Coconut oil is still a fairly new discovery to me. I’ve only been using it now for a year or so, but I’ve been using it for everything. Hey, there are worse addictions one could fall victim to. Normally, I would tell people that everything is better in moderation. Now, I think that maybe I should adjust that phrase to sounding more like, “everything is better in moderation, except for coconut oil.”
Needless to say coconut oil became a staple in my kitchen. It’s a great dairy free alternative for butter or margarine, and it has a higher smoke point than olive or vegetable oils. Those Filipinos are on to something, and I like it.
Best part is that the kitchen is just one place you can reap the benefits of coconut oil!
It’s also great for your skin. Coconut oil is packed with vitamin E, which helps with healing. You can use coconut oil all by itself as lotion, or use it as a base for homemade lotion, sunscreen,or body scrub recipes. You can even use it on your lips for a natural lip balm.
Use it as a massage oil, or rub some into dry cracked feet. Take some preventative action, and rub it into your hands after doing the dishes to keep them nice and soft.
Coconut oil is also known to improve many skin conditions including: fungal infections, acne, eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea.
Don’t worry ladies, you can keep your skin looking youthful too! Coconut oil can reduce stretch marks, and lighted age spots.
Do you struggle with dry hair? Is it winter? Put some coconut oil in dry hair, cover with a shower cap, and leave it in your hair for a couple hours. The oil will work as a natural conditioner penetrating roots, smoothing split ends, and reducing dandruff.
Coconut oil does great things for your body inside and out. It’s also a healthy fat that has anti-inflammatory qualities. By consuming coconut oil on a regular basis you can regulate insulin levels, reduce arthritis symptoms, lower cholesterol, increase your metabolism, and the list goes on…
Coconut oil also provides the body with lots of energy! Try a tablespoon of virgin coconut oil mixed with a tablespoon of chia seeds for an all-day energy boost.
If you are not yet convinced that coconut oil is a worthwhile investment and possibly magical, then please, continue researching! There are plenty of other benefits out there that I did not include.
If you’ve decided to take the next step, and want to make your first coconut oil purchase, then there are some other factors to consider. There are several different types of coconut oil on the market right now, and it can be a little bit confusing. Here’s a link that gives a good breakdown of the different options when purchasing coconut oil.