Coconut Oil – oh Let me count the many ways you are good for me!!Jennifer
Who would have thought that those magical big, hard-shelled, weird looking things from the trees when I took family vacations at Christmas time would end up such a huge part of my life. I do recall it being a tasty treat brought to me after it was smashed open on a rock, what a decadent treat. Now it is a staple in my home and not only a treat to eat but has so many other wonderful uses as well! Coconut oil is one of those magical gifts from mother nature that we should all say thank you to.
Here is how I use it:
1. For Cooking
Try shopping for virgin coconut oil. This means it’s unrefined, and processed at a low-heat. It will have a smoother texture and richer flavor. Refined coconut oil, on the other hand, has less of a coconut flavor and aroma, which might be what you’re looking for. It also has a higher smoke point (450 degrees for Refined vs. 350 degrees for Virgin).
Pan frying – coconut oil is great to cook with because of its high smoke point. Where other oils like olive oil and vegetable oil can oxidize, making it potentially dangerous to ingest, coconut oil can remain stable. It’s also great for using as a non-stick treatment on the frying pan. 350 – 375 degrees is best when frying.
Coffee creamer – try mixing coconut oil with your favorite sweetener for a creamy alternative to dairy. You’d be surprised at the boost of energy coconut oil can provide. Coconut oil has what we call “medium length” fatty acids, which are metabolized straight from the liver from the digestive tract–a great source of energy.
Baking – Grease your baking sheets, roast baked potatoes and vegetables, add a delicious twist to your breads… The possibilities are seemingly endless! Substitute coconut oil for vegetable oil in your recipes.
2. For Healthier Skin
Coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and antifungal, and is an excellent moisturizer. With refined coconut oil is fine for cooking, organic, unrefined coconut oil (virgin) is best for these topical uses.
Moisturizer – Use a small amount on your face before bed. Rub on, rub off. This helps with hydration and has natural anti-aging benefits. You can also apply a nice coat of coconut oil all over your body to help lock-in moisture after a shower. Leave on overnight.
Makeup – Coconut oil can be used to highlight the natural features of your skin. Try rubbing a small amount on your cheekbones, eyelids, and lips. And viola! Natural makeup substitute. Also, you can try using it as a gentle makeup remover
Wrinkle reducer – Rub a small amount around your eyes and other areas that could show signs of aging. Leave on overnight. Coconut oil also has a natural SPF and can help protect your skin from the harsh effects of the sun.
Stretch marks – rub coconut oil on your belly during and after pregnancy to help prevent stretch marks, reduce dark marks and discoloration, and help with the skin’s elasticity.
3. For Better Hair
If you have dry or curly hair, you know how hard it is to keep your hair moisturized without succumbing to expensive treatments. But guess what, yep, coconut oil to the rescue!
Conditioner – Coconut oil doesn’t have the chemicals that conventional shampoos and conditioners carry. But with the vitamins and essential fatty acids, coconut oil can help hydrate the hair follicles and nourish the scalp. Use a small amount, focussing on the tips of the hair, and leave in overnight.
Hair growth – Coconut oil can help regrow hair, and make existing follicles grow longer and thicker. The lauric acid naturally found in the oil penetrates the hair shaft and improves its overall health. Massage coconut oil into the scalp for 10 minutes 3-4 times per week to improve blood circulation and stimulate growth. Follow up with a gentle wash.
Dandruff – Many shampoos that fight a dry scalp can have harmful chemicals. Coconut oil has medium-chain fatty acids which can help fight bacterias and viruses found on the scalp. Try adding lavender, tea tree, and thyme to coconut oil to your scalp, neck and forehead to promote a fungus-free and hydrated scalp.
Styling – Coconut oil can be used to tame frizz, detangle, and protect hair from the sun. All while giving it a natural shine, and embracing natural curls. Be careful if you have thinning hair, because the oil can weigh the hair down—a small amount can go a long way.
4. Household Uses
Not only can you eat it, and wear it, but you can use it around the home! Coconut oil can hydrate, protect and shine countless items around the house. Chemicals, move over!
Candles – candles can be expensive, and sometimes use artificial scents and chemicals. Instead, you guessed it, use coconut oil! It’s a perfect carrier oil for your favorite essential oils (lavender, chamomile, etc.). Just mix in an oil diffuser, and burn this clean oil for an inexpensive and healthy alternative to candles.
Furniture treatment – Try rubbing a small amount of coconut oil to your furniture to clean, prevent dust buildup, cover up scratches, prevent rust, and give a nice healthy shine! Works great on wood, metal, and granite.
Leather shine – use coconut oil instead of harsh leather shine to bring new life back into shoes, wallets, and anything leather. Helps with shine, blemishes, and hydration.
5. Medical Uses
It’s no secret that we emphasize the importance of living a healthy lifestyle here. Medical challenges are best met before they’re even a challenge. By living a healthy lifestyle, we can help combat the inevitable medical battles we will face in the years to come. Here are just a few ways Coconut oil can help our healthy cause.
Boost immunity – The healthy acids (lauric, capric, and caprylic) found inside coconut oil provide properties that aid the immune system in viral and bacterial agents.
Reduce Inflammation – Our magical oil has been found to support a healthy liver and kidneys. As long as it’s “virgin” coconut oil, which means it has been treated at low-heat and without chemicals—it has been shown to reduce chronic inflammation.
Sleep aid – Coconut oil is perfect for mixing with your other favorite oils like lavender and chamomile in order to provide that perfect atmosphere for drifting off to a stress-free sleep.
Digestive – Because of its antifungal and antibacterial properties, coconut oil is great for providing the digestive tract with the tools it needs to fight parasites and fungi. It also promotes the growth of healthy probiotics, and aids in the absorption of nutrients.
Pets – rub coconut oil on your beloved pet’s coat to help with fleas, allergies and irritations, and help give their coat a healthy shine! Because it’s edible, it does no harm if they lick it off.…
So there you have it. Coconut oil has stood the test of time as the oil with a thousand uses, and it continues to prove its worth for a LIVE FREE lifestyle. Almost any coconut oil will do.
Please comment below if you use coconut oil in other ways than above. We LOVE to share ideas here at LIVING FREE!!