Coconut Oil // Ways To Use It

Coconut oil is an absolute wonder! It is antiviral and reduces inflammation in the body. You have probably seen it everywhere in cooking or baking but you may also heard about coconut oil being used for other things outside the kitchen. This is what I am going to talk about today. The one I have here is a bio organic cold pressed virgin coconut oil which can be found in some Lidl stores otherwise here is another great coconut oil from buywholefoods.: organic raw coconut oil. Let's get into the wonderful uses of coconut oil:

Hair oil. If you find yourself having dry ends or frizzy hair put a tiny bit in your hands, rub them together to make it melt and run it through your ends. You can do it after showering or in the shower as a conditioner. Keep in mind that you do not need a lot for it to work - it can look oily if you use to much so be careful with it. I tend to use it when my hair is dry after combing through it. It is also a great hair mask, focus on the ends, leave it on for a couple of hours or overnight and rinse it out. 

Moisturizer. Coconut oil is a great moisturizer for your legs, dry hands or anywhere else on the body. Coconut oil equals soft skin. It is absolutely amazing for dry areas as the elbows or heels. Before I go to bed I like to rub coconut oil on my feet and give then a light massage, put on some socks and then the next day they are super soft. 

Lip Balm. If you have trouble with dry lips, first off, are you drinking enough water? Dry lips is a sign of not drinking enough water. If you want the water to be hydrating spice it up with fruit or veggies. Here are some of my favorite ways to do so. But if you have problems with dry or chapped lips try coconut oil as a lip balm while drinking more water. 

Homemade deodorant. Coconut oil is great in deodorant - check out how I make mine here. I absolutely love this because it is natural and I can make it myself with few ingredients. It is great for people who are sensitive and doesn't do well with perfume or other unnatural ingredients. And it works so well. 

Body scrub. Mixing coconut oil and salt turns into a great scrub! Get rid of dead skin cells while getting super soft skin. If salt is too rough try mixing the oil with sugar. Melt the coconut oil and put in however much sugar/salt for your desired consistency, massage your skin and rinse off. 

Sun protection. Coconut oil can be used as a light sunscreen from UV rays. But keep in mind that it only blocks 20% where a normal sunscreen blocks 90%. 

Makeup remover. Just before I stopped using makeup I used coconut oil to remove my makeup which worked so great along with a cloth. Warm it up between your hands and gently rub your eyes or face to remove the makeup. Use a cloth if needed and afterwards wash off the excess oil. My skin was less irritated than with a normal remover so if you have sensitive skin you should definitely try it. 

Teeth. After I brush with my homemade toothpaste I like to brush them gently with coconut oil to strengthen my teeth. Spit it out in the trash and not in the sink because it can clog the drain. 

Oil pulling. Oil pulling is great for dental health, your breath, whitening teeth and overall cleaning your mouth. Put around a tablespoon in your mouth and swish it around for about 15-20 min. Spit it out in the trash. You can do activities like read, watch youtube/movies, be creative or even take a shower as you oil pull.

Have you heard about more ways to use coconut oil?