Coconut Oil for Beauty
You will be amazed how helpful coconut oil can be for your beauty. Here are a few ways in which you can use coconut oil to care for your skin and hair, and enhance your beauty.
Cooling properties by applying coconut oil on the scalp you get a cooling and soothing effect. It is particularly helpful for those who suffer from severe scalp sweating.
Moisture retention If your hair is dry and fizzy even after regular conditioning, you need coconut oil. It has high moisture retaining capacity because it is very stable and does not evaporate easily. It keeps hair silky smooth.
Styling It can be a good natural replacement for your styling oils and lotions as it melts when heated and condenses upon cooling. Just apply it to wet hair, and as the hair gets dry upon contact with air, the oil too will solidify and do the job of a styling cream or gel.
Makeup remover Many women across the world vouch for coconut oil for its effectiveness as a natural makeup remover. It can be used to remove makeup from eyes and face without the worrying about the chemicals that other products contain. It can be used even on sensitive and delicate skin.
Skin disorders Worried about the eczema, psoriasis or acne that is killing your beauty? Coconut oil is known to be an effective remedy against a variety of skin disorders including the ones mentioned above. The skin healing properties of coconut oil can be attributed to its protein content that helps replace the damaged and dead cells. It also has anti-microbial properties and can kill the microbes that have caused the skin condition.
Cleanser Most face washes and soaps available in the market have an over abundance of alcohol and contain harsh chemicals that can play havoc with the natural oils and cause overproduction of oil and eventually lead to skin problems such as clogged pores and acne. Coconut oil is a natural cleanser and can be used on any skin type. It gently washes away dirt, impurities and even makeup without harming the natural oils. It leaves your skin clean, soft and moisturised.
Massage Oil Rather than buying expensive massage oils from the market, simply combine coconut oil with a small amount of your favourite essential oil and enjoy a relaxing massage. You can use it on the face and rest of the body as well. It will also relax sore muscles.
Night cream Let your skin hydrate and repair itself while you are asleep by applying coconut oil to your face before going to bed. If you have very oily or acne prone skin, then just add a few drops of your moisturiser to improve hydration without adding too much oil. You can also use coconut oil as a day cream by adding some sun block to it.
Sunburn Relief Soothe your inflamed skin, and rehydrate it using coconut oil. Coconut oil has some sun block properties itself, but for a more potent protection just add some zinc oxide or your sun block to it.
Wrinkles There is a whole world of expensive skincare products promising younger looking and beautiful skin. But try coconut oil once and you will shun all your chemical laden anti-wrinkle products. It is known for its anti-ageing properties and there are no side effects. It is rich in antioxidants such as pro Vitamin A and Vitamin E that help slow down the ageing process. Coconut oil can reduce fine lines and other signs of ageing leaving a younger looking skin with an enviable glow.
Eye Cream No need to buy those expensive eye creams if you have coconut oil lying in your pantry. Just apply a little coconut oil around the eye leaving the eye itself, and notice an impressively soft eye area when you wake up in the morning.
Dental hygiene Sounds weird? It may sound surprising but coconut oil can work wonders when it comes to dental care. Oil pulling with coconut oil can reduce harmful bacteria in the mouth not only leaving it clean and fresh, but also preventing tooth decay and plaque build up.
Gingivitis and Plaque Do you feel less beautiful and confident because of plaque and gingivitis in your teeth? These conditions are caused due to the gums becoming inflamed when the immune system attacks the bacteria in the plaque. Oil pulling with coconut oil can be helpful in treating and preventing these conditions.
Bad breath No matter how beautiful you look, if you do not smell good, then all that make up and designer dresses go in vain. Due to its strong antimicrobial properties, coconut oil can be effective in treating bad breath. For all dental applications, just take a tablespoon of coconut oil, swish it around the mouth for 15-20 minutes, spit it out and brush your teeth.
Tooth pain If you have tooth pain, just apply a little coconut oil on your finger and rub it gently around the affected tooth. Avoid cold or hot food for a few hours and you will certainly feel better.
Emollient Coconut oil contains mostly fats so it works beautifully as an effective emollient. It has a soothing and softening effect. It helps small wounds caused by pimples or acne to heal quickly. It even fights dryness and itchiness. Coconut oil is an effective remedy against psoriasis and dermatitis.
Hair loss: Coconut oil has long been used for grooming hair. There are various remedies that can be used for preventing hair loss. You can boil sage leaves in coconut oil and apply this mixture to the scalp. This will not only encourage hair growth, but will also prevent hair loss. You can make another hair loss remedy by mixing lime water coconut oil or boil gooseberries in coconut oil
Hair damage Coconut oil can reduce protein loss on hair. It is rich in lauric acid and has an affinity for hair protein. It also penetrates the hair shaft easily. Coconut oil can be used for pre or post wash grooming.
Dry hair treatment If your hair is thin and rough, coconut oil can be an effective solution. It will smoothen out the hair without causing a dry and flaky scalp as other hair care products do.
Skin softener If you have a dry and hard facial skin, and creams and lotions are doing no good, then it is time to use coconut oil. Just rub a little coconut oil between your palms, and apply it on your face or any other areas where skin is hard and dry. It will have an amazing moisturising effect. It works well on cracked heels as well. Just apply it regularly to the heels and you will see results eventually.
Skin exfoliant The regular exfoliants tend to leave the skin irritated and inflamed. With coconut oil, you can make your own exfoliant and enjoy its goodness without the irritation that other products cause. Mix some exfoliating sugars or salts to coconut oil and use it as a scrub. Just scrape off the dead skin and unclog the clocked blocked pores effectively without causing any skin irritation. It leaves the skin silky soft.
Split ends If you have split ends in the hair, then you may think that cutting is the only option. However, in mild cases of spilt ends, you can try massaging the hair with a mixture of coconut oil and almond oil. This will minimize split ends.
Baldness and gray hair Coconut oil is known to be an effective remedy for gray hair and baldness. Just mix some Eclipta Alba juice with coconut oil and apply it onto the hair and scalp.
Can’t wear a black t-shirt due to dandruff? Apply coconut oil regularly to get rid of dandruff
. It has various fatty acids that make good anti-dandruff agents. When mixed with castor oil and lukewarm water, coconut oil becomes more potent than a regular anti-dandruff shampoo
Moisturiser for hair and scalp: Coconut oil is a great remedy for dry and thin hair that breaks easily. It also works well for dandruff caused by a dry scalp. Just rub a little oil between your palms and apply it on the scalp and hair. It will leave your hair silky smooth and prevent dandruff. Wash it off after some time and make sure no oil is left in the hair otherwise it will make your hair look super greasy.
An amazing skin moisturiser: coconut oil is not just good for your hair and scalp, but it works as an amazing skin moisturiser as well. During winters when your skin becomes dry, just apply little coconut oil wherever required. You may find it a little greasy initially, but it will soon get absorbed into the skin leaving your skin soft and supple.
Acne prevention: Acne is not always caused by greasy skin. At times, when the skin is too dry, the oil glands may become overactive to compensate, and this can cause acne. If dry skin is causing your acne, then coconut oil can work wonders at preventing it.
No more puffy eyes: Waking up in the morning with puffy eyes doesn’t just make you look tired, but it makes you look old as well. If you are prone to getting puffy eyes, then try applying some coconut oil around eyes before going to bed, and you will see some great results.
Alternative to your shaving cream: If you are looking for a better alternative to your shaving cream, then give coconut oil a try. It is natural and chemical free, and is perfect for sensitive skin. Apply shaving cream half an hour before shaving to prepare your skin for the shave. Coconut oil can significantly reduce bumps and skin irritation that is caused by a razor.
Effective aftershave: Just apply some coconut oil to your face after shaving, and it will ease the irritation and soothe your skin.
Natural, homemade deep cleansing face wash: Coconut oil mixed with castor oil mixed in 1:1 ratio makes a great face wash.
Skin and feet exfoliation: to exfoliate your skin mix coconut oil and baking soda in equal quantities and work it on your skin. It removes dead skin and all types of dirt from the skin leaving your face cleaner and brighter. For exfoliating your feet, you can mix coconut oil with a small amount of coarse sea salt to get a heavy-duty exfoliating lotion.
For healthy beautiful nails: Coconut oil is a great remedy for dry and flaky nails. It also prevents infection around the nails.
Makes a good anti-wrinkle: Coconut oil can fight premature ageing. If you see some fine lines or wrinkles around your eyes, just dab a little coconut oil before going to bed and you will find visible difference in the skin tone in the morning. You can also add other anti-ageing agents to make it more effective.
After-shower oil: Just apply coconut oil all over your body to rehydrate your skin after a shower. It may seem a little greasy and sticky at first, but it will soon get absorbed into the skin leaving it moist and soft.
Makeup remover: If you find it hard to remove your eye makeup, then rather than spending on an expensive makeup remover, you can simply dab a little coconut oil. It will liquefy the makeup and you can just wipe it off. Unlike, chemical makeup removers, it will not cause any skin irritation, and help moisturise the skin instead.
Toothpaste: You can make nice toothpaste at home using coconut oil, some peppermint essential oil and baking soda.
Remedy for chapped lips: If you are looking for a natural remedy for your chapped lips then coconut oil is the perfect choice. It has the healing properties to nourish the lips and protect them from the harmful rays of the sun. The best part is that it is natural and, unlike commercial lip balms, there are no toxic ingredients. You can prepare the lip balm by combining coconut oil with equal quantity of beewax and some shea butter. You can add some natural color to this lip balm to turn it into a naturally tinted lipstick.
Hair cleanser/shampoo and conditioner: You can make an amazing natural shampoo by combining coconut oil with apple cider vinegar. It prevents discoloration and dullness leaving your hair soft and silky. Coconut oil has been used as a hair conditioner for centuries. It helps hair to retain moisture and strengthens hair. Just take as little as a teaspoon of coconut oil and gently work it into your hair for conditioning.
Great de-tangler: If your kids always shriek and shout when you try to comb and de-tangle their hair, then just try using a little coconut oil on to their wet hair and it will help the hair get brushed easily.
Coconut oil possesses great anti-bacterial properties, and this can prevent body odor. You can use coconut oil as is or combine it with baking soda and some essential oils to make homemade deodorant
Fights cellulose: If you are struggling with the problem of stubborn cellulite, just mix coconut oil with some grapefruit essential oil and gently massage the affected area.
Massage oil: It is one of the most widely used massage oils in south east Asia and has conditioning and soothing properties. For even better results, add a few drops of peppermint or lavender oil.
Effective treatment for cold sores: If you get cold sores in or around your mouth, just drab a little coconut oil to ease pain and accelerate healing. It also helps to prevent scarring and discoloration.
Anti-fungal properties: Due to its antibiotic properties, coconut oil works wonders when it comes to treating skin fungus and athlete’s foot.
Clean your makeup and hair brush: Hairbrushes and make up brushes tend to accumulate hair and bacteria over time. To clean them, just apply coconut oil to the brush and leave it as is for 1-2 hours, and wash then thoroughly.
Baby diaper rash cream: if your baby has got a diaper rash you can apply coconut oil to the affected area. It will ease pain, itchiness, redness and swelling.
Natural alternative to hair gels: Commercial hair gels contain toxic chemicals and fragrances. You can make your own natural hair gel at home using coconut oil. Just rub a little coconut oil on your hair strands and it will hold the style longer than the commercial gels do. It will also condition the hair and add shine to them.
Stretch mark remedy: If you are pregnant and afraid of the nasty stretch marks, then start rubbing coconut oil on your stomach. It will improve the skin elasticity and prevent stretch marks.
Improve hair growth: Coconut oil also strengthens hair as it reduces breakage, helping you grow long, beautiful hair.
Natural face mask: You can use coconut oil to make a great facial mask to clear up the skin. Add some honey to the coconut oil and make a thick paste, and apply it on your face. Keep it on for about 15 minutes, and then rinse it with cold water. It will leave your skin clear and glowing.
Coconut Oil around the household.
Now that we know that coconut oil has wonderful applications in beauty and personal care, it is time to have a look at the wonders it can do in your household.
Season your cast iron cookware Although a variety of oils can be used to season cast iron cookware, nothing works as well as food grade coconut oil. The beauty of coconut oil is that it does not add fat to the cookware like lard or shortening does.
Homemade laundry detergent
Coconut oil can also be used to make laundry soap. Making a soap with 100% coconut oil is drying to the skin but it’s the perfect bar to add to a laundry soap recipe. As always, make sure that you follow safe practices when making soap. Thanks to Michelle
for the tip
Polish leather goods Do you think your leather bags, belts or shoes need a coat of shine? Shun that nasty and messy shoe polish and use coconut oil instead. Believe us; it will work just as well.
Clean the shower scum Make a natural shower cleaner with coconut oil and never use a chemical shower cleaner again. Just add some baking soda or vinegar to coconut oil to boost its cleansing properties.
Remove the sticky stuff from your carpet Sick of the carpet gunk or chewing gum that is stuck in your carpet? Rub some coconut oil and watch it lift. It works not only with carpet but hair as well. So, the next time your child sticks some gum in your hair, you know what to do.
Wood polish We know you have been using the expensive wood polish for your furniture, but humble coconut oil can work just as well. Mix a little lemon juice to the coconut oil to create a natural shine booster that is easy on your pocket.
Stain remover To remove stains from your carpets or upholstery just mix one part of coconut oil with one part of baking soda and apply it to the stain. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes and then wipe it off.
Rust remover Thinking of throwing away the rusted scissors and knives? Apply some coconut oil to the blades and let it sit for about an hour before rinsing it with warm water.
Lubricate the snow shovel Does snow keep sticking to your shovel? Just rub a thin layer of coconut oil on it and keep the snow shovel in a cool place to prevent it from melting off. Reapply a layer after a week or 10 days as required.
Condition Cutting Boards You can condition your wooden cutting boards easily with coconut oil. Wipe the board with a damp cloth and let it dry before using a soft cloth to apply coconut oil mixed with lemon juice on it.
Polish metal After you have removed rust from the metal, you can use coconut oil to polish it. Just apply another layer of coconut oil and let it sit for about a minute and use a soft cloth to buff it to a shine.
Lubricate lawn mower blades You can use coconut oil to maintain your lawn mower blades. Just apply a thin layer of coconut oil to prevent grass from sticking.
Lubricate motor Small motors can be lubricated with a little melted coconut oil. Make sure you use only a small amount as excessive oil can cause pooling and then solidify at room temperature. You can also apply a little solid coconut oil to the blade of your home appliances to help them run smoothly.
Car detailing No need to take your car to the garage for detailing as long as you have some coconut oil in your pantry. It can be used to make your leather seats and dashboard shine, and to buff out scratches. It also acts as a dust repellent.
Tupperware stains Staines make Tupperware containers look dirty even after they been washed well. So, apply a thin layer of coconut oil and let it dry well before filling the container. The coconut oil will act as a barrier for the stains and will not add any unwanted flavour.
Unstick and quieten the hinges If your doors or windows make an annoying squeak then it is time you lubricate the hinges with a bit of coconut oil.
Great furniture polish: You can use coconut oil to make amazing furniture polish. Just add a little lemon juice to the coconut oil and rub it on to the furniture for an instant shine.
Leather cleaner and shiner: Coconut oil can clean leather beautifully and add a nice shine to it.
Prevents duct accumulation: Apply a layer of coconut oil to hard-to-reach surfaces in your home, and it will prevent dust from accumulating. If you need to remove dust from any objects in your home, you can apply coconut oil, leave it for some time, the dust will loosen up and you can clean it off easily.
Conditions wood bowls and cutting boards: Wood cutting boards and bowls tend to become dry and brittle. Just apply a coat of coconut oil once in a while to counter this problem.
Remove labels and stickers easily: Removing stickers and labels from new products can be quite difficult, and a gunky residue is oten left behind. By applying a little coconut oil you can easily pull off the labels. Adding a little baking soda helps remove the gunk easily when scrubbed.
Natural bronze polish: Apply a little coconut oil on your bronze objects with the help of a cotton cloth and bring back their beautiful shine and color.
Make your own soap: If you love everything homemade and natural, then you can make your own soap using coconut oil. Just Google a bit and you will find many recipes.
Clean and lubricate your garden tools and scissors: Coconut oil is a great way to lubricate the tool, remove rust, and prevent rust from forming.
Degrease your hands and clean the nails: Working with machinery can leave your hands greased and nails full of gunk. Coconut oil is the perfect solution for such problems. Add some baking soda to coconut oil and rub it on to your hands to degrease them. Work the oil all around the nails to clean them.
Get rid of ants, maggots and flies: Mix some seed oil and castile liquid soap to coconut oil and use the spray to get rid of ants. To keep flies and maggots away from the trash, just coat the bin with coconut oil.
Coconut Oil for Cooking
You can do a million things with coconut oil in your kitchen. Here are just a few of them:
Salad dressings We know how much you love the drizzle of olive oil on your salad, but try replacing it with coconut oil and you will surely love it, needless to say that it will make your salads healthier.
As a fat in baking Coconut oil is a healthier alternative to other fats such as shortening that is used in baking. It is also quite versatile: if the recipe calls for liquid fat, use melted coconut oil or if a recipe requires soild fat, use refrigerated coconut oil. In fact, if you have to replace butter with coconut oil in a recipe such as pie crusts or dough use 25 percent less quantity than what the recipe calls for. This is because unlike butter, coconut oil is pure fat.
Replace vegetable oil or butter with coconut oil: If you have to sauté your vegetables in a frying pan, just use coconut oil in place of butter or vegetable oil as a healthier alternative. You might not get as rich a taste as butter, but you will certainly feel less guilty.
Use it as Non-stick cooking spray: If your food tends to stick to your non-stick skillet, then just try using a teaspoon or two of coconut oil. You will be amazed how beautifully the food cooks and not a speck of food will stick leaving the pan or skillet absolutely clean.
Deep frying Looking for the best oil for deep frying? Coconut oil is the answer. Research has shown that even after 8 hours of deep frying at a temperature of 365 degrees Fahrenheit, the quality of coconut oil did not deteriorate. More than 90 percent of the fatty acids in coconut oil are saturated so it is highly heat resistant. Apart from this, coconut oil has many other health benefits that make it the perfect choice for any type of cooking.
Dairy free replacement of butter All those who love to spread butter over toast or use it to fry eggs can start using coconut oil as a healthier, dairy-free alternative to butter. You get the same buttery texture with mild sweetness and the best part is that it is far healthier than butter.
Ultimate energy booster: Want to make a quick energy booster? Go fetch your tub of coconut oil, mix it with chia seeds and you are good to go. Mix ½ tablespoon of chia seeds with a tablespoon of coconut oil, spread it on a slice of multi-grain bread or just have it as is. Chia seeds are known to boost endurance and performance, coconut helps its metabolism.
Pack more power into your smoothies: A tablespoon or two of coconut oil in your smoothies gives a lovely smoooth texture. Not only this, it adds healthy fats and introduces cholesterol fighting compounds to your diet.
Great coffee creamer: Why add dairy creamer to your coffee when you have coconut oil lying in your pantry. Just add a spoonful of coconut oil to your coffee and pack more energy to it. Just blend together the coffee, sweetener and coconut oil and enjoy your favourite cuppa with an extra boost of energy.
A mild sweetener: If you are looking or a healthy, natural sweetener then coconut oil might just be the right choice. It is mildly sweet, but not overpoweringly so. You can replace your sugar or stevia with coconut oil in dishes that require only a mild sweetener.
Prevents freezer burn: Adding a thin layer of coconut oil on the top can prevent freezer burn. Coconut oil forms a seal that prevents freezer burn.
Lubricant to remove caked-on food: With coconut oil in your pantry, you no longer need to scrub the caked-on food from your dishes. Simply put some coconut oil on the tough spots and the caked-on food can be scrubbed off easily.
Give a healthy twist to the Mayonnaise: Create a healthy, homemade version of mayonnaise using coconut oil. Blend together egg yolks, some apple cider vinegar and little mustard. Once combined, add coconut oil and olive oil in the ratio of 1:0.5 to create an emulsion. Your healthy homemade mayo is ready to be savoured.
Replace butter with coconut oil for topping baked potatoes: Whether you are making baked potatoes or sweet potato French fries, just top it up with coconut oil in place of butter and enjoy the healthier version of your favourite food.
Popcorn kernels in coconut oil:
Pop your corns in coconut oil, and then top them up with some extra coconut oil to enjoy amazingly flavourful popcorn
. And they are healthier too!
Make a natural throat lozenge: If you have coconut oil, you don’t need to buy lozenges from the market that are made using artificial flavours and colors. Just having half a teaspoon of coconut oil three time a day can relieve cough and sore throat. You can add other natural ingredients such as fennel root, lemon and licorice tea for added benefits.
Keep your eggs fresh longer:
Coconut oil can prolong the life of eggs
by 1-2 weeks. Just swipe a little coconut oil on the egg shells. It will seal the pores and keep them fresh longer.
Coconut Oil For Health
We all know that coconut oil has numerous cosmetic applications, but few of us know of its medicinal properties and health benefits. Coconut oil can be used as a home remedy to treat a variety of ailments. Here are some simple home remedies that use coconut oil:
Sports drink Coconut oil provides a quick energy boost in the form of MCFA fats. So, you can replace the sugary sports drinks with a natural and healthy sports drink made just by adding coconut oil, chia seeds and some fruits to water.
Fight Inflammation: Coconut oil, in its unrefined form without any heating or chemicals, is believed to prevent and fight chronic inflammation. It promotes kidney and liver health. Research has also shown that regular consumption of virgin coconut oil helps fight inflammation and prevents chronic diseases caused by inflammation.
Boosts immune system: Coconut oil contains capric acid, caprylic acid, and lauric acid. This makes a potent anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial that will boost the immune system by warding off infections and diseases.
Promotes healthy bones and reduces osteoporosis risk: oxidative stress and free radicals are responsible for the development of various metabolic disorders including osteoporosis. Research has shown that virgin coconut oil helps maintain healthy bone structure and prevents bone loss. These properties are however exhibited only by virgin coconut oil, because it contains polyphenols and has high antioxidant properties.
Aids better sleep: Need better sleep? You can use coconut oil as a carrier oil for home remedies using essential oils such as chamomile oil and lavender oil. These soothing home remedies can reduce anxiety and help you sleep better.
Fights acne: If you have a serious acne problem, then try coconut oil before you try any harsh chemicals on your face. The anti-bacterial properties of coconut oil make it a good acne fighter. For better results, you can add raw honey or tree oil to it.
Promotes brain health and helps treat Alzheimer’s: Research shows that coconut oil can be an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s. The study shows that taking a tablespoon of coconut oil three times a day can help Alzheimer’s.
Fights candida: Coconut oil has anti-microbial properties because of the presence of caprylic acid. This can kill candida and yeast. A recent study showed that 100% concentration, coconut oil can fight candida better than the drug flucanazole. You can apply coconut oil directly to the affected area or include it in your diet.
Burns fat: Coconut oil is rich in medium chain triglycerides and is shown to support weight loss and help the body burn fat. You may be surprised that fat can help you to lose weight, but try adding a tablespoon of coconut oil to your diet and you may start noticing a reduction in abdominal fat. Research has shown that consumption of medium chain triglyceride oils is more effective for weight loss compared to olive oil.
Cancer fighting properties: Coconut oil is rich in medium chain triglycerides that are known to have a strong anti-tumor effect. It also helps maintain a normal immune system. So, regular consumption of coconut oil may help prevent certain types of cancer.
Cold and Flu Prevention and Relief The anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties of coconut oil make it effective for prevention and relief from cold and flu. Just add a bit of coconut oil to your smoothies or teas for relief from cold and flu.
Immunity Coconut oil helps strengthen the immune system. It helps fight bacteria and viruses that can cause diseases such as influenza, herpes, and even HIV. It is also effective against harmful protozoa such as giardia lamblia and bacteria such as helicobacter pylori and listeria monocytogenes. It kills bacteria that cause throat infections, ulcers, urinary tract infections, gonorrhoea and pneumonia.
Prevents diabetes and stabilises blood sugar: Research has shown that coconut oil helps balance blood sugar levels and helps improve diabetes. It encourages insulin secretion from the pancreas. Therefore, it is helpful in insulin resistance and preventing obesity.
Naturally balance hormones: Coconut oil contains healthy fats that support adrenal and thyroid glands that can lower cortisol and balance hormones. It promotes healthy metabolism and suppresses inflammation, thus balancing hormones.
Supports the digestive system: Coconut oil possesses anti-bacterial properties and promotes the growth of probiotics. This helps treat leaky gut. Its antibiotic properties prevent the growth of fungi and parasites and aids better absorption of nutrients.
Effective treatment for psoriasis and eczema: If you have dry and flaky skin, then just apply a little coconut oil to the affected areas and it will treat psoriasis and eczema. For added benefits, you can add germanium oil and shea butter to the coconut oil.
Fights heart diseases: Although coconut oil was once notorious for its saturated fat content, latest research shows that its medium chain triglycerides promote heart health and help treat hypertension.
Relieves constipation: If you suffer from chronic bloating and constipation, then you need to try coconut oil. Just a tablespoon of coconut oil before going to bed or in the morning can regulate bowel movement. Coconut oil gets absorbed into the digestive tract and kills harmful bacteria allowing the healthy bacteria to re-balance.
Naturally balance cholesterol levels: Coconut oil contains healthy fats that lower LDL cholesterol and increase HDL cholesterol, and in turn promote cardiovascular health. A study shows that consumption of coconut oil increases HDL cholesterol and improves cholesterol ratio.
Speed wound healing: Coconut oil possesses anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, so it can help wounds heal faster. Just apply a little coconut oil directly on to the wound and it will prevent and clear up infection.
Relieves bug bites: Due to its anti inflammatory properties, coconut oil is a good antidote for bug bites. Just apply some coconut oil directly on to the bite area and it will give instant relief.
Soothe eczema outbreak and chicken pox: If your skin is itching because of eczema breakout, then just apply a bit of coconut oil for relief. It can also provide relief from itching in chicken pox.
Treatment for heartburn and acid reflux: Coconut oil can soothe your oesophagus and help treat heartburn.
Relives toothache: Mix two parts of clove oil to a part of coconut oil and apply it to the affected area with the help of a cotton swab. It is known to provide instant relief.
Treatment for canker sores: Canker sores are a common problem of the mouth and can be extremely painful. Just apply a little coconut oil on to the sore area and it will speed up healing.
Prevents and treats cold sores: Coconut oil cannot just prevent cold sores, but it can also help treat them.
Natural treatment for haemorrhoids: coconut oil has soothing properties that can help treat haemorrhoids.
Remove wax build up from ears: If you have excess wax build up in your ears, then try a drop or two of coconut oil. Just tilt your head and use a dropper to put 1-2 drops into the ear. After some time, just tilt the head the other way and let the oil and wax drain out.
Relieves cough and sore throat: You can relieve sore throat pain by swirling some coconut oil mixed with honey in your mouth and then slowly swallowing the mixture. It soothes the sore throat and gives immediate relief. To reduce cough, add some warm water and lemon juice to the mixture and drink it slowly before going to bed.
Fights allergies: If you suffer from hay fever or any other respiratory allergies, then just apply a little coconut oil into the nostrils and it will offer quick relief from the symptoms.
Natural treatment for seizures: Some experts believe that medium chain triglycerides could be as helpful as a ketogenic diet in the treatment of seizures. Coconut oil mixed with MCT oil taken three times a day can help control seizures by boosting the ketone concentration the blood.
Improves blood circulation: Coconut oil is known to improve blood circulation and prevent many cardiovascular problems.
Infections Coconut oil has powerful ability to kill bacteria that cause urinary tract infections, pneumonia and acne. It can also kill viruses that cause hepatitis C, flu and measles. It is also know to be effective in fighting some antibiotic resistant bacteria.
Remedy for pink eye: if you have a pink eye, then before trying antibiotics or other treatments, try some coconut oil. Just dab a little oil on to the eyelids and follow up with a cold or warm compress. It reduces swelling and soothes itchy eyes.
Improves lung function: Coconut oil has been shown to increase the fluidity of cell surfaces and boost lung function.
Treats menopause related hot flushes: Taking a tablespoon or two of coconut oil can provide relief from hot flash symptoms during menopause.
Prevent adrenal fatigue
: By including coconut oil in diet you can prevent adrenal fatigue and get an energy boost
. If you feel chronically stressed or tired
, coconut oil can work wonders for you.
Reduce the symptoms of arthritis The inflammation of joints in people with arthritis can cause significant pain. Research has shown that coconut oil can be used as an effective remedy for arthritis pain. Coconut oil has been shown to reduce inflammation and relieve the symptoms associated with arthritis.
Promotes calcium and magnesium absorption: Calcium plays a critical role in many body systems and is essential for healthy bones. If you have problem absorbing calcium then coconut oil can be of great help. It also boosts magnesium absorption, thus preventing and relieving many health problems such as constipation, hormonal imbalance, migraines, and more.
Natural remedy for Urinary Tract Infection: Antimicrobial properties of coconut oil make it effective against urinary tract infections. A tablespoon of coconut oil three times a day can help treat UTI.
Prevent nose bleeds: If your nose tends to become dry easily and you suffer from frequent nose bleeds, then just dab a little coconut oil in the nostrils. It will protect the capillaries and prevent nose bleeds.
Treatment for enlarged prostate: Research has shown that coconut oil could be effective in treating enlarged prostate. Regular consumption of coconut oil can prevent and treat symptoms of enlarged prostate.
Other health benefits Coconut oil offers protection against a variety of health problems including heart diseases, diabetes, stroke, liver and kidney disease, some types of cancers, osteoporosis, skin infections and dental decay. It is also known to relieve symptoms associated with several serious illnesses including pancreatitis, chronic inflammation, cystic fibrosis (difficulty in absorbing nutrients and breathing), Crohn’s disease, prostate enlargement, stomach ulcers, constipation, and ulcerative colitis.
Pet care: Coconut oil does not just work for humans; it can be great for pets as well. Adding a little coconut oil to their diet helps digestive problems. You can apply coconut oil topically to treat irritations, skin allergies and wounds.
Coconut Oil Remedies
If you are pregnant and ready to welcome a new member into the family, then make sure you stock up on some coconut oil. From helping your stretch marks to treating diaper rash, coconut oil can be a boon to a pregnant women and new mothers in a variety of ways.
Allergies If you are prone to respiratory allergies, you can simply put a little coconut oil in your nostrils. This will block the pollen and prevent allergies. You can also add a bit of coconut oil to your smoothies to relieve symptoms associated with allergies. It works well because of its anti-inflammatory properties. The fact that it is a natural immune booster makes it even better at fighting allergies. Coconut oil can help fight allergies because it is a natural immune booster as well.
Fungal Treatment Coconut oil has anti-fungal properties that make it useful in the treatment of various fungal infections. It can be used topically for the treatment of infection such as athlete’s foot and internally to treat candida and yeast infections. Coconut oil contains three different fatty acids including capric acid, lauric acid and caprylic acid that are extremely effective against candida yeast.
Helps morning sickness: If you are pregnant and suffer from morning sickness, then coconut oil may offer some relief. A tablespoon of coconut oil every morning can be of great help.
Breast care: Breastfeeding tends to cause irritation. You can treat this irritation by applying coconut oil as an alternative to lanolin cream.
Great moisturiser for delicate baby skin: Just add a little coconut oil to baby’s bath and it will act as a great moisturiser.
Teething pain You can relieve the pain and inflammation caused by teething, by rubbing a little coconut oil mixed with clove oil onto the gums. You can apply it to teething toys to prevent pain and inflammation.
Prevents diaper rash: By applying a little coconut oil to the baby’s skin, you can prevent diaper rash.
Improve breast milk production: Moderate consumption of coconut oil can increase the flow and quality of breast milk. A tablespoon of coconut oil a day is known to fortify the breast milk and make it more nourishing for the baby.
Prevents tears to the perineum: Perineum tears can be very painful and may take a long time to heal. Apply coconut oil to the perineum regularly during pregnancy to help prevent tears
Soothe a sore throat You can relieve a sore throat by swirling a mixture of coconut oil and honey around your mouth and swallowing it gently. As it is swallowed, it will soothe your throat.
Natural treatment for thrush: Coconut oil is a great natural treatment for thrush in babies.
Make your own baby lotion: You can make a natural baby lotion by mixing coconut oil with unrefined shea butter.
Treatment for cradle cap: cradle cap means the baby’s scalp is producing excess sebum. By rubbing a small amount of coconut oil onto the baby’s scalp you can get rid of the brown and yellow spots created by cradle cap. You will have to do this for a few days to get results.
Treatment for baby acne: Coconut oil balances baby’s skin tone and reduces acne outbreaks. It is perfect for delicate baby skin.
Relieves croup cough: You can make a vapour rub by mixing some essential oils like clove oil and peppermint oil to coconut oil and use it to reduce croup cough in babies.
Effective treatment for ear infections: Coconut oil works great for treating baby ear infections as well. It is a natural and safe alternative to the chemical laden ear drops available in the market. Unless you suspect damage to the ear drum, you can pour a drop of coconut oil into the infected ear with the help of a dropper. It is known to work quickly.
Perfect massage oil for babies: Coconut oil has many properties that make it the ideal oil for massaging babies. It has a soothing effect, stimulates the central nervous system, leads to better sleep, and may alleviate constipation.
Remedy for teething pain: Teething causes a lot of discomfort for babies. By rubbing a little coconut oil mixed with clove oil onto the baby’s gums, you can reduce pain and inflammation.