swish for 10 - 20 minutes and spit it out. This results in cleaner teeth and gums, whiter teeth, and overall detoxing.
What Can’t Coconut
In addition to its healing and nutritional value, studies have linked coconut oil to the following health benefits:
- High lauric acid content can help lower
cholesterol and blood pressure. It doesn’t increase LDL and helps keep arteries
flexible and prevent atherosclerosis.
- Studies show that coconut oil may help increase
thyroid health because of its unique combination of nourishing properties and
the fact that it travels directly to the liver without the need for hormones or
enzymes in digestion.
- Coconut oil can help boost metabolism. Since it
travels directly to the liver, it is used for energy and not stored as fat. It
also provides a feeling of satiety and can assist in weight loss.
- Can increase bone strength by allowing better
absorption of calcium, vitamin D, and other minerals.
- It’s antifungal properties have been shown to
help reduce candida and yeast in the body and fight yeast infections.
- Can help fight infections and flu due to its
antibacterial, antiviral and antimicrobial properties.