9 Ways Coconut Oil Has Simplified My Life
I was recently hired by a client to complete a project about the wonder that is organic virgin coconut oil. I already use it as a moisturizer for myself and my daughter and occasionally cook with it, so I thought it couldn’t hurt to learn more about it. I know there has been a lot of hype surrounding the use of coconut oil in the past few years because it is all natural with no chemicals and good for the environment and contains healthy fats and is easy to digest and blah, blah, blah. Some claim that it can aid with weight loss, stimulate hair growth, cure morning sickness, and even prevent heart disease and cancer.
While I can’t personally attest to whether or not coconut oil can part the Red Sea or be used as super fuel to power rockets, I can tell you that it is definitely a product you should keep around your house. Here are some ways that coconut oil has made my life just a little bit easier:
1. Treat Baby Eczema
I first started using organic coconut oil for my daughter’s eczema out of desperation. I felt like I had tried everything, and nothing was helping. Someone in my Facebook mom group mentioned it, so I decided that it couldn’t hurt. It turned out to be exactly what we needed. I apply it to her as an all over moisturizer two times a day, and it does wonders for healing the eczema patches and leaving her with smooth, soft skin. Of course, she still has flare-ups – such is a life with eczema. When these flare-ups happen, I keep coconut oil on hand and apply it throughout the day whenever she needs itch relief. Another great way I use it is to drop a teaspoon in her bathwater and swirl it around. It keeps the bath from drying out her skin too badly.
2. Clear Cradle Cap
My daughter had awful cradle cap as a baby, so when I started using coconut oil for her eczema, I tried it for her cradle cap as well. It was the perfect solution. I rubbed a generous amount onto her scalp, let it set for a minute or two and then flaked it away with the tips of my fingernails. She still gets a bit of dandruff now and then, so I rub a small amount into her scalp before washing her hair. It doubles as a great conditioner to keep her hair from tangling and minimizes the screaming, crying and running away in terror when I try to comb it.
3. Diaper Rash Cream
The dry skin woes for my daughter continue, making her very prone to diaper rash. It turns out that coconut oil is a great solution for that as well. I rub a little on the diaper area like I would any other diaper rash cream and it clears that rash right up. I use it regularly even if she doesn’t have a rash to help prevent it from returning.
4. Face and Body Moisturizer
This might be the most popular use for coconut oil, and now I know why. It’s not only great as a moisturizer for babies, but it’s perfect for adults as well. I use it as a body moisturizer immediately after showering and before toweling off. This is an especially great regimen during those winter months when my skin gets extra dry and itchy.
At first, I didn’t use it on my face for fear that it might make it too oily and lead to break outs. However, out of curiosity, I started using it on my face at least once a day for the past week. Instead of leaving it extra oily like I thought it might, it has actually left my face with a healthier glow. It is certainly a noticeable difference.
5. Acne Treatment
I am one of those lucky people who rarely get acne, and when I do, I don’t change my facial cleansing routine. I just wait for it to go away. I actually had a small breakout just before I started using the coconut oil as a facial moisturizer, and it has significantly reduced the time it generally takes for my acne to clear.
6. Makeup Primer
Since I have been blessed with clear skin, I rarely wear makeup. But I heard that coconut oil makes a great makeup primer, so I decided to try it out. I hate wearing foundation in the winter months because it usually looks flaky and highlights the areas where my face is the driest. This time, I rubbed in a small amount of coconut oil and let it dry before applying my makeup. To my surprise, the foundation went on smoothly and didn’t leave the flaky residue behind. I’m keeping this one in my back pocket for the next time I leave the house – likely two or three months from now.
7. Lip Balm
I love coconut oil as a lip balm. I have been using it on my lips every time they feel dry for a couple of weeks now, and the results are almost instant. I just rub on a small amount with my fingertip and then go about my business. It’s the perfect solution for dry, chapped lips in the wintertime, and it tastes great.
8. Energy Supplement
While I was working on my client’s project, I read that ingesting one to two teaspoons of coconut oil per day can significantly boost energy levels. I decided to give it a shot by using some of the suggested methods.
First, I tried it as a coffee creamer. It tastes good, but it takes a little time for the oil to melt enough to mix through the coffee. If it gets the least bit cold it clumps up again. No one likes to drink chunky coffee. Then I decided to toss it in a blender. Much better! Blending it together keeps the oil from clumping and makes for a pretty delicious morning coffee (if you like coconut, that is).
Next, I tried mixing a tablespoon into a fruit and yogurt smoothie. You can use any ingredients you want, but I prefer plain yogurt, strawberries, bananas, a little almond milk, and some honey to sweeten it. Sometimes I toss in a handful of spinach to sneak some green veggies into my diet. My daughter loves it as well, and I often make it for her as a morning or afternoon snack.
Finally, I tried simply taking a spoonful of coconut oil by mouth first thing in the morning. I admit, the texture makes me gag, but once it’s down, it’s not bad. After taking coconut oil as an energy supplement for the past couple of weeks, there has been a noticeable difference in my energy level and even my mood. It’s not an energy boost like I get from caffeine that leaves me jittery. Instead, it’s a steady level of energy that leaves me feeling good all day long. I now notice a significant difference if I forget to take it for a day.
9. Cooking Vegetables
When my daughter first started solids, I cooked her vegetables in coconut oil, and she practically inhaled them. My husband preferred butter, so as she got older, I started cooking with more butter. She suddenly stopped eating her green vegetables, and I was perplexed as to why. I kept offering them to her, and she kept refusing them. One day, I was low on butter, so I cooked green beans in coconut oil, and she devoured two helpings. It turns out that she loves the sweet taste the coconut oil adds to her vegetables, so I am back to cooking with it again. I love the taste as well and appreciate that it’s just a little healthier than butter.
I’ll admit that I’ve tried oil pulling but have yet to keep the oil in my mouth for the full recommended twenty minutes, so I can’t speak to its benefits just yet. I have also tried adding a small amount of coconut oil to my toothbrush while I brush with regular toothpaste. I have only been doing this for a few days, so I haven’t noticed any significant differences yet.
Now that I have seen firsthand that coconut oil actually works and isn’t just a lot of hype, I keep a jar of it in every room of my house so I have it whenever I need it. I plan to keep trying out the many different uses for this great product, and I promise to keep you updated when I do.
If you are interested in trying organic virgin coconut oil for yourself, below is the link to the brand that I use. It works great and is affordable. There are a variety of other great brands on the market, so don’t be afraid to shop around.