I promise I am not exaggerating when I tell you that coconut oil is possibly one of the best purchases I have ever made in my entire life. I picked up a jar at Trader Joe’s for about $6, and it was easily the best $6 I have ever spent. You can actually use this stuff for anything, and for anyone who is into health, beauty, or both (as they often go hand in hand) keeping a jar in your kitchen and in your bathroom will be one of the best choices you can make. So what are some of the things you can do with coconut oil? Well the list is really endless, but here are a few things I have tried, and loved.
- Cooking- This is the obvious one, replace your butter and oil with a little bit of coconut oil instead. It gives it a unique flavor and is incredibly healthy. To neutralize the natural sweetness, use a dash of salt when cooking savory foods. I like to saute fish in it, because it gives it a really fresh, island taste, and paired with some vegetables and quinoa makes for an insanely good, and good for you, meal.
- Strong, Healthy Hair- I am abusive to my hair to say the least. It takes work to achieve the color and style I like, and that work includes quite a bit of bleach and heat. Conditioning your hair is important for it’s health, but most conditioners contain chemicals and cause nasty buildup on your hair, which in the end doesn’t really solve the problem. The great thing about coconut oil is that it is all natural, and you can leave it in your hair for a long time without damage. For an intensive treatment, allow the oil to liquify (which it does at 76 degrees) and run a generous amount through damp or dry hair, especially focusing on the ends. Allow this to sit in your hair as long as possible (I like to do it overnight) and then shampoo out. You can do this as often as you like because it doesn’t cause buildup or weigh hair down. Once dry, rub a small amount into your hands are use on the ends to tame frizz and add extra moisture.
- Moisturizer- Instead of using lotion which usually contains lots of chemicals and artificial scents, rub coconut oil onto your skin after you get out of the shower instead of your lotion, it absorbs quickly and had a light sweet scent. It also works great on dry hands, or weak nails to strengthen them. Even use it to moisturize your lips as lip balm!
- Makeup Remover- For makeup remover that is gentle on your skin, simply warm up your jar in some water, and use the warm coconut oil to wipe off the makeup! It’s very effective, even for stubborn liquid eyeliners and waterproof mascaras. Then just rinse your face with water! The bonus is it also moisturizes your face and is gentle on your eyelashes, which can get damaged by makeup.
These are the things that I have used coconut oil for so far, with lots of success! There are a million other uses for it as well, and I’m looking forward to trying them out and seeing how they work! Always make sure to get unrefined, virgin coconut oil, as it contains no chemicals or additives. You can pick up a jar at any local health food stores, and places like Costco and Sam’s Club sometimes even have it in bulk (I promise, you will use all of it!). It really is one of the most versatile products I have ever used, and a great addition to any home.
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