It appears that coconut oil is trending lately. People swear by its health and beauty benefits. And of course, probably most of us have tried at least one or two of the hundreds of tips and remedies people suggest throughout the web.
But, even though its benefits may be hundreds(I might be exaggerating a bit there), in this post I will share 5 ways to use coconut oil in your favor. Some of these tips are good for your health, and then some of them are gonna make you look great.
In the kitchen. People tend to believe that the healthiest cooking oil is olive oil. And it might as well be. I have read many articles about it and some pick olive oil over coconut oil and vice versa. But let me tell you why I believe that cooking with coconut oil is better for you.
See, 1 serving(around 14 grams) of each oil contain 14 grams of fat. And even though olive oil contains way less saturated fats, the saturated fats found in coconut oil are plant-based and are actually beneficial. One of them(and the main one) is lauric acid. It is a natural antibiotic and anti-inflammatory. So, both oils are healthy, but coconut oil has a higher smoke point than olive oil. So, when we are cooking, oil starts to break down and its structure changes, which can lead to loss of nutrients. So coconut oil is better when cooking foods at high temperature, if you wanna keep its health benefits.
Makeup remover. Now, I know this can sound scary, especially for us ladies with oily skin. And this could be a hit or miss thing, but, trust me, its worth the risk! Most of the girls who have done this swear by its great results. All you have to do is warm the oil on the palm of your hands and massage your entire face and neck with it for a couple of minutes. After that, put a hot(careful not to burn yourself) face cloth on your face for up to 60 seconds(you can put it under hot water running). And let the steam open up your pores. Then all you have to do is wipe off the oil with that same cloth(and repeat this last step at least once more to remove any oil residue). The science after this ‘technique’ is that oil dissolves oil. The coconut oil will dissolve the oil clogged in your pores and you will be able to remove it when you wipe it all off. It works! Try it. I do not even need a moisturizer before bed after this.
Teeth whitening. I am sure you have heard of this one. But I am not talking about oil-pulling. No. This is what you are gonna do. For one part of coconut oil, you are gonna add two of turmeric and make a little paste and brush your teeth with it(I do this after my regular toothpaste) for about a minute or two. It will turn your toothbrush yellow, but your teeth whiter! Give it a try. And do not worry! It doesn’t get messy.
Hair mask. On a little bowl or plastic container, add one tablespoon of organic coconut oil and one tablespoon of raw honey. Mix them together until you have an almost liquid texture(some people like heating the mixture in a saucepan, but I am able to get the texture needed only by stirring and mixing), and apply it to wet hair from top to bottom, focusing on your hair and not your scalp. Wrap your hair in a bun(or a shower cap) for 30-45 minutes. Wash it out in the shower using your shampoo and conditioner. Do this at least once a week.
Smooth skin. You are gonna love this one. Sometimes the skin on our elbows, knees and heels can turn really rough, like sandpaper. It looks and feels unappealing. Just apply coconut oil on your elbows, knees and heels(or all over your body really) after your shower and gently massage it for a minute. This oil absorbs deeper and smooths your skin leaving it soft and smelling nice.
So that’s it guys. Try all this home remedies and let me know how you feel about them after one week or two. I personally can’t live without coconut oil anymore. Can you think of another way to use it? Let me know!