I was first introduced to the benefits of coconut oil in 2012. After reading that it can be used as an all natural moisturizer, I decided to give it a try. I bought a jar of organic expeller pressed coconut oil at my local Whole Foods and began using it every day after my shower. Not only is it far superior to any moisturizer that I have tried, I also like that it’s just one ingredient! No more worrying about the list of 50 different things I can’t pronounce on the back of my usual moisturizer. Because coconut oil is an anti inflammatory and has anti microbial properties, it can actually help with skin blemishes as well as dermatitis so don’t be afraid to use it on your face too! But moisturizing is only one of the many benefits of coconut oil. Here are a few others:
- Cooking: Once I realized how great coconut oil was for my skin, I started to look into other uses including cooking. I now coconut oil in place of refined oils (like canola or vegetable) for recipes like muffins, pancakes, raw energy bars, sautés and homemade dark chocolate (just to name a few)! I also sometimes add a TBS to my morning smoothie for a nutritional supplement (coconut oil is a heart healthy fat).
- Sunscreen: Did you know that coconut oil is used in all natural sunscreens? If you Google “homemade coconut oil sunscreen” you can find many recipes that combine coconut oil, shea butter and zinc oxide. I recently ordered some from Etsy and can’t wait to use it on my vacation!
- Oil pulling: This practice is taken from Ayurvedic medicine and involves swishing, or pulling, unrefined oil in your mouth for several minutes. Benefits include oral health and detoxification. Here is an article from Natural News that goes into more detail.
- Eye makeup remover: Add a dab to a cotton ball and swipe over eyes. It also moisturizes the delicate eye area at the same time!
- Cradle cap
- Bug bites
- Replacement for shaving cream
- Conditioner for wood cutting boards
- Treatment for athlete’s foot
- Hair conditioner
- Removes gum from hair
- Add to pet food to help with hairballs
- Mix with sugar for an all natural body scrub
- Homemade toothpaste
- Stretch marks
These are just a few of the MANY uses for coconut oil. Give some a try and let me know what you think!