Over the last several months I have really started to use coconut oil on a somewhat regular basis. I had heard how good it was for you, and how versatile it can be in your household, but wanted to give it a try for myself. I am not overly adventurous when it comes to trying crazy beauty routines or anything like that, but for some reason I wanted to try it out!
Using coconut oil is a lot healthier for you than using other oils. To name a few, it helps raise good cholesterol and reduces heart disease to name a few. I have used it for several different things that I have cooked, and it works just fine! I have also used it to bake as well- that made me nervous. I am no chef or baker- I like recipes and follow them step by step and don’t like to deviate or do a “oh I will just try this instead.” Apparently to me its the end all, be all if I mess up! But, using the oil worked out just fine!
in place of sugar
I opened the discussion up on facebook to see if there were any interesting things my friends used coconut oil for! I read online, and had a friend share that they use it in place of sugar (Splenda, Truvia, etc) in their hot tea! I tried it, and I loved it!
face/all over moisturizer/scrub
I have been in search of a good face moisturizer, and I must say I did like using coconut oil. It eventually made my skin feel pretty great. What I didn’t like about using it was that (to me, at least) it seemed to take a while to absorb. I have places to be, people (said the unemployed person) so I don’t have time to wait around for it to absorb or anything. But, I must say it did feel great on my skin! I did love how it felt on my hands too. They tend to get dry in the winter, so its super easy to just lather some on while cooking! A tablespoon for the cooking pan, a tablespoon for my hands!
You can also mix with any type of sugar or salt for a body scrub. Since coconut oil is antifungal it can be a great scrub for your feet as well!
Coconut oil is apparently the oil that your hair absorbs the best! You can rub it in your hair and leave it for about 15-30 minutes, wash and condition as you normally would. It really makes your hair feel super soft and only need to do it once a week.
Just apply some to your eye area and wipe off with a damp towel. It removes your makeup super easily and it also moisturizes as well!
Coconut oil is great to use for baby’s skin as well. It’s not too harsh for their sensitive skin. It can also be used as a diaper cream! It is antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral. For those of you that use cloth diapers, it is safe to use with those as well! You can also mix it with essential oils for your baby (calendula, tea tree, etc).
If you are pregnant, this is great to rub on your belly. It will keep you moisturized and help with stretch marks.
Great for lice. Yes, lice! Just the thought makes my skin crawl! My mom is an elementary school nurse- when I was talking about this post with her she told me that its great to use for lice when mixed with apple cider vinegar.
Helps with thyroid issues. I have Hashimoto’s Disease (which is just like having hypothyroid disease). Coconut oil is supposed to help with your metabolism and get your body to do what it is supposed to do when it comes to your thyroid!
If you want to bake in the sun, it can be used as an SPF 4 sunscreen.
It is also and alternative to shaving cream.
Here is a brief rundown on coconut oil and its uses and why its so great!
What about you? Do you use coconut at all? Do you use it for anything that wasn’t mentioned above?