You wont believe how many products coconut oil can replace!
Our skin is the largest organ of our amazing body. It protects, assimilates and eliminates. It is our first line of defence against invasion by microorganisms. It regulates our hydration, heat, sweat and detoxifaction. It is also highly porous and literally drinks whatever it comes into contact with. For this reason it is so important to be aware of what you are putting on your skin.
Coconut oil has been used as a skin moisturizer for thousands of years. It is ideal for dry, rough and wrinkled skin. Its high content of Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA’s) makes it easily absorbed by the skin. It prevents stretch marks and lightens existing ones. Its antiseptic elements keep the skin young and healthy and relatively free from infections. All of these benefits also make coconut oil ideal for massage and massage therapists.
Many of us are being exposed daily to external (and internal) environmental toxins and bacteria. Our skin naturally produces an oil called Sebum, this oil contains MCFA’s and is produced to protect us from unwanted toxins. Unfortunately when we wash our skin with soaps and detergents we also wash away this protective layer of oil. Coconut oil when used as body oil replenishes the natural MCFA’s into our skin and creates the protective layer we need.
Nourishing and repairing the skin with coconut oil, is both an external and internal approach. Both applying and consuming the oil will provide the most benefit. Coconut oil reverses the tissue damaging process by displacing damaged oils from the tissues and providing fat-soluble vitamins, minerals, and super nutrition factors a direct route to the damaged tissues.
Here are some great beauty uses:
Natural Skin Moisturizer – Coconut oil works well as a moisturizer for your face. It absorbs quickly, and is non-greasy. At room temperature, coconut is a solid, but it quickly melts when it comes into contact with hands. Before using, wash your face, and pat dry. Warm a dollop the size of a pea in your hands and rub in a circular motion into your face. Allow a minute or so to soak in. Our beautiful oil will soak in completely without leaving an oily residue or overpowering smell on the skin. Use morning and night.
Anti-aging eye cream – For areas of concern around eyes, dab just a little to help fight pre-maturing aging. Leave the oil on overnight to soak in, and wake up looking refreshed. Combine with frankincense oil for additional anti-aging benefits.
Natural Makeup Remover – The best mascara remover you have ever tried... even waterproof mascara just glides off! Just a small dab of coconut oil will quickly liquefy eye makeup, making it easy to wipe off. Rub coconut oil gently onto the upper lids and lower lids in a circular motion. Wipe off with a warm cloth or makeup wipe. Then do the rest of the face. The benefit over commercial eye makeup removers, is that coconut oil will not sting or irritate eyes, and as a bonus, will help to hydrate around the eyes.
Lock in Moisture After Showers – After your shower, apply coconut oil liberally all over your body. Coconut oil will hydrate dry skin, and helps to soothe skin after shaving. As a bonus, coconut oil has a natural SPF and is great to protect your skin from sun damage. If you are applying to the bottom of your feet, do so outside of the tub, so as not to slip.
Healing Bath with Himalayan Salt – Relaxing in a salt bath is one of the most replenishing things you can do for your body, and adding coconut oil with leave your skin cells plump and smooth like never before. Add 1 cup Himalayan salt and ¼ cup coconut oil to a warm bath, and relax. Add a drop or two of your favourite essential oils to add aromatherapy benefits and make you really feel like you are in a day spa. The salt will help to draw out toxins while the coconut oil will help to soothe dry skin.
Homemade Toothpaste – Mix equal parts of coconut oil with baking soda then add a few drops of peppermint essential oil for homemade toothpaste. For an extra oral health booster, add on guard or thieves essential oils.
Lip Balm – Dry cracked lips can happen during any season. Commercial lip balms can be packed with unhealthy (and potentially harmful) ingredients. The healing properties of coconut oil helps to nourish the lips, provides extra sun protection, and most importantly, is safe to consume. We have our own beautiful Cocomint lipbalm. It is divine, otherwise, your can make yourself: combine 2 tablespoons of coconut oil with 2 tablespoon of beeswax, and 1 tablespoon of shea butter in a nonstick saucepan. Warm slowly until melted. Recycle some old lip balm containers if possible and fill them, allow to set up for 6 hours.
Naturally Tinted Lip Gloss or Lipstick – You can naturally tint the lip balm recipe above with beetroot powder, cocoa powder, turmeric, and cinnamon. You only need a small amount of spices and a little bit goes a long way.
Personal Lubricant – Coconut oil is an effective and safe personal lubricant. Unlike commercial preparations, its anti fungal, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties help keep the vaginal flora healthy and can provde STD protection. (One note: avoid using coconut oil or any oil with any latex condom/contraceptives, as it can corrode the latex.)
Natural Mouthwash – Mix equal parts of coconut oil and baking soda, and then add a few drops of peppermint essential oils. Use daily to help whiten teeth, improve gum health, and freshen your breath. For extra immune boosting, add essential oil's thieves' or 'on guard.'
Coconut Oil Pulling – To improve the health of your teeth and gums, oil pulling with coconut oil, is the way to go. In Ayurvedic medicine practice, oil pulling is used to detoxify the mouth, killing bad breath, fighting bacteria, cures tooth decay, and helps to boost the immune system. Swish 1 tablespoon of coconut oil immediately after rising in the morning. Spend 10-20 minutes swishing; do not swallow the oil. Spit the oil into the bin (not into the sink!) and then brush as per usual
Natural Deodorant – Coconut oil’s natural antibacterial properties help to keep body odor at bay. It is an excellent deodorant on its own, or when combined into a paste with baking soda and essential oils.
As a Gentle Face Wash – Coconut oil can be used in natural face wash to cleanse and moisturize. Simply rub a small amount in your hands to melt and then rub all over your face. Then wipe clean with a warm face washer or cotton ball. You can also mix with lavender oil, tea tree oil and raw honey for great results.
Wound Salve – Coconut oil can be used to speed healing of rashes, burns, and open wounds. The antibacterial and antifungal properties of coconut oil help to keep the area free of infection, and the lauric acid in coconut oil helps to speed healing. For extra power, mix coconut oil, frankincense, lavender and melaleuca oil.
Cellulite Solution – To fight stubborn and unsightly cellulite, mix 1 tablespoon of coconut oil with 1 tablespoon of fresh ground coffee and 10 drops of grapefruit essential oil and massage in a firm circular motion into affected areas. Follow with dry brushing to help stimulate circulation and encourage cellular detox
Soothing Shaving Cream – Warm a small amount in the palm of your hands and rub on your face, under arms, on the legs, or the bikini area and then shave. Rinse well, and pat dry. Say goodbye to razor burn, ingrown hairs, or other skin irritations from shaving. Your skin will be as smooth as a baby's bottom!
Sunscreen / Sunburn Remedy – Coconut oil is an all natural sunscreen and sunburn remedy, all in one. In fact, it is SPF 4-6, just enough to protect against sun damage. Reapply as necessary, throughout the day. If you get too much sun, gently rub coconut oil into affected areas and it will promote healing, and soothe the pain. A great recipe from the Wellness Mama with an SPF 15 is:
Massage Oil – Coconut oil is a soothing and conditioning massage oil. Add a couple of drops of lavender oil and peppermint oil to help heal sore muscles, and stimulate mindful relaxation.
Insect repellent – Mix a tablespoon of coconut oil with a couple of drops of peppermint, rosemary, and tea tree oil to repel flies, mosquitos, gnats, and bees. This is a safe alternative to DEET and can be applied safely on all areas of the body.
Anti-Fungal Cream – Due to its antibiotic capabilities, coconut oil can be used topically to treat athletes foot and skin fungus. Apply some to the affected area and either leave it on or wipe off with a paper towel after it has time to set in.Continue daily for a minimum 7 days, also be sure to keep the area moisture-free
Cold Sore Treatment – If you experience cold sores in or around your mouth, trying dabbing them with coconut oil several times per day to reduce healing time and pain. Coconut oil contains lauric acid which if effective at entering the virus that lives within cold sores and shutting off their ability to reproduce. This means you experience relief faster and are less likely to have scars or discoloration left in the area of the sore too.
Nail Cuticle Oil – Apply coconut oil to your finger beds to reduce the risk of developing fungal infections and to make it easier to push back cuticles so your nails can naturally grow more quickly.
Soothing Foot Rub for Cracked Heels – Find relief for your dry, cracked heals naturally by rubbing them with coconut oil and allowing the oil to penetrate your skin. Try using 2 tablespoons of oil for both heels, and feel free to add other essential oils- like lavender oil- which can help to further reduce dryness and bacteria, plus give your feet a nice, relaxing scent.
In-grown Hair Treatment and Preventer – Rub areas where you frequently shave or are prone to bumps and infection with coconut oil. The oil helps to soften skin so hair can easily grow through the follicle properly without becoming ingrown, plus it kills bacteria at the same time. Also, by using coconut oil as your shaving cream, you will prevent these in the first place.
Sulfate-Free Shampoo – Coconut can cleanse hair if used with apple cider vinegar, and gently washes without stripping the hair of natural oils. Because it doesn’t have any harsh chemicals, this method leaves your hair healthy and shining and keeps color intact for longer, prevents dullness and orange or yellow discoloration, and makes your hair soft and clean.
Natural Hair Conditioner – Coconut oil has been used for thousands of years to strengthen and style hair. As a moisturizer, coconut oil can help strengthen hair while helping hair to retain moisture. Depending on the length and texture of your hair, you may need anywhere from 1 teaspoon to 2 tablespoons of coconut oil as a conditioner. Warm in the palms of your hands, and starting at the ends, work the oil into the hair. Coconut oil offers moisture and hair nourishment that unlike many commercially produced products is pure and nutrient rich. Simply massage the oil through your hair and leave it in as a treatment for 2 or more hours and wash it out. You can also do this before bed and leave it in over night.
Prevent and Treat Dandruff – This can help to encourage new hair growth, and will discourage dandruff. Rinse well (and then rinse again), and then style as usual. Your hair should be healthy, shiny, and full of body. If the coconut oil weighs your hair down, use less the next time, and rinse well.
Hair De-tangler for Children – Use a small amount of coconut oil on your children’s’ hair when it’s notty and needs a natural, smooth solution for getting it brushed easily. Rub oil between your palms and then onto wet hair before combining through.
Homemade Exfoliator – Combine oil with organic coconut sugar or ground coffee beans to create a homemade facial or body scrub that will help remove dry skin. Do this twice weekly for smooth skin that is less likely to develop ingrown hairs, acne, blackheads, or other unwanted dullness.
Cheek Bone Highlighter – Try using coconut in place of makeup to add shine to your cheek bones and eye lids. This gives you a natural youthful glow and requires no make up, make up removal, or extra expensive products to purchase.
Makeup Brush Cleaner – Make up brushes are notorious for carrying loads of built-up harmful bacteria. Rub coconut oil on your make up brushes and leave them for 1-2 hours in order to disinfect them. Then wash thoroughly, although there is no need to worry about any oil remaining on your brush since it won’t harm your makeup for skin.
Hairbrush Cleaner – Use coconut oil in the same way as on your makeup brushes to remove unwanted hair and bacteria from your hair brushes. The oil even works well on delicate bore bristle brushes and helps the hair to easily slide on. Any oil that remains on your brush will only condition the brush bristles and your hair more afterwards.
Baby Ointment and Diaper Rash Guard – When your baby experiences painful diaper rash, rub some coconut oil around the affected area to sooth swelling, redness, itch, and burn. Try using 1 tablespoon to start and allow it to seep into the skin.
Hair Texturizer and Gel Replacement- Many commercial brands of hair gel and mouse contain alcohol which dries out your hair, not to mention many other toxic chemicals and fragrances. Try using a bit of coconut oil rubbed into the ends of your hair to hold its style and condition it at the same time. The oil prevents fly aways and adds extra shine too.
Natural Vapor Rub and Cold Remedy – Combine coconut oil with eucalyptus oil and rub the mixture on your chest or the chest of your children to open up your airways and facilitate breathing. Together these two work to increase circulation and clear congestion to help you get a good night sleep when you’re sick.
Stretch Mark Reducer – Try rubbing coconut oil all over the stomach during and after pregnancy to reduce unsightly stretch marks that occur when skin’s elasticity is compromised. The oil helps to fade dark marks, discoloration, and redness plus it hydrates the skin and allows it heal more quickly.Mix with vitamin E oil for extra benefit.