It seems like every week there’s a new “it” product, and it’s hard to keep up! Natural products are the latest buzz right now, but are all of these oils and extracts really all they’re cracked up to be? I can tell you for certain that when it comes to coconut oil, it’s truly miraculous. Not only that, but you can’t even imagine how many things you can use coconut oil for. I know of some potentially unexpected uses for this wonder oil that will take your health and beauty routine to a whole other level.
1. Hair Mask
It’s not easy to find a shampoo or hair product that’s not full of chemicals and additives that strip your hair of essentials instead of nourishing and replenishing your strands, like they may claim. That’s why so many women are taking the natural route and using oils. Not just any oil: coconut oil. There are some oils that just coat your hair in a thin layer of moisture and nourishment that doesn’t really penetrate the follicles or make enough of a difference to justify using them. If you’re looking for long, luscious locks that are soft and super shiny, then coconut oil is the solution. It also prevents hair loss with its vitamin content and keeps it super strong by protecting the protein.
To create a hair mask, simply grab about 2-4 tablespoons of the oil and rub it into your locks. Try to avoid a high concentration on your scalp, and instead allow for the bulk of the oil to coat your strands and ends. Let it sit for about a half an hour to an hour, and rinse it out. For some ladies, washing coconut oil out of their hair can be quite the process. If simply rinsing it isn’t enough, you can combine egg and a tablespoon of water to create a rinse to coat your hair and rinse out. If you need even more than that, you can use a tablespoon of castile soap, coat your hair, and rinse.
2. Teeth Cleaner
Can you believe that you can simply use coconut oil to cleanse and whiten your teeth?! Believe it or not, this technique, sometimes referred to as “oil pulling” is a method that’s been used for years. All you have to do is swish it in your mouth for about 20 minutes, spit it out, and then brush your teeth as per usual. The lauric acid in the coconut oil is what does the trick, eliminating the bacterium that causes plaque. Twenty minutes seems like a long time, but take that time to catch up on the latest gossip or answer your e-mails.
3. Make Up Remover
While make-up wipes are easy and portable, how frustrating is it to scrub and scrub at your face trying to get your makeup off, only to still see stubborn mascara or liner still lingering on your face. Not only can they be stubborn, but they can be harsh against your skin. The constant rubbing can have your face feeling raw and looking red. For those of you with sensitive skin, finding an efficient make-up remover that doesn’t irritate your face or make you break out can be a mission. Take a teaspoon of coconut oil and place it on a cotton pad, and just gently wipe. No need to mix it around in anything! You’ll want to rinse your face afterwards to remove all the residue.
4. Body Tanner
Put that baby oil away, ladies! If you’re going to be out in the sun and are hoping to bronze up your skin, don’t cook yourself and don’t skip the sunscreen. Using some coconut oil with your regular sunscreen routine can help enhance the color of your skin without the potential for major sunburn like you’ll get with the baby oil. After you have applied your sunscreen with HIGH SPF for the best protection, you can rub some coconut oil on your exposed areas. The oil will act as a hydrating agent so your skin doesn’t dry out while you’re basking in the sun.
When you hear everyone going “Coconut oil can be used for anything!” clearly, it can. Also, you know how everyone is calling all of the trendy new foods “superfoods” because they are supposedly so good for you? Coconut oil SERIOUSLY is! Bringing it back to its most obvious and basic use, coconut oil is an excellent addition to so many yummy recipes. Not only is it tasty, but it is so jam packed with nutrients that are incredible for your health! According to some research, coconut oil is metabolized in a way that can have positive effects on people with brain disorders, such as Alzheimer’s. Also, because of the high caloric content, many nations and cultures get most of their nutrients from coconuts – and it’s been found that these people are some of the healthiest in the world! It’s also a great fighting agent for getting rid of pesky bugs and viruses, a fantastic energy source that burns away fat, and has natural properties that can help you keep your appetite in check without dangerous supplements. I could go on and on! If you want to try and incorporate coconut oil in your diet, consider putting it in coffee, pouring it into your stir fry, or using it as an alternative to unhealthy oils in deep frying!
It probably doesn’t seem like coconut oil can get any better, right? But it’s SUPER CHEAP, so there’s no reason at all why you shouldn’t consider grabbing yourself a tub the next time you’re at your local grocery store. You will get so much use out of it and it’ll become one of your favorite things ever.
Tell me what you use coconut oil for, and maybe I’ll give it a try! I’d love to hear your ideas and experiences.