Beneficial Coconut Oil Uses


Coconut oil is pretty big in the health and wellness (and beauty) world. I had never used any until back in December of 2016 when I needed a jar of it to make a lavender body lotion for Christmas gifts. I didn't use nearly even half of it, and since it was so pricey, I searched for a clever way to use it up. I didn't realize it held so many uses - so many ~beneficial~ uses, that is. Ok, so what is coconut oil? It's an edible oil that's pressed from the meat of the coconut from a coconut palm tree. It carries A LOT of wonderful properties for your body, internally and externally.

It's a highly saturated fat, making it able to withstand high temperatures, and resistant to oxidization and rancidity. While too much saturated fat isn't a good thing, in moderation it can increase HDL cholesterol (the good kind)  and convert LDL cholesterol (the bad kind) into HDL. Basically this can improve heart health! It also boosts your body's ability to absorb vitamins, and because there is lauric acid present, it also helps fight off bacteria in the body. Coconut oil is also known to be a natural energy booster as it contains a unique form of saturated fats known as medium-chain triglycerides (MCT). Ultimately, this type of saturated fat, unlike others, provides an energy source for the body, rather than just being stored. Those are just a few of the internal benefits. Externally, coconut oil works as an amazing moisturizer for skin and hair. It can be mixed in with other ingredients to create fun DIY body butters, shaving cream, body scrubs, and more. Here are a few specific uses and benefits:

Skin
I love applying coconut oil to my skin after a shower to lock in moisture. In fact, I ran out of body lotion a few months ago and haven't even bothered replacing because I'm enjoying the coconut oil so much + it smells sooo good. It works great as a healing reliever for painful sunburns, as well as chapped lips. I like to use it around my nose when I have a really bad cold and the skin becomes extremely irritated. There are many DIY recipes out there for whipped body butters that use coconut oil, and you can click here to check out one I posted back in December. Oh, and it works well for removing makeup!

Hair
You can use coconut oil as a hair mask before a shower for dry hair. I have never tried this technique, but I've heard it works really well! It can also be used in a DIY hair conditioner that includes: 1 cup of coconut oil, 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil, 10 drops of lavender essential oil, and 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil. I especially like to put a little on the very ends of my hair to keep them semi-repaired or free of split ends.

Mouth
Surprisingly, it can also be used as a teeth whitener! Simply start with a teaspoon of coconut oil and swish it around in your mouth for 10-15 minutes, ensuring it covers all the areas of your mouth. Spit it out in the toilet or trash (it can clog drains) and rinse your mouth with warm water, followed by your normal teeth brushing routine. This is also considered oil pulling, used primarily in Ayurveda medicine - one of the worlds oldest holistic healing systems, which started in India over 3,000 years ago. It's an oral detox method which holds numerous benefits: immune system booster, strengthens gums, prevents cavities and heart disease, and kills bad breath.

Kitchen
As I mentioned above, it's a great energy booster so if you're looking for a nutritional energy kick, you can add some extra virgin (the purest form) coconut oil to your coffee or smoothie. And because it's able to endure high temps, it's super ideal for high-heat cooking. You can use coconut oil in place of a non-stick spray and the results with be longer-lasting, and coconut oil works great for different recipes! 

I'm getting more and more into these multi-use products. If I can buy one product that takes care of five different things rather than buying five individual products, that's money and space saved in my book!

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  1. I love coconut oil! Been using it for years...

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