I grew up eating coconut right from the shell. Just as you see pictured here. Mmmm. It was kept on ice and opened when sold. The coconut water is so delicious. Double Mmmmm. And the flesh is really soft and sweet. Triple Mmmmm. Alright enough reminiscing.
1. Remove makeup
I rub some coconut oil on my face, focusing particularly on the eyes. Then I use a cotton round to take the bulk of the oil off my eyes. Then I take a washcloth, run it under hot water as hot as I can bear it. Then I wring it out and lay it across my face. I let it sit for a bit, then lightly wipe and pat to remove makeup, dirt, etc. Rinse and repeat. My face is left nice and supple and I don't usually need any moisturizer.
I use coconut oil as a body moisturizer. I use it in my head/hair as well. Added bonus? It offers natural SPF protection to about SPF 8.
3. Make health and beauty aids
I have used coconut oil for some DIY health and beauty aids. I use it when I make deodorant and lip balms. I add it to a hand scrub I make for Mr. F. He comes home from work with pretty grimy hands. He loves how his hand feel after using it.
Have you heard of oil pulling? It's one of the best things you can do for your mouth. Wellness Mama has a more complete explanation of how to do this. But, basically you just put a couple of spoonfuls of organic coconut oil in your mouth and swish, swish, swish. Push the oil through your teeth. Do this for about 20 minutes.
Here is our experience: Mr. F. had a toothache in a molar. It got worse and worse. At the time we were without insurance. He was in pain. He started oil pulling and after doing it a few times, the pain subsided. Eventually it stopped all together. He did the oil pulling daily. He still has not been to the dentist, (even though we now have insurance) but he has not had pain since oil pulling, and he only does it on occasion now.
Check out the Wellness Mama blog or do some research of your own. Then give oil pulling a try.
We use organic, virgin, unrefined coconut oil in cooking. We use it to make popcorn. It gives the popcorn a nice light taste. We also saute our veggies in coconut oil.
Experiment, think about what you cook that might taste good with a light coconut flavor. For example, if you are making chinese food, it would be great to saute the veggies and cook the chicken in coconut oil.
6. As a carrier for essential oils
Some strong essential oils like Oregano, need to be diluted before use on the skin. You can use the coconut oil in its solid state, melted, or you can use fractionated coconut oil. Use about a teaspoon of coconut oil, to 1 or 2 drops of essential oil.
7. Lip moisturizer
I love using coconut oil to moisturize my lips. Especially this time of year when it's dry in the house, I just use a dab of it to moisten my lips. It's a good idea to do before bed as well.
Tip: I try to never put my hands in the jar of coconut oil. I always use a spoon or a chopstick to get what I need.
8. Soften heels
I love to use coconut oil on my feet. Just slather on some coconut oil on your feet and put on thick cotton socks. In the morning you'll have soft, smooth feet.
I find that the best time to do it after a pedicure. It prolongs the soft, smooth feet feeling.
9. On minor cuts, burns and insect bites
Coconut oil has anti-bacterial properties, therefore it will be helpful in healing cuts. It will also help sooth and heal burns and cut down on the swelling and itching from insect bites.
Now this is something I have been wanting to try for a while now, but have not done yet. I plan to use baking soda (which we use to brush our teeth now) add enough coconut oil to make a paste that can be squeezed out of a tube, and add some peppermint or cinnamon essential oils.
I'll share the results with you.
So these are some ways we use coconut oil in our home. Try some and see what you think.
How do you use coconut oil? I'd love to add it to my list of uses.