Coconut Oil Benefits and Uses

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Why Should I Use Coconut Oil?

Coconut oil has a wide array of health benefits, hair and skin uses and uses around the home. Here are some the reasons why you should love coconut oil and use it daily.

Coconut Oil Health Benefits and Uses

  1. It has been shown to increase absorption of calcium and magnesium
  2. Is an immediate source of energy when eaten that isn’t stored as fat
  3. Can help speed weight loss when consumed daily
  4. It can help improve sleep when taken daily
  5. When used in food, it may support healthy thyroid function
  6. Some studies show that it can help improve insulin levels when consumed regularly
  7. Topically, it help skin heal faster after injury or infection because of its beneficial fats
  8. When used consistently on skin it can help get rid of cellulite
  9.  Some evidence shows that the beneficial fats in coconut oil can help with depression and anxiety
  10. When taken regularly, it can boost hormone production
  11. Can relieve the pain of hemorrhoids when used topically
  12. Some studies show it can boost circulation and help those who often feel cold
  13. Internally during pregnancy to help provide baby necessary fats for development (especially when taken with Fermented Cod Liver Oil)

Coconut Oil Beauty Uses

Coconut oil is also very beneficial for hair and skin:

  1. On the skin as a basic lotion
  2. With other oils as part of an oil cleansing regimen for beautiful skin
  3. Whipped with shea butter for a soothing body balm
  4. In homemade lotion bars with other beneficial ingredients like shea butter
  5. In homemade deodorant– its natural antibacterial properties make it helpful in fighting odor.
  6. Coconut oil makes an excellent eye-makeup remover on its own
  7. It may help lighten age spots when rubbed directly on the skin
  8. To help increase sun tolerance and avoid burning when used internally
  9. Add a couple drops of a favorite essential oil to make a delicious massage oil
  10. Mixed with equal parts sugar for a smoothing body scrub (use in the shower)
  11. Rubbed on lips as a natural lip balm 
  12. As a natural personal lubricant that won’t disturb vaginal flora
  13. As a natural shave cream and after shave lotion
  14. Use it alone as a great tanning oil
  15. Mix with seal salt to remove dry skin from feet
  16. Use it alone or with baking soda as a natural deodorant 
  17. Rub on cuticles to help nails grow
  18. Rub into elbows daily to help alleviate dry, flaky elbows
  19. To help avoid chlorine exposure when swimming
  20. As a completely natural baby lotion

Coconut Oil For Hair

  1. Rub into scalp daily to stimulate hair growth
  2. Or use in homemade shampoo bars
  3. A tiny dab rubbed on your hands and then through hair makes a great anti-frizz treatment
  4. As an incredibly intensive natural conditioner- Rub into dry hair, put a shower cap on and leave for several hours before washing out with several rounds of shampoo

Coconut Oil Uses Around the Home

  1. In homemade soap for laundry
  2. In homemade natural Bug-Off lotion bars
  3. To make a simple homemade soap
  4. Or make a clay and charcoal soothing soap
  5. Rub a small amount into real leather to soften and condition (shiny leather only… test a small area first)
  6. And use a small amount to dilute essential oils for use on skin
  7. For pets struggling with skin issues when used externally
  8. On hands after doing dishes to avoid dry skin

Natural Remedies for Coconut Oil

  1. Rubbed on the inside of your nose it may help alleviate allergy symptoms
  2. The antimicrobial and antibacterial properties make it helpful topically to kill yeast or yeast infections
  3. The antimicrobial properties and beneficial fats make coconut oil a powerhouse in toothpaste
  4. Can help sooth psoriasis or eczema
  5. Oil pulling with coconut oil and a drop of oregano oil helps improve gum health
  6. Can help improve cholesterol ratios
  7. After initial heat is gone, can help speed healing of sunburn
  8. Blend a tablespoon into hot tea to help speed recovery from cold or flu
  9. It’s anti-inflammatory properties can help lessen arthritis
  10. Can reduce the itch of mosquito bites
  11. Can help resolve acne when used regularly
  12. A tablespoon melted into a cup of warm tea can help sooth a sore throat
  13. In a salve for cracked heels
  14. Naturally clears up cold sores
  15. Ingesting coconut oil daily can help with allergy symptoms
  16. Some people say ingesting coconut oil daily can increase mental alertness

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