Wow! Life has gotten ahead of me lately. I constantly feel like I’m doing too much. I’m enjoying having goals to work towards though. There was a time in my life where I wasn’t working towards anything. I’ve been wanting to write about some easy ways to add coconut oil to your daily life and was planning to post this on Thursday but I dropped the ball.
There are many of the lists out there with ways to use coconut oil. Most of them are quite extensive and full of things that make me raise an eyebrow. They are complicated and would be a pain to implement. I don’t know about you but I think that there are many things in life worth working hard for but adding coconut oil to your life shouldn’t be one of those things. So here are some of the simple ways I’ve used coconut oil or am interested in using coconut oil.
Mixed with shea butter as a facial moisturizer
This might be too heavy for some people and takes time to absorb. Whipping the mixture helps lighten it. I usually only use it at night. But it makes my skin look and feel great so I’m not bothered by some oiliness.
As a skin moisturizer either by itself or mixed with essential oils
Coconut oil soaks into the skin better than most lotions. It nourishes the skin as well as holds moisture in. Essential oils all have their own unique properties and benefits. Make sure to thoroughly research them before using any. Some of them are very bad in certain situations (ie. rosemary oil can cause birth defects if used by pregnant women). Depending on your situation and what you are trying to achieve, you may want to consult with a doctor as well. Once you have decided on which essential oils you would like to use, you just add a little bit to your coconut oil to reap the benefits of all of your oils.
To seal moisture into your hair
When I first went natural, I had no idea what I was doing so I joined some black hair forums and read a bunch of blogs. Sealing in moisture was one of the biggest topics of discussion at the time. Some people are for it and some people think that it is stupid. I am for it. Coconut is my favorite because it doesn’t just seal it moisture. The molecules are small enough to penetrate the hair shaft so it nourishes the hair as well. I experiment with other oils but I always go back to coconut.
I haven’t tried this yet. Coconut oil is one of the most recommended oils for oil pulling. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature so you either have to warm it up or spoon it out and let in melt in your mouth. I prefer to just pour what I need into the cap. I am planning to look into fractionated coconut oil to find out if it has the same nutrients.
As a lubricant
I’ve mentioned multiple times that I’m trying to use mostly natural products to limit the amount of toxins in my body. So, naturally I would want to avoid putting chemicals in my vagina. Coconut oil not only works as a lubricant but doesn’t harm the vaginal environment. It also doesn’t break down condoms like some lubricants do.
Coconut oil could replace all cooking oils if you wanted it to. It has a high smoke point so it can be used where many other oils can’t. I’m not a huge fan of using it for cooking because of the taste. It has a sweet taste that I haven’t enjoyed with most dishes I’ve tried it with.
Instead of lip balm
Coconut oil works great on your lips if you are in a pinch. You can just put some in a small container or empty lip balm tube and you are good to go. I say to use it in a pinch because its melting point is 76°. This means it will melt in your pocket or warm places and you will have a mess on your hands.
For the health of cats and dogs
Coconut oil is just as healthy for pets as it is humans. It helps digestion, improves their coats, keeps their joints healthy, and helps prevent infections. It can simply be mixed in with their food. Most cats and dogs love coconut oil and will gobble it up. It can also be used externally: on wounds to prevent infection, on skin to improve its condition and deodorize (it’s great for skin conditions), and for healthier coats.