I cannot tell you how much I LOVE coconut oil.
Most people have cooked with it but this Superfood has literally tons of uses. It’s versatile, cost effective plus incredibly healthy. Trust me your body and health will thank you for it.
Read on to find out how many products my one jar of coconut oil has replaced!
Coconut oil is high in saturated fat so consuming excessive amounts isn’t advisable for your hearts sake. However, the manufacturing process and chemical properties make it healthier than its counterparts. It isn’t refined, bleached or odorised. But make sure you choose cold pressed and virgin coconut oil to reap these benefits.
Did you know that coconut oil penetrates the hair and prevents protein loss? It sure does. All you do is take a dollop of coconut oil and comb it through your tresses. Not the most glam of looks but I wear a shower cap and sleep with it in. Then the next day I just shampoo and style as usual.
Face & Body Cream
Coconut oil is also a great moisturiser as it’s rich in fatty acids plus it leaves a lovely sheen on the skin. It helps give relief from skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis and will help soften fine lines and wrinkles.
Highlighter & Contouring
Want the Kim Kardashian highlighting and contouring look? use a small amount of coconut oil to highlight your cheek and eyebrow bones. You can also press a small amount of coconut oil on top of your makeup to give a nice dewy glow.
It sounds weird I know but let me explain why coconut oil is a great mouthwash. It’s called oil pulling which is an ancient Ayurvedic practice to keep tooth decay, bad breath and gum disease at bay. Remember, coconut oil is antibacterial so it’s brillant for our teeth. So how do you oil pull? It’s simple. Take one tablespoon of coconut oil and swish it in your mouth for 10-20 mins until the oil turns cloudy and murky. This is the bacteria being pulled off. Then spit the oil out.
The oil nature of coconut oil means that makeup will wipe off easily because it breaks down water resistant substances. I’ve used it to remove my mascara and I have to say it works a treat! Just take a small amount of oil between your palms to warm it up. Glide it across your skin and use a cotton pad to remove the makeup. Keep repeating until your skin is thoroughly cleansed.
Because of its emulsifying properties it’s a good dairy substitute. Use it on toast as a butter/margarine replacement. Add to coffee instead of milk.
Again, the anti-bacterial qualities of coconut oil make it a perfect candidate for a soap alternative. And it won’t just kill those nasty germs but it will also leave your hands silky soft.
Think about it. Coconut oil is a natural lubricant and so perfect to shave with. Lather it on and you’ll see that your razor will just glide over your skin as you shave.
Cuts & Bruises
Coconut oil just doesn’t have anti-bacterial qualities which makes it perfect for cuts and bruises … it also has anti-fungal properties too. And that means it’s perfect for conditions such as athletes foot.
There are many brands around but one of my favourites is Lucy Bee’s coconut oil. It smells heavenly and 100% pure.
So which use are you going to give a try? Let me know how you get on. Also have you any uses I haven’t mentioned? If you do, please let me know. I’d love to hear from you.