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The Benefits of Using Coconut Oil in Your Daily Beauty Routine.
Coconut Oil has Medicinal Properties.
While this article is concentrating on topical uses for coconut oil, there are also many benefits when taken orally or used in food preparation. In many cases, using both topical and oral coconut oil provide complete benefits.
Topically, coconut oil provides a chemical barrier that protects and heals infections.
As a moisturizer, it provides real moisture (not added water that you will find in store bought moisturizers.)
Coconut Oil is an anti-oxidant and has anti-aging powers.
Coconut Oil is not Just for Cooking!
Coconut oil has been used in the kitchen for hundreds of years but in the past few years, it has taken on a whole new role. It is being used as anything from skin moisturizer to wound repair.
While I was aware that it was used in certain creams, sunscreens and lipbalms that I was purchasing, I had no idea of how many uses it had on its own!
When my daughter became pregnant, she diligently researched products that could address her needs without posing any danger to her baby. She discovered that pure coconut oil had properties that could diminish her stretch marks, help prepare her nipples for nursing and more.
This intrigued me, so I decided to delve further!
Even More Ways to Use Coconut Oil
Some of myfellow hub writers have some great suggestions for coconut oil:
Suzie HQ is always cooking up something good for our skin. Her "recipes" often include coconut or other essential oils! Be sure to read about Homemade Shampoo Using Coconut Milk and Castile Soap
Coconut Oil as a Moisturizer.
Coconut oil is a great all over moisturizer. A little bit goes a long way. You can use it from head to toe. It provides deep moisture and helps strengthen underlying tissues. It removes the excess dead cells on the skin's surface that make your skin rough and flaky in texture.
As a facial moisturizer, coconut oil not only moisturizes, it also can reduce wrinkles and fade age spots.
Coconut Oil can be used as a sunscreen. It will also keep your skin from drying up while giving you a deeper tan.
Conversely, coconut oil is great on burns and sunburnt skin. It is soothing and promotes the healing of burn and blisters.
Coconut Oil to Soothe and Heal.
Coconut Oil can also be used to:
- Heal Canker Sores. Canker sores are caused by acidity and coconut oil neutralizes it. While this is definitely an area for oral coconut oil, it can be used topically to soothe and speed up the healing process.
- Chapped lips. Coconut oil will soothe sore, dry lips and leave a bit of a shine. It has almost no flavor and barely any scent.
- Wound care. Coconut oil can be used for healing wounds. Its natural properties will both soothe and speed up the healing process.
- Yeast Infections. Oral coconut oil is great for healing yeast infections and at the same time, rubbing a bit of coconut oil on the area will soothe, relieve itchiness and aid in the healing process.
- Heals fungus under finger and toenails.
- Provides healing properties for eczema and psoriasis.
More Uses of Coconut Oil
Here are some more:
- Nail Conditioner. Rub into your nails and cuticles during a manicure.
- Hair conditioner. Put a few drops of coconut oil in your hair to condition and add shimmer.
- Make up remover. A little bit on a cotton will remove make up and leave your face moisturized.
- Face cream. a great natural face cream with no added fragrance or chemicals.
Coconut Oil for Pre and Post Natal
Coconut Oil has many uses for a soon to be or new mom:
- Rub the coconut oil on stretch marks to reduce them and give your skin more elasticity.
- Rub the oil on your nipples to condition them before baby is born. Use it on your nipples to prevent cracking and relieve soreness from nursing. (Oral coconut oil will enrich the milk supply.)
- It can be used to relieve the symptoms of diaper rash.
- Because of its ability to soothe and help heal wounds, it is good for any perineal soreness.
- Relieves soreness and swelling of hemorrhoids
- Removes cradle cap on babies.
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Have you replaced any of your beauty products with Coconut Oil?
Even More Uses for Coconut Oil!
You can make your own toothpaste by mixing coconut oil with baking soda.
Use coconut oil as a shaving cream and you won't need to moisturize afterwards.
Coconut Oil is a natural exfoliant.
Before bed, slather your feet with coconut oil, add a pair of socks and see how soft they are in the morning.
Rub some into dry, cracked elbows.
A Few Fun and Interesting Facts about Coconuts!
- Coconut Oil is cholesterol and trans fat free.
- 50% of the "good" fat in coconut oil is called lauric acid and it supports healthy metabolism.
- Coconut water is identical to human blood plasma and is a universal donor and is referred to as the "fluid of life." It was used in the Pacific War and World War II.
- Coconuts are non allergenic and do not harm red blood cells so can be used to hydrate and correct potassium deficiencies.
© 2013 Randi Benlulu