Coconut oil is something I use every single day, for various things. It is the most versatile oil you can have in your home and there are a number of great ways to use it. I’d like to share with you my favourite 6 uses for coconut oil, and hope to at least inspire you to find more.
Oral hygiene – Have you heard of oil pulling? It’s one of the most ancient uses for coconut oil and is a method of using coconut oil as mouthwash. It reduces cavities, reduces the amount of harmful bacteria in your mouth and can heal a number of ailments such as gingivitis, bad breath and gum inflammation. It works by dislodging the bacteria that can cling to your teeth and gums and dissolving it in the oil. The Lauric acid in coconut oil is a proven antimicrobial, meaning it can kill bacteria, viruses and fungi. You simply put a heaped tablespoon of coconut oil into your mouth (if the oil is still solid, just chew through it) and swish it around your mouth like you would mouthwash. Keep this up for about 15 – 20 minutes, then spit it out into the trash. I’ll say that again – spit it out into the trash – not the sink or the toilet. Coconut oil solidifies when cold and WILL clog your drains! Its best to do oil pulling first thing in the morning before you’ve eaten anything, as it will work with your mouth’s natural bacteria in doing its job! After about 2 weeks of doing this consistently, you’ll not only have a healthier environment in your mouth, you’ll also have fresher breath and whiter teeth – Score!
Hair Conditioner – coconut oil is a rich anti-oxidant and when used on hair, it can improve scalp health by fighting infections, fungus and dandruff. It also supports hair growth, and adds volume and shine without the common harmful chemicals found in pharmaceutical hair care products. It can markedly improve dry and frizzy hair and is totally natural without any additives or harmful chemicals. Yu can use it as a conditioner by applying to your hair after washing or as a treatment by massaging into your scalp, leaving on for 30 minutes before gently rinsing off with warm water. It gives hair a lustrous shine and keeps it moisturized throughout the day.
To moisturise skin – you can use coconut oil topically as a skin moisturiser in place of pharmaceutical-grade skin care products. Research is constantly emerging about how the ingredients used in skin care products are endocrine disruptors and actually lead to a host of complications, such as making your skin more vulnerable to sunburn. The skin is our largest organ and everything we put on it gets absorbed into our bloodstream withon an hour. If you can’t pronounce the ingredient, it’s probably not good for it to get into your blood stream, but how many of us do that every single day? Coconut oil, when used daily on skin, can prevent and even treat stretch marks, aging skin and dry spots. A 100 grams of coconut oil has about 0.1 mg of vitamin E, which enhances its skin-nourishing properties. It hydrates your skin without any toxic chemicals and leaves your skin feeling soft all day.
Personal lubricant – another interesting way in which coconut oil can be used, is as a lubricant. A lot of the commercially available lubes out there contain chemicals that disrupt the PH balance of your lady parts and lead to recurring bouts of candida, urinary tract infections and make you more susceptible to catching other infections along the way. Coconut oil provides the required moisture without the harmful ingredients. It also has the added bonus of moisturizing your skin and making it softer overall.
To fight skin irritations – such as rashes and eczema. My kids are prone to getting eczema and applying coconut oil directly to the affected area stops the itching and flaking (which stops them from scratching) and prevents further infection. Coconut oil has antibacterial, anti-fungal, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties that can help reduce the inflammation and is packed with caprylic acid, vitamin E and vitamin K, which can repair broken skin and nourish it at the same time with the natural oil.
And of course, cooking and baking – coconut oil gives you a boost in metabolism, which is what does the trick. Your metabolism is always working, so if you have a sluggish one you tend to gain weight easily and have trouble losing it. Consuming coconut oil nourishes your cells, balances your blood sugar and insulin levels, leaves you feeling fuller for longer – which in turn assist with weight management.
I’m sure there are other ways that you might be using coconut oil everyday. If you would like to add to my list of uses for coconut oil, please feel free to do so in the comments section and help share the wisdom! In additon, the Coconut Oil Revitalisation Blueprint is an excellent resource to get ahold of, if you are new to coconut oil and its uses. It not only offers great ideas on how to use coconut oil everyday in your home, but also some useful infomtation on things like storage, shelf life, and how to choose the right coconut oil for you.
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