Coconut oil is all the rage these days, and for good reason! It’s one of the most versatile oils that can be used in over a hundred different ways.
Rich in vitamin E, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties, it’s no wonder why coconut oil is such a popular natural remedy. And as the best saturated fat option that is known to give “good” HDL cholesterol a boost, it can make a nice addition to any healthy diet when used sparingly.
This July, our Yogi Surprise subscribers of our Lifestyle Box will be receiving a jar of Skinny & Co.’s 100% raw, patented virgin coconut oil. Put it to good use by experimenting with some of the following ideas!
Morning Coffee Fix
Swap your regular coffee creamer or milk for a small amount of coconut oil instead. The medium-chain triglycerides that the oil contains will give you a nice energy boost and a healthy helping of fat to give your brain a wake up call in the morning.
Oil pulling is the ancient Ayurvedic practice of cleansing the mouth while strengthening the teeth and gums. It simply involves taking a tablespoon of coconut oil and swishing it around in your mouth for about 20 minutes before spitting it out. Doing this daily can help fight tooth decay, improve bad breath, reduce gum inflammation, and even help whiten teeth.
Eye Makeup Remover
There’s no need to spend extra cash on harsh cosmetic eye makeup removers when you have some coconut oil around. Rub a small amount between your fingers to warm it up and then gently rub it around your face and eyes in a circular motion. Wipe off with a washcloth and you’re good to go!
Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment
Cosmetic hair masks can be expensive and full of chemical ingredients if they’re heavily fragranced. Coconut oil is a better solution and will leave your hair feeling softer than ever. Apply it liberally through wet hair in the shower before shampooing, leave it for 5 to 10 minutes, then rinse and follow with your regular shampoo routine.
Both you and your partner can enhance your sex life by swapping out your regular, store-bought lube for coconut oil instead. It’s a totally natural, chemical-free solution that won’t cause irritation or other side effects. Just keep in mind that coconut oil can cause latex to break, so avoid using it with condoms!
Exfoliating Body Scrub
Mixing some coconut oil with white or brown sugar is a super easy way to make your own exfoliating body scrub. As an added bonus, the coconut oil will help moisturize your skin as the sugar exfoliates. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for as an optional scent.
Coconut oil is still a saturated fat, but it can be a great vegan alternative to butter. You can substitute coconut oil for butter one to one in most recipes without changing the taste. You can also use it in other ways that you regularly use butter — such as spreading it on toast, or melting it in a frying pan before cooking.
Once you start using coconut oil in your daily routine, you’ll begin to wonder how you ever lived without it!
Image (edited) via Peter Harris