Coconut oil gets a lot of hype in the nutrition world, and for good reason. It has lauric acid, which can kill bacteria, viruses, and fungi, helping to stave off infection, and it can improve blood cholesterol levels and can lower your risk of heart disease. However, there is an entirely different aspect to the health benefits of coconut oil, and that’s in your everyday routines, especially in skin care. Here are 10 great uses for coconut oil that don't involve eating it!
1. The Ultimate Hair Product
Use it as a sort of leave in conditioner to tame your hair and encourage your natural curls or waves without greasiness. You can even use it for an overnight deep-conditioning treatment.
Mix coconut oil with baking soda and use it as a natural whitening toothpaste that only has two ingredients!
Apply directly to your skin for an awesome natural moisturizer. It can feel a little greasy at first, but it absorbs quickly and you are left with beautiful soft skin.
4. Facial Cleanser
Coconut oil can be used as a facial cleanser or for makeup removal by simply rubbing melted oil on your face and then wiping it away with a hot washcloth.
5. Shaving Lotion
Use coconut as you would any shaving lotion for a natural alternative. It works even better than many commercial products, and leaves your skin feeling healthy and smooth.
6. Oil Pulling
Put two teaspoons of coconut oil in your mouth and let it melt. Then swish it around for up to 15 minutes to ‘pull’ bacteria out of your mouth. Spit and rinse your mouth out with water.
7. Massage Oil
There’s no use in buying expensive massage oil when coconut oil is just as good or even better. Let it soften between your hands and then use like normal.
8. Whipped Lotion
Whip one cup of coconut oil with one cup of shea butter in a stand mixer until soft and fluffy. Add essential oil, if desired and then scoop into a container. The oil will not harden and makes a great portable skin lotion.
9. Spot and Stain Remover
Rub a piece of coconut oil into a spot on upholstery or a carpet, and it will loosen the stain or item. You can mix with baking soda to make an effective stain remover.
10. Household Uses
Season cast iron pans, polish patent leather, remove chewing gum, and clean shower scum with coconut oil on a rag.
What’s your favorite alternative use for coconut oil?
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