Coconut oil constantly surprises us. It has amazing nourishing properties and health benefits, alluring smell and gentle and exotic taste. If you haven’t used coconut oil before you should start using it today. Once you try it you will never ever use refined or vegetable oil once again.
Coconut oil can be used for body care and in cosmetics. You can include it in your everyday diet because you will protect and enhance the appearance and health of your body.
Organic, unrefined, cold-pressed coconut oil is the best option.
10 Uses of Coconut Oil
1. Amazing Skin Moisturizer
This is the most common and obvious use of coconut oil. If you apply it on your skin after showering, the skin will be shiny and soft. It can reduce stretch marks and scars and it also rejuvenates your skin. First, the consistency will be greasy, but your skin will absorb it quickly. You can also use coconut oil as a carrier along with the perfect essential oils for healthy skin.
If you want you can use coconut oil on your face. Your skin won’t be so greasy, because the coconut oil is going to absorb the dirt and it will unclog your pores. At the beginning apply a little bit of coconut oil (a pea size) and massage it on the face and around the eyes. You can also apply it on the lips if they are chapped and dry.
You can also use coconut oil in your bedroom as a lubricant or massage lotion. One of the best homemade remedies for vaginal dryness is coconut oil.
2. Excellent for Oil Pulling
One amazing way for cleaning your mouth from the harmful toxins and bacteria which cause inflammation is oil-pulling.
- Use approximately 2 tablespoons of coconut oil first thing when you wake up before your meal.
- Swish it in your mouth for 10 – 20 minutes.
- Do not swallow the oil because it is full of bacteria, just spit it out.
- Finally, brush your teeth.
If you want to enhance the antiviral and antibacterial properties you can add a drop of essential oil in the coconut oil. You can use peppermint, eucalyptus, cloves or rosemary essential oils.
Another way to use it is as toothpaste.
3. Efficient Hair Treatment
You can use coconut oil as post-wash or a pre-wash treatment. It was discovered that coconut oil is able to decrease the protein loss in undamaged and damaged skin as well. Our hair is mostly made of proteins and it is very important to supply our hair with them if we want a healthy look.
One study that was published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science made a comparison between coconut oil and sunflower oil and mineral oil. It was discovered that sunflower oil and mineral oil had no effect on the loss of protein and coconut oil made a huge difference.
In order to avoid the greasy effect, you should add a little bit of coconut oil as a pre-wash:
- ½ tbsp. of coconut oil (the amount will depends on volume and length of the hair).
- Apply the oil on the roots and slowly go down to the ends.
- Wait for 10 – 15 minutes.
- Wash your hair as you normally would.
You can also use apple cider vinegar rinse since it will do wonders for your hair.
4. Frizzy Hair Care
If you have frizzy hair in order to tame it you should use coconut oil. Curly and dry hair can lift when brushed. To avoid this problem add coconut oil on the fingers and run them through your hair. The frizz will be gone.
Remember not to put a lot of coconut oil because your hair will become greasy.
5. The best companion for shaved legs
When you have to shave your legs apply a little bit of coconut oil on the legs before you start shaving them. The coconut oil will make your skin less irritated and softer.
Some people use coconut oil after shaving/epilation in order to reduce the redness and calm down the skin.
6. Natural Homemade Remedy for treating Toenail Fungus
Many people know that it is hard to eliminate toenail fungus. Even if you treat it for a long period it will still persist.
Coconut oil is amazing for treating the fungal membrane. Coconut oil contains fatty acids which insert themselves in the membrane and they disturb its function. In the end this leads to disintegration of the cells.
- Take a little bit of coconut oil and apply it on the affected area. You only need a small layer.
- Let it dry and absorb.
- If more of your nails require this treatment, before applying the oil on the next toe you have to wash your hands or you should wear gloves.
- Repeat the treatment two – three times per day. Do not skip the treatments; you have to be patient and diligent.
7. Carrier Oil
If you want to use certain essential oils you will have to dilute them. Coconut oil is a great carrier. You can use it to work with other potent essential oils or in cases when you need to treat bigger part of your body.
Combine one tablespoon of coconut oil with couple of drops of your favorite essential oil.
You can use fractionated coconut oil instead of coconut oil at a room temperature (up to 25 °C). The long fatty acids are removed from the fractionated oil and it stays liquid all the time, which is not the case with regular coconut oil. Remember that virgin coconut oil is full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and all of them are great for the hair and skin as well. The fractionated coconut oil actually does not have the same nutrients.
8. Makeup Remover
You can use coconut oil to remove makeup. First you have to wash the face and afterwards use coconut oil in order to remove the rest of the makeup. You will never go to bed with mascara again.
9. Great for Nail Management
You can use coconut oil to massage your body and to massage the nails as well. Just apply coconut oil on the fingers and massage well. This treatment is amazing for preventing fungal infection.
10. A Soothing Treatment for Burns and Rashes
In case of a burn or a rush apply coconut oil on the affected area. It is amazing for diaper rash and you can use if for your little ones.
You can also mix tea tree essential oil and coconut oil. Tea tree essential oil can be used on 75 different ways and it has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. You just have to combine a little bit of coconut oil with 1 to 2 drops of tea tree oil and message the affected area.
Once you discover the amazing aromas and benefits of coconut oil, you will spend more time with it – you just have to warn everyone who will start to use it – the person will have a coconut love affair. It is amazing.
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