10 ingenious ways to use coconut oil for gorgeous hair, skin & nails
Picture it: Jamaica, 2017. You’re sitting relaxed on the beach sunbathing and sipping on a frozen Piña Colada. Sounds like paradise right? Not only is your Piña Colada a product from the coconut shell that you’re drinking from, but also the oil of a coconut is extremely beneficial. As one the most versatile health foods on the planet, coconut oil, and its uses are numerous, extending from natural medicine, beauty treatments and so much more!
Today, there are over 1,500 studies proving the health benefits of coconut oil so we’ve broken it down to 10 uses for coconut oil and how it benefits you.
1. Get a brighter smile with oil pulling
If you aren’t familiar with oil pulling, it is simply swishing oil in the mouth for 10–20 minutes, and then spitting it out in the trash. It is said to help reduce plaque, freshen breath and coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and even said to kill the specific bacteria that causes cavities. Unlike alcohol-based mouthwashes and regular toothpaste, oil may be able to reach parts of the gum and between the teeth to help break down bacteria.
How to make your own daily oil pulling cubes for daily use:
- Melt the coconut oil until just barely liquid.
- Remove from heat and add essential oils.
- Pour into silicon candy molds and put in the fridge or freezer to harden.
- When done, remove from molds and store in a jar.
- Use one per day as needed for oil pulling.
2. Get smooth legs
How you can make your own coconut oil shaving cream:
Melt the coconut oil and combine with other ingredients. Stir together and store in a plastic container. Apply a thin layer to skin and let sit a couple of minutes before shaving. The aloe will soften hair while the coconut oil moisturizes skin, helping to prevent razor burn and skin irritation. Add the essential oil of your preference. Peppermint will give a cooling sensation; lavender is soothing and tea tree is a good antiseptic if you cut yourself.
If coconut oil hardens or separates between uses, put the container under the shower stream before shaving to warm it up.
3. Make your locks soft and shiny
As many of us already know, coconut oil is a lifesaver for naturalistas. In case you weren’t sure how to use it next time you’re in need of conditioning, follow these steps:
- First, you’ll need to melt the oil simply by placing a cup of coconut oil into a bowl of warm water.
- Next, put the oil all over your hair. Put a shower cap on your head, and tuck all your hair inside of it.
- Leave the coconut oil on your hair for at least 30 minutes or you can leave it in overnight. The longer you leave the coconut oil on, the more it will condition your hair.
- Shampoo your hair and repeat if necessary to remove the coconut oil completely. Using warm water will help get the oil out of your hair.
Here’s a video on an overnight treatment….
4. Use it as a makeup remover
Scoop a very small amount of coconut oil out of the jar. If the oil has hardened into a solid, rub it between your fingers until it becomes liquid and there’s a light coating of it on all your fingertips
For the eyes — Rub in circular motions. There should be just enough oil to move your fingers around easily without tugging on your skin. You should feel eyeshadow and concealer come off right away. For long-wear mascara, you might need to open your eyes and use one finger to apply a bit of oil directly to your bottom lashes, and the underside of the top ones. If a little oil gets in your eye, don’t panic! It doesn’t hurt and washes out easily.
For the face — Massage the oil into your skin in a circular motion all over your face to remove other makeup. Use a warm, wet washcloth to wipe off excess coconut oil, then splash face with warm water. Voila!
5. Moisturize your body, hands & feet
To soothe dry hands/ cracked heels — This won’t work for dry digits when you’re on the go, but at home, coconut oil for skin can work wonders on your dishwashing-parched hands.
For your body — When applied topically, virgin organic coconut oil for skin can speed up wound healing, and a human study found it to be effective in increasing hydration and reducing water loss in seriously dry skin.
6. Use it to cook delicious treats
Coconut oil has become popular and was described in a New York Times article as having a “haunting, nutty” flavor with a touch of sweetness, which works well in baked goods, pastries, and sautés. Coconut oil is great for cooking at a high heat because of its high smoke point. Many other oils like olive oil can oxidize when heated but because coconut oil is made up of healthy saturated fats it remains stable under high temperatures.
Try these recipes using coconut oil:
7. It neutralizes underarm odor
8. Use it as an undereye anti-aging treatment
For areas of concern around eyes, dab just a touch around the eyes 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.
9. Or, use it to clean things around the house…
- To make a clay and charcoal soothing soap
- Body wash using coconut oil and honey
- For pets struggling with skin issues when used externally
- Clean and moisturize leather
- Remove gum from hair
- On hands after doing dishes to avoid dry skin
10. Coconut oil is great for new mommies and babies, too!
- As a cloth diaper safe diaper cream (just rub on baby’s bottom)
- Help speed ear infection healing
- In place of Lanolin cream on nursing nipples to sooth irritation (also great for baby!)
- Nursing moms can take a couple tablespoons a day (and Vitamin D) to increase milk supply and nutrients
- To help sooth the itch of chicken pox or poison ivy
- Use on skin to avoid stretch marks during pregnancy
*Check with a doctor or midwife, before use!