We have all heard of Coconut oil, but what can it be used for besides cooking? Coconut oil has a wide array of health benefits, hair and skin uses, and uses around the home. Try a few of the ones below.
- Anti-dermatitis solution. Regular use of coconut oil has been shown to improve a condition called atopic dermatitis – a condition that produces dry, itchy, and oozing skin patches.
- As a body scrub. Combine a tablespoon of coconut oil with a tablespoon of ground coffee, and you’ve got a great body scrubbing mix! Alternatives to ground coffee are coconut shavings, ground sea salt, grits and sugar.
- Lip balm. Oil from a coconut has demonstrated potent skin healing properties. The substance can alleviate chapping and replenish the skin of the lips.
- Eye creamer. People can reduce wrinkling around the eyes by applying coconut oil around the affected areas prior to bedtime.
- Deodorant. Use it alone or with baking soda as a natural deodorant
- Makeup remover. Coconut oil makes an excellent eye-makeup remover on its own
- Dandruff solution. Coconut oil possesses strong anti-drying properties. Overnight application of the product to roots of the hair can effectively decrease the prevalence of dandruff.
- Repairing damaged hair. Rubbing the product into hair roots, and dispersing it through the length of the hair may repair any damaged hair. Keep the mixture in your hair for 30 minutes to an hour, then wash with shampoo.
- Lighten age spots. It may help lighten age spots when rubbed directly on the skin
- Acne issues. Can help resolve acne when used regularly
- Prolonging egg shelf life. Coconut oil is a potent antibacterial substance. Applying a thin layer of the produce to egg shells can increase shelf life.
- Frying and baking alternative. Plant oils derived from animal fat and vegetables quickly lose their health properties once heated. Coconut oil maintains these properties despite the application of heat.
- Homemade mayo. Instead of using a different oil source, use coconut oil. It will not only enhance the taste of mayonnaise; it will do so without increasing bad cholesterol levels.
- A healthy, energy-laden smoothie. Are you a smoothie drinker? Good. Coconut oil possesses energy-producing properties – and without the added sugar.
- Bone health. The methods of strengthening your bones are: (1) coconut oil consumption (a smoothie, for example!), and (2) massaging the product into painful joints.
- Calcium and Nagnesium. It has been shown to increase absorption of calcium and magnesium.
- Hangover cure. In a study published in The Journal of Nutrition, healthy saturated fats like coconut oil may reduce the dehydration and pain-inducing effects of heavy alcohol consumption.
- Inflammation cure. Study after study has reaffirmed the anti-inflammatory effects of coconut oil. Practical uses for the product include application to burnt skin or swelling from an insect bite.
- Fever reduction or painkiller. As an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound, it comes as no surprise that coconut oil may relieve fever and pain.
- Weight loss. Can help speed weight loss when consumed daily.
- Improves thyroid health. Health professionals adamantly recommend the consumption of health fats to improve thyroid function and reduce glucose levels. Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which is known to boost HDL (“good cholesterol”) in the body; this physiological effect is good for thyroid health.
- Mental Boost– Studies show MCTs may contribute to focus and mental performance.
- Hormone Support– Getting the wrong kinds of fats can create havoc on hormones. Coconut oil contains specific fats that support the body’s natural hormone production.
- Allergies. Rubbed on the inside of your nose it may help alleviate allergy symptoms
Pregnancy and Motherhood Uses
- Breast health: During the breastfeeding phase, it is common for the skin surrounding the nipples to crack. Coconut oil remedies this symptom healthily – for both baby and mother.
- Baby skin protection: As mentioned, coconut oil has numerous properties which enhance skin health. A baby’s skin is extremely delicate – and coconut oil, in study after study, has confirmed it is the best skin care product for babies. Diaper rash – an acute, common skin condition in babies – is a condition treatable by coconut oil.
- Stretch marks: Gently applying coconut oil twice a day to stretch marked areas is effective both pre- and post-pregnancy. Coconut oil has powerful skin healing, moisturizin and soothing qualities – and is safe to use during pregnancy and following delivery.
General Daily Uses
- Furniture shining. You can prevent material deterioration of furniture by applying oil to a part of cloth and evenly wiping it along the piece’s surface. Coconut oil is particularly effective against cracking and drying of wooden furnishings.
- Lubricator. Who hasn’t been frustrated over a stuck zipper on a jacket, purse or bag? Applying a small dab of coconut oil to the zipper (not the thread) may take care of this problem.
- Sharpening blades. Kitchen “blending” appliances are designed with sharpened blades; using coconut oil can help maintain sharpness of the blade while protecting them from rust.
Shining leather. Leather lovers appreciate some well-shined bags, gloves, shoes, or purses. Proper, evenly distributed amounts of coconut oil can restore some of that gloss. (shiny leather only… test a small area first)