February 26, 2014

The Many Uses of Coconut Oil.....

Since I've been using more natural products for hair, skin and body care, I've been blessed to learn a lot about of different natural oils. The very first natural oil that I learned about was extra virgin coconut oil. Coconut oil has some amazing uses, not to mention the fact that it smells wonderful. Here are 21 uses for coconut oil. I hope that you try these! I've added comments, in pink, next to the uses that I've tried and found helpful.

Personal Hygiene/Body:

1. Moisturizer – simply scoop some out of the jar and apply all over your body, including neck and face.
I've used coconut oil, alone, as a moisturizer and it works very well. However, I am in love with my shea butter body moisturizer. I use 1/2 cup of coconut oil in my shea butter body moisturizer. Click here for the recipe.
Shea Butter Body Moisturizer

2. Eye cream: apply under the eyes to reduce puffiness, bags, and wrinkles. Use on the lids in the evening.

3. Pre-shave: coconut oil will prep skin for the pending damage caused by shaving. I applied coconut oil to wet skin, prior to shaving. My skin was smooth and felt very moisturized. Just be careful because your bathtub with be slippery.
4. After-shave: coconut oil will help heal your skin after shaving without clogging pores. 

5. Deodorant: coconut oil alone can be used as a deodorant, but even more effective in combination with cornstarch/arrowroot powder and baking soda
. Click the link for my homemade deodorant recipe.
Natural deoderant recipe

6. Hair Conditioner/Deep Treatment - use as a leave in hair conditioner by applying a teaspoon of coconut oil to your ends and then running your fingers through your hair to distribute the rest! I use coconut oil for a deep conditioning treatment. I apply about one (1) ounce of coconut oil onto dry hair and scalp. Gently work through to the ends. Put a shower cap on to prevent transfer onto bedding and leave on overnight. I follow up in the morning with a shampoo and a leave-in conditioner. I did this consistently for about 6 months and it really strengthened my hair. It has also helped me manage my hair during the transition from relaxed to natural. 

7. Hair Gel/Defrizzer: rub a little between your palms and either scrunch into hair (for curly hair) or finger comb in through from scalp to ends (for wavy/straight hair). I use coconut oil in my daily hair care routine. It helps to seal in moisture and it leaves my hair soft but not weighed down nor oily.
 8. Toothpaste: there are numerous recipes out there. The simplest is to mix coconut oil and baking soda. Dab a little of the mix on your toothbrush, then brush your teeth normally. I will be trying this next time I make a batch of my homemade toothpaste.
9. Make up remover: use a cotton swab and a dab of coconut oil.

10. Chapstick – just rub a little into lips and it not only acts as a softening agent but it also has an SPF of about 4 so you get a little protection too!
Coconut oil moisturizes your lips very well. I used coconut oil in my homemade lip balm recipe. Click here for the recipe.
Homemade Natural Lip Balm

11. Massage Oil – pretty simple; grab some and rub! For an added treat, don't forget to warm it up a bit. The scent alone is so relaxing.

12. Sunscreen. Alone, coconut oil has an SPF of about 4.

13. Stretch Mark Cream: coconut oil is great at nourishing damaged skin. It may not be the magic stretch mark cure but it will help.

14. Nipple Cream (for nursing moms): nourishes cracked, sore, or dry nipples. Apply to a cotton ball and leave on your nipples between feedings.

15. Diaper salve – very comforting on a rashy bum with no harsh chemicals. Also safe for cloth diapers.

16. Cradle cap – having issues with dry skin on your baby’s scalp? Coconut oil will not only nourish your baby’s skin, it also helps eliminate cradle cap. Just rub a teaspoon onto scalp daily.

17. Body scrub – mix coconut oil and sugar together and rub all over! Rinse off and your skin will be super soft! You can add in essential oils if you would like a specific smell
I am working on a recipe for a homemade sugar scrub, using coconut oil. Stay tuned!!!
18. Healing - when applied on scrapes and cuts, coconut oil forms a thin, chemical layer which protects the wound from outside dust, bacteria and virus. Coconut oil speeds up the healing process of bruises by repairing damaged tissues. Plus, it smells a better than over-the-counter treatments.

19. Bug Bites – when applied directly to a bug bite, coconut oil can stop the itching and burning sensation as well as hasten the healing process.

20. Skin problems – coconut oil relieves skin problems such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema.
I use coconut oil in my shea butter skin moisturizer. I love it!!!
21. Swimmers Ear – mix garlic oil and coconut oil and put a few drops in affected ear for about 10 minutes. Do this 2-3 times a day and it usually works within one or two days.

I hope you found this information helpful. What are your uses for coconut oil? I'd love to hear from you. God bless!

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