When you start adulting, it’s funny what kinds of things get you excited. In my teens and early 20s, I probably would have gotten riled up and wanted to tell everyone I knew about that episode of Grey’s Anatomy (“OH. EM. GEE!”), or a massive sale happening at my favourite store.
Now that I’m in my
early 30s late 20s, I get excited to share tips for basic household products. I’m clearly the life of the party.
If you aren’t on the coconut oil bandwagon yet, I’m going to toss you a lasso and pull you up with my less-than-amazing upper body strength. You will NOT regret bringing coconut oil into your daily routine! I think coconut oil probably ties with Green Beaver’s aloe face cream and the Diva Cup as my favourite frickin’ new-found products.
Not that coconut oil is ‘new’, it’s just new to me. It’s actually pretty ancient and one of the things I like about it is that it hasn’t changed, and still looks amazing for its age. Only the refined coconut oil has had any work done, but don’t judge her for it. 😉
I used to buy coconut oil at the grocery store like a Total Idiot before I discovered Costco carries the refined version in giant tubs for the same price as the little jars at the grocery store. Live and learn, eh? But now that I have it in bulk, I seriously put this stuff on everything!
Here’s a list of my favourite, amazing uses for coconut oil:
1) You can cook and bake with it, obviously! You’ll find a bunch of studies on The Interwebs with varying levels of legitimacy, claiming coconut oil is the best cooking oil ever, or that it needs to be limited because of the saturated fat content, but then you read that saturated fat isn’t actually bad for you, blah blah blah. My personal approach for anything diet-related where the jury is still out is to just use it in moderation. Because coconut oil is awesome for high-temperature cooking (it doesn’t smoke easily), in my house we cook with coconut oil for stir fries, deep frying in our wok, pan-frying tofu and tempeh, in pancakes, and a couple of my cookie recipes. But we swap out the coconut for canola oil or olive oil in other recipes to make sure we aren’t always using coconut.
2) Make coconut oil suppositories for an almost unbelievably effective yeast infection treatment. It’s ridiculously cheap and seriously effective. Just mold a thumbnail-sized amount into a ball and pop it in the fridge to harden before inserting. You can also increase your consumption orally if you’re struggling with candida overgrowth (coconut oil contains caprylic acid, which is a natural antifungal/antimicrobial).
3) Body and face lotion – just as-is! As long as you don’t use too much, it’s non-greasy, and a little goes a long way.
4) Lip balm – mix with a bit of essential oil for a lovely lip treat (orange, peppermint, cinnamon, etc. – just be sure to consult an essential oil guide for proper dilution rates).
5) A moisturizing oil in your bath – just drop 1-2 tbsp into your hot water and you’ll come out all soft and silky like a mermaid!
6) Apply to squeaky hinges as a natural alternative to WD40.
7) Use as an intensive hair mask. Massage into your hair from scalp to tips, flip it up into a tight bun and leave it on for about half an hour. Wash and condition your hair as you normally would (you may need 2 rounds of shampoo). Your hair will be SO soft! Try it about once a month, especially in the winter.
8) Some people swear it helps them lose weight, so they eat a couple tbsp each day with a meal.
9) Furniture or shoe polish.
10) Helps unstick gum from your (or your kid’s!) hair.
11) Loosens a ring if it gets stuck on your finger.
12) Use it on your teeth and gums with the oil pulling method – many people report awesome results to their oral health.
13) Natural itch reliever for dry skin, hemorrhoids, psoriasis, bug bites, etc.
14) As an ingredient in natural deodorant, like this one of mine (it’s seriously effective, yo! And super cheap!).
15) Mix with sugar for a body scrub, and add whatever essential oil suits your fancy (sweet pea with orange is particularly nice).
16) As a massage oil and personal lubricant (bow chicka chicka!) – just be careful: many condoms require water-based lubricant. But it can help if you get dry skin on your ladyparts, too.
17) Natural barrier cream for baby diapers (shea butter is amazing for this too! Ditch that toxic petroleum jelly, STAT)
18) As an ingredient in natural bug repellent (mix with appropriate amount of essential oils that repel bugs, like citronella, lavender, tea tree, lemongrass, and peppermint).
19) Soothes sunburns.
20) As a natural moisturizer for acne-prone skin (do NOT deprive your skin of moisture – it will only cause your pores to create more oil, causing more zits).
21) As an ingredient in ‘bulletproof’ coffee… Some people swear by it.
22) Great for cracked heels and hands – definitely use it as a finishing lotion on your DIY mani/pedis.
23) Soothes irritated nipples during breastfeeding.
24) Works well as a natural goo eliminator for sticky spots, peeled label residue, etc.
25) Like cocoa butter, helps prevent stretch marks during puberty or pregnancy.
What are your favourite effective uses for coconut oil? I am ALWAYS looking for more tips! Please share in the comments!
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