Coconut oil is a miracle drug. The possibilities for its uses are endless and literally I can’t stop singing from the hilltops about it. Yet some people are still not on the bandwagon and I am going to convince you on why you should run out to buy yourself a jar right now!
One of my favorite uses for this deliciousness is simply cooking with it. If you aren’t already I urge you to stop using olive oil when cooking. Every cooking fat has a different smoking point. Which basically means that it is the temperature where the oil will actually begin to smoke at if left unattended. Not only does this smoking point cause a bad smell and taste, it also releases carcinogens when it has reached this point. Olive oil has a low smoking point and thus why it is intended for use as a finishing touch or on salads. Other oils often seen for cooking can have even worse effects. Canola oil is an oil that I cannot tell you enough to STOP USING. 90% of the time canola oil is genetically modified. It has high levels of erucic acid which has been proven to cause heart diseases and high blood pressure. The list could go on and on, but here I am talking instead of why you should switch that oil out for a much healthier, safer coconut oil. Coconut oil on the other hand has a smoking point of 450 degrees. Also its levels of medium chain triglycerides helps to lessen the risk of disease within the liver, kidney and gall bladder. Switch out your other cooking oil pronto! Using coconut oil will help keep you healthy and veer away from disease.
Coconut oil is great for so many other things outside of the kitchen though, and once you discover them it will be hard to put it down. Some of my favorite uses are definitely skin, hair and body care.
I use it in place of lotion all over my body. It leaves my skin moisturized and nourished without the unnatural ingredients of lotion and without the oily feel. On my face is probably where I use it most though. I use it every night as a brightener and moisturizer, but I also do frequent face masks with it as well. Some of my favorite combinations are with baking soda, sugar or coffee as a exfoliant that makes my skin feel incredibly smooth and reduces redness and blemishes. Or I often add lemon to my nightly moisturizer as I find it helps to brighten and clean my skin. If I need a little more on a particular day I will often do a combination of these ingredients, and honestly it feels better than nearly any face mask I’ve ever done.
Not only is coconut oil a miracle worker on your skin, it also helps my hair look the best is ever has. Since I was a kid I have always had issues throughout the winter of dandruff and an incredibly dry scalp. A few years ago I minimized my hair washing to every 3-4 days and the results were astonishing. My hair got greasy way less often, it had volume, less dandruff and saving money from less waste. Although my dry scalp got better it in no way healed completely. Finally I was fed up with it and tried doing oil training. This is when you leave coconut oil or another oil in your hair preferably for 12+ hours the night before washing it.
To do: simply warm coconut oil in your hands until it reaches liquid form and rub into your scalp/hair. If you have greasy or thin hair you may want to focus only on the ends, but if you have a dry scalp like me really get into your driest areas. Put your hair in a bun and forget about it. After it has been in for a few hours or more wash your hair with a fair amount of shampoo. I try to do this once a week. Not only does my dandruff go away my hair feels silky and smooth for the week to come.
One of the last things I urge you to try with the coconut oil sitting on your shelf is oil pulling. Oil pulling (done with sesame, coconut or olive oil) is an Ayurvedic practice that has HUGE benefits. It detoxifies your entire body starting in your mouth. In Ayurvedic Medicine it is thought that each section of your tongue is connected to different organs. When you detoxify and clean mouth you are actually cleaning your entire body and ridding yourself of toxins. Not only does it help to detoxify your organs it also helps internally within your mouth. It kills bad breath, whitens teeth, prevents cavities, promotes gum health, boosts the immune system. This works because our mouths begin to form plaque around our teeth which cause a whole host of health problems in your mouth and even into our heart health. As you swish the oil around in your mouth, the bacteria and plaque gets stuck to and dissolves in the liquid. The more you do it the more plaque and bacteria you will remove.
It is simple, give this a try: First thing in the morning, before eating put a tablespoon of oil, I prefer coconut, into your mouth and let it dissolve. If this makes you cringe a bit, warm it first to get it into liquid form. Then swish it around your mouth for 15-20 minutes. At the beginning I started small, even 5-10 minutes will help substantially and then build up to go longer. Do it in the shower or while reading to help you not focus on the time. After the time is up spit it into the trash. Not the drain! Coconut oil hardens when cold so this will harden in your pipes which is not pretty. Also make sure to spit it out and not swallow this. It has all of your bacteria and toxins within it and this stuff belongs in the trash. Super simple and unbelievably effective. I am quite obsessed with oil pulling and have seen amazing results in this practice.
As you can tell I am quite obsessed with coconut oil. If you are not already, please buy a jar! Try to find unrefined and organic for best most natural results. Let me know how your experience using it goes and if you have any questions. I’m sure you’ll quickly find you are just as in love as I am