Coconut Oil Health + Beauty uses

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coconut-oilimage via organiclifestylemagazine

This post is about ways that you can add use coconut oil into your everyday routine like I did!

When you choose your coconut oil try to make sure it is Organic, Extra Virgin, Cold-Pressed, Non-Hydrogenated.
The one I personally use is from Trader Joes (HERE)
skincare

Lip Balm
Chapped lips don’t stand a chance against ultra-hydrating coconut oil. (tip: Scoop some into a spare contact lens holder or small clean sample size makeup jar to take on the go!)

Oil Pulling | Mouth Wash
Coconut oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties. Swishing coconut oil in your mouth for 20 minutes with a spoonful of oil (oil pulling) can help clear up germs in the mouth, leading to fresher breath, whiter teeth, and healthier gums.  Make sure you brush your teeth as normal afterwards to clean out all of the left overs.  I have personally started to do this everyday.
*note: Do not swallow while doing this. The coconut oil will be grabbing all of the bad stuff so swallowing it will make you swallow all of the stuff you are trying to rid your mouth of.

Removing eye makeup
Coconut oil even works on waterproof mascara. Put a little on a cotton ball and gently sweep it over your eyes, paying attention to your under-eyes as well. The oil does a great job breaking down waxy, inky eye makeup, and leaves the delicate area hydrated, too. Once you’re done, wash your face as usual.

Face Wash
Here is a great tutorial on
how to use it as a face wash:
http://coconutsandkettlebells.com/how-to-clean-your-face-with-coconut-oil/

Fight Acne
Our bodies are rich with bacteria that are naturally present, and necessary, to maintain our health. There are instances though where some people find themselves with a specific strain of bacteria (generally thought to be Propionibacterium acnes) that grows its population past the point of being welcome, as too much of it causes acne. While P. acnes is becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics, coconut oil is an all-natural way to reduce the overgrowth.

Stretch Mark Preventer During Pregnancy
This safe, healthy oil can be applied multiple times each day to help moisturize your stretching skin.

Sunburn Care
A great moisturizer to use after you’ve gotten a bit too much sun.

Natural Deodorant
Recently I have been trying to stray away from products that are potentially cancer causing.. for obvious reasons.I am inspired to take the more DIY natural approach.Here is a Natural Deodorant Tutorial to learn how to make your own.

note: I recommend you reading the comments on the tutorials blog post to see how other reacted to this to make the
decision on whether this alternative is for you.  I personally am excited to try to create this when I have the time. 🙂

image and tutorial via Wellness Mama: http://wellnessmama.com/1523/natural-deodorant/


Haircare
 

Hair Flyaway Tamer 
Use very sparingly on ends or areas with flyaways.

Repairs Damaged Hair
Coconut oil has been a known strand-saver for years. A 2003 study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science showed that coconut oil is able to penetrate inside the hair shaft because of its fatty acid structure. If your hair feels dry or is prone to breakage — which may be the case if you color it or use heat tools regularly — try coconut oil as an overnight treatment.

Before going to bed, rub the oil into the palms of your hands and work your way towards the end of your strands.
Follow by brushing with a wide tooth comb, then put your hair in a ponytail or bun and cover it with a shower cap before bed.
In the morning, rinse with shampoo and conditioner.

Hair Mask when you Bleach your Hair
I first heard about this technique on TinyMoon.org (HERE)  and since then I looked up youtube tutorials on how to do this technique.
How to: You can set coconut oil on your roots, or hair in general, for 1-2 hours prior to dying to let your hair absorb the moisture.  Leave it in your hair as you start to apply the bleach mixture.  I noticed no differences to the process while adding it on.  After washing it all out and accessing my hair I noticed it was A LOT stronger and felt tons healthier.  This is a technique I will be doing every time I bleach my roots.

cooking
Eating Coconut Oil has many Health benefits
Coconut oil gives the good cholesterol in your body a boost, raises your metabolism and is a superb energy source. Its lauric acid content supports your immune system and helps your body fight off
disease.

Can be added to your Coffee, Smoothies and Tea
To receive coconut oils health benefits you can easily add it into your daily routine by adding it into your daily drinks!  Start your day off with a metabolic boost.

Cooking at High Heat as a Vegetable Oil substitute
Some oils are unsafe to cook with at high temperatures, coconut oil is a great alternative.

 

Question of the Day:  Do you currently use Coconut oil in your life?  Are you curious to add it into your lifestyle?  Let us know in the comments! 🙂

Disclaimer: All material on this website is provided for your information only and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction.

 

  • I LOVE coconut oil! Hell yeah, I have done the oil pulling (which I’m always tempted to just eat because it’s so good), the natural deodorant (I totally sweat through it but it’s cool) and the hair mask is my top secret hair tip! I also have tried it in my coffee and it separates quickly so when you drink it, you get a big mouthful of oil.
    You should try using it as shaving cream! It makes your legs so silky smooth and it doesn’t need a lotion afterwards 😉 Great post! I am always looking for new ways to use coconut oil!

    -Rachel
    http://www.blonderhombus.com

  • thefashionsalt

    I love coconut oil and have used it in the past as a makeup remover and a moisturizer. Though I did find it to be a bit greasy. I’ve also given it to my dog when she was diagnosed with IBS. It did wonders for her stomach and she is now off all medication.
    ~Lili
    http://www.thefashionsalt.com

  • Lindwormmm

    <3 this post!
    I've been using coconut oil as makeup remover lately
    and I'm so excited to use it more after reading this post 🙂