In the movie called “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” Toula’s dad commonly referred to Windex as the cure for every ailment from psoriasis to poison ivy. In reality we know Windex is the last thing we want to put on our skin. Coconut oil is my Windex…my cure for all.
I am so excited about today’s post because it is something I literally use for EVERYTHING from cooking to shaving my legs. This is one product that should be in everyone’s household. I have a jar in my kitchen and bathroom. I just can’t get enough coconut oil.
WHAT IS COCONUT OIL
Coconut oil has been used throughout Aisia and the Pacific for thousands of years from cooking to a beauty product.
- Medium Chain Fatty Acid
- One of the most abundant sources of Lauric Acid
- Healthy Fats / No Trans Fats
- No Chemicals
- Extremely faint coconut taste
- Coconut oil also has a high smoke point that makes it resistant to oxidation and shelf stable.
- Below 76 degrees F it will be solid (like butter), and above it will liquefy
The New York Times says, “Virgin coconut oil has a haunting, nutty, vanilla flavor. It’s even milder and richer tasting than butter, sweeter and lighter textured than lard, and without any of the bitterness you sometimes get in olive oil.”
Check out Dr. Oz’s clip about coconut oil:
WHAT KIND TO BUY
Buy only VIRGIN Organic Coconut Oil (cold pressed): That has not been hydrogenated, bleached, refined or deodorized. I like to buy Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, but there are many great brands.
Here are tips on which is the best brand to buy.
- Supports Immune System and speeds recovery time
- Thyroid-Stimulating – Research has shown this oil to speed up metabolism.
- Lower Cholesterol
- Helps with Weight Loss – This fatty acid is used directly by the liver and converted to energy instead of storing the fat.
- Diabetes in Check – Controls blood sugar levels.
- Reduce Heart Disease
- Speeds up bruising process to repair damaged tissue
- Stop itchy bug bites
- Sun Burn Relief – Use unlimited to help heal and sooth sunburns
- Skin Moisturizer – From your feet to your face, a dab will cure any dry skin. It is not a heavy moisturizing cream that is quickly absorbed. A spoonful is enough to moisturize your entire body.
- Remove Your Make-Up – One swipe and your eye make up is off. Check out this recipe for better than store bought eye make-up remover!
- Toothpaste – Combine coconut oil with baking soda.
- Lip Balm – Keep lips shiny and moist.
- Face Cream – Powerful antioxidant to help prevent wrinkling and doesn’t cause pores to clog
- Eye Cream – Reduce puffiness and wrinkles.
- Eye Make-Up Remover – Check out this DIY recipe. Better than store bought.
- Deodorant – Can be used by itself, but more powerful when combines with arrowroot powder and baking soda.
- Body Scrub – Mix with sugar and favorite essential oil. Rub over skin and rinse off in shower.
- One recipe I got from www.girlsguideto.com was to mix ½ cup brown sugar + ½ cup sea salt. Add 1 T lemon juice + 1 T Coconut oil + 1 T honey, and mix well. Use one or twice a week for smooth skin.
- Dry Feet Treatment – Mix with salt to form a foot scrub.
- Shaving – I usually rub on before getting in the shower and then shave in the shower. It doesn’t wash off and moisturizes legs while getting them silky!
- Repairing Hair Mask – Check out the CSL hair mask recipe here.
- Massage Oil
- Acne – Mix with nutmeg and leave on for 10 minutes
- Age spots – Apply directly to age spot and it will help it fade by preventing free-radical formation
- Make-up highlighter – Swipe a small amount on top of make-up or checks for a glow effect.
- Brush on Eyelashes – Boost growth and pigmentation (When I put my eye cream on, I also rub on my lashes and eye lid.)
- Soften Nail Cuticles
- Reduce Aging – Gnet.org states that, “Coconut oil has an abundance of antioxidants- these are the preservatives that repair damaged cells in the body by clearing up free radical molecules. When your skin starts to wrinkle, sag and generally age, that’s free radical damage, coupled with smoking and alcohol, and the body starts to age even quicker. Coconut oil builds and repairs skin cells, which means it slows down the ageing process.”
- Replace for butter/vegetable oil. – Use in replace of other oils. Sweeter and light tasting. Plus it has a higher smoke point than other oils.
- Add to Beverages – Spice up your smoothies, coffee or even hot chocolate.
- Stir-Fry – Coconut oil is great for stir fry as it helps your body absorb more vitamins from your veggies.
- Popcorn – Don’t use butter….instead sub that for some coconut oil and sea salt.
- Salad Dressing – Best used warm so the coconut oil is liquefied.
- Spread on Toast
I found these household uses of coconut oil on yahoo.com.
- Insect repellent. To repel insects with coconut oil, simply mix in some peppermint oil and apply to the skin before going outside. Place the mixture in a candle-burning wax warmer and set it outside near a group of people to keep bugs away.
- Sunscreen. This oil is also a natural sunscreen, and can be used as an everyday moisturizer to help block the sun’s harsh rays. It has a low SPF, so it will need to be reapplied regularly if you plan on being outdoors for a long period of time.
- Leather cleaner. Apply a thin layer to a clean cotton rag to clean and polish leather furniture. Test a small area first.
- Furniture polish. As with leather, coconut oil can also be used to clean and polish wood furniture in the same manner.
- Residue remover. Gum…sticky residue from labels…coconut oil will gently remove it all. Remove as much as you can with your fingers, then apply a thin layer of oil to a rag and carefully rub it into the residue until it is gone.
- Pan seasoner. You can use it to season cast iron pans and other small kitchen appliances that require seasoning before the first use.
- Household lubricant. Use it in place of WD-40.
- Shower cleaner. To get rid of shower scum, coat the area with coconut oil, spray with white vinegar and wipe it dry.
- Car detailer. Instead of unhealthy chemicals, use coconut oil to clean and detail your car. It will help to pick up dust and dirt, polish the interior and keep it clean longer.
- Mouthguard / retainer cleaner. Simply rub coconut oil onto the mouth guard or retainer in the morning and let it sit all day to kill bacteria. Rinse well before using.
Do you currently use coconut oil? If so, what is your favorite way to use it?
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