Coconut oil is AWESOME! Yes, you can use is as cleaning agent, as healing agent, as a natural deodorizer, you can eat it, you can use it to treat many different health and skin problems, etc. In fact, you can use coconut oil for almost everything. Coconut oil is a solid substance, but around 76 degrees Fahrenheit it turns to a liquid state, which means that it’s very convenient with how you’d like to use it. Coconut Oil has been increasing its popularity through out households everywhere and here’s why.
There are 2 basic types of coconut oil:
- Commercial Grade – you should know that this type of coconut oil is made from dried coconut meat called “Copra.” Note: if standard copra is used to make coconut oil is not suggested nor suitable for human consumption. This type of oil is purified or refined through a process known as RBD which stands for Refined-Bleached-Deodorized. This is the most common way to mass-produce coconut oil. The old-fashioned way of producing refined coconut oil was through physical/mechanical refining.
- Virgin Coconut Oil – this type of coconut oil is made by using fresh coconut meat or what is called non-copra. And, the good thing is that chemicals and high heating are not used in the process. This is the main reason why pure coconut oil is very stable with a shelf life of several years.
And now, when you know the difference, here are 15 reasons why you should have coconut oil in your house at all times.
Smooth shave — you can use coconut oil to treat the red, irritated and razor-burned skin after shaving. Coconut oil is both soothing and antibacterial, which means that it’s very useful as an after shave cream.
Rash recovery — you can use coconut oil to treat different rash problems – from diaper rash to mild allergic reactions. Propylene glycol is one chemical found in commercial moisturizers that can cause skin irritation and dermatitis. So, ditch the commercial products and use coconut oil instead.
Lip balm — did you know that you can use coconut oil to moisturize, nourish and hydrate chapped lips without inadvertently eating endocrine disruptors? A recent study, conducted on the metal content in lip balm has discovered lead, aluminum, cadmium, chromium and manganese in high concentrations, some associated with reproductive, developmental or other adverse health effects.
Facial cleanser — just mix equal parts of coconut oil and castor oil and use it as an effective facial cleanser. How to use it – just massage it into your skin and remove gently with a warm washcloth. You’ll be shocked when we tell you that almost 90% of all body washes and facial cleansers you buy contain harmful chemicals, such as: sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate, which, in combination with other chemicals, can form cancer-causing nitrosamines.
Makeup remover — you can also use coconut oil as an effective makeup remover — even stubborn mascara and eyeliner.
Night cream — you should also know that applying coconut oil before bed will hydrate your skin. How this works – well, its fatty acids form a natural emollient. Note: you can also treat your cuticles to keep them soft.
Deodorant — just mix coconut oil with some lavender essential oil and use this mixture as a deodorant. It works better than the antiperspirants containing aluminum, which is linked to Alzheimer’s. Or, you can mix 3 tbs. of each: coconut oil, arrowroot powder and baking soda.
Foot fungus fighter — coconut oil is antimicrobial and antibacterial, which means that it’s very effective in treating athlete’s foot. How to use it – just rub it on the bottoms of your feet after every shower. The anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties of coconut oil are very useful against bacteria, yeast and fungi.
Soothing bath — just add coconut oil and a few drops of essential oil in your bath. It’s both moisturizing and it will help you kill the bad bacteria.
Body scrub — did you know that by combining equal parts coconut oil with sea salt, sugar or baking soda you can make the best homemade scrub. It will help you soften, smooth and moisturize your skin.
Body lotion — first of all, you should know that the commercial moisturizers contain harmful chemicals, such as aluminum, phthalates, parabens, formaldehyde and propylene glycol. Just use coconut oil instead.
Toothpaste — just make a homemade coconut oil toothpaste by mixing 1 tsp. of coconut oil with 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and 2 drops of peppermint essential oil.
Oil Pulling — you can use coconut oil as an oral mouthwash. Just don’t gargle with it. Make sure you leave it for 15 minutes, until it penetrates the soft tissue between your gums and “pulls out” bacteria that causes cavities, plaque and bad breath.
Healing Agent – apply coconut oil to infected cuts or wounds. It will develop a layer of naturally protective chemicals, which will keep out dust, fungi, bacteria and viruses.
Frizz fighter — people with frizz hair usually use silicone or alcohol-based gels and mousses, which coat the hair, prevent it from absorbing moisture and dries out the hair shaft. Stop using these commercial products and use coconut oil instead.