Coconut oil has become one of my favorite ingredients to keep stored in the cupboard – and not just because it’s tasty!
Coconut oil has just so many uses for our health beyond just sprucing up the cooking. I’m going to quickly tell you about seven amazing uses for this wonder oil that you can try for yourself – and trust me, they genuinely work!
So, grab a jar of coconut oil and read on – it might just change your life for the better.
Coconut oil works as a handy moisturizing sealer as it can trap the moisture in your skin, allowing it to stay hydrated. It also contains fatty acids (like lauric), which provides antiviral and antifungal benefits.
Because coconut oil has no harsh chemicals, it can also help to prevent eczema and other mild skin issues – it penetrates the skin barrier quickly and retains a lot of the elasticity. Overall, this means less dry, harsh, brittle skin!
It makes a lot of sense to me to keep a bottle of coconut oil handy most of the time because it’s quick to apply to the skin on the move.
It’s also less problematic than some other oils if it gets on your clothes or accessories, as it washes out pretty easily.
Not only does coconut oil help to trap moisture in the skin, it can also work as a natural sunscreen with an SPF of 8.
While that doesn’t sound very high (many scientists would tell you that an SPF of 30 or higher is recommended), it is completely natural. The same can’t be said very often of chemical-based sunscreens you buy at the grocery store or pharmacy.
I’d certainly recommend trying to use fewer chemicals on your skin and replace it with natural options like coconut oil for when you need just some mild skin protection. It may not give you the best protection in the full glare of the sun, but it will do your skin some good in the long run.
I know many of us have relied on vapor rub to soothe our aches during colds and sniffles, but relying on medicines isn’t always the best idea – how many chemicals are in your favorite concoctions?
Believe it or not, you can ditch the branded vapor rub and make your own at home, completely naturally, using coconut oil as one of the ingredients!
Coconut oil’s hydration and healing properties actually makes it a great body scrub!
Making your own body scrub usually requires a combination of essential oils, granulated sugar (for the scrubby part!), and kosher salt.
You can mix ingredients to make something unique. A great recipe you might want to try, for example, is a Ginger and Coconut Oil body scrub.
Diaper Rash Cream
Save your money on those overpriced baby creams and make your own at home. Guess what one of the main ingredients is…?
You can make your very own diaper cream with coconut oil, beeswax, and a dash of zinc oxide. Whip it together in the pan over heat until melted, add in the zinc oxide and let it cool.
This is a great homemade option that comes free of any nasty or hidden chemicals you might find in pots or tubes in your local store.
Turning some coconut oil into an eye cream can help with baggy eyes and crows’ feet – it’s a wondrous natural healer for the skin in both quality and appearance.
All it takes is a 1/4 cup of coconut oil and some soft-gel vitamin D and E squeezed in. Microwave it for a few seconds (or you could try a low simmer) to make it stirrable. Then, let it cool – and you’re good to go!
Finally, you can use coconut oil as a natural moisturizer and sealer for your hair. The natural oil seals in any moisture and helps to prevent dry or flaky scalp, which means less dandruff on your shoulders. This same hydrating effect helps with split ends or hair breakages, too.
You can try applying a little bit to your scalp before bed and letting it sit overnight. You may wish to put a towel on your pillow, however, so you don’t wake up with big oil patches on your sheets!
So there you have it, seven of my favorite coconut oil uses. I’m sure there are many more amazing uses for this magical, all-natural ingredient – why not do a bit of further reading and see what you can come up with?