I first heard about coconut oil several years ago and it is truly one of those products that can be used for almost everything- literally. From cooking to hair and skin care to its health benefits, its uses are almost endless.
I thought that I’d share some of my favourite uses of coconut oil. If you have other uses feel free to share!
1. As a Skin Moisturizer
Coconut Oil Can be used on the skin as a moisturizer. To use, simply apply the oil directly to your skin and massage it in. Coconut oil is known for its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. It can speed up wound healing, and will reduce water loss in seriously dry skin, leaving your skin feeling well hydrated and smooth. Unlike other oils, it does not leave you feeling greasy and It is non- comedogenic, so it wont clog your pores.
2. For Hair Growth
As many of my natural sisters can attest, coconut oil can be used alone or as part of a treatment in your hair care routine. It can be used to stimulate hair growth, helping the hair grow longer, fuller and faster.
For the most part, I use Coconut Oil to seal my ends after I have used some sort of moisturizer. To use, I scoop a small amount of the oil into a small bowl and place the small bowl in a larger bowl filled with warm water (Remember this oil is solid at room temperature). As the oil melts, I use my fingers to apply it directly to my hair. After this, I style my hair as usual.
Another great use of coconut oil is in a deep conditioning mixture, I like to add a small amount of coconut oil to any deep conditioning treatment. I apply the mixture to towel dried hair, leave on for 30 mins- 1 hour and then rinse out. This is great for not only adding moisture to your hair, but it also gives the hair an extra shine.
3. To Remove Eye Makeup
To use, apply a small amount of coconut oil to a cotton ball and gently sweep it over your eyes. It is great at removing those hard to remove eyeliner and mascara remnants (especially the ones on the lower eyelid).
4. As a Lip Balm
Because coconut oil is so great at moisturizing, it also works great when used as a lip balm. You can scoop a small amount of coconut oil into an empty lip balm container and carry it around. Its the perfect remedy for those chapped crusty lip days.
5. As a Cooking Oil
Coconut Oil can replace all other cooking oils such as canola oil, olive oil etc. Unlike most oils, coconut oil is solid at room temperature but begins to liquefy at 76°.
Many ‘healthy’ oils (like olive oil) break down into harmful compounds when heated to their smoke-point. Coconut oil has a higher smoking point of 350°F, making it optimal for almost all cooking- it remains stable at higher temperatures.
FYI..Not all coconut oils are created equal!! Wendy Bazilian, R.D. and author of The SuperFoodsRx Diet explains that Coconut oil that is labelled “virgin” or “extra virgin” is extracted from coconut meat using delicate methods such as cold-pressing. “This type of oil will have more antioxidants as well as a stronger coconut flavour and aroma.” Refined coconut oil “expeller-pressed” is further processed to have a more neutral taste and scent. Refined coconut oil also has a higher smoke point than virgin, so it can be used for higher-heat cooking such as stir-frying and when you are making a meal that you don’t want to taste too coconutty.
What are some of your favourite uses for coconut oil? As always, feel free to comment and share your thoughts, ? ?