18 Mind Blowing Reasons Why You Need Coconut Oil In Your Life
The myriad health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, cholesterol level maintenance, weight loss, healthier immune system, proper digestion, and a regulated metabolism.
Coconut oil is good for you, inside and out. There are numerous claims that simply adding coconut oil to your diet increases energy, balances hormones, and stimulates the thyroid gland.
Some of the everyday uses for coconut oil include:
1. Metabolism Booster
2 Tablespoons per day is proven to boost your metabolism.
2. Cooking at High Heat
Some oils are unsafe to cook with at high temperatures, coconut oil is a great alternative.
3. On Toast Instead Of Butter
You can substitute coconut oil for butter on toasted bread.
4. Homemade Lip Balm or Lip Gloss
Apply directly to your lips, this is useful in cold winter months and hot summers.
5. Shaving Lotion
Use coconut oil for a closer shave, it doubles as a facial moisturizer.
6. Oil Pulling
Swish coconut oil in your mouth for 2-10 minutes before brushing your teeth. Learn more about oil pulling here.
Add two tablespoon coconut oil to your favorite smoothie recipe and increase your energy level.
8. Replace Vegetable Oil for Baking
Next time you bake you favorite cake, brownies, pie, or cupcakes replace the vegetable oil with coconut oil.
9. Coconut Oil Coffee
Adding a spoonful to your coffee is a delicious way to start your day with a huge energy boost!
10. Makeup Remover
Coconut oil can be used as a natural makeup remover. Healthier, stronger, and longer eyelashes are a great bonus!
11. Stretch Mark Preventer
Coconut oil is used to prevent and reduce visibility of stretch marks, it can be applied multiple times each day to help moisturize your stretching and dry itchy skin.
12. Body Moisturizer
Apply directly to your skin after showering to nourish and moisturize your skin.
13. Defrizz & Detangle Hair
Simply apply a small amount of oil to your frizzy hair and work it through with your fingers.
14. Homemade Toothpaste
Combine equal parts coconut oil and baking soda, sweeten with your favorite sweetener or flavor with your favorite essential oil, if desired, it works just fine without flavoring, it conditions and moisturizes your mouth and whitens your teeth naturally.
15. Dry Feet Treatment
Mix coconut oil and salt to use as a scrub to soften and remove dead skin from your feet, knees, and elbows.
The soothing aroma of coconut oil will help you wind down after a long day.
17. Cheekbone Highlighter
Apply a small amount to your cheekbones over makeup to make them pop! It gives your face a youthful, dewy appearance.
18. Feed It To Your Cat Or Dog
Coconut oil isn’t just healthy for humans, it is also beneficial for your pets.
These are just a few everyday uses for coconut oil, it is truly a wonderful work of nature!
[Edited 7/18/14 by Stephanie Dawson]