A few months ago I began to read lots of blogs on the benefits of Coconut Oil. To be honest I was intrigued, but a little wary. I feel like there is a lot of hype well for just about everything. The idea that One thing can have so many benefits and uses seemed too good to be true. The reason I decided to give coconut oil a try is that it is natural and affordable.
I decided to buy a small jar and began to use it externally. I still use it mainly externally, but it is great for cooking too. Here are a few of my favorite (tested by me) uses and a couple of things you should know.
First Coconut Oil is a solid under 72 degrees F. It becomes a liquid above 72 degrees. Like any oil there are different types, virgin, extra virgin, raw cold pressed extra, etc… The more processed the oil the less coconut smell/taste it will have. The less processed the more coconut smell/taste!
Externally (I usually rub the oil in my hands to melt it)
- Deep Conditioner for Hair
- Face Cleanser (more on that later)
- Night Cream
- Body Lotion – I use this after every shower, all over.
- Lip Oil (yes, I use it everywhere)
- Massage Oil
- Sunburn Soother
- Bug Bite Soother
- Razor Burn Soother
- Temporary Tattoo Remover (I have little boys)
What I noticed after about two weeks of use: the dark circles under my eyes had lightened up and these little bumps on the back of my arms were gone. Both of these things I have had forever and had accepted both. I wasn’t trying to fix these problems, but I am delighted they are fixed! I wish I had before and after, but like I said I wasn’t trying to fix it, it just happened.
This oil does not feel like other kitchen oils on the skin. Olive Oil is great for your skin, but I’m not a fan of the way it feels on my skin. Coconut Oil feels good. Almost like baby oil. If you want you can whip the oil to make smoothing on skin easier, whip it by itself or follow this lovely recipe.
The only thing I have tried and did not like it for was homemade deodorant…stay with me. It was totally worth a try and it worked great as a deodorant, however the particular recipe I used had baking soda and cornstarch, one of them made my skin irritated.
Here are a few ways I have used it Internally
- A spoonful = energy boost
- Butter Substitute (on popcorn is my favorite)
- Saute Oil
- Granola Bars (my son’s fave is chocolate chip w/ coconut, the oil adds depth, recipe later)
There are also a couple of things I have not tried but would like to:
- Bug repellent (mix peppermint oil with coconut oil)
- Sugar Scrub
With so many benefits and uses I will leave you with some awesome resources.
80 Uses for Coconut Oil not only has 80 uses, it also has many benefits and nutritional information that I can not give. Within this article there are also other great links for further research.
I hope this was helpful, if you can’t tell I love Coconut Oil. Please feel free to let me know your favorite use for this amazing oil.
With heart, home and motherhood