the many uses of coconut oil!

Happy weekend everyone!

Today I bought what seems like my 50th jar of coconut oil. I use it all the time! For those of you who are curious about trying coconut oil and want to know what all the fuss is about, this post is for you!

Why coconut oil?

People have been on the coconut oil train for a while now, for many reasons. I think it began when people started learning that the fats in coconut oil are not considered ‘bad’ for you; in fact, they can help out in so many ways! The book The Coconut Oil Miracle turned into a best seller once people discovered how versatile this oil is! Briefly, it can help with weight loss, energy, immunity, nerve transmission, skin and hair health, digestion, and more!

Below is a list of all the ways I’ve used this oil, but please feel free to comment if you have other ideas 🙂

 

Uses:

moisturizer – I use a tiny bit of raw cold-pressed coconut oil on my face before going outside, and on my hands when they are dry in the winter. Cheap and easy!
shaving – ladies and gents! Use coconut oil instead of shaving cream. It is so smooth and velvety – it will provide perfect glide for your razor, and also leave your skin soft and moisturized afterwards! I haven’t shaved my legs since October (ain’t nobody got time for winter shaving) but once spring rolls around I’m buying a jar for this purpose!
deodorant – coconut oil is naturally anti-microbial, meaning it helps kill smelly bacteria. Make your own deodorant mixing coconut oil and baking soda, then adding a few drops of essential oil of your choice! Or just rub your underarms with a bit of coconut oil after a shower.
makeup remover – coconut oil will take off any face and eye makeup. Close your eyes, rub a tiny bit of the oil over your eyelashes, then rinse off using a damp towel. Your eyes will be squeaky clean without any other harsh ingredients of conventional makeup removers.
rashes or eczema – coconut oil will help sooth the skin and provide anti-microbial aid for inflamed/infected skin
hair oil – rub some on the ends of dry hair to help heal split ends, or use in a hair mask
oil pulling – this is an old Ayuervedic technique for cleaning the teeth! In the morning, take a teaspoon of coconut oil and swish it around in your mouth for 20 minutes while you’re making your breakfast or something. Then spit it out! Brush your teeth as normal afterwards if you want. The oil naturally pulls out any bacteria and plaque! Check out this resource for more info 🙂
toothpaste – make your own toothpaste! Mix coconut oil, baking soda, and peppermint oil together for a clean simple minty toothpaste.
lip balm – my bff made me coconut oil lip balm once for my birthday and it was the bomb! She mixed it with peppermint oil and it was a-b-c-delicious!
fudge – an amazing coconut oil-based fudge recipe 🙂 I make this often!
candida buster – coconut oil is a natural source of caprylic acid, a natural killer for yeast in the gut. Include coconut oil if you are doing a candida cleanse or just want to keep your intestinal bacteria balanced.
sunscreen – ok, it’s not really a great sunscreen but technically it does have an SPF of around 7! Check out this Ecoholic resource for other oils and their SPFs!
cooking – coconut oil can be heated to high temperatures, which means you can cook with it without fear of it turning rancid (unlike virgin olive oil).
bulletproof coffee – this is a recipe combining espresso, grass-fed butter and coconut oil (rich in medium chain triglycerides, or MCT). This is a new trend but everyone I’ve talked to that has tried it says they love it and feel a surge of energy!

** FYI — Coconut oil is rich in medium chain triglycerides, which is fancy chemistry lingo meaning ‘medium-sized strings of fat molecules’. In the body, these medium chain triglycerides (MCT) are not stored as fat; rather they are used for fuel and energy. This is what “MCT Oil” is, and why you’ve heard about people adding MCT to their coffee. Cool stuff! ***

So there you have it, the versatile and delicious coconut.  Way to go palm tree!

-Emily

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