Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Ten uses for Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has many, many uses. Here are a few:

1. Moisturiser - coconut oil is an effective moisturiser for very dry skin. It can feel a little oily at first, but absorbs quickly and a little bit goes a long way

2. Soap - I use coconut oil in almost all the soap I make. It makes a hard, long-lasting, bubbly bar of soap. Plus it cleans really well. Soap made with coconut as the only oil is excellent if you like to make your own laundry soap.

3. Itchy Dogs - Coconut oil is high in saturated fat. Adding a small amount of coconut oil to your dog's diet can help with itchy skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies and dermatitis. It may reduce allergic reactions and improve skin and coat health. It also seems to reduce the "doggy" smell.

4. Lip Balm - a simple lip balm can be made by melting 1 tablespoon of beeswax and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil over a low heat (this is best done in a double boiler or similar). When the wax and oil are fully melted add the contents of 1 vitamin E capsule. Pour into a small jar or tin and allow to cool before capping with a secure lid. 

5. Make up Remover - gently massage a little into your skin then rinse with warm water or wipe clean with a cotton pad.

6. Massage Oil - Coconut oil softens easily on contact with warm skin and can be used in place of more commonly used massage oils.

7. Inflammation - Lauric acid and capric acid occur naturally in coconut oil and have some ant-inflammatory properties.

8. In the kitchen - coconut oil can be used in place of olive oil to season cast iron pans.

9. As a salve - coconut oil has both anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It can be used as a very basic salve on minor cuts and scratches. 

10. Stretch Marks - Some studies have shown that using coconut oil may lessen the visibility of stretch marks.






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6 comments:

  1. I've completely replaced my moisturiser with coconut oil. You're right - it took a couple of weeks for my skin to get used to it but it is much more stable now (it used to go from one extreme to the other). I'll look into coconut oil lip balm, too - my lips dry up really easily. Great post - cheers!

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    1. Thank you. :) The lip balm is great - I love it. The recipe only makes a small amount, but it lasts ages.

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  2. coconuts are a real gift to us. I love using coconut oil for my teeth to keep them white and strengthen them. Thank you for sharing on #overthemoon

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    1. There's just so many things that coconut oil is good for - as you say they are a real gift to us :)

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  3. Nice list, I may need to try some of these uses! Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Sharing on MM Pinterest Board! Have a great week!
    Kim

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  4. I LOVE coconut oil! I also use it in my hair as a conditioner. Thanks for the post.

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    Lexie
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