CURE IT WITH COCONUT OIL
In our opinion, there’s nothing you can’t use coconut oil for. Got a zit? Coconut oil. Feeling tired? Coconut oil. Age spots? Coconut oil. Rub it into your legs, your face, your hair, your relationship, your bank account. Basically just drizzle it over your entire life… ha ha!
You see what we’re getting at. Over the past few years, we’ve stumbled upon what seems like hundreds of different uses for coconut oil and that number just keeps on climbing. Basically coconut oil is to us as Windex is to the dad in ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ - every ailment from flaky skin to tummy troubles can be cured with a few drops of this stuff.
From beauty booster to bathtub scrub, coconut oil is the ultimate all rounder. Asides from having a world of health benefits, this magical product has the power to make you prettier, thinner, softer, suppler, smarter, funnier… okay, maybe not the last two, but you get the point. Keep a little coconut oil in your kitchen (along with food and water) and you won’t really need anything else.
Don’t believe us? Check out some of the amazing things you can do with the almighty oil of the coconut…
The vitamins and essential fatty acids in coconut oil help to remove any nasty build up on your hair follicles and nourish your scalp. Massage a little into your scalp every night to promote hair growth, use it as a hair mask instead of conditioner (shampoo twice to get it out) or rub it into towel-dried hair after your shower for all day shine.
If you suffer from dry skin, coconut oil is about to be your new best friend. Studies have shown that it can increase hydration and reduce water loss in seriously dry skin, making it the perfect moisturiser for your legs, elbows and even your face.
Coconut oil makes for an awesome lip balm for dry, chapped lips because it seals in all the moisturiser. Plus, it’ll make your lips look super soft and shiny like a gloss.
Nope, we’re not kidding! Due to its antibacterial properties, it has been suggested that coconut oil can be used as a natural deodorant. This is a great alternative for those of you who have sensitive skin that tends to become irritated by store-bought varieties.
Coconut oil is made up of a unique combination of fatty acids, which are easily burned as energy and increase your metabolic rate, which can lead to weight loss. No wonder coconut-oil loving celebs like Miranda Kerr and Jen Aniston look so good! Get a little extra coconut oil in your diet by using it in your cooking, making bulletproof coffee or drizzling it over your salad.
Rubbing a little coconut oil around the cuticles of your nails can leader to stronger, healthier cuticles, along with super soft fingers! Try this technique out during your next home-manicure.
Massaging coconut oil into varicose veins is said to help blur and diminish the look of the veins naturally. This may save you having to turn to harsh chemicals or surgery, so definitely worth a try! Plus, it’ll make your legs feel super soft.
Coconut oil is a great alternative to butter in vegan recipes. It can be used in cookies, muffins, stir-fries, curries, even on toast! It can also be added to coffee as a creamer for an all day energy boost.
Coconut oil can be used for shampoo, conditioner, soap and all sorts of shower supplies. Our personal favourite way to use it though is in a coconut coffee body scrub bars. Mix ½ cup melted coconut oil with ¼ cup freshly ground coffee beans, pour the mixture into moulds (or an ice cube tray) and freeze for a couple of hours. When you use them in the shower, the coconut oil will melt under the hot water and dissolve as you use it against your skin.
Drinking coconut oil in herbal tea can help alleviate cold and flu symptoms. The antibacterial properties can help to fight off bugs and the smooth oil will help to soothe your sore throat. It also adds a comforting, creamy texture to the tea that goes down great in winter!
Dab a cotton pad with coconut oil for a chemical-free eye makeup remover that also softens and smooths the thin skin around eyes. Gently wipe around your eye area to remove any lingering makeup. We find it works great on stubborn waterproof mascara and eye shadow.