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Did You Check Out the Challenge?
I did a challenge a while back where I consumed a spoonful of coconut oil every day. The results were pretty good; I lost a little weight and felt healthier generally. Nothing was too drastic, but I got a lot of response from readers about how wonderful coconut oil is, so I wanted to expand on it a bit. There are so many ways to utilize this oil, and so many benefits too! Like what, you ask? Well, read on, my friend!
*Disclaimer: I do not claim to be a doctor or have any professional health knowledge other than my own online searches. If you have any questions about this product or want to start using it, consult an actual physician.*
Ways to Use Coconut Oil, and The Benefits
1. Eat It!
As you may know from my challenge, one way to use coconut oil is through consumption. But let’s expand on that a bit.
- Direct consumption: Not recommended. Doesn’t taste great by the mouthful.
- Mixed with coffee or tea: A lot of people use it as a replacement for creamer. I put it in my tea, it feels oily and doubles as a lip balm when I drink it this way.
- Mixed in smoothies: This way you can eat it without tasting it, I know a lot of people don’t like the taste of coconut, even less so the pure oil. Coconut oil makes smoothies thicker as a sub for peanut butter, at least in my opinion.
- Cook with it: It’s a great substitute for olive oil.
- Soothes scratchy throats
- Improves thyroid health
- Kills yeast in your gut
- Helps with Alzheimer’s
- Boosts Metabolism
- Improves Autism in kids
- Helps insulin levels
- Improves cholesterol and heart health
- Reduces joint pain
- Helps with weight loss
- Helps with allergies, digestion, and eczema
- Known to help with depression and anxiety
- Can increase hormone production
- Heals cold sores
- Regulates body temperature
2. Put it on Your Body!
- Skin Moisturizer
- Cuticule Moisturizer
- Makeup Remover
- Shaving cream
- Body scrub in certain homemade recipes
- Cheekbone highlighter
- Helps with Acne
- Soothes Sunburns
- Improves Eczema
- Massage Oil
- Reduces Wrinkles
- Prevents chafing
- Treats cold sores
- Fights bacteria from scratches.
- Comparable to SPF 4 sunscreen
- Helps with Psoriasis
- Lip balm, if you don’t drink it in your tea
- Reduces puffiness and dark circles
- Foot mask
3. Put it in Your Hair!
- Helps With Frizz
- Deep Conditioner: Mix with honey for a hair mask. Or just use it straight and then wash out
- Leave in Conditioner: A little goes a long way
- Helps with dandruff
4. Clean With it!
- Get rid of gooey substances by rubbing coconut oil on it and then rub that away with a clean cloth.
- Condition the wood in the house: floor, utensils, furniture-just work it into the object.
- Maintain your cookware with it.
- Treat leather by rubbing in a small amount.
- Oil up hinges and grease small motors.
- Clean metal & remove rust.
5. Give it to Your Pets!
- Condition their fur.
- Feed it to them, it’s good for them too! The pups at my house are attracted to the smell and taste, but if yours aren’t, you can find some recipes for coconut oil treats!
Can You Believe How Awesome This is?
I sure as hell can’t. Honestly, once I run out of all of the products I use for most of the above purposes, I’m just replacing them with coconut oil. I’d much rather have just ONE product sitting around the house. It’s cheaper per unit, and it’s natural, which is a bonus. If you can replace any product in your house with coconut oil, I personally would do it (but again, not a professional).
If you’re not sure where to buy it or which kind to get, I’d definitely recommend the Costco Kirkland brand. I’m not getting any kickback for this recommendation. I personally use it. It’s cheaper per unit, you get a huge jar, and it’s good for two years, so you have plenty of time to use it all up. It’s virgin, which is what’s recommended. And it comes in solid form, so you can use it as is or easily melt it if you need (it’s a lot harder to solidify the oil after it’s already in liquid form).
So I think that covers it! I am very pro-coconut oil, if you haven’t already noticed. How often do you use this product? Comment below, especially if I missed any uses or benefits!