Friday 21 February 2014

Surprising uses of coconut oil

Surprising uses of coconut oil

Coconut oil is more than just moisturising. Packed with vitamins D, E and K, the miracle-worker transforms skin and hair in minutes. Use it as an oil or a balm, the product turns liquid above 75° F and remains a silky solid at lower temperatures.
EYE MAKEUP REMOVER: Dab a small amount on a cotton pad and use it to remove mascara and other eye makeup.
FRIZZ FIGHTER: Emulsify a tiny bit between your hands and use it as an anti-frizz hair serum.
FACE MOISTURISER: Smooth onto face as moisture-rich cream that harnesses vitamin E to heal skin naturally.
BODY SCRUB: Mix with equal parts sugar and keep in the shower for a moisturising, exfoliating body scrub.
ELBOW SOFTENER: Slather rough elbows with a layer of the stuff. After five minutes, use body brush to exfoliate the softened skin.
CURL TAMER: Run a touch through natural ringlets to encourage the perfect amount of curl.
BODY MOISTURISER: Smooth on to protect skin’s moisture barrier all day long.
DEEP CONDITIONER: A thick coat of coconut oil, left on for several hours under a shower cap, will transform dry, damaged hair.
LIP BALM: Keep some in a small tin as a natural lip protector.
SHAVE AID: Works great as a natural—and moisturizing—shaving lubricant.
SKIN SOOTHER: Spread on skin to alleviate psoriasis or eczema.
CUTICLE CREAM: Rub into cuticles to prevent hangnails.
TOOTH WHITENER: Concoct a natural toothpaste by mixing with baking soda.
SCALP CONDITIONER: Rub into scalp to calm itching and help stimulate hair growth.
MASSAGE OIL: Once it’s warmed up, coconut oil makes for a lovely tropical-smelling massage oil.
you probably won’t find this product at a drugstore, but will definitely see it on the shelves of your local health food store or Whole Foods.
The use of coconut oil isn’t limited to just food and cooking – it’s an excellent beauty product, too! I have very sensitive skin and suffer from eczema and coconut oil is one of the few products I can use to moisturise my skin.
Remember: Your skin is your largest organ and it absorbs everything you put on it (medication, birth control and nicotine patches are good examples).
You can use coconut oil to moisturise your lips, cuticles, and hair, mix it with a little sugar for a DIY face/body scrub, use it to remove eye make up, and it’s been known to be an excellent all-natural personal lubricant
Uses for Coconut Oil
1. In cooking as a great oil with a high smoke point. Great for baking, stir-Fry's or as a dairy free replacement to butter.
2. Taken supple mentally for daily energy
3. As a coffee creamer when emulsified into coffee (The only way I’ll drink coffee)
4. On the skin as a basic lotion
5. In homemade lotion bars for soft, smooth skin
6. In homemade deodorant or deodorant bars
7. As an eye-makeup remover
8. As a cloth diaper safe diaper cream (just rub on baby’s bottom)
9. In making your own Rematerialised Toothpaste
10. To lighten age spots when rubbed directly on the skin
11. To prevent stretch marks during pregnancy
12. To support healthy thyroid function
13. In homemade Mayo without the high PUFA vegetable oils
14. To help increase sun tolerance and avoid burning
15. As a naturally SPF 4 sunscreen
16. In homemade lotion recipes
17. To get rid of cradle cap on baby- just massage in to head, leave on for a few minutes and gently rinse with a warm wash cloth
18. Topically to kill yeast or yeast infections
19. As a delicious tropical massage oil
20. It’s high Lauric acid and MCFA content helps boost metabolism
21. A tiny dab rubbed on your hands and then through hair will help get rid of frizz
22. As an intensive nighttime facial moisturiser
23. Mixed with equal parts sugar for a smoothing body scrub (use in the shower)
24. Rubbed on lips as a natural chap stick
25. Topically, can help skin heal faster after injury or infection
26. Directly on the perineum to help heal after birth
27. As an incredibly intensive natural conditioner- Rub into dry hair, put a shower cap on and leave for several hours
28. On feet to fight athlete’s foot or tor fungus
29. In place of Lanolin cream on nursing nipples to sooth irritation (also great for baby!)
30. Can help sooth psoriasis or eczema
31. There is some evidence that regular ingestion of coconut oil can help prevent or reverse Alzheimer
32. With apple cider vinegar as a natural treatment for lice that actually works
33. In natural Homemade Sunscreen
34. In healthy brain boosting snack for kids like Coconut Clusters
35. In a filling and energy boosting Brain Powder Smoothie
36. Rub coconut oil on the inside of your nose to help alleviate allergy symptoms
37. Nursing moms can take 3-4 tablespoons a day (and Vitamin D) to increase milk supply and nutrients
38. There is some evidence that coconut oil helps digestion and may even kill intestinal parasites or yeast
39. Mix a tablespoon with a tablespoon of chi seeds for an all-day energy boost (do NOT take this at night!)
40. Can help improve insulin levels
41. Oil pulling with coconut oil and a drop of oregano oil helps improve gum health
42. Can help improve cholesterol ratios
43. Blend a tablespoon into hot tea to help speed recovery from cold or flu
44. In Homemade Natural Bug-Off Lotion Bars
45. As a replacement for vegetable oils in any recipe
46. Better for high-temperature cooking than olive or vegetable oils
47. Can help reduce appearance of varicose veins
48. After initial heat is gone, can help speed healing of sunburn
49. Is an immediate source of energy when eaten and isn’t stored as fat
50. As a natural personal lubricant that won’t disturb vaginal flora
51. As a naturally antibacterial skin cream
52. In natural homemade diaper cream
53. As a natural shave cream and after shave lotion
54. When used consistently on skin it can help get rid of cellulite
55. To season cast iron skillets
56. It’s anti-inflammatory properties can help lessen arthritis
57. Can reduce the itch of mosquito bites
58. Can help resolve acne when used regularly
59. Can be rubbed into scalp daily to stimulate hair growth
60. I’ve used in kids ears to help speed ear infection healing

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