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If you know me or have followed my blog, you know that I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, coconut oil. This stuff is truly a miracle product that is not only a multi-tasker but is all natural in every way! I literally buy this stuff by the gallon. 🙂
Whether you cook with coconut oil yet or not, you’ve probably heard of it. This pure white oil has become a household name for the health-conscious, and it’s popping up in everything from stir-fry recipes to vegan fudge. Coconut oil is the “it” ingredient of the moment.
Personally, I use coconut oil for:
- makeup remover
- face and body lotion (for the whole fam)
- to grease pans for baking
- in my coffee
- oil pulling
- DIY beachwaves spray for hair
- homemade decongestant chest rub
- natural sunscreen
- diaper rash
- cradle cap
- yeast rashes
Other uses that I have not tried yet, but need to:
- hair conditioner
- hair mask
- face mask
- homemade lip balm
- body mask
Coconut oil is all natural, less expensive and seems to just last so much longer in our household than other items that we would normally buy. This is a product that is antimicrobial, anti fungal, and smells good too!
Coconut oil is great for acne and oily skin. I have very oily skin and have found that the more natural products I use, especially oils, the better my skin looks and feels. The less oily my face is.
Coconut oil is also great for babies! Forget the expensive baby products, coconut oil is all you need. My oldest had a horrible yeast rash in his neck from his drool getting into his super fat neck rolls. I even tried anti fungal foot cream. Coconut oil did the trick.
I also use it as a natural sunscreen for myself. I am half Asian so I tend not to burn very often. Coconut oil has antioxidant properties that protect skin from free radical damage. But, note that, the oils and food that you put into your body are just as important in regards to sun protection. When the kids and I go out to play at the playground or go out during the day, I will just throw on some coconut oil. Only when we go to the beach do I put on an all natural sunscreen for them. But, people, use your own judgement on this, please! I’m just letting you know what we do as a family. 🙂
A lot of the buzz around coconut oil comes from its medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). This type of fat is rapidly metabolized in the liver so it’s immediately available as an energy source; it’s also easier to burn off and harder to store as fat. Some MCTs, like lauric acid, work to keep you healthy by eliminating disease-causing microbes and lowering inflammation. Don’t listen to the conventional wisdom advocating a low-fat diet—just opt for high quality, healthy fats, like MCTs.
Of course, not all coconut oil is created equal—you’ll want to shop for organic, fair trade, and virgin options. Why? First, virgin coconut oil is the most minimally processed product you can buy. While refined oil comes from dried coconut meat that is bleached and chemically processed, virgin oil is extracted from fresh coconuts. Going organic also ensures the finished product won’t be contaminated by any pesticides or harmful additives. Finally, choose fair trade to ensure all the local farm workers were fairly compensated and ethically treated.
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Let me know what you are using your coconut oil for!