Coconut oil is an amazing and cost-saving multi-tasker that has lots of qualities and benefits recommending it. It is a rich moisturizer, it’s cheap, it’s versatile, it’s antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, has a decent amount of antioxidants, and improves nutrient absorption. You can get it at any good health food store, just be sure to spend the extra buck or two to get raw, organic, virgin coconut oil.
Personal Hygiene/Body Benefits of Coconut Oil
Moisturizer – simply scoop some out of the jar and apply all over your body, including neck and face.
Make up remover – use a cotton swab and a dab of coconut oil and you would be amazed at how well it works!
Eye cream – apply under the eyes to reduce puffiness, bags, and wrinkles. Use on the lids in the evening.
Preshave – coconut oil will prep skin for the pending damage caused by shaving.
Aftershave – coconut oil will help heal your skin after shaving without clogging pores.
Deodorant – coconut oil alone can be used as a deodorant, but even more effective in combination with cornstarch/arrowroot powder and baking soda!
Hair Conditioner/Deep Treatment – use as a leave in hair conditioner by applying a teaspoon of coconut oil to your ends and then running your fingers through your hair to distribute the rest! For a deeper treatment, rub in a tablespoon of coconut oil onto your dry scalp and gently work through to the ends. Put a shower cap on to prevent transfer onto bed linens and leave on overnight.
Hair Gel/Defrizzer – rub a little between your palms and either scrunch into hair (for curly hair) or finger comb in through from scalp to ends (for wavy/straight hair).
Toothpaste – there are numerous recipes out there but I just mix coconut oil and baking soda and dab a little of the mix on my toothbrush.
Chapstick – just rub a little into lips and it not only acts as a softening agent but it also has an SPF of about 4 so you get a little protection!
Massage Oil – pretty simple; grab some and rub! Lubricant – it is an all natural, perfectly safe personal lubricant. Not compatible with latex! Stretch-mark Cream – coconut oil is great at nourishing damaged skin. It may not be the magic stretch mark cure but it will help.
Nipple Cream – works great to nourish cracked, sore, or dry nipples. Apply to a cotton ball and leave on your nipples between feedings. Diaper salve – very comforting on a rashy bum with no harsh chemicals. Also safe for cloth diapers.
Cradle cap – having issues with dry skin on your baby’s scalp? Coconut oil will not only nourish your baby’s skin, it also helps eliminate cradle cap. Just rub a teaspoon onto scalp daily
Body scrub – mix coconut oil and sugar together and rub all over! Rinse off and your skin will be super soft! You can add in essential oils if you would like a specific smell.
Healing – when applied on scrapes and cuts, coconut oil forms a thin, chemical layer which protects the wound from outside dust, bacteria and virus. Coconut oil speeds up the healing process of bruises by repairing damaged tissues. Plus, it smells a heck-of-a-lot better than anything from the pharmacy.
Bug Bites – when applied directly to a bug bite, coconut oil can stop the itching and burning sensation as well as hasten the healing process.
Skin problems – coconut oil relieves skin problems such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema.
Swimmers Ear – mix garlic oil and coconut oil and put a few drops in affected ear for about 10 min. Do this 2-3 times a day and it usually works within one or two days.
General Health and Wellness Benefits of Coconut Oil
Stress Relief – relieve mental fatigue by applying coconut oil to the head in a circular, massaging motion. The natural aroma of coconuts is extremely soothing thus helping to lower your stress level.
Digestion – the saturated fats in coconut oil have anti-bacterial properties that help control, parasites, and fungi that cause indigestion and other digestion related problems such as irritable bowel syndrome. The fat in coconut oil also aids in the absorption of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, making you healthier all around.
Fitness – coconut oil has been proven to stimulate your metabolism, improve thyroid function, and escalate energy levels, all of which help decrease your unwanted fat, while increasing muscle.
Nose bleeds – coconut oil can prevent nose bleeding that is caused by sensitivity to weather such as extreme hotness and extreme coldness. This condition happens when the nasal passages become dry because of cold or dry air resulting to burns and cracks in the mucus membranes so bleeding happens. To prevent this just put coconut oil in you nostrils. Coat your finger with coconut oil and then lie down and coat your finger inside your nose. Doing this will strengthen and protect the capillaries in the nasal passages. A Vitamin C supplement will also help prevent nose bleeding. For breastfeeding moms, consuming 3 ½ tablespoons of coconut oil daily will enrich your milk supply. Helps with weight loss & controlling cravings. Helps keep blood sugar levels stable and/or helps with cravings in those with diabetes.
Cooking Uses of Coconut Oil
For cooking at high heat – use 1 cup to 1 cup ratio when replacing other oils/butter in recipes with coconut oil. Replacement for butter/lard/Crisco/PAM in it’s solid form – greasing pans, pie crusts, etc. Replacement for various oils in liquid form – baking, cooking, sauteing etc. Nutritional supplement – melt and add to smoothies. Coconut Milk is a good source of Magnesium, Potassium, Vitamin C, Iron, proteins and Calcium.