The Best Uses for Coconut Oil Aug 8, 2017 by Sarah (Day Styles)
Coconut oil is known to have a vast array of different health and beauty benefits. It’s been super trendy for the past few years, but is it as good for you as people think it is? Let’s just say it’s not the miracle oil that people think. Coconut oil is a type of saturated fat, which is the type of fat that we’ve been told to avoid. Even though we should reasonably limit the amount of coconut oil in our diet, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some other benefits to coconut oil if you use it properly!
You can use coconut oil as a hair mask, and it will help restore moisture and volume in people with thicker hair. Avoid using oil in your hair if your hair is thin or very fine as it will weigh your hair down and might look greasy rather than lustrous. You can even use coconut oil as part of homemade hair products if you do make your own, just do the research and be careful.
Cold and dry weather can wreak havoc on our lips, causing them to become dry and flakey. Use coconut oil on your lips and help prevent that from happening, while locking in moisture all day long.
Depending on what type of skin you have, you can use coconut oil as a face moisturizer! It’s definitely a healthier alternative to some of the expensive creams that are loaded with different chemicals that don’t do much. Coconuts contain natural antioxidants, so they help prevent wrinkles and fine lines too.
The cold weather doesn’t only dry out lips, but it can dry out hands and cuticles especially. Rubbing some coconut oil on your cuticles can help keep them moisturized and free of flaking or peeling - and a peeling cuticle is the worst, so we’re very thankful for this trick.
Immune System Health
Coconut oil contains fatty acids called MCT’s (Medium Chain Triglycerides) such as lauric acid, capric acid, and caprylic acid, and they are great for the human body. They contain antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties, which are a major benefit for our immune system health.
It’s a nice feeling coming home and winding down after a long day with a warm bath. If you want some extra relaxation, add 1/4 cup of Epsom salts to your bath as well as 1/4 cup of coconut oil. The coconut oil will leave your body feeling silky smooth. It’s like an at home spa treatment!
If you have a problem with skin irritation after shaving (like ingrown hairs or razor burn), you should try using pure coconut oil as your shaving cream. Warm some oil up in your hands until it’s melted and rub it on the area you’re going to shave. When finished, just rinse it well and pat dry and you might see a difference in your skin!
Digestion and Cooking
Coconut does have some beneficial fats in it, which helps to keep our guts healthy and full of good bacteria. Coconut oil has antimicrobial properties so that it can help fight irritation and infection against the Candida bacteria. Coconut oil is a stable oil, so that means it doesn’t break down when it gets to a high temperature, and it doesn’t go rancid as easily as other oils. Basically, you can cook judiciously with coconut oil; just don’t expect miracles and don’t throw in enormous handfuls of oil with every meal.
If you want to switch from regular dairy and milk in your coffee to something a bit healthier, you can try using coconut oil instead. The coconut oil will give your coffee a very creamy texture without adding any extra dairy to your diet! It’s definitely a great alternative for those who are lactose intolerant but keep in mind that this is NOT a fat-free solution.
Cooking Spray Replacement
If you’re used to using a non-stick spray, try swapping out those chemicals for something more natural, like coconut oil! Non-stick cooking sprays are normally sold in destructive aerosol cans and full of preservatives and chemicals, so switching to coconut oil is a decent alternative.
If you have ever had gum in your hair or stuck to a piece of furniture, you know how much of a pain it can be to get out. If you add just a small amount of coconut oil to the hair or carpeting and you’ll find the gum comes out pretty easily and quickly!
Don’t go out and purchase a fancy shoe shining kit, you can use coconut oil for that! Use a clean rag and put some coconut oil on it, and try shining your shoes with that. It will improve the shine, reduce the look of blemishes in the leather and make your shoes look close to new again!
Natural Makeup Remover
A very small amount of coconut oil is enough to remove some types of eye makeup! Simply use the oil and rub it in a circular motion on your upper and lower eye lids. When finished, wipe off with a warm washcloth, and you’ll be surprised at how great it is at removing it! Coconut oil won’t sting or irritate your eyes because it’s natural, which is something that can’t exactly be said for most commercial eye makeup removers.