The Many Benefits of Coconut Oil
If you search for the many benefits of coconut oil you might soon find yourself overwhelmed with all the incredible ways you can use this oil. In this article we will share a few simple ways you can use coconut oil in your own at-home beauty routine.
The widespread popularity of coconut oil and its place in the health community is not without its critics though for the most part coconut oil has wonderful and practical daily uses. The oil is the most nutrient-dense part of the coconut and it is also the simplest way to keep your coconut bowl in glowing condition along with your skin, hair, nails and even your overall well-being can benefit.
So, what exactly is coconut oil?
Coconut oil comes from the coconut fruit and is commonly used for cooking. However, the oil also has several internal and external health benefits. The oil is made by
The unrefined organic coconut oil is the best standard of oil you can purchase as it is the type that ensures the nutrients are not removed in the production process.
Some of the ways you can use coconut oil as a natural option.
Coconut oil for skin health:
Did you know that coconut oil is incredibly nourishing on the skin as a moisturizer or as a treatment for different skin concerns? It is suggested that you can use coconut oil as a natural moisturiser to help with sunburn, allergies or topical irritations. Applying coconut oil is best done on damp skin, and it is advised to use the best high-quality organic form of the oil you can find.
You can use coconut oil to create natural home-made beauty products, as a lip balm, a cleanser, a make-up remover, as part of a deodorant paste, as a shaving oil or as part of a body scrub. The benefits to the skin are endless with coconut oil as a natural treatment; but be sure to check your skin’s sensitivities prior to use.
Coconut oil for hair health:
Due to the high-fat content of coconut oil it can also be applied to your hair as a treatment mask or to help with dry or damaged ends. Apply coconut oil to damp hair, wrap it in a towel and sleep overnight before rising your hair in the morning. You can use the oil as an intensive treatment by adding some essential oils such as sandalwood or geranium.
Coconut oil can be used on curly hair to assist with reducing frizz and can also be used to make shampoo bars. Coconut oil makes your hair shine beautifully and is completely natural.
Why is coconut oil so good for us? It is full of nourishing fatty acids that benefit is skin and hair and contains Vitamin E which is great for moisturising the skin. Coconut oil does absorb well though it can be a rather dense product so use it lightly on your hair and face. Use the oil as a natural massage oil for the scalp or on dry areas of the skin such as the knees and elbows.
Check out some of these amazing homemade recipes for natural products using coconut oil:
- ½ Cup of Coconut Oil
- 1 A teaspoon of Jojoba Oil
- ½ Cup of Shea Butter
- Essential Oils of your own choice (15 drops)
- Glass Jar
The first step is to place the shea butter, coconut and jojoba oil in a bowl made of glass so that you can melt it over a saucepan of hot water. Mix all the oils together and then place it into the fridge so that the mixture goes solid. It is recommended to use a hand mixer though you can also use a spoon to mix the essential oils into the butter until it is soft. Simply store the butter in a glass jar with a lid and keep it at room temperature.
- ½ Cup of Coconut Oil
- ½ Cup of Baking Soda
- 30-40 drops of Essential Oils of your own choice (recommended to use sage, rosemary, lemon)
This is a simple deodorant mixture where you place the coconut oil and baking soda into a bowl and mix them together. Once combined add the essential oils and store the paste in a glass jar.
- ½ Cup of Witch Hazel
- ½ Cup of Apple Cider Vinegar
- Essential Oils of eucalyptus, citronella, tea tree and lemongrass (30 drops)
- Glass spray bottle
Mix the ingredients together in the glass bottle and spray over your skin. It is not recommended to use on the face/near your eyes and mouth.
- 2 Teaspoons of Coconut Oil
- 1 Teaspoon of Raw Granulated Sugar
- Mix the scrub together and use as needed. You can also add organic honey.
Coconut oil has so many uses, it really is amazing for serving as an all-rounder in the home. It is handy to keep a jar of coconut oil in your kitchen and bathroom to create natural products as needed. The oil contains a good number of antioxidants that protects our skin from free radical damage and with the addition of lauric acid it can assist to fight bacteria.
Did you know that aside from being an amazing ingredient in your natural beauty routine you can also use the coconut oil to help maintain your Coconutsy coconut bowl?
Coconut oil for coconut bowls:
To maintain your coconut bowl simply use organic virgin coconut oil and rub it over the shell to make it shine like new. Apply as often as you need and extend the life of your coconut bowl.
The oil is safe to use and unlike products with chemicals it won’t harm your health. It is suggested to use the coconut oil treatment on the bowls every ten or so uses and to always wash the bowl with lukewarm soapy water.