It's the new, trendy oil to use for many, many things. From taking it internally to fighting yeast infections (yikes!) people are using this stuff left and right. I don't use it for stuff like that just because I don't know how great it works or if it's very practical for the average Joe. I don't personally take in internally because I'm not really comfortable with swallowing tablespoons of the stuff. Plus, I don't really have a need to. (Let me know in the comments if you use coconut oil for "crunchier" (more holistic) things! I'd love to know!)
I went through some uses I've heard people tell me about and ways that I personally use coconut oil and came up with 25 different ways to use it in your daily life. Coconut oil is especially useful for pregnant moms because a lot of beauty and skin products have ingredients that are no-no's to use during pregnancy, like salicylic acid. Read the list and you'll see what you can use it for...
(Read until the end to take a poll about using coconut oil! I'd love to hear from you.)
1. Cooking & Baking - You can use coconut oil as a replacement for other oils, shortening and butter in just about any recipe! But obviously you wouldn't want to use a dollop of coconut oil on top of your baked potato instead of butter. Ew. Remember I said in recipes. Haha!
2. As a Lotion - Rub a small amount onto dry patches of skin to soothe the flakes and itchiness. Coconut oil does not smell like coconut at all; in fact, it's pretty odorless so don't worry about the smell. I also like to rub it on any dry patches, or on my freshly shaven legs in the shower and then use my hands and rinse and rub it off at the very end. My legs feel so silky when I'm done!
Tip: Make sure that if you do use it in the shower to wipe down the tub afterwards with soap. Also let everyone in the house know that it may be a little slippery in there. I recommend using a bath mat just in case.
3. As a Facial Cleanser - Again, you could do this in the shower or just at the sink at the end of the day. Rinse your face with warm water, apply a nickle or quarter size amount of coconut oil to your face and gently massage it into the skin in small, circular motions. Rinse with warm water. Your skin will feel like a baby's bottom. Softer actually!
4. To Prevent Stretch Marks - Gently massage coconut oil onto any areas of your body where you have stretch marks or fine lines and leave it on for 15 minutes to an hour. Then rinse off with warm water either on a wash cloth or in the shower. You could even add a few tablespoons to a bath and soak in it for an hour. (Set the kids up with daddy and a movie on the couch then sneak away! Don't forget to lock the bathroom door or your relaxation efforts will be futile...) ;)
5. As a Facial Moisturizer - After cleansing your face with the coconut oil you could sprinkle some droplets (or chunks depending on the temp in the room) of the oil onto a cotton pad and gently dab it all over your face with an amount that is comfortable to you.
6. As a Hair Mask - 15 minutes to an hour before you shower (or right when you step in the shower if you're lazy like me) apply about 1 to 2 tablespoons (or like...a Reese's cup size) of coconut oil all over the ends of your hair. Leave it on throughout your shower and wash it out with shampoo/conditioner when you're done. You can also do the same thing but apply it to your hair, put on a shower cap and leave it on all night then shower in the morning. That would be a great, deeeeeep conditioning treatment for winter when everything is much dryer. And by the way - you can apply it to your scalp as well which I will talk about in #7 & #8...
7. Hair Growth - In the shower you can massage it into your scalp to promote hair growth! The nutrients in the oil are sooo good for your hair. (This is especially nice when you're freshly postpartum and all your hair is falling out.) Rinse out and use your shampoo/conditioner as usual.
8. To Get Rid of Dandruff - Use the same steps as above. Massaging the oil into your scalp moisturizes it and lessens/eliminates the flakiness which = dandruff.
9. Exfoliating Scrub - Add equal parts of sugar and coconut oil to a container and rub into your skin in the shower as an exfoliating body scrub. Rinse it off with a wash cloth to ensure you get all the sugar removed.
10. To Fight Fungus - Use coconut oil on your feet to fight athlete's foot and fungus. Apply it to the affected area on your feet/nails. Massage it gently into the skin/nails then let it sit to dry naturally. Wash your hands between applications so you don't spread the fungus. Repeat 2-3 times per day for best results.
11. In Place of Lanolin - Use coconut oil in place of Lanolin cream on your nipple to soothe irritation while breastfeeding.
12. Soothe Psoriasis & Eczema - Apply the coconut oil to the affected area and leave it on for an hour or so and rinse. (Of course ask your doctor.)
13. Oil Pulling - First thing in the morning before eating or brushing your teeth, swish a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth for 20 minutes. (You could do it in the shower to save time.) For extra whitening power add some baking soda! Then just rinse and brush your teeth as usual. Basically, the oil pulls toxins, bad bacteria and stains out of your mouth. It's such a healthy practice and nice because it whitens your teeth at the same time!
14. To Fight a Cold/Flu - Add a tablespoon to a hot cup of tea to help speed up your cold/flu recovery! It also helps with sore throats. Remember, it's pretty tasteless. And yes, this may count as taking it internally (which I said I didn't want to do at the beginning of this post) but I just don't want to take a spoon full and swallow it straight up. Ew. I have texture problems. Haha! But this is the same concept as oil pulling. The oil draws out the toxins and bad bacteria in your body.
15. As Shaving "Cream" - Sick of buying shaving cream every other week? Apply a thin coat of coconut oil to your legs and shave like normal! Your legs will feel sooo soft when you're done.
16. Get Rid of Cellulite - Massage the coconut oil onto your skin (regularly) to reduce the appearance of cellulite. "I like my cellulite" said no one EVER. Try this! You won't regret it.
17. Reduce Acne - When used regularly as a cleanser, moisturizer, or for spot treatment it has been known to reduce the amount of acne on your face/body! Again, it draws out the toxins.
18. For a Pedicure - Mix equal parts of coconut oil and sea salt and massage it onto your feet to get rid of dead skin and polish the rough spots.
(ATTENTION HUSBANDS: 1. Make this. 2. Add some lavender essential oil.
3. Send the kids to Grandma's. 4. Get your wife a large glass of wine. 5. Turn on Netflix. 6. Massage the mixture onto her feet. 7. Be the best husband/Valentine ever! (Wives, you can also do this. Just replace the wine with a beer and maybe skip the lavender. Unless he likes lavender smelling feet? You're welcome, love birds!)
19. Deep Frying - Use coconut oil in place of other oils for deep frying. Like I said earlier, it is pretty tasteless and definitely doesn't smell or taste like coconut so don't worry about your food tasting like it.
20. To Curb Nausea - Add a tablespoon to ginger tea to help soothe nausea and heartburn.
21. No More Cradle Cap - Add a small amount to the end of a q-tip and roll it onto your baby's head where you see any cradle cap. Leave it on for up to an hour then rinse off with soap and water in the bath.
22. Dry Dish Hands - When you are finished with dishes do you notice how dry your hands are? Rub some coconut oil on the backs of your hands and fingers to alleviate any dryness after a round of dishes. Leave it on until it dries naturally.
23. Supercharged Smoothie - Add a tablespoon or two to your homemade smoothies or juices and you have, again, some detoxifying properties added to your yummy treat!
24. Cuticle Help - Massage coconut oil into your cuticles regularly to help promote faster growing, healthier nails.
25. As a Baby Lotion - If your baby/child has dry skin on their body or face use a small amount of coconut oil to alleviate any flaky dryness.
Disclosure: I am not a doctor so be sure to ask your doctor or a health care professional before ingesting any coconut oil or if you think you or your child may have a coconut allergy.
Like I said above, let me know in the comments what you use coconut oil for! I'd love some more suggestions and tips and I'm sure anyone reading this would too.
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