Sunday, May 31, 2015

COCONUT OIL: THE BEST STUFF EVER!




Many of us know that coconut oil is great for use in the kitchen, it's...
  • Great for baking, stir-frys or as a dairy free replacement to butter.
  • As a coffee creamer when emulsified into coffee
  • In homemade Mayo without the high PUFA vegetable oils
  • As a replacement for vegetable oils in any recipe or in cooking
  • To season cast iron skillets

But did you know that it's also...
HEALTHY FOOD FOR BRAIN, ENERGY, & WEIGHT LOSS


Here's More Uses for Coconut Oil You May Not Know about...

CLEANING


NATURAL PESTICIDE
  • With apple cider vinegar as a natural treatment for lice that actually works
  • In Homemade Natural Bug-Off Lotion Bars
  • Mixed with catnip, rosemary, or mint essential oils as a natural bug repellent

HYGIENE
  • By itself as a natural deodorant
  • By itself or with baking soda as a naturally whitening toothpaste

SKIN CARE & BEAUTY
  • To help increase sun tolerance and avoid burning
  • As a naturally SPF 4 sunscreen
  • By itself as a great tanning oil
  • On cuticles to help nails grow
  • Many use it as an anti-aging facial moisturizer
  • On hands after doing dishes to avoid dry skin
  • Can help resolve acne when used regularly
  • Can be rubbed into scalp daily to stimulate hair growth
  • Mixed with salt to remove dry skin on feet
  • Rub into elbows daily to help alleviate dry, flaky elbows
  • To help avoid chlorine exposure when swimming
  • As a natural shave cream and after shave lotion
  • When used consistently on skin it can help get rid of cellulite
  • Can help reduce appearance of varicose veins
  • As an incredibly intensive natural conditioner- Rub into dry hair, put a shower cap on and leave for several hours
  • Mixed with equal parts sugar for a smoothing body scrub (use in the shower)
  • Rubbed on lips as a natural chap stick
  • A tiny dab rubbed on your hands and then through hair will help get rid of frizz
  • Can help sooth psoriasis or eczema
  • As an eye-makeup remover
  • To lighten age spots when rubbed directly on the skin
  • To prevent stretch marks during pregnancy
  • On the skin as a basic lotion (or coconut oil lotion bar)

MEDICINAL
  • A tablespoon melted into a cup of warm tea can help sooth a sore throat
  • To help sooth the itch of chicken pox or poison ivy
  • Can be used internally and externally to speed recovery from UTIs
  • In a salve for cracked heels
  • Can relieve the pain of hemorrhoids when used topically
  • Naturally clears up cold sores
  • It’s anti-inflammatory properties can help lessen arthritis
  • Can reduce the itch of mosquito bites
  • Blend a tablespoon into hot tea to help speed recovery from cold or flu
  • After initial heat is gone, can help speed healing of sunburn
  • Rub coconut oil on the inside of your nose to help alleviate allergy symptoms
  • Topically, can help skin heal faster after injury or infection
  • Topically to kill yeast or yeast infections

MENTAL HEALTH
  • Can help improve sleep when taken daily
  • Some evidence shows that the beneficial fats in coconut oil can help with depression and anxiety

SEXUAL
  • As a tropical massage oil
  • As a natural personal lubricant that won’t disturb vaginal flora






 A big thank you to Katie of Wellness Mama for sourcing the majority of the info in this post on her wonderful blog