The Many Uses of Coconut Oil for Health and Beauty

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Extracted from the meat of mature coconuts, coconut oil is available in health food stores as well as in the natural, baking, or pharmacy section of a variety of larger mainstream retailers. The benefits, and uses of, this all-natural product are so extensive; it’s any wonder it’s not found in every home across the country.

To start, coconut oil is: antibacterial, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antifungal, and anti-parasitic. It is also an antioxidant, incredibly moisturizing, and is nontoxic to both humans and animals (provided there’s no history of coconut allergies). Coconut oil is also one of the few oils that is considered an alkaline food.

So with that said, what exactly can you use coconut oil for?

  • Take a few tablespoons a day to boost your immune system, either by cooking with the oil or eating it raw.
  • Use as a skin moisturizer in the same way you would lotion. This not only imparts incredible moisture, but also helps to heal stretch marks, sun burns, and other skin issues that cause irritation.
  • Rub onto a newborn’s head to remove cradle cap.
  • Use as a deep conditioner for hair, or as a styling product to reduce frizz. This works especially well for those blessed with curly locks.
  • Rub on exposed skin along with peppermint oil extract for a natural insect repellent. This works better than harsh products that contain ingredients such as Deet, without all of the side effects of exposing yourself and your children to toxic products.
  • Polish wood and bronze with this natural product. For cleaning and polishing, combine it with a bit of lemon juice. Cheap and incredibly effective!
  • Mix coconut oil with baking soda to create your own version of the ever-popular, yet chemical laden, Goo Gone.
  • Add to numerous recipes that call for other vegetable oils to add an alkalizing kick and pleasant mild coconut taste.