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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