I bought some organic virgin coconut oil over the holidays to bake with, and as it turns out, it has a TON of other uses! I’m super excited about my “newfound discovery”& several people asked, so I wanted to share some of the other ways I’ve been using it. I love that it’s all natural too…
I saw a pin on Pinterest that suggested using coconut oil on your hair, so I decided to give it a shot over Christmas break. I applied it thoroughly through my hair (yes, it feels yucky), wrapped it in a thin towel & used the hair dryer to apply heat. I let it sit for about 30- 45 minutes and then washed it out in the shower. I LOVED how my hair looked/felt afterwards!!!
My newest thing is to use it on my skin!! It almost “melts” when you touch it, turning it from a waxy substance into an oil when you apply it to your body. I massage it onto my baby bump (again, it’s all natural so I don’t have to worry about chemicals), under my eyes, and onto any dry spots (knees, elbows). I also use it as a “chapstick” before bed. I’ve read that not only is it an awesome moisturizer, but that it has some natural SPF and can lighten dark spots.
Here are a few other really interesting uses I found from this article that I may just have to try out:
- great for cooking (stir-fry, non-dairy replacement for butter in baking)
- as creamer in coffee
- eye-makeup remover
- diaper rash cream
- as cuticle oil (I need that right now because hands are INCREDIBLY dry from washing them so much- trying my best to avoid all these yucky germs!)
- shaving cream
- natural baby lotion
- to increase milk supply
- whitening toothpaste
- natural deoderant
Obviously my mind is geared toward mama/baby uses right now, but the health benefits really seem to be unending. This is sorta like Apple Cider Vinegar (another love of mine)- all natural with COUNTLESS uses!
My only suggestion is to make sure you have two different containers of coconut oil…..one for cooking/baking & one for “beauty” uses. I have the first one pictured (I found it at Publix in the health food section), and this one from Costco…