Coconut oil is not just a superfood, it’s a super product. A jar of coconut oil costs a lot more than your standard cooking oil but when you include all the uses and benefits I think it’s more than worth the price tag.
Coconut oil’s health benefits have only gained attention recently after saturated fat got the green light from the nutrition community.
The saturated fat in coconut oil is made up of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs). MCFAs are used as a quick source energy in the body instead of being stored as fat.
Here are ten ways you can use coconut oil.
If you have dry skin use coconut oil to moisturize it. Coconut oil penetrates the skin fully leaving your skin moisturised but not oily. You can also use it on your lips instead of lip balm.
I have been using a mixture of coconut oil and baking soda as a toothpaste for over a year now. I am sensitive to SLS (Sodium lauryl sulfate) which tends to be in most toothpaste brands. Since using this cocktail I get much less mouth ulcers. Add a tablespoon of coconut oil to a tablespoon of baking soda and mix into a paste. You can also use this mixture as a mouthwash.
3. Dry scalp
If you have dry scalp and dandruff give coconut oil a shot. Massage a teaspoon into your scalp (while showering) making sure to cover all areas of the scalp.
4. Shaving lotion
It moisturises the area, priming the skin and softening the hair. The lauric acid in the coconut oil acts as a natural antiseptic in case you cut yourself.
Coconut oil can be heated to much higher temperatures than your traditional cooking oil. It also tastes great in baked goods.
6. Hair gel
I apply a small bit to my hair once or twice a week. My hair gets dry and fluffy (I get an afro if I leave it grow) but coconut oil keeps it from drying out. Use miniscule amounts here unless you like the greasy look. If you live in a colder climate watch out. It will harden and turn white!
Coconut oil is a natural lubricant that’s edible making it ideal for when you want to have fun with your other half (I’ll let you figure this one out). It is also free from nasty chemicals that a lot of lubricants contain.
8. Drink it
Coconut oil can be a great way to reduce hunger. This works really well if you are intermittent fasting in the mornings. Drink one or two tablespoons in the morning to offset hunger pangs and boost energy.
9. Oil pulling
Our bodies store toxins in the salivary glands which get absorbed by the oil. Swish a tablespoon of the oil for 15 – 20 minutes and make sure and spit it out and not swallow it. Oil pulling will improve oral health as it cleans out all the harmful bacteria.
10. Add to Coffee
Add one to two tablespoons to espresso or whatever you like to drink as a natural alternative to sugar. The added coconut oil with offset hunger and tastes great.
These are 10 ways that I use coconut oil. There are dozens more. Please let me know of any other ways that you use coconut oil. If you choose to buy coconut oil make sure you use extra virgin coconut oil.