Coconut oil!! So many benefits with this one oil. A must have in your pantry.
Let’s jump right into it.
You can use this little baby for so many different things.
- As a skin moisturizer + after shave lotion – Thanks to its MCTs (Medium-chain triglyceride), this oil is a natural moisturizing cleanser that protects and heals the skin simultaneously. I use it after dry brushing, showering, and shaving (even though I really shouldn’t be shaving 🙂 ).
- As a Deodorant! – The oil fights off bacteria that grow in warm, moist areas of the skin, producing an icky smell. It also calms the skin after a shave, as it has anti-inflammatory effects. Check out the coconut mama’s deodorant recipe!
- Eye make-up remover –
“Coconut oil solubilizes or breaks up water-resistant substances used in eye shadow and mascara, releasing them from the skin and lashes”, “Avoid getting oil in your eyes, since it will temporarily blur your vision,” says cosmetic chemist Joseph Cincotta.
- Oil Pulling – Swish the oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes daily. Supposedly oil pulling decreases plaque formation and plaque induced gum disease  and lessens bad breath. Note: Do not use this as a replacement for your oral care! Think of it as a supplement. Try adding a drop of oregano oil for healthy gums.
- Hair treatment – Use coconut oil on your hair for daily detangling, deep conditioning (apply to hair and leave over night before washing), protect hair from sun damage and to encourage hair growth.
- Natural Lip balm – moisturizes and smells good too.
- Cooking – Great replacement instead of butter for baking/cooking. Coconut oil has superior nutritional qualities and has a high amount of lauric acid (antibacterial properties) which helps with weight loss due to its fatty acids, regulates blood sugar levels, and strengthens the immune system.
- Energy – Adding raw coconut oil to your smoothies/breakfast bowls for energy.
Types of coconut oil
When digesting coconut oil always make sure to purchase an organic, cold-pressed, unrefined virgin coconut oil. For external use its fine to use just pressed or refined coconut oil.
Do you use coconut oil? How do you use it? Tell us in the comments section below!
Photos by Orestis Katsilis