Coconut Oil for Everything

Coconut Oil for Everything

It's basically the white vinegar of the oil world. You can use it for everything. It's claimed to be antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral (although the effects of these claims are liberally interpreted online and often without science to back them up). These are some basic uses for coconut oil that work really well for me. 

COOKING

Coconut oil is delicious and it's really good for you. It does have a sweetish taste so don't just use it to replace olive oil in your savory Italian dish. I use it to grease the pan when I'm making pancakes or eggs, in dishes that already have some sweetness to them like some Thai dishes, and sometimes to replace vegetable oil in baked goods.  

TAKE EYE MAKEUP OFF

I keep a little mason jar of coconut oil with a small wooden spatula in my bathroom cabinet. At night I scoop a little out and, gently rub it around my eyes as it melts a bit. I use a washcloth with warm water to wipe away the oil and makeup. It leaves the skin around my eyes feeling soft and happy. Note: I do wear natural makeup so I'm not sure if this would work with your kiss-proof, waterproof, fireproof, 72 hour wear, rubber mascara from Sephora.

HAIR TAMER 

I've been blessed with hair that's mostly straight-ish with a 3 inch halo of frizz on any average day where I'm not living in a hut in with 1000 mile radius of desert around me. I just use a teeny bit of coconut oil on the ends of my hair and a quick run through the length and it really gives me the Alpo glow I'm looking for. 

LOTION

Coconut oil is fantastic for dry skin. In the wintertime, I use it as body lotion after I get out of the shower. It absorbs really fast and leaves my skin feeling soft. A little goes a long way so even though it absorbs quickly, so slathering a cup of it on your body and putting on a silk dress is probably a bad idea. 

OTHER USES CLAIMED THAT I HAVEN'T TRIED

  • Gets gum out of your hair
  • Shoe polish
  • Furniture polish
  • Cuticle cream
  • Soothes bug bites and cuts
  • Dandruff remedy 
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