Discover the benefits of coconut oil
There are many amazing uses and benefits of coconut oil. Let’s take a look at a few of them.
Whenever I talk about coconut oil, I’m talking about extra virgin, 100% raw, cold pressed, organic, coconut oil.
I discovered coconut oil around 10 years ago, and since then it has been in my life everyday. I use it to cook, moisturise and heal. I always have a jar in the kitchen and a jar in my bedroom.
Coconut oil is great to use when cooking. I more often than not use coconut oil when cooking, as it’s a healthy alternative to other oils out there. It contains natural saturated fat which increase HDL (good cholesteroll) and can help to eliminate bad cholesterol . It can be used as a replacement for butter, oil and other fats. It’s also safe to cook with at high temperatures.
Other uses for coconut oil
Aside from cooking, there are so many other uses for this versatile oil. I use it as a moisturiser daily. Studies have shown coconut oil to contain collagen building properties, making it an effective agent for fighting and preventing wrinkles. It also protects your skin from UV rays, two of the main properties that you expect to get with your more conventional face moisturisers. A study shown coconut oil to block out 20% of the suns UV rays. I wouldn’t recommend using it as a replacement for your sunscreen though, as conventional sunscreens block out around 90%. Although it makes for a great after sun moisturiser. If I ever get sunburn, I always use coconut oil on the affected area.
I also use it on my hair. I have long, thick naturally curly hair which is prone to dryness and frizz. Often, if I know I’m going to wash my hair in the morning, I put coconut oil in my hair overnight. Coconut oil is great for repairing dry and damaged hair.
Another use that has become a blessing, is cleaning my make up brushes. I never found anything that can get them as clean as coconut oil. Click the link below to show you how.
Depending on the temperature where the coconut oil is stored, it will either be solid or liquid. When stored at room temperature, it will be solid. However, when the weather is a bit warmer during the summer months (if we’re lucky) it will turn to liquid. This is normal, it can still be used either way. Once the temperature cools, it will return to its solid form.
10 uses for coconut oil
- Cooking – a healthy alternative to butter, oils and fats. Cook safely at high temperatures.
- Moisturiser – For the face and body. Especially good for dry skin areas (elbows, heels, hands, lips)
- Dental Health – Antibacterial properties that are great at killing mouth bacteria. Can be used in toothpaste or for oil pulling.
- Healthy Hair – Repair aid for dry and damaged hair, increases hair growth, deep conditioning treatment, gets rid of dandruff.
- Improve Wound Healing – Due to its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and collagen building properties, it’s a great aid for healing wounds. To speed healing of minor cuts or scrapes, apply a little bit of coconut oil directly to the wound and cover it with a bandage.
- Natural Deodorant – With its strong antibacterial properties, coconut oil makes a great natural deodorant.
- Insect Repellant – Mix a tablespoon of coconut oil with a few drops of peppermint, rosemary and tea tree essential oils to make an effective insect and mosquito repellant. One study shown that adding certain essential oils with coconut oil provided 98% protection from certain mosquito bites.
- Eczema and Skin Disorders – With its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti fungal properties, coconut oil makes for a great healing aid for skin disorders like eczema and dermatitis.
- Eye Make up Remover – Makes a natural and effective way to remove your eye make up. Just add a little coconut oil to a cotton pad and gently wipe.
- Shower Cleaner – Form a paste of baking soda and coconut oil, rub onto treated areas, leave for 10 minutes, and rinse with warm water. Will get rid of all the soap scum and mildew from your shower or bath tub. I often just add a tablespoon of coconut oil to a damp cloth and clean for the areas without as much built up dirt, and then rinse.
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