I love coconut oil because there are so many uses for it. There are hundreds of uses, but I want share what I personally use it for and my experience with it.
Coconut oil is so beneficial in so many ways. According to Dr. Axe, some of the top coconut oil benefits include: Balancing hormones, kills candida, improves digestion, moisturizes skin, reduces cellulite, decrease wrinkles and age spots, balance blood sugar and improves energy, improves Alzheimer’s, increases HDL and lowers LDL cholesterol and burns fat.
Here’s my top 7 uses:
1. Eye Makeup Remover
I used to spend about $6 per container on eye makeup remover pads. Until I started looking at the ingredients. Then I made the switch to coconut oil. Why? Because I’m already buying it anyways, so in the long run, it’ll save me money, plus it’s so much better and safer for your skin. I just scoop some out of my organic coconut oil container from my kitchen and store it in a short mason jar in my bathroom and use a cotton ball or a cut up cotton t-shirt to swipe my eyelids.
2. Face moisturizer
I recently made my own whipped coconut and shea butter moisturizer with Frankincense essential oil. It went on a little “oily” at first, but now I’m getting used to it and I love it! Frankincense is known to have “anti wrinkle” properties, so I’m definitely on board with that. I’ve actually noticed and others have commented too on how nice my skin looks. I should have taken a before and after picture, but I really do think the wrinkles around my eyes and forehead have smoothed out. Get the recipe HERE.
3. Replacement for butter and other oils in cooking and baking
If you own Canola oil, throw it away right now!!!!!!!!! It’s a GMO! (Genetically Modified Organism)
“It is widely recognized as the healthiest salad and cooking oil available to consumers.” (But it is not!) It was developed through hybridization of rapeseed. Rapeseed oil is toxic because it contains significant amounts of a poisonous substance called erucic acid. Although canola oil contains only trace amounts of erucic acid it is also one of the top 4 genetically modified crops. You can read more about the history of canola and how it is a big con here. (Resource: Food Babe).
I’ll use coconut oil on my toast instead of butter (although, I do love Kerry Gold Grass Fed butter too!), I use it in my granola and muffins. You can pretty much use it as a 1:1 substitute for butter or oil in any recipe.
Other Organic RN Recipes with Coconut Oil
- Tea Tree Deodorant
- Chocolate Hemp Date Balls
- Organic Sunflower Seed Granola
- Organic Coconut Carrot Muffins
4. Oil pulling
I’ve been oil pulling for quite a few months now and even my dentist has noticed a difference! There is less plaque on my teeth, my teeth are whiter, my breath is fresher and my mouth is cleaner! It seems weird at first, but all you have to do is just take a spoonful of coconut oil and swish it around in your mouth for 5-20 minutes (the longer the better). I usually do it in the evening when I’m getting ready for bed. Otherwise, I’ve heard of people who do it while they shower. Just make sure not to spit out the oil in the sink, make sure to spit it out in the garbage (don’t want any clogged pipes!). And then I rinse my mouth or brush my teeth afterward.
For more information on oil pulling, see http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/05/05/oil-pulling-coconut-oil.aspx
5. For my dog
My dog suffers from atopic dermatitis where she constantly itches herself. I started giving her 1 tsp a day with her food and have noticed improvement in her skin condition. According to Dogs Naturally Magazine, “Coconut oil improves any dog’s skin and coat, improves digestion, and reduces allergic reactions.”
Fed regularly to pets, coconut oil may have multiple benefits:
- Clears up skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies, contact dermatitis,and itchy skin
- Reduces allergic reactions and improves skin health
- Makes coats become sleek and glossy, and deodorizes doggy odor
- Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections, including candida
- Disinfects cuts and promotes wound healing
- Applied topically, promotes the healing of cuts, wounds, hot spots, dry skin and hair, bites and stings
- Improves digestion and nutrient absorption
- Aids healing of digestive disorders like inflammatory bowel syndrome and colitis
- Reduces or eliminates bad breath in dogs
- Aids in elimination of hairballs and coughing
Immune System, Metabolic Function, Bone Health
- Contains powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal agents that prevent infection and disease
- Regulates and balance insulin and promotes normal thyroid function
- Helps prevent or control diabetes
- Helps reduce weight, increases energy
- Aids in arthritis or ligament problems
6. Make Homemade Toothpaste
Most store-bought toothpaste contains fluoride and artificial colors and many other chemicals that shouldn’t be in your mouth. I started using coconut oil as one of the few ingredients in my homemade toothpaste and absolutely love it. See the recipe HERE.
7. Bulletproof Coffee
Add a spoonful each of coconut oil and grass-fed butter to give you extra energy in the morning. I like to add a hint of my homemade creamer and shake it up in my Blender Bottle to mix.
When buying coconut oil, you want to look for oil that is Organic, Virgin (Unrefined) and Cold Pressed. What are your favorite uses for coconut oil? I’d love to hear!