10 Everyday Uses For Coconut Oil
Coconut oil can not only add magic to your dishes, but its uses go way beyond your kitchen table. Give into the coconut hype and try one of these everyday uses for coconut oil and be amazed by the results:
- The Healthiest Oil For High-Heat Cooking
Coconut oil is the best oil for cooking. Its small medium chain saturated fatty acids are easily metabolized into energy and are less likely to be stored as fat. It boosts metabolism, is heart-friendly, and improves digestion.
- Oil Pulling With Coconut Oil Can Transform Your Oral Health
Have you ever tried to pull oil to improve your oral health? It is super easy and can help you to reduce bad breath, harmful mouth bacteria, and gingivitis. It whitens your teeth and promotes pink and healthy gums.
The only thing you need to do is swish 1 tablespoon coconut oil around in your mouth for about 15-20 minutes. DONT SWALLOW any of the oil as it is packed with bacteria and waste materials. Spit out the oil and brush your teeth afterwards. To avoid clogged drains make sure to spit the oil out in the trash can instead of your sink. The first few times your gag reflex may kick in, so start with 5 minutes and build your way up.
- Condition Your Hair With Coconut Oil
Depending on the length of your hair, heat 3 to 5 tablespoons of coconut oil until completely melted. Massage the oil into your hair and scalp. Cover your hair with a towel, shower cap, or plastic wrap. Let sit for at least 1 hour or overnight. The longer you wait the better your hair will be conditioned. Wash your hair with shampoo for 2 to 3 times. Your hair shouldn’t feel greasy after washing. Let it air dry and be amazed by the shiny, soft look. This also helps to treat dandruff.
- Hydrate Your Body
Coconut oil is a natural moisturizer and has antibacterial properties to soothe dry skin. It can even help you to reduce skin infections like acne, psoriasis, and eczema. It is often used in commercial and DIY body lotions, but it can be used on its own as well. A spoonful is usually enough to cover your whole body.
- All-Natural Aftershave
For a silky smooth finish after shaving, rub pure coconut oil onto your skin.
- Dry Chapped Lips
Most DIY lip balms contain coconut oil for its antibacterial and moisturizing effect. Not much of a DIY’er? No worries, just rub pure coconut oil onto your lips, repeat as much as needed.
- Soothe Burns, Bruises, Or Insect Bites
Coconut oil speeds up healing, stops itching, reduces swelling, reduces scarring, and stops burning sensation. Apply pure coconut oil on the affected area a few times a day until healed.
- Coconut Oil Feet Care
Pure coconut oil works wonders to treat dry, cracked heels or feet. Apply on your feet after a shower, put on some old socks to cut off the air and leave on overnight.
- Mild Sun Protection Or After-Sun Soother
Coconut oil has a natural SPF of about 5 to 7. It helps to hydrate, soften, and nourish your skin. Works great to treat sunburns as well.
- Make-up Remover
Gently wipe the eye area with a cotton swab and a dab of coconut oil to remove even the toughest water-proof mascara.