10 Great Uses for Coconut Oil

By Healing Lifestyles and Spas

Lubricants tend to be relegated to the boudoir, but in reality, a lubricant is anything that helps moisturize any part of your body—inside or out.  And if you’ve been stuck on using traditional lotion for your body or potentially olive oil for your cracked cuticles, you’ve been missing out.  Coconut oil appears to be the latest ‘cream’ of the crop when it comes to a antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, moisturizing agent.  Plus it is totally natural, affordable and for most people allergen-free.  Our first tip for coconut oil comes from hybridrastamama.blogspot.com, who recommends using coconut oil for a hair treatment:

  • Hair Conditioner/Deep Treatment – use as a leave-in hair conditioner by applying a teaspoon of coconut oil to your ends and then running your fingers through your hair to distribute. *For a deeper treatment, rub in a tablespoon of coconut oil onto your dry scalp and gently work through to the ends. Put a shower cap on to prevent transfer onto bed linens and leave on overnight.
  • Eye cream — apply under the eyes to reduce puffiness, bags, and wrinkles. Use on the lids in the evening.
  • Diaper salve — very comforting on a rashy bum with no harsh chemicals. Also safe for cloth diapers.
  • Bug Bites — when applied directly to a bug bite, coconut oil can stop the itching and burning sensation as well as hasten the healing process.
  • Digestion — the saturated fats in coconut oil have anti-bacterial properties that help control, parasites, and fungi that cause indigestion and other digestion related problems such as irritable bowel syndrome. The fat in coconut oil also aids in the absorption of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, making you healthier all around.
  • Antacid – May relieve acid reflux and indigestion when taken with each meal.
  • Cholesterol — improves HDL (‘good’ cholesterol) to HDL (‘bad’ cholesterol) ratio in people with high cholesterol.
  • Insect repellent — mix coconut oil with peppermint oil extract and rub it all over exposed skin. Keeps insects off better than anything with Deet! Tons safer too.
  • Polish Furniture — coconut oil with a little bit of lemon juice to polish wood furniture. However, I recommend you test it first on a very small, unobtrusive part of your furniture to make sure it works the way you’d like.
  • Chapstick — just rub a little into lips and it not only acts as a softening agent but it also has an SPF of about 4 so you get a little protection!
  • AND OF COURSE: Lubricant — it is an all natural, perfectly safe personal lubricant. Not compatible with latex!

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