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Reasons to Love Coconut Oil

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I’m starting a new category on my blog about health! It’s about time since I’m always talking about it. I have always taken pride in my health and wellness and after realizing how much I’m always reading about it and educating myself, I figured I’d spread the word!

My first topic to share. Coconut Oil. I’m sure some of you are already shying away from this because the word ‘oil’ sparks immediate negative thoughts of fat, cholesterol, weight gain etc…. but rest assured. Those thoughts couldn’t be more opposite from the truth. Lately, coconut oil is becoming the new olive oil. It gained most of its popularity when proven to be a much healthier oil to cook with as it has a much higher cooking temperature. I have been using coconut oil for years after originally buying is as a natural moisturizer for sensitive skin, but after doing my homework and browsing article after article I’m using it for much more. I am by no means a doctor and many of these uses come from other articles and research so I can’t say I’ve personally tried them all, but I have tried many and have no complaints. There is a reason this is becoming such a well known super food!

Uses for Coconut Oil

  • It is a great oil because it has a high smoke point.
  • Great for baking and stir-frys
  • Helps improve insulin use in the body
  • Helps to  fat-soluble vitamins
  • As a dairy free or vegan substitute to butter.
  • A great supplement for daily energy.
  • Great for the skin as a basic lotion
  • In homemade lotion bars for soft, smooth skin
  • In homemade deodorant
  • As an eye-makeup remover
  • As a cloth diaper safe diaper cream
  • To lighten age spots when rubbed directly on the skin
  • To prevent stretch marks during pregnancy
  • To support healthy thyroid function
  • In homemade mayo
  • As a naturally SPF 4 sunscreen
  • In homemade lotions/moisturizer
  • To get rid of dry scalp on baby- just massage into scalp, leave on for a few minutes and gently rinse with a warm wash cloth
  • Topically to kill yeast or yeast infections
  • As a delicious tropical massage oil
  • It’s high Lauric acid and MCFA content helps boost metabolism
  • A tiny dab rubbed on your hands and then through hair will help get rid of frizz
  • As an intensive nighttime facial moisturizer
  • Mixed with equal parts sugar for a body scrub
  • Rubbed on lips as a natural chap stick
  • Topically, can help skin heal faster after injury or infection
  • Directly on the perineum to help heal after birth
  • As an incredibly intensive natural conditioner. Rub into dry hair, put a shower cap on and leave for several hours.
  • On feet to fight athlete’s foot or tor fungus
  • In place of Lanolin cream on nursing nipples to sooth irritation
  • Can help sooth psoriasis or eczema
  • With apple cider vinegar as a natural treatment for head lice
  • In healthy brain boosting snack for kids
  • In a filling and energy boosting smoothie
  • Rub coconut oil on the inside of your nose to help alleviate allergy symptoms
  • Nursing moms can take 3-4 tablespoons a day (and Vitamin D) to increase milk supply and nutrients
  • There is some evidence that coconut oil helps digestion and may even kill intestinal parasites
  • Mix a tablespoon with a tablespoon of chia seeds for an all-day energy boost (do NOT take this at night!)
  • Can help improve insulin levels
  • Coconut oil and a drop of oregano oil swished in mouth to help improve gum health
  • Can help improve cholesterol ratios
  • Blend a tablespoon into hot tea to help speed recovery from cold or flu
  • As a replacement for vegetable oils in any recipe
  • Better for high-temperature cooking than olive or vegetable oils
  • Can help reduce appearance of varicose veins
  • After initial heat is gone, can help speed healing of sunburn
  • Is an immediate source of energy when eaten and isn’t stored as fat
  • As a natural personal lubricant that won’t disturb vaginal flora
  • As a naturally antibacterial skin cream
  • As a natural shave cream and after shave lotion
  • Dry brushing + coconut oil helps reduce appearance of cellulite
  • To season cast iron skillets
  • It’s anti-inflammatory properties can help lessen arthritis
  • Can reduce the itch of mosquito bites
  • Can help resolve acne when used regularly
  • Can be rubbed into scalp daily to moisturize
  • In kids ears to help speed ear infection healing
  • On split ends to de-frizz
  • By itself as a great tanning oil
  • Mixed with salt to remove dry skin on feet
  • Can help speed weight loss when consumed daily
  • Can help improve sleep when taken daily
  • Can be used to speed healing of fungal infections when taken internally and used externally
  • A tablespoon melted into a cup of warm tea can help sooth a sore throat
  • To help sooth the itch of chicken pox or poison ivy
  • It has been shown to increase absorption of calcium and magnesium
  • Some evidence shows that the beneficial fats in coconut oil can help with depression and anxiety
  • By itself as a natural deodorant
  • For pets struggling with skin issues when used externally
  • As a safe cooking oil for deep frying
  • A tablespoon taken before each meal can help improve digestion
  • Can be taken in warm ginger tea to sooth heartburn or nausea
  • As a completely natural baby lotion
  • On hands after doing dishes to avoid dry skin
  • Mixed with catnip, rosemary or mint essential oils as a natural bug repellent
  • Many use it as an anti-aging facial moisturizer
  • Can be used internally and externally to speed recovery from UTIs
  • When taken regularly, it can help fight candida
  • When taken regularly, it can boost hormone production
  • Can relieve the pain of hemorrhoids when used topically
  • Can boost circulation and help those who often feel cold
  • On cuticles to help nails grow, prefvent cracking
  • Rub into elbows daily to help alleviate dry, flaky elbows
  • Internally during pregnancy to help provide baby necessary fats for development
  • Whipped with shea butter for a soothing body balm
  • Naturally clears up cold sores
  • Ingesting daily can help with allergy symptoms
  • Ingesting daily can increase mental alertness

I’m sure most of you can find a few good uses from this list and if you find out more, pass it on! As for my new health category, if you have any questions or topics you’re interested in send me an email as I’d love to hear what you’re curious about!

I’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts, there they are all standing in a row. ~ Lion King

0 thoughts on “Reasons to Love Coconut Oil

  1. Oh my!! I had no idea it was so versatile. I’ve got a large jar in my cupboard that needs using. Thanks for the tips!! 🙂

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