The last few weeks I’ve been experimenting with coconut oil. For a long time I knew coconut oil has many amazing benefits, but lately I’ve discovered few more amazing uses for this therapeutic oil. I get my virgin coconut oil which is home-made so it still smells very much coconutty. Please note, if your coconut oil has no more coconut smell it means it has been refined too much and is not as useful.
Coconut oil as hair treatment is something I’ve been hearing many times, but somehow never got myself around to do it as I was worried my hair will be oily after the treatment. I’ve applied a generous amount of the coconut oil on dry hair and left it in for around 4-5 hours. Later I shampooed my hair two times and to my amazement my hair was very soft and not oily at all, even the coconut smell was completely gone after washing it. This is definitely a treatment I will practice on a regular basis, at least every 2 weeks.
It’s great to massage the oil in your scalp as well as it helps to get rid of dandruff.
Lately I haven’t had the time to take care of my feet and my heels have severely cracked. As I searched for a home remedy I realized coconut oil would be very useful here. Every night before going to bed I massage the coconut oil all over my feet. It is suggested to put socks on while sleeping to lock in the moisture. However I have trouble sleeping in socks so I didn’t practice this. It still works well to soften the skin and reduced the cracking. At the same time my hands get the moisturizing which is always a plus.
COCONUT OIL PULLING
I’ve learnt about this recently and must admit I was a bit shocked at first. “Oil pulling is an age-old remedy that uses natural substances to clean and detoxify teeth and gums. It has the added effect of whitening teeth naturally and evidence even shows that it is beneficial in improving gums and removing harmful bacteria!” Basically, you have to move the coconut oil around your mouth, similar to what you would do with your mouth wash. Coconut oil is effective in attacking Streptococcus Mutans bacteria which causes cavities. It is rich in medium chain triglycerides and high in lauric acid. Please read more in detail here.
I must admit I don’t quite like the feeling of oil around my mouth, but I will try to practice this once a week to avoid cavities. Apparently it can also help once you do have a cavity so try it out no harm. Cheaper and less painful than going to the dentist. 😉
In my quest to avoid as much dairy, I have been consuming coconut oil base creamer in my coffee. I have replaced my artificial, low grade instant coffee with CEO Cafe which uses pure coffee beans, coconut oil creamer and raw sugar cane. And to make it even more healthy, lingzhi powder has been added.
The purpose of the coconut oil creamer is to reduce fat in the body as well as to clean the arteries from accumulated cholesterol. Therefore this is an excellent addition for weight loss.
I’ve been using coconut oil in baking, instead of butter and I must admit the cakes have turned out yummy. Even though I know coconut oil is very healthy for cooking, I can’t seem to adapt it to my cooking as it makes everything taste and smell like coconut. I use grapeseed oil for cooking, as I’m not a big fan of olive oil.
BABY MASSAGE OIL
Excellent for baby massage! You can either add in some essential oils or use it on its own. Leaves baby skin very smooth and helps with skin redness or rashes.
There are so many more uses for coconut oil which I will not mentioned here as I have not tried it myself. If you have any unusual coconut usage please share it.