Even though coconut oil has been around since the dawn of time, it used to have a bad rap.
It is due to the fact that it’s over 90% saturated fat, so-called health gurus labeled it unhealthy.
Although, the fat content is actually beneficial in coconut oil, as it is abundant in nutrients, aids your body absorb fat-soluble vitamins, and is packed with antioxidant properties.
And for beauty, cosmetic-grade coconut oil is soothing and moisturizing for your skin, and even works wonders for your hair.
Body and Skincare
- Moisturize Your Skin: Substitute your regular lotion with the refreshing and healing abilities of coconut oil. It’s perfectly safe for anywhere on your body and mixes well with essential oils for an aromatherapy benefit. Everything you require is a coin-sized amount—once applied, give it a minute to dry. You’ll feel the difference.
- Face Mask: Clear up your complexion with a homemade face mask! Mix 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of raw honey. Apply the mixture to the face (be careful, it warms and softens on your face and may drip) and wait 15-20 minutes. Rinse well with warm water.
- Diminish Wrinkles: We all are looking to get rid of signs of aging. Applying a bit of coconut oil to lines and wrinkles helps rehydrate, soften skin, and improve texture.
- Puffy Eyes: Make puffy eyes go poof! Well, it’s not magic, but applying a small amount of oil around your eyes at bedtime can reduce puffiness in the morning.
- Conditioner: There isn’t a better ingredient out there to moisturize your scalp, repair split ends, and add a healthy glow to your tresses. Here’s how to use it:
- Aftershave: Now that you use it as a shaving cream, go ahead and use it as an aftershave as well. It’s soothing and helps skin heal from razor burn.
- Lip Balm: It works well to moisten dry or cracked lips, especially in dry weather. It can also help protect against sun damage. For best application, use it in its solid state. You can apply it with your fingers the same way you would any other lip balm.
Food, Drink and Cooking
- Cooking Oil: It’s one of the best oils for cooking because it’s able to withstand higher temperatures than other oils due to its high percentage of saturated fat. Thinking all saturated fat is bad? Throw away that 20th-century research. Some saturated fats are actually healthy. It gives food a great taste and texture.
- Grease Pans: Replace vegetable oil or Crisco with coconut oil for a healthier way to grease your pans.
- Creamer in Coffee or Tea: Whether you’re chugging coffee for a morning boost or sipping tea for afternoon relaxation, add a creamy mixture of coconut oil to revolutionize the experience.
Health and Home Remedies
- Fight Inflammation: Studies show that the lauric acid and capric acid in coconut oil help suppress inflammation. Plus it has no side effects like anti-inflammatory medicines.
- Cuts and Wounds: Use it as a natural antibacterial and antifungal cream to heal small cuts. Clean the wound first then apply a small amount of oil.
- Weight Loss: No, it’s not a magic weight-loss formula, but it can help you drop pounds if you substitute it for other fats.
- Curb Your Appetite: If you love food (and who doesn’t?), you may overeat from time to time. If you take a spoonful of coconut oil before meals, it will help you keep portions under control.
- Freshen Breath: Bad breath is caused by bacteria in the mouth, and the antibacterial properties in coconut oil will make sure no one runs away when you open your mouth.
- Boost Energy: Feeling exhausted? Coconut oil contains a unique form of saturated fats known as medium-chain triglycerides that provide an energy source for the body.
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